Sittin on the dock of the bay
April 17, 2012 2:35 PM Subscribe
Please tell me everything you know about fishing from the shores of the San Francisco Bay. Bonus points for East Bay specifics.
As a kid growing up outside Philadelphia, I spent a lot of time fishing in lakes and streams with my cousin and stepdad. We caught trout, bass, perch, bluegill, etc. We went on a couple deep sea fishing trips for sea bass as well.
Now I live in the East Bay, just half a mile from Point Isabel. My cousin lives up in Washington state and is still an avid fisherman. We were chatting the other day and he pointed out that there is probably some good fishing fun to be had very close to me.
I haven't fished in years, barely ever in the ocean, never on the west coast, and I know nothing about fishing in the SF Bay.
Assuming I'd be fishing from the shore and not from a boat: What kind of rod/reel/line would I need? What type of bait? What kind of fish could I expect to catch? Would I even want to eat any fish from the bay? Do I need a license? What are the best times of day to fish? Any local etiquette I should be aware of?