North Shore – August 6th, 2006

August 11, 2006

Was supposed to take Nelson and his close friend John out for a trip on the North Shore. John knows this area well and was going to show me where and how to bait fish.

Unfortunately he could not make this one at the last minute so Nelson and I still made the day of it and went out for some action. I was a little late getting down there and he was a little late beyond that so you guessed it, we were late to get on the water.

We launched out of the Kernwood ramp and stopped for bait at the docks in Beverly. Nelson ran up and got us some live eels and a good sized makeral (for chum). We headed straight out for Badger island just south of Manchester (by the sea for all you snobs out there). Nelson showed me a spot near the island but we were cut off by another boat before aquiring a position. We anchored nearby in the next pocket though. Huge boulders, ledge, grass… wow this is a giant striper magnet.

I got a handful of schoolies on some light tackle and sluggos fairly quickly. Used a light weight to get it down into the pockets by the big boulders. It worked. We almost had one of the eel but it was hard to tell as the eels were moving a bit.

Headed to the next spot as it was getting choppy and I was honestly getting seasick due to not eating anything and only coffee and piss in me for the morning I was anything but pleasant.

Went to a place inside the salem harbor area next to a powerplant. Nelson claimed that he heard it was good fishing. With the water at about 80 degrees and shallow I had my doubts. We still tried it but the sun was so bright I could see most of the area and did not see any bait or fish moving around. I’ll bet on the right day though that is a good spot.

From there we went to a floating resturant called the Rockmore. Seems that the stripers like to hang around the underside of this place but come up for french fries. The owners don’t like people fishing around it but I wanted to see these for myself and Nelson really wanted to go there. We get there and they were out of fries. Hmmm. Ok, then can we have two hot dogs and a coke? While waiting we saw some big old tales turning around this place but Nelson claimed the show was a better one on certain days and they lack of fries made it less of an experience. I’ll tell you what did make the experience memorable was the $7.50 I paid for each hot dog and whatever for the drink to round of a $20 check at this place. WOW! That was nutz. Imagine buying a beer and some nachos? Ya right. Let’s go fishin Nelson.

Headed to Marblehead to try for some more. Here is where it starts to get interesting. We were fishing an island a bit from shore and then I hear Nealson say, oh no. I turn and look and he has hooked on to a seagul. I told him to reel it in and then I grabbed the thing behind the head, covered it’s eyes, flipped it over, and then took the hooks out. Unwrapped all that line from him and threw him back. He flew off ok. I feal like I threw a rat back into the kitchen but also think that God would honor my efforts to save a creature that I was not going to harvest.

We then fished closer to shore. Lots of people there at the park today. We tried to anchor but kept drifting back towards the rocks. Outgoing tide was ripping right along. I hooked into one but broke my line at the rod and lost it. Then later Nelson caught my line without knowing it and handlined in about a 20 inch striper. OK, that was weird. Fished for a little while longer then headed in.

Watched some bigger boat speed past me to get ahead of me on the way in, then watched him get a ticket (no wake zone). It was very busy with lots of boats on the way back and a bit choppy. Took a could of waves into the air for some ocean spray but nothing bad. My boat seems to handle them well despite her size.

Another learning trip for the saltwater blogs (yes Scott, I said blogs)!


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