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Old 04-19-2010, 03:06 PM
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Striper scouting report

Nada from Chatham to West Yarmouth by my efforts. There are probably a few fish nosing into town along with the holdovers but my guess is with this last cold front it's going to be another 1-2 weeks before we see the bulk of the migration pull into town.

Flora-wise not much is in bloom but a handful of nursery "stocked" apple and cherry trees probably responding to chemicals. All the thick trunked perennial cherry trees are still in buds not blooms and most trees are bare.

Water temps are frigid and wind is north and not expected to be SW until Wednesday. I don't see any of those silversides that were here before the cold snap.

Stopped by Nickerson and talked to a large number of trout anglers with zero luck. BTW there is a $10,000.00 tagged salmon in Cliff Pond.
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Old 04-21-2010, 05:30 AM
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I'm betting there will be a few around this weekend.
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Old 04-21-2010, 06:22 AM
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I'll be busy with yard cleanup, cutting up fallen trees and brush, yada, yada. But I might take a break and swing a fly for sh!ts and giggles. May 1st seems to be the nominal timing for that first tug though.
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Do 28" and 31" fish holdover ?

Another site has pics from a south side river on Monday...


I am with Fred though - May 1st will be my first outing in the salt, this weekend it's NH or MA trout for me and packing the house up.
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I've seen pictures of even larger bass caught in Massachusetts during the winter months ( by people I believe ), but they are not easy to find and not easy to catch.

My boat was launched last week and I finally got out for a run this morning. Checked out the Tub and Morris Island channel but saw nothing on the fish finder or on the end of my line. Water temperature was 52 degrees per the fish finder.

It's just a matter of days till they get here!

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Was that 52F in the channel ?
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Even if they aren't holdovers there are always a few scouts of every size especially with the herring starting to show and some early small bait arrivals. They are definitely finning their way to the area each passing day brings the migration closer and closer...

What I consider is time invested vs. results yielded, shellfish are awful good right now.


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Yes. 52 F in the channel.

I found 58 F water in upper Pleasant Bay a couple of days ago while fishing from shore. But, alas, no fish. I'm sure there are some holdovers up there but it might not have been the right stage of the tide. It was incoming and at this time of the year I prefer outgoing. I have heard rumors of fish being caught in Pleasant Bay.

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I agree with Fred. May 1st seems to be the first arrivals, but I have caught numbers of fish the last week in April, actually 4/27.
Thursday and friday I'll be catching the late tides in the upper cape.
With the water warming up this fast I feel pretty confiden
it will be a successful trip. I'll report back.

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Looks like the herring are making there way up Paines/Stony creek to do there thing.
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I am SURE they will be on the south side this weekend / next week. I won't be there until Sunday but aim to prove the cherry blossom theory for the Nth consecutive year.
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Schoolies are in Mill Pond at Bridge St. in Chatham, also saw a few schoolies breaking in Stage Harbor entrance mid morning after launching our new boat. Couple of guys were making the walk down this afternoon from the refuge stairs to Stage Harbor.

Small signs, but good signs.

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Schoolies in oyster river today
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I just had to get out to day and headed down to the Housatonic estuary. This place is very tide dependent - the bigger the tide, the better the fishing. Today was slow but my first striper of 2010 measured 25 inches

One more very small fish was all I had to show for 4 hours+ but my season is now officially open
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