Yes, there are perch in Brest Bay-all over the place. Many guys tend towards Stoney because that is a traditional-easy to find and reference area. Yes, you can look for the packs of boats, but more often than not, they are just sitting there staring at each other.
I have found the most productive method by far is to run to a general area and stop intermittantly and watch your fish finder. If you mark fish, let 'er rip. If nothing in 10 minutes-move. Repeat until you find fish. Start in close and work deeper. Look for mudlines. If the water is muddy-go further out till you find cleaner water.
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