02 Aug August 2, Bluefish break up the bass fishing, and tuna wishing
Folks have been saying the bluefish aren’t here in great numbers yet. Well that seems to depend on where you are. Russ Currier says the bluefish are all over the Flats. And I can attest to that. I had a half dozen eels cut into pieces last Friday night while slinging on the flats. The bass were everywhere, splashes like buckets of paint falling from the sky. But they were not at all interested in eating anything we threw: eels, sluggos, dannys, crystal minnows, super spooks. We did manage one short 30 inch bass on a trolled eel, and we saw a couple of the kayak guys hook up too. But boy, were the bass finicky. Soon as the tide reached high the Bass just disappeared. Where an hour earlier you would spook a dozen fish with each cast there was now no action at all. Even the commercial guys we talked to were not having nights with any good numbers of fish.
Beach-wise we haven’t heard anything exceptional. there were big gangs of fishermen on the river near the Captain’s Ladies, but we haven’t got any reports from them. We’re always interested in what the beach guys say, so if you know any, have them write me a note: firstname.lastname@example.org
There have been multiple reports of tuna in nearby waters. These fish are pretty close inside the Ipswich Bay area. The fish are anywhere from 1.5 miles from shore and out. Hayden, who works at the shop states, “The tuna are everywhere!” No one we talk to has caught one yet this season, but the guys at First Light in Rowley, who really target the fish and run lots of tuna trips, are connecting very regularly. Last we heard the action spot was Tillies northeast of Rockport.
You author, sad to say, seems to have caught the tuna bug, and spent 9 hours on the water yesterday, and nearly 70 miles of circling around, hoping to get a peek at some busting fish. Sunday was stacked-in foggy in the Mouth of the Merrimac, but it cleared about 2 miles out. The water was calm, but not glassy, and after about 45 minutes slowly motoring towards the Isle of Shoals there was a brief blast of jumping bluefin. The looked to be medium size. But still, the silhouette of a 5 foot fish two feet out of the water, backlit by the sunrise is just wicked cool.
So that was about 5:30 in the morning. Didn’t see another fish till 11, and that was about 3 miles off Halibut Point, Rockport. It was rewarding to find them. There were some birds hanging around for no special reason, and then they started popping around a little bit. I saw a few Gannetts diving in the same area, so I motored closer. Sure enough, the birds started to get real agitated, and scampered across the surface, dipping there heads under every three feet or so. Bang! The first of about ten tuna started hurling themselves along the surface. The bait started to spray out of the water in v-shaped waves as they fled the big tuna going in for lunch. The fish cris-crossed the surface roiling up the water like the spin cycle on a washing machine. In 60 seconds it was all over. I managed 2 weak casts towards the melee, but didn’t get close enough to lure the tuna off the live bait. Someday I’ll get one, and then be really screwed trying to land it by myself.