August 26, 2005

August Dwindles and the Fall Migration Looms

Frank Dwyer
August 26, 2005

As the waning days of August come to an end, the fishing action seems to be slowly improving, almost signaling the beginning of the fall migration. While still a few weeks away from the frenzy that is the fall migration, fishing has certainly improved from a few weeks ago.

A wide array of fish are available for anglers to target, with good table fare like Fluke and Flounder readily available and game fish like Tuna and Striped Bass all available for the taking.

Marblehead: (3 hooks) Fishing from shore has improved for surfcasters as both striped bass and bluefish have been taken from area beaches. Fly fishermen using fast sinking lines along the rocky coastline on the Neck have also taken decent numbers of striped bass.

Salem: (4 hooks)There have been good numbers of bass in Salem Harbor this week, with several early morning feeds as bass chased peanut bunker to the surface. Bigger fish have been taken by the outer islands as plugs, tube-n-worm and bait have all been attracting keeper sized bass. Bluefish continue to remain all around Salem.

Beverly: (3 hooks) No shortage of bass and bluefish along the Beverly coast as fishermen from shore and boat report decent action with striped bass and bluefish. Fishing the Danvers River has continued to produce good numbers of bass, with some nice sized keepers in the mix especially at night. Bluefish continue to wreak havoc and take just about any offering.

Cape Ann: (4 hooks) The mouth of Manchester Harbor continues to produce good numbers of flounder. Bluefish and stripers are also in the mix at the mouth and along the Manchester and Magnolia coast as both spin and fly anglers report an up-tick in activity. Fishing the deeper holes in the Annisquam has yielded bigger fish this past week, mostly for chunk fishermen. Bluefish continue to remain just outside the breakwater and Tuna fever is in full swing as anglers patrol Tillies and Jefferies in search of these speedsters. Party boats continue to produce excellent numbers of cod and haddock. The Essex Estuary has seen better numbers of stripers in the past week for both fly and spin anglers.

Ipswich: (3 hooks) Bass and blues continue to be taken by anglers in Ipswich. Plum Island Sound and the inner part of Ipswich Bay provide a healthy mix of striped bass and bluefish for anglers. Shore fishing has not been as productive as for those in boats, but anglers continue to try their luck from Pavilion, Crane and Steep Hill beaches.

Newbury: (3 hooks) Anglers fishing the southern end of Plum Island have reported decent action for striped bass and bluefish from the beaches at the Parker River NWR. Parking Lot’s 1, 6 and 7 have all yielded fish with stripers and bluefish taking bait, plugs and metal. While not breathtaking, the action has certainly improved.

Newburyport / Plum Island: (3 hooks) Striped bass fishing around Newburyport has been somewhat spotty over the last week, however decent fish have been found by persistent anglers from the Route 95 Bridge to the mouth of the Merrimack and beyond. Drifting Joppa on the outgoing tide from the American Yacht Club moorings out towards Woodbridge Island has yielded schoolie size bass for both fly and spin anglers. Bait anglers continue to land fish from Plum Island Point, mostly on bait. Bluefish continue to be landed from the mouth of the river and all along the Plum Island Beachfront. Fluke have been taken just outside the mouth of the Merrimack, near Ben Butler’s toothpick, as well as upriver by the Ice Breaker.

Salisbury: (3 hooks) Bass and bluefish continue to be the order of the day for anglers fishing from the State Reservation in Salisbury. Anglers fishing from the Jetty have reported bigger bluefish—to 12 pounds—just inside the mouth of the river.

Seacoast, NH: (3 hooks) Just outside Hampton Harbor has seen a good mix of striped bass and bluefish. The beaches off 1A in Rye have also been quite productive for bass fishermen as larger bass have been working bait close to sure, especially at night. Pogies have been in the waters around Portsmouth and using this fresh bait when possible has been landing keeper sized bass for bait fishermen. Bass and Bluefish have been reported from the New Castle Bridge as well as by Fort Foster.

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