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08/10/2017

Cabela's Tourney Trail IM8 Salmon rod is on sale

Here is the link:  http://www.cabelas.com/product/fishing/fishing-rods/spinning-rods%7C/pc/104793480/c/104764680/sc/104836680/cabelas-tourney-trail-im-s-s-spin-rod/1925831.uts

This is my #1 rod I recommend for surf fishing on the Oregon coast.  It's light and sensitive, and casts a country mile.  The Heavy action 10 foot model is rated up to 2 oz, which is the weight I toss.  I already have TWO as my backup rod, but at this price, I'm thinking of getting another one ............  as a backup to my backup .... to my back up.  Boy, that's a lot of backup rods.  That's how much I like them!

I have seen the new Fish Eagle rods (2017 model), and I'm not a fan.  The eyes are very small and as a result, the double uni knot that I tie have a hard time going through the eyes during casting and reeling in.  I use braid line, and mono leader and join them with a double uni knot.  Because my leader is well over 8 feet long, I must reel in the double uni through the eyes.  And since the eyes on the new Fish Eagle are small, it can get stuck at the front eye (at the tip).

I have a feeling the TT IM8 will be updated soon to this new  eye as well, so that's why I want to stock up.  The eyes on  the current model is more "double uni friendly", for lack of a better description.  Once/if they update the TT, I will not being using them again.

Anyhow, this is a good price for this rod.  Take it while it lasts.


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08/09/2017

Drying out your sandworms

The best way to prolong your gulp sandworms and save more money is to dry them out.  It's about 92 degrees today, and it's just the perfect weather to dry them out.  I'm going bass fishing tomorrow, and want to fish with them.  If I don't dry them out, they will be way too soft, and they will rip off the hook pretty easily.  Thus, wasting money.  I do this to the 2" as well for surf fishing.  They work great!



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08/05/2017
You should always cook your fish thoroughly because sometimes there are worms inside the meat.  I'm sure they are pretty harmless, but I can see where some people might be afraid to eat surf perch once they see this image.



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08/02/2017

Surf Fishing Tips

I've wrote a short surf fishing tips article before.  As I fish more, I gain more knowledge, and learn from other people as well.  Therefore, here is another slightly updated article about surf fishing the Oregon coast.  Remember that everything here are what I use, and is not scientific.  They work really well for me, but your mileage will greatly vary.  

Gear
I use a 10 foot salmon/steelhead rod.  It's the Cabela's Tourney Trail IM8, Heavy rated, fast action rod.  It's rated up to 2 oz.  Great rod, and I recommend this rod.  I've also used a 6'6" bass rod and that works just as well.

I use a 4000 size reel (Shimano, Daiwa)

Tackle
Hooks: #2 or #4 (#2 will tend to keep the small fish off your line)
Line: #20 braid
Sinker: 2 oz
Leader: 15# mono
Rig setup:  Hi-Low rig, over under rig, 2 hook rig - it's been called by many names.  The sinker is at the bottom of the 2 hooks (remember you can add 3 hooks maximum in Oregon)

Bait
For me, I use Gulp Sandworms in 2" camo about 99.99% of the time.  The simply work; they are "perch crack".  I like to take them out of their package and dry them up for about 3 hours when it's hot (~ 70 degrees).  They tighten up a lot more and stay on the hook much longer.  After doing this, a package will last me about 7-10 trips.

Best tide 
I have found that high slack tide is usually best for most places.  Sometimes though, this is location specific.  Some location is best during low tide, and some are best during high slack tide.   Always try to arrive at your spot about 2 hours before high slack tide, and fish until about 2 hours after high slack tide.

Best time to go
I always prefer an early morning trip - I'm already in the water most of the time during sunrise.  This is mainly because the wind is usually calm in the morning along the Oregon coast.  The wind picks up right around 10-ish.  I've gone out when  the wind forecast is 20+ MPH wind, but it actually don't pick up until late morning.   Also, I prefer cloudy days.  When it's foggy, or overcast, I find that the bite is better than when it's sunny and clear.

Locations
No secrets here at all - all beach along the Oregon coast has them.  If you Google redtail surf perch, you will find that they are found from northern California up to British Columbia.  I prefer a flat beach when surf fishing.  

Other things ........
A wader is a must here on the Oregon coast - especially during the summer months when the water is much colder than they are in the fall and winter months.  I prefer boot-in waders since they are much easier to clean, and they keep the sand out of your boots.  If one area is slow, say a bite or a fish in about 30 minutes, then I would move around.  Sometimes I would move about 100 feet and come to  a good area.  You just gotta be mobile and find these guys.  When you do, the bite is usually good because they move in schools.


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06/15/2017

Surf Fishing Report

surf: 3-4', nice and calm surf, slow rolling breakers
wind: calm (2-3 MPH)
tide:  low @ 10:19 am
variance:  ~6'
weather: cloudy
note:  started fishing about 8-ish.  It was a slow start, then picked up quite a bit as low slack approached.  I always prefer the high slack, but today surprised me.  Kept 11.  Unusually large, active sand crab population on the beach.




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06/08/2017

Subscriber Surf Fishing Tournament

Fee:  $10/person
When:  July 4, 2017 (Last tournament for 2017)
Where:  Bob Straub State Park in Pacific City
Time: 8 AM - 12:30 PM
High tide: @ 10:30 AM (Low variance - 5.3')

HIGHLY weather dependent.  Hopefully, mother nature will cooperate like last time.  2 conditions must be met:  low to moderate wind and low surf/swell.  If one is off, I will cancel it for safety reasons.  Check back here often for updates!  

I know in the past I had people wait to start at a certain time.  I decided that from now on, people can start fishing once they check in.  This way, they don't waste time.  

You can also drive to other beaches if you like.  




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06/06/2017

Surf Fishing Report

surf: 3-4', closer to 5'
wind: calm (2-3 MPH)
tide:  high @ 11:44 am
variance:  5.7'
weather: foggy, overcast
note:  started fishing close to 9 am.  tried lost creek but no bite after 1 hour.  moved south to seal rock and bite was good.  14" was the biggest.  definitely a personal best but didn't bring my scale!   AARGHH!!  next time....

weather was over cast and a little foggy -which is my IDEAL weather to surf fish.  I don't like it sunny, and prefer foggy or misty days --- the gloomier the day, the better!



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05/28/2017

Second Surf Fishing Tournament

This is just a brief announcement about the 2nd tournament that's coming up.  I have mentioned August as the month for the next one, but I'm thinking about holding it on July 4th due to a better tide that day.  All of the Saturday tides in August have a big variance (extreme high to low) and usually that isn't good for surf fishing.  There's nothing scientific about that but I'm just speaking more from past experience.

July 4th this year is on a Tuesday, and most people will be off work for the holiday so it would work out OK for the turnout.

Stay tuned for more info.


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05/28/2017

Tournament Was Great

The video for the tournament is being edited as I write this.  It will be uploaded soon.

We had 30 people show up, and that was about 15 more than I expected!  The wind stayed really calm, but the surf was higher than what was predicted.  It wasn't too bad though.  I saw some familiar faces but there were many new people as well.  I was pretty worried because I didn't see anyone catching fish during the tournament, but actually many caught fish at the end  (I apparently should have made the LEFT turn coming out of the trail end to head towards Seal Rock).  But I made a right turn at apparently it was an unproductive area.

One thing I will do from now on is just have people go fish once they check in, this way they don't have to wait and waste time.  It's always a learning experience for me for these tournaments.

Anyhow, I think we all left learning something new that day so that was great.  Stay tuned for the next tournament!



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05/25/2017

SURF FISHING SATURDAY
MAY 27, 2017

I'm excited to announce that the surf fishing tournament this Saturday is a GO!  Surf will be around 3-4 feet and the wind is about 8 MPH, which means it'll be about 10-14.  Those conditions are fishable.  We better not complain or the fish gods will hear us and they'll change the weather to a very nasty condition.

1 - bring a bucket to put your fish in
2 - expect to walk a LOT!!!  (when bites are slow, move around!!!)
3 - check-in time is @ 12 pm
4 - $10 fee
5 - no one under 18 years of age - even if you have your parents with you
6 - 15 surf perch maximum during weigh-in (15 is the legal limit in Oregon) - PLEASE don't keep more than 15!  Following all state law is a requirement - you will be disqualified from this and all future tournaments if you break this or any rule
7 - fishing will start from 1 pm to 4 pm (high tide is @ 2:55 pm).  Weigh-in at the end of the tournament










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05/24/2017

Tournament Update #2

 
Saturday May 27 Surf Outlook
 
Tournament info:        
Saturday, May 27
Ona Beach State Park  (
see map below)
1 PM to 4 PM
$10 fee per person
No one under 18 years of age


As of right now, the wind looks OK for Saturday, May 27.  It's forecast for about 10 MPH, so it'll be more close to 12-15, which is ....... meh...  But what  can you do, right?  We gotta take what mother nature gives us. 

The surf/swell forecast hasn't changed much - and that is great!!  This tourney is looking more likely that it will happen!


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05/20/2017


Tournament Update

 
Saturday May 27 Surf Outlook
 
Tournament info:        
Saturday, May 27
Ona Beach State Park  (
see map below)
1 PM to 4 PM
$10 fee per person
No one under 18 years of age

 

As of now, it looks fishable.  But it's a whole week away.  It's forecast at 4 feet, which is fine.  Hopefully it stays like that.  wind is predicted at 11 mph, which is good too.

crossing all fingers.




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05/17/2017

Awesome surf for the next week!

Wow!  What a great forecast for surf fishers.  Nothing but fishable surf for the next week!  I've never seen it like this before.  This opens up a rare opportunity for surf fishing.

However, there is the other all important factor:  WIND!  If that is calm too, then it should make for a great week.  To have the wind and surf calm at the same time is pretty rare though.  We'll see.

So, if you are dying to go surf fishing like me,  be sure to plan your trips in the next few days.



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05/05/2017

Surf Fishing Report

Got on the water about 6:20 AM-ish.  Bite was on immediately!  Fished with 3 others and they all did great.  We managed to catch the high tide as it was going out.  We fished to about 2 hours after high tide before leaving.  A great day of surf fishing.  It seems they are feeding for the spawn.



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04/27/2017


EXCELLENT SURF FISHING WEATHER

It was a rough winter, and it looks like the surf is finally settling down for the next week.  It looks amazing!  I wish I have time to go, but I have to work!  Aarrghh!!!  I kill for this type of surf!  

If you guys have free time in the coming days, it is a perfect time to hit that beach for some redtail action.  The surf is really good, but just be aware that the wind might still be high.  Going early helps too to beat the wind before it picks up later in the day.

Good luck, be safe, and tight lines!!!!



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04/23/2017

There was a break in the weather on 4/19 so I headed out to the beach.  We did good with a bite almost every cast.  Got some doubles too, and some nice size redtails.  The sizes were all over the board.  I caught my 2nd walleye perch of my career.  

Now, the weather is acting up again for my upcoming weekend in 2 days.  Looks like I'll have to stick with freshwater, and hope that it's better by next week.




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04/22/2017


On the Oregon coast, you simply can't just go to the beach and start surf fishing because the swells can be pretty dangerous.  To be safe, it's best to check the surf report before heading out surf fishing.

The forecast for the next 1 week looks pretty dangerous for surf fishers.  I was hoping to go out this coming Tuesday, but that isn't happening with a rough surf.  Not only that, but the wind is forecast to be over 15 MPH.  

That's the whole theme for weather this year so far.  It's been just plain disruptive, and very irritating.  Where is that calm weather?  It's spring time, and they biting hot right now too!!  Aaarrrggghhhh!!!



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03/26/2017

Subscriber Surf Fishing
CANCELLED - ROUGH SURF

Update: 3/30/2017.  6:30 pm.  The surf info has not changed, and it's still at around 6 foot - that is a couple of feet above what I would call safe.  Unfortunately, I think this get-together this Saturday is looking less likely.  It would be bad if people showed up and only to be turned around due to rough waves.  Just to be on the safe side, I'm going to cancel this get-together.  I was really hoping to get out there because this is the only free Saturday I have left for the next 3 months!  

Update: 3/29/2017.  7:40 am.  The wind forecast has not died down, and the surf is still at an uncomfortable 6 foot-ish.  The wind isn't really an issue, 8-9 mph is fine.  But, it's the surf/swell is the concern here.  


Update: 3/27/2017.  4:22 pm.  the wind for Saturday looks good.  it's forecasted to be around 8 mph according to the weather channel.  surf/swell is around 6 feet.  these are not ideal conditions, but it's looking fishable, let's hope it gets better!


Lost Creek State Park (south of Newport)
Saturday,  April 1
Starts @ 8:30 AM

As of right now, the wind & surf looks fishable.  But I'll keep monitoring to see.  Be sure to check this website for updates/cancellation.  Check back on Friday evening 3/31.



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03/09/2017

Subscriber surf fishing get-together

CANCELLED DUE TO HIGH SURF


UPDATE 2:   5:34 pm.  I am monitoring the swell info, and it looks like the surf will be too rough to for this event to be safe.  so, I'm going to err on the side of caution and cancelling this get-together.  I'm going to see about moving the event to APRIL 1 - at the same location.  will give an update about this soon.

UPDATE 1:   3:00 PM looks like the wind is decent for tomorrow, but the surf will a concern. 6+ foot swells is borderline unfishable.  there is also a 50% chance of rain, so be sure to bring your rain gear.  we'll know more when we meet tomorrow morning if the surf will be an issue.  see everyone there at Bob Straub State Park @ 8:30 AM.


When:  Saturday, March 25, 2017
Where:  Bob Straub State Park, Pacific City
Time:  8:30 am - 11:30 am

This is a great way for you to get in some practice for our upcoming surf fishing tournament in May.  I try to organize as many get-togethers as I can, but the problem is, my weekends are on week days.  So, this makes it hard because most people have their weekends on a normal weekend.  

But I got time off on 3/25, so I want to do a get-together.  This is highly weather dependent!  Hopefully,  mother nature cooperates that day, and all will be smooth and calm.  I hope to see all of you guys there!



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03/01/2017


People have been asking me about the waders I use for surf fishing.  here it is:

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Cabelas-Mens-Spring-Run-mm-Felt-gram-Waders-Regular/722709.uts?searchPath=%2Fbrowse.cmd%3FcategoryId%3D734095080%26CQ_search%3Dcabela%252527s%2Bwaders




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02/08/2017

surf fishing terminal gear


remember to always check the surf condition online before you head out for surf fishing on the Oregon coast!

so let's talk about this because I get a lot of questions about it.  let me be clear that nothing is scientific, nor is anything  set in stone.  we all fish differently, and this is what I recommend - anything here can be changed to fit your needs.

line
no magic formula here.  braid works best due to its near-zero stretch property - thus making it ultra sensitive.  another good thing is that it casts pretty dam far compared to mono (which has spool memory).  size: 15# to 30# will do fine.  I recommend 20# due to the rough surf that is found on the Oregon coast.  

hooks
again, this varies.  I've read people who use a #6 and even down to a #8.  I use a #2 baitholder which I find to be optimal --> it keeps the small fish off your line as they can't fit it in their mouth.  I occassionally still catch the silver perch, but it's far in between.  so obviously, if you want to catch smaller surf perch, just use a smaller hook like a #6 or #8 (bigger number = smaller hook size).  "baitholder" style hooks works best because it has 2 barbs on the shank to help hold the bait intact.

bait
for me, gulp sandworms all the way (2" camo color).  the sandworms are by far the best bait for surf fishing.  they simply work, and they are durable.  I dry them out for about 3-4 hours (depending on weather) and put them in a jar, or back in the packet.  this way, the dry sandworm will stay on your hook a lot longer.  again, dry out your sandworm so become more rubbery and thus will stay on your hook longer.  see pic below.

leader
I use 15# or 20# mono leader by either Maxima or Pline.

weights
I use a 2oz disc sinker (pic below).  they roll much less that a bank, pyramid, tear drop, and other round shape sinkers.

rig
I use a 2-hook rig, or sometime people tell me it's a over-and-under rig.  whatever you want to call it, the rig is extremely effective.  the weight is at the bottom of the 2 hooks.  the leader is about 2 feet below the last hooks, where the hooks are spaced about 18" apart.



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01/27/2017

the Oregon coast is dangerous!!!!!

I have gotten TWO reports from my youtube subscribers about how they got knocked down by a sneaker wave within the last 3 weeks.  I also heard of a news story of a family (father & daughter?) who got caught  when a sneaker wave pulled them out to sea.  

folks, I cannot emphasize enough how dangerous it is to be on the Oregon beach during a storm.  you might be thinking that there's no wind, and the surf looks calm so it must be safe to venture near the water or go surf fishing.  

the problem here lies in storms that are very far off shore (thousands of miles) and they create some serious wave.  if you just think about the sheer size of the ocean, these waves travel thousands of miles before they reach land.  these swells are big and extremely dangerous - they pack a lot of energy and there's nothing that's going to stop them until they reach land.

even if it seems like a calm day, these swells will hit land days after a storm has passed.  

the best thing to do is to check the surf/swell condition before you head out to the beach in Oregon.  there are many websites out there that give current and future surf reports.  there are also apps for your mobile phone.

just google for "oregon swell info" or "oregon surf report" to find these websites that have swell forecasts.

generally, I look for swells that are in the 2-5 foot range.  from my experience, 5 foot or under is relatively safe, and has enough wave action to stir up the sand crabs for the redtails to feed on.  if they are 6-7 foot, that is a little too dangerous and uncomfortable.  if you do head out, always go with a partner so you can help keep an eye out for each other.



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01/26/2017

swell info websites

I always check the swell/surf forecast before I head out surf fishing.  as you may or may not know, the Oregon coast is extremely dangerous!  the surf is unpredictable and the condition changes very rapidly, many times without any warning.  

you always want to check the surf info weeks ahead to the day before your trip in order for you to stay safe.  if possible, always bring a partner.

there are many websites and apps that I use to check the surf info.  here they are:

1)  magic seaweed - my favorite 
2)  solspot 
3)  swellinfo.com 

in addition, there are a shit ton of other apps you can download.  I surf fish a lot, and I always monitor the surf condition hourly.  I have these sites, and a few more, bookmarked and I check them about 1 week ahead of time, and then check them hourly each day until the day of my trip - the forecast do change.

I usually check at least 3 websites and compare them.  if one is saying 20 foot swells and another is saying 5 foot swells, then I would continue to check/verify it with another different website.

when it comes to your personal safety, always have the right knowledge so you can make the right decision to be safe.  research and common sense should be used.  when in doubt, don't go out!

why?  because we need everyone to stay alive and help make America great again ............ oh shit... wait... what???


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01/25/2017

surf fishing report

rating: 1 - I cried typing that number ....but it's still better than any   day at work
weather:    cloudy ~ 42 degrees
surf: medium, 5-7 foot swells - wasn't too bad.  stayed on the beach for a while to observe what the waves were doing, to see if there are any large surges, none to be found so we began fishing (it's best to watch the waves for about 10-15 minutes initially to get an idea of how rough it is)
wind: calm
tide: outgoing high tide
notes:  a slow day of surf fishing!  wow.  managed 1 redtail in about 2 hours of fishing.  we went to seal rock and holy cow, what the hell happened to that beach????  seriously, a big contrast since I fished it last May.  there are rocks everywhere now!  it's almost dangerous to fish on the beach anymore.  I think one of these days I will have to return during low tide to see what other structure have emerged from all the storm we've had recently.  


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01/11/2017


rating: 4 - a bad day fishing is still better than any   day at work
weather:   mostly cloudy ~ 35 degrees
surf: medium, 6-7 foot swells - a little too uncomfortable
wind: about 7-10 mph, then calm in the afternoon
tide: outgoooooooing high tide
notes:  a slow day of fishing, bite was far in between.  definitely on the small side today.  kept only 5, lost about 4.  I caught a live sand shrimp from the surf, and it made me realize why the gulp sandworms work so well:  because they resemble a local food that these fish are feeding on.  it was a good discovery for me because all these times, I couldn't understand why they work so well.  now I know.  the shrimp is opague, not quite green like the gulp sandworms.  you can see it in the pic below.  what's funny is that I caught the shrimp on a 1/4 oz rooster tail.



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01/11/2017

surf fishing report

I got a report from a friend.  they went friday and nailed the surf perch in late afternoon.  they got nearly 30 for 3 people, threw a lot back and they lost count.  it was late in the afternoon and they couldn't keep the fish off their line.

as you can see, any month is a good month for redtails - you just have to find a calm surf and calm wind.  if you live in the willamette like me, then you must make sure the roads over the mountain pass isn't icy/snow either.


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12/26/2016

surf fishing report


rating: 2 for me, 8 for my fishing buddy, Tom
weather:   mostly cloudy ~ 35 degrees
wind: calm, about 8 mph in the afternoon
tide: outgooing high tide
notes:  Tom did great, his catch was consistent - he caught 10 total, some silvers and some dinks.  I got 3 silvers, 1 small redtail, and 2 keeper redtail.  I had to cancel our original trip to Coos Bay due to ice on the road, so we hit the surf instead.  Winter is great time for redtail,  sometimes (most of the time!) mother nature won't cooperate with you.  Even though the surf was calm today, it surge pretty high onto the shore.  However, most of the fish Tom caught were very close to shore; maybe only about 30-40 feet from his position.  This is usually true for redtail, they are all over the surf that it's hard to say where the best spot to cast is.  People always ask me, "where do you cast?"  There isn't a specific spot that you target, they are just all over the surf.  I really don't know how else to explain that.  A few times they take it about 20 feet (TWENTY!) from me!  I never thought that they'd be so close, but they are.  They swim around in the surf looking for sand crabs.  And sand crabs are usually found where the surf line is, which is pretty shallow waters.


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12/20/2016

2017 surf fishing tournament
 
I'm pretty excited about hosting another surf fishing tournament, so I'm gonna make a short post about it right now.  2016 will be done in 11 days.  it was a good year, we had some great surf fishing tournament.  many people caught their first surf perch so that was really cool.  even cooler was meeting people, people from all walks of life; from young to old and beginners to veterans - what an experience it was for me!!  

the 2017 surf fishing tournament will happen again next year.  I have not set a date yet, nor chose a place.  there will be TWO tournaments.  I'm thinking of Memorial day weekend, 4th of July weekend, or labor day weekend.  the final decision will rest soley on my work schedule so stay tuned.  

100% certain:

1)  there will be a $10 fee per person
2)  prizes will be given out (only 1 prize per person)
3)  1st, 2nd, 3rd place prizes and the biggest fish prize as well, plus random drawings

it won't happen for a while, so if you're new to surf fishing, it's time to get out your fishing gear and start practicing!  you have about 6 to 7 months before the tournament starts.

stay tuned to this website or my youtube channel.


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12/18/2016

surf fishing report 



rating: 10+ (best trip ever!)
weather:   sunny ~ 35 degrees
wind: calm
tide: incoming high tide
notes:  gulp sandworm was the ticket - as usual.  it's undeniable that this is the best bait for redtail surf perch.  I also switched to a rooster tail and did really well.  many doubles - back to back multiple times even.  the surf was dead calm and the wind was nowhere to be found.



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12/12/2016

perch crack is on sale!!!!!!!!


@ walmart.com - I've never seen it this cheap before.  $4.99 per pack - 24 count!! (remember to dry these out partially to get more mileage out of them).  I don't know how long they will last, but I decided to pick up 5 packs to stock up.  you can never have enough of these - by far the best bait for redtail perch.



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12/12/2016
the surf forecast for newport looks phenomenal for the rest of this week!  it is definitely fishable, especially with some decent weather coming up.  "fishable" to me are when the swells are 8 feet or less, anything above that gets too dangerous.  even if it rains, it's not really a factor for me because rain isn't a big issue when it comes to surf fishing.  the wind is suppose to be calm (under 10 mph) all the way through sunday!  it has been almost 1 month since I caught my last redtail.  I need to end this redtail drought this weekend!

of course, these are computer prediction and so it can and probably will change.  but it looks good for now.



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12/10/2016

redtail surf perch size chart
 
started june 10, 2016
(updated from time to time)

during last summer, 2016, I took some length and weight records from some of the redtails I caught.  my goal is to make a rough size chart to show length-to-weight for the redtails.  I googled for such a chart because I wanted to know how much a redtail weighs at a given length.  it doesn't have to be accurate, but just a rough size chart.

having found none, I decided to make one.  

I know that many people, me included, tend to over guess the weight of a given redtail, and this chart should act as a rough guide for figuring out how big your catch is.

nothing is scientific here - because it's kind of like making a weight chart of all people who are 6 foot tall.  we are all different, and so are fish.  this chart is just for me to make a mental note of how big a perch is when I catch them.  a 12" perch is going to be roughly 1#.  that is a decent size perch, by the way; and makes for a good fillet.

the females also weigh a little different than the males, especially ones that carry many fry in their belly.  but I don't know if the fry should count towards the total weight, but I don't think I have a choice since it would be incredibly inhumane (and stupid) to squeeze out the fry before weighing them.  but females of all species are naturally big anyways due to their child bearing role.

I have read, and was told, of people catching redtails in the 5# and even SIX pound range!  now that is a redtail!  it's sort of like catching a 2# bluegill - big, to say the least!  my PB is only about 2.1#, and that was huge to me, I can't image a redtail doubling that!  or even a 6 pounder.  the biggest on my chart was a 13" female I caught in newport; she weighed  1.6#.  I thought that was pretty damn big already.

but I think I will see about making a chart that is logarithmic so we can see how much weight is increased per added length (inch).  this way you can extrapolate the weight based on length.  

anyways, ........... this chart is a work in progress.  just like my life!



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11/30/2016
Headed out to Newport today for jetty fishing.  There was no action, except for the large waves breaking over the jetty.  It got pretty hairy, plus the wind was howling.  I caught one, and lost it - probably no more than 2#.  



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11/29/2016
 usually bleed out the redtail surf perch when I take them home.  to bleed them out, it's pretty easy and you simply slit the gills, and thus the blood will flow out.  the reason you want to bleed them out is because the fillets tastes better - there's less blood in the meat, which makes it taste less "gamy".  if you are taking fish home, it's always a good idea to bleed them to give it better flavor.



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11/29/2016

yesterday, 6/26, I used a pyramid sinker for surf fishing for the first time.  what I discovered was a little odd in the way how the pyramid sinker behave in contrast to a disc sinker (my preferred weight style) when it's rolling across the sand.  

when the pyramid sinkers roll, there is a very rapid tap - like a machine gun fire, for a lack of a better analogy.  to get an idea of what this feels like, imagine rolling a #2 pencil on a  table with your hand flat on the pencil.  

that rapid tap (rolling) is very similar to a perch bite, and as a result, it can cause false alarm when detecting bites - at least for me.  all sinkers will roll no matter what, but a disc sinker is much less apparent because it rolls less due to its physical shape - it has a much lower profile and therefore sits flatter on the sand.

for beginning surf fishers, this rapid roll/tap will most likely result in false hook sets.  

but don't take my word for it.  use different sinkers, and go with the style you feel is best for you.  

 



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11/29/2016

big swells = no surf fishing

mother nature can be a bitch most of the time.  she's mean and nasty when she wants to, and there's nothing anyone can do about it.  the swells for this week and beyond is huge, to say the least.  I think in times like these, I'll stick with jetty fishing.  friday looks good, but gotta work that day *___*

jetty fishing isn't bad either and is quite fun, except for losing gear every 5 minutes in the rocks.  sometimes I think I need to get a 15 foot pole so that I can jig my bait vertically versus  pulling it against the rocks when I have a short rod ..... errr, I mean when my fishing pole is not long enough.

and if you're curious as to what rig I use for jetty fishing, I use the same bottom rig for surf fishing.  I'm sure it has many names.  some people call it the over under, 2-hook rig, dropper loop, perch rig, and many others.  I'll just call it the dropper loop because, well..........  that's what it is.  it is the best rig that I've found for surf fishing, and now jetty fishing.  I use it all the time in lakes and bays bottom bouncing for bass.

anyhow, will give an update on my jetty trip tomorrow.



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11/29/2016

Reading a beach



I'm no expert when it comes to reading a beach to determine the best fishing spot.   Most of the beaches I fish along the oregon coast are pretty flat and featureless; so beach reading really doesn’t help me much.   My #1 method has always been fishing at the first spot I arrive, if there are no bites, I move about 200 feet north or south – rinse and repeat.   This approach really works well for me.  It’s normal for me to walk a half mile up or half mile down from my starting point to find fish.

During high tide, it’s hard to see features on a beach.  However, during low tide, you can really see the beach contour, and this is where I would spend a little time reading a beach to find a good spot.
There are certain features on a beach that I look for to determine if it will be a good spot.  Troughs are usually a good spot to fish because they are deep and hold food for the surf perch to feed on.  Another feature that I look for are points – and I discover that points are more important than troughs.  Points, or a peninsula, jut out a little ways past the shore, and I this is great because it lets me cast out even further into deeper water where the bigger fish tend to hold out.

In the photo below, you see some important beach features marked as A, B, and the green line, which is a trough.  There are also rips, or cuts, but it’s not very visible here in the photo.  A rip current is under water and is sometimes seen by a line of white foam heading back out to sea.  Focusing on the trough is a good idea, but a better spot I would concentrate on are the 2 points: A & B.  Again, these features are more visible during low tide.  Once it’s full high tide, the trough would be a good spot to cast into, assuming you can reach it with your bait.

When I fish a point, I fan cast in every direction to find fish.  I repeat this method for a good 20 minutes before moving on. 

To be honest, most or all of my success doesn’t come from reading a beach and finding the right features, but more on my ability to move around to find fish.  Sometimes I pick a spot because it looks like a good place to hold fish, but usually it disappoints when I fish it.

This is due to the fact of the rising and falling tides along the Oregon coast.  The wind also changes beach contour because it moves sand around.  Tidal currents erode points and fills up troughs, and in return forming new points and troughs at a different location.  This is why your favorite fishing spot becomes less productive over time.

While it’s important to know a beach contour that will hold fish, I think it’s far more productive to move around and find fish.  Once you do find a spot that’s super productive, it usually won’t be as good the next time you come due to the ever changing tide & wind.




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11/23/2016, +1 likes

cheap gulp sandworm!

stock up, guys!!  walmart.com has their gulp sandworms down to $5.19 / pack.  that is by far the cheapest I've ever seen.  I have their shipping pass so 2 day shipping is free.  I recommend the shipping pass as it will save you a lot of money in the long run.  who knows, maybe this black friday will even be cheaper??



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11/21/2016
surf report

there are some rough surf coming up this week.  thursday (turkey day) looks pretty dam hairy to say the least.  I would definitely not be going surf fishing that day.  jetty fishing might be more doable.

before you head out to the coast for some surf fishing, checking the surf report is a smart thing to do as it can save a lot of time - and ultimately your life.  nowdays, there are many websites and apps that have surf forecasts for any location on the coast.  these are fairly accurate and offer instant updates.

before I head out,  I always check the surf report on 3 or 4 different websites days ahead.  I monitor it closely and the final check I do is the night before the trip.  

here are several sites I use:

1.  http://solspot.com
2.  http://magicseaweed.com
3.  http://www.surfline.com

there are apps as well on android and ios.

anything under 7 feet is fishable, to me.  anything over, I avoid.  you don't want an absolute calm surf, but at least some slight breakers to stir up the food (sand crabs and other animal debris) for them to feed on.



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11/18/2016

surf fishing report

bite is still good!  if anyone is telling you that surf fishing is only good during the spring, summer months, that is completely FALSE!  when I use capital letters, then I'm being serious!!  the only problem with the fall, winter months is that they have a lot of storm which makes the surf rough and dangerous.  always check the weather report and surf forecast before heading out.


rating: 7
weather:  warm, sunny
wind: very calm
tide: incoming high tide
notes:  was a really slow bite at first, but  picked up quite a bit as the high slack tide approached.



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