Here’s a short video about fishing near the shore to catch surf perch. I cast out far from the beach and slowly reel in, and then pause, and rinse and repeat. I don’t keep my bait still for very long at all, only for a brief 3-5 seconds. Being close to shore, I’ve noticed I’ve caught smaller fish. The bigger ones tend to stay in deeper water – which is why I tend to cast out as far as I can from shore.
My favorite bait has always been gulp sandworms in 2″ camo. You can also use live bait, or plastic worms – which you might want to cut in half due to the perch’s small mouth. For plastic worms, green pumpkin color seem to be the best for me.
Other gear: 10′ salmon rod, size 5000 reel, 20# mono for my leader, 2 oz weight, and #2 hooks. These gears has been my standard and has always worked for me.