A group of gulls resting on the beach may have settled there after a blitz. Photo/New England Boating, Tom Richardson.
The next time you see a group of seagulls sitting lazily on the water or along the shore, take note: They may be resting after a feeding blitz that happened before your arrival—and waiting for the next one to begin! Stick around, blind-cast the area or check your sounder for bait and game fish. You could be pleasantly surprised.
I learned this tip while fishing with longtime Nantucket charter skipper Tom Mlecszko. We were looking for stripers and bluefish off Tuckernuck Island when Tom suddenly stopped the boat off a section of beach where a group of gulls were gathered. He instructed his sports to cast big surface plugs toward the beach, and we were soon rewarded with a bunch of chopper blues.
As Mlecszko proved, when it comes to finding game fish gold, it pays to take a bird’s eye view.
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Tom Richardson is the director and host of New England Boating. Before that he served as the editor of Northeast Boating from 2005 to 2009, and as managing editor of Salt Water Sportsman magazine from 1995 to 2004. He lives, boats and fishes in southeastern Massachusetts with his wife and three kids.