The cooler weather from our Canadian friends usher in some hotter fishing. From the North Shore to Cape Cod, fish of all kids are in the well. Nice to have them all feeding again with many very close to shore.
NORTH SHORE -- Kittery has been good of late with some stripe bass moving into the shallows chasing squid and mackerel. The pogies are here too, but are in smaller pods. The Hampton area has shown some decent bass fishing and once and while a bluefish finds a bait and the fishermen gets cut off. Not ready for the toothy fish. Around Plum Island, there is plenty of talk by boaters and swimmers take note. Anglers fighting stripe bass have had quite the experience of great white sharks grabbing the fish just before boating. This means when you hook up, keep your eyes peeled for the wake of a great white and if you see one coming either reel fast or cut your line to allow that bass a chance to survive. Offshore, charter boats are killing the whiting, pollock, haddock, throw back cod, cusk and a few wolf fish. The all-day trip even saw a 56-pound halibut.
BOSTON HARBOR -- Smaller pogie schools but plenty of them are all over the harbor. Winthrop is hot for bass to 25 pounds, Long Island 25 pounders, and Castle Island fish to 30 pounds. Grab a pogie if you’re on shore and just drown it and hold on. Also of note here is a few big 12-pound bluefish have shown up at the mouth of the harbor and just outside. Some big news is the tuna bite is on. With small fish to giants up to 400 pounds 20 miles offshore. There has been a huge squid run from Boston to Gloucester and offshore and tuna will chase them almost as fast as they will chase a bluefish. Lynn Harbor off the fishing pier has stripe bass and a few blues. Great squid fishing in Salem Harbor. Mackerel schools are scattered throughout.
CAPE COD -- The canal on the east end has in and out schools of stripers to 40-plus pounds at dawn. Get here before first light and throw hardware, or cut bait for best results. Good to see the EPO here handing out fines and taking fishing poles. Mackerel are moving in and out all the way to the middle of the canal. The east end also has a couple great white sharks in Sandwich, cutting anglers off when they hook up. Monomoy off Chatham is still good for plenty of keepers.
LOWELL -- Can’t beat cool air and rain to turn on the fishing and that is what did the trick for largemouth bass in Long Sought For on shiners. Take a bucket of three inch and a bobber with you and you might go through an entire load of shiners. Many good pickerel here, too.
-- BILL BISWANGER