Six miles northeast of Provincetown, Massachusetts, stretching some 18.5 miles in length to end just seven miles southeast of Gloucester, Massachusetts, lies Stellwagen Bank. Because of its relative inshore location, 14.7 miles from the mainland, the bank is influenced more by the cold water from the Labrador current than the Gulf Stream. The twice daily tidal fluctuations moving east and west pound the bank’s edges with currents, diving the nutrient-rich bottom water to the surface in a process called upwelling. These nutrients are the fertilizers for the phytoplankton which provide the basis of the food chain that makes Stellwagen such a great location to fish.
Fishing with High Hook Charters you can catch a number of fish types ranging from Atlantic cod, bluefish, bluefin tuna, striped bass and other species. Whales are also very prominent around Stellwagen Bank during the fishing season including finback, minke, humpback, pilot and northern right whales so don’t be surprised when you see them all around.
Duxbury and Bay Fishing
The waters off of Duxbury and Surrounding bays are some of the richest fishing grounds on the Eastern coast. The Duxbury fishing scene has seen the presence of adult pogies inside the harbor and around outskirts of the channel. These provide us with great bait for catching the large stripers that can be found around a number of different spots within the bay and
around the channel.
However, you don’t need bait to catch a keeper in Duxbury due to some spectacular sand flats, where stripers can be sight-fished on calm, sunny days as they cruise over the ocean bottom in two to four feet of water. The best tactic is to drift, pole or anchor near a channel edge and wait for the fish to move out of the deep water and onto the flats, or vise versa. Also keep an eye out for birds working low over the water, as it may mean that bass and blues may be driving baitfish to the surface.
Striped Bass are a migratory fish arriving in mid-May and staying through October. High Hook Charters use a variety of techniques to catch Stripers and do our best to accommodate our passengers to what best suits them. We are allowed to keep 2 bass per person 28″ and up. Bluefish have no size limit and we can keep 10 fish per person. The most common way we fish for bass is with live-line Mackerel early in the season and then switch to live-line pogies throughout the rest of the season. If you are looking to catch a 30 lb Bass this is your best chance. Mackerel are migratory and arrive in the beginning of May and usually hang around through mid October.