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Old 03-16-2011, 08:48 PM
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id like some help deciding when to start fishing here in boston. will fish be limited to the rivers? im usually fishing from a boat but'd love to get a catch one form land before the boats on the mooring.

so what setup would you prefer and what type of enviroment do you look for in catching the early spring schoolies
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Old 03-19-2011, 03:40 PM
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Old 03-19-2011, 08:26 PM
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They will probably start showing up a couple weeks into May. As for a setup, it really depends on you and your budget.
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Old 03-19-2011, 08:57 PM
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i was kinda hoping you were gonna say early april. i hit the local lake today and skunked
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Old 03-19-2011, 09:59 PM
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Early April is probably when the blitz starts down in NJ if you feel like a drive lol.
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Old 03-20-2011, 08:36 AM
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Last year the bass were in early and I was getting keepers by early May. The Schoolies could be around as early as late April if it gets warm enough. Follow reports from the Cape and Plymouth. When they hit there you know they are close! Also, watch for reports of the herring showing up. The bass (and some cod) will be right behind them. Usually the first bass are smaller and I find them under birds early in the morning. Any of the rivers are worth a try now - there are hold overs that should be getting a bit more active but it will still be hard to land one.

If you want to get fishing early put your boat in and try for some spring cod. PM if you launch early and I can give you some ideas for cod in the area. Last year I didn't do too well early cod fishing but the spring before was better. Good luck!
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Old 03-20-2011, 10:01 PM
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I'd say for fresh water if you absolutely have to go casting, then pig and jig really really slow and low. I agree that mid to late May is the time to try, but there are other species you may catch this time of year. Sea worms work great early on. Fresh clams too.
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Old 03-22-2011, 12:38 PM
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I'd say for fresh water if you absolutely have to go casting, then pig and jig really really slow and low. I agree that mid to late May is the time to try, but there are other species you may catch this time of year. Sea worms work great early on. Fresh clams too.
What's "pig and jig"?
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Old 03-22-2011, 02:44 PM
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Check warm water discharge from powerplants and dams. They will usually start first.
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Old 03-23-2011, 08:46 PM
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last year the stripers were in the ct river before the Ma shores...they run all the way up to the holyoke dam, if i remember right last week of april -2nd week of may...then after that it was salt water time
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Old 03-23-2011, 10:45 PM
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Check warm water discharge from powerplants and dams. They will usually start first.
yea i live in waretown nj dunno if anybody ever heard of (oyster creek) but its a warm water discharge from the nuclear reactor and i started gettin out there for the past week now (personally havent caught one yet) but ive seen bout 5 or 6 come out of there so far one being about 24" which my friend caught on a swimmer
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Old 03-31-2011, 10:36 PM
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just checkin
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Old 04-01-2011, 07:26 AM
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pig rind on a bucktail jig
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Old 04-01-2011, 03:13 PM
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Schoolies will be in Revere and Saugus Mass., early in the Pines River. Fish the Lynnway. MAy
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Old 04-09-2011, 12:52 AM
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what bait dominates the first few months of the new england season
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