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The “Old” Vallejo Pier — Gone But Not Forgotten

The “Old” Vallejo Pier and the Highway 37 Bridge This was a pier frequently missed by anglers unaware of its location. It used to sit almost directly underneath the Sears Point/Highway 37 (Napa River) bridge that connects Vallejo to Mare Island and areas to the north. That shouldn’t be surprising since the pier was part [...]

Oakland’s Franklin D. Roosevelt Pier — Gone But Not Forgotten

For about ten years I lived in the East Bay community of Pinole. During that time I learned to appreciate and respect the town of Oakland, a town that seemed to get little positive publicity (especially in relation to San Francisco, its big sister city across the bay). Oakland was the ugly little sister unworthy [...]

Everything you need to know about Bat Rays/Sting Rays

From an old thread on the Pier Fishing In California Message Board Bat Ray caught at the Morro Bay North T-Pier Date; October 20, 1999 To: PFIC Message Board From: Sam Subject: Dangeous Stingray I just found text below on the Net when I was trying to learn about stingray. The tail of the stingray [...]

2013 PFIC/UPSAC Mud Marlin Derby, Berkeley Pier

2013 Mud Marlin Derby Logo — 1st place among voters Date: May 21, 2013 — To: PFIC Message Board — From: Illcatchanything2 — Subject: Mud Marlin Derby Report We had great weather and a good turnout for our 12th annual MMD. We had 62 registered participants. A total of 12 Rays hit the deck during [...]

2009 PFIC/UPSAC Mud Marlin Derby #2, Berkeley Pier

The 2009 Mud Marlin Derby was scheduled and held on April 4, 2009. However, no mud marlin (bat rays) were caught so the “pier rats” called for a second derby. In response, a second derby was held on August 1 of that year — with better results. Berkeley Pier before the crowd! Date: August 2, [...]