19 May May 19, Nor’easter blows in, striper blow-out
It’s just foul out here today. Wind is blowing the rain and drizzle at up to 40mph from the Northeast. Not a good day for the beachfront, at least for casting. Joppa flats has 2 footers and breaking whitewater everywhere. Boating today would just be silly.
Despite the nastyness, there was a good time to be had by the devoted raincoat clad guys. There were a lot of fish from about 8am on in the river. no one left disappointed. Great day of fishing. Where were the rest of you??? You won’t melt!!!
Sean Ryan, of Lowell, MA, hooked into this monster carp using 8lb. test line and a few nibbles of corn. 25 1/2 lbs!!!caught above the falls in the Merrimac River.
Yesterday, however, was a pretty nice day for fishing, though pretty cold. Saw a few hearty souls on the flats in late afternoon at high tide. Of the three boats I saw there was no catching action going on. There were schools of bass on the flats. We scared up three or four pods. And for a brief bit of time there was a little blitz accompanied with diving terns. It was over quick.
In the morning on the outgoing tide some decent fish were taken near the mouth of the Merrimack, a couple just on the inside of the South Jetty.
You know you have to register to fish in the saltwater this year. You knew that right? Well it’s true. The FREE signup is pretty easy. You can register by calling 888-674 7411 or visit countmyfish.noaa.gov to do it online. You’ll get a number and card that, if you are met with a fisheries manager, you’ll have to show.