|Captain Dave Beshara||Captain Skip Montello||Captain Allan Smith|
|We thought the fishing was phenomenal last week; well it got a whole lot better! The horde of small stripers was replaced with numerous fish in the 32-40” range. Last weekend, Captain Al Montello reported that his charter clients hooked as many as 200 stripers in two days of fishing. Many of the fish were above 25” and several were in the 35”+ range. Over the course of the week, Captain Dave Beshara fished on Wednesday and reported the same incredible numbers and size of the fish. |
Captains Dave, Skip and Allan Smith (just back from 7 months of guiding in Costa Rica) decided to convene a North Coast Angler “staff meeting” aboard the Maritime Skiff on Thursday afternoon. The meeting lasted about 2 minutes and we fished for the remainder of the afternoon! The high tide was at 2:15 pm, and we began fishing the southwest corner of Woodbridge Island. The numbers of fish swirling around was mind boggling. These fish, however, did not readily take our offerings; we did hook several 20” fish and had many very large fish chase the fly right up close to the boat. This behavior is not uncommon for stripers particularly in this location at the top of the tide. We knew that as soon as the tide current increased and water levels began to fall, the stripers would become more aggressive. We headed back up Joppa flats and began our drift near the pumping station. We fished along the current seam and hooked up a few small fish. As the boat drifted down river about a ¼ mile and along the fast current side of the seam, we began to hook several larger fish, 32-35”( “dawgs” as we like to call them). We made several more drifts in this area with the same results; good sized hard fighting stripers! All in all, a great “staff meeting”………
As I mentioned in last weeks report, the fishing is phenomenal, and believe it or not, it’s going to get even better! We may be experiencing the best striper fishing the Merrimack River has had since the late 60’s. Whether you casting flies or light tackle baits, the fishing doesn’t get any better. Next week brings the early morning sunrise high tides and I expect the larger fish to be a bit easier to fool in the low light conditions. See you out there!