Top 5 Tips for Fishing from Hermosa Beach Pier
Sitting in the sand with a cold drink while the waves crash nearby is all many people need to enjoy their trip to Hermosa Beach. However, here at Beach Bound we know that for many men and women sitting near a large body of water and not fishing it is like having an itch and not being able to scratch it.
If that sounds like you, then the Beach Bound team wants to help you get on the water and fishing as quickly as possible. That’s why we’ve put together a guide to fishing from Hermosa Beach Pier below.
Check it out and stop by the Beach Bound shop during your Hermosa Beach visit to rent bikes and beach wagons to move your fishing gear!
Know the Local Laws Before Casting
It’s important to know the local fishing laws before you cast because, well, you can’t cast a line on Hermosa Beach Pier.
Local regulations often range from simple etiquette like not leaving trash on the pier or the number of lines you can cast at a single time to more serious safety information like casting. At Hermosa Beach Pier, you are not allowed to cast a line with any weight, hook, or bait attached to it from overhead or the side to keep the people walking on the pier safe.
Some piers require fishing licenses, others have strict hours on when you can fish, so make sure you check the local regulations wherever you’re fishing before you cast! You can read about Hermosa Beach Pier’s rules and regulations here.
Scout During Low Tide if Possible
Successful fishing is often the result of knowing the waters you’re fishing well enough to know where and when fish will be. If you’re visiting Hermosa Beach though, you won’t have that knowledge on hand before you cast.
That’s why we recommend visiting the pier during low tides to see the natural layout of the water around it. Of course, you won’t be able to see everything on the ocean floor, but if you look close enough then you can see where there is an extra buildup of sea life on the pier structure. That sea life attracts small fish, and the small fish attract the large fish you’ll want to catch. You’ll also be able to see where the water naturally gathers, and maybe even how it affects the sea floor and the fish there.
Once the tide returns, this information will be invaluable, so take the time to scout during low tide of you have it!
Try Early Morning or Sunset for Fishing
Just like people, fish avoid the midday sun. As a result, they tend to be more active in the morning and early evening when the sun is still out but not as hot. Plus, the tides moving in and out from the shore pull in small bait fish which then attract the larger predator fish you’re after.
Know the Fish in the Area
You should also be aware of exactly what type of fish are in the area and what they feed on. This is a basic rule for fishing so you should always follow it, but it can be tricky in the ocean where the season and local migrations play a big role in what’s in the water.
Protect Yourself from the Sun
Lastly, make sure you enjoy your entire day on the pier by protecting yourself from the sun. There is little to no shade on the pier, so make sure you have plenty of sunscreen, polarized sunglasses, and enough clothing to protect yourself all day long!