13 Jul July 13, waking up after a night of eeling
Last night was a picture perfect evening to go fishing. It was about 75 degrees, clear sky, big moon, and a light breeze, just enough to keep most of the bugs of you. As it was the opening night of commercial striped bass season, the Merrimack river was busy with fishermen tossing eels. Despite the number of boats out, it was a great night to be on the water.
Myself and U-boat set out about sunset at 8:15 to cast and troll eels in our usual spots, including Joppa Flats (please, don’t yell at us for spot burning.) We saw many of the regular guys out there doing the same. On the last of the incoming tide we got one small bass. We were also bit off by two bluefish. The fish could be seen cruising the shallows, but they were mighty finicky. After the slack tide the bite seemed to turn off. I talked to a few guys and no one was getting big action or large fish.
My boat’s moored in the Plum Island Basin, so I had to dash home at 12:30 before I ran out of water. Total for the evening: 1 Striper, 3 missed hits, 2 cutoffs. But as my friend U-boat says about a fishing excursion, “The difference between one fish and no fish is not one fish.” We still had a blast. This week’s tides are going to be great for nighttime excursions.