29 Jun 2016
I have become a ghost on my own web site! June is normally a very busy time with charters and this year was no exception. Thank you to everyone who has fished on Summer Job in June!
While we did have a few challenging days, most were solid fishing and better than last year. The "keepers" are not giants like 2013 but the over all size of the fish caught is getting better. Lot's of 26 to 27 1/2" stripers that are a lot of fun to catch on the new rods & reels I'm using this year.
The herring are dropping back down the river from Lawrence after their annual spawning migration. The better bass that followed them up river are now dropping back with the herring and continuing the feast. We are not being over run with giants but I've had several 34 to 42" stripers in the boat and that make for a great days fishing!
Other news is that there are pogies off the beach front, some in the Merrimack and I'm told many in the Parker River. We had a few very large pogies last year but these are a little smaller and better baits. If you can find a school that is being harassed by stripers, they are usually BIG. A well placed poggie snag in the school and letting it struggle could produce the big fish of the year!! Fish of a lifetime for many!
The mackerel have been solid until a few days ago. There have been a few small bluefish reported caught and several "bitten off" mackerel at the mouth of the Merrimack. The macks are starting to settle back in the normal spots so I think that the bluefish were just the scouts and we may be seeing more in the coming weeks.
I've posted several new photos and plan to keep at it until I'm caught up.