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North Shore/ Smelt Fishing

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How’s the smelt fishing going 

who’s been out there? 
Nice Weather 

Hows the Winthrop area been doing ?

Beverly also ?

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I've never fished for smelt.  

 

Anyone care to give me a rundown?  

We have regs for them here in CT, but I've never heard of anyone going for them. But I don't leave my cave all to often. 

 

Eta. Only legal on lakes and ponds here.  

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Isn't the water still too warm? Salem still loaded with Mackerel (compare to 2 weeks ago)?

 

Previously I did some around south shore area for smelt, but it's hit or miss. Where in North shore can you target them?

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8 hours ago, foxfai said:

Isn't the water still too warm? Salem still loaded with Mackerel (compare to 2 weeks ago)?

 

Previously I did some around south shore area for smelt, but it's hit or miss. Where in North shore can you target them?

Someone can probably give you a better answer as I have never successfully targeted them.  But the spots I have been told about are in Boston, Winthrop, Salem and Beverly.  I got to wonder if they can be found in the Merrimack or Parker rivers.  Oddly enough its hard to find such info.

 

*Right after I posted this I did a google search of Massachusetts Smelt runs and found a detailed government report on the subject, so I suppose the info is not that hard to find lol.

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I have caught them successfully one year and dead the next around Winthrop and Boston Harbor. Last year I tried a few times and was a bust. I caught a total of 4. Some year they run thick and some year they are spotty. I've been contemplating on trying for them but time hasn't been on my side.

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1 hour ago, Dah seee said:

I have caught them successfully one year and dead the next around Winthrop and Boston Harbor. Last year I tried a few times and was a bust. I caught a total of 4. Some year they run thick and some year they are spotty. I've been contemplating on trying for them but time hasn't been on my side.

It has been the same for the past ..... 4 years or so. One year off and one year on fire. I was reading an article talking about how one year they are small and scattered the next year they grew and came back to spawn (1 year on / off cycle). That's why we notice the trend. 

 

But what do I know..... 

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I wish we got ice like they do in Maine in their rivers. I went to college like 45 minutes from some of the smelt camps. Use to love catching them in the hut through the ice. As far as the open water smelting I have tried it several times in our harbors and several techniques (small jigs and spoons, bits of worm, tiny squid strips, sabikis). I don't think I ever got more of a dozen or so but I also don't think I ever spent hours trying for them. We use to get over 100 to 150 with 4 guys that were semi coherent in the hut's at night in Maine. 

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In Mass, they are inconsistent at best, year to year. Fishing for them is a real patience game, and that weeds out a lot of people. Probably why you dont hear much about them.

 

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3 hours ago, BroadSoundBound said:

I wish we got ice like they do in Maine in their rivers. I went to college like 45 minutes from some of the smelt camps. Use to love catching them in the hut through the ice. As far as the open water smelting I have tried it several times in our harbors and several techniques (small jigs and spoons, bits of worm, tiny squid strips, sabikis). I don't think I ever got more of a dozen or so but I also don't think I ever spent hours trying for them. We use to get over 100 to 150 with 4 guys that were semi coherent in the hut's at night in Maine. 

There was an Ice fishery for smelt in Great Bay NH.  It's within driving distance of us north shore folks but with warmer winters recently I'm not sure if it has set up.  That said Mass saltwater licenses are good in NH, so there may be better opportunities in the Portsmouth area.  

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They say their getting them in the Lynn area.  Live grass shrimp works good when they are fussy.  Seaworms work also. Small pieces   The good thing about seaworms is that you don’t have to bait up every time.

The hardest thing about Smelt fishing these days is finding a place to fish.  They lock up all the floats and pier. 
At night try and find a place with a light. They like lighted areas
 

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7 hours ago, ccb said:

They say their getting them in the Lynn area.  Live grass shrimp works good when they are fussy.  Seaworms work also. Small pieces   The good thing about seaworms is that you don’t have to bait up every time.

The hardest thing about Smelt fishing these days is finding a place to fish.  They lock up all the floats and pier. 
At night try and find a place with a light. They like lighted areas
 

ccb we always had our lanterns lit one to keep the bait close so that the smelt would bite and second to keep the hands warm or the rear end when we sat on the lanterns. We used a smelt box that would hold the lantern and the rods for dead sticking and rod holders to actively fish . We would have a small dish of bait attached to a board we sat on between our knees. Some times it had worms, some times it was chubs The shrimp had to be in a closed container as they would jump out and get into the water. We would if we had  enough we would chum the water with crushed shrimp , cut worms or chubs. The larger ones loved the bigger bait; we called them Jack Smelt and at times they reached 24 inches long , now thems were smelt.  WE did not count how many , but measured them by the tomato basket    Peace and Prayers

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47 mins ago, Angler #1 said:

ccb we always had our lanterns lit one to keep the bait close so that the smelt would bite and second to keep the hands warm or the rear end when we sat on the lanterns. We used a smelt box that would hold the lantern and the rods for dead sticking and rod holders to actively fish . We would have a small dish of bait attached to a board we sat on between our knees. Some times it had worms, some times it was chubs The shrimp had to be in a closed container as they would jump out and get into the water. We would if we had  enough we would chum the water with crushed shrimp , cut worms or chubs. The larger ones loved the bigger bait; we called them Jack Smelt and at times they reached 24 inches long , now thems were smelt.  WE did not count how many , but measured them by the tomato basket    Peace and Prayers

Jesus bus, 24" smelt? :eek:

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