Fishing Scituate, MA

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Fishing has long been a major occupation and pastime among Scituate mariners, given its close proximity to Cape Cod Bay. That tradition endures, even though fishing for cod is no longer a going concern.

Striped bass kick-off the inshore scene starting in late May and early June. Great early-season action can be enjoyed by small-boat and kayak anglers in the North and South Rivers and their tributaries at this time, as the bass follow herring far upriver and wait for them to drop back to the ocean in late June.

Later in June and July, expect big bass to patrol the rocks and ledges in around Scituate Harbor. Casting big plugs, live mackerel, flies and soft-plastics among the boulders can raise some very large fish at this time. Trolling large tube lures over structure and depth contour lines in 20’ to 30’ of water can also take some large fish during the day. Chunks of fresh mackerel fished just above bottom below a balloon or float can also work well if the fish are holding deep.

Large bluefish also feed around the nearshore structure, and can be taken on the same lures and techniques used to target stripers. Trolling deep-diving plugs and tube lures fished on wire line is always a good way to score with the choppers if you don’t find them feeding on top.

Late July and August often see the arrival of bluefin tuna on nearby Stellwagen Bank. These fish can range from “footballs” of 30 pounds to giants weighing more than 800 pounds. Naturally, it helps to get the scoop on the tuna bite before making a trip. Blue sharks, makos and threshers can also be taken on Stellwagen by setting up a chum slick and fishing large bluefish and mackerel fillets.


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