Location: El Cerrito
|I've been away for about 2 years. I traveled the world with my fiancÚ for 11 months then came back, started a new job, got married, and tried to settle down somewhere in the Bay Area amid all the high housing prices. It's crazy, when I left in 2013, I was paying $1000/month for a small 2 bed 1 bath apt in El Cerrito. Two years later, the same exact unit is going for more than $2000.
Anyhow, the fishing report. I've always been sadden by the lack of perch reports in general fishing websites. USAfishing, NorCal fishing, etc.. Never really talks about our wonderful perch fishery. IMO, surf perch are my #1 favorite fish to catch on light gear, followed closely by striped bass. The exhilaration you get when you hook a 2-3lb perch on a light steelhead rod is amazing.
Work had me up in Marin last Tuesday, so I decided to pack my 9' Daiwa Acculite rod onto my motorbike and hit the beach on my lunch break. Stepped foot on a popular Marin beach about an hour before the high tide. Didn't take long to get the lay of the land. If you pay attention, it's easy to feel the underwater valleys and crests of the sandbars. Even if you don't initially get bites, keep working those spots until the fish come back.
Fished an hour before high tide till and hour after. Lots of birds and Pelicans diving, so I hoped a striper or two were lurking in the surf. Caught about 2 dozen perch, most hand size 7-10" but two were well over 13". Kept three, all Barred surf perch.
If this is any indicator of the Fall, then I'm looking forward to catching the big 15"+ ones.
Glad to be back in the Bay. I plan on continue posting more perch reports.
Will post pictures in a few hours. Cell phone pics are too large to post via phone.