July 23, 2009

Weather has provided good fishing opportunities over the last week

By: Frank Dwyer
Publication Date: July 17, 2009

The last ten days of weather have really afforded anglers the opportunity to get out and explore, and with that added time on the water, the fishing has been good.

All the usual suspects remain in our area with bluefish making the biggest splash as we’ve seen them settle into our area.

Marblehead: (3 hooks) Bass remain active off the Marblehead coast, but have moved into more sporadic feeding patterns. The best bet is false dawn or after dark with live eels off the Neck, or near the mouth of the harbor. Bluefish remain present so prepare for cut offs.

Salem: (3 hooks) Some larger bass have been around Salem this past week. Fishing around Winter Island and even Pickering Wharf has yielded bass over the last week. Bait has been working best. Bluefish have been all over Salem Sound and taking just about anything in your tackle box.

Beverly: (3 hooks) As bass fall into deeper summer feeding patterns, fishing has been a bit more sporadic around Beverly, but fishing the Danvers near the bridge or Kernwood at night has still been producing fish. Fishing by boat near West Beach and the Landmark School has been hit or miss for bass as bluefish have been more prevalent.

Cape Ann: (4 hooks) While the weather has been clear, wind on some days around the Cape has made the surf quite rough, creating a smorgasbord of bait offerings for fish in the white water, and a dream come true for surfcasters. The Magnolia shoreline has been good for bass at night, with fish falling for live eels and large plugs or needlefish. Bluefish have been patrolling from the breakwater to Thachers with some big one’s in the mix now. Rockport Beaches continue to fish well, especially at night, while deeper water anglers have found large bass off Halibut Point. The tuna are biting quite consistently out at the NWC of Stellwagen, with fish well over 70”s being taken. Ground fishing remains quite good for party boats.

Ipswich: (3 hooks) Fishing has slowed a bit around Crane Beach, however if you are willing to put in the time at night, large bass are still around. Bluefish and Bass have been active in Ipswich Bay, however the fish are feeding in a more inconsistent manner at this point in the season.

Newbury: (3 hooks) Parking lots 1, 6 and 7 are open for walk on fishermen at the Parker River NWR and bluefish and bass are there for the taking. Bait in the early morning or at dusk has been working best. Fish have become finicky in Plum Island Sound.

Newburyport / Plum Island: (4 hooks): Joppa Flats has been fishing well for bait and wade fishermen. Bass and bluefish are on the flats in the morning and the bass are taking dark plastics, eels and tube and worm set-ups at night. The surf has been productive off the Plum Island beachfront at times over the last week with bass and blues willing to take metal offerings and bait like clams, worms and cut mackerel. There are still some flounder being taken just outside the mouth while the party boats report good action for cod and haddock. The tuna fanatics from the Port have been finding good-sized tuna at the NWC of Stellwagen.

Salisbury, MA: (3 hooks) The State Reservation is in full summer swing, so you won’t be lonely should you choose to fish across from Plum Island Point. Bass and Bluefish have been taken this week, mostly on chunk bait. Salisbury Beach is a decent option for surf fishermen at night.

Seacoast, NH: (3 hooks) The Seabrook, Hampton and Rye coast has been fishing OK this week, but most of the action seems to be in the Great Bay out to the mouth of the Piscataqua and beyond. Larger bass are still in the Great Bay and anglers are taking them on bait and lures. The Piscataqua has been fishing well for both shore and boat anglers with bass and bluefish taking most offerings if the timing is right.

TIP OF THE WEEK: Less is more when you are a surf fisherman. Learn what works for the area you are going to be fishing, and lessen your load by taking a smaller version of your tackle bag with you in a backpack or waist pack. You will find you are more nimble, less tired, and able to fish longer.

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