June 4, Plenty of fish, plenty of boats

June 4, Plenty of fish, plenty of boats

This morning at 8 AM there were exactly 25 boats fishing Joppa flats. Of course this was due to big schools of bass cruising around there, splashing the feeling of defeat into many of the fishermen casting at them. Once again there were fish, but they were not biting. The boaters might want to try other parts of the river to get away from the crowd, and find some  fish ready to eat lures and flies. There are places, you just have to explore.


Some of the guys, those who posses some form of magic, were doing quite well hooking up. Dave, Dick, Mrs. Brown, they were all having a wonderful time with multiple keepers in the boat and released for another day. These folks are flyfishers, and great at it, as well as really devoted. You’ll see them out nearly every day, so putting your time in results in knowledge that catches fish. Your author, a spincaster had a slow day, just two fish in 4 hours, but one was a beauty and tied his personal best: 45″ 36-1 lbs. It was a nice fight with 6 or 8 long runs of the drag. I credit the black sluggo for the topwater slurp of the fish.


LOOK AT THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Fast Eddie has brought in a fish! Eddie Fewtrell caught this beauty on the oceanfront during the top of the outgoing tide on a krocodile (metal lure), yes on the of those “blast from the past” lures. ( just like the hopkins that was used on the oceanfront a few nights ago). Don’t they say “what goes around, comes around”? Well there is a lot of proof of that this week. Eddie is mostly a catch-n-release guy but decided it was time to keep one for himself. Way to go EDDIE!!! Twenty pounds.



Here’s another one caught by Ken Cmar from Plum Island. He writes,”Not the biggest fish caught at the flats at night during high tide with a black sluggo but this certainly one happy fisherman with his 32 inch keeper. First of the season. Looks like this year is going to be a good one.



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  • matt
    Posted at 14:49h, 04 June

    sandbar by the ladies was absolutely dead this am, not one fish caught in 5 hours by anyone

  • zique
    Posted at 15:21h, 04 June

    what would you recommend for bait, if I just want to fish from the plum island beach

  • talljeff
    Posted at 19:16h, 04 June


  • Nikko Ferrara
    Posted at 08:39h, 06 June

    My Dad and I got out later then usual yesterday, about 3:30, as I was taking my SAT’s. We went to Joppa Flats and pulled out five fish all <24 in It was a very weird tide as well. The tide was coming in yet we saw boats (including ours) facing all different ways! It seems like there was a top and and bottom current. Then we moved to the Route 1 bridge going to Newburyport and didn't catch a thing! At this point, it was about 7:00. We went to an undisclosed fishing location and caught TONS OF BIG STRIPERS! We caught about 50 fish total. None of them were under 25 inches and we caught a ton of keepers as well. The biggest we caught were 36, 33, 30, and my dad and I had doubles on and they were both 30 inches! I had a monster on and I believe my line got tangled around the top and it snapped. It was HUGE! An excellent ending to a day we thought was going to suck!

  • talljeff
    Posted at 09:48h, 07 June

    (SUN) Fished the jetty for outgoing.. bout 10 fish.. slowwwww.. went to the bar for incoming. a few good blitzes. a few good fish.. will be there tues and wed. Happy bait everyone…

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    Posted at 23:33h, 06 February

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