A group of gulls resting on the beach may have settled there after a blitz. Photo/New England Boating, Tom Richardson.

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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