Looking for information about fishing Great Bay. I have a 17 ft center console. Where is the best place to launch? Parking? Where is the most productive fishing? Any general advice on fishing this area?
I fish the river quite often altho I don't venture up into the bay too far. Pierce Island launch is tough loading due to the fast current. Not all that bad if 2 or more guys . The Elliot Maine ramp is just great. I can handle my 19 ft center console by myself It's nice when I take the wife out from time to time. You can forget the Dover Point ramp sue to low low low tides. Can't load at low tide.... As for more productive fishing....Anywhere on the river is good fishing. With a 17ft CC, Have you ventured out to IOS yet?? Nice fishing there too!!I spend most of my time out there... good luck!!!Keep us posted, OK???
As far as IOS I've been thinking about going out but am a bit concerned about my boats ability to handle a sudden turn in weather. I have a Scout with an 85 horse Yamaha, no kicker. It's a great boat but I havent ventured too far off the coast with it (mostly fish around Plum Island). Have you seen a lot of 17 footers out there? Also, what is the best kind of approach out there? Can you pick up live bait or do you use chunks and lures? Any info would be much appreciated.
Capt., Live bait usually isn't a problem at the IOS. If no macks, pollack. I now have a 19 CC but have been out in my 15ft bowrider lots of times. Little iffy at times but watch the weather carefully & you would be alright. It's only a 20 mimute ride. Sudden change of wind direction is a "heads up", especially if it comes from the East. I have seen boats a lot smaller that 17 out there. Striper activity is usually great there. Keep in touch!! good luck!!
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