Video: Boston Harbor Pogies, Bass & Blues: 7.24.12
On Tuesday, July 24, I fished Boston Harbor with friends Pete Santini and Vin Vetlese aboard the latter’s 26’ Hydra-Sports center console. Santini, the owner of Fishing Finatics Tackle Shop in Everett, had gotten word that pogies (menhaden) had moved into Boston Harbor, and that big stripers and blues were feeding on them.
I arrived at Boston Harbor Shipyard & Marina at 5:15 a.m., only to sit in the car for 45 minutes while a thunderstorm passed. We finally hit the water at 6:00 and made our way towards Long Island, where we noticed some gulls working low to the water. As we approached, we saw the telltale flips of pogies breaking the surface. Santini and Vetlese quickly snagged a pair using their special snag-hook setups and let the baits swim around. Vetlese hooked up almost immediately, but the fish came unbuttoned after a brief run.
The rest of the day saw more of the same, as we hooked up at least 6 times, only to lose the fish to a variety of mishaps. Meanwhile, numerous boats around us landed fish up to 30 pounds. It was just one of “those days,” and we tried to take it philosophically. Around noon Vetlese finally landed a monster bluefish to get the skunk off the boat, and we headed for the barn.
Kind of a frustrating day, but we still had a good time, and it looks like there’s more good fishing ahead for Boston-area anglers.
Naturally, Santini went back out the next day and immediately bagged a 47″ fish (see photo) in the same area. Figures.
For information on fishing Boston Harbor, contact Fishing Finatics HERE or Call (617-381-1997)
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