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Sunday Morning, Sunday Night, Tuesday Lunch

Avg. Rating: 5
# Reviews: 4
Views: 930
4/27/2015

What a great few days....

Sunday Morning: Special place. Phil and I rocked it hard. 1 big bass. 5 or 6 average bass--spinners, cranks, and the southern-crappie special. 8 or so yellow perch. 3 picks. Couple nice ones. Fished 6:30-11:30. Phil fried up lunch of perch and a few of the barely legal dinks. Boat was still on the car. Stopped back for sunset hour or so. Caught 2 or 3 bass. One big. 2 picks--1 big, one average. 5 crappie. A guy was scouting the place from shore. Seemed allright--good gear and didn't have face tatoos--lol. Invited on boat and made a new fishing partner--good dude. Felt terrible. He only caught a huge sunny on a crank bait, while I was pulling in one after another.

Headed out to one of my work haunts Monday with an office-fishing friend. He rarely fishes anything other than a high-end bass boat, but he was willing to slum it from shore with me. Caught one nice bass. Went to another spot Tuesday. He smashed picks. I caught a couple perch and one nice bass.

Gotten 2 on plastics. Mostly spinners and such.

Southern crappie special: pencil bobber, suspended jighead with a little swim bait... Jig 2-3, sit a sec, repeat... Perch, bass, and crappie all took it. Very cool technique.

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Crushed It. 3, 3, 1

Avg. Rating: 5
# Reviews: 6
Views: 1036
I've caught fish this year, but the bites were few and far between. I crushed it yesterday. 3 bass, (2 average, 1 good one), a gator Pic, 3 crappie.

I'm loving my new skiff... Nice to be able to stand up.

Gary's and Spinners are working well.

I fished 10:30-12:00, and 5:45-7:45.

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2015 in Swing

Avg. Rating: 5
# Reviews: 1
Views: 954
Special
4/15/2015

Hit my favorite honey hole yesterday and today.

Yesterday: 5 minutes, 3 hits, family emergency.
Today: 1 hour. 3 very scrappy yellow perch, 1 snapping turtle... with a 2' pole and 4lb mono!

Winds were brutal. I suspect all the hits from day 1 were perch as well. I used all my bass/pickerel favorites and my other rigs without a nibble.

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2015 in Swing
Avg. Rating: 5
# Reviews: 1
Views: 835
Hit my favorite honey hole yesterday and today.

Yesterday: 5 minutes, 3 hits, family emergency.
Today: 1 hour. 3 very scrappy yellow perch, 1 snapping turtle... with a 2' pole and 4lb mono!

Winds were brutal. I suspect all the hits from day 1 were perch as well. I used all my bass/pickerel favorites and my other rigs without a nibble.
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Best Bet for a $hity trip: Lake Cochituatue '
Avg. Rating: 4.5
# Reviews: 2
Views: 1551
9/27/2014

Lake Cochituate is a tragic example of poor resource management....

I hit the lake at 5:30 AM. Caught a few tiny pumpkin seeds before launching. Quickly paddled around to find the 'steak and lobster (yellow and white perch)'. I located some schools in about 20' and jigged up a couple perch.

In a rush, I took the rubber worm off a pole with 12 pound mono and hooked a live yellow perch, maybe 4.5", with a 3/0 rubber worm hook. Casted him out, and continued jigging perch.

I had a gruesome hit on the perch... It pulled like hell... Pole was buckling over...It sawed me off... If I only took the time to put on a steel leader.

Could have been one of the following:
- Pike
- Musky
- Salmon
- Huge pickerel (Which would have been the disappointment of the century)

This was right near deep water, in 15 or so feet.

I wanted white perch and bass fish while live lining... The lake is lousy. Just a couple crummy little bass... no white perch...

I spent the next 7/8 hours without squat for big toothy fish.

I did a lil homework afterwards. No pike in over a decade, and they aren't established there (even though the MA state site sells it as a Pike Best Bet). If it was a salmon, I sure wouldn't want it... I found out the state stocks full grown, 8-18 pound fish... That's like hunting at a zoo...

That lake could be awesome (no more trout or salmon). Smallmouth, forage fish, channel cats, pike... they'll get a foothold.

Probably never fish there again.

*I was fishing the SouthPond
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Welds Pond---3x3#... The dream is gone.

Avg. Rating: 4.75
# Reviews: 8
Views: 1565
Welds pond, Dedham
8/10/2014

I found my way into Welds after working with some folks from the town recs dept.

Seems they gave me bad info. I even had a police officer show up one day and I insisted it was legit and dropped the name of the environmental folks I spoke with.

One of the people from the town that told me where to access the pond was on vacation last week and sent a follow up today telling me it was 100 percent off limits.

I hit the pond yesterday morning at 4:30 AM.

Jigged up about 20 perch for pike bait at another location. I needed to change the water a couple times and lost a few perch each time, so I had to perch fish longer than I planned. It's fun though with a light rig. I also jigged up a 3# bass and a HUGE bluegill--funny as hell.

I headed out for an hour or so of bass fishing... Wham: Back to back 3-pounds-plus bass. A few other goodies and couple picks.

I heard the story of the 8# bass from OldFisher many years ago... I swear, I fished this place hard the last few weeks. At least 10 bass in the 3-4# class. Nothing bigger.
At least 50 perch. Many, many bass. Many, many pickerel
(no gators, but some were respectable). I don't know if a big boy is there, but I won't be back as it it's 100 percent illegal. I was loosing a little faith in big fish there...

If you check it out on a map, I went right to the spot I knew the biggest fish would want: A deep water heaven at the entrance of long, almost stream-like section of the pond that is about 2-3' deep loaded with bait fish. I casted to the left and got one 3, casted to the right and got another 3.

If you can get in there, I HIGHLY recommend it. I may proposition a landowner to pay for access...

It was awesome fishing. Pond muck for frogs and senkos, and awesome places to chuck spinners and cranks (which I seldom get to do anymore where I have been fishing).

Besides the pictured bluegill, I caught 2 more that were bigger over the last couple weeks...

No sense keeping it secret now. It gets a fair amount of pressure anyhow from folks that know landowners.

Post script: How good is it? I brought a friend on my kayak who hasn't been fishing much this year. We planned to shore fish a couple spots and use the kayak for transportation as it's not a tandem. In route, I said cast there: bam, big bass. Cast there, another big bass...

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Pike Candy

Avg. Rating: 5
# Reviews: 3
Views: 1411
Special
8/7/2014

Sooo.... Big bass and big picks are fun, but I need a Pike.... It would be my first.

So I fished a very special place tonight. I caught 2 or 3 bass outright (cranks) and one pick.

I wanted a couple small perch to liveline.... The perch I was getting were nearly 4", and that really takes about a 3 pound or more fish to take whole... I fished them for a little while w/o luck. Decided it's time I hunt pike (haven't gotten a new FW species this year).

I ACTUALLY stopped for worms and they were sold out... My angling techniques were tested: time to work the techniques and tool box. I focused on a jigs (small spinner for a couple). I jigged up 8 or so perch.

Talk about problems. I jigged 3 bass and another pick. One of the bass was pushing 3... Good fish.

I've got my live perch. The pike hunk starts ASAP. If I don't get out, I'll fry the perch as they're delicious and I only kept males (my conscious is clear).

I was going to fish with Biggz tonight, but threat of Thunderstorms threw him off. It was too late for JR, so I was Hans Solo... Good night. Fun to jig small stuff and catch Perch.


OHHHHH... Johnny Law was waiting putting a note on my my windsheild about no tresspassing. Nice guy... I let hime know who I spoke with at the town, and it's legit... Houses go for a mill over there, so people are pretty uptight (too uptight to catch good fish, which will keep me coming).

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Killer Channel Cat for a new species

Avg. Rating: 5
# Reviews: 3
Views: 1305
Charles River
8/1/2014

Met Mark for White Cats and Carp. Mark nailed a 2lb Channel Cat... What a catch.

We hit my favorite carp spot, fished for an hour... I had to pick up dinner and wanted to grab my oldest kid. Mark had carp hits but no landings while I was gone... I'm sure Mark will be back there.

Met down river at the trusty white-cat spot... My kid caught a couple bullheads, Mark must have caught a dozen. It was discouraging, cause we were there for the white cats... We also had a couple break offs, which was odd, because I had 15lb mono and Mark was working with braid.

BAM... Mark nailed the beauty Channel in the pictures. It was about 2#.

They were stocked in that part of the Charles more than a decade ago, and that fish wasn't older than 2...

We hit another spot that gave me MANY whites last year... Again, a ton of little bullheads. Mark also nailed a bluegill that was about a pound... Kind of cool.

I hadn't gotten out for cats and carps really since getting a yak... Lot of fun. Mark was able to mark off another species, so it was an awesome night. Good company, and an unexpected but awesome catch. I'm sure Mark will be posting some carp pictures soon too.


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2 Kayak rides. Awesome Tuesday morning before work.

Avg. Rating: 5
# Reviews: 5
Views: 1251
secret
7/29/2014

I had a 3-day weekend, and the fishing was lousy. I knew it would pick up this morning, and I work from home on Tuesdays. So I got up at 4:30, fished for a couple hours, and man did it pay off...

I got about 10 fish in total. The monster pic attached, and the bass that had to be between 4 and 5 pounds (closer to 5... he had a belly-and-a half.

They gave me my first and second kayak rides (I didn't need an anchor or anything as the wind was perfect.).

The bite was really on, really aggressive. Not 1 dink out of the bunch. All were between 1 and 3 lbs.

A big pickerel broke me off, so I was extra glad to boat one (I fish that area with live panfish for them and always use a steel leader.).

While the spot's secret, I'm not a total d&ck. If you've got a two-man boat with a low draft, or a kayak, and live around Dedham, PM me and come along. You'll need heavy gear and experience with top-water frogs/fishing plastics in heavy cover.

I brought an extra pole with a spinner today thinking a couple of the navigation channels might be lure-safe after the rain, and it was absolutely useless.

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NAILED IT! Time to pick up a scale

Avg. Rating: 5
# Reviews: 7
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After a grueling couple months of fishing a few hard-to-fish, off the path ponds, I've got it down--favorite pond and solid technique.

Fished Wednesday...5 bass, less than 2 hours. 3 bass about the same as the picture 6.30. 1 dink. 1 monster (7.17.).

Fished Thursday. 2 hours.
4 bass just about the same as the picture 6.15 Thursday.

I'm really digging bass fishing. The only big fish I could catch in New England from shore with any predictability were carp and stripers... Whole new world after getting offshore.

Heavy 6" Senkos to punch through the pads... Heavy gear to work them out. I'll chuck a frog now again to see where they are at, but without a better, high-end freshwater rig, it's useless (That will be on my Christmas list.).

Fished with a guy last night whose fished this pond for about 25 years (one of few other people to fish this place.) It's produced many 8s, 9s, and 10s... I've spooked a few behemoths that I thought were carp. Nope... I also saw a pick last night savaging a perch. It must have been 6/7 pounds. This place is a gem.

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Honey Hole paying off

Avg. Rating: 5
# Reviews: 3
Views: 1087
7/7/2014 - 7/8/2014

I hit this spot yesterday and today, wind and all. Each day I had maybe about an hour of good fishing (5-6PM).

Yesterday, I caught the bass in the picture, and a pick a little bigger than the one in the picture.

Today, I caught one of the fattest yellow perch I've seen. I also caught 3 pickerel, all comparable to the picture added to this trip.

I can't really give much help on the spot until I get a 10lb+ largemouth out of there (I know for a fact there is at least one.).

The perch was the biggest surprise, as I didn't know there were any there. It makes sense, as the picks are huge.

Great couple days. Wind was a b&tch.

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Striper Wolf Pack--Woods Hole, Race Point--whole new way to catch stripies

Avg. Rating: 5
# Reviews: 4
Views: 1215
Provincetown
6/30/2014

What a day! Whole new way fish stripers, and we did well. Met Jeremy at 4:30AM Greens Harbor Marshfield. Ran back to the car for Mackrel rigs, ate sh*t down a slippery aluminum dock, and had a bloodbath. Ripped my hoodie, made a turnicate with it and elecrtical tape, and we were off towards Provincetown.

Beautiful morning, calm seas, good laughs and bsing on the way across the entire Cape Cod bay. We stopped and grabbed macks on the way, and had more than enough in minutes.

I heard all about Jeremy and my buddy Mike's brutal 15 hour day last Monday. It's called the wolfpack... At least a hundred boats working a rip in 100' of water... Down below you'll find monster stripers... Up top you see waves of sand eels, and people nailing 35"-50" stripers everywhere. If you take your eye off your surroundings, you're colliding with other boats. If you don't furiously jig and real with a diamond jig with a green tube, you're absolutely sh*t-outta-luck.

In our first run with the wolfpack. We gave the macks and jigs a shot... They just wrapped us up. We cut down to just the jigs, we worked our tails off, and It paid off. Jeremy nailed the beautiful, fat 36" striper in the pics. I took the assist. We were pumped--especially Jermey, who put in the time last Monday to figure it out.

The fishing slowed down a little. The wolfpack, busted up a bit, and we headed towards a little calmer waters to try the macks and relax for a few. This was brutal fishing with huge swells. Not to mention I needed to make another turnicate every hour... We were marking fish, had a couple hits, but nothing serious.

We headed back into the wolfpack. No messing around... My tank was on empty and my foot hurt like a bastard, but I wasn't leaving without getting a striper. People were nailing them all around. We did a few drifts...Wham. I was on. He punched above his weight... He was awesome... A little under the legal 35. Jermey took the assist. No time for a picture, as we were on them, and he went right back in... We did another couple drifts. People were hooking up, but they were all about 30" by now. It was about 1:30, and we had to beat the wind to get back to Green Harbour in one piece.

It took us an hour to get out there, and nearly 2 to get back with 4' and higher swells. We were both soaking wet and absolutely took a beating. We dropped the macks in Green Harbour. Day was over... I was cooked. We had some good laughs about my foot and how the buddy system was off when we went overboard on account of my blood and the great whites.

Absolutely going back out there as soon as possible. I've never seen anything like that--a 20 minute blitz of big fish here and there, but this carried on for hours. We got the technique down solid by the end of the day. No reason we can't get a few a piece next time, and the commercial limit aint a pipe dream. I was a little cooked from 2 long days of fishing. This wasn't trout fishing.

I walked in Doctor's Express still pretty soaked at 4:30. I couldn't get stitched up on account of the time that elapsed... Jammed novacaine with a needle in my foot and hacked off a quarter size flap of flash that's about 1/6 of an inch deep.

My hat's off to Jeremey and Mike, for their scouting trip last Monday, and a hell of a day today. We saw a couple couple guys pull into the same docks absolutely crushed after coming up snake eyes from the wolfpack. Running a boat in that wolfpack is serious business too--hell of a captain, best boat out there. What a trip. Round 2 I'm bringing a bucket of ice coffee and relaxing the day before.

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kayak krushin with the force...getting dangerous with a cast net.

Avg. Rating: 5
# Reviews: 4
Views: 945

7/29/2014

Had my best kayak day, quantity wise, at a little local hole. I hit this spot a handful of times from shore last summer, and I caught maybe two bass. I even chucked shiners out there... A friend pulled out a handful of 3 and 4 pounders the previous summer, but I was coming up snake eyes.

I put in once a couple weeks ago for 2 hours and lost a monster largemouth (above 5), who gave me two chances (once on a topwater frog and once on a 7" Gary Yamamotto). I also put on the fish finder, and I was puzzled to see loads of fish between 10 and 20' down. The place drops deep quick.

Me and my buddy put in Sunday morning at 5:45 after we couldn't lug our kayaks into the first hole.

I got a couple little taps... By 7, I settled on a creature bait and decided to crawl the shore. I worked it extra deep for a minute. Wham! A nice crappie. I was pumped. I love those little bastards, and I found out what was hanging out down deep (my guess was perch). First I ever heard of there.

I chilled out, put on tunes, and the grove, the force--whatever--was with me. About 10 bass over the next hour or so. Most were small, but that was A-OK. I was kicking this place after it kicked me one-too-many times. Getting a good grove with the kayak too.

My buddy Jr did allright. I thought for sure he'd wipe the place clean of the big boys... Next time.
Best bass was 1.5-2lbs.

Another for the highlight reel was my first with a cast net Saturday evening... I bought one about a week ago, and had no clue how much technique it took. I started with a huge one, and my good friend Phil met me at a swamp for a quick tutorial (He's chucked them for 30-some-odd years.) I tried a couple throws before he made it, and it It was a nightmare. He suggested 1) I go somewhere else without so much sh*t in the water--which I ignored 2) take it back, get a smaller one and 3) spend hours practicing in the yard with Youtube videos. I couldn't take it back and was damn sure I'd get it done. I put in a good few, frustrating practice sessions. After getting damn-near perfect spreads with a 12' net on my lawn, I headed back to the pond and grabbed a sunfish with throw #2. For throw #1, I had to pull in a tree I snagged up on. I didn't see any fish, I just threw it where I thought I wouldn't ruin my net... I'm going to get live perch for picks, pike, and muskies. Dying to find golden shiners. Saltwater baitfish coming soon.

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All in on the Bass River on Father's Day

Avg. Rating: 5
# Reviews: 4
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Instead of going offshore for cod with my buddy, I took the family to the Cape for a night (A family friend offered his house Sun-Fri all summer, and I finally checked it out.). Me being me, I wasn't going to pass up a chance to try my luck.

After a LONG day of driving, beach, and cape-type stuff, I headed out for the last 2 hours of outgoing tide at about 8:00PM. I had clams and my sw lures.

I saw some big top-water crashes. A couple cape verdian guys had buckets of scup. I offered $20 for a live and dead one, but neither guy would take. They said they were dinner and no amount would by em. Bites came quick and hard, but by 9:30, it was done. I couldn't land anything (no small hooks or artificials that looked like a scup.). I was hooked and high-tide was coming at 3:45 AM.

I went home, grubbed up, rigged up a scup pole, grabbed a big bucket and lamp, and was back on the water at 12:30 AM. Brought some freezer-burned cocktail shrimp too.

By 1:00 I was cranking in the scup... They chose shrimp over clams, and every well-placed cast produced hits (egg sinker > swivel > leader > tiny hook > working the current). Scup are a load of fun; they are scrappy little bast@rds. Bass were hitting scup on the surface too.

This spot was shallow, and the bite slowed, so I moved downriver to get some depth on the other side of the bridge, hoping to nail something in the 20# plus range.

A live-lined scup started running hard==nothing happened... I guess a cow just scoped him out a bit...

I tossed a clam on the bottom too. Got a decent schoolie.
The bite was done at 4:00 AM. I went for broke and headed to the mouth of the river.

No stripers or blues at the mouth... Caught a sea robbin, two blue crabs, and a couple more scup. A couple friendly locals showed up... Said they check the area at sunrise every morning and catch blues and stripers about 1/3 of the time, which is pretty good from shore.

I'll absolutely hit the spots again. Next time, as soon as I get a scup, it's going out on the big surfcaster. I wanted a few small guys in the bucket to start with, and by the time I had the *right bait, it was a bit too late.

Additionally, this was the best scup action I've ever had from shore. Really nice spot... Produced on the first trip. I'll head back soon.

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Monster pic

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269 Common St Dedham
6/18/2014

I met my buddy and his friend at my trusty carp and catfish spot with my kayak. After hanging out for a half hour, I had to get on the water. The fish finder wasn't spotting much, and I didn't have much hope... After an hour-and-a half of nothing, I thought of throwing in the towel. A few other people were carp fishing and looking for advice. One guy caught a 2.5" sunfish. I grabbed it for bait.

I pushed off for one more cove that I'd seen activity at before. I tossed out the sunfish and worked a tw frog for a few minutes. I had one nice hit... I tossed the sunfish in the area that I had the hit.

The sunfish started going bonkers, and bam! It was long gone with drag peeling... I set the hook... He fought like crazy and did a few spectacular jumps. Certainly the biggest pic I've caught in a while.

I wouldn't really recommend the spot for bass and pics, but I certainly left happy tonight (a lot of work, and live bait, for one fish). It's a great spot for carp and white cats...


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White catfish are hitting again

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# Reviews: 4
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I've gone out catfishing maybe 8 or 9 times this season in my quest for a white catfish near 10 lbs. I found out the Charles had them last year and I am determined to get a big one. So far, I had only gotten bullheads and eels.

Last night before I could set up pole 2, pole 1 was having line peeled. It fought well.. I thought it might be another big eel. To my suprise, it was a beauty white... Probably 2.5-3lbs.

The pic is kind of lousy, and I think I am the only guy fishing them here... If you want to give em a try, I guess they get active at the very end of May.

2 average bullheads and 1 average eel.

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First Striper 2014

Avg. Rating: 5
# Reviews: 5
Views: 681
Merrimac River, Route 1A Bridge Newburryport
Hit the incoming tide on the Merrimac this morning. Fished 7:30-9:30AM.

Other than my first stripers of the year, it was just an average trip.

Clams on the bottom with an ounce egg sinker. Lots of other people were catching fish too. All schoolies. The attached pic was the standard for me and the others I saw come in today. Lots of fun in one of my all-time favorite spots.

I had to hit this spot again, as I've got a kayak and will move my saltwater game to the Boston area. Message me if you catch stripers in Boston from a kayak and want company.

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Sprague Pond. Kayak trip number 1
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# Reviews: 5
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Sprague Pond, Dedham MA
5/25/2014

This is a local pond with little shore access... lots of lily pads. Now that I have a kayak, I was eager to get out.

I caught my first kayak fish. 1.5 pound bass. Not worth mentioning if it wasn't my first. I DID NOT want to get skunked. Finally, minutes before it was completely dark, I swapped up to a 7" green and white yammamotto. The little bass smashed it.

I had 2 or 3 strong hits right after and couldn't capitalize. I'll def go back, and I'll certainly use the green and white.

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Catfish blues--the big eels are gone
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# Reviews: 2
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5/23/2014

I caught about 5 or 6 bullheads--about a half-pound to a pound--nothing special. I went out last week for white catfish and bullheads, and there were a staggering amount of 2 to nearly 5 pound eels. They kept me catfishing pretty hard the last week...

The eels hit hard, heavy, and quick. I lost more than a few rigs with them too. I normally wouldn't fish for catfish heavily this time of year, but I thought I missed some monster catfish--nadda. Just a bunch of big eels.

I wouldn't recommend the eels (unless you're starving or want to liveline an enormous one). I'll save the catfish fishing for June/July... Now you know where to catch 2-5 pound eels in mid May. I'm sure the white catfish will have to start biting soon, but I'm not rushing back out to try.
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New shore access, Charles River Dedham

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269 Common St Dedham
New shore spot on the Charles in Dedham

The town put in a new canoe/kayak launch behind the Dedham Parks and Rec department. After getting skunked striper fishing, I stopped in for a guaranteed catch. I was looking for white catfish and bullheads.

Before I could rig up pole number 2, pole 1's line was stripped and it was about to fly off into the river.

It fought like a big catfish at first, but it was a huge eel. It had to be near 5 pounds.

After about an hour fishing, I caught 5 eels and 4 bullheads. 4 of the eels were about 3 pounds or more, and one was about a pound.

2 bullheads were under a pound, and 2 were about 2.5 pounds.

The eels were thick and VERY aggressive. Does anyone know why? I didn't catch more than 5 in the Charles all last summer, and they were all under 1 pound. They must be heading to or from the ocean. I can't imagine any fish under a pound sharing the river with these guys. There is also no way this little bend in the river could sustain such a massive population of these guys. I even switched up to 5/0 saltwater hooks, but it didn't help. I called it a night after my fifth time getting slimed.

I will certainly head back to this spot later in the summer. It hasn't had much fishing pressure as the area was just cleared out last fall. Loads of swamp/marsh land around this bend. I've also caught plenty of good cats, carp, bass, and picks from the shore just a little ways away, both up and down the river.

*Good spot to drop a kayak or canoe into too.

No white catfish yet :(.

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Fooled by eels; 2x2x2

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# Reviews: 8
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Riverdale Park, Charles River, Dedham MA
5/15/2014

I went fishing in search of a small white perch and a small white catfish. Instead, I caught 2 largemouths, 2 bull heads, and 2 monster eels. I lost quite a few big eels too.

Typically when catfishing in the Charles, I'll catch one eel for every 20-30 catfish (I usually catfish when the stripers slow down and the warm-water fish pick up--mid summer.).

Also, usually for every 10 catfish in the Charles, 8 are about .5-.75 pounds, 1 is 1.5 pounds, and one is about 2-3 pounds.

I caught one big eel early on, and thought it was a huge cat. I assumed it was a random eel; I was happy to catch it. Then I caught a respectable bullhead. I spent the next hour-and-a-half loosing what I thought were monster cats. I had a couple very big, strong, and scrappy fish break my line off before I could see them too.

Finally, I threw on a smaller hook, and sure enough I caught another huge eel. I was using my normal catfish gear and haven't had a 4/5 pound fish break me off... These were pretty tough eels.

Before the sun went down I caught a couple little bass on plastics. They were about a pound each.

The white catfish aren't active yet.

Good easy, local trip after my kid's little league.

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Cashman Park Stripers incoming tide

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# Reviews: 4
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Merrimac River
9/1/2013

This is my favorite spot for consistent striper fishing on an incoming tide from shore. It doesn't get much better from shore. I fished it May through October this year perhaps 30x and caught at least 100 stripers. Maybe 1/10 of the fish are 25" or more. August is painfully slow, and I was skunked October 27. In addition to Stripers, you can catch HUGE eels on a rod and real in the summer, and you can fill a 5-gallon bucket of green crabs in no time with drop or throw crab traps (Unless you are heading off shore to ground fish, I don't know what you would use the green crabs for.). If you put in enough time, you might lock into a Sturgeon by accident. And if you know what you are doing, you might land it (see my profile pic.lol).

LOCATION: Park at Cashman Park and fish any of the shore line up to the 1A bridge. There is plenty of parking. You'll find a lot of structure, rips, and public and private docs.

TIDE: The entire incoming tide is productive. Check a current chart too. You want to fish the peak of the current hard. Most importantly at this part of the river, the last hour of the incoming is the MOST productive. For the outgoing tide, I move to Deer Island, up river, or Plum Island, at the mouth.

RIG: 20lb mono, 4 or 5 hook w/a mono leader > swivel > 1-2 Oz egg sinker

BAIT: Clams or seaworms. Clams and seaworms are eaten voraciously equal, but clams hold a little tighter with the current. I've tried everything else alive, dead, or fake and failed (even a live eel in the middle of a blitz). I've watched countless others throw everything else and fail.

TECHNIQUE: Work/bounce bait with the current, keep a tight line, and stick them hard when they hit. On good days in the spring in fall, every cast can produce a hit in peak times.

PICTURES: The two attached pics are from Sept 1. The bigger fish was 25". The two on the ground are average (maybe 16). The reason they're included is because I was catching them 2 at a time.

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