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Posted By Charley Soares, April 17, 2017
While small stripers, winter flounder and even some blackfish are starting to tease local anglers, largemouth bass action is downright awesome right now. This 9-pound, 1-ounce hog was weighed-in at Red Top last week and successfully released afterwards.

A few reports of school bass out of the Providence River, and a little closer to home in the Palmer River have some people racking their trout rods, at least temporarily. With record-breaking temperatures in nearby Rhode Island this week the shallow mud flats are heating up and the cormorants are once again doing a job on the herring in the Coles River Run.

Charlie Cinto paid us an Easter visit and presented us with some of his new jigs and pencil poppers. We talked about the earliest stripers of the season and he stated that for almost 30 years he and his partners caught their first spring stripers at the Head of The Bay in Wareham. Those fish were tiny bass to 5-pounders, but due to a lack of shore access that put an end to his trips. Dick from Maco’s said the area behind his old shop was a great place for winter flounder and stripers as well a few jumbo tautog which spawned up in the warmer mud bottoms. That would be a great place for a guy in a small boat to begin prospecting.

Also of note this week, the MA DMF announced its 2017 final marine regulation changes for fluke as follows:FLUKE/SUMMER FLOUNDER: May 22 – September 24, 4 fish, 17-inch minimum. For those keeping track, this results in the same season as 2016 but the minimum length has increased from 16 inches to 17, and the bag limit has decreased from 5 fish down to 4.

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