North Coast Angler
Fishing Reports
May 21, 2010
Another "cookie cutter" week around the area. The fishing continues to be fairly consistent (but slower than I would have expected relative to previous seasons) from Cape Ann north to S. NH. Most of the stripers are in the size range 16 to 32 inches with a few bigger stripers being taken on Joppa and out along the beach front at Plum Island and near the south jetty. The Candy House area continues to yield a few stripers per outing especially on the dropping tide out on the sand bar. Some bait in the way of pogies are still present but far fewer than two weeks ago. I do believe newer fish continue to arrive in the area regularly judging by the quantity of sea lice observed on their skin. They are taking a variety of flies, soft plastics and on top water offerings, like the jumping minnow. Steve P. has caught a few fish outside the backwaters on the beaches in Gloucester Harbor. I would expect to see some bigger stripers out along the rocks from Dog Bar to Halibut Point so that may be worth some time this weekend. Fish the early hours with the high water tides this weekend.

The lack of shad up at the dam in Lawrence continues to be a mystery with very few fish being taken by anglers. This will be my last report on shad unless something breaks.

I'll be fishing up at the Merrimack several days next week so I hope to have more to report on the striper fishing. Get out and enjoy the good weather!

"Fish Now, Work Later"

Capt Skip Montello

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