Marin Rod & Gun Club — 29th Annual “Kids Day On The Pier”

29th Annual “Kids Day on the Pier” A Success

The Marin Rod and Gun Club, started in 1926, celebrated its 91st birthday this year and is one of California’s oldest and, in my opinion, best clubs in the state.

August 19, 2017 saw the 29th Annual “Kid’s Day on the Pier” at the Marin Rod & Gun Club on San Quentin Point in San Rafael, California. The event was co-sponsored this year by UPSAC (United Pier and Shore Anglers of California), PFIC (Pier Fishing In California), and the IGFA (International Game Fish Association).

The day saw an enthusiastic group of 57 youngsters, a crowd of roughly 150 people, great weather (until the winds decided to be a little gnarly), and a very good number of fish.

Loaner rods and reels were available as well as free bait and assistance when needed. Combined with the fishing was a free hot dog lunch and every participant received a rod and reel from the club.

Marin Rod & Gun Club members worked at a variety of jobs

UPSAC/PFIC Members Brian Linebarger and Robert Gardner helped rig up the UPSAC loaner rods for the kids.

The pier was full of families enjoying the great outdoors!

Mother and Child!

Jacksmelt were the predominate catch of the day!

This was the largest striped bass of the day

Hans Jones Jr. with a bat ray — Photo courtesy of Hans Jones

Hans Jones and Hans Jones Jr.

Monteriro Family

Mel Kon from Pier Fishing In California

Photo courtesy of Rita Magdamo

Fish On!

Leopard Shark — Photo courtesy of Rita Magdamo

Bat Ray — Photo courtesy of Hans Jones & Rita Magdamo

UPSAC/PFIC member Robert Gardner with a jacksmelt to be used for live bait

UPSAC/PFIC member Brian Linebarger with a Diamond Turbot

Each individual age group winner received a 1st Place trophy, a beautiful IGFA certificate, and an autographed copy of Pier Fishing in California by Ken Jones.

The crowd waiting for the derby results to be announced

Ken Jones and John Evans announcing the results

Age group winners: 5-year-old and under: (Tie) Sierra Maeda and Liam Connell (2 time winner)

Sierra Maeda

Liam Connell

6-year-old: (Tie) Eva Orsi and Azai Handy.

Eva Orsi

Azai Handy

7-year-old winner Nicholas Yaitanes

8-year-old: Tyler Yerkey — No photo

9-year-old winner: Michel Monteiro (2 time winner)

10-year-old winner: Priscilla Villalpando

11-year-old winner: David Shigematsu

12-year-old winner: Micah Sweet

13-year-old winner: Dylan Monteiro (3-time winner) 

14-year-old winner: Ethan Chu

15-year old winner: Emily Olewinski.

The largest fish of the day included a 25-inch striped bass by Eric Jamison Stone (who also caught a 15-inch striper and a 14-inch halibut), a 26-inch leopard shark and 15-inch striped bass by Liam Connell; a 39-inch bat ray and 19-inch leopard shark by Priscilla Villalpando; two large bat rays by Michel Monteiro; a 15-inch halibut by Michael Ng; a 16-inch striper by Alexander Yaitanes; a medium-sized striped bass by Cody Monteiro, and several large 13-15-inch jacksmelt.

Representing the Marin Rod and Gun Club: Chairmen Gary Colmere, Vice-Chaiman Roy Jackson, John Evans and upwards of 30 or more club members who performed a plethora of duties—serving as judges on the pier, cleaning and fixing rods and reels for both the derby and the raffle, cooking the hot dog lunch, setting up and cleaning the auditorium and kitchen, helping with the registration, and helping announce the results of the raffle.

Gary Colmere

Roy “Sarge” Jackson

Representing UPSAC: President Ken Jones, Vice-President Robert Gardner, Secretary Brian Linebarger, Board Members: Hans Jones and Rita Magdamo.

Representing the Pier Fishing in California (pierfishing.com) website family were the above UPSAC members as well as  Melvin Kon.

A huge thank you goes to the Marin Gun and Rod Club and the various other organizations and volunteers for putting on this great annual event.

All unattributed photos, with the exception of the derby winners, taken by Ken Jones — Derby winner photos taken by Rita Magdamo

 

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Redondo Beach Municipal Pleasure and Fishing Pier — “The Endless Pier” — 1915-1927

 An Angler’s History of the Pier

The “Endless Pier” as it would have looked when new

With the destruction of Wharf No. 1 in 1915, and the deteriorating condition of Wharf No. 2, many in Redondo Beach began to consider the idea of a new pier—a pleasure pier. Although Redondo had, since the opening of Wharf No. 1 in 1889, gained fame for its various wharves, all had been commercial wharves that “allowed” visitors to walk the wharves and anglers to fish from them. But none were built as “pleasure piers,” piers reserved for locals and visitors seeking pleasure—fishing, strolling, relaxing over the ocean, etc.

However, Santa Monica had constructed a huge concrete pleasure pier in 1909 gaining tremendous publicity and attracting thousands of visitors. Hermosa Beach had constructed a new concrete pleasure pier in 1914. Manhattan Beach had formed a “Pier and Beach Association” in 1914 and was studying plans for a new pleasure pier. Long Beach had a long history of pleasure piers and the Pine Avenue Pier that opened in 1904, when combined with the nearby Pike amusement area, was a major competitor to Redondo as far as a seaside attraction.

In addition, by 1915 the shoreline between Venice and Ocean Park was the home to a number of huge “amusement piers” that in terms of sheer size, and amusements offered, were in a class all their own. The Venice Pier (1905), Ocean Park’s Horseshoe Pier (1905), Bristol Pier (1907), and Fraser’s Million Dollar Pier (1910) led the list. Plans were already underway to build the Looff Pier that would adjoin the Santa Monica Pier when it opened in 1916.

Given the competition for tourists, there was little doubt a pleasure pier was needed. There was also little doubt that something was needed to make the Redondo pier stand out (although it certainly would already stand out as far as the fishermen were concerned).

Of course there is always the question of cost, especially if it’s a municipal pier to be paid for by the taxpayers. Then there is the question of where to build it and how to build it. Redondo’s leaders brought those questions directly to the voters and they did so in a fairly rapid pace. The one unanswered question would be the reaction of the Pacific Electric Company since it owned some of the property being discussed for a pier’s location.

Redondo Beach Plans Three Bond Campaigns — Redondo Beach, Feb. 12.—The campaign for three separate bond issues was started in a mass meeting held in the pavilion. The issues are for a municipal pleasure and fishing pier to cost $121,000…—Los Angeles Times, February 13, 1915

Redondo Beach Pleasure Pier — Redondo Beach, Feb. 27.—The City Trustees have issued a call for a meeting to be held Monday night at the City hall, at which time it is expected they will pledge themselves to place the municipal pier at whatever location the voters shall decide it should be placed. This action was decided upon after the voters placed a request before the Board of Trustees saying that, before voting on a bond issue of $121,000 they would like to know where the pier is to be, and to have some assurance that it will not be placed at an undesirable point. The question of the location of the pier will be decided by either a straw ballot or by petition to the Board of trustees. At present the site most talked of is Pier No. 1, now owned by the Pacific Electric. This property can be purchased for $17,500, and $5000 to remove a pipe line…The committee is instructed to inform the company officials that the city will not buy the pier, but merely the approach to it, will not pay anything for removing the pipe line, will not grant the company any concessions on the proposed pier, but will permit the company to retain its water pipe line for the bath house.–Los Angeles Times, February 28, 1915

Redondo Beach, March 9.—Among the many elections to be held by the city will be one called for April 10 to decide the location of the proposed municipal pier, if the bond issue of $121,000 for a pier passes at an election Thursday of this week. Five questions will be asked the voters. They include three locations—one at the south end of the bath-house, one be at the foot of Emerald street and one at the foot of Diamond street. The voters will also be asked if they prefer a horseshoe-shaped pier extending from Diamond to Emerald streets, or a V-shaped pier from Emerald street to the south end of the bath-house. —Los Angeles Times, March 10, 1915

Redondo Beach Votes For A Pleasure Pier — Redondo Beach, March 11.—The municipal pier bond issue of $121,000 carried today at the polls, the vote being 760 for and 246 against, the proposition carrying by ninety over the necessary two-thirds. The pier, as proposed by the Board of Trustees, will be one of the show places of the Southwest, and will be used for pleasure and fishing purposes. The next special election to be held will be on April 10, the voters will decide where they desire the municipal pier to be located. Three locations are presented to the voters and two additional questions will be asked the voters regarding the shape of the pier to be built.—Los Angeles Times, March 12, 1915

Pacific Electric Has Offer For Redondo Beach — Decide Upon V-Shaped Pier —Redondo Beach, April 7.—Reduces Price—President Shoup of the Pacific Electric has sprung a surprise by materially reducing the price asked by his company for the approach to and the present structure at Pier No. 1. He told the City Trustees that Pier No. 1 and its approach is worth $30,000 to the Pacific Electric, but that the company would be willing to sell for much less. Formerly the company proposed selling the property to the city for $17,500, plus $5000 for removing pipe lines now on the pier. The company also wished to retain rights to concessions on both sides of the pier for a certain distance out. Mr. Shoup said that the company would be willing to sell the property to the city for its proposed municipal pier, and would eliminate the $5000 asked for removing the pipe lines and would ask the right to retain concessions only on the north side out as far as they now extend. A hint of possible suits on the part of the city to obtain quit-claims deeds to certain supposed tidelands was made when Trustee Brolaski said to Mr. Shoup that since the passage of the bill which gives Redondo Beach title to all tidelands in the city, the Pacific Electric could not claim right to any concessions on the old pier. To this Mr. Shoup replied that that was a matter for his legal department to take up. V-Shaped Pier— G. W. Harding, an engineer engaged by the board to report on the feasibility of the various locations, said that on account of the loss of his equipment last Friday, he was unable to determine the construction of the ocean bed for the proposed location at the foot of Diamond street. He said a pier at this location would cost a little more than the other places because of rough seas. Harding favors a V-shaped pier because it would be unique and would be a fine advertisement for the city, as well as being reinforced by the two approaches. He estimated that piers at the locations proposed would cost from $80,000 to $120,000, if built of concrete. The citizens will vote Saturday to decide where the pier will be built. A recent election decided the bond issue of $121,000, with which to build the structure. —Los Angeles Times, April 8, 1915

Ultimately, in an apparently heavily attended election, the voters chose the V-shape design that, together with the boardwalk connecting the two legs of the pier, would allow the title of  “Endless Pier” to be adopted.

Decide Upon A V-Shaped Pier — Redondo Beach, April 10.—In a lively election held here today to decide the location for the proposed municipal pleasure pier and fishing pier the citizens cast their vote in favor of a triangular-shaped structure extending out 900 feet from the end of the bath-house to Emerald street.  The vote stood: triangular-shaped pier, 744; straight pier at foot of Diamond street, 375; straight pier south of the Garland building, 5; straight pier at foot of Emerald street, 25; horseshoe-shaped pier, 12. The total vote cast was 1188, one vote being thrown out.  Greater interest was shown in the election today than has been here since women received the ballot in California. Voters were taken to the polls in invalid chairs to cast their ballot. The pier decided upon, according to an engineer’s report, will cost the city $121,000. It will form a triangle extending into the water in the shape of a “V.” —Los Angeles Times, April 11, 1915

 Once the money was secured, decisions on location made, and agreement reached with the Pacific Electric Company, actual construction could be begun. Designs and the awarding of a construction contract were again done at a fairly rapid pace but now the first of many problems were to occur that would plague this pier and the “Horseshoe Pier,” the successor to this pier.

News Of Beach — The [Redondo Beach] board last night opened sealed bids for the construction of the proposed triangular pleasure and fishing pier to be built here soon. Leyden-Ortselfen Company of Chicago were the lowest bidders, offering to erect the pier for $108,800. Charles W. Corbaley of Los Angeles bid $114,700 and Snare, Triest & Co. of New York, $129,800. Engineer George W. Harding was instructed to report on the bids and bidders and the board deferred the signing of a contract… City Attorney Perry presented a report of an engineer engaged by the city showing an appraisement of the approach for the proposed pleasure pier to be $2.50 a square foot, making the total appraisement $10,803.50. A committee was appointed by the board to confer with the Pacific Electric officials to see if that company would not reduce its price f $12,500 on the property.—Los Angeles Times, July 29, 2015

Award Contract For Great Pier — Redondo Trustees Pass Out Job: Get Promise Of Work At Once — Redondo Beach, Aug. 1.—Deciding upon immediate action regarding the construction of the proposed municipal pleasure and fishing pier, the Board of Trustees last night awarded the contract for the pier to the lowest of there bidders, Leyden-Ortselfen Company of Chicago was given the contract at $108,800, work to commence as soon as possible. While the bonds for the big structure have not been sold yet, the contractor agrees to go ahead with the construction. Official advertising for bids on the bonds will begin on August 23, and in the meantime everything will be put in readiness for quick work. Two approaches to the pier, which will be triangular, will be purchased from the Pacific Electric, the company agreeing to accept $8531 for both approaches in order to expedite the job. The company has been asked by the city for immediate possession of the property. Two strips, thirty feet wide from curb to curb, and about 100 feet long, are included in this purchase. Property owners on both sides will have to pay for the improvements of this property, the Pacific Electric being the principal owner. A new set of plans for working purposes, including specifications for concrete construction, reinforced with steel, have been prepared by Engineer George W. Harding. In order to provide for a deficit in the pier fund, caused by the fact that the contract price and other costs will reach more than the $121,000 authorized by the voters, Trustee Brolanski introduced a resolution providing that $1831 be taken from the general fund and placed in the pier fund. The motion was voted down. An effort will be made to sell the bonds at a premium. The bonds are of $500 and $1000 denominations. —Los Angels Times, August 4, 1915

Redondo Beach, Aug. 10.—The Board of Trustees entered into a contract with the Pacific Electric for the purchase of the two approaches to the proposed municipal pleasure and fishing pier. The price of both properties is $8531. All contracts for the construction, it was brought out at last night’s meeting, hinge upon the successful sale of the bonds, amounting to $121,000.—Los Angeles Times, August 11, 1915

Redondo Beach Pier Bonds Sold — Redondo Beach, Aug. 23.—The sale of the bonds aggregating $121,000, covering the cost of the construction of a concrete pleasure and fishing pier, was authorized tonight to the William R. Stants Company of Los Angeles. The Los Angeles concern offered the city accrued interest on the bonds from July 1 to the date of delivery to the company plus a premium of $13157. The offer of the investment and bond brokers is taken by city officials to indicate that money is not so tight as during the previous months of the European war. The premium of the bond brokers, say city officials, will take care of all additional costs not considered previously to the authorization of the issuance of the $121,000 in bonds. The contract accepted by the Trustees amounts to $108,000, and other costs, including the purchase of approaches to the pier, bring the total cost of the big structure to more than $121,000.—Los Angeles Times, August 24, 1915

News reports soon said that construction would begin on the pier in September. But nothing was happening. Where were the materials and the workers? Why was there a delay?

Work on the municipal pleasure and fishing pier will be begun as soon as possible but the contractors have until September 15 to begin. Owing to the fact that the firm is an eastern one, it may take them longer to get their equipment here than a California concern.—Los Angeles Times, September 6, 1915

The launching of the work marking the beginning of construction of the new municipal pier, which is scheduled for some time this month, will probably be about the time that the heavy autumn storms begin. The contractors and city officials say however, that the work will go ahead, nevertheless. Unless the storms come with too great violence, the contractors say, they will begin their work within about ten days. Otherwise they will probably be granted as extension of time.—Los Angeles Times, September 11, 1915

Contractors Fail To Begin On Job — Redondo Beach Is Wondering Where Materials And Workers Are — Redondo Beach, Sept. 24.—City officials here are perplexed over the failure of the contractors for the new municipal pier to arrive here today for work which was supposed to have begun tomorrow. So far no material nor equipment have been delivered on the job, nor have any representatives of the contractors, the Leyden-Ortselfen Co. of Chicago, appeared to advise the city when the actual construction would be begun. Tomorrow a conference will be held by City Attorney Frank L. Perry, City Engineer Ralph Hanson and the pier engineer, George W. Harding. It is expected that the telegraph wires between here and Chicago will be kept hot for a while after the conference.  The City Trustees do not meet until Monday night, and by that time a technical legal point with reference to the time of starting work will be decided. The contractors apparently believe they have until September 30, but the city officials are disappointed that work was not begun at once. The amount of the contract, $108,600, is ready for use. The contractors have furnished bonds for $81,000.—Los Angeles Times, September 25, 1915

Redondo Beach Wondering Why — Redondo Beach, Sept. 26.—While city officials here are puzzled over the status of the beginning of work on the new municipal pleasure pier, they are also wondering what will be the outcome of a conference tomorrow at Flagstaff, Ariz., between the pier engineer, George W. Harding, and Mr. Ortselfen of the Leyden-Ortselfen Company of Chicago. The Chicago contracting company was awarded the contract for the construction of the pier, but so far no material nor apparatus have appeared on the job and the city officials are disappointed that work has not already been begun. At a conference attended yesterday by Mayor O. N. Tomlinson, City Attorney F. L. Perry and Mr. Harding, the City Attorney gave as his opinion that the company has until the evening of September 30 to begin work, as that will be fifteen days after the receipt by the contractors of notice that the city has the money for the bonds. Engineers say that, if the contractors do intend to go ahead with their contract, they will have to rush material on the job. So it was decided that Mr. Harding would confer with Mr. Ortselfen and learn the company’s intentions. Mr. Harding was authorized to inform the company that a San Francisco-New York contracting company would take the contract off Mr. Ortselfen’s hands if the Chicago contractors felt they were too far away from their base of supplies and equipment. Mr. Harding will report by telegraph in time for tomorrow night’s meeting of the trustees.—Los Angeles Times, September 27, 1915

Up In The Air About New Pier — Redondo Beach Demands To Know Of Contractors What’s To Do — Redondo Beach, Sept. 29.—The Board of Trustees will meet at a special meeting Friday to take some action with regard to the construction of the municipal pleasure and fishing pier. Mr. Ortselfen of Leyden-Ortselfen Company, the contractors, has communicated with the board and said that he will be here Thursday, which is the last day he has before beginning work. It is intimidated that work will begin next week. If such is not the case the board threatens to take some action, as the Trustees have indicated that they are chaffing under the delay already experienced.  A proposition for the city to purchase the stub of the old pier of the Pacific Electric at the foot of Emerald street for $1 was turned down by the board when Trustee Brolaski pointed out that it would cost the city from $4000 to $5000 to remove the old structure.—Los Angeles Times, September 30, 2015

 The City Council finally decided to act and rewarded the contract to a different firm.

Redondo Beach Pier To Be Begun In Next Few Days — Redondo Beach, Oct. 2.—The contract for the new triangular-shaped pier, originally let to the Leyden-Ortselfen Company of Chicago, has been turned over to the McArthur Brothers Company of New York by the Board of Trustees following the cancellation of the original agreement with the first-named firm.  The failure of the Leyden-Ortselfen company to start work as required by the terms of their contract brought forth a lengthy resolution from Trustee Brolaski wherein the Commonwealth Bonding Company, acting as sureties for the contractors, were instructed immediately to take charge of the work and rush the pier to completion.  Permission was given the bonding company to engage the McArthur Bros. company to complete the work. A representative of the McArthur company has assured the city officials that actual work would be begun within three days. —Los Angeles Times, October 3, 1915

In October of 1915 construction finally started on the “Endless Pier,” a somewhat triangular-shaped pier that was heralded as “the most unique over-the-sea structure in the country.” The southern leg began at Coral Way, in front of the Bath House, and extended out 450 feet before meeting the platform at the end. The northern leg began at Emerald Street near the Pavilion (approximately where Wharf No. 1 once stood), was slightly shorter, and at the end contained an attractive restaurant. A 160×200-foot-platfrom connected the two legs. The pier was built of reinforced concrete and shaped much like today’s horseshoe pier. Nearly a dozen large shaded benches provided shelter from the sun or rain for those strolling the pier. To give non-fishing visitors protection from errant fishing lines, hooks, and fish, a fishing deck was extended out from the pier. In many ways it was one of the best-designed piers both for the angling and non-angling public. Unfortunately, the design was flawed and the pier would be short lived.

Redondo Beach Pier Wonder of Engineering — Redondo Beach, Oct. 19.—With the arrival of all necessary equipment for the construction of the triangular-shaped concrete pier at Redondo Beach, actual work has been begun on what will be one of the most unique over-the-sea structures on the Pacific Coast. Within a period of 180 working days the McArthur Brothers Company of New York, the contractors, agree to have the pier ready for the use of the public. Projecting seaward in the form of a huge V and terminating in a broad fishing platform 200 feet square, on the brink of the great submarine canyon that has made Redondo Beach the mecca for thousands of disciples of Isaak Walton, the new pier is expected to attract the attention of hosts of tourists that annually make their pilgrimage westward. One leg of the pier triangle will rest on the front of Emerald street, one of the principal thoroughfares of the beach city, and the other will have its base at the southerly end of the great saltwater plunge. A new street, lined with buildings, is planned for the southerly entrance to the pier.  The large stations of stone construction with tiled roofs will offer rest for those who love to sit and watch the sea, while a large sun parlor and aquarium at the outer end will prove an added thing of beauty.  The entire pier will be brilliantly illuminated at night by a unique and original lighting system. Part of the outer platform will be reserved exclusively for fishermen, whereon no one without the necessary fishing paraphernalia may venture. The pier when completed will be nearly 600 feet out from the shore line, will be of concrete construction, and will cost in the neighborhood of $125,000. The pilings run from thirty-five feet in length at the shore-end to ninety-five feet at the outermost end. They will penetrate to a depth of thirty feet where extremely deep water is reached. George W. Harding, the structural engineer in charge, states that he has been besieged in all parts of the country in regard to the engineering difficulties connected with the work. Harding and F. E. Roberts of San Francisco, who is in active charge for the contractors, will be the guests of honor at a “christening” celebration planned for Tuesday, at which time Congressman Stephens will also be present. An all-day celebration followed by a masquerade ball in the pavilion, planned by Marshall Craig of the executive committee of the Chamber of Commerce, is expected to usher in the new pier in the proper manner. Miss Tomlinson, daughter of Mayor Tomlinson, will break a bottle of champagne over the first concrete piling to be driven. The city will be gaily decorated in preparation for the event. The Southern California Rod and Reel Club will have a large delegation on hand for the occasion.—Los Angeles Times, October 11, 1915

However, even though construction finally would begin, controversy would continue. Amazingly it would be over the fluid in the bottle used to dedicate the new pier. It’s hard today, so far removed from those years, to understand the attitudes toward alcohol that would result in “Prohibition” just five years later.

 

Contents Of Bottle Addle Beach Brains — Redondo Beach, Oct.13.—Active construction on the huge new pleasure pier was begun today with a dedication ceremony in which Miss Ruth Tomlinson, daughter of Redondo’s Mayor, christened the structure by breaking a large green bottle of mysterious fluid over the north approach.  What was in the bottle? That’s what is puzzling Redondo. “Champagne of course,” aver adherents of formal christenings such as given battleships. “Sea water,” stoutly assert the prohibitionists. “We protested the use of champagne and cold ‘sparkling water’ was substituted.” “But we heard it pop,” say many. “Carbonated sea water,” retort the promoters of the aqua pura theory.  “We’re from Missouri,” chorus those on the other side. “There’s one pop that can’t be imitated.” Meanwhile Chairman Jack Funk of the Entertainment Committee, being questioned on the all important point, declined to answer and merely looked wise. The protest to the use of champagne was signed by Rev. John Hadley and it is said the Chamber of Commerce promised to have sea water substituted for the bubbling spirits, much to the chagrin of many who wanted to see $7 worth of joy water douse the new pier. Did the pre-arranged plans slip? That’s the question of the day in Redondo Beach. At any rate it was a regular christening. Miss Tomlinson, suffering just a trifle from stage fright, was introduced by Congressman W. D. Stephens, the speaker of the day. “I dedicate this pleasure pier for Redondo Beach,” said the pretty maid and crash went the bottle of—what? “There’s no evidence either way except a picture of the bottle which some say shows the tin-foil top has been tampered with, while others say they can see no real break. There is nothing left of the bottle or contents, for the surf carried away the fragments. —Los Angeles Times, October 14, 1915

In honor of the new pier it was announced that it would be the model for Redondo’s float in the Tournament of Roses parade.

Miniature Pier — Redondo Beach, Dec. 8.—An exact replica of the triangle pleasure pier, now building, wull br made of wild flowers the color of cement and form the float that this e city will enter in the 1916 Tournament of Roses. In planning and building the float George W. Harding construction engineer of the MacArthur Brothers Company, who are erecting the new municipal pier, will cooperate with the committee selected by the Chamber of Commerce. —Los Angeles Times, December 9, 1915 

Great Pleasure Pier Nearing Completion — Redondo Beach, Feb. 7.—The $110,000 municipal pier, the only one of such design on the Pacific Coast, is so far along that it should be completed in time for the spring fishing season. The pier was begun October 10, last, and will be finished in April. It is built so that its inner form is a half-circle. It extends over 600 feet out into the ocean and is 2300 feet from the entrance, around the pier to the exit. There is, therefore, no end to the pier, which is the unusual part of it.  The piles are the largest and heaviest of any wharf on the southern coast. They are reinforced with steel and weigh from sixteen to twenty tons each. The piles in the deep-water part of the pier are heavier and weigh over thirty tons. They are from thirty to eight-five feet long and there will be 270 or more of them.  More than 100 men on the day and night shifts are engaged now in the work of jettying from five to nine of these piles per shift into the ocean bed.  The greatest fishing hole on the south coast is on the left side, near the end of the pier. At low tide it is fifty feet deep there, and at high tide sixty-five or seventy feet. The submarine canyon is constantly full of different kinds of fish. On this side there will be more than usual number of fishing seats built, with comfortable backs to the seats and feet props.  A person who will walk around the pier when it is completed will travel almost half a mile. There will be ten rest stations with umbrella shades and seats. In the middle, where the two wings join, will be an extension of the pier into the ocean in rectangular form, the three sides taking up 400 feet. Here is where the observatory, elevated about ten or twelve feet high, will be situated. It will have glass walls on all sides. On the side where the deep fish bed will be a landing for fish boats.  In June, last year, when the citizens of Redondo Beach voted for a municipal pier, there were three factions with different opinions about the proposed location of the new pier. The difference of one block made an important issue between property holders who were desirous of having the pier near them. Partly because the design was so unusual and the structure when completed, would be a brace for itself, and partly as a compromise, the present plan was chosen, which is the same as two piers because each entrance starts a block from the other in the main part of the concession district. MacArthur Bros. of Los Angeles are the contractors, C. L. Roberts, superintendent; George W. Harding, engineer and special designer, and J. R. Kirby and C. S. Robinson are some of the reputable men who are engaged at the location in Redondo Beach until the pier is finished. —Los Angeles Times, February 13, 1916

Redondo Builds A Pier To Help The Fishermen — Redondo Beach, Feb. 2.—The southeast corner of the new circular pier at this place has already won a reputation as one of the best spots, if not the best little spot on the Coast, for fishing. The reason for this is, that according to the bait, any kind of fish seems to bite.  An unusual circumstance is the cause of this. The ocean’s bed forms a canyon, the edge of which runs up at a sharp angle and at a 2-foot curve, near the shore, and the new pier was built so that it would extend into a corner of this deep hole where so many kinds of fish always are coming and going. The submarine canyon in one place at the pier is eleven fathoms deep, or sixty-six feet. In another place, ninety-six feet of water is within easy cast. The advantages of deep-sea fishing have already been found on the partially completed pier, at this particular corner. Yesterday Herbert Guthree caught a thirty-pound yellowtail from this corner, and today a local lad caught a huge halibut. The new pier will be finished by April in time for the spring and summer season. On the corner where the deep bed is, there will be extra facilities for fishing provided and a bulletin board giving the times of tides, so that fishermen will know when is the best time to fish. The incoming tides often bring surprises, in the kind of schools of fish that drift in… —Los Angeles Times, February 22, 1916

Once again though there was disagreement and a delay.  

Dispute Over Landing — Redondo Beach, March 18.—That a favorable boat landing of the new pier is something worth scrapping for was made evident when two interested parties representing different views came before the Council. The location for the landing has twice been changed and Special Engineer Harding says that of the location of the landing is changed again, the city will have an added expense of $1000 as the concrete piles are in now. George Peterson, an old pilot, told Mayor Tomlinson that unless the landing location is changed boats will be able to land there about one-fourth of the time at best. Other interested citizens stated that as the new pier is one of the best fishing spots on the coast, it would be foolish to take up so much room for a landing farther out on the pier. The Mayor turned the matter over to the Public Properties Committee. —Los Angels Times, March 19, 1916

May Defer Pier Opening — Redondo Beach, March 22.—The opening of the new pier will probably be postponed from April 29 to a later date, according to a letter to the Mayor from J. R. Hitchcock of the Santa Fe, requesting that the date of the opening also of El Paseo be postponed. MacArthur Bros, the contractors and builders of the new pier, state the announcement of the opening day was made without any consultation wit them and it is not possible to have the pier finished at that date. —Los Angeles Times, March 23, 1916

Dives For Engine — Redondo Beach, M<arch 25.—Both pile drivers used in the construction of the new municipal pier here went to the bottom of the ocean in the recent storm, and today Alfred Christy, a diver, was under water for one hour and three-quarters and succeeded in locating one of the engines. The other one has not been found and work cannot proceed on the pier until the large derricks are brought up from the ocean bed. —Los Angeles Times, March 2, 1916

An interesting proposal was made for an aquarium on the pier although it apparently was never built.

Marine Aquarium At Redondo Beach — Redondo Beach, June 5.—Hector Alliott, curator of the Southwest Museum in Los Angeles, has offered through W. M. McKnight, manager of the Southern California Edison Company here, an aquarium to be built on the new concrete pier in this city, now nearing completion. The Los Angeles Museum will appropriate a portion of the expense money for the maintenance of the aquarium. Mr. Alliott asserts that Redondo Beach is the best field for creating a marine biological station and marine museum, and proposes to erect such a station on the municipal pier as a free public museum for information.  Mr. Alliott has plans under way whereby the City Council will combine with the local Chamber of Commerce in securing the funds for the building, and the Southwest Museum would superintend the erection and operation of the station. The city will probably appropriate the amount sufficient for two caretakers and operating expenses. The arrangement and operation of exhibits would be under the personal care of Me. Alliott and his assistants. The building will cost approximately $5000, and $2000 has already been appropriate here. It will probably be built along the same lines as the Southwest Museum in Highland Park, in the Spanish architectural style. —Los Angeles Times, June 6, 1916

Amidst all of the delays, fishing began to take place on the pier. Anglers have never needed an “official” opening date to hold back their enthusiasm or ability to grab a spot and begin fishing.

Lots Of Mackerel Run At Redondo — Redondo Beach, June 15.— Due to the fact that the other two wharves hare are roped off while the men are unloading the ships, the new municipal pier is the only place where people can fish, and several large halibut, as well as mackerel, were caught today by the anglers. Joseph Henderson caught the first “corn fed” mackerel of the season today with a small rod and reel. The “corn feds” do not usually come into these waters until the month of August. Perch are also biting well. —Los Angeles Times, June 16, 1916

Council Accepts Handsome New Municipal Pier — Redondo Beach, July 26.—The new $110,000 municipal pier in this city was formally accepted by the City Council last night and plans are rapidly progressing for a gran opening on August 5. Every night the pier is lit with myriads of red, white and blue lights, which give a novel and wonderful effect from a distance. The lights are on the outside as well as the inside of the circular pier, and there are 500 of them distributed at each of the nine comfort stations around the pier. The pier is entirely of concrete giving an absolute finish of white, and there is a glass sun parlor in the center, in the deep-water part. The opening day will also be Garden Valley Day here. —Los Angeles Times, July 26, 1916

Two Gay Days To Mark Opening Of Great Pier — Redondo Beach will blossom out in a gigantic celebration Saturday and Sunday to commemorate the official opening of the $125,000 pleasure pier. A fireworks display, an exhibition of high and fancy diving from the new pier by Redondo Beach diving beauties, and dancing on the pier at night with incidental confetti battles and a masquerade, will be features of the two days of celebration. The new pier is one of the finest of its kind on the West Coast. It is triangular in shape, with a double approach from the shore, converging in a great platform, 165×270 feet, right over one of the deepest and best fishing holes on the coast. All construction is of solid reinforced concrete, built to withstand the highest seas. A system of electric lights, hundreds in number, serves to create a beautiful illumination at night. Many notable persons from all parts of Southern California will take part in the grand opening Saturday. The Mayors of various Southern California cities, with the secretaries of various chambers of commerce, will be the guests of honor. Saturday afternoon literary exercises will be held. In the evening a great fireworks display will officially open the pier. A dance will follow.  The next day will be featured by the giving away of thousands of flowers, presented by the city of Redondo Beach. During both evenings of dancing $100 in cash prizes will be given to the couples wearing the best and most unusual costumes. —Los Angeles Times, August 2, 1916

Strawberry Day At The Beach — Redondo Beach, Aug. 2—The city will celebrate the completion of its municipal $110,000 pier on Saturday and Sunday in conjunction with the people of Gardena, Torrance, Moneta, Lometa, and Bridgedale, who will come here Saturday to celebrate Strawberry Valley Day… Little flower girls will strew roses on the ocean, and the pier, which is finished in concrete, will be deprived of its whiteness by bright bunting and flags, and electrical displays in the evening.—Los Angeles Times, August 3, 1916

Redondo Beach Opens Its New Pleasure Pier

 Redondo Beach, Aug.5—This city celebrated the opening of the new municipal $125,000 pier here today and festivities began with a programme at 10 o’clock a.m. and will be continued through tomorrow. In connection with the opening of the new pier, Strawberry Valley day was held here and the cities of Gardena, Torrance, Moneta and Bridgedale held their annual picnic here, with George A. Proctor master of ceremonies and a committee composed of the Messrs. Robertson, Murray, Pitman, Hendricks and Smith; Sports Committee, Toetz, Norton, Bittleston, Ormsbee; judges, D. N. Towne, Vagel, Smith and George Towne, and Dance Committee, H. Dolley and C. I. Tilley.  Miss Ruth Roland and her company of film players and the Vermont Society of Southern California, of which Mr. H. T. McGee is president and Mrs. Henry George, secretary, were here.  Considerable excitement was caused on the new pier this afternoon when two policemen arrested the bathing girls for appearing in public with their tight-fitting bathing suits. The girls dove from the center of the new pier for a motion picture concern and made their exit from the crowd holding barrels around them.  There were over 7000 people here and a banquet was held at the Casino Club Café tonight, some of the speakers being Lieut.-Governor Stephens, R. L. Bisby, Mayor Sebastian of Los Angeles and others. Dancing was initiated at the casino tonight for the first time, and the orchestra, which usually plays on the main floor, was transferred to the balcony and the space cleared for dancing on the first floor. The pleasure pier, which is constructed of reinforced concrete, has been built by the city as an expenditure of $125,000 and is of unique design, having a double approach from the shore and being built in the form of a triangle with a platform 165×270 feet in size on the ocean end. On the floor of the pier at the ocean end a two-story sun-parlor and observation pavilion has been erected and at various points along the pier shaded settees have been made for the pleasure and comfort of the public. The special conveniences for fishermen consist of an outer fishing deck built along the sides and end of the pier, which keeps them away from the annoyance of the promenaders, who, as a rule, are too curious to know all about the latest catch. —Los Angeles Times, August 6, 1916

A view of the Redondo Beach Municipal Pier — the Endless Pier. Although dated 1921, this is the way the pier would have looked when new in 1916.

Redondo Beach — The Redondo Beach Rod and Reel Club will be born into the world next week with the installation of tables in the sun parlor of the new $125,000 municipal pier. Anyone fishing from the pier, after signing, can receive a button and prizes will be given for the best catch every day. —Los Angeles Times, April 29, 1917

Two-Day Jubilee For Coast Town — Preparations for the two-day jubilee at Redondo Beach, Saturday and Sunday, the most pretentious ever planned for the coast city, were completed yesterday by the beach town’s Chamber of Commerce. The affair will have a double significance and purpose, as it will both mark the first anniversary of the completion of the beach city’s endless concrete pleasure pier, the only thing of its kind on the Coast, and the inauguration of the new $4,000,000 harbor project, for which Redondo Beach and Hermosa Beach have voted to bond themselves for $100,000. Assuring the success of the celebration, Mary Pickford, who is the idol of perhaps more women and girls than any other person in America, and Julia Heinrich, prima donna soprano of the Metropolitan Grand Opera House of New York, daughter of the famous Max Heinrich, will take part in the programme. Miss Heinrich is spending the summer at La Jolla and this will be her first appearance in Southern California in ten years. It will be Mary Pickford’s second appearance in public hereabouts in several years. Her part will be to strew some thousands of Redondo-grown carnations on the waves as a return compliment to Father Neptune, who is to present a quit-claim deed to the harbor tidelands to the Mayor of Redondo Beach… The two-day celebration will include, among its numerous incidents, open-air dancing on the new pier, a display of fireworks, the scattering of thousands of carnations among the crowds, exhibition diving from a height of thirty feet into the ocean, vaudeville, etc. —Los Angeles Times, August 6, 1917

From the opening day the pier was jammed with anglers.

 Sea Bass Invade Waters of RedondoRedondo Beach, Oct. 24.—A school of sea bass, estimated at several hundred, earned considerable excitement among the fishermen on the triangular pier this morning. The fish frightened all the small fish away but it was great sport for the fishermen attempting to catch the large fish with their small hooks and lines. The fish were so thick that snag lines were used freely and although many of the fish were snagged, none could be landed on the pier. One fisherman alone snagged eleven of the fish. The sea bass average from thirty to fifty pounds in weight. They remained in the inside of the pier all morning. Fishermen claim that this is the first time a school of sea bass has come so close to the shore. They believe they were chased in by a school of jewfish. —Los Angeles Times, October 25, 1918

Alas, the “Wonder of Engineering,” the pier “built to withstand the highest seas,” failed to last three years of Mother Nature’s hammering from wind and wave. A brutal storm in March of 1919 combining heavy tides and an unprecedented undertow, cracked and tore out the outer section of the pier.

Redondo Beach, Mar. 7.—Heavy seas and currents sweeping in on the Redondo pleasure pier have so undermined it that the outer end of the pier collapsed during the night at a loss of approximately $50,000. No one was on the pier at the time. —Santa Ana Register, March 7, 1919

Heavy Tide Damages New Municipal Pier — Redondo Beach, Cal., Mar. 7.—Battered by heavy tides for two nights the extreme outer part of the municipal pier has been washed away, causing a loss estimated at from $50,000 to $75,000. The sun parlor, promenade and fishing deck of the pier were dropped into the ocean. The pier was built in 1916, at a cost of $125,000. Work of reconstruction is to be started immediately, it was announced by President Richardson of the city board of trustees. —Oxnard Courier, March 7, 1919

Heavy Seas Damage Redondo City Pier — Los Angeles, March 7.—A municipal pleasure pier at Redondo, a beach town near here, was badly damaged today by heavy seas which wrecked the sea end of the concrete structure and demolished a number of frame buildings on the pier occupied by various concessions. The pier, which was built in the shape of a V, cost about $150,000. The wrecked portion was about 200 feet long and 155 feet wide. Municipal authorities estimated the loss at $50,000 or more and said reconstruction would be undertaken at once.—San Francisco Chronicle, March 8, 1919 

Wind And Waves Play Havoc — Redondo Beach Pier Partly Wrecked — The windstorm which began on Thursday night and continued until an early hour yesterday morning did considerable throughout Southern California, chiefly in conjunction wit the heavy seas it created… the storm was a typical sou’wester.  The giant breakers and heavy undertow resulting from the wind wrecked the outer end of the Redondo Beach triangular pleasure pier, causing a damage estimated at about $30,000. The outer tier of concrete pilings was washed into the ocean, as was also the sun parlor and restaurant, and about one-half of the concrete flooring of the outer end. Steps were at once taken by Street Superintendent E. Jensen to prevent a larger portion of the pier from washing away. A special meeting of the Trustees was called yesterday at which it was decided to repair the pier at once, so that it will be ready for use this summer.  The undertow is said to have been the strongest ever known at the beach. The old pilings of pier No. 1, which had been buried in the ground when the pier was wrecked and the new pier constructed, were torn up by the undertow and thrown against the concrete pilings by the terrific breakers with great force. The damage done to the pier is ascribed chiefly to this. Another theory is that the heavy undertow caused a cave-in of the submarine canyon, near whose edge the outer end of the pier is built. This canyon reaches a great depth a short distance from the outer end of the pier. A danger line has been stretched across the pier, beyond which the public is forbidden to pass. Wreckage from the pier and from the old pilings dug up by the undertow fairly littered the south beaches, and a large number of persons were busy all day getting whatever salvage they could carry away. The pier was completed in 1916 at a cost of $125,000, but several thousand dollars have been spent in additional improvements. The pier is made of concrete, is triangular in shape, converging about 700 feet out in the ocean. It is the only pier of its kind in the world, and regarded by many as the finest pier on the Pacific Coast. —Los Angeles Times, March 8, 1919

Wave-Rapped Pier Is Viewed By Thousands

 Redondo Beach, March 9.—Thousands of persons came down from Los Angeles and other near-by cities today to view the damage done to the municipal pier during the severe windstorm Thursday night and early Friday morning, making the largest winter crowd that has attended the beach in a single day in many years. It is estimated that fully 10,000 visitors were in Redondo Beach today. —Los Angeles Times, March 10, 1919

Almost immediately some people began to question the original engineering of the pier as well as its concrete structure.

James Tail has written his brother, R. S. Tait, of this city from Redondo Beach that the heavy seas washed out a section of the fine concrete pier at Redondo—in fact, the entire sea end of the structure, a very costly loss. The pier cost $125,000. “It was a wise thing that Santa Cruz did not build a concrete pier,” said the postal. —Santa Cruz Evening News, March 13, 1919

Given its heavy use and the status of the pier in the community, as well as the tremendous cost of the recently opened pier, plans were started almost immediately to repair the pier.

Plan To Repair Pier — Redondo Beach, Mar. 13,—E. K. Barnard of the firm of Barnard & Leeds, engineers, Los Angeles, with his engineers, accompanied by Mayor Richardson, Louis Field, City Councilman and others interested in the big project of repairing the pier, the main part of which dropped into the sea last Friday, have made examinations, soundings and a general survey. According to Mayor Richardson, the work of reconstruction will begin immediately upon acceptance of the engineer’s plans and it is proposed to have the pier in perfect order in time for the summer season opener. —Santa Ana Register, March 13, 1919

Order Bond Election — Redondo Beach, May 20.—The Board of Trustees, at their meeting last night, called a bond election for $25,000 to repair the municipal pier, which was severely damaged by a storm some months ago. The election is called for June 2. —Los Angeles Times, May 21, 1919

Vote For Pier Bonds — Redondo Beach, June 4.—By a vote of 245 to 80 the citizens of this city at an election yesterday expressed their approval of a $25,000 bond issue to repair the municipal pier. The pier, which cost $125,000, was severely damaged during a storm a few months ago. Work will be started as soon as possible, so that it will be completed before the close of the summer season. —Los Angeles Times, June 5, 1919

Unfortunately the money would not restore the pier to its original look. Although the outer curve of the pier was straightened, the pavilion (sun parlor?) would not be restored. Nor would the  fishing deck be rebuilt, the deck which had separated anglers from the public (and which was a great aid to anglers on the pier). Unfortunately this would not be the only storm to damage the pier; repairs and renovation would continue for years until finally the pier was condemned, barely ten years after being built.

Costly Windstorm — Redondo Beach, Dec. 20—The north wind that came sweeping down the coast, in the wake of heavy showers Sunday morning, played havoc with the fishermen of this beach last night… Some apprehension was felt for the safety of the newly repaired municipal pier but it came through the buffeting of the huge breakers without a tremor. —Los Angeles Times, December 21, 1920

Boys Find Jewelry — Fish Line Drags Up Bag Of Loot Stolen In Los Angeles — Redondo Beach, Sept. 8.—Some of the valuables taken from Nieman’s Jewelry Store, 126 West Sixth street, Los Angeles, were recovered in Redondo yesterday by three boys who were fishing on the municipal pier. They thought they had hooked a whale. When the line was drawn to the top of the water, they found the hook tangled in a long, black bag. When this was opened up, a lot of jewelry, most of it of little value, was found. The bag was taken to the police station. Chief Henry at once notified the Los Angeles jeweler of the discovery. The property included a wristwatch, six strings of beads, some white gold settings and a number if tiny jeweler’s saws. The boys who made the unusual find are Leland Morgan and Everett and Glenn Chasten. —Los Angeles Times, September 9, 1923

Lands Strange Fish — Redondo Beach, July 24.—A strange looking fish believed by deep-sea fishermen to be a sand shark or a species of the Ray fish from Mexican waters was hauled onto the Municipal pier this morning by a pole fisherman after a sharp tussle lasting forty minutes. The fish is round in shape, with the mouth on the underside, looking much like the stingray, but without the ray’s long needle-like tail. —Los Angeles Times, July 25, 1924 

Arizona Man Here Hooks Fine Halibut — Redondo Beach, Aug. 14.—Residents of Phoenix, Ariz., will learn more of Redondo and its fame as a fishing center when Frank Hegman, prominent contractor of that city, gets home. Mr. Hegman, who is spending his vacation here with his wife and son, pulled a twenty-one and a half-pound halibut from the Municipal Pier here today. Other fishermen also are getting good catches with a remarkable run of bonito as well as halibut and mackerel. —Los Angeles Times, August 15, 1925

Yellowtail Run On — Redondo Beach Fishermen Meet With Heavy Catches — Redondo Beach, Sept. 5.—Yellowtail in huge schools are being encountered by local fishermen from the Municipal Pier and from the boats, with prospects of the heaviest run in several years —Los Angeles Times, September 6, 1925

Heavy Swells Injure Pier At Redondo — Redondo Beach, Calif., Feb. 5.—Heavy swells today tore loose the boat landing from the municipal concrete pier and after being lashed in against the pier, cracking several piles, it was carried out into the breaker line. —Los Angeles Times, February 5, 1926

Redondo Beach Pier Closed By Official Order — Redondo Beach, April 1.—The Redondo Beach municipal pier was condemned as hazardous by the department of safety of the State Industrial Accident Commission today, and at a hastily called meeting of the City Board of Trustees was officially closed to the public, effective immediately. A. B. Wegner, construction engineer of the State commission, who examined the concrete pier, reported that it was unsafe for public use and that big cracks had appeared in sixty-two of the iron and concrete piers. T. W. Osgood, assistant State Superintendent of the Department of Safety of the commission, presented Wagner’s report to the Board of Trustees, along with the commission’s condemnation of the pier. He stated that the pier had been found hazardous and in danger of collapse under the weight of a crowd. The Board of Trustees promptly ordered the pier closed to the public and fences erected across its entrances. The only remedy, the Trustees held, is for the city to vote a bond issue for repair of the structure —Los Angeles Times, April 2, 1927

Soon after, work would begin on a new pier for Redondo in basically the same spot. It would be slightly different in design, made of wood, and become known as the “Horseshoe Pier.”

Contract Let To Replace Old Pier — Redondo Beach, April 5.—Peter W. Krantz was awarded the contract for building a new wooden pier to replace the concrete municipal pier closed and condemned last year. Krantz was awarded the contract on a bid of $62,000, about $400 above the engineer’s estimate. Other bids for building the pier and wrecking the abandoned one ran as high as $100,000. United States district engineers will supervise the wrecking of the old pier as the debris is to be banked against the Pacific Electric breakwater or moved out into the channel before the new pier is begun. An effort is being made to have the pier in use by early summer. —Los Angeles Times, April 6, 1928

 

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A Short Trip To Pismo Beach, Avila, Morro Bay, Cayucos and Montana del Oro S.P.

My daughter gave my wife and I a birthday gift of two nights at the Spyglass Inn in Pismo Beach. We had a great time BUT it’s always a little tricky when I go on a trip with my wife because I want to visit the piers. However, I also know the trip is more about the wife and I spending some quality time together than fishing. Luckily we seemed to find a nice mix.

Day One — Pismo Beach — When we arrived at our hotel it was too early to check in so we decided to have some lunch. Friends in Fresno had said to be sure to visit the “Splash” restaurant since they had great clam chowder. Since I love clam chowder, that’s where we headed. Luckily, we just beat the crowd (and there’s almost always a line at the door).

The chowder was very good and I enjoyed the pictures on the wall, especially that of the pier.

By the time we left there was a crowd waiting to get in.

After lunch we decided to head down the street to the beach and pier. The pier was closed (which I knew) and under repair.

As usual during the summer months, the beach was crowded with people.

The Pismo Pier will be closed for an extended period of time (although some signs indicated it may be opened in sections as they finish one part and move on to the next).

The birds (mainly sea gulls and pelicans) had the pier to themselves.

We then headed back to our hotel, checked in, and walked around the grounds.

The Spyglass Inn

The bluff next to the hotel was covered with flowers

Off in the distance I could see the Avila Pier

What to do next? How about a short 15-minute drive over to Avila and its piers?

Day One — Port San Luis Pier — The Avila Beach Pier is closed but the second pier, the Port San Luis Pier, is just a mile down the road from Avila Beach. It would be a short visit but give me chance to fish.

One of my favorite spots is behind the fresh fish market just past the Sportfishing office.

The pier had quite a few people on it that day.

The pier for Cal State San Luis Obispo sits just a short distance down the shore from the Port San Luis Pier.

As for the fishing, an hour and a half fishing using my typical hi/lo rig produced 5 large jacksmelt, 4 Pacific mackerel, 2 nice-sized walleye surfperch, one small cabezon and way too many shinerperch. I also made a couple of new friends. A man and his wife had been fishing since 6:30 in the morning. They were using bobbers and had only caught a couple of fish. I gave most of the fish I caught to them and they were VERY pleased and grateful. I showed them a couple of techniques and by the time I left they too were catching some fish.

I didn’t take any pictures of the fish excepting this colorful cabezon.

Day One — Pismo Beach — After our short fishing trip, where I made sure to let Pat catch two of the mackerel that I hooked, we headed back to Pismo where we relaxed by our hotel before going out to dinner. Once again friends in Fresno had recommended a restaurant, Mo’s, if we liked BBQ. Of course I do and that’s where we headed. Mo’s isn’t fancy but it had great ribs (I tried the three variety platter) and was stuffed when we left.

We arrived right after a group of firefighters, so we had a wait.

We headed back to the hotel for a pretty sunset.

Day Two — Morro Bay — The next morning we decided to head over to Morro Bay for breakfast. My choice was the Blue Sky Bistro where I had dined previously. Again, more food than I needed.

You can either eat inside or eat outside overloooking the bay and Morro Rock

Morro Rock is always impressive. After breakfast we strolled the Embarcadero where i had the chance to check out small viewing platforms/fishing piers while Pat did some shopping.

We wound up down at Anchor Park and its small pier where two people were fishing.

This lady and her husband were visiting from Las Vegas (and enjoying the cool 72 degree weather) but had only managed one mackerel in their time at the pier.

Looking down the Embarcadero you could see the South T-Pier where I planned to fish later in the day.

Since the tide was low, I decided to head over to Cayucos and its pier first before returning to the South T-Pier.

Day Two — Cayucos — It was the middle of the day and I didn’t expect too much from the pier. However, the pier was crowded so I figured something must be biting.

I decided to head out to the end first to see what was going on. There were quite a few anglers but unfortunately most were catching only one thing — anchovies.

The anchovies explained why there were so many birds in the water.

Given the anchovies, I too put on a Sabiki and began catching them 1-4 at a time. I figured why not get some fresh bait? I also put on a halibut rig and threw out a live anchovy for bait. Unfortunately, I never had a bite.

Zane and JB

I did spot a couple of young anglers out at the end who looked like they knew what they were doing. They were fishing for sharks but hadn’t had any luck. Only problem they had was the number of tourists crowding the end looking at the birds, seals, sea lions, dolphins and whales. I asked them if they knew about PFIC and it turned out they both did. The taller was Zane and he’s a member of PFIC. The shorter was JB who, as it turned out, I had met before. He had attended one of the Kids Fishing Derbies at the Avila Beach Pier at few years ago and I had met him there when he was a little younger. As said, it looked like they knew what they were doing. Good job guys. After catching a couple of dozen anchovies and nothing else, I decided to move inshore and try for some perch.

The beach was busy as usual. As at the end of the pier, there were plenty of birds on the water. I was joined by a couple of harbor seals who would dive for anchovies when they weren’t paying me company.

Day Two — Morro Bay —After a short hour of fishing at Cayucos, and a couple of dozen anchovies, I decided to head back to Morro Bay and the T-Pier..

A beautiful day but I only fished the T-Pier for an hour due to my wife wanting to head back to Pismo. One hour using the hi/lo baited with pieces of shrimp produced two grass rockfish, one copper rockfish, and one small perch. I did toss out a Sabiki to see if there were any jacksmelt or mackerel but didn’t have a hit.

Day Two — Pismo Beach — Headed back to Pismo to spend some time with my wife and then decided to try the hotel restaurant for dinner since it was one of the highest ranking restaurants in Pismo Beach (to my surprise).

We decided to eat outside given the very pleasant weather. After a delicious dinner we walked the grounds.

Day Two — Port San Luis — Pat was tired but I still had some time left for some fishing so I headed back over to the Port San Luis Pier.

This time I headed out to the end since it was starting to get dark and there are some lights at the end. I decided to first try a Sabiki for some mackerel but it turned out the waters at the end were saturated with small bocaccio. After quickly getting a couple of dozen of those restricted fish, I switched over to a hi/low baited with shrimp and/or small pieces of mackerel. 1 3/4 hours produced 6 white croaker, 2 perch, 1 grass rockfish and way too many of the small bocaccio.

Day Three — Pismo Beach — I woke up early and since my wife was still sleeping decided to head down to the beach I had spotted from the bluffs.

Given the time in the morning, the fog still hadn’t burned off.

I took many, many pictures; here are a few.

Heading back up the bluff I encountered the first of what would be many small rabbits along the bluff area.

It turned out there were many, many rabbits in the bluff in front of the hotel. Here are a few.

We had an excellent breakfast at the hotel and then decided to visit Montana del Oro S.P. It is located between Pismo Beach and Morro Bay.

Day Three — Montana del Oro State Park

The first beach you come to has some interesting formations.

At the top of the hill just inside the park there is a hike that is about two miles long (back and forth) out to the cliff areas and some beautiful views. Much of the area reminded me of the Sea Lion Cove area near Point Arena. There are also a LOT of areas that  look VERY FISHY!

The walk back is through dry vegitation.

A birdie greeted us at our car.

Our next stop would be back in Fresno. We left Montana del Oro and Morro Bay where it was a cool 72 degrees. About 40 minutes later we were in Atascadero where it was 90 degrees. Another hour and 15 minutes and we were at the I-5 junction n Kettleman City where it was 104 degrees. Thus the Central Valley in the summertime and a reason why so many like to head over to the coast.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Redondo Wharf No. 3 — 1904-1926

 An Angler’s History of Redondo Wharf No. 3

 

Redondo’s Wharf No. 2 and Wharf No. 3

Wharf No. 3, a wooden wharf, was built during 1903 at Sapphire Street. It would receive its first shipment in January 1904 and primarily be used as a wharf for the lumber industry during much of its life. It would last until 1926 when the lease of the Pacific Railroad was rejected by Redondo Beach.

As with Wharf No. 1 and Wharf No. 2, Redondo’s original wharves were commercial working wharves used primarily for coastal shipping. As such they vied with the wharves at San Pedro and the Long Wharf at Santa Monica for shipping dominance (although the McFadden Wharf in Newport Beach was another competitor and it was often used by the Santa Fe when storms would damage the Redondo wharf). However, commercial shipping began a steady decline in the new century and the wharves at Redondo, like most of the commercial wharves in California, would see a drop in usage and revenue. However, tremendous change would take place to Redondo Beach itself, as well as its railroads and wharves, before Wharf No. 3 was destroyed in the mid 1920s.

Redondo — Thousand-Foot Wharf

Redondo, March 16.—The Redondo companies will build a wharf 1000 feet long, 300 feet north of wharf No. 2. Soundings show that there will be a water depth of sixty feet at the end. H. B. Ainsworth, vice-president and secretary of the companies, left for the north today to make arrangements for construction. This addition will give Redondo a total of about three thousand feet of wharfage and will afford accommodation for the greatly-increased traffic. In the past six months over forty million feet of lumber was handled over the local wharves. —The Los Angeles Times, March 17, 1903

Redondo — Shy On Wharf Room

Redondo, Oct. 23.—Movements of lumber and shipping have been very active here for the past week, and the lack of wharf space has been severely felt. The new wharf is now out about eight hundred feet, but it will take some time to complete it, although the work has been pushed as rapidly as possible. —Los Angeles Times, October 24, 1903

Wharf No. 3 is completed and the schooner Melville Dollar is the first vessel to discharge her cargo of lumber. —Los Angeles Times, January 2, 1904

[Wharf] No. 3 is 1350 feet long; length of berth 325 feet; depth at outer end, 45 feet; inshore end of berth, 25 feet. —Lloyd’s Register of British And Foreign Shipping, 1907

Good Fishing in Past Week—Redondo has been another point of interest during the week. From mackerel fishermen and hand-liners catches of as high as a hundred “cornfeds” have been  reported. Many of these fish have been as much as a foot in length. Several local   fishermen have paid night trips to this beach, returning on the last car with a fine mess for breakfast. The best bait for the mackerel is the mackerel steak, cut from the side of the first ones caught. There have been a good many catches during the week with the Jftp fly bait, the fish rising to it if it is sunk and jerked about a bit. As is usual when the mackerel are running there have been some yellowtail and a few halibut taken by hand-liners. Surf fishing has been unusually good at Redondo, and the wharves at the beach town have been lined with fishermen seeking the little fish each day.Los Angeles Herald, June 30, 1907

The three wharves at Redondo have contributed plenty of small fish all the week, but very few large ones are thrown in for variety. The liveliest fun has been with skipjacks. These swift, gamey fellows have apparently taken great pleasure in smashing up the tackle of the mackerel fishermen, one of their chief diversions being snatching a live mackerel from the hooks before the angler can respond to his bite and raise the fish. Very few yellowtail have been seen around the any of Redondo’s three wharves, and the barracuda have not been in for weeks. Cornfed mackerel are biting quite well, however, and a fair catch of them is reasonable sure for those who are on the ground at the right time. Infantile corbina are so numerous around No. 3 and in the surf-hole off the beach at Clinton that half a hundred can be caught in a day, when the tides are right.Los Angeles Times, September 8, 1907

Yellowtail Run At Redondo

Sardine fishing at Redondo is excellent, and not only have the sardines themselves contributed heavily in the anglers’ baskets, thanks to the Japanese worsted fly baits, but by drawing the yellowtail, sea trout and other large game fish they have given the handliners a taste of old-time sport. Friday on one wharf fifty big yellowtails were landed, some of them as heavy as forty pounds. Many halibut have been taken at Redondo; the sand dabs and other small flatfish are biting a little.Los Angeles Times, September 22, 1907

Rod and reel enthusiasts report a fine run of fish and catching good luck today at the two southerly piers, Nos. 2 and 3. One man came through town on his way home, with over a hundred pounds of yellowtail and stated that he had left the rest of his catch because of inability to carry it. He had landed thirty-one of the big fish. On Pier No. 1 however, Spanish mackerel and smelt reportedly were the sole visitation of the finny tribe.Los Angeles Times, November 28, 1907

Will Extend Pier

The Redondo Company is still working on its plans for extending wharf No. 3 for 300 feet further, to permit deep-water vessels to discharge the Santa Fe’s Hawaiian ties. Construction will start in the course of a month or so. The first of the tie-carrying ships is expected in December. —Los Angele Times, July 15, 1908

Great Fishing—Redondo, Aug. 27.—For the last two days anglers fishing off the piers have had plenty of sport. Yellowtail, barracuda and bass have been plentiful, owing to large schools of sardines which have been close in shore.Santa Ana Register, August 27, 1908

Yellowtail at Wharf 3

An unusual run of yellowtail at Wharf No. 3 delighted the hearts of many fishermen Wednesday. Yellowtail in great numbers were piled about the wharf, though the fish were not biting at the other wharves.The Redondo Reflex, September 3, 1908

Where To Fish—Yellowtail, that monarch of game fish, was a regular visitor at Redondo and nearby beaches but it was from No. 3 that most of the big fellows were caught during the week and no less than 100 ranging in weight from fifteen to twenty-five pounds were taken… Yellowtail, corbina, mackerel, cornfed mackerel, jacksmelt, herring, perch, smelt, yellow fin, bonita, and halibut.Los Angeles Herald, September 26, 1908

Where To Fish—Redondo continues good all the week for cornfed mackerel and jacksmelt, and on two days yellowtail made their appearance and gave great sport. An unusual shore run of sardines brought schools of bonita and skipjacks inside and kept things lively on all three wharves for a day to two.Los Angeles Herald, October 17, 1908

Monster Jewfish Is Caught At Redondo Beach

Yellowtail, sculpin, bonita and other good-sized fish have invaded the waters of Redondo and vicinity during the last week affording great sport at intervals to occasional handliners who had the luck to be on the ground at the right time. A monster jewfish weighing close to 400 pounds was captured early in the week, and jack smelt and mackerel have also been taken in satisfactory numbers, so the week on the whole has been exceptionally productive to the midweekers. —Los Angeles Times, November 1, 1908

Where To Fish—Redondo was the mecca for fishermen on the west coast last week, and yellowtail, sea bass, jewfish, halibut, all big fellows—jacksmelt, mackerel, sculpin, calico bass, corbina—just pan size—was the magnet which attracted them. There was great sport on almost every day of the week at this old reliable resort, and some notable catches were made. Yellowtail were running in great numbers and size, and several giant sea bass and jewfish as big as they grow were caught just outside the anchor buoys.Los Angeles Herald, November 14, 1908

Where To Fish—Sculpin and grouper were caught freely at Redondo Beach off of No. 2 wharf nearly every day during the week, and at No. 1 mackerel, herring, perch and smelt rewarded everyone who tried it out there.Los Angeles Herald, April 24, 1909

Extension of Pier Number Three at Redondo is to Be Started This Week

Redondo, May 17.—The Los Angeles and Redondo Railway Company will start work this week on Pier No. 3, and by July this will be extended to 1700 feet. On the completion of the work the United States Custom House will be moved to new offices built for it which, according to Collector Sheldrick, will give sufficient room to properly handle the increased business at this port, which it has not had heretofore. All the passenger business will be handled and the steamship and railroad offices removed from No. 1 to No. 3 and the bulk of the business handled from there. Mr. Sheldrick states lumber shipments show a remarkable increase in the last few months—a most important industry growing. Five lumber schooners docked yesterday… —Los Angeles Times, May 19, 1909

Lands Big Bass — Redondo Man Secures Thirty-Pounder

Redondo Beach, May. 25.—A. J. Bell of this city made a record-breaking catch for this season when he landed a thirty-pound sea-bass from wharf No. 3 yesterday morning. C. A. Ahrens of Los Angeles caught a 225-pound jewfish yesterday from the same pier with hook and line. C. A. Sheldrick, United States Custom Collector, and famous for his big catches, got fifty-three mackerel and two sea-trout. These were the first sea-trout of the season here and their appearance is hailed with delight by sportsmen. The fish appear to have moved from wharf No. 1, where they are usually to be found to the vicinity of wharf No. 3.Los Angeles Times, May 26, 1909

Big Catches In Fishing

A number of big catches were made by fishermen this week, all from Wharf No. 3, to which place the fish seemed to have moved from Wharf No. 1. Sunday A. J. Bell landed a huge sea-bass which weighed thirty pounds when dressed. A. C. Ahrens of Los Angeles caught with hook and line from Wharf No. 3 a jew fish weighing 225 pounds. Monday morning fifty-three mackerel were caught by C. A. Sheldrick, who never fails to make a big catch when he fishes. The appearance of the sea trout here is a great drawing card for the sportsmen, as they are generally scarce. —The Redondo Reflex, May 27, 1909

Biggest Fish Of The Season

Tommy Prizgint, a Los Angeles newsboy, and Will Cody, another Los Angeles boy, have the honor of landing the biggest Jew fish of the season. The monster fish was caught Monday morning from Wharf No. 3 with a rod and reel and weighed 400 pounds. It was all the boys could do to land the big fish. Tommy, who is the same news agent, who sells papers at Second and Broadway, is an experienced fisherman and is a member of the Southern California Rod and Reel club. He has caught several large Jew fish this season, but the one Monday was a record breaker and he is justly proud of his catch.The Redondo Reflex, June 3, 1909

Extension of Wharf No. 3 Nearly Complete

The extension of Wharf No. 3 is nearing completion and will be finished soon after the Michelsen has unloaded her cargo, which will be about a week, as further work on the wharf cannot be done until the departure of the ship. The extension of the wharf 100 feet has been completed and the addition on the north side has been built. There is yet considerable work necessary to complete the south side of the wharf after which the customs offices and offices of the steamship company will be built. —The Redondo Reflex, July 29, 1909

Wharf Extension Completed

The extension of Wharf No. 3 was completed Sunday night in time for the arrival of the Carlton, as had been planned. Unlike the other wharves, a flooring of dressed lumber has been laid making the floor as smooth as a ballroom floor. The wharf improvements will cost between $40,000 and $50,000. —The Redondo Reflex, September 16, 1909

On wharf No. 3 the largest run of sea trout of the season kept a forest of poles busy.Los Angeles Herald, August 7, 1910

Redondo Having Fine Run Of Mackerel

Redondo, Aug. 25.—Excitement over the heavy run of mackerel has now reached the point where scores of fishermen line the wharves as early as 3 o’clock in the morning to make certain of a place from which to fish at daylight when the mackerel come in to feed. At daylight yesterday morning there were no fewer than 300 fishermen on the various wharves waiting for the run. Many fine hauls were made, and it is estimated that summer visitors here have salted down nearly a ton of the toothsome “corn-feds.” On wharf No. 3, seventeen yellowtails were landed yesterday, the largest one weighing 33 ½ pounds.Santa Ana Register, August 25, 1910

Wm. Codie, of Los Angeles, made the largest catch of the season off Wharf No. 3, Monday, landing a yellowtail weighing thirty-four pounds. The immense fish attracted much attention as Codie carried it across his shoulder to the business center of town.The Redondo Reflex, September 29, 1910

Anglers at Redondo Beach are still enjoying the splendid run of yellowtail, mackerel, and halibut. An unusually large number of immense yellowtail are being caught on Wharf No. 3.The Redondo Reflex, September 29, 1910

Three Men Land Big Jew Fish

H. O. Patey, with the assistance of Geo. C. Bowman and Tom Peterson, succeeded in landing an immense Jew fish Friday. The fish, which was the largest caught this season off wharf No. 3, was six feet, two inches long and weighed 365 pounds. It took the united efforts of the three men to land it, the fish resisting for one hour.The Redondo Reflex, October 6, 1910

Redondo Beach, Dec. 8.—Contrary to all previous records and far exceeding expectations of the most optimistic anglers, the big run of yellowtail which begun a week ago, still continues, and today was better than ever. So far the sport has been contained to wharf No. 3, where a motley crowd of men and women, Japanese, Chinese and negroes, elbow each other in a good-natured contest for advantageous positions. One of the sights is this morning’s assemblage was an old grandmother who has passed her 70th birthday, holding a month-old baby on her lap, while she dropped her line in the hopes of landing one of the big fellows. The fish run in somewhat even sizes, ranging from twenty-five to thirty-five pounds each. Last Sunday over 200 were landed, and today’s catch promises to far exceed that number. Most of the catch are made with light tackle, and several small boys are fast becoming wealthy furnishing live bait for the eager anglers. —Los Angeles Times, December 9, 1910

Night Fishing Is Good At Redondo

Redondo Beach, Feb. 16.—Beach fishing has spring into sudden popularity these balmy, moonlight nights at the beach, and many different kinds of fish are biting at this place. A swarm of perch infested the harbor last night and will probably be here for several days. Besides the perch, surf fish are biting well, and many fishermen who are old hands at the game and pleasure seekers from the city can be found at various locations along the beach at night, with their lines strung out into the breakers, The reason for the sudden influx of various kinds of fish is that millions of angleworms have drifted into this harbor and are attracting swarms of fish that come here to feed. This morning, on pier No. 3, J. K. Richardson of Los Angeles caught a halibut weighing thirty pounds, one of the largest of the season.Los Angeles Times, February 17, 1916

Choice Mackerel Invade Harbor

Redondo Beach, June 1.— Green-back mackerel, many of them weighing over a pound have invaded the harbor here today, and thousands of them are swimming about in the waters. The school is the largest that has ever come here, as fishermen from wharves No. 2 and 3 and at the new municipal pier continue to catch the shining fish and there seems to be no limit to the number in the ocean. Mr. Richard Stokes caught fifty mackerel this morning from the new pier, many of them weighing over a pound. Large halibut are also biting well.Los Angeles Times, June 2, 1916

Large Jewfish Is Landed At Redondo

Redondo Beach, Nov. 15.—Jewfish are not landed every day. But this day will go down in history for Redondo Beach—that is, Jewfish history. William Sartor, in whose heart flows the desire to fish, managed to land one of the largest ever caught hereabouts. He fought for and hour and a half and used every ounce of energy that he had to make the landing. When the fish was flopping on wharf No. 3, where the event took place, it was placed on the scales and weighed 304 pounds. Five jewfish made their appearance in the bay today and took to nibbling the fish lines. Of the five, two were caught. The other fish weighed 274 pounds.Los Angeles Times, November 16, 1916

Yellowtail Follow Big Mackerel Run

Redondo Breach, Sept. 2.—With the phenomenal run in mackerel fishing, considered by some to have been the largest run in the history of the Pacific Coast, drawing to a close, yellowtail made their appearance in large numbers in local waters today. About fifteen yellowtail, ranging from twelve to thirty-five pounds each were caught from No. 3 pier today, while it is estimated that about thirty strikes got away. Very few were fishing for them. Several yellowtail were also caught from the other two piers. After struggling with what appeared to be an unusually large yellowtail for more than   one-hour an hour on No. 2 pier early this morning, Larry Zoph, a local fishermen, had, his gaffing honk lowered to hook the yellowtail which had already been brought to the surface, when a huge jewfish snapped the yellowtail off the hook. Those who saw the monster come near the surface of the water claim that it weighed about 500 pounds.Los Angeles Times, September 3, 1917

Storm Damages Pier At Redondo Beach

Redondo Beach. Feb. 1.—Pier No. 3, owned by the Pacific Electric Railway Company, now used for storing freight cars, was partly destroyed by the storm last night and today. Twenty-five pilings have been washed out, and if the storm continues there is danger of the entire pier giving away. The pier, a wooden structure, was built three years ago by the Pacific Electric and was intended for unloading lumber ships and other freighters, but during the last year only one ship has tied up there. The rest of the time it has been used to keep freight cars not in use. The deep-sea fishermen also have used the pier, landing their catches and keeping their boats there. —Los Angele Times, February 2, 1919

Redondo Beach Shows Increased Shipping

Redondo Beach, May 1.—The business of the Redondo Beach harbor during the month of April shows a considerable increase, according to a statement given out today by D. A. Brice, local agent for the Pacific Electric Company. Twenty-one vessels, unloaded 3,737,636 feet of lumber, or 190 carloads during the month… Pier No. 2, which the Pacific Electric Company has asked permission from the State Railroad Commission to wreck, was condemned more than a year ago as unfit for further use, and all lumber has been unloaded at Pier No. 3. —Los Angeles Times, May 2, 1919

Redondo Beach, Aug. 5.—Yesterday was the first day of the season that the yellowtail and barracuda began running in schools and much excitement and interest prevails along the three wharves where men, women and children are bringing in the big ones, ranging in weight from five to fifteen pounds. Mrs. Mary Goodrich has the distinction of having caught the first yellowtail this year, a big nine-pounder which she hooked with a drop line. —Santa Ana Register, August 5, 1919

Curious Lobster Causes Trouble — Fisherman Explains To His Honor How Catch Occurred

Redondo Beach, Sept. 29.—The curiosity of a lobster which led it to sample bait intended for a halibut landed the lobster, the angler, and a number of interested spectators, in Judge W. M. Browning’s court here, this morning. From the evidence it appeared that J. Hanson was peacefully fishing from pier No. 3 yesterday afternoon when he pulled in a clawed creature of monstrous size. Leaving his prize on the wharf the man, it was stated, went to find out about the game laws and see if he could enjoy a lobster salad, hand picked. But in the meantime Game Warden C. F. Maddex of Los Angeles had been notified that lobsters were being captured at Redondo Beach. The season does not open for some fifteen days yet so the official came down to investigate. The first thing he found was the biggest lobster he had ever seen, which, when weighed, balanced at twelve and a half pounds. The lobster was attached and the luckless fisherman cited to appear to answer the charge of violating the game laws. As it was not proven that the lobster was caught intentionally, nor that the man intended to keep it, the case was dismissed. Constable J.V. Henry carefully deposited the lobster back in the ocean after it was introduced as evidence in court. It was rare the worse, apparently, for its night out. —Los Angeles Times, September 30, 1919

Land Big Fish At Redondo Beach

Redondo Beach, Sept. 30—Yesterday W. H. Clark landed a jewfish weighing 240 pounds after an hour with rod and reel, and today D. S. Martin caught another weighing 275 pounds. It took forty-seven minutes to bring up the monster to gaff. Both fish put up a strong fight and only the skill of the anglers brought them to their finish. These fish were both hooked from pier No. 3.Los Angeles Times, October 1, 1920

By the early 1920s, homeowners along Esplanade began to complain about the Pacific Electric’s lumber operations at Wharf 3 (just south of Sapphire).  They felt that the trains and stacks of lumber between their homes and the ocean were very unsightly. In 1923 the City Council heeded their complaints and refused to renew the Pacific Electric franchise on the wharf.  The lumber industry at once mobilized against the Council’s action. They reminded the Council of the 200 new homes that were needed for new residents, along with other growing lumber demands.  In addition, they published in the newspapers the names and numbers of all persons employed by the local lumber industry.

Both sides had valid arguments for their positions and proposals and counter proposals were made. Citizens were finally given an election to voice their views. In the end, the Council reconsidered the matter and granted a 3-year extension, which would end in 1926.  In that year Wharf 3 was to be dismantled.

Pier Fight At Redondo Is Warmer

Redondo Beach, July 24.—In a hearing before Examiner Handiford of the State Railroad Commission, lumber companies of Hollywood, Culver City, Hermosa and Redondo Beach presented testimony to show that the action of the Redondo Board of City Trustees in refusing to renew the franchise of a lumber pier [Wharf No. 3] operated by the Pacific Electric Railway Company in Redondo would result in an increase of transportation charges and in the inflicting of severe hardship upon many outside firms. The action of the Board of Trustees in this case is said to be due to the fact that Redondo officials consider the lumber pier as “an eyesore” to the beach city, and a detrimental influence to its prosperity. A counter-proposal, in which City Attorney Perry is reported to have offered to allow a two-year franchise in return for certain improvements of right of way and the limitation of the hours of hauling freight from midnight to 7 a.m., has been refused by the railway company, it is understood… In the event no agreement can be reached, the city will be faced with the problem of scrapping the pier or of assuming its operation. —Los Angeles Times, July 25, 1923

To Vote On Industry

Redondo Beach, Dec. 2.—A municipal election will be held here December 20, to decide whether the lumber industry of this city, at the present time the second largest receiving port in California, employing nearly 300 men with an annual payroll of $346,000, will have to go elsewhere by February of next year, or may remain two years. The industry, made up of the Patten & Davis Lumber Company, Redondo Planing Mill Company and the Ganahl Lumber Company, is dependent upon the handling facilities of the Pacific Electric Railway Company, consisting of a receiving wharf and tracks. The railway company’s franchise expires in February of next year and some time ago the Board of Trustees of Redondo, failing to reach an agreement with the Pacific Electric for the extension of the franchise, ordered the pier wrecked. This decision placed the lumber concerns here as well as those in Hollywood, Sawtelle, Culver City, Torrance, Gardena and other sections shipping lumber through this port in the peculiar predicament of moving their property almost over night. A petition circulated by those in sympathy with the lumber industry, asking that the matter be placed before the people, and that a two-year extension be granted the Pacific Electric Company to provide time for the lumber companies dependent on this port to make other arrangements, was successful and the election was set. —Los Angeles Times, December 3, 1923

A short line in the newspapers in 1924 showed that the die had been cast, Redondo’s time as a port was over and the focus would now center solely on its role as a seaside resort and city. Given the decline in shipping business over the years, it seems it was a logical choice. As for the anglers, the municipal pier and the Monstad Pier would now serve as the homes for local “pier rats.” And though both piers would sometimes see good runs of fish they never were able to replicate the results seen at the wharves.

The city of Redondo Beach has ordered the closing of its wharf to business uses, planning to develop its interests along pleasure lines. —Santa Ana Register, April 4, 1924

Redondo Soon to Be Listed With Ports of the Past — One Time Main Entrance For Sea Cargoes to Southern California Abandoned

The port of Redondo will shortly be a thing of the past. Announcement comes from the south today that the place as a commercial port is to be discontinued and that its doors will be closed to all water-bound commerce. From a position of once handling the bulk of cargo transferred from seagoing freighters into the interior of Southern California, the traffic of the place has shrunk until it is now practically nothing. From receiving the visits of tramp freighters and coast-wide passenger lines, the only visitants now are occasional lumber schooners. The first step toward the abolishment of Redondo as a sea port has been taken in the work of demolishing the old Pacific Electric wharf, which handled the bulk of the traffic in the port’s days of prosperity. The Pacific Electric, which held a lease on the waterfront property has been responsible for whatever traffic has come that way in recent years. The lease now expires and with it the trade of Redondo. Unless steps are taken to renew the leases by other concerns with the accompanying erection of wharf or terminal, Redondo is effectively off the maritime map after a career of fifty years. —Oakland Tribune, March 1, 1926

Although Redondo’s Wharf No. 3 was used by the railroads as a seaport until 1926 when it was abandoned, it is still visible—underwater.  Some pilings of the now underwater pier still exist today and divers report that they harbor an amazing variety of sea critters—sea anemones, nudibranchs, octopii, sheep crabs, welks and a wide variety of fish. The sandy bottom near the pilings will also occasionally yield up hundred-year-old artifacts from the wharf to the divers. Apparently the outermost pilings sit about 800 feet from the shore in water that is nearly 40 feet deep and near the edge of the submarine canyon.

 


 

 

 

 

 

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Redondo Wharf No. 2 — 1895-1924

 An Angler’s History of Redondo Wharf No. 2 The success of Wharf No. 1 along with occasional damage from storms (and temporary loss of business from storm damage) almost assured that additional wharves would be built. In 1894 work began on Wharf No. 2 that would open in 1895.

Wharf No. 2 was built at the end of Ainsworth Court, just down hill from the Hotel Redondo. The wharf was Y-shaped with two prongs extending out from the shoreline, one on the left for fishermen and sightseers, one on the right for the railroad’s tracks. The prongs joined 300 feet out over the water and then ran for an additional 180 feet.

Wharf No. 2 was built during the time when one of the main maritime questions for the region was being argued, debated and fought out amidst a group of competing sites. Could the Long Wharf in Santa Monica serve as the port of Los Angeles? Could the Redondo wharves and a projected harbor serve as the port? Or, would San Pedro be chosen? For the latter, an expensive breakwater would need to be built and to date the federal government had been unwilling to fund the project. In the meantime, additional shipping was taking place at Redondo requiring an additional wharf.

Redondo, May 3.—It is almost certain that the much needed  new wharf is to be commenced by thee middle of the month. It is more than a necessity from the appearance of the harbor just at present, with the two large lumber schooners unloading as fast as they can and three more vessels lying at anchor, awaiting their turn at the derricks.—Los Angeles Times, May 4, 1895

Redondo, May 15.—Work has been commenced extending the Santa Fe tracks for the new wharf. Work on the wharf itself is to be started in a few days. —Los Angeles Herald, May 16, 1895

Redondo, August 23.—The new wharf has now nearly reached its full length out into the water, there being only forty-five feet more to be added to give a depth of seventy-two feet of water at low tide, and Redondo will then be able to accommodate the largest vessels in the world. The work is being pushed ahead as rapidly as possible, and it is expected to be fully completed by the last of September. —Los Angeles Times, August 24, 1895

The new wharf at Redondo is completed and is the favorite place now for the anglers. It is not definitely known just wherein the attraction lies, but the facts are that the fish in the Redondo waters never were so plentiful and never bit so freely as they have done of late in the immediate vicinity of the new wharf. Immense sized yellowtails are taken daily. —Los Angeles Herald, September 28, 1895

The chief features in the development of Redondo in the last twelve months have been the expansion of the lumber business, the building of a new and larger wharf, and the most remarkable season of fishing ever known in that locality for years… When one considers that Redondo is but six years old, and that this business and passenger traffic has been built up from absolutely nothing since the summer of 1893, it will be better realized how Southern California and especially out seaport location are constantly and surely progressing. The building of a new wharf at Redondo has more than doubled the capacity for the shipping business at that point. The older wharf has a capacity of 5,000,000 feet of lumber per month. The new wharf has a capacity of over 5,000,000 feet per month, and has a depth of some sixty-five feet at the farther end.. Probably no point on the California Coast has had such a marvelous fishing record during the last summer as Redondo, and anyone who is not a personal witness to the catches of game fish to be had up and down the ocean shore in Southern California would be very apt to put no more belief in them than in the average fisherman’s tale. Literally, hundreds of tons of fish have been caught with simple hand-lines from the Redondo wharves, and in row-boats since last March. For weeks last August and September several tons of the finest, fattest and gamest yellowtail and barracuda were landed at Redondo every day in the week. The record smashing day was on September 2, when a careful count showed that 548 yellowtails, having an average weight of seventeen pounds, were landed by hand-liners and hooks, besides about 1200 tons of barracuda, smelt and mackerel that were taken in boats. Catches of ten and twelve tons of sardines at Redondo in seines are common. Girls and boys who have never before caught fish have often landed there twenty yellowtail in a day. —Los Angeles Times, January 1, 1896

A large specimen of the blue shark, common in the waters of the southern coast, was landed from the end of the north wharf shortly after noon today.—Los Angeles Herald, July 28, 1896

Redondo — Hundreds of Large Fish Caught on the Wharves

Redondo, Sept. 11,—This has been its greatest day of the year for fishing. The two wharves have been lined with anglers all day and not a person who cast a line came away empty handed. On the south wharf [Wharf No. 2] upwards of 400 yellowtail were caught. They were piled up like cord wood and in several instances were caught as high as thirty-five and forty with a single line. On the old wharf [Wharf No. 1] the scene was similar. Fish lay in piles everywhere. The excitement caused by the opening of the fishing season was very general. Men left their houses to go angling and women and children were also out to try their luck. A number of good-sized sharks were captured during the day and they made things lively by tangling up lines and mixing things generally. Mackerel bit exceptionally well all day, though nearly everyone abandoned them to try for bigger game.Los Angeles Herald, September 12, 1896

Yellowtail At Redondo

The good old days of yellowtail and cornfed mackerel have come again to Redondo. Once more lucky handliners are elbowing each other off the three piers of this once popular resort, and at times the yellowtail are stacked up like cordwood on the wharf corners as of yore. The news will be welcome to most fishermen, since the window-weight and sash-cord game that used to rule at Redondo has many friends among those whose chief delight in fishing is to measure their fairly against that of the fish, rather than attempt to wear him out by strategy and careful playing. Last week many sportsmen made big catches off Nos. 1 and 2 at Redondo. Mail Carrier Hauser on Wednesday landing three big yellowtail, half a dozen of the largest size of mackerel, and a sackful of smaller ones just right for a breakfast fry. Bass, halibut, white sea bass, sea trout and other game fish are also in evidence and in consequence Redondo hereafter will probably cease to be shunned by the piscatorial contingent that knows “what’s what” in the sinker-shying sport.—Los Angeles Times, June 11, 1905

Mackerel On Warpath Now

Piscatorial Los Angeles took Sunday off and immigrated to Redondo in old-time force. Whence came the “tip” nobody knew, but the mackerel were there in schools and millions-long, chunky brainbacks almost of corn-fed size averaging a foot in length. And everybody knew it, for mackerel biting flies like wildfire. Armed with long cane poles, light lines and single gut leaders, many using no sinker at all, until the breeze came up, residents of Redondo, supplemented by several hundred local sportsmen, sounded a general advance all along the line on No. 2 wharf at daybreak, and not until nightfall did the run go completely stop.  As ever, the sport was good in spots, but whenever it threatened to slack, some grizzled old-timer would break the monotony with a handful of bran, bread cast on the waters that never failed to return in short order in the shape of wiggling, silvery mackerel.  Voracious as ever, and preeminently satisfactory to the man whose sole object is fast fun, the gamy little fish provided splendid sport, some catches running well over a hundred. Nobody who used suitable tackle went home empty-handed, and for once the wharves looked like old times in the early nineties when the yellowtail and sea bass used to be piled up like cordwood on the wharf corners, supplemented by slapping slab-sided halibut, sturdily trying to batter their way through the deck planks to freedom beneath. The big fish for once were neglected. It is so long since a real run of mackerel has occurred on a public holiday that the handliners put by their crude implements of piscatorial torture and turned sportsmen for a change. Still a few yellowtail and halibut were brought in, one old gentlemen taking a twenty-two-pounder off the corner of wharf No. 2, guiding him dexterously through a tangled maze of fish lines and mooring hawsers to an eventual capture. Among others of the old timers who got in on the fish picnic were Charlie Clark, who caught considerably over a hundred; George Pomeroy, who fished in the morning until his basket handle broke down from sheer weight of fish, and F. J. Bauer, who did his best with a short surf rod, being one of many not rigged for the fun. Residents of Redondo had the best of it in this regard. In some classes of fishing, tackle is of secondary importance, but for mackerel, a long elastic cane rod with single gut leader and one or two hooks is essential. The fish run out from the wharf a little, and the long rods, while heavy, are less often tangled up when in skilled hands. Innumerable schools of assorted anchovies ranging in size from the semi-transparents of two-inch length to adult yellowtail baits were passing the wharves all day. Charlie Clark and partner were netting them at the pier head, the smaller anchovies making the best possible bait for the mackerel, which never refused them at any stage of the game.—Los Angeles Times, August 29, 1905

Fishing on Wharf No. 2

Seekers for big fish had their inning at Redondo where yellowtail were taken by the dozen from every wharf. Will Stearns landed two big ones on rod and reel casting with a Wilson spoon and taking in his prizes on the landing stairs. He had innumerable strikes, the fish apparently going crazy over the erratic motions of the dancing, wobbling thing that wiggled its swift way through their happy hunting ground. Tommy Prizdent also connected with several yellowtail on rod and reel, the hand liners with their live bait, for once being at a discount in wharf fishing. —Los Angeles Times, September 26, 1905

Given that the original length of Wharf No. 2 was reported at 460 feet, it’s a little unclear how the length of 900 feet was reported in 1907. Perhaps the pier had been extended?

[Wharf] No. 2 is 900 feet long; length of berth, 265 feet; depth at outer end 65 feet; inshore end of berth, 20 feet. —Lloyd’s Register of British And Foreign Shipping, 1907

Rod and reel enthusiasts report a fine run of fish and catching good luck today at the two southerly piers, Nos. 2 and 3. One man came through town on his way home, with over a hundred pounds of yellowtail and stated that he had left the rest of his catch because of inability to carry it. He had landed thirty-one of the big fish. On Pier No. 1 however, Spanish mackerel and smelt reportedly were the sole visitation of the finny tribe. —Los Angeles Times, November 28, 1907

Fun With Yellowtail

During the morning several of the members journeyed to wharf No. 2 to see if a few yellowtail could not be had for the cooks, and enjoyed an excellent demonstration of the manner in which the natives do not land yellowtail on rod and reel. A long cane pole of fifteen feet or so is used in this fishing, equipped with a gear box of huge dimensions, a windless in masquerade, dignified by the name of a reel. The Redondo native’s idea of landing a yellowtail is to break his neck at the strike or as soon thereafter as possible. Other lines are always abundant. The best method of gathering them all into a common knot ever devised is to hold a lusty, plunging yellowtail at the end of a 100-foot tether and encourage him to sweep about in the full glory of his early strength. If the fish doesn’t get every line around that side of the wharf, it is bad management on the angler’s part, for such evidently is the object.  Occasionally a fisherman makes a mistake, gives a yellowtail his head and lets him run out to sea to wear out his strength at the end of 400 feet of line and come in a spent fish, easy mark for the rope gaff, but the Redondo heavy tackle knights are sportsman-like in their inclinations, and getting the fish on rod and reel generally seems no part of their philosophy.  Ludicrous things happened  yesterday. Out of six yellowtail hooked on rods at one school that bolted past No. 2 pier-head one line after another broke and away went the fish. One veteran angler of well-hardened muscles lifted his 24-thread line in two so abruptly that he collapsed, capsized and rolled off his perch on a pile like a woodpecker shot out of a treetop. Letting fish run seems to go against the cane rodsters’ grain.Los Angeles Herald, May 25, 1908

Yellowtail In Swarms Round Redondo Wharves — Are Chasing Schools of Herring and Sardines, and Many Fine Specimens — Fall Prey to Anglers

Redondo, May 28. —Excitement has been at fever heat all day over the big run of yellowtail which have been challenging the endurance of the anglers since early morning. Many fine specimens, weighing an average between twenty and twenty-five pounds, are among today’s catch. Fishermen from different beach towns are here enjoying the sport,   Old fishermen say the prospect for a new fishing record is good, as the water for miles around is alive with yellowtail, following the swarms of herring and sardines, which have been plentiful for several days. The big fish started after the tempting bait offered by wharf anglers late last evening and were landed in rapid succession until long after dark. It is the heaviest run of these fish since last fall, when tons of them were piled upon the wharf in ode day.Los Angeles Herald, May 29, 1908

Lands Big Jewfish From Redondo Pier

Carl K. Ahrens and his brother, Ralph Ahrens of Los Angeles, landed a record-breaking jewfish at pier No. 2 at Redondo Beach, last Sunday morning. This is the second fish of the kind that has been caught at Redondo. The last one was a giant of 360 pounds and was landed by a Los Angeles fisherman two seasons ago. Ahrens has been trying for the fish every Sunday for a month. Sunday before last he hooked one, but was unable to land it, losing his line in the attempt. The boys started fishing about 10:30 a.m. A 1,000-foot throw line, baited with a halibut’s head, was used. The fish was hooked almost as soon as the line was thrown. It took a fifty-five minute fight to beach the fish, where it was landed by three men. The fish was shipped to Los Angeles. It weighed 228 pounds.Los Angeles Times, May 30, 1909

Great Fishing—Redondo, Aug. 27.—For the last two days anglers fishing off the piers have had plenty of sport. Yellowtail, barracuda and bass have been plentiful, owing to large schools of sardines which have been close in shore. —Santa Ana Register, August 27, 1908 

Where To Fish—Sculpin and grouper were caught freely at Redondo Beach off of No. 2 wharf nearly every day during the week, and at No. 1 mackerel, herring, perch and smelt rewarded everyone who tried it out there.Los Angeles Herald, April 24, 1909

Boys will be boys, that seemed to be the reaction to a burglary that took place on the wharf in 1912.

Burglars entered the cigar and candy stand conducted by Louis Field on Pier 2 last night some time. It is supposed that the robbers were boys, as only high-priced cigarettes, candy and a couple of fishing reels were taken. —Los Angele Times, June 8, 1912

1915 would see a series of storms hit the area, which did damage to the wharves (primarily Wharf No. 1) but primarily affected shoreline buildings along a long stretch of coast.

Raging Surf Batters South Beach Towns — Great Damage Done Along Coast Line By Heavy Ocean Storm

OLD MAN NEPTUNE splashed the coast line of pleasure beaches in the vicinity of Los Angeles early yesterday morning, strewing desolation and causing damage estimated at from $250,000 to $500,000. He stirred up a storm that was more general in its effect and more devastating than any that have eaten into the coastline in many years. From Santa Monica Bay on the north to Long Beach on the south as far as Balboa, the storm hammered out scars and decorated the beach with wreckage…  The gale reached its height as the tide rose abnormally early yesterday morning. The seven-foot tide played havoc without discrimination in Santa Monica Bay, where all the piers are of the same elevation, and at other beaches the effect was quite as destroying…  The heaviest storm at Redondo Beach in many years, coupled with a high tide of 4.7 feet, caused damage yesterday along the ocean front from pier No. 1 to Playa del Rey, estimated at probably $75,000…  Shortly after 9 o’clock a.m. the Pacific Electric suspended operations on the Redondo-Del Rey line and service was only partly resumed about noon. As soon as the tide dropped an examination was made of the of the Pacific Light and Power pier at Redondo Beach, and it was learned that the structure is in imminent danger of being carried out by the high tide expected today. A watchman was placed on the pier with orders to keep everybody off. Rising winds and a heavy, rolling sea caused much apprehension shortly before dark yesterday, and great fear is expressed that the high tide and waves will today carry away the remaining portion of the Standard Oil Pier at El Segundo, and wreck many building facing the ocean front. —Los Angeles Times, January 31, 1915

Storm’s Crest Is Weathered

Though wrecking crews and owners of buildings along the ocean front at Redondo Beach worked all night to prepare for the inrush of giant breakers, the crest of the high tide passed yesterday morning without much additional damage… Practically all night the ocean front was a scene of much activity, lights flashed and men and women cottagers labored to fortify their home against the coming high tide… By 6 o’clock yesterday morning many of the cottages ands apartment houses which line the ocean front northerly of pier No. 1 were protected across their fronts by barricades. —Los Angeles Times, February 1, 1915

On March 7, 1915, another storm, described as a typical sou’wester, struck Southern California and did fairly minimal damage to most areas. The exceptions were the beaches that were attacked by wind and wave from the heavy seas. No mention was made in the newspaper account of damage to the wharves but it would be only two months before a new storm struck the area and this one did do damage to the wharves.

Late last night the bathhouse on the approach to Pier No. 2 crashed into the surf along with a long stretch of the pier… The Wharf Café at the approach to Pier No. 1, which was wrecked by the storm and sea, is held up by a few shaking timbers. Tonight the tides pounded it and left it ready to drop into the ocean… Announcement was made that the Pacific Electric would rebuild on a greater scale such of its concessions as were damaged. —Los Angeles Times, May 2, 1915

Choice Mackerel Invade Harbor

Redondo Beach, June 1.— Green-back mackerel, many of them weighing over a pound have invaded the harbor here today, and thousands of them are swimming about in the waters. The school is the largest that has ever come here, as fishermen from wharves No. 2 and 3 and at the new municipal pier continue to catch the shining fish and there seems to be no limit to the number in the ocean. Mr. Richard Stokes caught fifty mackerel this morning from the new pier, many of them weighing over a pound. Large halibut are also biting well.Los Angeles Times, June 2, 1916

In 1916 it was reported that Wharf No. 2 was becoming unusable for commercial shipping due to sand silting.

Wharf No. 2

Yellowtail Follow Big Mackerel Run

Redondo Breach, Sept. 2.—With the phenomenal run in mackerel fishing, considered by some to have been the largest run in the history of the Pacific Coast, drawing to a close, yellowtail made their appearance in large numbers in local waters today. About fifteen yellowtail, ranging from twelve to thirty-five pounds each were caught from No. 3 pier today, while it is estimated that about thirty strikes got away. Very few were fishing for them. Several yellowtail were also caught from the other two piers. After struggling with what appeared to be an unusually large yellowtail for more than   one-hour an hour on No. 2 pier early this morning, Larry Zoph, a local fishermen, had, his gaffing honk lowered to hook the yellowtail which had already been brought to the surface, when a huge jewfish snapped the yellowtail off the hook. Those who saw the monster come near the surface of the water claim that it weighed about 500 pounds.Los Angeles Times, September 3, 1917

Huge Specimen Is Hooked By Angler

Redondo Beach, Jan. 14.—A skate weighing almost 200 pounds and measuring more than six feet in length and four and a half feet in width was caught from pier No. 2 yesterday afternoon by Il. Sherard, a local fisherman. This is the largest skate, local fishermen claim, that has ever been caught in local waters. Sherard was fishing for jewfish at the time and was using an extra heavy hook and line. The fish put up quite a fight before Sherard got him on the pier.Los Angeles Times, January 13, 1918

March 1919 saw a storm that did extensive damage to Redondo’s fairly new (three years oid) municipal pier. Undertow from the storm cracked and then washed into the sea much of the outer portion of the pier. Surprisingly no damage was reported to Wharf No. 2 or Wharf No. 3.

Redondo Loses; Harbor Gains — Growth of Local Port Given as Reason for Petition to Remove P. E. Wharf

Asserting that the shipments by sea do not justify the maintenance of two wharves, the Pacific Electric yesterday applied to the State Railroad Commission for authority to remove what it describes as “wharf No. 2.” The wharf was built over twenty years ago and, according to the railway, is not worth the annual expenditures of between $1000 and $5000 required to keep it up. Development of Los Angeles Harbor is held to have been responsible for the loss of the major part of the Redondo Beach shipping. —Los Angeles Times, April 28, 1919

Redondo Beach Shows Increased Shipping  

Redondo Beach, May 1.—The business of the Redondo Beach harbor during the month of April shows a considerable increase according to a statement given out by D. A. Brice, local agent for the Pacific Electric Company. Twenty-one vessels unloaded 3,737, 636 feet of lumber, or 190 carloads during the month as against fourteen vessels unloading a total of 2, 332,378 feet of lumber or 114 carloads for the same period last year. Pier No. 2, which the Pacific Electric Company has asked permission from the State Railroad Commission to wreck, was condemned more than a year ago as unfit for further use, and all lumber has been unloaded at Pier No. 3.—Los Angeles Times, May 2, 1919

Redondo Protests Wrecking Of Wharf

Redondo Beach, May 2.—This city has protested to the State Railroad Commission against the wrecking of wharf No. 2, by the Pacific Electric Company, according to Joseph V. Cullen, industrial manager for Redondo Beach. The city will be represented when the matter comes up for a hearing before the commission. The contention of this city, according to Mr. Cullen, is that the pier was built on the tidelands, which belong to the city and that although the pier has been condemned for use for shipping purposes it is still used extensively by professional and amateur fishermen. With an expenditure of about $1500, Mr. Cullen says, the pier could be put in shape sufficiently to accommodate the amateur anglers as well as the deep-sea fishermen of the city. —Los Angeles Times, May 3, 1919

Sport At Redondo

Redondo Beach, Sept. 6.—Fishing excitement ran high this  morning when a most unusual rub of large mackerel came in close to shore. A thousand pounds of fish is the estimated haul made by anglers on pier No. 2 alone. The fish averaged four pounds each and as these are as gamey as any caught with small tackle in these waters a great deal of sport resulted. Poles and lines were broken and some of the women anglers had to be assisted in landing their catch.Los Angeles Times, September 7, 1919

Storm At Redondo

Redondo Beach, Nov. 7.—Ushering in the first storm of the season, a forty-five-mile gale is raging along the coast. Pier No. 2, owned by Pacific Electric Company, is steadily weakening with the breakers already rolling over its top. The tide is expected to reach 7 feet 4 inches by 8 o’clock tomorrow. No damage was reported at a late hour tonight. —Los Angels Times, November 8, 1919

 Workers Wreck Pier At Redondo Beach

Redondo Beach, Aug. 12.—Pier No. 2, one of the best known landmarks of Southern California, is to be wrecked, the work being underway today. The pier, which was condemned a couple of years ago, belongs to the Pacific Electric Company for years, but was given over to fishermen. Formerly the wharf was used by big lumber boats that unloaded at Redondo Beach and was one of the busiest commercial wharfs in the southern part of the state. It was built about twenty-seven years ago. —Santa Ana Register, August 12, 1920

Costly Windstorm — Redondo Beach Fishermen Suffer Big Losses

Redondo Beach, Dec. 20—The north wind that came sweeping down the coast, in the wake of heavy showers Sunday morning, played havoc with the fishermen of this beach last night. A Larson’s seine boat broke its moorings and was washed ashore, a mass of kindling… Three smaller boats were made lack straws of by the huge waves, and seven went to the bottom, those can be salvaged.  Wharf No. 2 was being wrecked by the Pacific Electric Railway Company, and much valuable machinery was in danger of going to the bottom of the ocean as about sixty feet of the pier went out. The crew with much labor and considerable danger succeeded on pulling the heavy derrick back to a place of comparative safety. The rest of the property was removed. This old landmark of Redondo, that has been the Mecca of thousands of fishermen from all parts of the world, is now a thing of the past. Some apprehension was felt for the safety of the newly repaired municipal pier but it came through the buffeting of the huge breakers without a tremor. —Los Angeles Times, December 21, 1920

Redondo Pier Is To Be Wrecked —Pacific Electric Wharf is Doomed To Go — City Proposes to Construct Promenade in Place

Redondo Beach, Aug.12.—Pier No. 2, for years a fishing mecca for Los Angeles anglers, and lumber pier of the Pacific Electric Railway Company is to be wrecked according to an announcement by D. W. Pontius, vice-president and general manager of the railway. This means the discontinuance of a brisk lumber receiving port which, years ago, before Port Los Angeles was developed, was the main inlet to Los Angeles for ocean-shipped lumber. Removal work probably will commence early in the coming winter. In a recent election, a big majority of Redondoans defeated a proposition which would have authorized the drilling of oil wells within city limits. It was stated that if the measure would pass Redondo would be ruined as a residence beach. The refusal of the city Board of Trustees to renew the franchise is in furtherance of this policy. When the pier and tracks along the oceanfront are removed, it is planned to construct a beautiful promenade. No little controversy arose when the request for a new franchise was refused. Lumber concerns in Redondo, Hollywood and Culver City protested, saying it would increase their expenses. The matter was finally brought before Examiner Handford of the State Railroad Commission at a meeting in Los Angeles, at which time the lumber concerns attempted to show that Redondo had no right to refuse another franchise. At that time Redondo was ready to grant a three-year extension of the franchise providing the railway company would use the north end of town for a freight yard, eliminate their tracks in the west end, and operate trains only from between midnight and 7 a.m. At the meeting the railway refused to entertain this proposition. Thereupon Examiner Handford stated that the Railroad Commission had no power to order an extension of the franchise or maintenance of the pier. The Pacific Electric then requested permission to wreck its property. To provide time for lumber concern, dependent upon Redondo for their shipments, to make other arrangements, it is understood officials of the Pacific Electric Company will appear before next Monday night’s session of the Board of Trustees, and request a ninety-day extension of the franchise. Board members have intimated that they would be inclined to grant such a request. —Los Angeles Times, August 13, 1923

 Date For Wrecking Railway Pier Is Set

Redondo Beach, Aug.15.—The date on which the Pacific Electric Railway Company will begin wrecking its pier here was set at February 19, 1924 by the Board of Trustees of Redondo at a meeting last night. The franchise which was to have expired the month next, was extended six months to give lumber companies who receive lumber through the port to make other arrangements. The railway agreed to have the wharf removed by April 19, 1924—Los Angeles Times, August 16, 1923

Thus came to end the second of Redondo’s famous piers. Soon after would see the loss of the last wharf.

 

 

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