Tricks for Summer Success

As a group, fishermen are given to falling back on "luck" more than any other I can think of, with the exception of perhaps riverboat gamblers.  Perhaps that’s due to the fact that so much of our sport is out of our control.

The truth is that even when the dog days are upon us, and everyone says "you can’t catch stripers when it’s this hot," the fish will occassionally prove them wrong.  You’ve just got to make every effort to remove all possible obstacles to your success.  My suggestions:

1. Fish nights and mornings – low light is striper time.  Heck, no light is striper time.  You can sleep all you want in December.

2. Think about the conditions the fish are looking for.  Presence of preferred bait, a good ambush position with current flow and access to deeper, cooler water.

3. In clear and calm conditions, realize that wading or in a boat, you are going to get spotted, either by sound or by sight.  Do you best to minimize both, be it by wading as silently as possible, bending down, or approaching from an area of obstructed view. Trolling motors, and even worse, big outboards are like air raid sirens to spooky fish, as are banging tackle boxes, and any of the myriad of sounds we take for granted on our boats.

4. Remember that what you think they’re eating may not be what they’re really eating.  Look at the South Shore section of this report for info on the peanut bunker the Plymouth bass have been feeding on.  Perfect fly fodder, if you know what to use…

Question for the week: What are your favorite mid-summer tactics?  What do you do when they say it can’t be done? Add your comments in the RT New England Forum.


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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