22 Sep 2013
I will admit that the fishing has not been "stellar" lately. I canceled a charter last week when I did not feel I could produce a quality trip for my client. If only I knew then what I've learned this week.
You need a different mind set, it is not June so look for new signs of live and look everywhere! When I leave my dock I'm seeing seagulls flying over spaces between docks and in mooring ares. The herring are dropping out of the upper areas of the river & the birds are paying attention. There are often stripers under them even if they are not actively feeding. A jig on that soft plastic or a small metal jig will get down to the bass & you can stimulate a strike. These bait fish can also be found below the AYC by #15, #13 or #11 buoys. This is "hunting season" for stripers! Watch for feeds on the incoming tides at the mouth of the river too.
There are still mackerel out there! Not always easy to find but some days they are all over your chum slick and you only need 10-15 so get a few & start trolling. If you read Surfland's web site, there have been some nice fish taken off the beach. So fish the beach, by slow trolling or stop at "holes" and drifting a live mackerel. You will know soon enough if there is life there or not. Just please respect the guys working the beach on the sand! We are a lot more mobile from a boat. If they are catching or there is often someone fishing from that spot, mark it on your plotter and go there some other day when no one is fishing from the beach.
There are fish north of Portsmouth NH this year. My friend in Booth Bay ME is having a good season and I still hear about stripers as far north as PEI. Some of them have to go by us on their way south and the only way to catch one is to be on the water.
The marinas shut down in 3 weeks, so get out there and catch a few more memories to hold you over for the winter!