Fall striper fishing on the flats skiff

North Shore Fishing Report –October 1st – 7th 2017

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Between the wind, rain, and fluctuation temperatures – it’s taken some will power and tough people to want to get out and find the fish. Luckily for us we were able to find someone willing to brave the wind and rain and get out on some fish! The fall run is in full effect and in addition to the thousands of micro schoolies that have made the Massachusetts waters their home this year, the bigger fish are in big numbers too!

Running through some sheltered areas working the marshes, we came across a blitz that spanned the entire channel and went on for what seemed like 2 hours! The fish were picky but the hollow fleye turned out again and started slaying fish in the 30-35″ range with no mercy! The herring they were hitting were moon walking across the surface trying to get away and the striped bass were decimating them! Some were even showing up with sea lice looking like the fall run is going strong.

 

Wednesday turned out to be a beautiful sunny and warm day with perfect weather for some sight casting over the flats. You could see the schools of smaller fish swimming around from a mile away and there were some 40-50″ bruisers swimming around solo. While we couldn’t get the bruisers to hit a fly, the schoolies were fighting over them and surrounding the boat like we didn’t exist.

Schoolies on the flats

There’s only a short time to get out there and target those fall run fish, so do it! The sun and temperatures don’t look too bad, but the wind doesn’t look like it’s going to make it easy this coming week though…

Tight Lines,

-Captain Nick