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: Snappers-4-Kids In|Near Chatham?

08-29-2000, 10:51 AM
Would like to take the kids out for snappers while I'm on vacation next week. Will be staying close to the lighthouse, is there a bridge or pier/docks where we can hook up with some baby blues?


08-29-2000, 10:57 AM
Mike -

I'd go to Harding Beach and fish along the beach toward the lighthouse. Another option is to go to Red River beach a little further west on 28. Harding's is a long beach with plenty of bait and schoolies too; Red River is a series of jetties with good fishing in between the slippery rocks. Either is a ten minute drive from the light.

If you don't mind driving, there are plenty around Bass River and Herring River right now. Small kastmasters are doing well, I watched some kids having a great time off the dock at the end of Riverside Rd. / Harbor Drive on the Herring in Harwich the other day.

There are plenty of scup and fluke around too, and the blue crabs are in southside bays.

Smallmouth bass, perch fishing in Brewster ponds (Sheeps at Fisherman's Landing, Cliff and little Cliff in Nickerson, Scargo in Dennis) is good right now, with some holdover trout too.

Good luck!

08-29-2000, 02:25 PM
Apart from what Juro has told you there is a place very close to you that I have used in the spring for little schoolies(one after another) and can produce snapers. There is a bridge at the end of Bridge Street which you can pick up right at the light house. You take the sharp right at the fork where a left will take you to Morris Island. There is a beach Club(Chatham Beach and Tennis)on the left fork road, you take the right. You can walk it as well from the light house. Great place to spend a few hours with kids and it is safe and has a sidewalk. Small ,and I mean small casting lures are great or bait with Small hooks. The kids with the large hooks will not do well and some of the fathers will not know that until you start producing.

08-29-2000, 04:52 PM
Thanks lots guys! Looking forward to this and getting tired of bluegills at Wachusett!

08-29-2000, 04:53 PM
PS: Scup?

08-29-2000, 05:22 PM
Yeah, saltwater bluegill. Really good eatin' too. All over the place right now, clam necks, sea worms, etc. We have been catching them on flies lately but it's far from a sure thing.

Fluke have been taking our flies a lot lately too!

good luck,

08-29-2000, 05:47 PM
Thanks as usual!

08-30-2000, 02:26 PM
Ah, PORGIES! Thanks, yes they are delicious - caught them much during my youth on Long Island. Hard NOT to catch them, as you say, though we were usually looking for black sea bass.

08-30-2000, 03:24 PM
There's that local vernacular problem again! I know what you mean, it's hard to keep track of the local jargon when it comes to fish species and any potato that's not white in the middle. What's a yam here is a sweet potato out west, and vice-versa. A pogie out in puget sound is a sea perch, and there are no bunker or menhaden in the north pacific. Out there a snapper is actually a rockfish instead of a young blue or a true carribean fish with top notch table value. A sand eel is a candlefish, unless you're in Europe where it's a launce. Then there's rainbait and glass minnows, etc!

I haven't eaten a sea bass since I was a kid but Nick Svencer caught a bunch of them a couple weeks ago at Osterville. I do remember they were delicious though.

Hope you have a great time with your kids.

08-30-2000, 05:59 PM
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Wasn't aware people actually eat rockfish in the Carribean!

There is a fish I caught often on LawnGuyLand as well, we called them "Hackleheads" - a type of brown sea robin that "barks". Mostly mouth - looks like a round head with a tail that somehow manages to swim. Haven't seen them up hear. CRUSHERS FOR JAWS!
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As far as sea bass, last time I had it was at a chinese restaurant in Worcester. It was used for "Hunan Crispy Fish". Excellent meal!
Whole seabass fried with a tangy/spicey sauce with bits-o-meat. Awesome.

What hook would you use for "scup"?

08-30-2000, 06:37 PM
Mike -

Haven't been to enough places as it is! Sounds like you've been around a bit yourself.

As far as the barking sea robin... I fold!" border="0" align="middle"> There's a clam joke there somewhere but this is a family program.

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