North Coast Angler
Fishing Reports
Sept. 24 ,2010
The Cape Ann fishing this past week was almost a carbon copy of last week, good over the weekend, and slower each day into today, Friday. The fast moving weather patterns and fronts (and windy conditions) made everyday a challenge.

The fall run is in full swing with stripers and blues on the move looking for baitfish, but they are simply not finding too much to eat inshore. And if that pattern continues, it'll be on again, off again bite and day to day at best. We'll need to get a solid and substantial push of macks, pogies or peanuts to keep the transiting stripers and blues from moving on too quickly. This scenario played out day to day all this week with big stripers one day, smaller ones the next day, and blues one day and none the next. So you'll have to fish everyday to hit a bite. And the best bite was again from false dawn to an hour after sun-up.

The rainbow Gibbs pencil and large baitfish patterned flies were the fish catchers this week. We boated a super 35 pounder on Tuesday (on a pencil) along with several other keeper sized bass to make for some awesome fall fishing. Other spots that produced some action included Pavilion Beach (near the cut bridge) and inside the Annisquam between the 128 bridge and the railroad crossing bridge. Soft plastics produced well until the blues showed up and chopped them up! So check out the Annisquam backwaters from the cut bridge to the Annisquam Light. The rocks from Halibut to the Dog Bar should also be worth fishing now that the big surf has laid down to normal. Best times...early!

Todd H. with 2 nice stripers he landed with light tackle tossing topwaters

Capt Skip Montello

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