This has definitely been a summer of beginners. The number of people getting outside and trying something new, like saltwater fishing, has been huge this summer. But one girl in particular has given it her all. Jennifer Brennan one day this past week came in and Mugsy helped her out getting set up for some surfcasting. She was kind enough to send us some pictures and a few words:
Hi! An older gentleman at the shop helped me rig my line and sold sea worms that I used to surfcast for stripers. I caught 4 fish in all yesterday! Although they were just schoolies (measuring between 14″- 15.5″), it was my first experience catching any! I made sure they swam back. I’m very pleased with the help and tools I received yesterday from the shop. The guy said to bring the fish back or get a picture. Since I wasn’t about to wall around with a too small schoolie, I snapped my own pictures. I had a lot of fun and will be back very soon!
Well she has been back! Jennifer came in Friday night and was ready for a new fishing adventure……….. live eels!!! Have not seen her to get her story on this adventure, but with anybody that tries live eels for the first time…. there is always a story and it usually is pretty entertaining. So welcome Jennifer and so glad you have taken up a new sport. And a big thanks to all our new customers for giving us the chance to get you started on a new outdoor adventure.
The past few weeks have been a little slow for big fish from the surf. The pogies are certainly making it difficult to find hungry stripers. But on Friday we had a fish brought in from the jetties. Doanh Mai from North Andover was using chunk mackerel to entice this fish to bite. Maybe the fish was just plan sick of a diet of pogies and wanted something else. LOL This fish weighed in at 22 pounds.
Our next picture is 9 yr old Mason Fowler. Mason is the son of Kerry Gallagher who used to work for us at Surfland. She comes from the island and grew up fishing with her dad Mark. Grandpa has kept the love of fishing going in all his grandchildren. Mason caught this fish while out with Grandpa Thursday in the boat when he caught this 19-15 pounder on live pogies. SUMMER FUN!
The day before we had Christain Reed from Newburyport weigh in his 31-13 pounder that he also caught from the boat using live pogies. Dad Chris commented on the abundance of pogies, whales, tuna, and other sea life that is so close to shore this year. Amazing sights all around he said!