I decided to do a Venice Pier review because the Venice fishing pier is one of my all time favorite places to fish. At six years old, my dad started to take me out fishing at the pier when we visited my grandparents. That day, the second time I went to check my bait, I had a baby flounder on my line. I was so excited! Ever since then my dad called me a “fishing expert.” Now that we live in Venice, I caught many other species of fish. I’ve caught pup sharks, pompano, jack crevals, flounders, sting rays, ladyfish, mackerel, and more. There are a lot of different fish to catch at the Venice Pier.
What’s Available at the Venice Pier
At the Venice pier, there are many cool thing that you have access to. On the pier there is a bait shop with live and frozen shrimp, and frozen squid. The bait shop also sells fishing tackle and rents fishing rods. There is ice cream, drinks, and snacks there to satisfy your hunger or thirst. There are two restaurants – Fins and Sharky’s. You can also go to an amazing beach with beach volleyball courts.
There are hundreds and hundreds of parking spots, but sometimes you can’t find a single one. Near the parking lot there are bike racks. There is a men’s and women’s public restroom. And next to where you check in for the restaurants, there is a fountain with sharks on it and if you press buttons the sharks will move. It is a family friendly environment. It’s popular because it is a licensed pier, which means you don’t need a fishing license to fish there. It is an amazing place to spend the day!
What do I use for bait?
There are many different types of bait that I use. Sometimes I use frozen shrimp or squid. That will catch you some bigger bait like pin fish or blue runners, which I also use as bait. Those live bait (including live shrimp) could catch anything from pup sharks to cobia and king mackerel. Sometimes we use mullet and ladyfish which are good bait fish. But we cut them up into smaller pieces. If you want a durable live piece of bait, I would choose a blue runner. But if you want some thing with the most action, I would choose a shrimp. Shrimp is the one pieces of bait that will come off the hook easily, so choose wisely.
What Lures do I use?
I mostly use a sabiki. It will always catch some sort of bait. On a sabiki I have also caught Lady Fish and Spanish Mackerel. I also use a silly willy. The first time I tried using a silly willy, on my first cast, I snagged a pompano. But sadly it got off. Then on my third cast, I brought one up and over the railing. That dinner was delicious.
At the Venice fishing pier, there are many edible and non-edible fish that we catch. You can eat almost any fish there. It just depends whether you choose to try it. We’ve eaten mackerel, pompano, flounder, bluefish and sharks. My favorite fish to eat are pup sharks which include bonnethead and black tips. We tried catfish, but those are too slimy, so we stopped eating them. We have also eaten lizard fish, which most people believe are junk fish. They are so tiny you will have to catch over twenty to feed a family of three. There are many other fish in the ocean that we have not tried.
In conclusion the Venice pier is a great way for a family to fish without needing a fishing licence. There’s lots to see and do. You can also check their Facebook page to see what’s happening every day. In short, the Venice fishing pier is the place to be!