When the stripers know when it's time to go, they
do so in a hurry. We
finished our striper trips back on Columbus Day weekend.
One day was
outstanding and the next was a bust.
some cod fishing in Boston this week. There were a lot of small cod
the B Bouy, but few keepers. There were lots and lots of mackerel.
to some wrecks and caught lots of small cod on bait. Switching to
caught much bigger fish. However, we also lost a bunch of tackle on
It's time to store tackle, clean the boat, and make plans
for a winter season
of skiing. If you venture to Sunday River in Maine, where
I'll be working as
a ski pro, be sure to say hello.
to all my clients and sponsers for helping to make this season the
for Draggin' Fly Charters. I have already begun several articles for
Water and The Fisherman. I will also be at the winter boat show and
shows. Stop by and see what's in the works for next year.
Capt. Bill Smith
October 5, 2000
Last week's cold evenings dropped water temperatures very quickly.
certainly arrived! While some of the Boston Harbor charter fleet
to target cod, Draggin' Fly continues to score on bass.
Best action has been in the inner Harbor, although we did fish off
Channel with some success. Look for fish along the Long Island
Sculpin Ledge, and Deer Island. You'll need to adjust fishing techniques
fishing baits slower. Although surface baits continue to catch fish,
switching to jigs and weighted flies have produced best on recent trips. Best
lures have been Fin-S Fish rigged on 1/2 oz. jig heads. A Kansaas Shiner,
Rainbow, and Smelt have been the colors of choice.
Half tied on 2/0 to 3/0 hooks fished on teeny or Depth Charge weighted
have outfished other patterns. Colors of choice have been olive/white
chartreuse/white. Be sure to allow the fly to get down and work it back
the surface with powerful strips.
Larry Kelver and his brother
Jeff caught bass up to 32 inches in the Fore
River and Quincy Bay during
their afternoon trip. The bass pushed bait right
up onto Peddocks and had
it trapped there for well over an hour. Saturday,
Steve Keller and his dad,
Ron, also got in on the surface action. The biggest
fish came in 10-12 feet
of water off Hangman's.
Doug Colwell celebrated his birthday
with his father and brother-in-law,
fishing Quincy, Hingham, Hull, and Winthrop.
There was an early morning bite
with explosive surface action. However, the
fish were more selective than in
recent days. The crew worked harder to catch
Capt. Bill Smith
Another great week in the Harbor!
There were fewer bluefish but stripers
seemed to be everywhere. What blues
we caught were mixed right in with the
bass, so be prepared for some cut
offs if you do not use wire. Increasing
size of shocker leader will add some
There has been an excellent morning bite inside Quincy and
Hingham Bays. Then action has moved out. The approach channels continue to hold
fish. Bass are also mixed with blues from Nantasket to Black Rocks.
Thursday, Steve Kirby found excellent action for bass in Hingham Bay
a late afternoon trip. White sliders outfished even poppers. These
are tied by Bob Pink with extra long saddle feathers and just enough
to collect sunlight.
Saturday, J.T. Rusnock and his friend Joe found
the early bite to be red hot.
Again, the white slider was the fly of choice.Joe
fished Bass Assassin Shads
on light tackle. Albino was the best producing
Not much changed on Sunday. Chuck Mayhew found plenty morning action
off George's and at the Brewsters. After the tide turned and began to come in,
bass and blues pushed peanut bunker right onto Nantasket Beach.
Tuesday, Dan Dougherty brought along Eric Erston, who was an experienced
fresh water fisherman but new to the salt. Action was great mid-afternoon in
Hingham. Although the bass were small (20-24 inches) they were numerous.
After the tide changed, we moved out and jumped one school after another from
West Gut to the Bridge. Before the rain forced a quick end to the trip, lots
of bass up to 31 inches and small blues were caught and released on white
sliders and jerk baits.
Lots of bluefish moved in and around Boston at the
end of last week. Early morning action for bass continues to be strong and there's
now a good bite at sunset. The Harbor and surrounding waters are loaded with bait
from peanut bunker (immature pogies) to silversides. There has been a lot of surface
action most days.
Soft jerk baits and poppers work best with the bass.
Once the blues show up, it's time to put away the plastic baits and tie on a short
wire leader. Poppers and metals will get their attention. Both bass and blues
are hitting sliders and fly rod poppers. Half 'N Half s and clousers continue
to be favorite flies.
Thursday, Rich Lucas entertained his father and
brothers who traveled from Florida to experience the "Boston Bite".
They weren't disappointed, catching a bunch of bass and a few blues. Action was
off Green Island and the Brewsters.
Saturday, Kevin Hokanson entertained
colleagues by catching some nice bass early and big blues on the falling tide.
Much of the action was south of Harding's Ledge, with the biggest fish coming
from around Minot's. Sunday was a different story. The northeast blew, which kicked
up a big sea. This wind usually blows the bait into the Harbor with the fish right
behind. But not this day. Charter Dave Gale and friend worked hard to catch a
few bass and blues.
Things turned around on Monday and Tuesday fishing
was back to normal. Draggin' Fly has switched to fishing the afternoon tides during
the week. Dan Shea entertained well knowing outdoor writer, Ed Novack on Wednesday.
Both left with sore arms, having been fishing from 3:30 to sunset. Hingham and
Quincy were the hot spots.
September 7, 2000
it get any better? Lots of feeding fish. Hours of surface action. And cooperating
weather. It all adds up to great fishing. Large schools of bass are spread throughout
the harbor with blues mixed in. Much of this past week's action has been in the
Outer Islands and harbor approaches. Large flocks of seagulls and huge concentrations
of cormorants will help find fish.
This week, best lures continue to
be soft plastic jerk baits. Try fishing these on ½ ounce jig heads to get below
the schoolies. Also work outside edges of schools to find bigger fish.
Fly fishermen are doing well on poppers and sliders. Be sure to keep these pushing
water and fish them right to the leader. Have an extra rod and a large Half 'N
Half to fish below school fish.
Dan Kane got into a big surface bite
last Thursday. This was Dan's first experience in the Harbor and he left truely
impressed. Action was nonstop from first light until high slack.
Fly took the weekend off, the first time since May. Reports confirmed a continued
bite, but fog limited access. Early in the week, Rick Lucas entertained his father
and brothers from Florida. Again, surface action was non-stop for almost 3 hours.
Some big fish were hooked and lost. The Lucas clan left with great memories of
Boston's outstanding fishing area.
Week of August 30, 2000
Friday, Jim Fitzpatricks charter found more difficult fishing, but managed
to catch bass up to 29 inches. Paul Ponichera and guests had tired arms- lots
of surface action with bass up to 31 inches in the Anchorage.
flyrodders Dave Gail and Jeff Parsons found plenty of top water action on Hospital
Shoal and Long Island. White sliders were especially deadly. Paul Miles found
similar action on Monday.
Tuesday, Jay Malloy entertained associates
by putting them into some nice bass within minutes of their pick-up at Rowes Wharf.
Bill Tedeschi and his guests from Florida experienced the best of the season.
It seemed like the entire inner Harbor wasw alive weith fish. Action was
Week of August 21, 2000
An early fall? The weather sure feels it and the Harbor has come
bass and a strong push of blues. Bass are mostly large school-sized
each day we have had action with good sized fish. Blues are in the
range but there's a lot of them!
Early morning, white sliders
work best for fly fishing and a quick switch to
poppers when the fish surface
is working well. Also on some trips, we have
used large Half 'N Halfs on
teeny lines to get down to bigger fish. Jerk
baits and poppers are working
well for light tackle anglers.
Thursday, Gerry Scane, visiting from Minneapolis
got into some nice bass up
to 28 inches- not bad for a walleye angler. Saturday,
Paul Ponechera and
friends were into big bass on light tackle. The surface
bite lasted for over
On Sinday, Mike Moyer brought along daughter,
Sam and they managed to score
on some nice bass and blues in spite of the
strong northwest winds. The wind
didn't lie down on Monday's trip, but Jay
Malloy and associates also got in
on the bite.
Finally on Tuesday the
wind laid down and the fish made their move. It was
the last trip of the
season for Damon Reed and John Kiley. Action was
non-stop from first light
until slack water. The catch was mostly bass, but
with enough blues to keep
Wednesday, there was not as much surface action as the
day before, but there
was enough action to please Paul Ryan and Gerry Feeley.
Action was more
spread out in the Inner Harbor and there were no blues. The
best part of this
day was a 32 inch bass taken in the Brewsters. Several
others pushed the 30
Be sure to book your fall trips early.
Capt. Bill Smith
Week of August 14, 2000
Nature unleashed her fury this past week. Draggin, Fly fought the
rain, and the fog. But we managed to catch fish. Surface action was
Since there was little sun to warm the water, fish moved with the
Bob Marle found breaking fish in Dorchester and just outside the river on our
return at slack high. His son caught the biggest fish of the day, a 32 inch
bass on a Bass Assassin.
Friday' charter, Rick Mosca also found much
action at first light, but that
was the end of surface action. We needed
to fish structure to catch fish
during the rest of this trip. We did encounter
the biggest school of blues of
Weekend charter, Les Rusick,
fought strong northeast winds to battle bass up
to keeper size. The wind
broke up the fish and played havoc with the drift.
Although we managed to
catch fish, it was a tough day.
After the sea settled and the weather cleared
(almost), fish were back on
top. Tuesday, Jay Malloy and guests were picked
up in Boston and were into
fish within minutes. The surface action lasted
for a couple of hours. And
blues were mixed in.
Before severe thunder
storms aborted Wednesday's trip, Ernie Milani was able
to show his grandson,
Tom how to use jigs to catch bass. And Tom learned
quickly, catching some
nice bass on Fin-S Fish rigged on a 1/2 oz. jig head.
Captain Bill Smith
Book now for prime fall dates!
of August 9, 2000
Fishing was tougher this week. Surface action
was much more sporadic than the
previous week. Most trips had some chances
for surface fighting but to catch
fish we worked deeper structure, which
paid off. Fish were also bigger this
week. There were rumors of bluefish
but we caught none, nor did any of the
other Harbor charter captains.
Large Half'N Halfs in sizes 2/0 and 3/0 got the attention of deep holding
fish. Naturals, especially olive and white flies, work best early mornings
and in the overcast periods. Once the sun poked through, better action came
on bright flies, with chartreuse and white working the best.
fished on leadhead jigs and small bucktail jigs worked well on light
We have also had some good luck drifting seaworms on Niantic
and Bass Assassins get the nod when bass are in shallow
past weekend Jay Hoffman found the fishing to his liking, catching lots
stripers up to 32 inches. On Sunday, Brain Shura found tougher fishing but
caught bass up to 30 inches. On Monday Alan Sharaf brought along his fishing
buddies, son Kyle and Tom Hennegan. Tom's first fish was a healthy keeper
caught on a Bass Assassin. Alan also released a legal bass.
On Tuesday, John
Kiley found more surface action. John fished a Half'N Half
fish at Western Way to catch some nice bass. Wednesday's trip
was a business
outing arranged by Jay Malloy to entertain his law associates.
bass up to 32 inches and left happy.
Captain Bill Smith
of August 2, 2000
Despite this weeks
wet weather, the Harbor fishing had really turned on. The easterly winds continue
to blow more bait into the inner harbor. August has begun with a bang as many
fresh fish follow the bait. These fish are loaded with sea lice indicating that
they have been holding offshore in the deeper, colder water.
has been a lot of surface action for the past week. Bass Assassins, sluggos, and
poppers are getting quick attention. Fly fishermen do well with sliders, poppers,
and Half N Halfs. Fish on board Draggin Fly ranged from school sized
to a bragging sized striper. Bluefish have been scarce.
Friday, the Tedeschi brothers put a hurting on the bass. Action was nonstop,
and all on the surface on Saturday. Bob Sutherland of New York was into fish within
minutes of being picked up at Rowes Wharf and again action continued throughout
the tide. Even the Anchorage was wild; something that we have not seen this year.
Monday through Wednesday charters battled the weather
and the fish. Rain was the norm and so was fast surface action. Repeat charter
Dan Shea caught a bunch of stripers up to 31 inches. On Tuesday, Bob Swain and
Jim had to work harder than the previous two days, but they got some nice fish.
Wednesday, repeat charter Damon Reed hosted John Kiley who traveled from
out of state, delaying the trip to after the tide change. We didnt launch
until 9:00 AM (latest start of the
season) but we were into fish immediately.
Week of July 17, 2000
in Boston Harbor has improved dramatically over the past few days.
more bait, fish, and even birds! Fly fishermen and light tackle
are having a great time with fish up to 40 inches this week.
Bass had bait
right up on the surface in the Fore River most mornings.
Flies of choice
have been white sliders when the fish are crashing bait and
large Half 'N
Halfs when they hold deeper. Fin-S fish and Bass Assassin Shads
on spinning tackle.
This past weekend offered great fishing
opportunities for charters. On
Friday, Ron Keller's party had a lot of surface
action for most of the
morning. Saturday, Paul Lindsay and his sons of Newton
worked hard but caught lots of school bass.
Schura of Norfolk found slower fishing, but fish were larger.
a return to early morning surface action for J.T. Rosnock of
there was outstanding surface action. On Tuesday, Jack
Sheppard and his son
got into the action with both flies and soft jerk
baits. And fish were large.
Dan Shea of New Hampshire battled strong winds
and big hungry bass on Wednesday.
of July 10, 2000
Even during the invasion of
the Tall Ships, Draggin' Fly was catching bass. Fish have been showing up in Dorchester
in the early morning. Bigger fish have been caught in deeper water.
Jay Hoffman fished Friday and caught some nice bass on white Bass
Assassins in very shallow water on the backside of Thompson's Island. On Saturday,
Bob Marley of Douglas, Ma. found fish in front of Long Island light. Quarantine
Rocks produced a big fish at low water. Paul Callinan brought along his twelve
year old son, who outfished his old man. This was the first trip in recent days
which produced some good fish up inside the Fore River. Jacknife Ledge and Raccoon
Island were best in early morning.
Mike Bertrand and Jim
Kisse of Medford caught loof bass up to 30 inches on light tackle. Much of the
action was along Spectacle Island. Once the wind came up strong from the southwest
the fish scattered. Fish had bait onto the surface in Dorchester after the tide
turned. Large half 'n halfs and olive Fin-s Fish were the ticket. Gerry Feeley
of Marshfield was a happy angler, landing fish to 31 inches.