Despite its name, a "sand perch" is not a member of the perch family. It is a member of the drum family, just like spotted seatrout, weakfish, spot, croaker, whiting, red drum and black drum. The fish in the pic looks exactly like the juvie weakfish we used to catch all of the time in that area. I echo those who have opined that the ID is pretty clear.
Originally Posted by diskgolpher
To add to the name confusion, locals often called weaksish "trout" (or "trayt"...but that's another story). "Tiderunner" was the name often given to the huge ones (8lb-14lbs) caught by the dozens while jigging a bucktail tipped with peeler crab, pork rind or plastic bass worm from Hoopers Island south in the June and again in the fall. I do not recall much talk about catching spotted seatrout. When one referred to trout -- at least in Maryland -- one typically meant weakfish.
Weakfish fishing seemed to decline the Bay by the late-80s if my recollection is correct, but in the 90s, weakfish just under tiderunner size (18"-24") became numerous enough in the Annapolis-area to be targeted in the fall. The last hurrah for them was near the end of 2001-02 drought, when those of us in the newly formed Severn River Rod & Keg Club could catch them on "trout bomb" jigs or swimming plugs all the way to Ben Oaks at the headwaters of the Severn. The fish that fall were between 18"-22".
The next year the rug was pulled out from under the fishery for reasons that still seem subject to debate. The last weakfish of any size that I caught were two (15" and 16") while trolling a spoon umbrella in 2005 at Hacketts bar.
That's my 2 cents and tackle-shop history tale. Back to work.
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