Promoting responsible angling (Monterey Wharf – California)- Video

This video was filmed during my visit to Monterey (January, 2015)
Review: Abdel Rahman El Gamal (Founder of the video channel)

The Municipal Wharf II was constructed in 1926 and repaired in 1983. Here, sport anglers try to make a fish catch. There are sections of this long wharf (490 m) that are marked no fishing leaving about 75% of the north side of the pier open to anglers. A fishing license is not required for sport fishing from a public pier or wharf in California. No fishing is allowed around the commercial facilities and in the marina for safety reasons.

The day of my visit was a weed day (Wednesday, 22 January 2015). During weekends, and as been told, the wharf is usually lined with anglers. Fish caught in regard to species or quantity may vary according to seasons. When the waters are filled with fish the railings will be filled with anglers and they’ll normally tote away buckets filled with fish. In fact, it is common to see anglers catch several fish every cast. The baits usually used are live bait such as an anchovy, small shiner perch, or smelt; cut anchovies are also used.

The pelagic schooling are the most numerous fish species taken by anglers from the wharf including Jacksmelt, Pacific sardine, Spanish mackerel (jack mackerel), blue mackerel (Pacific mackerel), surfperch and northern anchovy; n None of these species has a take limit.

The danger of fishing line and hooks used by the anglers on sea lions and sea otters called the attention of concerned agencies and volunteers who establish recycling bins to remind anglers to recycle their hooks and line. On Sundays whereas anglers are many, volunteers and the Coast Guard have face-to-face conversations with anglers emphasizing that the enjoyment anglers get during their fishing visit should not be on the cost of the marine wildlife; all what anglers need to do is to remember to account for everything they bring before they leave.

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