Date: 22 May 2000
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We were able to fish the bank every day except Thursday. On Wednesday 5/17, the shaol water really turned on, with excellent fishing continuing through the weekend. Mike Campbell's (New York, NY) provided the greatest variety of species--Wolffish, cod, pollock and 2 nice haddock. The unsettled weather toward the end of the week really turned on the feeding activity for those groups that could brave the NE chop. Terry Mullin of Rahway,NJ led a four boat charter. Saturday 5/20 proved to be the groups best trip in eight years. On Sunday, three of B-Fast vessels fished the shoals and found the fishing even better. Ed Ajamian( Franklin Lakes,NJ) of the Bergin County Saltwater Anglers filled all the boxes with mostly cod from 6-15# all on jigs and teasers Once again, this was the groups best production in over eight years of fishing the bank.

The stripers have arrived in Boston following the schools of mackerel and herring. On Wednesday 5/17, the Harbor exploded with activity. Bass were breaking all over the surface pushing silversides and herring to the surface. Tom Keer( Boston, MA), using his own herring pattern, connected with practically a fish a cast in the harbor and around the structure of the outer harbor islands. His best fish was a keeper 30" striper, which he released unharmed. B-Fast's Capt. Tom Hickie, found fish breaking off Castle Island early on Saturday. These fish took any pattern he cast to them--Chartreuse half & half's, herring patterns and SAR-MUL-MAC's. The activity with 20-27" stripers continued until the slack water. The proximity of Boston Harbor's cold water, especially in the heat of the summer, to a major international airport and the convenience of departures from Rowe's Wharf on the waterfront are making this region a World-Class destination striper fishery.

Capt. Mike Bartlett B-Fast Charters www.bfastcharters.com