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Crossroads Bait and Tackle Fish Report > Wooden Plug Week
Wooden Plug Week

Jul 23, 2011

This week I did a lot of nightime fishing with some of the classic wooden plug designs and did very well. I was throwing the Gibbs pencil popper, Heddon Super Spook and was testing out the new Creek Chub "Surfster" (Available to the public soon). The Surfster is a danny style plug. Out on Joppa I did catch a lot of Blue Fish with all the comotion some of these plugs cause but Also did very well on the Stripers. My biggest Came off of the Heddon but I also caught the least amount of fish on this oversized stick bait. I was very impressed with Creek Chubs addition to the wooden lure line and plan on fishing this lure more in the future. Artificials or casting eel are working very good on Joppa because the Stripers are Schooled up pretty tight together and sight fishing or casting to where you heard some action has paid off more than just dragging eels. There has been alot of action during the day off of badgers rocks with a 49 incher brought into the shop drifing a chunk of herring out back on the incoming tide.

Bait is still holding heavy out front at breaking rock and on Hampton Shoal Ledge. They have on certain days been a little finicky requiring a little piece of clam or herring belly on the sabiki rig hooks.

I got some great Cod and Haddock reports from Tillies this week. Drifting over the SouthEaster Edge with fresh clams has brought a lot action, including some nice wolffish. Remember these are protected right now however hopefully we will see them replenish their numbers. For a quick run out to grab some fish you can head over to Long Ledge and find some smaller cod and there has been some big pollock in that area as well.

Tuna have been starting to show up more and more in this area. There have been a few smaller footballs in the 50 to 100 pound range caught off of Halibut Point and down towards Thatchers right on the 180 line. A few of these fish have pushed North and I expect them to show up around the Isle of Shoals within the next week with some consitency. Some of these fish have finally descended and the Rapala X-Rap in Green Mackeral has been producing some nice fish.


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