Steve Griffin of Marina won the grand master trophy in the annual Sand Crab Classic Perch Tournament in Santa Cruz on March 10 by catching a three-pound, 5.5-ounce barred perch measuring 16 5/8 inches long.
The fish is the largest perch of any kind caught in the popular grassroots event, a fundraiser for the Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout Project.
More than 300 people participated in the event that drew surf fishing enthusiasts from Stockton, Modesto, San Jose, the San Francisco Bay Area and Monterey Bay cities including Monterey, Marina, Watsonville and Santa Cruz.
“The fish was the largest perch I’ve ever caught,” Griffin said. “I hooked it while fishing pileworms off Monterey. Fishing was kind of slow; that fish was one of four perch I landed all morning.”
Phil Cabato won first place in the senior sea perch division with a two-pound, four-ounce red tail perch measuring 14 5/8 inches caught off San Gregorio.
Dangelo Gipson took first in the senior barred surfperch division with a two-pound, 3.2-ounce fish measuring 14 inches taken off Santa Cruz.
Ken Oda won the barred perch on a fly division with his one-pound, 13.3-ounce fish measuring 13 5/8 inches caught off Sunset Beach.
Amy Padua placed first in the women’s sea perch division with a one-pound, 5.1-ounce calico perch measuring 12-1/4 inches landed off the Santa Cruz Lighthouse.
Leslie Cadwalladen captured first in the women’s barred surfperch division with a one-pound, 2.2 ounce beauty measuring 12 1/8 inches taken off Sunset Beach.
Emiko Ancheta of Richmond won first place in the junior barred perch division by bagging a one-pound, 7.7-ounce fish measuring 13 1/8 inches off Rio Del Mar.
Finally, Julian Renz took first in the junior sea perch division by catching a one-pound, 13.10-ounce redtail perch measuring 13 7/8 inches off Rio Del Mar. Information: theletsgofishingradioshow.com.
Sacramento River stripers: The spring striped bass run has started on the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers, with the best action reported in the Sacramento near Isleton.
Barry Canevaro of Fish Hooker Sportfishing reported excellent fishing over the weekend while trolling in the Isleton area. Six anglers landed their limits of stripers on Saturday, while eight anglers caught limits on Sunday.
“The fish averaged seven pounds each and went up to 10 pounds,” Canevaro said. ‘We trolled with P-line Predator lures in red/white and chartreuse/orange back.”
“The water was crystal clear like a trout pond and has warmed up to 57 to 58 degrees,” Canevaro said. “However, I don’t know what the storms hitting the area this week will do to the fishing.” Information: (916) 777-6498.
Mokelumne River/Central Delta black bass: It’s black bass time in the Delta. Alan Fong of Fisherman’s Warehouse reported solid fishing on his latest trip to the Mokelumne River in the North Delta.
“My fishing buddy and I caught and released 14 largemouths,” Fong said. “The biggest fish weighed a little over 4 pounds and the top five fish weighed between 17 and 18 pounds. We flipped with Brush Hogs in 2 to 4 feet of water.”
“The water temperature was 60 degrees,” he said. “My next trip will be to the Central Delta area around Mildred Island.” Information: (916) 362-1200.