Re: Merrimack River Mouth - Fishing reports
Can't speak to the availability of mackerel outside the Merrimack.. but this week there were still scattered thin schools of tinkers hanging tight to 2KR outside Portsmouth. Seemed to be roughly 10:1..tinkers to adults.. and they basically sat on the buoy line -- like dolphin under floating debris. W/in about 50 yards: we had enough for the day in 20/30 minutes or so.
Further south, we ran into _extremely_ dense schools of pollock over some of the inshore NH ledges around Rye. ~30 feet of water. Instant fish every drop. Sure, mackerel are by far the better bait.. but pollock do catch fish.
1) (nearby) Mid-coast NH Day trip on crappy tide w/mackerel - 1 hit, no hookups... "Pepe le P.U.".
Saw one small school of bass chase a few mackerel out of the water near jetty outside Wentworth Marina. but thas was it. Nothin doing for everybody we saw.
2) Later that night...Creekmouths/marsh/rivermouths PI sound.. eels.. last of outgoing: good action. But fish size during my night eel-trips has dropped a bit over the past 2 weeks. 28-35". (Mid-June saw pods of fish in the low 40"s.)
3) July3rd?/4th?(dates kinda hazy now ...have 'blender-head' after June's eel-nights), 2am-6am, PI beach. Last of outgoing through first of incoming. Fished bars, jetties, etc. Sandeel city. Tons at the surfline... from little 2" eel-lets to 7" jumbos. Tried everything. Needlefish, sandeel imitations, etc. Had one violent hit/tail slap(?) as I was lifting a 6" tsunami holographic sandeel out of the water to recast. That was all she wrote. Now, my beach skills aren't exactly legendary... so a skunk wasn't altogether shocking.. but nobody caught anything. And a few of the (actual) legit surfcasters beside me had serious time/experience/wisdom on that beach.
--(One guy said it was his first skunk of the season)--
4) 3-5lb snapper blues are here.
Thats all I got.