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04-11-2001, 10:57 PM
I thought I would drop down to the Orvis store on State Street in Down town to hear Jack Gartside do a seminar on Boston Harbor Stripers. It starts at 6:30 tonite (Thursday the 12th). Anyone else thinking of stopping by?

04-12-2001, 05:28 AM
John is that tonight as in Thursday? I might if I can clear up my schedule.

04-12-2001, 05:48 AM
Yes Today--- Thursday the 12th

04-12-2001, 05:13 PM
John...Since, for all practical purposes, I live on the other side of the planet (not only outside 128 & 495, but west of the outpost Worcester in the far reaches of western Taxachusettes) ...and Boston is a bit far... Perhaps you might share your observations on your rescent Gartside sighting?! Has Jack been sniffing the special thinner again? How was the Orvis experience?!

04-12-2001, 05:18 PM
John -

Still at work, won't be able to get in town tonight... enjoy and let us know how it goes.


04-12-2001, 09:44 PM
Went to see Gartside tonight... he was his usual entertaining self and presented a slide show which was very informative. He never uses clousers and does a lot of wading by anchoring the boat and getting out at certain areas. He covered a lot of areas and spoke about the drop offs and usually does basic shallow water fishing. He does not fish early in the morning or at dusk or at night. Most of his keepers are caught at mid day at the high sun. The best months for Boston Harbor are July and August ,with the first two week of August as the best. What I find remarkable is that for years his date for significant catches begins on May 5th (or 6th) EVERY year. Go figure. He indicated that fish were caught this week end at hold over areas... near the aquarium, and a couple ares I can not remember (that's the truth)...oh well. One of the best places to wade is the Island near Georges and Gallops . It's a 5 minute boat ride from Georges. He is in search of "serenity" so will not fish with the crowds... so avoid Georges, to many tourists. He uses mostly his gurglers and small flies..yellow,chartreuse, or white.

04-14-2001, 06:44 AM
To my fortunate surprise, I also discovered that there are significant fish in the mouth of the mystic river before the rt.99 bridge and in the vicinity of the power plant where the large tankers moor. Well ,since I am office bound at work, and I work at the Shrafts Building in Charlestown, we have a large pier there across from the power plant. I am now planning on keeping a few rods in my car and if you need to find me at my lunch break, before work ,or even after ,at times, and you see some guy casting in the vicinity,you'll know who it is.. I couldn't believe my luck. As the season progresses I will let you know if it's true. I do know the tides are extremely high. By the way, I'll be the fisherman with a suit on, should make a bizarre photo.

04-14-2001, 08:09 AM
Independent tests indicated that wearing a suit while casting can result in tighter loops, longer casts, and style points if the tie makes the grade.
John, thanks for the encouraging update! Cheers...

04-15-2001, 06:53 PM
What was the tide like when you saw the fish down by the 99 bridge? I was thinking about checking it out tommorow evening, curious if you thought it was worth a trip.

04-15-2001, 10:43 PM
Nick, I have not seen them yet... It was what Jack Gartside said. At luch tomorrow I will take a walk down there and look around. But I can tell you that the tide is very hight on the Shrafts building side.. maybe 15 feet and the outside has the depth to moor tankers... so that says something. I was alway leery about fish in there because of the pollution, but Gartside says there there.

04-17-2001, 05:34 PM
They are definitely there, John, but that early???

There are plenty of fish taken just before the Amelia Earhart dam, mostly by bait guys, but last year there were several wand whippers early and late day, depending on tides. Another VERY interesting place is the dam wall at North Washington Street in town; seems there are some jumbo fish taken there regularly by the chunk guys, and it's been reported that several of the train crew keep tackle available to go fish while the likes of us are sequestered in our offices...:(

The Aquarium fish like the French Fried Fly pattern, in a light Golden Brown - believe it, the same pattern takes fish off the Rockmore barge in Salem Harbor and they're vicious about the topwater take...might be interesting to start lugging stuff to the office for a little in-town claving one or two days very soon.

04-17-2001, 08:38 PM
DFix.. yes, I agree, I had my doubts .but that's what he said. I will try my lunch time fishing probably next month .The Shrafts pier is about 100 yards fom the front entrance to my office, But, I will plan on casting practice and If something comes then that's luck.