Stellwagen Bank Cod & Boston Harbor stripers

From: B-Fast Charters
Date: 02 Jun 1999
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Green Harbor, MA

Over the Memorial day weekend B-Fast’s JANET B and HALEY-ELIZABETH fished the shoal-water early and moved to the deep-water later in the day. With the spate of warm weather, we are finding the cod moving to the east. The deep-water is producing a mix of haddock, cod and cusk. Mike Gould’s group from New Jersey and Alex Nesterenko’s group from Newton,MA boated good catches on Sunday. Further, the bank is loaded with striped bass feeding on the abundant sand eels. Bass to fifty pounds have been coming over the rails on cod jigs. However, much to the chagrin of the cod fisherman, after a snap-shot all were released due to the restrictions on keeping stripers in Federal waters.

Cohasset, MA

On Saturday, 5/29, I guided the managers Christine and Shane from Orvis Boston as well as Chip, on the B-FAST our 20 ft. OMC/Hydra-Sport Ocean Skiff set for serious fly fishing. We headed out of Cohasset heading straight for Boston harbor finding the fish first breaking on silversides in the Anchorage off Deer Island. Shane and Christine were into fish immediately, matching the bait with chartreuse Half-Halfs. Most of the bass were between 20 and 27 inches. The surface action continued until the boat traffic put them down. Chip, endeavoring for a larger bass, fished larger herring patterns below the school-sized fish. However, “Walter” never showed up. If you are in the Boston area in need of information or equipment for Boston’s Bass fishery, stop by 84 State Street (617-742-0288). Shane has a wealth of knowledge on local fly patterns and tackle technology as well as the demeanor and patience to answer your questions. Christine, the personable and spirited store manager, can set you up with all the sporting accoutrements Orvis has to offer---she throws a nice line also--literally and figuratively. Sunday’s trip featured George Soroka from S. Orange, NJ and fiancee. George is a classy fisherman, proposing on a fly fishing trip for trout. We found the bass on the surface early and George found himself out-fished by his significant other. Clousers and Half and Halfs produced best, once again. We fished a few of Minot’s ledges on the way back to Cohasset and found school-sized bass wherever there was current washing the rocks. Capt. Pete Flaherty from Cohasset boated a 39” keeper from the ledges and it is rumored another 41” bass was landed on Tuesday. The big bass are starting to move in. I just got off the phone with Tom Keer, Northeast Saltwater editor for the Virtual Fly shop. He fished the Harbor this morning an had a field-day with breaking fish, hooking them with poppers and sliders like Winslow’s Afternoon delight.

Capt. Mike Bartlett B-Fast Charters www.spav.com/progc/bfast/ bfast@bigfoot.com