MASSACHUSETTS: Fishing Various Hot Spots

I am not sure what else to say other than we have had a great run of striper fishing the last 2 weeks and we started the day today with great weather and some awesome striper action again. Brad and Dan met me at Brewers Plymouth Marine around 5am for the early start today. Another bass trip was on tap for us today and yes, off to the Race Point area again. As we pulled from the slip, we were greeted to an amazing sunrise with flat calm seas. It was a quick ride across the bay for us today running at 35mph. As we made our way across the bay, we hit some pretty low visibility fog banks which kept us from spotting tuna today. I know they were there because they have been sitting in the same spot every time we have made our trip across the bay for the last 10 trips. We just could not see them today.

Anyway, when we hit the race point area, there was a light fog which was perfect for getting those fish to come up to the surface. The last few trips, we had bright sun with little to no wind and with those conditions, the fish usually go deep and stay right on the bottom. Today, I was also surprised with the water temperature running near 75 degrees at the surface, that is usually another sign that the fish will stay deep in the cooler water. That is exactly where they were today, deep and it meant we were going to have to run the wire line to get them.

Within minutes of getting our line out, Brad was onto a fish. Not a big fish, not a small fish, right around the 34 inch mark. The second pass through, Dan hooked up, then Brad. Two more fish over the rails. Next pass, Brad nailed a nice fish. As soon as the fish hit, it just stripped line from the reel. Thats when you know you have a good bass on the other end. Every time Bard would crank in 10 feet of line, the fish would strip off about 10 feet. After about 10 minutes, Brad had the fish to the boat. I warned Brad that as soon as the fish get’s close, it is going to make another run, so get ready. Sure enough, that big bass made one final run stripping 20-30 feet of line off the reel again. As Brad worked the fish back up, I grabbed the leader and pulled it into the boat. Brad landed a 44 inch bass that was fat and pushing 40lbs. That was the trophy fish for the day.

We made several other passes catching and releasing 20-25lb bass for most of the morning. Right around slack tide is when we lost the bite, it was like someone turned the lights off. We picked up a couple of small fish here and there but that was it. All in all, we caught about 20 fish for the morning, all were legal size with the exception of 2. Not bad for a few hours of early morning fishing. It was time to head for home so we packed up the gear and made a path for Plymouth. Back at the dock, I filleted the fish and bagged them for Brad. Just another great day on the water with some trophy bass being caught. The bass fishing has been the best this year than I have seen in the last 5 years or so. This is a great fishery here in the Northeast so now is the time to get out on the water and try your luck for a trophy striped bass, tuna or monster bluefish!!!

Tight lines to everyone!!!.

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