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: Water levels and fish

05-16-2006, 08:55 AM
Greetings to all;

I have been out of the loop for a while as we had a baby last spring. I was only able to fish once last season and now my better half is letting me out of my cage for a couple days. I'm thinking about visiting some of my favorite haunts in and around the Newburyport/Plum Island area but now I'm wondering if I should delay taking time off of work. Aside from a good amount of raw sewage spilling into the river in Haverhill, I'm interested in knowing what impact, if any, such enormous water flows have on estuary fishing and how long before flows drop to normal levels. Does anyone have any insights to share on this topic? I hope all is well with everyone on the North Shore - no more rain for a while!


05-16-2006, 11:45 AM
Delay it IMHO

First of all, it's still early on the north shore. Next month would be better.

Secondly, the Merrimac and the region's drainage systems have to be pumping some serious crap (no pun intended) into the coastal region.

Doesn't sound too attractive... or maybe take a bit of a drive further to the south...


05-16-2006, 03:33 PM
Much appreciated Juro. Maybe I'll drive down to the Cape.

05-16-2006, 09:14 PM
Fish are still on the North Shore. They kept right on feeding. find the seams in the current, little rips, etc. and you will find fish.

05-16-2006, 09:48 PM
Thats good to hear. Anything of size getting up that way yet?

05-17-2006, 06:21 AM
First Keepah two weeks ago :-) Drifting 1/32 ounce jigs with a 3" curly tail on the outflow from Lead Mills Bridge. Back reeled the little guy out about 75 yards to feeding bass and cormorants.... Got one last night on a Bright Orange GP. Short cast behind some bridge pilings. Let the fly swing and then extended the drift by mending and feeding line into the drift. Found a nice little seam in the current that fish were holding in.


05-17-2006, 07:59 AM
G.P. is my favorite nightime fly:smokin:

05-18-2006, 08:05 AM
They loved it in Orange and in Olive last night :-)

05-18-2006, 04:43 PM
So what do you think it is about the GP at night? It's definitely a very successful pattern for night fishing, rather surprisingly I might add because of it's small size and history as a salmon fly.

I would imagine that color is not nearly as important as the fish are most likely reacting first to profile and motion then somewhere way down the criteria is color at night. Black is probably as good as any color, possibly better.

How about moonlit nights verses moonless? Do you still fare well without background light with such small flies?

And what about fish targeting other baits like shad, herring, squid - will they bother with a tidbit in your opinion? Or are the successes based on shrimping bass conserving energy while gaining very high quality prey?