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Surf Fishing Pismo Beach

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Fishing From The Surf At Pismo Beach

One of the greatest things about Pismo Beach is that you can drive your car out onto the sand. From here you can take a day trip or even camp overnight by reserving a "campsite".

  Once out there there is miles of beach to explore and cast out to.  If you are a hardcore surf fisherman you can bring waders (the surf can be rough and the water can be cold). If not, you can always hammer some PVC's into the sand and play the waiting game.  

Target Species (Surf Fishing Pismo Beach)

The main targeted species at Pismo Beach is Perch. Below is a great video posted by Youtuber "TwistedVortex22" that gives you a great idea of what the beach looks like and how the fishing can be. 

Baits For Surf Fishing On Pismo Beach

Sand perch are often foraging the sand in the surf for small marine worms that are in the sand.  A great bait for sand perch is the Berkley Gulp Sand Worm.  There are a few different types of worms that are available, some are longer than others, you really don't need anything over 2-3 inches. 

A Few Warnings For Surf Fishing On Pismo Beach

Warning #1:  It is possible to get your car stuck in the sand!  

This is especially true if your car is not specifically designed for off roading.  Below we include a few tips to lower your odds of getting stuck on the beach (the state park rangers are not always that informative so its good to read this up front. 

Tip # 1:  Low Tide Is Your Friend

Plan your driving around low tides and stay in the wet sand.  Dry sand is way easier to get caught in and during low tide there will be plenty of wet sand to work with.  You also don't want to be driving down the beach as high tide is approaching since you will be driving a fine line between trying to keep your car from getting your car flooded and getting stuck in the dry sand at the edge of the tide line. 

Tip # 2: Release Some Pressure Out Of Your Tires

Releasing some air out of your tires will lower you chances of digging yourself a whole when you get stuck, less air in your tires makes them more adaptable. 

Tip # 3: Bring Cardboard

When you do get stuck, and it is inevitable that you will, putting a piece of cardboard or foam in front of or behind your tires can help you gain traction and get out of a hole. 

Tip # 4: Be Ready To Make Friends  

Ok, so we already established that you are probably going to get stuck a few times on your drive on the beach.  So be ready to make friends to help you get out of a hole.  You also should probably pay it forward and be available to help when you see others 

Tip # 5: Back Up The Beach

When you finally find the place where you want to fish, reverse up the beach so that you are in a better position to get out of the sand on your way back down. 

Warning # 2 Watch Your Lines (Especially On Weekends)

Pismo beach can get pretty crazy with off roading, big trucks, sand buggies, ATV's, and motorcross bikes. You can see this in the video below posted by Youtuber "Got Sand".  

Tip # 1:  Fish Weekends

All of the craziness happens on the weekend.  If you are looking to have a quite day of surf fishing, weekdays are your friend. 

Tip #2:  Stand By Your Rods

A lot of the ATV's  and motorcross bikes come flying down the tideline.  If you are planning on fishing with your rods in PVC pipes in the sand, pay attention and be ready to ward off any ATV's that might come flying by. 

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