I finally got a chance to get out to do some fishing in a new area for me. I decided to start with Avila pier. It had some good reviews and the local fishing store told me that the halibut are starting to hit there. The first three pics are what I saw when I parked my truck.
At the base of the pier is public restrooms.
This young lady let me know that there are halibut in the area. Not quite what I had in mind.
Near the end of the pier is a bait and tackle shop and more public restrooms. The bait and tackle shop was closed. It turned out that it is only open when the guy that owns it feels like opening it up.
A picture of Avila from the pier.
Some pics of the water.
My first and second cast. The first went long the second was set up to try under the pier as I have been told that there is a lot of perch there.
Unlike Dumbarton this pier is all wood. Must be careful of pliers, knifes and tackle to make sure that it does not fall through the cracks.
The results of my first cast. At least at this point I can say that the skunk is off. Unfortunately, these were the last thing I caught. No one else caught anything either. If not for that small halibut the young lady caught I would say that no one caught anything.
So what do I think of the place? Clean is the first thing that comes to mind. There is also a lot of day tourists. This is not a bad thing but you have to be in the mood for it. I do not think that I would like being there on a weekend. Most people there had gaff hooks on ropes. I know that is illegal on Dumbarton but everyone there seems to do it so I think I might invest in one and store the crab net. Also there is a rule on the pier (posted about every 30 feet) no overhead casting. What you do to follow the rule is a baseball swing cast. Since this is much more dangerous, most people (including myself) brake the rule and over the head. All in all it was a good day to be out, even if I did not get a keeper.