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Went out yesterday, 4:30 to 7 pm. Found fish quickly on a wind blown point on the north side of the pond. Fished jigs, chatterbait, and swimbaits. All hits were on swimbaits. Had a big hit on a glide bait early. Tried my  favorite early spring swimbait, Lots of hits on that bait. Missed a large fish, spit the hook on the jump.  Caught 1 2lbs fish on a different swimbait in the same area.

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On 3/20/2019 at 8:29 AM, Jigfishn10 said:

Looks like Sunday is going to be the day to be outside!

Looking to take my kayak out Sunday.  I live couple miles north of Boston.   Anyone got any recommendations for spots within a half hour?? Not sure what spots have no ice.  Thanks in advance for the help!

 

was thinking of bare hill pond in Harvard.  If anyone knows how it looks (ice and water level) please let me know. 

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Fishing Rhino and I fished Devol pond in Westport for a few hours this morning.

 

Tom bagged five Larries, one over 5 pounds. I grabbed one, just over 2 pounds.  All fish had good bellies on them.

 

Water temps were 44.x.  It was partly sunny with mixed wind.

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Heading out now after the bass I lost yesterday 

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Go get’m Mike!

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21 hours ago, Deeare said:

Looking to take my kayak out Sunday.  I live couple miles north of Boston.   Anyone got any recommendations for spots within a half hour?? Not sure what spots have no ice.  Thanks in advance for the help!

 

was thinking of bare hill pond in Harvard.  If anyone knows how it looks (ice and water level) please let me know. 

 

Sudbury/Concord River is a great spot for kayak fishing.  Can be accessed in numerous towns north and west of Boston.  Should be within a half hour for you id think.  Good largemouth, pickerel, and an occasional pike.  Water is likely very high right now with snow melt and recent rain.

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Re-conned little, long, and great herring in plymouth yesterday,... all open with little and longs shores so loaded with trout anglers you'd have trouble dropping a boat in.

 

Looks like the ides of March may produce a good spring for us bass anglers. Notice I did say "MAY". Northeast in spring can range anywhere from great for bass fishing,... or simply non-existent.

 

 

 Please be careful and wear life preservers while afloat til the water warms some. One quick dip can be very dangerous in such cold waters.  (I like the manual inflatables)

 

 Anybody know of any "upper" Taunton river access, looks like bassy waters every bridge i've gone over

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On 3/14/2019 at 8:38 PM, DogBone_384 said:

Derek and I launched at Sawdy around 11:00.  The weather was pretty good, with temps in the mid/high 40s, mostly cloudy, and a breeze from the South.

 

I threw a green w/red flake tube, black/blue 5” Senko, and bluegill chatterbait to start.  I alternated the chatterbait for a Vision 110 and Yozuri squarebill here and there.

 

I nabbed bass #1 of 2019 on the tube in 5-6’ of water.  It was about 1 1/2 pounds with a good belly.

 

That was it for the day.  Water temps were 40.x 

 

We’re almost there! 

 

Mike left out the incident in which I lost the side plate (into the drink it went) to his pricey bait caster. I swear it was on tight after I adjusted the brakes! Anyway, it was a slow day for both of us, but at least we got out on the water. AND, his replacement plate is in the mail from 13. 

 

I ordered some new gear for my kayak yesterday from ACK. I got a proper stakeout pole, a cleat, and an anchor float. I'm looking forward to hitting the water with my new toys. I think they'll help out a lot with positioning.

 

Meanwhile, next week looks to be very warm in southern Ohio. I'll be out there until early May and then I'll be back around New England, ready to hit the water with some of you. I understand there's some talking about fishing and camping at Nickerson. Let's do it. 

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Ponds & Lake Near NASHUA, NH

 

Google Doc with places for fishing from the NH Fish & Game

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8 hours ago, Janderson45 said:

 

Sudbury/Concord River is a great spot for kayak fishing.  Can be accessed in numerous towns north and west of Boston.  Should be within a half hour for you id think.  Good largemouth, pickerel, and an occasional pike.  Water is likely very high right now with snow melt and recent rain.

Both are very nice for kayak and even boats in some areas. Some big pike come out of there on occasion for sure. 

 

2 hours ago, JG233 said:

 

Mike left out the incident in which I lost the side plate (into the drink it went) to his pricey bait caster. I swear it was on tight after I adjusted the brakes! Anyway, it was a slow day for both of us, but at least we got out on the water. AND, his replacement plate is in the mail from 13. 

 

I thought all the 13 fishing side plates were held on with a long screw to prevent just that? At least that's how my Concept A works. 

 

I was checking out some ponds and lakes from shore, seems most of eastern MA should be open and good to go for this weekend. I took the jerkbaits and a rod along and managed to get a pair of pretty decent perch on a perch jerkbait (cannibals lol). I put those Gamakstsu nano finesse trebles on a few jerbaits last year....those things scare me. Those suckers are sharp. Both perch had two of the trebles in them and I was praying they weren't going to shake one into my hand. 

 

I might go again from shore for an hour or two tomorrow but I don't want to be on the water with the forecasted wind, probably will be out on Sunday though. 

 

Also take a look at that forecast....LETS GO!

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1 hour ago, MassYak85 said:

I thought all the 13 fishing side plates were held on with a long screw

I believe 2nd generation Concepts and the newer Inceptions are. 

 

I have a Concept Z which has a spring and retainer.  It was a 1st generation *** that lost its side plate that doesn't have a retainer. 

 

I lost a Concept A side plate a couple years ago.  I suppose mine weren't the only ones lost if *** changed their design...

 

On another note, I drove by Cushing Pond in Holbrook this morning  (?) and was surprised to see it was still iced over.  It's a little spit of a pond off Chestnut street.

 

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On 3/21/2019 at 3:02 PM, DogBone_384 said:

Fishing Rhino and I fished Devol pond in Westport for a few hours this morning.

 

Tom bagged five Larries, one over 5 pounds. I grabbed one, just over 2 pounds.  All fish had good bellies on them.

 

Water temps were 44.x.  It was partly sunny with mixed wind.

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17 hours ago, DogBone_384 said:

I believe 2nd generation Concepts and the newer Inceptions are. 

 

I have a Concept Z which has a spring and retainer.  It was a 1st generation *** that lost its side plate that doesn't have a retainer. 

 

I lost a Concept A side plate a couple years ago.  I suppose mine weren't the only ones lost if *** changed their design...

 

On another note, I drove by Cushing Pond in Holbrook this morning  (?) and was surprised to see it was still iced over.  It's a little spit of a pond off Chestnut street.

 

 

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7 hours ago, Mr. Aquarium said:

I can’t wait to fish tomorrow!!!!! 

Same here. I'm itching to put some jerkbaits to use. 

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Hit the Charles today. Started out sunny with a little wind, my dad got a jerkbait fish pretty quickly. Things seemed to be going according to plan. Wind kicked up and the sun tucked behind clouds which made for a VERY different afternoon than what I had hoped. If there's one thing I hate more than fishing in heavy wind...it's finesse fishing in 40° water in heavy wind. I ended up using a chatterbait for most of the day both slow rolled and lifted off the bottom like a blade bait since it's what I could keep in contact with in the wind. No bites though. First skunk of the year. 

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1 hour ago, MassYak85 said:

First skunk of the year. 

I've had three already....  Though the 14 SMB day I had last week more than made up for it!

 

It'll be great over the next month for sure.

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Cape Update: Sundae Schooling


Pushing off the beach in Barnstable, my bud and I kinda felt like ice-cream cones, flash-frozen as I throttled-down into the stiff Westerly wind (~20mph, 39degrees at 9am). It wasn't until the sun peeked out around 11:15am that I managed a glove-less knot-tie and lure swap. It also wasn't until around noon that we had a clue, to be completely honest. But as the temps crept up to the 46-47 mark (water temps still in the 42-43.5 neighborhood), the gears started turning...

Counter-intuitive clues are often the easiest to ignore, but when we couldn't manage any action on the northern-most points/areas of the lake (most sunlight), we decided to follow the wind. The first indication we were onto something was when my partner reared back on a decent size pickerel as we pulled into a wind-sheltered South-Eastern pocket, noting that the water temps were +1/1.5 off the lake average. Given the last 3-4 days had seen a fairly consistent NW-blow, we reckoned the wind was pushing the warmer surface water to the opposite end (possibly junk science?).

 

We ended up piecing together a pattern on a few relatively deeper areas next to spawning flats that had some staging fish fairly stacked-up, and got on a pretty consistent jerk-bait bite. Fish wouldn't touch a jig or swim-bait, but were knocking slack in the line to get some treble-dentistry.

 

Ended up nabbing a handful of Larrys off each spot, most in the 1-2.5lb range, with a few pushing 3lbs. A fun puzzle to figure out, especially considering the icey-cold start.            


 

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Today was my first of three days fishing Harwich/Brewster.

 

I fished Hinckley’s from 1000 - 1500, Sheep from 1530 - 1630, and Buck Pond from 1700 - 1830.

 

Water temps were 45.x - 46.x, 42.x, and 45.x respectively.  It was in the low 40’s, with little wind, and almost bluebird like.

 

Got four clam shells and a stick out of Hinckleys.  Other than that, not so much as a nibble the whole day.

 

Fishing Rihino and I are giving Wequaquot a go tomorrow AM.

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Took a couple exploratory casts with a ned rig in the lower Charles at lunch today, caught a plastic bag and floating sneaker. Was trying to find deep slopes on the west side near Kendall, but probably didn’t get any deeper than 15-18ft or so. 

 

Didn't have my sonar, so no idea of surface temps. Is there a small thermometer I could keep in my tackle box, and lower into the water to estimate surface temp? I think we’re all going to be watching the temps closely the next couple weeks... I wish the lower charles bouy were operational, but it looks like it doesn’t usually start reporting til mid May. 

 

Also, first post! I started fishing a little more seriously around Boston last summer, and the trip reports and advice in this thread were amazingly useful. Thanks to everyone who contributes here; keep up the good work!

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@markvan The west side where you were is definitely pretty deep. I hear people do well along the esplanade side. 

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Fishing Rhino and I met at Wequaquet this morning and fished until about 1:00 p.m.

 

It was in the high 30’s to low 40’s with a STIFF wind from the S/SW.  Water temps were 44.x - 45.x.

 

I bagged a nice 3-10 LMB on a black/orange Rapala Shadow Rap Shad deep in 6-8’ of water just after a point & island way down, SE from the launch.

 

After lunch at Sam Diegos, Tom headed home and I went to Flax to see if I could get out of the wind and find some smallie.  I found a nice rainbow while hand reeling a Ned rig back to the kayak, caused by a giant line twist ball 😡.  And because of my spinning reel blow up I learned that my 7’ M/F Kistler MG2 with a Concept Z on it casts Ned rigs like a dream.

 

Water temps at Flax were 45.x - 46.x and nearly as windy as Wequaquet.

 

I’m headed home tomorrow and am stopping somewhere in the morning in search of some smallies.

 

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