Striped bass fishing
Striped bass are perciform fish found all along the Atlantic coast, from Florida to Nova Scotia, and are caught as far north as Hudson Bay. They are of significant value as sporting fish, and have been introduced too many areas outside their native range. ( Wikipedia)
WARNING: Hooking into a Striped bass may cause heart palpitations, increased blood pressure, strain to the arms, excessive smiling, general fatigue, euphoria, and leave an indelible memory.
Hard to believe that what started as Fish Camp with 20 gals has grown into creating an opportunity to fish for striped bass in the Atlantic Ocean. None of the would be possible without Al’s Goldfish Lures and the Woman Angler and Adventurer, sponsors of this event. I met with owner of AL’s Goldfish Lures after she was a guest on the Woman Angler and Adventurer. Here is the link to that show. We got to talking and the next thing you know we are headed out to fish the cape. She has expert contacts in the industry and hooked us up with the guides for this event. The guides, Eddy Stahowiak and Todd Corayer also bring Daiwa and On The Water in as major sponsors. See bio’s of Eddy and Todd below.
Official start of the weekend is Friday October 11th. We will be having a striper fishing seminar with our guides, Eddy and Todd. Seminar topics will include introductions, safety, striped bass, striper fishing, locations/times for weekend activities, area info, surfcasting techniques, casting practice & more. We have arranged for hors d’oeuvres and there will be a cash bar with a bartender. Goodie bags will be provided. For the fishing on Saturday and Sunday, groups will be split into two groups.
On Saturday, half the group ( 10 Women) will go surf cast fishing with guides Eddy and Todd. They will have scouted the area and have found the best options for the current hot bite. Be prepared to move locations during the day. Attendees should plan on car pooling. ALL places charge for parking.
The other half of the group will have options. You can go on a guided fishing trip with Seven Stripes guides aboard a 26′ Cobia center console boat, perfect for chasing the fish of the Northeast. The boat can take four anglers at a time, and there will be a morning and afternoon session both Saturday and Sunday. The guide service is Seven Stripes Guide service and they will be fishing for stripers and possibly other species.
The other option is to go out on the Neat Lady fishing Charter. Its a 65 foot charter boat that has a capacity of 55 people. Our group will not be the only customers on the boat. Fishing equipment is provided for $5 and alcohol is allowed. No license required. This is a fun filled casual day of fishing. Target species is Blackfish which are good eating. There is a fish cleaning fee paid to the guides on board. Your fish is bagged for you and ice is available on the dock.
The next day the two groups switch activities. Bag lunch is provide on both days. Group leaders will be Barb and Angie, co-hosts of the Woman Angler and Adventurer . One of them with be with each group.
On Saturday night after the fishing, there will be a reception and dinner will be served. The menu is not finalized but our choices look fabulous and even include a gluten free option. This is included in your registration fee. On Sunday, we will gather for a pizza party at a well known local place that gets great reviews. This will be on your own and they do not take reservations.
We have several lodging options available. There are three hotels that we have blocks of rooms reserved at. The prices run from $95 to $185 per night. Lodging info and group discount codes will be sent to those that register .
Registration for this event will include several ticket options. The options will be the seminar and one day guided instructional day on the water, meet and greet and banquet dinner. Additional add on option will be a half a day guided trips with Seven Stripes Charter or the day of fishing on the Neat lady Charter.
What to Bring.
Layers – could be warm, could be cold
If they got ‘em – studded boots (or slip-on boot traction covers)
For the surfcasting portion, anglers will need to get a recreational saltwater fishing permit (if on the charter, they will fall under the charter’s permit). Cost for anglers under 60 years of age is $10; and there is no fee for anglers over 60 years of age but ALL anglers still need to get a permit. LINK to Mass saltwater permit details here.
SPECIAL NOTE: THIS IS A FAIRLY ACTIVE EVENT AND YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO CLIMB OVER ROCKS AND BE ON UNEVEN TERRAIN. IF YOU WANT TO ATTEND, AND DO YOU DO NOT WANT TO PARTAKE IN THE GUIDED STRIPER FISHING CLINIC, CONTACT ME. WE MAY HAVE A FEW EXTRA SEATS FOR THE BANQUET ONLY. THEN YOU COULD STILL GO ABOARD THE NEAT LADY CHARTER OR THE GUIDED STRIPER FISHING TRIP.
Eddy Stahowiak – aka: “Lunch Break Eddy”
While fishing is my passion, it’s also my job; I’m a senior Graphic Designer and Photographer for On The Water magazine and media group. My motto is “fish when you can”, as I try to fit fishing into my life on a daily basis whenever possible. Some anglers live for the weekend, but my passion for angling has earned me the nickname “Lunch Break Eddy”, as you can reliably find me fishing during my lunch hour, and typically on the way to and from work as well.
With Google Earth and some local intel, there’s six ponds and two beaches within a 15-minute drive from my office, meaning I have at least 30 minutes of fishing time. That may not seem like much, but 30 minutes of fishing, three to five days a week, 52 weeks a year adds up to some serious fishing time. No matter the season, I have at least two rods with me ready to target whatever is biting. Not all anglers have the variety of options available to me where I live, but there’s probably a water body with fish somewhere nearby, even if it’s a pond in an industrial park. For the true fishing addict, the target species is secondary to the act of getting out and wetting a line. After all, 30 minutes of fishing is better than no fishing at all. For inspiration, follow #lunchbreakeddy on Facebook and Instagram.
Todd Corayer – aka: “The Fish Wrap Writer”
The best way to catch fish is to know where they are, right? I’ve been finding fish since that first striper I caught in first grade with a periwinkle off a Block Island dock. I’m a Rhode Island fisherman, occasional hunter and fairly sarcastic freelance outdoors writer who, much to the amusement of my fabulous wife, largely lives in the water. For years I have detailed hunting deer, ducks and turkeys, fly fishing for salmon, gorgeous Penobscot River smallmouth, river herring and New England striped bass. Celebrating life on the water, always pen in hand, I focus on conservation concerns and the talents, personalities and total characters who make being a sportsman so fantastic. I write Fish Wrap, a weekly print outdoors column along with a blog, www.fishwrapwriter.com, have several radio and television outdoors reports and have won a solid handful of awards for my writing and photography.