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Surf Perch

Discussion in 'Northwest Fishing' started by orygunguy, Mar 26, 2011.

  1. orygunguy

    orygunguy Lafayette, OR New Member

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    Anyone with recent update on north coast perch?
     
  2. oldgun

    oldgun Washington New Member

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    I was out on Monday and had good luck on the north end of Long Beach, around Oyster City beach. The surf was a bit of a challange with the super tides associated with the big moon. I picked up 8 nice fish in about 90 minutes. It was a blast.
     
  3. orygunguy

    orygunguy Lafayette, OR New Member

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    Nice - & thanks
     
  4. salmonriverjohn

    salmonriverjohn N.W Oregon coast, Gods country Well-Known Member

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    Oh them Redtails,, Man I do love em! Two weeks ago just south of Tillamook we had an outstanding day with both limits filled with some pretty decent fish. We used both sandshrimp and nightcrawlers. The nightcrawlers had been laced with garlic powder the night before, it works,, dont ask me why. Anyone ever try using a bobber much in the same way you would use a slip bobber for salmon? If the wave sets and conditions are good, it can be a blast.
     
  5. speelyei

    speelyei Willamette Valley Active Member

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    you know, I never caught any surf perch. But I used to really enjoy fishing for lings and sea bass off the jetties and rocks. Did pretty good, too. Just had to wait for a nice calm day. As a coast local, I'd say the ideal conditions for fishing off the jetty are when it's too flat to surf. Otherwise, you're risking yor life.
     
  6. orygunguy

    orygunguy Lafayette, OR New Member

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    I used to have pretty good success fishing the jetty at Garibaldi, but as I get older, I find it a little too risky on that jetty since I'm not quite as agile as I once was. I have had no success at all on the jetty at Nehalem which is considerably easier to navigate, and have never tried any of the others. I have no experience at all with surf fishing, but it's appeal is mostly because there are no slippery rocks to fall off. I'm sure once I figure out when and where to catch 'em, I'll be hooked.
     
  7. salmonriverjohn

    salmonriverjohn N.W Oregon coast, Gods country Well-Known Member

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    @ orygunguy, It doesn't get much easier. A 2 or 3 ounce pyramid weight tied to the end of your line, two loops 'Oregon allows the use of three hooks' tied above that with a #2 bait hold, snelled el cheapO pre tied hook clove hitched to those loops. Bait them with a half a sandshrimp or half a nightcrawler then cast out as far as you can into an incoming tide 'the last two hours are the best' and slowly reel back in until you find them. Look for them to be in areas around small streams entering the ocean,, and it doesnt take much of one, or around depressions that allow them to come in closer. The water doesnt need to be deep, 3 feet or deeper will do it. They hit fairly solid, but you have to be on top of the hook set as not to loose your bait. Once hooked your just as liable to hook two of them at once as they tend to school together. If you start hitting them and then loose the bite, move up or down the shore until you find the school again. I've had luck using a small amount of red yarn above the bait to tangle their teeth just long enough for my tired old arm to react to the bite, but its not needed. Try them any way you like Crappie fillets,, I guarantee you will be as hooked as the perch. By the way the limit in Oregon is 15. Em, Em good! Hope this helps, good luck!!:thumbup:
     
  8. orygunguy

    orygunguy Lafayette, OR New Member

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    Thanks much for the info. I've got a house in Rockaway that renters are moving out of in the middle of April and I'm in hopes that I'll get to do some fishing while I'm getting it ready to sell or rent again. I've seen people fishing the beach at Twin Rocks and I'm guessing perch are what they're catching. Might be a good place to start? If they're anything close to as good as the rockfish I've caught off the jetty, my mouth'll be watering for sure.
     
  9. speelyei

    speelyei Willamette Valley Active Member

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    I'm in the same boat. I'vegot a house in Waldport and my renters move out May 1st.
     
  10. orygunguy

    orygunguy Lafayette, OR New Member

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    The bright spot is that Waldport is a great place to have a beach house. I plan to enjoy my place while it's vacant.
     
  11. salmonriverjohn

    salmonriverjohn N.W Oregon coast, Gods country Well-Known Member

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    I plan on spending both days out after them this weekend, conditions permitting,, I'll let you know how we do.
     
  12. orygunguy

    orygunguy Lafayette, OR New Member

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    Looking forward to hearing about your trip.
     
  13. salmonriverjohn

    salmonriverjohn N.W Oregon coast, Gods country Well-Known Member

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    Well,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,:eatpop: Conditions were brutal today with waves breaking from 500 yards out. I would like to say I really got into them,, but I only have a few fillets for dinner tonight. Perhaps tomorrow will be better.
     
  14. speelyei

    speelyei Willamette Valley Active Member

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    yes, just out of curiosity I checked the NOAA data for a surf report.... 12 ft@11seconds, 35mph NW wind, with 6' wind waves= Victory at Sea conditions.

    as you know, sometimes it gets absolutely flat and glassy in the summer. A buddy and I took our poles on stand-up paddle boards and fished some offshore rocks once. The wind kicked up and things deteriorated, but I think it could be an excellent way of fishing on the right day. A kayak, or even maybe a canoe if the rocks were close enough to shore... spots in close enough the power boats never fish them, but without shore access, creating a rockfish paradise.
     
  15. Martini_Up

    Martini_Up NW USA Well-Known Member

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    I just picked up a surf pole / reel today. Okuma SST and Okuma STX 65 loaded with maxi 20# green... and a small bag of 2oz pyramids too. I've never fished the surf before and after reading this thread and looking around a bit, are going to give it a try next weekend/end of month. Will probably go around Nehalem / Manzanita.
     
  16. orygunguy

    orygunguy Lafayette, OR New Member

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    I hope to be going down sometime the week of the 24th. With nothing to go on as far as where, I thought I'd try the ocean side of the south Nehalem bay jetty. I'll post if I have any success, or even if I don't.
     
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    toywin12 Tacoma, Washington Member

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    Has anyone heard of any decent spots near Cape Disappointment?
     
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    orygunguy Lafayette, OR New Member

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    I recently had a friend tell me that he had a couple pretty good days at Cape Disappointment. Someplace called Beard's Hollow. I personally don't plan to venture up that far, but it may be worth a try.
     
  19. toywin12

    toywin12 Tacoma, Washington Member

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    Thanks for the info. Guess I'll have to grab the poles and girlfriend and head out to the beach. Never tried surf fishing, but it sounds like a good time.
     
  20. Martini_Up

    Martini_Up NW USA Well-Known Member

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