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The Venice Fishing Pier is the place to see and be seen in Venice. This 700 foot fishing pier is connected to Sharky’s on the Pier, the only waterfront restaurant in the Venice area. Officially the fishing pier is part of Brohard Park, which encompasses 67 acres of beautifully preserved beaches and uncultivated land along Harbor Drive.  Brohard Park includes Service Club Park, Venice Fishing Pier, future Tramonto Vista Park, Paw Park and South Brohard Beach and is usually the central location for major events happening in the Venice area. Surprisingly, even though the fishing pier is centrally located in Brohard Park, it still manages to maintain the image of a down to earth place to spend an afternoon fishing in the Gulf of Mexico waters.  

There is no fee to access the pier and the best part is that avid and amateur fisherman alike can fish from the pier without a fishing license. So if you are just in town for a few weeks and want to try out fishing for the first time before you buy a license, this is the best place to start.

 

Respect the rules of the pier with signs that say “no alcohol” on the pier. You may see a few patrons breaking these rules, especially in the early evening when Sharky’s gets crowded with hungry customers waiting for a seat on the deck, but the rule is to help those who may be walking on the pier without shoes to keep from stepping on broken glass.

 

Even if you are not interested in fishing, this is a great place to end the day for a beautiful Venetian sunset. Don’t be surprised if you see a wedding party gathered on the beach for a sunset wedding at the same time, especially in the warm summer months. It is customary for those on the pier and at Sharky’s to watch and even applaud once the bride and groom are wed.

 

Of all the surfing spots available in Venice, this is one marked as the most popular, where waves break near the pier. Although you won’t find Hawaii size waves, most surfers say it is worth checking out, especially during stormy weather. If you are surfing down below the pier, beware of potential fisherman who may not see you or who may feel they have the right away near the pier area.

 

The best part about the pier is that there is nothing else around. Often a city pier will be surrounded by touristy restaurants, bars or beach shops, but besides Sharky’s there is nothing but beach for as far as you can see. This adds to the feeling of relaxation and enjoyment of an afternoon spent fishing or a quiet evening sunset without any major distractions. 

 

To get to the Venice fishing pier, just take Venice Ave. Bridge to Venice Beach and follow Venice Ave. until you reach Harbor Drive. Head south on Harbor Drive and park in the lot that looks like it is solely for Sharky’s on the Pier. This will lead you right out to the fishing pier.

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