Sand Crab Classic PERCH DERBY (

 13th Annual Sand Crab Classic Perch Tournament!

Here we GO!  The second Saturday in March, every year.



…we reached our limit of 300 entries five days before deadline this year!


MARCH 11, 2017 IS THE DATE. 

Limited to 300 entries, and we will sell out, so sign up NOW. Double Trophies and Double Prizes: Barred Surf Perch and “Other” surf perch.


Sand Crab Classic PerchTourney

An annual benefit for the

Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout Project


When: March 11, 2017 1:00 pm weigh-in deadline at Portuguese Hall.

Where: Portuguese Hall, 216 Evergreen St. Santa Cruz 95060.

Why: Good times, good fishing, good food & supporting a great cause!

Entry Fee: $40.00 Adult. $30.00 for Junior (under 16 yrs old)

*Meal only* tickets available at the door $10.00

Check updated 2017 “Entry List” HERE.

Email with any questions. Read this page before you email!

Strictly limited to the
 First 300 entries.  

What you get for your entry fee: * BBQ feast after the weigh in at Portuguese Hall.
* One coveted Sand Crab Classic T-shirt! Be sure to mark your size on the entry form *(MUST BE PRESENT TO PICK UP T-SHIRT)* A chance at great prizes and giveaway items from our sponsors!
* The ability to help the Monterey Bay Salmon & Trout Project!


Need Bait or Tackle for the Derby?  Find everything you need at:


   Channel 11 VHF




Top Trophy & Prizes for BARRED SURF PERCH

Senior- 17 and over   1-2-3

Junior- 16 and under 1-2-3

Women’s Division-     1-2-3 

Biggest BSP on Fly-    1-2-3           

C&R Fly entries OK with digital, dated photo with measurement units in inches.

Top Trophy & Prizes for Perch (Non Barred Surfperch),

Senior- 17 and over   1-2-3

Junior- 16 and under 1-2-3

Women’s Division-     1-2-3   



Rules, waiver, sign-up sheet

You may fish wherever you want with whatever you want casting from shore or jetties, piers, etc. and within current DFG regulations. Perch taken from any type boat are not eligible. Must weigh-in by 1pm. You must return to The Portuguese Hall by the 1pm cut-off time with your catch. To be eligible for any prizes you must check in by the cut-off time of 1pm. We will weigh all fish and determine the winners. The winner in each category will be awarded a trophy and prize. During dinner all prizes and giveaway items will be raffled off to the remaining contestants.


1. All fish entered must be caught using methods deemed legal by the California Department of Fish and Game. All adult anglers over the age of 16 must possess a current California fishing license while engaged in fishing for the tournament. Shore fishing only, no boats. Pier and jetty fishing is OK.

2. All fish must be presented for weigh-in at the official measuring station by 1pm on Derby day. Flyfishers may present digital, dated photo with measurement units in inches.

3. Fish caught prior to the day of the Derby are ineligible.

4. All perch species and only perch species are eligible for the Derby. BSP and other perch share top honors, with a full complement of trophies and prizes.

5. Winners will be determined by the single PERCH of greatest weight. Should two or more fish tie for greatest weight, whichever fish is longer will be determined as the winner.

6. Must be present on Derby Day to pick up T-Shirts.  No shirts available after Derby Day March 12, 2016.

 (ENTRIES OPEN 1/8/17- Closed 2/7/17)

Download PDF form. Mail with entry check(unavailable 2/7/17)

Use your PayPal Account or Credit Card for   ONLINE ENTRY Unavailable as of 2/7/17.  Entry limit reached.


*Please note:  Derby entry purchase confirmation will come from via email from Paypal after you checkout. 

Be sure to enter your email address correctly. 
Be sure to include YOURS and multiple entrants’ FULL NAMES and T-Shirt Sizes in the “Order Notes” box on the checkout page.


Has your entry has been processed?             Check Entry List


We put on the derby as a community service,  and to support MBSTP.  It’s a whole lotta fun, but also requires a lot of work and time. We can’t offer any refunds or rebates if you don’t make it on Derby Day, and T-Shirts are distributed on Derby Day only.  Any problems, contact, and Allen will do his best to resolve.