Boston Harbor & South Shore- Stripers

From: B-Fast Charters
Date: 13 Jul 1999
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Boston Harbor and South Shore Stripers-7/10/99

This week the harbor came alive in the mornings on the out-going tide. The bass were set-up working silversides and small herring on the Dorchester Flats, Castle Island and the Governors Island Flats off the airport. Most of the fish were between 20 and 27 inches, however mixed in was the occasional keeper. On fly tackle chartreuse half & halfs with 300-400 Orvis DepthCharge line and about 4 feet of 20# fluorocarbon leader produced best. When the bass stayed up, sliders, gurglers, and small blue and white poppers worked well with floating line. Light-spinning tackle with 3/8-1/2 jigs with Fin-S and Shad-body rubber baits matched the bait-fish well and were clobbered on morning the feeding forays. Barry Cuiffo of Waban, MA and friend had their best-ever fly trip finding the fish inside the channel pinning the bait against the wall by Logan. The bird activity was so disruptive to departing aircraft, that airport personnel had to throw M-80’s into flocks of gulls to disperse the birds--the bass kept on feeding. On Tuesday morning, we met Jim Matheson, his son-in-law from Boston and Mike Bessy of Acton, MA, at Rowes Wharf. Jim’s son-in-law’s 30 inch keeper off the airport took top honors. Cohasset’s ledges are still very slow for this time in the season. Some of the “high-liners” who commercial fish for bass are producing one bass a tide. The highlight of the week was Ed Csenge’s, of Keen, NH, family trip on Thursday. We fished the harbor early returning to the ledges off Cohasset to fish the last two hours of the ebbing tide. Young Tom Csenge, age nine, hooked and landed a 40”, 22 pound linesider that is bound for the taxidermist--one of the few big bass taken on the ledges this week. On Plymouth resident Rich Gladdy’s trip on Friday, we had acres of breaking bass to ourselves on the morning incoming tide off Rainsford and Long Island. On numerous occasions, all three fisherman were hooked-up to surging stripers. 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