From: B-Fast Charters/Capt. Mike Bartlett
Date: 21 Jul 1999
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Boston Harbor and South Shore Stripers-7/18/99

The harbor was excellent this week in the mornings on the incoming tide off the airport and Deer Island. As the week progressed, the morning out-going tide brought action in the inner harbor, Castle Island and the Dorchester Flats. Tuesday morning’s charter, Charlie and Eric Woodward of Abington, MA, braved the rain-showers and found wild action off Deer Island. The bass were gorging on large herring. The bait was so plentiful, that we experienced great difficulty getting the fish to strike. As the tide ran in and the bait dispersed, our hook-up ratio increased. Chartreuse half & half’s as well as large herring patterns were the best producers. Both Wayne Neuls of Newtown, PA and George Bard of Barrington, IL had two-day excursions on Boston Harbor this week. Wednesday, Pete Getz, an avid trout fisherman from Tyrone, PA, experienced the thrill 20-27 inch stripers on fly tackle can provide. In the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries’ “Saltwater Sport Fishing Guide”, Paul Diodati quotes the National Marine Fisheries service data rating Massachusett’s recreational striped bass fishery as number one the the nation. Evidently the word is getting out, as many of my clients are traveling great distances to experience this fisherie’s management success story. On Friday we met Tim Caflin and his step-son from Brookline at Rowe,s Wharf. Tim is an avid atlantic salmon fisherman and a frequent visitor to Orvis Boston, who travels the world in quest of “leaping silver”. Boston’s stripers, right in his back yard, didn’t let him down. Fish to 27”, slammed half & half’s off Castles Island, bending the Trident 9 wgts. over double. The week’s highlight was Mike McFadden’s, of Money Magazine, afternoon trip on Friday. Afternoon trips have been slower than the mornings. However, what the trips have lacked in numbers have been made up in size. Joe Teixeira of Boston, MA, boated a 34”, 16 pound linesider off Long Island. To Joe’s credit, after a photo-op, he released his prize. Although this was Joe’s biggest fish ever, he said it was too beautiful to keep. Kudos to Joe. Check out Tom Keer’s “Boston’s South Shore” article in the September, 1999 issue of the Fly Fisherman magazine.

Capt. Mike www.spav.com/progc/bfast/ bfast@bigfoot.com