Perch in the surf

Jim Bell casts a one-ounce weight rigged to a line of rubber sandworms off of Nye Beach, knee-deep in the surf.

“Try to throw it behind the second set of breakers,” he advises. “As it churns out, the fish come in and try to pick up the sandworms or crabs as they’re washed off the bottom.”  

Fishers for surfperch off the Oregon coast will definitely get wet, so hip boots are advisable, and chest waders will offer still more protection. The Oregon Department of Fish Wildlife tells us we’ll need heavy tackle for going after these fish, which can weigh more at

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