North Coast Angler
Fishing Reports
July 2, 2010
Cape Ann
The overall striper action remains a bit slow with a few exceptions. Sandeels have moved in over at the Annisquam and Essex River mouths with several pods of mixed sized stripers present. Those areas would be a good bet this w/e. A few large stripers were taken this past week inshore around Milk and Thatcher islands with live macks and the chunkers are taking good numbers of stripers in the deep water a few miles off Halibut Point and off at the Gloucester Harbor groaner. We'll be getting around more next week as my boat is now in Rockport.

Merrimack River Plum Island
Over last w/e the slow striper bite ended with several huge striper blitzes happening pretty much every morning on the flats or out at the mouth. However, the bite mostly shut down as the sun rose in the sky. Most of the light tackle tackle guys were taking their fair share of 25-32 inch stripers on topwaters, Slug-Go's,Tuffcore white lances and flies. While the live mack guys were taking bigger stripers out at the mouth and the nighttime Joppa eel guys were getting some even bigger fish including a 51 pounder (see the Surfland Report). Fishing out at mouth or up on the flats this w/e will be challenging to the say the least with a huge numbers of striper fisherman out in droves fishing from boats, kayaks and along the shore. If you do plan to head out this w/e, do it early to minimize the crowds and be careful with all the traffic.

A few nice stripers taken with the Tuffcore white lance

Joppa Blue mixed in with the stripers

Surface action on Joppa

Capt Skip Montello

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