South Shore

As usual, the North River’s on the list of top destinations for early season north of the Cape.  Lots of smaller fish.  My experience is that you’re going to find them deep and at the edges.  Oh, and it’s probably going to be a little crowded.

Bucko had this report, which is fairly indicative of what it’s been like:

 I got a couple of schoolies this afternoon in the North River fishing from the bank. They were small fish, one about 12 inches the second about 18. Both had numerous lice. The wind was light and the weather cooperated. The guys using plastic also got fish. All were about the same size.

Just a good day and a good start for the season.

Frequent Fishwire contributor Tom Laliberte reported on the 15th that things were quiet in Duxbury Bay.  Two days later, Punchshot had this report from Plymouth:

Sure getting " on the board ", with the 1st striper of the season is great, but it really doesn’t set the nerves right until one gets he’s mental health full of fish, and that’s what I got today.

I started out fishing the jetty, and for my hour worth of work, caught two twinkies. Nice way to start the day I thought, but upon walking to my truck, a great guy I met today asks if I would like to take a boat ride – an opportunity one can’t refuse, work or no work, and so for the next 5 hours and about 50 fish ranging from 20" to 30", my mental health was restored.

The fish were somewhat selective, but that being said, I used the same 21/2" olive and white deciever all day long, while my new fishing buddy rifled through his fly box trying to find a fly that work somewhat consistantly. A great day, now I can sleep alittle easier.


Mark N. Cahill has been writing and editing for since 1995. He started fishing in the mid-1960's and caught his first striper off World's End in Hingham in 1966. From there on in it was an obsession. He loves fishing for tuna, and fly fishing for striped bass. In a pinch, anything with fins will do...

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