I was surfing at the jetty -- Westhaven State Park -- this morning, and I saw a bajillion good-sized surfperch in the rip I used to ride out to the lineup. I also saw some fatties in a trough along the beach about 100 yards south of the jetty. I flyfish for surfperch in this area during the summer -- particularly when the surf is fairly small -- but I have never seen perch in these numbers during April before today. I saw all this at the last of the incoming tide. The surf is supposed to flatten out a bit this week, and I'm thinking about taking a depth-charge line and some small Crazy Charlies out there to pester these fish. I've fly fished for surf perch since I was a kid in SoCal. I also noticed quite a few gear anglers fishing in the cove and hiking along the jetty. I'd be leery of standing on that jetty when 6-foot swells are washing on by.... I'd also be really careful surf fishing, as some of those rips are pretty powerful right now. I'm sure everyone already know this, but as a reminder: Don't fight the current if you're caught in a rip. Swim parallel to the beach, and you'll be out of the rip in a couple of minutes. Then you can just let the waves push you into shore.