The Doctor Is In…

I don’t know what it is about this time of year, but fly fishermen for some reason seem to get really cranky.  In some cases, I think lack of sleep is the culperate (cuz in the heat of summer, if you see the sun, you aren’t striper fishing…) or if some are just plain fumed over the lack of time they’re getting on the water.

Personally, I’ll admit it.  I’ll be working all weekend, and probably won’t get out again until late next week.  Of course, that’s got me walking around cursing the fools that didn’t do their work, so that I could do my work during a regular 80 hour work week…but that’s no matter here.

There’s a sure cure to the summer nasties: get out and catch some bluefish.  They’ve taken up residence the whole way along the coast, and they will hit just about any time of the day.  Sure, they aren’t stripers, and they aren’t completely glamorous, but let’s face facts: pound for pound they’re better fighters, and darn it, they are fun to catch!  It’s like the old joke, they’re like mopeds, they’re fun to ride, but you don’t want your friends to see you doing it.

My prescription for all of you, to be filled immediately, is to get out and throw some poppers at bluefish.  It’ll cure what ails you!  To double the effectiveness of this remedy, take a kid with you and teach them the wonders of the saltwater piranha. 

Good news across eastern Mass, there are pogies up and down the coast.  I guess they must have spent the past few years summering in Brazil of something, but they’re back, and their presence will usually help to hold the fish in during the heat of the summer.  Big stripers in the south, excellent catches in Boston and to the North, more stipers.  What more could we possibly ask for?


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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