August 2 – Cookie-cutter mini-monsters

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.
– Stickman




Stickman is the resident web design guy at Surfland. We pay him in eels.

  • Ed B.
    Posted at 05:11h, 03 August

    Your making it way too easy for these 1st timers and you need to make them work for the fish. Anyway, Beautiful fish!!

  • captain grumpy
    Posted at 14:29h, 04 August

    what type of set up do you use while trolling eels ? and what speen do you troll them at ? thanx

    Cptn Grumpy

  • captian grumpy
    Posted at 11:53h, 05 August

    how are you rigging the eels andwhat speed are you trolling them at

  • Mike
    Posted at 19:04h, 05 August

    I don’t know how many people have already heard about this, but an 81 pound striper was caught in CT Thursday night (officially weighed for the Striper Cup). If you want to see a picture of a real cow check it out at this link:

  • talljeff
    Posted at 21:39h, 06 August

    and he has numerous 40, 50 and 60 pounders under his belt. amazing!!

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