Amphistichus Argenteus



Onshore, Nearshore

1 - 1 pounds

4" - 17"

Barred Surfperch

Also Known As: silver perchs, barreds, sand perch, surfperch, silver surf fish

Barred Surfperch (Amphistichus argenteus) Fish Description

Barred Surfperch, also known as silver perch, barreds, sand perch, surfperch, and silver surf fish, is one of the three large surfperch species. 

They are most distinguishable from the other surfperches by the presence of bronze or brassy bars and spots on their sides and by the absence of a red tail. Barred surfperch are predominantly brassy or silver in color, with olive-green to yellow-green hues on their back, and silver on their undersides.

Though most Barred surfperches have brass or gold bars on their sides with spots in-between, some Barred surfperches are seen without those bars on their sides. They have a slightly jutting upper jaw beyond their lower jaw, with the low edge of their eyes above the mouth. 

The dorsal spine of the Barred surfperch is shorter in comparison to the longest dorsal soft-rays. 


Diet and Size

Barred surfperches mainly consume sand crabs.

They can grow up to 17 in. in length, but averagely do not exceed 12 in. The maximum recorded weight of the Barred surfperch is 4.4 lbs.


Interesting Facts about Barred Surfperch

  • The scientific name of the Barred surfperch, Amphistichus argenteus, comes from the Greek word “Amphistichus,” meaning a double series, with regard to the two rows of teeth within each jaw. And “argenteus,” a Latin word meaning silvery.
  • The Barred surfperch is considered to be one of the main fish for sandy shore anglers from southern and central California anglers


Barred Surfperch - Fishing Techniques

For baiting the Barred surfperch, anglers can use sand crabs, sandworms, blood worms, shrimp, squid, cut fish, clams, musse