Fishing Cayucos

The last time I was in Cayucos, California, I was there as a tourist so I did not have my fishing tackle with me but I vowed to return with it and try the fishing off of its well known Cayucos Fishing Pier.

On Tuesday, June 1, 2021 I made good on that vow when I loaded up the car, drove for 2 1/2 hours and fished off the pier for the first–and last–time. It was a cold and foggy day which didn’t help the mood but I am used to that and if the fishing is good, there could be a hurricane coming and I might still go out.

The pier is very clean and well maintained by the local Rotary Club but it is very narrow for most of its 982 foot length until it widens a little towards the end but even then it is tiny compared to the Ventura Pier, Stearns Wharf, and even the Goleta Pier. This narrowness makes overhead casting an issue even when there are not a lot of visitors walking the pier. I stepped off 15 feet at its widest point so I really had to watch out when casting with my 9 foot Shimano rod. But this was not the worst of it as far as I am concerned, the pier could be 25 foot wide and still not address my main problem with fishing off of it. I can tell you what that is in one word: Kelp. And I prefer to not fish in kelp beds.

I started out by fishing almost at the end of the pier on the north side of it. Kelp beds were visible to the eye but what could be seen was well beyond the range of my casts but still, every time I reeled in I had to untangle my line while pulling kelp off of it. So, I tried the south side where you could not see any kelp beds and I got the same results.

After that, I moved halfway down the pier, fished off both sides, and had the same results. I finally wound up fishing just past the surf line and came up with the same results except, twice, while I was removing kelp from my line, if uncovered two small Skate rays among it. So, I can’t say I was shut out for the day, but they were the only fish I caught in 4 1/2 hours out there.

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