July Fishing is Looking Every Bit as Great as June!
Conditions: Water temps in the river range from 65*-75*. The beaches are around 60*. There's tons of bait everywhere so the stripers have full bellies by mid day. The best bite is really early and again at dusk. But, with some patience you'll catch fish from late morning through the afternoon in the deeper water.
This year the River is fishing so good my trips to the beach have been fewer than normal but when I've gone the action has been worth the 12 mile run.July 11 Fishing Report
Normand Saucier and Bob Emmons with a striper caught on live eel
Bait the fish are feeding on: River Herring, Alewives, Mackerel, Sea Herring and Sand eels
Fishing Tactics: July is when I typically spend half of my time fishing the beaches... This year the River is fishing so good my trips to the beach have been fewer than normal but when I've gone the action has been worth the 12 mile run.
My fly fishing tip of the week: Sinking lines in the River for sure but swap to intermediates on the beach. Also downsize your flies on the beach they're eating small sand eels and juvenile see herring.
My spin fishing tip of the week: In the river bucktails tipped with soft plastic is still the hot setup. On the beach try poppers and swimbaits.
7 day outlook: This coming week's fishing conditions couldn't be better. Morning falling tides, variable winds less than 15 knots and no rain in sight until Friday. The River might have clarity issues as the run off from inland makes it way down stream. The beaches will be unaffected and should fish great.
As of this blog post I have 7 mornings and a handful of afternoons available in July. Some of those dates are on the weekends. Let's go fishing!