The Fisherman Magazine Weekend Video Forecast 6/30/2022 – New England
Trophy striped bass are being caught from Boston, down through Cape Cod Bay, over in the Monomoy Rips, out at Block Island and in the western portions of Long Island Sound. In any one of these spots, a 50-pounder is a real possibility. Fluking is picking up in Connecticut, and seems to be slowing down a bit at Nantucket Shoals. The sea bass seem to be moving a little deeper across the region, but the bite won’t quit.
The guys at Fishermans World in Norwalk, for yet another week, said the bass fishing has remained off the hook for the boat guys. This mob of giants is sticking to the 50-foot depths for...
The guys at Fishermans World in Norwalk, for yet another week, said the bass fishing has remained off the hook for the boat guys. This mob of giants is sticking to the 50-foot depths for the most part, but there are clues for the surfcaster in how theyre getting it done. The most successful guys are drifting chunks back to reefs and ledges. There are fish from slots to 30 pounds among the islands and along some of the shoreline structures. So why not grab yourself as many bunker as you can and chum a nearshore rip like crazy, then send some heads drifting back into the tide? I think that would be a very smart move for any western Sound surfcaster right now.
The crew at Bobby Js Bait and Tackle in Milford said its hard to decide which species is the better one to target, stripers or weakfish. For starters local boaters are seeing the same kind of nighttime action for stripers as they are further west and chunks are, again, the weapon of choice. They have seen some bass along the local beaches taking plugs and eels, a plan to chum and chunk a rip would be wise for surfcasters here as well. Then we have the weakfish bite, which has been amazing and displaying some serious staying power. Many of the fish being caught are in the 24- to 30-inch range and are being caught by porgy fishers soaking bait and anglers chucking paddletails on leadpink has been the popular color choice.
Andrew at Fishin Factory 3 in Middletown said the striper action has really come alive this week with many known surf nuts coming in for eels and circle hooks. One caster spilled the beans, saying he had taken multiple 30- and 40-pound fish from the local rocks. The mouth of the river is still holding plenty of bass but local sharpies are now saying that the action on the adjacent shorelines is better than what one might find inside the river. Bait dunkers are finding lots of scup from the local rocky outcrops as well. More
The guys at Weekapaug Bait and Tackle in Westerly, said there had been good action around the breachway this week. In the daylight, guys were crushing scup and catching the occasional fl...
The guys at Weekapaug Bait and Tackle in Westerly, said there had been good action around the breachway this week. In the daylight, guys were crushing scup and catching the occasional fluke. Bluefish were also showing sporadically, particularly around first and last light. Striper action has been picking up after dark, with a good number of slots and a few overs taking drifted eels and swimming plugs or darters. There are also bass up inside the ponds mostly schoolies there, but larger specimens into the 20-pound class have been reported.
Abbie at Quonnie Bait and Tackle in Charlestown said the breachways continue to put out numbers of slot fish with an increased number of fish over the slot. These fish are being caught after dark on live eels and various plugs drifted into the ebbing tide. Early morning bass hunters might do well to wade the flats inside Quonny Pond flipping small soft plastics or a fly. Daytime bait dunking is producing lots of scup and the occasional fluke.
Over at Snug Harbor Marina in Wakefield, they were hearing good reports for stripers coming from all three breachways and along the beaches. These fish were mostly slot-sized with a few larger and smaller in the mix. As we continue to progress into the summer, look for the avenues to pick up for nighttime surf guys slinging eels. Scup fishing is approaching full-swing on the West Wall and from several local rocky spots.
The crew at Crafty One Customs in Portsmouth said things have picked up locally, there have been reports of fish into the 30-pound class from nighttime eelers, with pluggers tending to top out around 20 pounds. Theres even been some daytime striper action on the rough water days with schoolies and slots crushing poppers, bucktails and plastics. More
At Red Top Sporting Goods in Buzzards Bay a second consecutive set of lackluster breaking tides has passed beneath the bridges. The Canal has been pretty slow this week, which comes in s...
At Red Top Sporting Goods in Buzzards Bay a second consecutive set of lackluster breaking tides has passed beneath the bridges. The Canal has been pretty slow this week, which comes in stark contrast to many other places on the Cape. The one shred of positive Canal news is several reports of mackerel showing in the east end, which may prove to be just what the doctor ordered to bring some striper action back into the Big Ditch. Reports of stripers staging outside both ends continue to come in from boaters, the magnitude of these staging schools is not known. Were on a wait and see plan for now.
Across the Sound at Dicks Bait and Tackle on Marthas Vineyard the north shore surf has had a good week for those slinging eels and darters. Slot fish are common with a few fish around 30 pounds also reported. There have also been numbers of medium to large bluefish along both the north and south shores. Schoolie action can be found at most of the inlets and inside the ponds as well.
Out at the Goose Hummock Shop in Orleans, it was the ocean beaches again that were putting out the best catches of stripers, including some pretty nice fish. Theres been a lot of talk of sand eels showing up in local waters so plugs and lures that resemble those baitfish are a good bet. Needlefish and swimmers like Hydro Minnows, SPs and Red Fins should be a given, but dont forget the slender soft plastics like Slug-Gos and Ron-Zs, these baits do a great job of kicking up sand and drawing the attention of bass rooting in the sand. The bay side beaches are still putting out schoolies and a few slots, but the bigger fish on that side, seem to be saving themselves for the boats.
At Belsans Bait and Tackle in Scituate the hot zone seems to want to stay put, there are lots of stripers in the area between the North River and the Cliffs. Surfcasters are hooking lots of schoolies and slotswith a few overs mixed in. The local waters are loaded with large stripers right now, but those bigger fish seem to be mostly staying offshore. There have been some blues around as well, so keep your eyes open for panicked baitfish if youre out during the day.
Up at Surfland Tackle on Plum Island the surf reports took a bit of a step back this week. Word is that local surf guys are reporting a tough time finding slot fish. There seems to be a new wave of smaller fish in the 16- to 20-inch range that has pulled up on the island shores. There are some nice fishing coming from Joppa at night on eels and youd have to think some of those fish are moving around in the lower Merrimack River, so drifting eels after dark would seem like a good bet. Reports from further north in Maine have been good with stripers ranging from 25 inches to over 30 pounds around Portland and surrounding towns. There have also been good catches made in the tidal rivers. More