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  1. Yes. There was definitely a good bit of juvenile herring for a short period in the bay and I figure that was the 1-2" fish you were seeing awhile back. But the lack of silvers is making me worried.
  2. Has anyone noticed a lack of bait this year? I fish mostly from Portsmouth up into the great bay estuary and I've seen nothing in the way of silversides thus far. The alewife run was strong but the juveniles seemed to be lacking. There are pogies up in the estuaries but I haven't found anything of note feeding on them. My only saving grace has been a moderate amount of squid running through. Stripers are nice and fat but I'm not seeing large schools hammering away at the surface.
  3. I've been out twice in the last week or so and managed 1 fish each trip. Both were right around 24 inches which is amazing for this time of year. Not a lot of action on top, so I did a lot of trolling. Lower Little Bay and the mouths of rivers is where I have been concentrating my time. Soft plastics with jig heads and you should hook up.
  4. Heading out this week to make sure everything is in running order. I'll HAVE to try a few spots on the rivers to see if the alewife are in and if anyone is chasing them. I'll report back ASAP
  5. ASGA, I would be happy to help. I've been fishing for Stripers for about 30 years and I've seen ups and downs. I think there is a complexity to the striper population fluctuations beyond just fishing pressure and bait availability. I have a degree in Coastal Ecology, if that helps anything. I just know that it's definitely not too late.
  6. BEST DAY IN YEARS. I hit the industrial areas of the piscataqua river at daybreak this morning and fishing was incredible from there into little bay. Small schools of fish but many of them in the 28 and over range. Boated several fish over 30 in. One for the books.
  7. From a boat but I'm sure your could get into them from shore. Let me know if you need some info on some local shoreline spots.
  8. Went out at 5:00 a.m. to catch the outgoing tide in Little Bay. Probably one of the best fishing days I've had all year, if not in several years. Landed 30 or so fish on soft plastics and chartreuse flies. Fish were busting all over the place, snacking on peanut bunker which were everywhere. Some of the schools had fat fish well over 28 in.
  9. I'd love to send them your way. Going tomorrow before daybreak to fish the dead low to high tide. Or most of it anyhow. I'll report back ASAP.
  10. Fishing has still been good in the mornings, with double digit numbers being caught on soft plastics and flies. Fished some industrial New Hampshire sites along the river and managed a few close to 28 but not quite there. A lot of people are talking about how horrible the fishing is this year, but it took me 5 years to catch my first two striped bass in the 80s, so I keep things in perspective. Love the fishery and the fishery will love you back.
  11. The fishing in NH has been picking up dramatically over the last 2 weeks. Mornings have been great, with busting schools of fish in the river and gulls working them from above. Despite all the rain, there were schools splashing in little bay this morning. No slobs to report, but fish in the 18 to 22 inch range with the occasional 26+ mixed in.
  12. Absolutely. Fished the Piscatqua this morning from 5:30 to 8. Ring-billed gulls and cormorants were all fired up and so were the fish. Landed a dozen or so on flies and soft plastics. Biggest fish was maybe 24". Beautiful morning, less water traffic than we had in June and July and bait was everywhere.
  13. Was at a popular boat launch on the Maine side of the Piscataqua River yesterday and saw gulls and cormorants hitting the water and working a school of fish. This was midday which I thought was interesting. Went today at about 3:00 p.m. and they were still there. First time I have seen a blitz in a while and we caught about a half dozen fish in the 18 to 24 in range. Things have been so slow lately that this was a blessing.
  14. I went out last weekend from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. with nothing to show for it. First skunk of the year. That being said, my last three trips out only had me bringing in two or three fish in the 12 to 16 in range. Fished my spots in Great Bay and little Bay with soft plastics. I'm going to try out towards New Castle this weekend.
  15. Haven't been here in awhile but life has allowed me to get back on the water this year. I fish the Great Bay estuary from Newmarket to New Castle and all points in-between. Strange year. The June run was great but fizzled quickly. Lots of fish slurping juvenile herring on the outgoing tide. Since then, things have been SLOW with dawn presenting terns working over small schoolies and nighttime excursions producing 3 to 4 fish of the 16 to 20 inch range. I fish flies and soft plastics. Anyone having better luck?