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Larger perch in the winter?

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Happy New Year SOL!

 

I've been surfperch fishing for about a year now. Seems like the perch are much bigger now than what I was catching this summer. Saw a guy post up a 3.2 lb slab! Definitely not as many small ones around. Not that I'm complaining.

Do you find this to be the case? Are they coming close to spawn? Any thoughts?

 

I generally throw a c-rig with gulp sandworms. Do you change tactics when the big uns are around?

 

TIA,

Ben

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Of course you post something like this then go out and get nothing but small ones. Seven, lil ones. Not even pic worthy.

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Yes, the big ones come in winter and spring. I tend to use larger hooks and lures in winter. I caught 3 perch this morning over 14" long, and heavy. Lost many more in a gnarly shore break. The winter bite is here.

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They're such cool fish.

I could see how people could really get into targeting them. 

Pertty, tough, light tackle fun!

Enjoy my west Coast Brothers & Sisters!

JD

 

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Yeah, I pretty much only chase after perch in the winter and I find them to be bigger.  But then again, I’m chasing stripers most of the time.

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On 3/2/2019 at 7:22 PM, ThuanTran said:

What kind of hooks and size would is recommended for winter/spring hooks?

I am new to surf fishing 

thanks in advance 

 

I use live bait hooks in sizes 4-6-8. The bait holder barbs seems to help keep your plastics on the hook. Perch like to taste it a couple times before they gulp it down. This will feel like a tap-tap-tap and again tap-tap-tap. At this point I like to stop reeling, pull the line tight and wait for that heavy pull, then set the hook. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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