02 Aug August 2 – Cookie-cutter mini-monsters
I had the great pleasure of hosting my good friend from Los Gatos California Rich B. and his son Liam, aged 14, for a night of fishing in the wee hours of this morning. Liam had never fished the East Coast, so had never seen or caught a Striped Bass. He moslty fishes the lake near his house for 1-2 lb. largemouth bass. The late evening new moon tides this week move a lot of water in and out of the river, leading big piles of sand eels and other species to hide in the marsh or little tributaries. We started upriver in Newburyport and worked our way down, trolling two eels and casting one to keep the chaos to a minimum. We did quite well, a dozen fish taken, gently revived and released. Most of the fish were 40-42″ long, with 23″ girth. That would make them right around 30 pounds average. Let’s just say Liam won’t forget his first night fishing adventure.