Boston Harbor

The harbor action remains hot, but that doesn’t mean that the fish will put up with dumb antics like driving your boat over them.  A serious fall pattern has developed, so get out there now – you can sleep in December.

Rhumbline reports:

Boston Harbor Report 09/13

Hit the water around 5PM and found small pods of blues near LI Bridge. Headed to President Roads around 6:30 PM and found bass slurping bait on the surface. Had good luck with storm lures and unweighted sluggos. Dark colors worked well.

Stayed out for the tide change and had bass for the whole outgoing tide, all on dark colored storm lures. Bass hit the surface again around 11 PM and slurped bait until I left around midnight.

Most fish 25", some into lower 30".

The fish were hungry and had one bass take the storm all the way into belly.

I fish all barbless hooks, fish released easily except for belly hook.

Thoughts on what to do with a storm lure that is way down there in the belly?

The Grudge had this:

Took the yak out in the habba keeping to my normal weekend route avoiding boat traffic. Nice surface feeding with tons of birds close to shore until the yahoo squad arrived full engines blazing right through the birds. You would think if someone takes the time to wake up before sunrise, launch a boat at the ramp and spend all that time rigging would have the patiece to drift into schools of breaking fish instead of running them over. The fish went down and didn’t pop up for another hour around the airport. Didn’t want to chase so i headed back in. Managed a few mid twenties bass on crease flys and clousers and two nice size blues on poppers. I’ll be out again tomorrow.

Slappy had this to add:

I was out on the water early on saturday too. Got right into a bunch of 33"-34" fish in the dark. Looked like it was going to be a great day. Then it slowed to a slow pick. Then they got smaller.

I anchored myself up on one spot that was solid fish. A few blues in the mix (just bit off–none landed). For all the fish there it was a very slow pick. The sun came up, all the boats came out and the fish disappeared. I went outside and as I was loading the boat I could see all the birds working inside–made the wrong choice! Still a pretty good morning with a bunch of legal size fish and more legals than shorts!

Wasabi reports:

Boston harbor. 3:30pm. Airport flats. . . Frenzy city. And they stayed up for a while. Top water fishing. My first cast pulled in 29 inch striped bass. Fixed up tonight "ginger scallion" . . .delicious.

Then a bunch of "older" gentlemen showed up in "ungentlemen" fashion. They RAN over the fish so that the really old guys off the stern could cast 10 feet to the fish they JUST ran over. Great. The fishing died down about then so we headed off to DI but saw no action. Went to George’s and saw a ton of action so we stayed there. Ton of blues and lots of schoolie bass. Headed back to Logan and saw another huge blitz. Mixed blues and bass. This time, every boat there knew the "cut the motor and drift" so the fishing was great.

Has the fall run begun already?? The fishing is incredible! Get out there when you can!!!

Until I read some GREAT tuna reports, I think I’ll stick around the harbor!


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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