June 22, Some Big, Some Small Catch and Release Stripers

June 22, Some Big, Some Small Catch and Release Stripers


Joe Brotz writes: Hope your getting time on the water, here’s one I put back last night to get a little bigger…48lbs on the nose according to my $100 Berkley 100lb scale… 48″ length, 32″ Girth. Bass love rocks, low tide and eels..

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Rick Shults of Exeter, NH writes: Just as the high tide turned, Friday on Joppa Flats, the big stripers appeared blitzing schools of sand eels. My son Joseph with a 35″ striper on a 8 weight fly rod and homemade sand eel fly.
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Joppa used to be a great drift place. Now alot of yahoos come flying in and toss out the anchor right in the drift locations. Sometimes right in front of you when you are drifting and fighting a fish.
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Now I just go week days, since I’m retired.
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Jeff sent in these C&R pics last week and reports: Lots of fish above 35inch. Macks. Including a 32 pounder in the Merrimack mouth. 46 inch Released. Whole macks.
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Now a couple of pics from Ralph Upchurch. Two art and one fish. Sunrise and sunset on the river from the sand bar. The fish was 34″ on a clam from the surf:


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Brother Matt and I river side hr or so before low tide. Released.
Steve Mosher Salisbury
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Great day on the water Sunday! We caught 6 keepers from 30 to 43 inches.This one being the 43 inch, 27lbs caught with Macs in the mouth of the Merrimack on the out going tide… Had another one 40 inches, 25lbs….Fun fun fun!!!
Rick Childs
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The fishing continues to be excellent! This is one of three keepers that I caught Friday morning in the mouth and off the beach (in my boat). I took a 29″ fish home for the grill and set this 36″ 19 lb fish and another 29 inch striper free to swim on. Couldn’t find macs at MR but nailed one of the 29 inch fish on a dead Mac while trying to make bait. Upriver has been fishing well too for a change over the two previous years and I caught some small fish yesterday. The New England Saltwater Fly Rodders club will be out on the river tomorrow night trying to catch these bad boys with hair and feathers.
Regards, Chris
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Jim C and Steve K have been doing well on the fly as well. These two back in the drink to grow larger.

James Waldron
james@simplemics.com

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

5 Comments
  • talljeff
    Posted at 09:24h, 23 June

    WOWEEE 48LB RELEASED. AWSOME FISH MAN.. WAY TO GO ON THE PRESERVATION TOO..

    WENT OUT WED (OUTGOING) AND 10 STRIPERS BIGGEST WAS 36IN. AND 4 MONSTER BLUES.. I MEAN BIG! ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY ARE DANCIN ACROSS THE WATER A FOOT IN BACK OF THE CANOE..

  • Jim
    Posted at 11:27h, 23 June

    Hey like the art photos!

  • Jay
    Posted at 14:25h, 23 June

    Amazing pics! Cant wait to get down there and hopefully catch myself some… Or better yet get the kids hooked up with some of these!

  • Green Ghost
    Posted at 11:26h, 24 June

    Those are great pictures and yes I agree that Surfland has always doen a great job up there for years. I just wanted to say that the civil majority of you will appreciate the latest data confirming my arlier fears on Striped bass in DECLINE.

    Barbless hooks! Barbless circle hooks! Whatever you need to do, cut the line! put back the big girls! Attached for the record are the latest details.

    http://www.mass.gov/dfwele/dmf/publications/dmfnq1211.pdf

  • Brian
    Posted at 08:28h, 25 June

    Congrats Joe. Good thing the weather turned bad so you could catch up on some z’s. You’ve put in a lot of hours recently.

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