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Fishing Report

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The Tight Lines Fishing Report is brought to you by Corey and Cam Gammill via Bill Fisher Tackle and Bill Fisher Outfitters. Visit their website, their shop at 127 Orange Street, or give them a call at (508) 228-2261.

Dear Fisherman and Friends,

Our fishery is really good right now. We have BIG Blues, small blues, bonito and Albies! Striped Bass seemed to be the elusive fish, but they are certainly here.  We were fishing Great Point this week and drifted across the shallow areas where it is like an aquarium.  It is so fun to look down and see all sorts of fish and easily identify them.  We saw a lot of bigger bass in the mix.

Considering the water was 70 degrees and the sun was high, it should not be surprising that we only hooked one Bass (and tons of blues), but the fish were there! I made a note to get out there at first light in the next few days, because I am sure those fish are feeding at night and in low light. 

Photo @crlydon

All of this is to say, there are bass around, it is just important to target them, when and where they like to eat.  Focus on low light situations in moving and oxygenated water and the fish should be pretty active. Considering the variety of fish you can catch, this may be the perfect time of year to get on the water, especially with what looks like a break in the weather coming our way. What is also awesome is there is a great debate right now if the beach is a better spot to fish or the boat.  Great Point has been a hub of activity for both, but especially the beach as there have been big blues on the outside and small blues on the inside and albies and bones on both sides.  While we always recommend fishing early in the AM from the shoreline, we recognize that isn’t always feasible and this time of year that is ok… as albies and blues have been eating during the day with no problem.  As to signs of where the fish are, look for slicks on the water or birds sipping baits.  Often people want to see the big feed, but a lot of times one small bird can be the telltale sign of what is about to happen.

This was the case on Thursday when we were out.  We were running along the south shore and looked offshore and saw a pod of dolphin.  Keeping your eyes on the water always create opportunities.  We didn’t see fish but captured a video that our kids loved.  An hour later after catching blues I was beginning to run home and wandering eyes saw 3 birds diving.  A quick divergence and hundreds of albies showed themselves.  An hour later we were exhausted and thrilled.  As I just told a buddy of mine, there is no bus stop right now that says where the albies are, but more keep your eyes open, pay attention to signs and take risks.  

If you are looking for the sure thing right now, and we get it, focus on the blues at great point and on the east side of the island. It has been incredible.  This fishery has been the backstop of The August Blues tournament, which by all accounts has been an incredible success.  Not only is the participation incredible, hundreds or registrants, the money raised has been incredible and the fun and joy by those who have been out on the water has been incredible.

The weather seems to be cooling a bit and we seem to be getting more and more north wind. There is a slight feeling of fall in the air. I guess this shouldn’t surprise anyone since we are in the end of August and finally driving seems a bit more tolerable. I do love the change in the weather and cool sleeps leaving the window open brings.

Go wet a line and see what is biting, it is a special time of year!


Captain Corey Gammill: 203-962-8867
Captain Cam Gammill: 508-332-9149
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