Boston Habor and South Shore-Stripers

From: B-Fast Charters
Date: 02 Jul 1999
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Boston Harbor and South Shore-Stripers-6/25/99

Mike Flaherty from Hingham, MA and friend fished Boston harbor on Friday. We found the fish working silversides and small herring off Long Island and Ranisford on the out-going tide. Chartreuse half & halfs on fast-sinking Orvis DepthCharge fly line produced well and Fin-S lures worked excellent on spinning tackle. Saturday morning 6/19, we guided Ernie Foster's clients, Mike Bongo, Big "John" and Geno Romanelli from Norwood, MA, to the Harbor in the early morning and back to Cohasset for Keepers in the late morning. The fish in the harbor were again off Long Island and the action was fast and furious. Back to Cohasset, Mike Bongo hooked a 31" keeper off the ledges with a Sar-Mul-Mac fly. We picked up Will Looney from Boston at Rowe's Wharf on saturday evening. Wind was a real problem making casting difficult. On the out-going tide, the fish did show off Spec and Thompso Island late in the evening. Will did manage to hook a few fish under tough conditons. However, the highlight of the trip was the 35", 16 pound keeper Will boated on an Orvis Trident 7 wgt. rod. New to Boston without a car, Will's stroll to Beacon Hill with his prize brought interesting comments. On Father's Day, Doug Colwell and Ron fished the harbor early off Long Island finding the fish breaking and the birds set-up on silversides. Schoolies to 27 inches were everywhere on the surface clobbering Fin-S lures and chartreuse Half & Halfs . On the return trip to Cohasset, Ron boated a 36" keeper on a tube at the ledges. Not to be upstaged by a relative, Doug hooked "Walter's cousin" which nearly emptied the reel on the first run. Doug's 45", 33 pound leviathan is our biggest bass landed on Minot's to date. Happy Father's day, Doug! Monday morning, the bass were again of Long, Rainsford, Spec and Thompsons. However, with limited boat traffic, they stayed on-top longer allowing Don Meyer of Cambridge MA and friend Larry to have a field day with Gartside's gurglers, Winslow's afternoon delight sliders and poppers. The non-stop, top-water action kept up for two hours on the out-going tide. Check out Tom Keer's article "Boston's South Shore" in the September, 1999 issue of the "Fly Fisherman".

Boston Harbor and South Shore Stripers-7/2/99

Both Boston harbor and the South Shore’s Minot’s Ledge off Cohasse were very slow this past week and for this time of year. The spate of unusually hot weather, lack of rain, and August-like water surface temperatures, are but a few of what may be contributing factors. Big bass in numbers haven’t showed yet on the ledges. Based on my logs, they arrive the end of June or the first weeks in July. I have friend who pilots spotter planes for the bluefin fishery. He reports seeing school after school of big bass offshore to the east. Further, the giant bluefins haven’t arrived in numbers on Stellwagen Bank to drive the bass inshore. In the harbor, early in the week the bass were showing in the anchorage and off Spec Island on the incoming tide. Later in the week, on the out-going tide, they set-up off of Castle Island and the reserve channel. They stayed up for only short periods, allowing Brian Fusco of Mahwah, NJ and Gary Brown of Putnam, CT, limited shots at the breaking fish with the fly rods Some nice sized fish up to 28 inches were in the schools. Fin-S rubber baits also produced well. A few larger fish were to be found on the outer harbor Islands. The highlight of the week was Dave Newhard and Keith Morgenstern from Whitehall, PA annual two-day pilgrimage to Boston. Keith’s 37 inch, 20 pound keeper, which he hooked on the ledges off Cohasset, was our best fish of the week. Keith was fishing a large 5/0 epoxy mackerel pattern, when he yelled-over that he hooked bottom. When the “bottom” started taking line into the backing, we knew we were into a good fish. After a brief battle involving a couple of scrambles around the console, Keith’s personal-best, fly-caught prize was brought to net, photographed, revived with the Boga-grip, and released. Check out Tom Keer’s “Boston’s South Shore” article in the September, 1999 issue of the "Fly Fisherman" magazine.

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