Here a fish, there a fish, everywhere a fish, fish.

Here a fish, there a fish, everywhere a fish, fish.

June 18, 2021 Report

The buzz this week has been that the fish are all over, and pretty consistent. The beachfront, which is sometimes overlooked this part of the season, has been popping with medium fish using swimming or topwater lures. Clams and worms work too. Birds are working the sand bar and picking out small bait right at the water edge in a foot or two of water. You don’t need to cast a mile either. Both tips of the island are working too. Good hauls from the North along the river, and the south end too.

The boat guys have been stealing the show. Many, many big fish have shown up, and are eating just about everything. The Tube & Worm, SP Minnows, white paddle tail jigs and on big streamer flies. In the Merrimack Mouth we’ve seen larger fish caught with live mackerel drifting on the outbound tide. Most of the regular morning crew are going upriver. The bite is good up there, but especially before and during sunrise. Considering the light comes up at 4:15 these days, you gotta get an early start.

There are reports of ponies in the mouth and along the shore. However the fleet of commercial bait boats are lurking around, so you might not find a school before they do.

John and Mike Brown from Topsfield

John & Mike Brown from topsfield and Newburyport were catching bass inside the mouth for a good start at 5am on 6/13. By about 7:45 the bait fish were on the surface off plum island (outside of mouth) and the sp minnow was effective for Mike to catch one 43″ and John 40″.

Steven LeBlanc

I was fishing on sandy poin and sent out a extra large chunk of mackerel about the size of a baseball and caught my first shark ever at low tide in the change

Charlie Link

44” on an eel in the surf from Seabrook Beach.

The Sullivans

Catch and release. George wanted to eat

Nice surface feed out front a couple miles north of sand point.  Caught at 2 pm on a bass assassin. Didn’t measure. Just took a photo and sent her home.  Caught on one of Craig’s rods.  He finally showed me where the on button is😀


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

    Posted at 09:08h, 30 June

    BEWARE !!! I heard a rumor that when they open the P.I.R. for drive on permits that the birders put in for the permits and if they are issued a permit they destroy it. This is done to discourage surf fishers from driving on the beach. I tend to believe this because in the last 2 years the beach has been vacant of drive on surf fishers versus other years when I would see a dozen or so drive ons. A very underhanded practice.

    • Stickman
      Posted at 09:46h, 30 June

      Though the rumor may be true, the lottery is open to the public, and there’s not much we can do about it. That would be up to the reservation management.

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