North Coast Angler
Fishing Reports
July 16, 2010
Cape Ann
The Cape Ann striper action continues to be slow compared to previous seasons. The best bite occurs early in the day and slacks off as the bright, overhead sun and clear water gives them lock jaw if you tossing artificials. Most of our fish have been taken using the bone jumping minnow and a white 7 1/2 Slug-Go's fished hard with determination and good technique.

There are plentiful spike macks still available in Sandy Bay and those anglers fishing with live macks have landed some quality stripers over the past week. So if you want to get some larger fish, take the time and catch some macks and feed them to the hungry stripers. Best bet is a slow troll with the macks close to the rocks and reefs or along the beaches. If light tackle is your thing, be prepared for lot's and lot's of casts close and tight to structure along the rocks. Also be prepared for lot's of seaweed and marsh grass everywhere.

Merrimack River Plum Island
The Merrimack continues to display a fickle pattern of an "on again, off again" striper bite. The best and most consistent action has been up on the flats at night for those anglers tossing or slow trolling eels. Joe W. did well mid week with 1/2 dozen nice sized stripers up to 41 inches. The mid summer striper pattern is fully in place; fish the mouth and beachfront by day and the flats by night.

Father and son Brad and Ryan with there best of the day stripers

Father and daughter Blake and Mandy with there best of the day stripers

Capt Skip Montello

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