3 Jun 2017
The only reason to believe that it is not "mid June" is the temperature. Not the fishing!! There are stripers everywhere and plenty of "Keepers" in the mix to top off your great day of catching with a meal. The mackerel did get a little squirrelly after the thunder storm 3 nights ago. Yesterday they were back but you had to work for them. Today they were back with a vengeance!
The mouth of the Merrimack is the place to go for a boat load of fish (figuratively speaking) ranging from bait stealers to mid 20 somethings and keepers to 30"s. The 2011 year class of stripers are filling up the river and most will range from 26" to 28"s. Yes, there are a lot of 27 3/4" fish out there so measure them twice and only keep the big ones. As a refresher, the proper way to measure a striper is to lay it on top of a ruler, you can pinch the tail but it has to be 28"s from the end of the tail to it's nose. Holding a fish up to a ruler taped to the side of you gunnel will give you a false reading! Best bet is to only keep one if it is 281/2"s so there will be no question if you are stopped by the Environmental Police.They were checking boats last summer and I hope that they do so again this year!
Last of all, in an abundance of caution, I started my bookings on June 15th this year. If anyone reading this would like to get out and take advantage of this great fishing, please give me a call! 978-465-2307