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Crossroads Bait and Tackle Fish Report > are they here yet
are they here yet

May 3, 2013

The stripers have not shown up in any large quantities if at all in the merrimack river, however the front of the pack has made it up to the Parker River already, so they are right around the corner. The herring run started to get strong about a week or two ago in the Parker. River herring are still illegal this year however they were visible from some of the bridges. Once the stripers do turn the corner they can be tough to catch down river and off the beach, because they traveled a long distance for the herring run and won't hang out and look for food until they get closer to the spawn grounds. This is obvious in their patterns this time of year. We have all had striper trips where it looks like the fishing is slow then once you catch that first fish it suddenly turns on, however in the early season if you fish down river or off the beach you will catch one that is passing by your bait here and there instead of catching multiple fish from a single school.

The ground fishing on Jeffreys Ledge continues to be very productive. last couple weeks haddock made up the majority of what anglers were catching however the pollock and cod have started to mix in. We went out and started fishing around the Prong which was hitting very good but had a more success at the Curl. We also saw a ton of porbeagle sharks out there and one of them came right up to the boat and ripped a haddock that was being reeled up in half. I wish I had packed some sharking gear on board to play with. I sampled some new jigs out from the cutting edge and after having a lot of luck on them decided to stock them on the shelves. Come on by and check them out cause they outfished the Norwegian Jigs. I ran them with a blue cod fly about 18in up from the jig on a dropper loop. We also did very well on our Oozie Jigs dipped in Menhaden oil for flavor.

We are continuing to extend our hours more and more as the season gets rolling, currently open 7 days a week. Been opening at 7am on weekdays and 6am on weekends. We have a full menu of bait including Sea worms, blood worms, clams, herring, mackeral, eels, chum and squid.


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