Tackle & Equipment
In general, use a heavy freshwater or light-medium saltwater rod (6-8 feet) and a reel that holds at least 100 yards of 10-25 lb monofilament line. You might consider using a longer 9 foot rod for fishing off a pier or rocky wall.
Bait & Rigging
Two types of rigs are used: traditional surf rig, or basic #6 hook right on the main line with a small split shot (or two) about 18 inches up.
BASIC HOOK RIG
Common bait for perch include:
- Sand crab (best for coastal fishing).
- Grass shrimp and fresh mussel (best for bay fishing).
- Clams, pile worms, squid strips, and cut anchovies.
Harbors, jetties, pilings, docks, wharfs and piers around Monterey, San Francisco, Tomales and Humboldt Bays are good spots for coastal fishing.
Other good spots:
- Sausalito’s western shore
- West side of Richmond and San Rafael bridges
- Berkeley and Emeryville waterfront
- Treasure Island Shoreline
- Berkeley Pier
- San Franscisco waterfront from Fisherman’s Wharf to Candlestick Point
- Coyote Point Harbor
- Fort Point Headlands
- Marina Green rock wall
- Fort Mason Pier
- San Mateo Pier
- Berekely Pier
- Aquatic Park/Muni Pier
- Emeryville Marina rock wall
- Sausalito seawall