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I have an opportunity to come to the Northeast Coast to fish in the summer of 2002. I have the option to schedule my trip between May 01 and August 31. I will be staying in Hampton Beach NH. and fishing from a friends 28' Grady White in the Atlantic.

I am a seasoned skipper and an avid fisherman but most of my fishing has been off the Texas Coast in the Gulf of Mexico. I have made trips to the Canadian Pacific Northwest for Salmon and Halibut and to the Southern Pacific for Sailfish.

My question is:
1) What is the best date between May and August?
2) What fish species are most plentiful and preferred?
3) What kind of tackle and special techniques are needed?
4) What is the license requirements for a non resident 3 day fishing trip on a private boat? Cost?

Any information or web site links that might help me make an informed decision would be greatly appreciated.

Post here or mail me direct. My email address is [email protected]



This message was edited by jim972 on 10-26-01 @ 11:43 AM
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Thanks Mark for your very informative email. I have been researching the area using the info and I realize that you have a very active whale watching industry in this area. Does it compete with the fishing? What seasons are the whales active in the area?

Please! anyone


This message was edited by jim972 on 10-26-01 @ 2:18 PM
I don't fish the Atlantic myself but from reading the postings on this WEB site and talking to my friends it sounds like the action for gamefish, like strip bass and bluefish, is better in the August time frame.

There is no license required to fish saltwater in NY but depending on what you are fishing for there are limits and restrictions. Check before you go, this WEB site is a good place to find that information


Hampton is about 12 miles south of where I live so I know the area where you will be fishing quite well.

To answer your questions:

1. I like June best if your after groundfish. The weather is usually less windy then most of the year and it can be T shirt weather. I find the best and largest cod to be found around the Moons (New or full).

2. Cod is king in June but you may also land Pollock or Haddock. Stripers start showing up but they are mostly schoolies until July. If your looking to bring back really good fillets, Then cod is the fish and jigging is the method of choice for big cod.

3. 8' heavy convential rod with a Penn 113H, Newell (540.5.5 or 447 5.5), Pro gear or any other jigging reel that your can wrestle a 30lb cod from 300' water. Check out some of the previous posts under the rod building section. Synthetic (power pro) line is a must.

4. No SW license in NH.

I don't usually go whale watching. When your fishing, you end up coming across them almost daily. I caught my biggest cod (44lbs)under a school of herring that a Humpback whale was just feeding on. I have seen whales from May till Nov.

Hope this was helpful.

Capt. Marc
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Capt. Marc hit it right on the head. I am also from NH. In fact Capt. Marc and I fish the same waters. Usually within talking distance. Become very good friends. Capt. Marc is an authority on Cod fishing as far as i'm concerned. He's right, June is big Cod on the moons.

Good Luck
You'll enjoy the North East

FV Moody Blues
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