North Coast Angler
Fishing Reports
Aug. 20, 2010
"Weekly Report"

The good action of last week cooled down much more than I expected around Cape Ann.The numerous blues from last week dwindled to just one or two here and there. We worked hard, traveled far and wide to get into a few stripers and blues. The light tackle action was slow with only a few schoolies taken on Slug-Go's. The remainder of the week I prospected the shoreline (and Crane Beach) with live Pollock and landed fewer than 1/2 dozen small keepers and a couple of decent sized blues for all my efforts. The best striper (33 inches) was taken this morning by my son Steve on a slow trolled Pollock near Milk Island. We also landed a nice 12 pound blue at Salt Island on a live Pollock. We caught our bait (good numbers) on the backside of the Rockport breakwater in 30-50 feet of water. The surf guys also reported a slow week with just a few schoolies and a few blues taken on plugs at dawn. So we'll just have to wait for the fall run to start before things improve around the cape.

The Merrimack flats and beachfront are also fishing slow by day with mostly blues taken at various locations along the beach. And they were taken trolling deep swimmers in 40-50 feet of water. Your best bet for stripers will be on the flats at night with live eels or out on the beachfront with chunks or seaworms.

Capt Skip Montello

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