North Shore

Not a lot of word from the north, as most of the guys are still targetting the bluefin tuna – with success. There have been stripers sporadically working the Gloucester rocks. 

From Ipswich, Fly Deacon had this – but it’s more indicative of what’s happening across the whole north shore (indeed the whole of eastern Mass.).  The locations may change, but the action remains the same.

Yesterday morning – like I have never seen it. Started off at 5:45. The recent reports of this area were dead on. Small bass in the river on the way out were surfacing everywhere – we stuck around there for about 15 minutes – then headed out to the bay to find pods in every corner with a large acre size school right out front. Every bass we pulled in coughed up 6 or more bunker into the boat. Couple of slashes were blues cutting us off. Small white flies were the key – my brother-in-law who hasn’t flyfished yet ( his 10 wt is in the mail) used spinrod but it took us a while to find a consistent lure for him (small white jig). We caught no keepers – largest was about 25" – definitely saw some fish with shoulders cut through the surface. This went on strong until about 8:00 – then it was sporadic pods here and there for the next few hours.

Charlie Crue from Channel Edge Charters had this report:

Merrimack River Report #14 August 26, 2005

Bluefish, bluefish, that has been the main action around here over the past week. They could be found outside the jetties and/or off the beach at Parker River Wildlife Sanctuary. Party boats anchored up just a few hundred yards off of the beach. Sometimes the blues were down and at other times they were busting the surface. They were feeding on baby bunker. There were pods of blues in the 6 to 8 pound range.

Stripers could be found in the shallows off of Cranes Beach as well as the usual haunts around Plum Island. They have also been coming up river on the incoming tides. I had a stark reminder of the need to be prepared for a big fish when my grandson, while fishing off the boat tied at my slip, put his rod down to check my rod. I was busy doing some small repair work on my bimini. I heard banging and looked up to see Jacob’s rod being pulled onto the bow. I made a quick jump and grabbed for it but it went over the side before I could get it. The rod, Penn reel and fish were heading up the river. Oh well, it happens!

The weather has been very pleasant to the enjoyment of those of us getting out fishing. Next week may be wet as the forecasts indicate rain and possible remnants of hurricane Katrina move up from Florida.


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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