BOSTON HARBOR & SOUTH SHORE- Stripers 6/12/05
This week?s abnormally warm weather conditions really turned on the striped bass fishing in Boston harbor and the South Shore ledges. Water temperatures in the upper reaches of estuaries have risen sharply, while out front on the ocean, the temperatures are still in the low fifties. Presently, silversides are the bait of choice in Boston?s inner harbor, and the stripers are taking great advantage of this indigenous bait-fish on both the ebb and flood tides.
Robert Werme from Woodbury, CT along with his dad and his son Jordan, had a banner day with Boston Harbor stripers on Saturday. The fish showed early on the ebbing tide feeding on silversides in the inner harbor bays. Robert and his son did well with the long rod fishing chartreuse half & half on 400 grain Orvis DepthCharge line. While, 79 year old Robert Sr. worked below the surface with fin-S lures on light spinning gear. Most of the bass were between 20 and 27 inches. What the bass lacked in size they made up for in numbers. Surface activity was spectacular. Before the morning foray was over, more than fifty bass were released by the CT anglers. Four keepers were brought to the net between 30 and 35 inches.
As luck would have it, Robert, Sr. took top honors with an 18 pound, 35 inch keeper. At slack low, texas-rigged, bassin? assassin?, fished on the surface produced great strikes and some of the most exciting action of the morning. Switching to floating Wonderline and one of Straekle?s foam-head chartreuse and white poppers, Robert Jr. managed to hook and release a number of surface feeding stripers.
Sunday brought great weather and John Reese from Amsterdam, NY. John, an octogenarian college literature professor, fished with me last summer on the Hawke River in Labrador for atlantic salmon. He fished tirelessly with a 7 weight T-3 and was rewarded with a number of school-size stripers. The surface action in the morning was slower than Saturday. However, from slack-low and during the flooding tide, the bass were swirling on the surface. 4 keepers to 34 inches were brought to net and released by day?s end.
On B-Fast BAY FLY, Capt. Tom guided B.J. Morgan from Belmont, MA on his annual two-day striper safari. B.J. was lucky enough to land a 31 inch striper on of Capt. Tom?s eel patterns. Monday?s trip was even better for the group. With fewer boats on the water, the bass stayed on the surface much longer. 30 bass were released along with three keepers to 33 inches.
Capt. Mike Bartlett