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Drift Fishing Joppa Flats with Dan LeBlanc Newburyport, MA
Joppa Flats <ul><li>About me… </li></ul><ul><li>90% of my fishing season is for  </li></ul><ul><li>striped bass </li></ul>...
Joppa Flats <ul><li>We fish from early June until late October </li></ul><ul><li>We fish… </li></ul><ul><li>100% with live...
Joppa Flats <ul><li>Why Nights?... </li></ul><ul><li>Stripers migrate into the shallows at night </li></ul><ul><li>Striper...
Joppa Flats <ul><li>Why Drift?... </li></ul><ul><li>Fish Swim, didn’t you know that? </li></ul><ul><li>Drift fishing allow...
Joppa Flats <ul><li>Stripers  LOVE   eels !! </li></ul>One of my secret stashes …
Joppa Flats <ul><li>Rigging eels… </li></ul><ul><li>Move very slowwwly !! </li></ul><ul><li>Hook them as close to the nose...
Joppa Flats <ul><li>My boat…  “Ruff Stuff” </li></ul>
Joppa Flats <ul><li>The truth about Striped Bass… </li></ul><ul><li>Stripers are not generally leader shy </li></ul><ul><l...
Joppa Flats <ul><li>Successful night fishing begins with… </li></ul><ul><li>Daytime scouting at low tide </li></ul><ul><li...
Joppa Flats <ul><li>Access areas </li></ul><ul><li>Boat </li></ul><ul><li>Shore </li></ul><ul><li>locations to </li></ul><...
Joppa Flats <ul><li>Drift Fishing… </li></ul><ul><li>Looking for sand & structure </li></ul><ul><li>Reading the water </li...
Joppa Flats <ul><li>Drift Fishing… </li></ul><ul><li>Become familiar with </li></ul><ul><li>Buoy lights </li></ul><ul><li>...
Joppa Flats <ul><li>Drift Fishing… </li></ul><ul><li>Water depths range from 7 ft to less than 1 ft  </li></ul><ul><li>You...
Joppa Flats <ul><li>Drift Fishing… </li></ul><ul><li>Fishing the flats is always a race against time & tide </li></ul><ul>...
Joppa Flats <ul><li>Gear… </li></ul><ul><li>6 -7 foot rod, medium action </li></ul><ul><li>12 – 15 lb test line </li></ul>...
Joppa Flats <ul><li>Boat  Drift Techniques… </li></ul><ul><li>Position the boat to move with the current  </li></ul><ul><l...
Joppa Flats <ul><li>Useful Tools… </li></ul><ul><li>GPS with tracking on </li></ul><ul><li>VHF Radio </li></ul><ul><li>Cel...
Joppa Flats <ul><li>Never stop learning… </li></ul><ul><li>Fish with other people or hire charters to learn! </li></ul><ul...
Questions ?? Drift Fishing Joppa Flats
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Drift Fishing Joppa Flats

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This is the presentation I developed for the local fishing members of Carlisle, MA. Presented at the Union Hall, March 25th, 2010. I helped the attendees get a glipse of the resource that's available locally and tips on how to land the big one.

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Drift Fishing Joppa Flats

  1. 1. Drift Fishing Joppa Flats with Dan LeBlanc Newburyport, MA
  2. 2. Joppa Flats <ul><li>About me… </li></ul><ul><li>90% of my fishing season is for </li></ul><ul><li>striped bass </li></ul><ul><li>I started drift fishing Joppa Flats in 1996 </li></ul><ul><li>Commercial Hook & Line Fisherman since 1998 (off and on) </li></ul>
  3. 3. Joppa Flats <ul><li>We fish from early June until late October </li></ul><ul><li>We fish… </li></ul><ul><li>100% with live eel </li></ul><ul><li>100% of the time we drift </li></ul><ul><li>99.5% at night </li></ul><ul><li>Why you ask? </li></ul>Bob’s 43 incher
  4. 4. Joppa Flats <ul><li>Why Nights?... </li></ul><ul><li>Stripers migrate into the shallows at night </li></ul><ul><li>Stripers feed more aggressively at night </li></ul><ul><li>Fishing and boating pressure is greatly reduced at night </li></ul>Twin 38’s
  5. 5. Joppa Flats <ul><li>Why Drift?... </li></ul><ul><li>Fish Swim, didn’t you know that? </li></ul><ul><li>Drift fishing allows us to cover more ground </li></ul><ul><li>Drifting will out produce boats at anchor 10:1 MINIMUM !! </li></ul>36” & 38” Joppa Fish
  6. 6. Joppa Flats <ul><li>Stripers LOVE eels !! </li></ul>One of my secret stashes …
  7. 7. Joppa Flats <ul><li>Rigging eels… </li></ul><ul><li>Move very slowwwly !! </li></ul><ul><li>Hook them as close to the nose as feasible </li></ul><ul><li>Put them in the water as soon as they’re rigged </li></ul><ul><li>30lb leader, 4/0 Gamagatsu Octopus Hooks </li></ul><ul><li>Ice </li></ul>38 lbs
  8. 8. Joppa Flats <ul><li>My boat… “Ruff Stuff” </li></ul>
  9. 9. Joppa Flats <ul><li>The truth about Striped Bass… </li></ul><ul><li>Stripers are not generally leader shy </li></ul><ul><li>Stripers don’t fear boat lights </li></ul><ul><li>Stripers react to noise </li></ul><ul><li>Stripers are opportunistic & habitual feeding machines </li></ul>2006 Striper Tournament & a very happy crew !
  10. 10. Joppa Flats <ul><li>Successful night fishing begins with… </li></ul><ul><li>Daytime scouting at low tide </li></ul><ul><li>Boating navigation skills and instrumentation </li></ul><ul><li>Familiarity with land lights </li></ul><ul><li>A maintained boat </li></ul>Joppa Flats from the satellite
  11. 11. Joppa Flats <ul><li>Access areas </li></ul><ul><li>Boat </li></ul><ul><li>Shore </li></ul><ul><li>locations to </li></ul><ul><li>try… </li></ul>
  12. 12. Joppa Flats <ul><li>Drift Fishing… </li></ul><ul><li>Looking for sand & structure </li></ul><ul><li>Reading the water </li></ul><ul><li>Listen for popping sounds, birds, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>If there’s no action </li></ul><ul><li>MOVE !! </li></ul>Tom’s first keeper - 36lbs
  13. 13. Joppa Flats <ul><li>Drift Fishing… </li></ul><ul><li>Become familiar with </li></ul><ul><li>Buoy lights </li></ul><ul><li>Landmarks </li></ul><ul><li>Streetlights </li></ul><ul><li>and buildings </li></ul>Another big fish !!
  14. 14. Joppa Flats <ul><li>Drift Fishing… </li></ul><ul><li>Water depths range from 7 ft to less than 1 ft </li></ul><ul><li>You will hit bottom !! </li></ul><ul><li>Vary the speeds </li></ul><ul><li>Play it safe if you’re not sure </li></ul>Hum’s big fish !!
  15. 15. Joppa Flats <ul><li>Drift Fishing… </li></ul><ul><li>Fishing the flats is always a race against time & tide </li></ul><ul><li>Play the winds </li></ul><ul><li>Make note of holes, grass, moorings, inlets, contours, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Water temperatures </li></ul>Young’s first striper
  16. 16. Joppa Flats <ul><li>Gear… </li></ul><ul><li>6 -7 foot rod, medium action </li></ul><ul><li>12 – 15 lb test line </li></ul><ul><li>30 lb mono shock leader </li></ul><ul><li>Gamagatsu baby !! 4/0 </li></ul><ul><li>Penn 5500/4500 or equiv. </li></ul><ul><li>Large net </li></ul><ul><li>Small Flashlights </li></ul>Hum & Andy with 3 beauties
  17. 17. Joppa Flats <ul><li>Boat Drift Techniques… </li></ul><ul><li>Position the boat to move with the current </li></ul><ul><li>Electric motor to maintain direction </li></ul><ul><li>Bow fisherman casts to 1 and 11 O’Clock </li></ul><ul><li>Stern trolls 1 or 2 lines while casting to either side </li></ul><ul><li>Slow retrieve, pickup at 4 and 8 O’Clock </li></ul>
  18. 18. Joppa Flats <ul><li>Useful Tools… </li></ul><ul><li>GPS with tracking on </li></ul><ul><li>VHF Radio </li></ul><ul><li>Cell phone </li></ul><ul><li>Pliers/snips, knifes and hookouts </li></ul><ul><li>Snacks & Water </li></ul>Bad picture… Nice Fish !!
  19. 19. Joppa Flats <ul><li>Never stop learning… </li></ul><ul><li>Fish with other people or hire charters to learn! </li></ul><ul><li>Log your fishing trips! </li></ul><ul><li>If others are catching and you’re not, try something new! </li></ul><ul><li>Information sources </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter: @surfland </li></ul><ul><li>www.NewEnglandFishing.net </li></ul><ul><li>On the Water Magazine and their online reports </li></ul><ul><li>The Fisherman magazine </li></ul><ul><li>Etc, Etc, Etc </li></ul><ul><li>And ABOVE ALL visit local bait shops and get to know them! </li></ul>
  20. 20. Questions ?? Drift Fishing Joppa Flats

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