Plum Island Fishing Tackle
Bait, Rods, Reels and Repair

Established 1960

Fishing Reports

MAY
16
2018

Bob Smith, age 90, first weigh-in.

The Plum Island Real Deal

Bob Smith has been around. Yeah, he’s 90 and was fishing the river this morning at first light, 5:30. What? You were asleep? Yeah, me too. Not him. 13.8 lb Striped Bass. 30”. 5:30 am bottom of outgoing tide on a bucktail jig at the mouth of the Merrimac!!

If you don’t know him, Bob’s a Plum Island living legend. He started fishing here in 1953. A longtime Surfland customer and close friend of Kay Moulton, he ran a Beach Buggy for a while, and then got into boat fishing. He’s the real deal. If you get a chance to pick his brain, he’s happy to oblige. But speak up a bit, Bob’s hearing is not one of his superpowers.


Today’s fish

There were 4 herring inside his bass this morning

White Bucktail Jig with no longer produced Bomber Bucktail.

Segment from Reel People The Fishermen of Plum Island: Living Legend Bob Smith from James Waldron Design on Vimeo.
(See the entire Film here)

Bob’s Beach Buggy around 1960

 


Bob Smith on his Boat, The Keeper

 

 

 


Parker River Striper Ice Fishing, 1964

 

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COMMENT : 13
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Stickman is the resident web design guy at Surfland. We pay him in eels.
  1. Erik Reply

    The ice fishing pic is a great shot

  2. Russ Gunnard Reply

    Bob is one great friend. We are so lucky to have him in our lives.
    The first keeper of the season. Way to go Bob!!

  3. John Reply

    Great catch Bob Smith.

  4. Jim C Reply

    Stickman & the crew from SBT. That photo of Bob with the bass caught through the ice may be the single best striper photo I’ve ever seen!!!
    Jim C

    • Peter Philbrook Reply

      In that ice picture – Bob’s trunk is still open from taking his mounted fish out. Funny photo though – nice mounted fish too!

  5. James Jewkes Reply

    Saw Bob at the Plum island Surfcasters meeting last night what a legend congrats Bob

  6. Nanci Smith Reply

    Awesome Dad! I so remember that beach buggy and many early morning fishing on The Keeper. Love you

  7. Peter Philbrook Reply

    I noticed Bob doing the old, pull the scale down during weigh-in trick! – Just kidding…nice fish – can’t wait to get out there!

  8. Al Williams Reply

    That’s a terrific pic of Bob. He’s not just a PI legend and an exceptional fisherman.
    He’s one of the classiest gentlemen you’ll ever meet.
    Well done!.

  9. sully Reply

    Outstanding Report!

  10. Joe Witt Reply

    Great story about Bob Smith. 90 Wow

  11. jeff H Reply

    Spectacular post. Thank you for all this great info and history. Such a gift.
    Love it.

  12. Peter W Seeley Reply

    I grew up on Plum Island over 55 years ago.I use to go fishing with Bob Smith and my father George Seeley. Ask him about the night Peter dropped all the live eels while climbing up the cliffs at Boars Head N.H.,we had fished all night pulled out 4, 35 lb plus stripers.Great night,great memories. That was 45 years ago.Bob Smith one of the nicest guys on this planet.Good job ,Bob work that buck tail jig!

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