14 Jul 7/14 WEEKEND REPORT
Saturday am was a great day for Dan Blais from Nashua NH. And a short one. Dan likes to be an early bird some days and with the tide Saturday he decided to come and fish daybreak into the incoming tide along the oceanfront at parking lot 1 on the Parker River Wildlife Refuge. No sooner than setting up his two rods, throwing out some chunk mackerel, and setting up shop then…………WHAM! His rod bent and Dan was on! He fought and brought in this big fish and then packed up, stopped by to have it weighed in, and then headed home to prepare the fish for dinner. Like I said, it was a fast trip!
The boat fishing continues to be hot even though the outside temperature is hot! Usually there is a slowdown when the summer heat hits, but so far we haven’t seen it yet, so fingers crossed. Maybe it is because the fields of pogies are still around. Yesterday, Frank McCarthy from Lowell, MA brought some live pogies into the flats and was trolling them when this fish hit. Surf fisherman are even snagging pogies off the beach and using them for bait.
And then there is another tube-n-worm catch. Amy D’Amilo from Plum caught her fish today in Joppa/Merrimac River around the high tide mark. Amy is another islander who loves to fish with her partner Jim and who both enjoy striped bass in many forms whether it is chowder, baked, or the famous striper fish cakes that seem to have caught on here…..we know Jim’s a good cook because he always drops off treats for us here! Thanks Jim!!
Jim and Amy are avid fishermen who do a lot of catch and release, but also like to eat striped bass!
Please be aware the that Atlantic and Shortnose Sturgeon have become very active both in the Merrimack River and along the oceanfront. Fish are being seen leaping out of the water all the way down to Sandy Point. You don’t catch them but might foul hook one if they become curious in your bait. These are a federally protected species and following the guidelines. NOAA has provided us with these stickers to give out. Stop by and ask for one!