4 Jul 2013
June 2013 will be remembered by Summer Job's clients as one of the best years in 15 years! The number of better bass (28" to 35") plus the 27" fish coming up the ranks for future years were impressive. Not to mention the 12"-15" fish I see caught on light tackle. The bait has not been easy but the fish are available in the mouth of the Merrimack River. They are getting harder & harder to fool on Joppa Flats as the water gets warmer. I have only heard of big fish on the 3 mile line being caught once this year but that should change soon.
Breaking rock has been spotty this season for numbers of mackerel but if you hit the right time & tide (yes, slack tide equals slow bait fishing) it still can be very good. I know of a few guys who "slayed'em" without chum in the last few days. Frankly I spend more time on the ledges with 2 chum bags out to get mine.
The first few days of July have been very productive. My friend "Gilligan" landed a 45# striper July 2nd in the river. My clients have been bringing home all the fresh fish they need and releasing the rest to fight again. WARNING, Soap box moment! While I will put 2 fish per person on ice on a charter, I always ask if they can consume up to 8 fish while it is still fresh. A 35" striper is a beautiful creature that will last a lot longer in a photo than on a dinner plate or worse, be thrown out because is spoiled. "Keep it if you will eat it" or please release "extra", legal stripers!
July will be a good month for striper fishing from a boat, harder from the beach. The major benefit of July is the weather! You always have the chance of a quick storm but the days of fishing in wool socks, long underwear & rain gear are finally behind us! If you have been thinking about a charter please call. There are plenty of great days on the water ahead on Summer Job!
Will & Link seem to be having a very good day! 6-22-13