June 17th - Don't fear the Seabass!

Stripers and Blues- The rivers and near-shore points have continued to provide a consistently awesome expereince for those out there chasing big stripers and blues. There are also a ton of schoolie-sized fish in the mix. A new development this week is that larger, migratory stripers have moved onto the local reefs. Drifting live eels on about 3 feet of leader line has been very successful, as has using fresh or live bunker when you can find it. Captain Mike of Reel Cast Charters reports the consistently warmer temperatures have brought in new, lice-covered fish daily and produced excellent fishing on local reefs and in estuaries.

Luckily for all of us, topwater still seems to be producing a nice class of fish, with tons of schoolies in the mix to keep things interesting. The bite has been more time-specific recently, so once the topwater bite shuts down you should be prepared to throw something else, perhaps a Colt Sniper casting jig, Gravity Tackle GT Eel, or a Tsunami paddle tail. But, watch out- While many have moved out, there are still some sizeable blues out there waiting to snip the tails off of your soft plastics.  A note about topwater recently- Anglers report that the fish have, at times, been quite finicky, so keep an arsenal of sizes and shapes handy to cater to whatever their mood seems to be. If Docs aren’t working, try a Tsunami Talkin’ Popper. If that doesn’t work, give the 24/7 Mully Jr. a go. Keep switching it up until you get those blowups! 

Billy from Seven Stripes Fishing reports that anglers in Southeastern Massachusetts have been having a pretty killer time chasing cow stripers up to 40 pounds, as it seems that migratory biomass has made its way up the coast, likely with the Canal as their destination. While the new moon should shake things up, Billy reports active fish willing to eat live pogies or mackerel when those baits are available. A substantial presence of squid or mackerel will be required for the epic topwater feeds of recent years, so keep your fingers crossed.

Seabass-Locally, seabass seem to have been thoroughly picked through on Six Mile and Southwest Reefs, with limits and keepers tougher to come by. However, there are still large fish around in numbers of you’re willing to spot-hop or if you’ve got a deep rock pile tucked away up your sleeve. Evan Kamoen from BHO recently got into a great seabass bite using a Savage Gear Squish Jig and a Tsunami Holo-Teaser. Billy from Seven Stripes reports that the bite in SE Massachusetts has been world-class, although he believes the bigger males are starting to spread out. Some tips from Billy- Try out about 40 feet of water, and use big, pink bucktails or diamond jigs with green tails.
Fluke-Talk at the shop has been consistent when it comes to the near-shore fluke bite: plenty of fluke, but they’ve been consistently small. Further towards Montauk, anglers have been able to find some bigger fish, and the hope remains that bigger fluke will move inshore soon.
Crabbing-Sean Harrison reports that crabbing has been a bit slower this past week. He believes that this is due to larger crabs heading off to molt. Hopefully, they’ll come back with an appetite in a week or two. Until then, Sean stresses the old angler’s adage: You don’t know until you go!
Freshwater-Bass seem to be solidly in a post-spawn mode recently. Many bass can be seen protecting fry. Bass can be fickle during this time, so give a wacky-rigged Senko a try or perhaps a topwater spook over some fry-balls could bother the larger bass enough to cause a strike.

 

Contributors: Seven Stripes Fishing, Wise Kraken Charters, Reel Cast Charters, Evan Kamoen, Sean Harrison, Jack Tibbens, Scott Schneider, Matt Stone