View Full Version : Labor Day Shiner catch (pics)

09-10-2006, 09:23 AM
We spent the Labor Day Holiday weekend, camped at the Dunes, at Bodega Bay. * Weather was perfect, low 60's, and a blanket of overcast, keeping the sun off our backs. *I like the Bodega Bay area, for it's variety of shore angling oportunities. *I rarely fish from a boat, and this area has several different land based features, that can be successful for the shore angler. *

There are the rock jettis, that protcet the harbor from the sea, inside the harbor are schools of smelt, shiners, with the occasional halibut, there is a pier on the west side of the bay, that does not require a fishing license to use, and then there is the beach front, directly North of Bodega Bay. *This is what I planned to concentrate on this trip. *

We hit the beach Saturday morning after breakfast, and began to look for terrain features, that were different from everything else. *This tends to be where the surf perch like to hide. *Any kind of hole, cut or ledge, that the ever-moveing tide, has carved out of the beach, will generaly be a productive fishing spot.

Here I have highlighted a small depression in the beach, that was deeper, than the surrounding area. *The red dots show where we were picking up fish. *The gear we were using was light spinning tackle ( 9ft. Noodle rod) 4lbs. test line, *1/4 - 1/2 oz. egg sinkers, and #8 Mosquitos hooks, with a 2" Berkely power grub in "motoroil" color. *We would cast to the back of the hole, and gently reel the grub back across the bottom of the depression. *Strikes would come anywhere from the back end, to right at our feet.

I generaly hook the grub directly through the nose. *This probably results in many short strikes (as I did feel quite a few) but I have found that the grub tends to not torque the leader up as much, as it spins through the surf.

Taking pictures of ones self, while holding an angrry fish, and trying not to drop a digital camera in the sand, is quite a feat, but after about 5 trys, I finally had a keeper ( no punn intended)

I decided to keep a few for a friend, who wanted to cook them up. *If I remember correctly, I think I actualy caught about 12-15, on this morning. * They were a blast to play with, and tasted quite good on the grill. :)

Thanks, *Greg

09-10-2006, 09:26 AM
Sorry about the pics being cut off, I'll shrink them down one more size, for the next time.

Greg :-/

09-10-2006, 09:32 AM
Really cool blow by blow - with visual aids. Almost a ducumentary in and of itself. nIce job. Looks like a lot of fun.

09-10-2006, 10:58 AM
I agree, very detailed report.... ;D

09-10-2006, 01:35 PM
Very good report. love the pictures.

09-10-2006, 07:50 PM
Good report, Greg,
I assume you were fishing Salmon Creek beach. I was going to try and fish it this past Spring but the surf was so high and rough I didn't even bother getting my feet wet. I then went over to Doran but there was no bite there that day and I got caught in one of those downpours. We will be back at Bodega in November and hopefully conditions will be better. Next week I will be giving it a try up at Bragg.

09-11-2006, 04:05 PM
I believe those are silver perch
the light colored half bars of the top side

they are on every beach from bodega to jenner

there are also walleye, redtail and calico perch on that beach
and barred perch at the very north end

salmon creek is my local grubbing beach
i'm there many morning high tides
but avoid the holidays

usually post grubbing info on on the PFIC bulletin board

do a search for salmon creek or bodega


09-11-2006, 04:37 PM
Thanks for the clearification on the species. *I was not exactly sure what they were officialy called. *We were catching them at the Dunes beach front.

My best place so far has been over at Lawson's Landing, in a similiar depression, near the end of the tide.




09-11-2006, 04:59 PM
Hey this is a great tutorial. Thanks!

I encourage everyone to do the same with your trips. I will do the same for my next trip.

09-12-2006, 08:47 PM
Another great report. I also liked the one on the panfish board. I need to catch me some surf perch. I live in pacifica and have never cought one on the beach. I have goten some off the rocks but never with grubs off the surf like that.

09-13-2006, 08:32 AM
Great detailed report & awesome pics. Thanks for posting.

We camped out there 4 years ago and been wanting to go back there ever since. The campgrounds there are really good and the availability of hot showers was a great plus.

Surfperch are really fun on light tackle. You have some productive grounds just down the beach from your house. Let me know and maybe we can hook-up sometime.

09-13-2006, 07:30 PM
Yea sounds good. I need to learn to catch surf perch.

I got the striper thing down :-/ ;D NOT ;D

But it is still fun. Maybe I can actually catch something If I go for purch.

09-17-2006, 01:44 PM
Nice report and pics. Down south (LA and San Diego) carolina rigs are very popular for surf perch, and by incorporating a swivel it reduces the line twist you were talking about. It also seems that by hooking the grubs through the head you get less "gut hooked" fish which makes catch and release easier if you don't plan on keeping to many.

I wouldn't mind tagging along with some of you guys on your next surf fishing adventure. I live in Walnut Creek, but wouldn't mind driving anywhere to fish. Let me know if you guys make it out.

09-17-2006, 02:42 PM
Hi El EFE,

You are always welcome to fish with me. I'll let you know the next time we are in the neighborhood. The more the merrier!!!!