Warm Waters Great for Swimming, Not Fishing
What they say about the heat of summer and the mid-summer doldrums seems to have happened this week.
Calls made to my spies out there have had little to report, but tell me the water is so warm you can just come for a bath. South cape is 75 wicked lovely degrees, just not awesome fishing water.
Cool rain requested.
NORTH SHORE -- The Hampton area is a bit quiet with a few catches of big stripe bass on mackerel. It has quieted down some but the offshore fishery is still looking good. They have to go a bit further out but the haddock still are on the bite and plenty of them. Dogs at times play havoc. The Merrimack at Joppa is slow. Fishing here only picks up on the incoming cooling tide. Parking Lots 5 and 6 opened today on the Parker River as the Piping Plovers have moved on. Walk-on and drive-on permits are being given. A few 20-pound bass have been caught here and at Emerson Rocks. Cranes has been quiet. A big school of mackerel have been in and out of the mouth of the Merrimack all week.
BOSTON HARBOR -- Good stripe bass fishing and perhaps the best fishing in the area is close by Egg Rock. This island is just off Nahant and is all rocks and the bass love the cover. You will find waves of pogies one moment and mackerel another, with big bass feeding on them. Inside the harbor, schools of pogies are all over the bay but not every school has a bass chasing it. You snag a pogie and fish that school if no fish move along. Find the school of macks and do the same. No Blues here in three weeks.
CAPE COD -- Cape Cod Bay fishing has finally slowed for the big keepers that have been at Billingsgate for over a month. However, there are now a few keepers and plenty of just shorts making the fishing there plenty of fun. The canal has bass here and there and a blue fish here and there. The east end on the incoming has been best at dawn.
LOWELL and VICINITY -- The Merrimack is really warm now but the smallmouth bass like this just fine. The rocky areas around UMass Lowell are a great place to use live bait and pull in a two-pounder. Away from here is the Deerfield River, where water release from the hydro dam keep the water levels up and cooler. The Swift River all benefits and this river has been giving up rainbows and brook trout.
-- BILL BISWANGER