Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Fishing from a sea kayak: Easy and productive, and useful on extended trips

Fishing from a sea kayak is pretty easy if you're into that sort of thing. Trolling is easiest. Some of the best fishing takes place a lot closer to shore than you might think.

Gloucester, Massachusetts paddler Marv Tighe demonstrates. Marv eschews a spray skirt. He trolls a lure known as a tube-and-worm.

The fish is a striped bass, a migratory species. Massachusetts minimum size for legal striped varies from year to year but typically hovers at 28", give or take.

Stripers don't have teeth. Grasp the lower lip between thumb and forefinger and the fish goes limp. Remove the hook and release.

Audio overlay is of a channel 16 securite call from the Coast Guard warning of approaching heavy weather. Fishing is often best just before bad weather arrives.

Meanwhile, the Gloucester Fishermen's Wives Cookbook, in print since 1977. 

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