Surf Perch Fishing Tips

Reading the Surf, Casting Identify sandbars 

HOOK 2 COOK

Introduction

Welcome back; today we’ll begin a new series. So, to maximize, if we end up catching a bunch of fish, we’ll show you exactly what we caught them out of. So, if we end up doing well in this spot, which this spot’s looking juicy, we’ll put the drone in the air and show you guys an aerial view so you can see.
Okay, so this location appears to be prime. We’ve got a sandbar in front of us, which means there’s a trough on the other side. We’ll see if we can pinpoint what’s in these troughs.

How to get the longest possible cast

Another frequently asked question is how to get the longest cast possible, and what you’ll want to experiment with is the amount of line between your last line guide and your lure. I prefer about two feet between the tip and my lure. You’re completing the whip action of your rod and allowing it to load up in this manner. As a result, when you cast, you can get the most distance. Many bass anglers will have a habit of keeping their bait close to the last guide just for accuracy. When it comes to long casts, however, a longer line between your last guide and your lure is ideal.

How can sandbars affect your cast?

So what’s going on is this sandbar is right here, right up against the coast. It’s possible to make a more diagonal cast and work more of the strike zone, which is why this bite showed up. So, if you’re looking at a channel like this, where it’s almost parallel to the beach, instead of casting straight forward and only being in the strike zone for a short period, you might as well make a more diagonal cast to stay in the strike zone for a longer period. It just came in sideways, which felt great. So it may not make sense to film an aerial shot of this area, but we’ll try to find a better location because the quality isn’t what we’re looking for.

The horseshoe pattern and bubbles: 

We’ll keep this perch because Veronica wants to have some dinner. So this is what I call a horseshoe. And I like fishing the edges of those horseshoes. That’s usually where I get the most luck. Sometimes you’ll get them right in the deepest spots and the clearest spots.

That’s where I picked off this last 11 incher. And this fish came in with bubbles on the surface. So yeah, we’re looking at about an 11 inch or so.

Analyzing deep pockets

So what you guys are seeing right now is a really deep pocket. That’s pretty much where I was casting into. And then to the right, you’re gonna see more bubbled water, more foam at the surface. And that’s pretty much where the shallow flat meets the deep pocket. And that’s sometimes where they like to hang out because the shallow flats are where the sand crabs or the sandworms are washing into that deeper pocket. So they’re ready to ambush anything that comes their way right there. So that’s why that last fish ate right at that spot. So that’s theoretically what’s happening. And you can see right at the bottom is where those waves are touching the shore. And that’s where they’re breaking because it’s so deep in that pocket right there. And sometimes they like hanging out there. But if you can see from the drone footage, you can see clear to the bottom.

Why Perch avoid clear waters

One theory on why they don’t hang out too much in spots like that is because it is visible from the sky. Seagulls can see them pelicans can come and dive. It’s not much cover for them to hide and swim in between. So hopefully that helps you guys out. Let’s fish some more.

Best time to fish for surf Perch

 So when we go into this app, right now, it looks like we are halfway through low tide and high tide. High Tide is at 11 o’clock. We have to leave here by like 1030 So we’re doing the best we can right now, it’s at about four feet. So we’re right in the middle.  It’s about three hours until Max high tide typically you want to fish at least two hours before and two hours after high tide so if you want to fish for a four-hour window that’s the optimal two hours before two hours after high tide fish through that swing. Finally got a good hit. Hasn’t been the way that we wanted to go today.

What is a king tide?

But it seems since a few days ago was actually what’s known as a king tide. The tide came up to six and a half feet in terms of the swell. So it might have had an interesting impact on the fishing. But apparently, this fish didn’t mind. But it just hasn’t been as productive as it usually is. Which is fine. But that’s a nice one right there. Probably in the 13-inch class ate the middle treble. It’s a good-looking fish. A good-looking fish. King tides don’t come very often, but when they do come, you’ll hear about it, especially if you’re on any social media platforms like Facebook, for example, people will talk about it. Speaking of Facebook, we do have a Facebook group called the hook2cook family. And that’s where a lot of people talk about fishing. And it’s a pretty cool spot. So if you haven’t joined yet, check out lots of cool people in that group.

Positioning your rod tip for Surf Perch fishing

Another thing you can adjust and keep in mind while you’re fishing is just another variable: your rod tip position. When you’re working a deeper channel like this in front of us, you can keep your rod tip a little lower, giving your lure chance to work a little closer to the bottom, but you can vary it. For example, you can keep the rod tip up, prop the butt of your reel on your hiop  and keep your rod tip nice and high. So you can work that higher end of the water table. This is definitely something to experiment with. While you’re out, see what’s most comfortable for you. I’ve been noticing keeping the rod tip up has been nice, especially with the limber rod when a fish does bite, it absorbs that bite and it doesn’t rip the hook out of their mouths. Another benefit of keeping your rod tip up is that it keeps your line off the water as much as possible. Of course, keeping less slack in the line as well keeping that line tight and you could still feel the action of your lure.

Another Fish! All right, this spot’s producing pretty well. We’ll see in a little bit how this spot looks from the air, just so you guys can see. But the break is pretty close to shore. So it’s possible to cast over them and then land in a deeper zone and swim it through. So we’ll take a look at how this area looks. Oh yeah, he ate it real good. I’m probably only going to keep about four today. So one more and I’ll be done. But another quality barred search by a 12 inch or so

The best Wave sets for Surf Perch Fishing

this area you can tell is just really deep throughout and rolling. And the last set breaks right at the shore. So it’s pretty deep, fairly deep through from where you cast to the back of this first set. So it’s all about at least three feet or so right out in front. So that’s adequate for a fish to swim in. It wouldn’t be surprising to get a bite right up close within the first five yards in this case, and it’s all foamy, but it’s all rollers and it’s nice and deep. So that’s what it looks like out here another one is good quality.

Good Quality Surf Perch 

 I don’t know if it’s because of the current or it’s coming this way. I Gotta catch up to him. Oh, nice. It’s a perch. One thing to experiment with for the future will be single hooks, it’ll probably do less damage. Hook up ratio is not going to be as good but it’ll keep from snagging. I mean I can always take off the middle treble as well a lot of people do that so I might have to do some experimenting with that but here’s the fourth fish in this spot. So last one I’m gonna keep and then get you guys some footage of this area.

Paying attention to water movement

From this view, you can tell that there’s a lot of water movement going like pretty much every which direction, it’s almost choppy is the best way to describe this. But it doesn’t seem like any big rips or currents are pulling to either right or the left, it just seems like a lot of water is just converging on this one spot. But what’s constant and consistent, is it’s pretty deep.

Analyzing the water for Surf Perch from the air

In this view, you can see Joe barely at the bottom of your screen, the bottom middle of your screen, that’s Joe, right in that little wash, you can kind of see a shadow, but straight in front of them, you can actually see on the top left corner and right in the middle of your screen, that’s where those two big pockets and, and again, what we said earlier in the video, is all this bubble action gives the perch a bit of an advantage when it comes to predators looking down from the sky. That’s what staging them kind of in this area. And you can tell that, even at your feet a little bit, probably five yards out, it’s already three feet deep right in front of you. So anytime you’re casting out, you’re casting into six to eight feet of water, and those fish can look up and see your bait flying across the top. Or they might be keyed on in on some sand crabs or sandworms closer to the bottom. So it depends on what you want to throw. It’s all preference but here’s what it looks like from above.

Overall Analysis of what to look for when fishing Surf Perch

so the bite didn’t end up picking up the interesting pattern today. Hopefully, you enjoyed this sort of in-depth look at the tide, what to look for, and places we were that got us fish. Keep in mind, we were right in between low tide and high tide. The tide is supposed to be about five feet today. And the wind started picking up right now. But thanks, guys. We’ll be out here again soon. Hopefully, we’ll be on a better bite. And you get to see those conditions as well.

 

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