Pier or shore fishing around Long Beach in May??

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  1. bassandbutts

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    Hi All,

    Going to be in Long Beach in early May and I'm looking for a decent place to take my kids fishing from a pier or shore? Staying at the Renaissance so anywhere close to there would be nice.
    Can any of please help me out with this as well as some tips for what works down there?
    Thanks in advance for the help!
    Tim
     
  2. pacificscout

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    how many kids Tim?
     
  3. bassandbutts

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    Three. Looking for a pier to catch whatever is biting. Even if it's just macs the kids will enjoy it.
     
  4. DPevin

    DPevin Well-Known "Member"

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    there are piers by the aquarium. you can also fish off the rocks there and under the bridge.
     
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    1/2 day out of Pierpont would be good too. Close by the Renaissance.
     
  6. fishkilr

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    If the kids can cast and wind a trout rod then the open beach (not in the harbor)is your best bet for catching .. using grubs makes it pretty easy to get surfperch and croakers..unfortunately the nearest open beach is not close..
    Fishing the piers in the harbor is one thing but actually catching is another story...if you do that you definitely wanna bring something to chum (bread or squid)and fish tiny hooks and light line..
    If you can find someone who will let you fish their slip then opaleye are a good bet..
     
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    Belmont pier, take the shuttle
     
  8. SouthBayKiller

    SouthBayKiller I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    If you have a car, it's much better down towards Sunset Beach. Med-high tides, gulp worm or sand crabs if you can find them. You will likely catch lots of small stuff.

    Also at times inside Alamitos bay can be really fun too. But its heavily tide dependent and I haven't figured it out enough to be comfortable giving potentially bunk advice.

    Neither is walking distance from DTLB.

    Easiest way to catch stuff as others have said would be light line, Carolina rig, gulp sand worm, 1/2-3/4oz egg sinker, #6 hook and 6lb test.

    I've caught perch, short halibut, smelt, small bass, croaker, lizard fish, corbina, probably other fish I can remember.
     
  9. bassandbutts

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    I looked up the Belmont pier. That looks like it might work out well taking three kids.
    Any tips or recommendations for fishing the pier? I wouldn't mind trying to jig up some live bait and drop it down and see what happens.
    Sabikis for getting macs or smelt? That's what I use up my way and it works fine.

    Thanks again. I appreciate the help!
    Tim
     
  10. Jigslinger

    Jigslinger Fishing is an incurable disease

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    There are smelts and mini macs at Belmont pier at times. Bring sabiki rigs with glow sticks if you're fishing towards the evening. Most kids (especially young ones) just want to be entertained and not necessarily want to do any really hardcore fishing so wading in along the beach and getting wet might not be a good idea.

    There are also piers along Shoreline Village near your hotel. You could catch bass, croakers, perch there as well.

    Good luck!
     
  11. ShadowX

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    I think Seal Beach pier is better if you want to catch something. It is not that far from Belmont Pier. Belmont can be slow at times since its inside the break walls. There are less current and wave action. There is also an outlet from the power plant that flows from the mouth of the LA river on the right side of the pier. The warm brackish water draws different fish to the region during the colder seasons. The other benefit is that it allows the dads to do sight seeing since there are more fishies walking around on Seal Beach.

    Watch your gear and car on Belmont Pier. It usually draws a less reputable crowd. I had my car stolen from the parking lot a while ago.


    You can read up more about the pier on this link:
    http://www.pierfishing.com/resources/index.php?id=piers:seal_beach_pier
     
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  12. Arima-bob

    Arima-bob pescadore n j├Ąger

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    Cleaned house on sardines before at Belmont. A sabiki is all we needed.
     

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