A Santa Cruz Tradition - The Sand Crab Classic Perch Derby

2020 marks the 16th annual Sand Crab Classic Perch Derby. This fun, family-friendly event gets people of all ages out fishing in our beautiful Monterey Bay. Participants spend Saturday morning fishing from the shore, jetties or piers for species in the perch family (boats are not allowed!) Then, at 1pm the participants meet up for measurements, a trophy ceremony, BBQ, raffle, and silent auction.

There are a few different divisions to be in:

Barred Surf Perch (1st, 2nd and 3rd place for each category)

  • Senior, 17 and over
  • Junior, 16 and under
  • Women’s Division
  • Biggest BSP on Fly

Non-Barred Surf Perch (1st, 2nd and 3rd place for each category)

  • Senior, 17 and over
  • Junior, 16 and under
  • Women’s Division

And the person with the largest catch of the day wins the Grand Master Trophy! 2019’s Grand Master was Joe Gomez, who caught a 16 inch, 2lb 15.4 oz Barred Surf Perch!

I am grateful for the opportunity to help sponsor such a great event that supports the Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout Project. You can learn more about them by clicking here. If you’d like more information on this year’s event or would like to enter next year go to sandcrabclassic.com.

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