Bait is everywhere from the Merrimack all the way around Cape Ann! Silversides (aka Spearing) have been the predominant bait I have been seeing, although a lot of boat anglers are reporting tons of sandeels in the river and further out front. This much bait coupled with warmer water has also brought in the bluefish (I have personally yet to catch one but hopefully that will change soon). Tons of bait can often make for tricky fishing, as there is sometimes too much of the real thing to get your offering noticed. When fishing with this much bait present there are two schools of thought. The first being to “match the hatch” or try to mimic the bait present as closely as possible in size and presentation. The other thought it is to try to make your offering standout by throwing something considerably larger than the bait present. I typically opt for the latter of these two schools of thought. I find this this also weeds out some of the smaller fish in the group which are more likely to take a swipe when going small.
Overall however the fishing has been a bit slow. Not too many fish for the amount of hours I’ve been putting in. However the water temps are quite warm right now and it is after all late August, the “summer doldrums” if you will…..Things should be picking up in the next few weeks. Plus, we have Drive-on fishing and more of the Parker River Wildlife Refuge opening it’s remaining closed areas (hopefully this week) so there will be even more beach to go check out!
Check out the latest video with footage shot from the past week!
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