Monday, July 1, 2002: Mike Vanherff of Ottowa, Canada, took advantage of a family visit in Quincy to fly rod up his first striped bass. The weather was great and the fish were numerous and user friendly, albeit small in size. The action lasted from first light until 8:30 or so. We then netted some live herring to use as live bait chum. It was a bit difficult to net a sufficient amount of bait as the schools were moving quite fast.
Tuesday, July 2, 2002: I very much enjoyed taking Ted Purcell and 5 year old son Tanner out for Tanner's very first striped bass trip. Ted used the fly rod and Tanner caught his first striper on a 1/2 jig tipped with an alewive color fin s fish. The bass were again feeding on young herring in the Dorchester Bay area. The fish were plentiful but again relatively small in size. We later found a school of somewhat finicky but very large bass mixed in with smaller bluefish. Although Ted managed to hook a few small fish on a small popper and half & half, none of the big boys would take his offering. Lots of follows...Tanner hooked into a small blue that made a couple of leaps before brought tnear boatside for a long line release. I was throwing a 5" Bass Assassin to see if I could
hook up with a nice bass for Tanner. The fish I did catch and release was much too large for a 5 year old to handle!
July 4, 2002: The fishing has continued good with many fish on top in the early morning hours until either the boats, sun or tide puts them down. We're
seeing some larger schoolies and really big fish fresh in from the ocean with sea lice chowing down on the herring which have been plentiful. Today, the fishing was as hot as the weather on this fine Fourth of July! Van Letham and brother in law, Don, had an outstanding day of striper fishing using fly and light tackle. The gray/lavender half & half outfished the chartreuse one, but the big fish fell to a 4" pearl shad body fished on 1/2 oz jig head by Don. As long as the weather continues to be stable and the bait remains in the Harbor, the fishing for both bass and blues should remain very good.
Friday, July 5, 2002: Shift in the wind to the NW following a high pressure system that moved in over night made the fishing difficult especially
mid-morning when the wind picked up. There were still lots of bass and birds working bait in the anchorage but the fish moved around very fast and the wind and wave action made it hard to stay on them. The Jim Vogt charter caught a number of schoolies up to 24" and small blues but it was a bit tough going.
Until next week, we'll see you out there...
Capt. Wayne Frieden
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