Ocean Shores surf perch on gear

Jim Wallace

Smells like low tide.
Ha Ha..."famous surfing break." :rofl: Hobuck Beach campground is more known for the primitive nature of their outhouses, but it is still a great place to camp. Don't know about the surfperch fishing there, but you might check to see if you need a tribal fishing permit to fish off the beach. I know you need one to fish in the Sooes River, which empties into Mukkaw Bay there. Looks like it would be good, though.

I used to ride my longboard there in the smaller summer waves, on occasion. Sometimes a good sandbar would develop off the rivermouth...producing a fun little left in front of the rocks. In the winter, the beach break there sometimes gets good enough to rip on shortboards, especially when the swell is "just right"--(don't ask, as I won't go as far as to divulge the swell size and direction) and the winds are blowing offshore, but it is a "default, last chance" surfing destination we checked out when the better, formerly "secret" spots on the Cape were blown out or too big and gnarly.

Have fun. Go out on the Cape Loop and take the boardwalk to the Tatoosh Lookout. Cool little walk. Also, I don't know if the Makahs have settled with the O.N.P. yet on the trail access issue, but we used to pay to park in a tribal members yard and hike in to Shi Shi Beach, which is a nice wild beach to visit.
Thanks for the input. I don't surf but have been there before and saw a lot of surfers seeming to have a great time. It is a beautiful spot although yes, it is rustic. I like to stay there when fishing Neah Bay as it is nicer than any of the hotels in town.
I'm going to the ocean at the Aberdeen area, I guess it's near ocean shores.

I have a big old rod I'll be using and I don't mind getting wet. I can cast the darn thing a friggin mile if necessary.... :) :)

I've not fished in the last 26 years here in Washington, all I've done is bass fishing back east and Fly trout fishing in England, and I've never Surf fished.

Who's going to walk me through it so I can print it out and take it on the trip and catch some darned dinner? I have no clue what you all were talking about when you said Egg Loop etcettera...


I've only fly cast to red tailed surf perch at the Ocean, but my buddy sets his rod up with a 3-way swivel, ties off a fairly hefty pyramid sinker off of the swivel with about 15 test, and uses clam necks for bait on about 3 feet of 20 lb test line off of the remaining swivel.

Chuck it out as far as you can. Try to look for areas where the waves don't seem to be breaking as much, which usually signifies a dip in the bottom that fish use to go in and out of the breaking waves. Ocean Shores is tough because of the long shallow slope of the beach. I would look for something with a drop off a little closer to the beach. Happy hunting.
Surf perch at Hobuck Beach near Neah Bay, are there any? I assume there are but have no idea.

I'll be camping there at the end of April so wanted to know if anyone has insight. It's a famous surfing break so conditions are right, I would assume.

nope been diving near there and havent seen any surf perch i wouldnt waste my time.
For anyone interested, Shewey wrote a book, Northwest Flyfishing, that has a chapter on this seldom performed but awesome art of flyfishing for ocean perch. This is not for the feint of heart in adventure, and it's better performed in a wet suit instead of waders.

Those looking for a hint on where to go, long flat beaches with a shallow incline, like at Ocean Shores, are not conducive to fly fishing, though can be done with gear. Look for a steeper incline in the beach that allows you to cast over the breaking waves. Sink tip with weighted clouser, and a 6 to 8 wt rod, depending on the wind. The fish are not that big that you need anything over a 6 wt rod, but typically you have big wind blowing in your face, and an ability to haul cast, and jump waves, is essential… Never turn your back on the surf, and bring your sense of humor: there is a very wet learning curve. :)

An additional article on West Coast fishing I found somewhere on the web, by Ken Hanley, Fly Fishing Afoot in the Surf Zone, Frank Amato Publications, 1999.


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Thanks for the info. I heard that the sandshrimp fall off easily so I got some powerbait sandshrimp "the fish hold on 5 million times longer!" so hopefully they will stay on longer.
I gotta tell ya it was weird staring at all that gear. I had to call a guy over to help me out, I was just staring at this wall of 10 different kinds of everything. It seems like every product had a picture of a bass on it too. Anyhow, thanks for the input
Go get some of that spider thread not the magic thread. That spider thread stuff is good shit, all you do is just wrap it around a few times, snap off and presto sand shrimp stays on. You also don't have to worry about trying to tie knots and stuff to get it to stay on, it sticks to itself.:thumb:
I didn't use shrimp, but I did use Tube Worm and got crap ton's of bites, but never found any good spots to fish in... I should have went north about 80 miles and fished in the rocks.

Where are all the salmon this time of year if I wanted to go fishing for them without a boat and I'm in the Port Orchard area?

Maybe I should have opened a new thread... :D


B.O.H.I.C.A. bend over here it comes again
Guys gear fish at Ocean Shores down by the Jetty. I've tried wading a little there and it is definately tough on the legs and not what I would classify as "safe."
My cousin just got back from there and he put in his 7 foot livingston on the grays harbor side to drop some crab pots. That is not only not "safe" but "crazy" also.


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Guys gear fish at Ocean Shores down by the Jetty. I've tried wading a little there and it is definately tough on the legs and not what I would classify as "safe."
My cousin just got back from there and he put in his 7 foot livingston on the grays harbor side to drop some crab pots. That is not only not "safe" but "crazy" also.
I like "crazy". On the Skagit me and my buddy couldn't get out to the fish so we used an intertube tide to a rope. One fishing from the tube out in the current while the other held on to the rope from shore. One of those things you don't tell your mom about:D