Pier fishing is less costly than boat fishing and is just as enjoyable a form of recreation.
Angles at a pier in Ventura, California try to hook some tasty bottomfish
PHOTO: JACK McQUARRIE
TOP: Even though it's ugly and has a decidedly unappetizing greenish hue, the cabezon is a seafood gourmet's delight. BOTTOM: Harvesting free-for-the takin' bait at low tide. Pile worms, mussels, clams and herrings all entice the big 'uns from the briny deep.
LEFT: Trophies such as this one can be hauled in on simple hand lines and other inexpensive tackle. CENTER: Gutting fish is an unpleasant but necessary chore. Some anglers clean as they catch, others wait until day's end. RIGHT: A string of piscatorial delicacies destined for the dinner table.