Thanks, I'm in Central Cali. (are there surf perch on the east coast? I dunno). These fish are fat, heavy, and stubborn as a bulldog... fun to catch. At first I thought his one might be a striper.Nice! East or West coast? Floating or sinking line?
Thanks Mike. Yeah we like to eat them. Seems to be a sustainable fishery at this point, with a limit of 10 fish daily. In 22 years I have got my limit once or twice. I spin fish too, when the surf is big.Nice perch, I bet that will be tasty !!
Diggin' the Pflueger :smokin:
MrT I use both. But if I had to choose one, it would be a small chartreuse clouser. Seems to be super visible to them. My favorite crab-ish fly is just an orange bead head bugger. Got two keepers on that one today.That is a toad of a surf perch. Clouser? Never thought to use one always use sand crab patterns... need to rethink that...
You're right, a 15" perch feels like a 20"" striper some times. I like buggers too, in orange and red. When visibility is low I often switch to chartreuse. I think I'm gonna try a faster sinking head too... I hate dragging the rocks but that's where the fish are.Great fish! I bet that put a nice bend in the old Echo.
Awesome timing. We are doing some clamming this weekend and I was on the fence about bringing a surf perch rig. Guess my mind is made up now! If everything goes right we may end up with a clam/crab/fish feast.
I tend to go down and dirty. Our beaches don't have much structure so I just huck a chunk of T20 with running line on a switch rod and drag a small olive/rust/brown ish bugger along the bottom. I don't bother with a basket but there seem to be plenty of fish in close. Might need the spin rod with surf in the 6-10' range this weekend though...
Thanks for the stoke.
Around here the big ones start coming in close about Dec-Jan and stick around until about April or so. Spring is best because you can get striper and perch in the same day on the same rig. My wife got one BSP 17" a few years back... it can happen.That’s about double the size of the ones I get on the north side of Monterey Bay - wow! Got one that size on a Scout trip on the Lost Coast - I never thought of fishing the surf this time of year. I was under the impression that BSP weren’t very active until March - April, now I wish I had brought my rod last week in Watsonville. Thanks for the post!