|North Coast Angler|
|The strong winds, big surf and rain since Sunday kept us off or near the water until Thursday morning when we gave it a try along the shore and in the Annisquam backwaters (without even a sniff).
The surf was crapped up with seaweed and the backwaters were chalky.
Friday morning broke clear and breezy but with a much calmer surf that brought out all of the local guys who were pent up all week waiting for a break in the weather. I decided to fish from the boat rather than the crowded rocks.
Unfortunately the nicer weather didn't get the striper bite going; no bent rods! However, as I made my way back north to Rockport, the sky blackened with sea birds as I approached Straitsmouth Island.
As I got closer I could easily see the birds crashing the surface feeding on a ton of baitfish (spike macks?) and along with the birds, a huge mass of 10-14 pound bluefish slicing through the bait. I hung with the school and boated a couple of blues before the bite shut down. |
Even though we didn't find stripers today, I fully expect the striper bite to heat up this weekend and into next week. With that much bait and that many blues around, the stripers can't be far behind. So grab some time this weekend and enjoy the weather and the possible good fishing, you won't know if you don't go!
This will be my final weekly report of the season, I'll be away for a couple of weeks and missing the good fall bite. But stay tuned for lot's of Special Features including a bunch of new stuff from Pat Ford and our Western NY salmon and trout reports. And thanks for a another great season!
| Porter with two nice stripers he took last Sunday in the Annisquam
| Nice 12 pound blue