As far back as I can remember people have been fishing from the Seal Beach pier. Growing up as a child, I remember riding the tram out to the end of the pier and the excitement of seeing some of the bigger catches.
At some point between when I was a kid and now, angling etiquette on the pier has declined significantly creating quite a problem for those visiting, but not fishing on, the pier. Cleaning fish on the surface of the wooden memorial benches, disregard for the “no casting” rule and lack of enforcement have combined to bring this issue to a head.
During a recent daytime walk out the pier with my wife, I was actually shocked to see how bad the fishing situation had gotten. Not only did it stink, the pier was packed with fisherman casting (nearly hooking us) and consuming alcohol (behind the old Ruby’s building). This certainly is not the pier I recall as a child.
At the January 28th City Council meeting, Mayor Gary Miller acknowledged the problem saying, “I’m not trying to eliminate fishing totally, I just want them (fishermen) to share the pier.” It is obvious change is needed, especially if the city entertains a new restaurant at the end of the pier.
Quite frankly if I was considering the end of that pier as a location for my restaurant, and saw the kind of activity that is currently going on out there, I would turn around and never look back.
I’m interested to know how you feel about the current state of fishing on the pier? What do you propose should be done to clean things up? Leave your thoughts to this question below in the comments section.