Stripers have moved back into the Merrimack River and we found alot of action up in the backwaters right in the grass. The middle of the creeks in the deeper waters was slow but on the edges in thick cover we found some big Stripers. Early in the morning right at sun up surface plugs were the hot lure. We were throwing Cotton Cordell Pencil Poppers. At night we were throwing dead eels rigged with a hook set back close to the tail and doing a lot of casting towards the shoreline.
early in the week we saw a lot of small tuna perfect for spinning gear right out at Speckled Apron. Most of the tuna activity has been high in the water column or right on the surface. Run shallow baits on balloons or kites. Mackeral are still around but inshore is a gamble the Isle of Shoals are a safer bet however require a longer haul to get to. Most of the bigger comercial fish have been hooked up around 220ft of water off the northwest side of Old Scantum and the front side of the Outside Flag.