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Old 06-10-2013, 05:23 PM   #1
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Was only able to get out for and hour and a half yesterday afternoon. Fished inside Salem Harbor. Was going for flounder. First drop.....16" flattie. Second drop......17" black sea bass. Next drop....another flounder. Then I caught a spike mackeral. Decided to toss him out under a balloon. Ten minutes later I had a 33" striper. Then I got one more flounder. Got home early and had a nice little fish fry. Gotta love days like that.

Hey Irish Jig - I'm sure I'll see you around there sometime soon......
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Seabass eh? That's cool for Salem. Amazing what's in that pond.
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Old 06-11-2013, 04:33 AM   #3
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Now...did you catch all those fish or was it your son? ;-)
Nice day fishing! Been focused on the groundfish up till now - next week I'll start bass fishing.
I'll see you out there I'm sure. Good fishing over there in Salem Harbor - it was good fishing for us last year.
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Now...did you catch all those fish or was it your son? ;-)
Nice day fishing! Been focused on the groundfish up till now - next week I'll start bass fishing.
I'll see you out there I'm sure. Good fishing over there in Salem Harbor - it was good fishing for us last year.
I wouldn't give up groundfish just yet Ryan . I had 1 of my best days yesterday ,since they threw us out of where the fish actually are. There actually seem to be a few around. Got a wolffish 30+ lbs too . Yes,released. Only ever seen one bigger .
Yea, it was a "fishy" day yesterday
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Default That would be a salem slam

Nice job, no easier to get then any of the other slams. The marblehead harbor slam is a cod, flounder, striper and mackeral. i'll dig up a photo on that. Salem harbor is an amazing place. Visually ugly, the bottom is pretty much featureless, water get disgusting, yet it holds an incredible amount of bait and fish all summer long.
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Pretty large area, any location tips for someone who has not spent much time fishing Salem harbor? I am primarily interested in Stripers.
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I wouldn't give up groundfish just yet Ryan . I had 1 of my best days yesterday ,since they threw us out of where the fish actually are. There actually seem to be a few around. Got a wolffish 30+ lbs too . Yes,released. Only ever seen one bigger .
Yea, it was a "fishy" day yesterday
Good to hear! I'll keep that in mind later this week. Oh, and I had my "Annual Meet-Up" with the boys in green last week - you had yours yet? He pulled up and asked if I knew where I was. "Yup...217' from the closure!"..."Oh...ok...have a good day". (Definitely much better than the guys in the past!). 12 sq. miles shut down to protect an area the size of a football field....anyhow, way to go on the trip! See you out there soon!
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Pretty large area, any location tips for someone who has not spent much time fishing Salem harbor? I am primarily interested in Stripers.
Early AM, the topwater action around the no wake markers in Bev/Salem are usually a good bet. Throughout the day you can usually find fish there or over up top on the Aquavites or just off the Salem Willows. Lots of structure in the harbor and on any given day bass can be found on any of the rock piles. The Salem Power Plant discharge always holds fish - as well as the bulkhead where the coal ship ties up (next to the discharge). Good luck!
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Pretty large area, any location tips for someone who has not spent much time fishing Salem harbor? I am primarily interested in Stripers.
Can't go wrong bump trolling a mac about 50' behind the boat through the moorings on the Marblehead side of the harbor. Also, you can tie up to a vacant mooring near the mouth of the harbor (again on the Marblehead side) and chum like hell. The stripers will come.

Like Irish Jig said, if you get there early in the morning there is usually some surface activity going off somewhere in the Harbor....just look for the birds.
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Thanks for the info, I will give those places a try.
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Striper herring. your giving away my son's secret spot. he nail a 15lber there two weeks ago. pretty good for an 8 year old.

There is one other secret mooring, but i'm not allow to give that one up as its not mine.

Top water action on a falling tide at sunrise always rocks in Salem.

Irish Jig is your boat called Irish Jig?
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Ethan,

Have you been done south yet? I'm assuming your in the vineyard?

I may go tuna wishing next weekend will you be out there? I'll be on the maddies channel.
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Irish Jig is your boat called Irish Jig?
Yes it is. I believe I'm the only "Irish Jig" on the Northshore (haven't heard another)...I know there's atleast one down the Cape too.
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Does anyone know how far the trip to Portsmouth Harbor is from Salem Harbor? Determining whether I should trailer or not. 20' foot with 150hp. Cruising at 30 knots. Obviously cheaper on gas to trailer but want to take the wife away for our anniversary.
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As long as the wind is out of the west, it's not a bad ride, but the North of Cape an any Northerly wind on the way up will suck, and coming back the south wind will suck coming out of Portsmouth, and then again coming out of Gloucester harbor until you get inside Bakers. It's about 12 mi to the Blyman Bridge from Salem, then about an hour through the river which is a nice ride if there aren't greenheads, and then about 16 out of the river the other way to Portsmouth I think. Not sure how far up inside the river it is though. Hope this helps and/or someone else can chime in.
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Thanks Junior. I appreciate your help.
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That is a long trip on a small boat. The way the weather has been this year, I doubt you would find ideal conditions in both Mass Bay or Ipswich Bay coming and going on such a small boat.
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That is a long trip on a small boat. The way the weather has been this year, I doubt you would find ideal conditions in both Mass Bay or Ipswich Bay coming and going on such a small boat.
Agreed.

Have you considered leaving M-Head, headed to Gloucester, make the pass through the Annisquam, and finish up over at Crane's Beach? That would be a nice day. I do alot of long trips on my boat (and it's small) - my significant other loves the water - but if I dragged her from Beverly to Portsmouth, NH in a small boat...well, it would be our last anniversary.
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but if I dragged her from Beverly to Portsmouth, NH in a small boat...well, it would be our last anniversary.
Thanks for the Tip

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Thanks Guys, IrishJig that sounds like a more reasonable trip. Do people ever camp overnight there?
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