There are more than 20 species of surf perch that are found along the inshore areas of the Pacific Coast from Alaska to San Diego. Surf perch are one of the most popular types of fish caught along the beach. You can find many perch in the surf ranging from 6 to 18 inches.
Sand bugs, clam necks, mussels, chunks of anchovies and herring, prawns, and any of the sea worms are great baits for surf perch. Surf perch provide some excellent action, especially for younger anglers. Since most are small, they are often scaled and cooked whole. The larger perch are filleted and cooked. They taste excellent so they are worth spending some time cleaning.