Fishing was really good this week using live bait. I ran almost all trips with live bait, mackerel and pollock and it really paid off. Due to the time it would take to get to the bait areas and then catch them I extended most 4 hour trips to 5 hours, with permission from the clients. I did a few live bait trips with 3 anglers (but prefer 2) but on all 4 person trips we used cut bait.

The best day of the week was Monday, taking long time customer Mark, his daughter Amy and son in law Eric, we caught a bunch of fish including two 38.5" beauties. These were the biggest fish for the week and we only kept one releasing the other for another day. On all days but one, we caught keepers, with Friday probably the most. Scott and his daughter Nicole caught 5 keepers with a bunch of others which was a welcome experience for them as they went the day before with another charter and landed only 1 striper and a bunch of dogfish (ouch)..

Weather has been great and the fish for the most part have been cooperating. Still not seeing large schools of smaller fish but using live bait we usually don't get any fish smaller than 26" or so.

Tight lines and happy 4th of July.

Capt. Joel

Fish Species: Striped Bass
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About The Author: Captain Joel Koch

Company: Reel Ecstacy, LLC.

Area Reporting: Portsmouth NH

Bio: Captain Joel Koch is a U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Captain, a NH Saltwater Fishing Guide and a Registered Maine Guide. Reel Ecstasy,LLC saltwater fishing charters leaves out of Portsmouth (Newington) NH and provides an enjoyable experience for beginners as well as experienced anglers. We fish for Striped Bass in Great Bay, Piscataqua River and along the seacoast of New Hampshire. We may also catch Bluefish if they are running.

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