Northshore Report – First Light Anglers

September 30th- Well, I cannot believe it is already October. This last month has absolutely flown by. I apologize for the lack of reports the last couple of weeks. Nat and I have simply been flat out running charters and I have not even been in the store. The tuna fishing has been as good as we could have expected the last couple of weeks and the bass fishing, when we have been doing it, has been good also. The last couple of days have been a bit tougher due to the weather but the fish are still around.
The best striper reports have been coming from Marblehead, Beverly and Manchester. Salem Sound has had good, sometimes great surface feeds around the mouths of the harbors as well as along Endicott College and out by Eagle and Misery Islands. The back shore of Marblehead by Tinkers Island and Devereaux Beach have also been good. I have also gotten a few great reports from the Nahant and Swampscott areas, which fished well last weekend but I have not been there myself this week. There have also been some decent feeds around the usual fall haunts like Magnolia harbor and Black and White beaches, however, nothing too epic.
There were some very nice big bass taken from shore around Bass Rocks, Good Harbor and Pebble Beach on Monday, but that action has somewhat tapered off. I am sure some large flies and poppers will still take some of the biggest fish of the year along this stretch.
The rivers have been fishing OK, but most of the fish have been on the smaller size. Both the Essex and Ipswich rivers have had decent feeds out towards the mouths of the rivers and along the front side of Crane’s.
As for the tuna we had them great last week around the dumping grounds and the NW corner, however, they have moved south a bit over the last couple of days. The best action has been down around Plymouth and Duxbury. I am still getting scattered reports of fish to the north so if you get a chance this weekend I would search all the usual haunts as this is typically prime time for Ipswich Bay and Halibut Point. If you need any further help please give the shop a call at 978-948-7004 or drop an email at Take care, Capt. Derek


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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