Just Married: A fishing report

Folks–if you’ve been following along, you’ll know that I wasn’t able to get much fishing done this weekend. On Saturday, I got married to this beautiful girl.

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It was a perfect wedding (we didn’t even mind the light mist at the outside ceremony), and the reception was a wild time. My brother, the best man, even worked in a Seven Stripes Fishing mention during his speech (can’t beat a free plug).

While I didn’t get to fish on the days leading up to the wedding, we did get to hang out on the vessel Buona Fortuna off Browns Bank and enjoy some adult beverages.

Only twelve people got seasick, so it was a great day.

So, what does this all mean for you? No striper report this week, but I may have a nice report from the Cozumel flats if the bonefish gods decide to give me a nice wedding gift.

The striper outlook

My Dad and I hit the Bay this morning to see if I could get in a few stripers before I left for the honeymoon. The wind kicked up pretty good from the Northeast, so we were confined to the Bay, but we did find some willing fish chasing peanut bunker and silversides on the flats during the rising tide.

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There were more birds working than I’ve seen all year in the Three Bays, but the fish were very finicky.

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Commercial season started today, and I’ve seen some reports of a big haul across the pond. The bite remains good along Herring Cove, Bathhouse and the Backside. But I have the feeling that all the pressure these fish have been getting have pushed the larger biomass out beyond the three-mile line or south past Monomoy.

But, they do come inside to play every few tides. While I wasn’t able to fish on Saturday, Chris G had a banner day, landing multiple 30# bass, including this monster 37#.

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This will continue through the end of the month, and hopefully into early July.

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This bite is going to slow to halt in the next few weeks, so find a weather window, call in sick and get out there. Mister Yellow-Eyed Devil should be making an appearance there too.

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Ruben with a last minute blue before he left for home in Italy 

By all accounts, Sandwich to Sandy Neck is still fairly slow. This bite should pick up, so get your nighttime eel gear ready to go. Barnstable to Billingsgate remains very good for small-ish fish.

That’ll do it, folks. Wish me luck on the honeymoon. I’ll be on a flats boat throwing flies to bonefish. We’ll talk next week.

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