Caught some little barred surf perch

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  1. Chadadocia

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    Hi! I'm new to the forum AND surf fishing. So forgive me for sounding inexperienced.
    I've been fishing a few spots in Huntington Beach and I keep catching these little surf perch
    (3-6"ish): 5 on Friday, 3 on Sunday, and 3 this evening using Carolina rigged sand worms. My uncle who fishes for surf perch frequently seemed pretty psyched that I caught anything. Id like to hook into some bigger ones or maybe some croaker or corbina. Do larger surf perch come around at other times of the year, or am I just doing something wrong.

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    If you are catching, you are doing it right.
     
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    I'd release that little guy, look up at that sunset, and smile...
    You are doing well to catch fish on three back to back trips. Look for holes or a deep slot, and keep up the good work. Yes they vary with the season, and there are multiple species of surf perch too. The Corbina feed in the very skinny water. You may see them feeding when conditions are right. Life in the surfline revolves around the tides. Enjoy the search.
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    Thanks Lewis! I'll keep at it
     
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    Thanks Jeff! It seems like a lot of these fish hang out super close to shore, right? At least all the fish I've caught so far have been 10'-20' out. Makes me wonder what the guys bait fishing with 14 foot poles are looking for.
     
  6. FishinMcNuggets

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    Larger model perch can be caught on swimbaits, and Lc110 or similar plugs. Kast Masters may work too. But you will get quality and not quantity.
     
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    Like they are telling you if you're catching on your doing good you're doing it right the bigger models will come wait a couple weeks
     
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    The long rod guys are for the most part looking for LEO'S (leopard sharks) and or MUD MARLIN (bat rays).
    The perch and beans are in tight where the sand crabs are.
    You are doing it right. I here there are a lot of larger perch in the HB area keep after it.
     
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    Different fish work in different areas. The perch feed in the surfline. The surf churns up sand crabs, worms, etc and the perch feed on them. Same with the Corbina. The Corbina are very spooky. Sometime you can see them feeding in very skinny water.
     
  10. Chadadocia

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    I've seen videos of guys using lucky craft! but I just just figured they were mostly foul hooked. I'll have to buy another. I recently "gifted" my surf pointer to the bottom of the San Gabriel River...
     
  11. Chadadocia

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    I've been hearing that I want to fish 2 hours before and after the high tide, but with 2 babies, I'm only able to make it out whenever the wife gives the Ok. Most of the times I've gone, so far, have been low tides. If it were high, would that change what fish are around? Also, does anybody have experience with surf perch fishing at night? Maybe I should start a new thread for that last question.
     
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    Night time is OK. I find bait or gulp sandworms work then.
     
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    I tried last night, but didn't catch anything. I thought I had a good hit, but the sand worm looked unaffected.. it was pretty windy and the waves were up. Maybe that's why?
     
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    Look at SC Surf fishing website. A ton of info there for you to learn from.
     
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    Check out the size of the perch I was getting in newport!


    If you want to know exactly where I was, it was here..
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    Actually I just realized I lied to you.. I was in front of those houses at W Ocean Front/Seashore Dr. Sorry! Go catch em
     
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    What the!!?? I need to get over to Newport! Was that a high/low rig? I've seen the guys up north fish like that, and i want to give it a shot when the sand crabs come around (give the fish some variety). All the shops down here tell me to just use a Carolina rig which has been working.
     
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    It's a double dropper loop rig. Weight on the bottom with two hooks above it. Works great for me! Don't get me wrong the carolina rig works well to, and I have seen it work personally, but I like the double dropper.
     
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    If You can find an area that has recent grunion runs try there for the bigger ones.
    Check out all the stuff Bill Varney puts online. He does on the water seminars too.
    Perch fishing can be good at low tide. Time on the water at different areas will help alot.
    Look and see what all the life in the area is doing, birds feeding, fur bags, just stuff happening. If all the birds are sitting on the beach napping you should be too, but watch the pelicans, sea gulls lie.
     
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    Do you mean I should fish during the grunion run or sometime after at a place that had a good run? Also, what's a fur bag? Sorry again, I'm new
     
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    IMG_20180316_151534.jpg I just got back from Newport and caught 11 little guys. Biggest was this one:
     

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