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Old 07-18-2005, 02:29 PM
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Essex River - Micro bait??

I was just about to post a question about the Essex River when I read the "micro bait" posting about Plymouth.

We saw the same behavior this weekend in Essex. LOTS of fish around, but feeding VERY selectively on somthing. I spoke to one angler who had good luck tossing half-and-halfs and clousers, which suggests maybe they were keying on small sand eels.

We tried everything - surface poppers, flatwings, clousers (large & small) and even a Crazy Charlie.

Any ideas?

BTW, the greenheads were as bad as I have ever seen them.
"It's not just about the fish..."
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Old 07-19-2005, 03:55 AM
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There were lots of tiny shrimp in the Merrimack this past week, along with Slug-go sized sand eels. In the past I've had days where the fish were very picky and it seemed to coincide with an abundance of tiny shrimp. They do eat them.
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Old 07-19-2005, 06:49 AM
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Fished the outgoing friday am and found it slow going upriver but the bass seemed to be more cooperative at the mouth/ bay. Castleneck didn't seem to produce but I think it had more to do with the low/slow flow than bait. FYI found birds on small balls/clouds of sand eels off cranes and did well drifting/sight fishing sand bars closer to plum. smaller flatwing up to a 2/0 (monomoy style) was the go to fly. 10-18 in the 24-26 range and 3 28-30. better fish found inside river at the mouth and outside with mostly rats upriver
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