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  1. Local Spotty

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    Hey all. What beaches right now have the best bite? What bait should I use: Sand crabs, mussels, clams, ect. Also, what are some good surf perch rigs?
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    Carolina with the camo sand worm is where most guys start. Almost every beach has perch, even rocky ones. The question is where? Look up some videos about how to read a beach...
     
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    You aren't going to have any sand crabs to use this time of the year unless you froze some from last summer. You can't go wrong with shrimp as bait, but if you are targeting surf perch then Gulp Sandworms (2.5" camo color) is arguably the best bait.

    Rig the sandworms on a c-rig, I prefer a braid to mono leader so I can feel all the nibbles, and then cast it out and do a slow and steady retrieve.
     
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    Yea what they said lol... If the camo worm isnt working... The c rig with cut shrimp seems to get bit.

    This week i've caught fish at silver strand, IB, and mission. So theyre around every where. Sometimes itll take 2 hours to catch one dink.. Sometimes youll get a few in a couple hours.

    Youtube... Benji Kim... Rodneys fishing adventure and bearz g have a some surf fishing also...
     
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    I can't seem to have an answer to this question but what hook should I use for the sand worms. I also have some Berkley gulp penny shrimp and natural peeler crab if that could work.
     
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    Size 6 should be fine, I like long shank hooks myself.
     
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    What Werfless said. You definitely want a long shank hook. I thread the hook through the lure, and try to get the point as close to the tail as I can get. Those little *******s will peck the lure right off of the hook if you let them.
     
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    There is a reason people refer to the gulp as crack. The BSPs cant’t resist it. I have always seemed to catch bigger fish on a 1.5-2in curly tails grub on a c-rig or even a double grub rig than I have on gulp sand worm but definitely more bites on the sand worm. Also tend to get more yellow fin croaker on the gulp
     
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    +1 for the curly tails. My opinion is perch are more fun to catch on grubs.
     
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    This footage of them eating helped me with my retrieve.


     
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    Thanks guys.
     
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    I wish he'd hold the camera still while under water.....

    Cool to see all the stuff in the water and the fish still bite.
     
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    Along with learning to read the beach , Bill Varney's site may give you some additional info on rigging for perch .surf-fishing-with-grubs . There are many different articles on surf fishing on this site . I believe that fishing your gear with confidence , is most important . For instance my personal hook preference for grubs is a # 2 , 4 or 6 , Owner Mosquito black chrome , short shank , turned up eye snelled to the leader . I just put the hook through a grub once in the second rib from the nose no threading needed . gives it a good free action . Just my $ .02 . WR
     
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    When you say this video helped you with your retrieve, can you elaborate on what you mean? Jun from More than Fishing just casted out his camera with bait and let it soak. In his other videos, he'll do a slow retrieve when fishing for BSP using a c-rig. What did you see this video that made you change, and how are you doing your retrieve now? I'm curious to know what is most effective. Thanks.
     
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    Slow down, wait for the bait to hit the bottom. Don't expect them to inhale like a bass, so inch the bait along the bottom as they pick at it. This increased my hook up success rate on the fly from zero in 3 years, to a whole 2 BSP last year.
     
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    Mussel meat and Carolina rig right now.
     
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