8 Sep 2011
The weather just keeps on coming and now Maria and Nate are queuing up, oh goodie!
I was very lucky with Irene. The wind was less than 40 mph at the house and only 1.31 inches of rain fell. Nothing like the devastation in Vermont or along the south facing coast line! After a day or so I ventured out to find large schools of mackerel everywhere with predators feeding on them. The next day (8-31) I had a charter and we had the best day of casting to and hooking up with surface cruising bluefish I have seen in YEARS!! The next day the brown, muddy water started flowing down the Merrimack and things have not been the same since.
The photo was taken at the change of tide on September 2, 2011.
The water was starting to improve and now we have had an additional 1.81"s of rain here so I do not know what I will find when I can get out again next Friday or Saturday.
I have to be an optimist because I fish for a living, so this is what I know & what I plan to do. The Merrimack is probably going to be un-fishible (at least on the out flowing tide)for a while but the water outside of it's influence will be. The mackerel were still out there, just outside the muddy water. Last Monday I found bluefish out in 85' of water that was "clean". Also the water further down the island was good/ better and the bass have to eat so I am convinced they will adapt to a little "off colored" water.
I am convinced that there will be some very good fishing soon and I will be out looking for it as soon as I can get out. Someone has to get out there and find them, and I'm in!