September 14 – Customer photos

September 14 – Customer photos

It’s me, Stickman here. I have been remiss in posting the wide variety of customer-submitted photos here on the site. Funny how workload tends to make you forget the important stuff. So, here goes, lots of pics and comments from our family of fish folks.

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Matt St.Pierre from Beverly MA wrote, “I was a part of the NEKF Shootout last weekend and heres some pics of my second place winning two 45” stripers caught on a tube and worm! All fish released! I have been a customer of Surfland since the age of 5 and now that my dad no longer fishes I am trying to keep the tradition alive!  These fish were caught in southern Essex County in the middle of the afternoon last Saturday (August 20) 45 minutes either side of high tide.

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Joe Caulfield wrote, “Friday, Sept 2, 2011 On the north side of the Merrimack river, just inside the mouth Ron Martino of Wakefield caught this 46″, 31 lb. striper on chunk mack.. We were fishing the muddy waters and didn’t have much luck until the incoming tide brought clear waters. As you can see there was a definite  line to the mud and the ocean pushing up the river.”

 

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John McQuade sent us this note, “Paul Szostak from Chester NH. with two keepers caught on the shore front Monday morning September 5th. What a great day we caught and released four others just as nice. All caught on (special  worms)provided by Billy. Special thanks to Billy for the worms and Kay for her great advice.”

 

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Steve Tyson gives us a great story, “I’ve fished all my life growing up in Minnesota and the West, but this was mine and my son’s first  trip to the beach. Invited by my co-worker, we were given some poles to use which we baited with clams and heaved into the surf. After recasting a few times to follow the tide, another person fishing with us yells and points so we turn to see the one of the rods behind us looking very “fishy”. Even with my no experience on the beach, the bouncing rod and sand spike giving way told me that this is what we came here for. Grabbing the rod out of the holder, I set the hook (don’t know if this was needed but it sure felt good) and handed the rod to my son. His biggest fish to date had been a 10” brookie so I got him situated while keeping my hand on the butt of the rod. Luckily my co-worker Ed had the drag set right and the reel in working  order because the fish is now peeling line. I’m still not aware of what we have, but as it makes another run I tell one of the other kids now standing there to run and grab Ed (who’s up at the house now) and my camera. As we’re able to, I’m having Graham hauling in and reeling to get some of our line back. This goes on for a while, getting it closer and closer until I get a glimpse of its tail as it rolls in the surf. This is my first realization that we might have a big fish. This was confirmed by Ed as I now hand him the rod with Graham as I follow the line out to go grab the fish. The rest is what you see followed by some cheers from one of the beach houses and some passers by. Everyone on the beach was very excited for Graham including me.

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We taped him at 42.5” and 35lbs. on a hand scale. First striper and first  trip to the beach for both of us. One week later now, I’ve picked up a couple of surf set-ups and am looking forward to our second trip this weekend. My Son’s name if Graham Tyson and I’m Steve Tyson. Our “guide” was Ed Cyr.

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Franklin Taylor had a nice fish this past weekend on Saturday, “Nice 22lber caught off refuge this morning on surfland clams . Fisherman Mike Shea . Fish was released.”

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Sue Stebbins sent us this nice message, “I’m the lady who ran in for clams tonight when my husband (Dan Stebbins) ran out of bait! Here are some pics of some of the ones he caught.  He caught 5 all together and lost 2.

 

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John Solomon wrote me this nice email. Thanks John. “Thank you so much for your posts on the Surfland Fishing Report website.  I fish the area in my boat 3 to 5 times per week and the information you provide has helped me quite a bit.

My friend and I fished this morning and we had a “run and gun” feeding frenzy going on just beyond the jetties.  It started about 6:30 AM and lasted an hour or so.  Birds diving, fish busting, boats flying around.  At first, we thought they were bluefish, but the first fish we hooked was a 30″ striper!  In an hour, we caught and released 11 stripers to 36″ and 1 really fat bluefish all caught on 1/2 oz jigs with 6″ Sluggos.  Everyone was hooking up and it was a blast! Thanks again and hopefully, next time I’ll post a picture or 2.

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Our fishermen do travel far and wide for the sport. Jef Lacharite, a regular on PI, sends this from the Cape Cod Canal, “Cape canal sat night..  22 pounds, caught on eels.”

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Ok, now I’m mostly caught up. Keep the stories and pics coming. The season is getting shorter.

 

 

James Waldron
james@simplemics.com

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

4 Comments
  • anguillaman
    Posted at 14:37h, 14 September

    Kudos to Surfland..the reports are incredible, especially nice to see for “us” guys that are having a bad season. Great shot of the youngster with that huge striper.

  • Hungry Fisherman
    Posted at 20:33h, 14 September

    Great report! Fishing is starting to pick back up. Picked up a few stripers and blues this evening trolling an umbrella near lots 1-3. Also saw a HUGE (5-6 foot) mola mola sunning in about 25 feet of water.

  • talljeff
    Posted at 08:18h, 15 September

    Congrats little man… great lookin fish. it took me 5yrs to catch a fish that big. haha. youre on ur way..great job!!! great report. Fall rush has begun.

  • cathy cutler
    Posted at 08:55h, 24 September

    Beautiful pictures!!! What fun!

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