There are a number of different surfperch species along the Oregon coast. All species are found in shallow waters along beaches, rocky areas, or in estuaries along piers and docks. Redtail surfperch live in large schools in the surf zone, and all surfperch bear live young up to 2-inches long.
Features: Redtail surfperch all fins are reddish in color, and have 8-11 reddish to brownish vertical bars along the sides over a silver to brassy body.
Habitat: Surfperch are found mostly in the surf. Redtail will usually be found between the 2nd and 4th row of breakers and near deeper holes and areas of high sand erosion.
Technique: Some anglers use a #4 to #6 hook secured 24-30 inches below a 1- to 2-ounce sinker on 8- to 10-pound line. Baits include sand and kelp worms, sand shrimp, clam necks, and mussels. Some anglers have found success fly fishing for redtail surfperch using shrimp pattern flies.