June 2, flats filled with finicky fish, mouth monsters this morning

June 2, flats filled with finicky fish, mouth monsters this morning

Reports from the Boat guys are this:


Went to Joppa this morning about 4:30am and found dead calm waters where you could see the pods of fish moving all around. Many, many pods, but they were refusing most offerings, from live eels, to topwater, sluggos, and flies. (We heard that later in the tide the fishing was excellent on the west side of the flats near the channel. Must have been good, guessing by the number of boats there.) Bugged out of Joppa about 5:30 and hit the mouth of the river on the outgoing. There, the bass were much more cooperative. We were met at sunrise by big flocks of terns and gulls working the surface. They seemed to be on sand eels or some other small bait. There were sporadic surface feeds by schoolie bass.


Then the rare sight of flocks of Gannets dive bombing the river at about the #5 buoy. They got thicker and thicker, co-mingled with the terns and gulls and the bass really started to go off about 6:30, or half tide on the outgoing. Sluggos were the preferred meal of the bass, with small flies also bringing them in. From then on we just shadowed the terns as they moved around the green barrels chasing fish. We would find a pod, get 3-4 fish and they would go down, zoom to a new location and come up again. All topwater action. Unweighted white sluggos worked best.


All told we caught and released about 40 bass, most around keeper size, with a top fish at 37″ on a sluggo, as well as a 33″ linesider on the fly. Best bass day my boat has had since 2006.


We understand that the surf/river fishermen also had a good time this morning, especially between the sandbar and Captain’s lady. Both plugs and bait were working. Get out there, the bass are in thick.


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  • mike
    Posted at 18:02h, 02 June

    i was hoping to get out tomorrow (thursday) on the incoming tide. around 1:00 is that a good time and does anyone have any suggestions on where to surfcast from?

  • jim
    Posted at 20:35h, 02 June

    I would try near the captains lady and move towards the jetty. there were bustin fish this afeternoon at the bowl near the jetty

  • talljeff
    Posted at 10:26h, 03 June

    Arrived at the beach for incoming since the day before was a day in history. Saw one blitz in front of the bar, ran down and 2nd cast a 37in 16 1/2 pounda!! one fish all day.. seemed like the school did a u0turn back out to the mouth…

  • Joe Cmar
    Posted at 11:46h, 03 June

    Would like to post a picture of a fish caught and some comments.
    How do I do that?


  • Jamie
    Posted at 15:20h, 03 June

    Talljeff: was that this morning or this afternoon? This morning I saw lots of tiny bait at the high tide mark on the bar.

    I’ve started posting reports on Twitter. Have a look: Twitter.com/PIstriper

  • talljeff
    Posted at 17:08h, 03 June

    Jaime: it was wednesday. course the mouth looks like it was blowing up for hours. I wish I had a boat.. haha Do I need a twitter account to view it?

  • mike
    Posted at 18:51h, 03 June

    is it o.k to fish the beach right next to the shop? (straight past it) there where at least a hundred birds diving there at high tide (5 00), i was thinking of going there in the morning

  • Jamie
    Posted at 19:26h, 03 June

    Thanks Jeff – I said the exact same thing about a boat this morning. You don’t need a Twitter account to view it

  • Jamie
    Posted at 19:32h, 03 June

    Hey mike yes you’re allowed to fish the beach next to Surfland. In fact you can fig the whole beach from the mouth of the Merrimack all the way down to the end of lot 1 on the refuge.

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