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Surfland Bait and Tackle

August 13, 2018:
Liz from Surfland told me bigger striped bass have moved in and are being caught in the mix with smaller school-sized stripers with a number of big fish weighed-in during the week. Parking lot #2 in the Wildlife Refuge was opened up this week now making lots #1, 2, 7, and Sandy Point open now. The southern end of the island beachfront has been the most productive lately along with the Merrimack River.



Previous Reports

  • August 6, 2018 Open or Close

    Andy from Surfland told me there is an abundance of all kinds of sea life around Plum Island. Beach fishermen have been catching their share of school-sized stripers with a mix of keepers. Boat fishermen have been producing better catches this week. All the bait in the area has also lured porpoises, minke whales and bluefin tuna within viewing distance from shore.

  • July 30, 2018 Open or Close

    Martha from Surfland told me fishing has slowed up to some degree, but there are still plenty of school sized stripers being landed on daily basis plus but the night-time bait is much better than the daytime bite. There are also many keepers coming off the beach and in the Merrimack. The bigger fish seem to be a little fussy lately but are in the area. Mackerel and pogies are extremely abundant but there are still no reports of bluefish.

  • July 23, 2018 Open or Close

    Liz from Surfland told me huge schools of pogies moved back in and are everywhere. They are attracting whales and tuna close to shore. There is a tuna fleet less than three miles from shore. Surf fishermen have seen small football tuna crashing through schools of pogies in 20 feet of water. There are tons of stripers of all sizes in the area along the beachfront and in the Merrimack River however they have been difficult to hook.

  • July 16, 2018 Open or Close

    Martha from Surfland told me huge schools of pogies that were off the coast of Plum Island were located and scooped up by the purse seiners this week. The night bite from the beach was the story for this week. Live eels seemed to produce bigger fish. Smaller school-sized fish were caught during daylight hours and worm fishermen are doing well fishing in the Merrimack.

Surfland Bait and Tackle

Surfland Bait and Tackle
28 Plum Island Blvd
Newbury, MA 01951
phone: 978-462-4202


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