Top 5 Lures for Boston Harbor

Boston Harbor, photo/New England Boating.
Fishing Boston Harbor. Photo Tom Richardson, New England Boating.

If you’re a Boston-area fisherman who’s already looking forward to next year’s fishing season, here’s a list of top lures for the Harbor and surrounding waters, courtesy of local fishing guru Pete Santini, owner of Everett bait-and-tackle shop Fishing Finatics.

ONE: Santini Tube

A nice striper taken on a Santini Tube
A nice striper taken on a Santini Tube

At the risk of coming off as self-promotional, Pete recommends this namesake lure. However, there’s no denying its effectiveness on striped bass and bluefish in the harbor. Troll it low and slow around rocks and ledges, and always with a live seaworm on the hook.

TWO: Rapala X-Rap 30

Rapala X Rap
Rapala X Rap

Pete likes this swimming lure in the blue mackerel pattern. Troll or cast it around structure or channel edges where mackerel are present.

THREE: Wild Eye Storm Shad

Strom Wild Eye Swim Shad
Strom Wild Eye Swim Shad

This soft-plastic paddletail lure is great for reaching big stripers holding in deep water. Pete likes the 6” version in the pearl or bunker pattern. The lure can be jig, trolled or cast.

FOUR: Cotton Cordell Pencil Popper

Cotton Cordell Pencil Popper
Cotton Cordell Pencil Popper

This a great topwater plug for working rocky shorelines in the harbor islands. “I’ve taken fish up to 40 pounds on this lure,” says Pete, who likes the redhead/white body combo.

FIVE: Danny Plug

Danny Surface Swimmer
Danny Surface Swimmer

This oldie but goodie is Pete’s go-to lure for night fishing. He likes darker colors, such as black and purple, and fishes the lure very slowly over shallow structure.