August 30 – Pogies and Sandeels and Macs, oh my!

August 30 – Pogies and Sandeels and Macs, oh my!

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Dropped my boat back in the river again today after Irene limped through. Thought I’d take a look out on the beach side of the island. We were greeted in the mouth by a very large Sturgeon jumping clear out of the water, and crashing back in leaving quite a hole in it’s wake. That was the largest fish we saw in a quick tour.

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But there are millions of baitfish scurrying around. We saw a gang of Terns hitting the water just south of the Jetties and went over to investigate. The water was packed with 3″ sand eels for several hundred yards. Then we saw a couple of big schools of Pogies happily flapping around on the surface in about 25′ of water. Looked on Mr. Fishfinder and saw gorgeous big red blobs under the boat. Threw out some swimming plugs as trollers and had no interest from bass or blues. Who could blame them. We trolled about 1/2 mile and the sounder was aglow with schools of some kind of fish. Eventually we stopped and threw out a sabiki rig to see if we could discover the species clouding the water. Two jigs later we had some 8-12′ macks alongside the boat.

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Sadly having to go to work, our stay was just 25 minutes or so, but it seems Irene packed the beach with plenty of bait. Hopefully our beach and boat fishermen can make their offerings tasty enough that the sportfish want to eat. But judging from the piles and piles of macs, pogies, and sand eels, I’m sure every bass and blue is fat on fresh fish and burping.

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– Stickman

James Waldron
james@simplemics.com

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

3 Comments
  • Irish Spectre
    Posted at 17:01h, 30 August

    All that bait is a bit of a double-edged sword, but more good than bad, especially if macs are in the mix. It seems that you always have at least a respectable chance when live-lining a mack.

    That said, those bleeping sand eels have been around in great numbers on the north side of the cape the whole dang season, and I’m tired of the unrequited heart palpitations that I invariably get when first coming upon them, only to be disappointed by there being no fish under on ’em, more often than not!!

  • anguillaman
    Posted at 18:25h, 30 August

    Just back from fishing the refuge…huge surf…lots of sand mixed in the water as a result..waves are breaking out fairly far into the water…not a good time to be fishing from the surf.

  • Irish Spectre
    Posted at 09:35h, 01 September

    Sandy Bay (Rockport) was filthy with large macs yesterday PM, swarming everywhere, more than I’ve ever seen before. I like ’em smaller in size, but I’m not complaining.

    Now all we need are blues and bass to discover them.

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