“Fishing in the City”

Apr 27, 2009 by Lisa Newton

Have you ever thought about fishing in Los Angeles?

Until I went to the Santa Monica Pier and saw all the people fishing, it didn’t even occur to me, but then again, I’m not a fisherman.

But, a lot of people are:

Did you catch anything yet?

The California Department of Fishing and Game has a special program to get kids interested in fishing called, “Fishing in the City.” Since its inception in 1993, Fishing in the City has introduced fishing to more than 50,000 children and family members in Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

Why fishing? Well, I’m sure if you’re a fisherman, you already know; but for us novices, the benefits of fishing can be:

1. Fun: I can only imagine how much fun it is to land your first big one.

2. Family oriented: An entire family can go fishing, making it a Travelin’ Local day trip. Just pack a lunch basket, go to a nearby park, lake, or ocean access, have your bait, poles and other various fishing paraphernalia, and you’re ready to go.

Let's go fishing

3. Fairly inexpensive: Depending on the fishing rod and tackle, you can start with the economy version and if you want, purchase more expensive equipment that more experienced pros use. Plus, you get to eat what you catch.

4. Outdoor fun: What’s better than spending a peaceful day on the water, looking over the ocean, enjoying the fresh air, with the anticipation of catching dinner?

Personally, my only reference point to fishing is when my brother used to do a little fishing with his friends on Lake Erie, as we were growing up. He used to come home and regal us with stories of putting bait on his hooks and then eat lunch (Of course, there was no handwashing), or going to the bathroom over the edge of the boat. (Which is why girls were not invited, but I think times have changed.)

Bait and Hook

But I digress.

If you’d like to “try out” fishing, without having the minimum expense of getting a license– which here in Californina is required for anyone fishing over the age of 16–the California Department of Fish and Game offers two free annual fishing days, July 4th and September 7th.

Fishing clinics are also available for the general public. Staffed by learned volunteers who are passionate about fishing, you can check here for the calendar of events in your area.

Are you into fishing? Do you take your kids fishing? What’s your big fish story? I’d love to hear about it in the comments section below.

While Travelin’ Local, you can always hear a “Whopper of a Story.” More frequently than not, because California is a coastal State, the chances are that you’ll want to keep fishing until you catch “The Big One.”

But that’s a Travelin’ Local story for another time.

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15 Responses to ““Fishing in the City””

  1. Diane C. says:

    It looks like a lot of people enjoy fishing at Santa Monica Pier. My family was never into fishing, but it sure does look like a relaxing pastime. When my kids were little I would take them to different parks that had ponds to feed the ducks and there were usually a few people fishing.

    Diane C.’s last blog post..Cactus Monday – Sonoran Desert Art


  2. David says:

    Now I want to learn how to fish because your story makes it seem, well, fun and cool! Seriously, although it’s probably an acquired sport and one that I never was particularly interested in, it does seem like a relaxing way to spend the day at the beach, or lake. Beautiful photos, Lisa.


  3. Paisley (Paisley Thoughts) says:

    I have good memories of my dad catching kabeljou in remote and wild areas and grilling it over the coals. Yum! Catching fish in an urban setting is of course quite unique and looks like a lot of fun for city dwellers. Great pics.

    Paisley (Paisley Thoughts)’s last blog post..Having a Blog Changes You


  4. Kevin says:

    Half the fun of going fishing is getting out in the clean air with friends. The last 10 times or so that I have gone salmon fishing up here I haven’t caught a single fish but sure have had fun.

    Hopefully they are teaching good fishing practices like catch and release during the clinics.

    Kevin’s last blog post..Brentwood Regatta 2009 Photo Gallery


  5. LisaNewton says:

    @ Diane C. My kids had so much fun feeding the ducks. It was really their first up close and personal nature experience.

    @ David Thank you. It looks relaxing to me, too. But, I’m not sure I could put the bait on the hook……………:)

    @ Paisley Thank you. I think fishing in the city is one way of bringing the country to the city. I haven’t tasted kabuljou. Where to do you catch it?

    @ Kevin. It’s great to be able to not catch fish and have fun at the same time. From what I read, they do teach good fishing practices. In fact, that’s one of the main reasons for the class.


  6. Paisley (Paisley Thoughts) says:

    Kabeljou (I think) in English is a kind of a cob. It’s large and can be a sort of greenish-blue or a reddish-brown. It’s caught on the South African coast all the way to Namibia. There are all kinds of ways to cook it but the very best is on the coals. The sea is a big part of my life and my memories.

    There are wonderful little fishing communities in my part of the world having a very hard time due to the quota regulations. I’ll be posting some photos on my blog sometime.

    I entered Collective Inkwell’s writing competition proof of the profound effect the sea has on me.

    Gosh that was longwinded. Have a lovely day.

    Paisley (Paisley Thoughts)’s last blog post..Having a Blog Changes You


  7. LisaNewton says:

    I look forward to learning more about this, and seeing your pictures. One of the best things about the Internet is being able to share others lives and experiences.

    Thanks for coming back with an explanation…………..:)


  8. Barb Hartsook says:

    My dad fished off his own pier on Boca Ciega Bay in St. Petersburg, Florida 40 years or so ago… cleaned the fish and brought them into my mom who fried them. Yum… but I never wanted to touch the shrimp bait, nor touch a wiggly fish, and most definitely excused myself from the area for the cleaning.

    My friend would spend the whole day fishing from a small outboard in Lake Erie. I’d rather sit on the shore with my journal and sketch book.

    There’s something for all of us, isn’t there?

    Barb Hartsook’s last blog post..Do We Really Get What We See?


  9. LisaNewton says:

    @ Barb I’m all for the eating of the fresh fish part. In fact, my brother used to bring home fresh lake perch which was just melt in your mouth good. I haven’t tasted perch like that since.


  10. Lisa's Chaos says:

    Apparently my son would have thought to fish. :) We’re taking him white water rafting and he wanted to fish too! Crazy kid!


  11. Valerie Beeby says:

    I’ve just finished reading ‘Salmon Fishing in the Yemen’. (Well actually I listened to it on my iPod via Audible.com.) Wonderful book.

    Valerie Beeby’s last blog post..iPhone Art Photography. How to Take Bad Photos.


  12. LisaNewton says:

    @ Lisa’s Chaos Hey, it’s great that he’s active. Too many kids spend too much time in front of the TV or on the computer. I’ve only been white water rafting once, but it was fun.

    @ Valerie I haven’t read that book, so thanks for the suggestion………..:)


  13. Tyler says:

    I’m from New York and people fish off the East and Hudson River all the time. I’m always shocked when I run past them because I wonder whether or not they are actually going to eat the catch! You guys can at least fish in the ocean. But I can assure you- this is a bi-coastal phenom.


  14. greg urbano says:

    question … is this the same pier jimmy rockford fished off of all those years ago?


  15. Chad Ferguson says:

    Looks like an awesome area to spend the day. Much more scenic than the murky green waters we have here in Texas!
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