Aposfai

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  1. Went out everyday over the long weekend and never got skunked. Monday I had the most and biggest, still no keepers. All off the rocks into open ocean on cape Ann, northeast side and east side. Not sure if the pic is the biggest one, can never tell with the damn thumbnail. I was surprised they hit that spook, it's one of the biggest plugs I throw. That was the only surface plug that worked, everything else came from below.
  2. Thursday after work hit the backshore in glo to catch the end of the outgoing. Hooked a schoolie first cast and every other cast after for a full hour until slack tide when it ended. The biggest was 24". Hit the same spot yesturday and there was less action but did manage to land 2 smalls. Both times I had luck with sinking stuff, floating pencils did not work out.
  3. Yesturday evening I fished my spot in Rockport with my buddy. We both got 2 small schoolies each, biggest at 20". A guy was fly-fishing on the point up from us, he landed atleast one. I had luck with small stuff on a super slow retrieve... Prob cuz the water is still really cold.
  4. I went to the north side of cape Ann to make a few casts yesturday late afternoon. Got a couple of follows but no hook up. There were some people fishing with bait and they hooked up on a schoolie. Interestingly the NOAA buoys show the water being warmer on the north side of cape Ann. But those things mess up frequently.
  5. What is the minimum water temp stripers will move into? I understand it is 47. Please correct me if I am wrong.
  6. I got skunked on the south side of cape Ann in open ocean this past Thursday 4/23. Water felt ice cold, prob around 42. I did see seagulls diving on something the whole time I was there a half mile out.
  7. When did the first stripers start showing up last season? I never remember. I'm already spooling up my reels and putting fresh trebles on my plugs. I really gotta keep a log this year.
  8. Skunked last night on what I thought were great conditions. Becoming concerned.
  9. I've been into fat schoolies steadily over the past week around sundown. Missed a fatty on Sat, pulled the hook as I tried getting it up onto my rock. My buddy landed a slob this morning. All on Cape Ann, all off the rocks. They are still here.
  10. Did go out next morning, no waves, nothing. Not even a tap.
  11. This rip current warning is just what is needed to get on the big fish from shore. Went to my most familiar spot on Cape Ann, a cove. Broke of 2 large fish. But landed a couple of schoolies, a 31", a 34", and a 37". I think the first one I broke off was even bigger. I was hooking up almost every cast. Only had one extra leader. Ran to the tackle shop to buy more leader by the time I got back it died down and I managed to catch the 31" at that point. Then it was completely over. Tomorrow morning I will be out before sun up with fresh braid and a ton of extra leaders.
  12. I've had **** luck. Skunked on 4 straight trips on Cape Ann... well I got a Pollock each time on a heavy minnow. Finally yesturday afternoon around dusk got a schoolie. This is the first year since my obsession started that so much time has elapsed since the first fish of the season to the first keeper. Part of it is my fishing time is way more restricted, but still I've been out there is prime conditions a few times. Also, in previous years I would sight schools and large solo stripers by this point. Not seen that yet. It must be this damn global heating or something.
  13. it was either this past wed or thurs I was slaying the schoolies on the western most coast of cape ann. Every other cast hooked up. Nothing over 24 inches. I used a sinking popper, a sebile magic swimmer, and a 3/4 oz. bucktail. All in white. It's been warm since then and enough time has passed that if I dont get into a keeper this weekend I'm gonna hang it up, by it I mean myself.
  14. Wednesday night got skunked at my early season spot. Last night around sunset tried another productive spot that's on open ocean, east north east side of cape ann. Walked along the rocks for a bit and thought I had a skunk. Then by mistake I had a hit but lost it. I had realized the fish are real sluggish. Finally landed a schoolie, method: sinking pencil, let it sink, pull to surface, repeat, perhaps popping it on surfaces for a bit but always letting it sink. I gather a small spook would work with generous pauses. Getting real sick of these people that come up to me when I land a fish to ask if they can have it, especially when it's way undersized. Then they get all pissed when I say hell no and throw the fish back. Maybe they could start by learning my language and asking if the fish is keeper size. Maybe then I would give one away every once in a while.
  15. Caught a couple of schoolies yesturday around sunset on the south side of Gloucester. This was off the rocks in open ocean. They both hit a 5" bone color mag darter, one was 18" the other 22". There were a bunch of other people fishing around me but i didnt see them connect on chunk bait. I expect to be into some keepers over the weekend.