Boston Saltwater Fishing Report for August 9, 2013

The August curse…basically too few reports to cobble together a report, but I figured the news was good enough from those that did that it would be a shame not to share it.

In some of the weirder news of the season, if not ever, a guy managed to catch a white marlin in the Cape Cod Canal the other day.  From

In other news, if you’re not watching the RT homepage, you’re missing out.  We’ve got Rip Cunningham, Capt. John McMurray and Steve Waters covering fisheries conservation and updating every other day.  We also had a great article from Michael Behot on Saltwater Fly Fishing Basics this week, so be sure to check it out.


Merrimack River

At Surfland their still seeing decent striper action in the River…be sure to check out their site for more!

A quick report from Kay about this morning:


Jimmy and Sean were out front from about 3am on and got a few fish but the ocean is a bit rough today. Had another fisherman in showing us soe pictures of a cigarette boat that is on the beach. he said he would send them in so we can post. This was on the Oceanside of the jetties. Hopefully we get the story sometime. He was told by a few fishermen that he had just missed getting bluefish.


Also forgot about an email & picture I got Saturday :

Hey Liz, got this 30 incher this am, about 2hrs past high tide on worms! Paul Szostak of Chester NH!!!! Hopefully you have worms in the am!!!!!

AUGUST 4 – Weekend Review

000_2435Today we saw a few fish in the store. These fish came from the southern end of the island, basically Sandy Point. First we have Jessup Goldberg Cook from Northhampton, MA who caught this 7 pounder. He was fishing the oceanfront using clams during the top of the incoming tide. He was very excited, but I can say not as excited as the rest of his party! Shout out to the girls!!! Anyways, Jessup was fortunate to have next to him a couple fishing that helped him out by giving him some clams to use as bait since that was what they were doing well on. Love it when you fishermen and fisherwomen assist the kids and help them learn! No sooner did Jeesup get the clams out he was reeling in this nice little keeper. Hope it tastes good!


And speaking of the couple that helped a kid fish, here are Karen & Michael Lachance from Athol MA with there catch of the day. They are camping at Rusnik Campgrounds in Salisbury and decided to head to the southern end also and were rewarded with Karen’s 15 pounder and Michael’s 11-12 pounder. Nice Karen….caught the bigger fish! So, the fish are starting to feed again,. Great news! The water also has cooled a bit so let’s get fishing again!


And continuing with the southern end of the island, yesterday on the 3rd we had Mike Petrowski from Tewksbury that caught this 16 pounder on clams! Please, guys on the refuge……… up more of the southern end! such a great place to fish this time of year. Pretty please??????????


Want to also share some news of Joppa and the Merrimac River. The kayakers are starting to have some luck out there. On the 31st we weighed in a 14-4 pounder caught by Jeff Morrison from Kingston NH. He was using the good olde tube-n-worms in Joppa. As you see from the previous post, there a some nice fish in the mouth also along with bluefish. Thanks to the people leaving comments and telling us how they are doing. It helps since we haven’t seen much action out front this month to know that there are some having a pretty good time with the stripers!!!






South Shore

Capt. Dave Bitters has had another busy week.  Check out this report then go to his site to read several others from this week…

on board today, I had repeat client, Jack Manly & Co. for light tackle striped bass fishing. Last night, I called Jack and suggested we pick a better day since today was forecasted to be nasty. “Not a chance!” was Jack’s reply!

At first light, we headed out on a dead-low rising tide, in hopes of finding fish in the same place I found then yesterday on charter. Lucky for us, they were there again today. Every single drift yielded hook-ups all morning in 14-24 FOW. At one point, we left to go check on a few other areas to see if there were fish moving around the bay. There were no fish at the other spots, so we returned to the honey hole, set our drifts and started to hook up again on every single drift!


The weather today was snotty. Yesterday’s pea soup fog was gone, but we had heavy downpoors, SW winds to 25 knots, and so choppy we could barely stand up at times. But the rains came and went, and we got use to the chop and made a snotty day a great day.

We had landed 37 striped bass after five hours and not a single fish was a keeper. All shorts. Jack really needed a keeper and I said my prayers. On our last drift of the morning, at the very end of the drift, we hooked up on a screamer! The fish peeled line on a scorching run and made the drag sing! After a lengthy fight, we landed the fish and everybody celebrated! Thank you Lord!


Total catch for the morning was 38 striped bass, 1keepah. All fish were on structure in 14-24 fow, right on the bottom. Drifts were ridiculously fast in SW winds 15-25 knots. We fished rubber crank baits and used the cast and count technique to get them down to the fish.

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Another great day with Jack Manly and his family!

Tight Lines,

Capt. Dave Bitters (781) 934-2838


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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