Surf Fishing at Patrick's Point, California

by Rachel Spradling

Surf fishing -- fishing with a rod from a beach -- is a popular activity at Patrick's Point State Park, one of Humboldt County's best-known sites for anglers. As an added bonus, Patrick's Point offers visitors great views, hiking and wildlife viewing. Depending on your luck, you could catch lingcod or leopard shark, and spot a bear or a whale.

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Patrick's Point State Park

Patrick's Point State Park offers campsites perched on cliffs overlooking beaches and the Pacific Ocean, coupled with miles of hiking trails through giant redwood groves and ferns, making it one of the most beautiful vacation spots in Northern California. You can expect fog and cool days, even in the summer months. There is a variety of wildlife in the park. You may see deer, raccoons, the occasional bear, and seals and sea lions on the rocky outcrops along the beaches. You may even spot whales migrating offshore if you're there in the summer.

Surf Fishing at Patrick's Point

The waters off of Patrick's Point are extremely cold, and crossing currents make it dangerous to swim or wade, so stay on the beach when fishing. Rogue waves are not uncommon, so pay attention and never turn your back on the ocean in this area. The best time to surf fish here is at daybreak, two hours before high tide, at high tide and two hours after high tide. Dusk can also yield a good catch during the full moon.

What You May Catch

You can go surf fishing off the various beaches in Patrick's Point, such as Agate Beach, or off of Wedding Rock. You may fish year-round for perch, rock fish, cabezon, kelp and rock greenling, lingcod, leopard shark, pacific sand dab and butter sole, and many other species. The rules regarding licenses, number of hooks per line, size and take limits change frequently, so contact the California Department of Fish and Game for current California ocean recreational fishing regulations before you plan your trip.

Getting There

Patrick's Point State Park is located approximately 25 miles north of Eureka, and 5 miles north of Trinidad off Highway 101. Take the Patrick's Point Drive exit off Highway 101 and follow the signs to the park entrance.

About the Author

Rachel Spradling is a writer and editor with over 14 years of experience writing everything from political commentary to training manuals. She graduated from California State University, Chico with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Spradling's work has appeared in "CitiZen" magazine, "Watershed" and "News and Review."

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