August 21, 2008

Warm Weather Brings Successful Fishing

Frank G. Dwyer

The weather has improved north of Boston and so has the fishing. Striped bass, bluefish and flounder are all biting up and down the coast for in-shore fishermen, while off shore the groundfishing and tuna fishing continue to please anglers.

Marblehead: (3 hooks) Striped bass and bluefish have been taken from the Neck this week as anglers have landed bass in the rocks using Sluggos, swimming lures and baitfish imitation flies.

Salem: (3 hooks) Bluefish have taken over in Salem Sound so pogies and mackerel have become scarce. Still the blues are willing to tighten your line and can be found in most areas in the Sound. Striped bass fishing continues to please early morning and night anglers. Bait and large Danny plugs have been working best.
Beverly: (3 hooks) Bluefish should be easy to find around Beverly Harbor, but bass will take more patience. Fishing the Kernwood Bridge area has been productive at night for bass anglers, with most success coming on cut bait or eels. Bluefish have been blitzing the West Beach area at first light.
Cape Ann: (4 hooks) Bluefish are plentiful on the Cape, especially around Annisquam Light. Bluefish have also been hot off Coffin Beach. Swimming Rapala lures and popping plugs have been attracting the fish, but they'll take most any offering. Striped bass fishing continues to be best at night, with some of the deeper holes up river in the Annisquam producing keeper bass. Tuna have been cooperating out on Stellwagen. Closer to shore, school tuna have been reported just past Thacher Island and near Andrews Point.

Ipswich: (3 hooks) The lack of bluefish is a distant memory as Ipswich Bay is loaded with blues, mostly in the 5- to 7-lb range. Striped Bass fishing has slowed some, but anglers working Crane and Steep Hill have found school bass at night.
Newbury: (3 hooks) Bluefish have been blitzing the beaches at the Parker River Wildlife Refuge with some consistency at sun-up this week. Anglers have found the fish to be in the 5- to 7-pound range. Plum Island Sound continues to produce good bluefish and some bass action.

Newburyport / Plum Island: (3 hooks) Joppa Flats continues to fish well, with school-size bass being taken on both incoming and outgoing tides, especially around the AYC moorings. The mouth of the river has been good for anglers drifting the outgoing tide and bouncing bait filets off the bottom. Some flounder remain just off the Plum Island beach front, but the action has slowed. Party boats have reported decent action for cod and haddock but avoiding the dogfish is key.

Salisbury: (3 hooks) Early morning bluefish blitzes have been reported from Beach Access 2 to Beach Access 8 on Salisbury Beach. Anglers fishing near the North Jetty from the shores of the State Reservation report good action for bluefish and bass.

New Hampshire Seacoast: (3 hooks) Striper fishing has slowed a bit in the Granite State, but your best bet is bouncing cut bait along the bottom of the river. Bluefish are in thick from Hampton to Portsmouth and out to the Isles of Shoals. Chunk bait has also been working at night for anglers working Hampton and Rye beaches. Flounder continue to be available around Rye Harbor.

Tip of the week:

Find the Flatties: Flounder are bottom feeder so fishermen should always use enough weight to stay on the bottom. If you want to try casting and retrieving, it is best to retrieve with your rod tip down, so your hook and bait will stay closer to the sea bottom.

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