Drive-On Opens & Holiday Weekend Fishing

Drive-On Opens & Holiday Weekend Fishing


It was the opening of the season for the drive on buggies. It was so nice to see you guys back again for another season. Here is a picture of the coolest vehicle on the beach (shared to us by Gareth of the PRWR)

Mr Mario???



The weekend started out beautiful weather wise and ended up with everyone clearing out the beach yesterday am due to the tropical storm Hermine. As far as fishing, that was a mixed bag. Where as we had a lot of fish around during the  week, and some big fish at that, the weekend seemed to produce only a few keeper sized stripers, and small schoolies, and for some no fish at all. But, as the season progresses we should see some bigger fish that are starting to head south. One of the guys that did catch a keeper was Paul Colburn from Merrimack, NH. He came in Sunday morning to weigh in this 23-9 pounder that he caught on worms the night before. Paul was fishing with Karl and during the Saturday night tide, at the bottom of the incoming tide, they picked up about 20-25 schoolies ranging in size from 12-25 inches, besides the keeper that Paul caught.

paul Coburn

Also on Sunday we had Tommy Rekar from Manchester, NH weigh in his 28 1/2 ” striper that weighed in at 7-12. Tommy was fishing inside the river and at the turn of the outgoing tide caught this fish as well as another 26″ schoolie on some tinker mackerel. Tommy was also in his fishing spot the day before and caught another 26 1/2″ fish. This seems to be what we are seeing from both ends of the island. There are a lot of fish in this range, just over and under the 28″ mark being caught at the mouths of the Parker River and the Merrimack River.


Since Sunday morning we haven’t heard of much from the oceanfront except the report of weeds moving in. Gareth from the PRWR told us that you could see massive patches of weed floating out just beyond the surf. We advised people, if they wanted to fish, to try the rivers. We had a few people tell us they caught some small stuff and were happy enough. Some of the guys did try the surf with plugs, but we haven’t gotten a report back.

So I wanted to post this weather advisory also so you fishermen, especially you wetsuiters would take caution and stay out of the water for a few days and fish from dry land if you were going to go casting today! BE CAREFUL!

We will see you back in a few days and will try to stay on top off the weed situation!

***High Surf Advisory for Eastern Essex County, MA

Liz Cowie
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