fishBAD

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  • Birthday 02/04/1985

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    I'm a U.S. army vet and substitute teacher who fishes the north shore.

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  1. I've been having similar issues with circle hooks. I have been using 8/0 inline circles with chunck mac. I have found my hookup rate has dropped while the gut hook rate is either the same or higher as when I used the J hook. Right now I have to conclude that circle hooks help conservation because you catch less fish.
  2. Restricting the parking seems to be their winning stradegy. Out of 6 spots in my regular summer rotation I have access to 2 of them this year and I'm starting to get crowded out by riff raff in those places.
  3. Just a hunch. I've seen fluke under dock lights and have caught them incidently. I formed this opinion reading reports on here. Cod, winter flounder, seem to be harder and harder to find. Fluke and Seabass seem to be showing up more and more. If I had a boat I'd spend an afternoon dropping jigs in 20-30ft of water adjacent to drop offs.
  4. I think there are more up here than people realize. I'm not trying to start a political debate but if we think cold water species like Cod and Lobster are being pushed out due to warming waters then it stands to reason warm water species would move in to take their place.
  5. I mean the states reopening, our case numbers are under control and these places are restricting access further. It really pisses me off. It just comes down to keeping the beach to themselves so their kids can play beerpong at night. (BTW 30 local kids no masks, no distancing, looked underage, last tuesday at 9pm.)
  6. If this upsets you the only thing you can do is not support Newburyport or Newbury businesses.
  7. Places like Surfland or Tomo's will have recently caught frozen bait that's pretty good. Not all the time though. If you got a boat you can find your own Pollock and Macks just outside the Harbors. Fresh caught squid can be a magic bullet. Its been a few years since they were in thick enough that I used them for bait but when I did it was a keeper a night with fresh squid. I don't think anyone carries live macks or anything like that.
  8. Sure if you can find a school. I have had luck snagging pogies at night this year from shore. They are boxed into a tight wharf. They are spread out but there are enough of them in there that I have had success snagging one for bait 3/4 trips. That said if I had a boat I would check mooring fields and near cans. You could always push off a bit before sunset to increase your odds.
  9. I'd think more about stopping power. When your fishing eels your in the game for big fish. You hook something over 40 inches on a rod rated for 2oz and matching reel your gonna be in for it.
  10. Eels are typically resereved for night because thats when big fish roam and when your fishing eels your looking for big fish. That said you have a boat. You can drift them deep in a rip with a weight. Maybe a boat guy can be more specific. For Pogies I have seen them from shore pretty consitently in that area. If they are around you should see splashes fairly quickly and easily.
  11. Pretty warm out lately to find macs inshore.
  12. I fish a bucktail in a lot of spots during the day hoping to find an errant fluke. That said I've only run into them once north of Boston. In a marsh on a moonlit night on chunk mac no less. I have had a guy tell me he saw flounder swimming around the jetty we were on the day before. That was august so those were fluke. But unfortunately its not something you can constitently target. As far as Striper alternatives on the North shore pickings are slim for shore guys. I've seen Hickory Shad show up in numbers constently enough to target but that was a one off.
  13. As the state reopens Beverly has added more resident only parking, restricting more access. A spot I like in Seabrook is still sectioned off. I think these beach towns are loving the excuse to keep the ocean to themselves.
  14. No I think you'll find more of the same up here. July is known as a slow month for striper. That said keep doing what your doing and you'll break through. I find small presentations fished at first light or dawn are good bets in the area you mentioned. Bucktails, paddle tails or a small hopkins jig.
  15. I was able to cast blind at night in a harbor and snag pogies last week.