I am from the east coast where surf fishing for blue fish and striped bass are king. I guess I would have to say striped bass are to east coast as salmon are to the west coast. I have been doing some research myself on trying to find these fish out here. I think there is a guide here in oregon but he is catching them in a coastal river not surf. But I will also second the coos bay area I believe that is the only known area where there are stripers but I wouldn't say huge numbers but I could be wrong. But I don't think they are as large as on the east coast. Where as on the east coast you can get into 30# plus striper on any given day from the surf.
wow this is great info, i heard they are still in the smith but super smart! have to cast from decent distance, not sure if it was like that when santiam rocked it but heard they were tricky! always wanted to try it, never really knew the months..gonna try!