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Old 07-05-2005, 10:04 PM
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Stripers for beginers...

Say I wake up early in the morning and I want to do little experimental fly fishing for stripers around Salisbury. Where would I go? (Traveling out 495.)

I don't want to hear about someone's secret spot for huge stripers. I'm looking to dip my toe in the water so to speak...
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Old 07-06-2005, 02:09 PM
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I'd try plum island and joppa flats near newburyport. You can fish the beach and the estuary flats of the Merrimack. Go late or early on a weekday. Good luck.
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Old 07-06-2005, 02:32 PM
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Plum Isaland at the mouth of the Mack
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Old 07-06-2005, 04:27 PM
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The mouth of the Merrimack, either side, preferably the Plum Island side and along the beach there. The Joppa Flats are good but they get way too crowded on the weekends. Or, the southern end of Plum Island which is part of an estuary. (the Essex river I think)
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Old 07-06-2005, 05:08 PM
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Parker River, and I second that. Drive to the end, fish to the right with a sinking line deep in current or to the left with an intermediate or floater (rocks).

The currents in the mac make it tough for beginners. If you go that route, use a sinking line at low tide and fish deep and slow at the charter boats in a spot along the conga line where you won't kill anyone. Best up by the pilings downcurrent from the dock and not too far.

If you wander down to 'the bar' you'll see other fly guys and typically out on the bar. If you wander out on the bar, keep in mind that the current is coming in when it's looking like it's still going out and this has been the ruin of many an angler at the bar. Go out with someone experienced or don't go out at all on that bar.

On the salsbury side the grass bank near the boat launch at high, the pick (wooden pyramid) on the ebb away from the rocks (easier said than done) or stick with a floater and weave the fly in and out of the rocks toward beach.

There is beach everywhere out there but fishing a beach is not for beginners unless you have an unusually calm day and slack tides.

I would recommend going a bit further and fishing Hampton for starters. Park at the bridge and fish on the estuary side on an incoming tide. Start at the point and work around the cove between the inlet and the fishing dock.

Get a map and find some good accesses to the inside estuary and you'll happen into some fish over time.

Joppa (back in Newburyport) can be good but here again watch that tide. Go out as the water is dropping and come back when it turns. One good thing about fishing there on the weekends is that the experienced anglers will show you when to go back. Very important as any tide north of Nantucket Sound comes in fast and hard

Your best experience might be Ipswich. Get a $3 parking pass from the town hall and park at Crane's off hours. You need a bike to get from the gate to the water, but you can explore either direction and find a beautiful beach to fish from Parker River to the Essex estuary inlet.

Pavillion beach is nearby, no restrictions on parking or access there.

If you invest another hour of driving you can find much more accessible fishing on the other side of a certain bridge.

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