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July 6, 2020:
Martha from Surfland Bait and Tackle in Newburyport said there are still tons of schoolies around, and the mouth of the river has been hot on the lower tides while the beaches have been better during periods of higher tide. There are some bigger fish being taken from the beaches at night, and eels have been the far and away favorites for going large. Daytime fishers will get their best shots when pogie schools come in close to the beach. Beware, there are lots of sturgeon around right now and they are federally protected so don't go posting pics on your Instagram if you catch one. The law states that sturgeon may not be removed from the water and must be released as quickly as possible. Flounder fishing has been slow. There are a few blues around now too.



Previous Reports

  • June 29, 2020 Open or Close

    Liz from Surfland Bait and Tackle in Newburyport said the shop has been very busy with more fishermen than ever coming in to get in on the local fishing, and the reports have been very good. There are lots of bass around and just about every size has been represented. There are also lots of pogies around so the fish are well fed and sometimes hard to get to eat. Joppa has had some big fish. The local beaches along with the mouth of the river have been giving up some decent fish too, particularly to those throwing eels. Daytime action has still been productive as well, with excellent schoolie action almost every day. Blues continue to filter in as well, no big ones yet, but fish up to about 7 pounds have been reported so far and there's lots of bait around. Things are looking good out there!

  • June 22, 2020 Open or Close

    Tom from Surfland Bait and Tackle in Newburyport told me there have been lots of fish around this week and some bluefish showed as well. Most of the stripers are small, but they're plentiful and the guys putting in time in the dark are finding some bigger ones. There has been lots of bait around in the form of squid and small herring, a few shots of mackerel have surged through as well. Joppa Flats produced some fish into the low-40-inch range this week. Flounder catches are still going strong from the shore as well.

  • June 15, 2020 Open or Close

    Liz from Surfland Bait and Tackle in Newburyport said it's been a great season so far and added that the fishing has been awesome this week with lots of fish. The mouth of the river has been giving up some good catches on the lower tides this week. Joppa saw its first run of bigger fish as well. The ocean beaches have been good on both tides, but particular around the tide changes. There have been lots of fish just under the slot, the night guys have been pulling some better fish. There have also been reports of some very small bass, some under 10 inches! Pogies have been showing along the beaches and some guys have been able to snag them at times. The fishing has been great this week and should keep getting better.

  • June 8, 2020 Open or Close

    One of the guys at Surfland Bait and Tackle in Newburyport said the shop had been busy all week as the striper bite turned a corner with more keepers, both in the river and out on the beaches. There were also some bigger fish taken this week a couple 25-pounders and a rumor of a 39-pounder. Mackerel are still very scarce, but pogies seem to be piling in nicely.

Surfland Bait and Tackle

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


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