Big Fish Move In

Big Fish Move In

This week has either seen some bigger fish move into the area or bigger fish get more active. A lot of fishermen from the boats telling us while they are catching schoolies they can see the big ones under them and it is frustrating!

This past Saturday our own Nick took his friend Chris Thoreson out on his boat to go fishing. They went upriver past the Rt 1 bridge to fish the waters midmorning during an incoming tide. Using top water spooks they caught some fish. This one here is a 29 1/2″ that Chris caught during their trip.


The past few days has also seen the activity increase along the oceanfront. Monday Bob Nardone came in with this fish that was going home for dinner.

Last night we had a very excited fisherman come in just before closing. Ron Burns from Newbury has been trying a long long time to catch a legal bass. His wait was over. Ron caught this 41″, 19-8 lb fish along the oceanfront on clams. He was fishing the low tide along the oceanfront (we tell you sometimes tide doesn’t matter along the oceanfront!) and when the tide changed and started moving again the fish hit the clams.


This morning Craig weighed in another fish that was caught at the bottom of the outgoing tide. Mike Top came in with this fish that he caught from the surf using mackerel. Another oceanfront fish caught at the bottom of the tide.

30-9 LBS

In closing of this post we would like to say something. We hear a lot of comments about why do we still take pictures, why do we not promote catch & release, why, why, why. Let us set the record straight. We do promote catch & release. More than anyone our mother Kay and co-founder  had no problem preaching to fishermen about how to handle a fish they were not going to keep. How to cradle a fish, not hang it to weigh it (main reason we do not sell scales anymore) not to take it out of the water if you can, even not to take pictures. The number of photos we take of fish being weighed in is down to a few per year. But as long as the rules are being followed and someone wants to keep a fish to eat (or if the fish will not survive) we will continue to give them a picture. Are we to assume that if we stop taking pictures, people stop keeping fish?

Liz Cowie
  • Merritt J Lyon
    Posted at 10:48h, 20 June

    Well said….Hunting and Fishing have always been about harvesting an animal to eat, until recent generations. Can you catch a deer and release it, or a duck or turkey? Look at it that way. People could make the argument that if you don’t intend on harvesting an animal, then why are you catching it? For Sport? I have been a sportsman for many years and believe in conservation which includes bag limits. All that said, I catch fish and release most, but if I’m hungry, then Mr. Striped Bass is going to be on my grill for dinner. As long as the resource is managed there should be no arguments or confrontation.

    Happy Fishing!

  • Joe Q
    Posted at 11:10h, 20 June

    The cell phone towers, desensitization, and round up in the water supply is turning all you into a bunch of women. Who cares if someone keeps a fish rather than buys it.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 11:41h, 20 June

    Keep up the great work!!
    You are an important part of Plum Island and always will be.

  • pixie
    Posted at 12:47h, 20 June

    Why is being a woman a negative Joe Q?

  • Joe Q
    Posted at 13:37h, 20 June

    Pixie, gone are the days where bearded, barrel chested, cigarette smoking, whiskey drinking, red blooded, blue collar men roamed around free to tame the wilderness. The government is poising us with Glysophate which binds to our estrogen receptors. Its getting in the water through pesticides, and its spread throughout the air by chem trials. We’re also being manipulated and monitored by the microwaves coming from cell phone towers. You can see the effect on society. We are being “literally” turned into women. That’s why people get so “emotional” about catch and keep.

  • Charlie Lapinski
    Posted at 14:10h, 20 June

    I’ve released more than my share of stripers, in fact have kept one in 30 years of chasing them hard and doing a good job of catching. On the other hand, the pictures you put on your site offend me as much as pictures of someone’s pet or a relative. Your shop is a great place staffed with good people. Keep up the good work, the fun reports and remaining the phenomenal fishing institution you’ve become. By the way, I’m a fly fisherman and know others who guide that love your shop and we all wear your hats. As all of us are avid C&R advocates, it says something about how Surfland is perceived. If you’re a good fishermen of the North Shore, you appreciate the shop.

  • Robert Nardone
    Posted at 15:34h, 20 June

    Yes catch & release is a good thing it takes some getting use to for some of us
    I only keep my first one of the year. Release the others
    My family go back to native Americans the Mic Mac Indian’s From Nova Scotia & Maine
    we hunt and fish for food for years so one fish a year is not bad ” the Deer don’t make back”
    sorry if anyone is offended it takes time to change
    Don’t forget your on Indian land

  • Daniel
    Posted at 17:13h, 20 June

    No, people don’t get emotional about catch and release because of their testosterone levels. They get emotional because they understand the current state of the fishery and that fact that the stocks are crashing, and that the fishing gets noticeably worse year after year. If the fishery was in great shape, we wouldn’t care that some people decide to kill and eat their fish. It’s the fact that most casual surfcasters don’t understand the state of the fishery, and aren’t invested enough into this sport to actually realize what has been happening to this resource for the past 10 years. It’s not because we care about the fishes feelings, it’s because we are depleting the biomass, and if we don’t do anything, we’re going to have another moratorium like we did in the 80’s. So no, nothing to do with estrogen levels.

  • John
    Posted at 17:35h, 20 June

    Well said! Respect nature and environment, abide by the rules, guidelines, and bag limits. Release fish if you want as many do, but some won’t survive, or survive only to feed a seal soon after being released. Not all fish or animals will survive. We pay license fees and taxes on all goods to support conservation and develop bag limits, guidelines, seasons, and research to ensure we do the best for each species.

  • Pixie
    Posted at 19:09h, 20 June

    Why don’t we talk when we fish!!! Pixie always in a black Silverado wit a SL sticker, usually neither 2 of 3 kids with me, sometimes all 3!!!!

  • Joe Q
    Posted at 06:28h, 21 June

    Sorry Pixie, I don’t fish.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 07:47h, 21 June

    The right comments about keeping a fish. By the way, the fishermen/fisherwomen I meet while fishing the island are more then conservationist, they are stuwards of the resource always respecting the sport. And if there were anyone in dis-respect, there are plenty of sportsmen/women out there to turn their butt in. Thanks Martha and crew for your proper comments.

  • Paul
    Posted at 12:12h, 21 June

    “Are we to assume that if we stop taking pictures, people stop keeping fish?”:
    No, ofcourse not; but some might. If you’d stop promoting the glory hook I think it’d def have an impact on the younger generations; perhaps more so than not selling scales. I personally don’t see any glory in taking a breeder. If we’re really interested in conservation and the continuity of a sport/activity/lifestyle/passion that we all love, maybe we should be promoting education and not the, long attached, machismo and pride.

    I understand that there is an obvious business impact; but let’s be honest, you want to have your cake and eat it too. At least put the successful wet fish release pics up top. I’ll try to send you some this wknd… 🙂

    Looking forward to the glory hook’s retirement!

    ..and look, you can get rewarded in more ways than one:

    See you on the beach,

  • Joe Q
    Posted at 14:24h, 21 June

    Paul is spreading fear tactics brought on by the loony left. Exactly what the government wants us to become. We are free men. Dont listen to him.

    “Hang em High”

  • Lori Day
    Posted at 15:25h, 21 June

    As a female angler, I condemn Joe Q’s misogyny. Full stop.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 16:26h, 21 June

    Love the photos. What troubles me is the fishermen on the small boats. No one wears a life jacket. A 21 year old just died up in NH on the merrimack after he and his brother flipped a kayak. Every one thinks they are Mark Spitz. The devices available for kayaks look like vest, not the ugly old orange ones. Every spring and summer people drown who other wise would have lived. Like seat belts to me.

  • Nick
    Posted at 07:53h, 22 June

    Keep up the good work. Love the shop and what it represents to my community. I practice catch and release more often than I keep to eat. I follow all the rules, so you best believe if there’s a keeper on the end of my line my family is eating fish.

  • Crazy Pete Talksalot
    Posted at 01:15h, 23 June

    First of all, nobody gets in my boat without a life vest, period. If an accident happened, and they do, I could not face loved ones. Secondly, I have advocated for years now, that cinch belts save lives. If you step off a bar, or get lifted off a bar, it will give you time to dog-paddle (with the current) to shore, provided you get over that you’re going to get wet and cold real fast, and don’t drop your rod, it may be your lifeline for someone to pull you to safety. And, the striper fishery pumps some 8 billion into the economy, and some 42 million pounds are taken from Maine to the Carolinas. When I see it selling for $30.00 a pound in Chelsea Marketplace, I don’t feel so bad taking a fish here and there. Besides, I make an awesome striped bass corn chowder.

  • Given2Fly-Fish
    Posted at 07:50h, 25 June

    Joe Q is funny. Do you troll other sites as well? If so, let me know (I’m always looking for a good laugh).

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