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Surf perch paradise

Long Beach hosts annual contest devoted to athletic surf-zone fish

Observer staff report

Published on May 23, 2018 10:52AM

The 2018 Surf Perch Derby took place at the Bolstad Beach approach in Long Beach on Saturday afternoon. Fisherman were delighted with some of the best perch fishing they’ve experienced in years.

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The 2018 Surf Perch Derby took place at the Bolstad Beach approach in Long Beach on Saturday afternoon. Fisherman were delighted with some of the best perch fishing they’ve experienced in years.

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Rick Weir of Klipsan Beach braved some rough seas, but it proved to be a successful strategy. He took home nearly 12 pounds of surf perch on Saturday.

Rick Weir of Klipsan Beach braved some rough seas, but it proved to be a successful strategy. He took home nearly 12 pounds of surf perch on Saturday.

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Dillon Lamotte of Mossyrock looked for another spot to cast along the Bolstad approach on Saturday.

Dillon Lamotte of Mossyrock looked for another spot to cast along the Bolstad approach on Saturday.

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Fisherman take their bounty to the weighing station at the annual Surf Perch Derby in Long Beach.​

Fisherman take their bounty to the weighing station at the annual Surf Perch Derby in Long Beach.​

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LONG BEACH — The surf was a little rough but the fishing was good for Long Beach’s popular annual Surf Perch Derby on Saturday, May 19.

“A great Saturday! We won the surf perch derby in Long Beach,” Taylor Delauney said on Facebook. “Team FoF! $300 made us holla! Just over 33 pounds of fish. We almost had big fish with a 2 3/4 pounds, but in the last 5 minutes a big whopper showed up.”

Surf perch — sometimes combined into one word — are a dietary staple for some Washington coast residents, who can often be seen casting in the vicinity of Fishing Rocks on the south Seaview beach.

Writing in the The Spruce Eat blog (www.thespruceeats.com), Hank Shaw made these observations. “Pacific surfperch is a shore-angler’s staple. Pacific surfperch is a tasty little fish that, from an eating perspective, fits in with its distant cousins the rockfish, snapper, sea bass, porgy and bream. Any recipes you find for these fish work with surfperch. Perch can be as large as 4 pounds but are most often far smaller when they are caught.

“Several kinds of surfperch exist, including the rubberlips, redtail, calico and barred surfperch.

“But none of these is a real perch. Pacific surfperch can be found from Alaska to Baja California and is easily caught from piers, jetties and beaches.”







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