|North Coast Angler|
|July 30, 2010|
Wish I could be more encouraging but I can't. The Cape Ann fishing has slowed down even more so than last week with just a few schoolies and some occasional blues mixed in. The best bite is at sunrise. The bluefish pods are scattered about and can be found from Andrews Point to the Dog Bar. Most of our striper "catches" have been made by tossing flies or plugs tight to structure from the boat or casting from shore. Once the sun gets up, the bite is all but done. Even the chunkers and live liners are not catching many stripers either. I don't have any info on the commercial guys. So your best bet is to fish early and then go to the beach!
If you want tuna, they can be found just offshore from Halibut Point, north and south, 5-8 miles out. Most of the tuna are 65 to 75 inches (250-500+ pounds), with at times, smaller "keeper sized" fish mixed in. Best baits are live macks suspended from a balloon or simply run n' gun with topwater poppers (Ocean Lures Mackerel Popper, Tsunami Big Popper, or Yo-Zuri Hydro Poppers). You'd better have a big reel with 400 yds of 80 pound braid and a super stout rod!
The Merrimack flats are alive with good stripers during the dark hours and are taking tossed or trolled eels. Joe W did quite well (as did others) during the week taking several nice sized fish up to 42". Dave Moulton managed a 52 pounder during the week as well. Capt Al said his right shoulder is hurting from making several hundred fly casts to Joppa stripers with daytime lock-jaw! A few schoolie blitzes are happening out on the beachfront, especially at sunrise.