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It was a tough summer of fishing in the surf. It started off with some of the best trout fishing I've seen in several years but, Mother Nature put an end to it overnight with a cold water upwelling in mid June that never really dissipated all summer long. Needless to say, I’m ready for Fall!
Captain Shawn Morgon was still walking on air days after a rare catch of a 188 pound swordfish taken September 8 just east of the east end of Catalina Island.
September opens the door for everything that is good about the anticipation of a great fall ahead for mountain trout fly fishing. Everything starts to happen in the month of September; the days are starting to shorten-up, late afternoons start to cool down, and fish sense a change in conditions as summer really starts to let go of its grip.
September is one of our favorite times of the year to be on the New and James Rivers fishing for smallmouth. Football is in the air, school is back in, and summer vacations are winding down. That means one thing; river traffic goes WAY down! Look for this September to feature some fabulous fishing as we have more water in our rivers than we have had since 2004. And big smallmouth and musky will be chomping hard! Th e bait has already moved to the banks, and both smallmouth and musky are starting to chase with all the cool weather we have been having. Break out the crankbaits and spinnerbaits early this year, they will be on them. If water clarity clears past 5-6 feet of visibility, look for the topwater bite to pick up.
In mid-July, Capt. TJ Belmonte of Strung Out Charters invited me to join him and Capt. Bob Sannasardo of Shallow Water Spots for a morning on the lagoon. We met Capt. Bob at the ramp in Edgewater at 6 a.m. and headed straight to a recently producing fishing spot.
A week ago Saturday, the crew of Salt Shaker, out of the Wentworth Marina in New Castle, landed an all time New Hampshire state record Bluefin tuna.
Fishing in New England in September is awesome! The summer residents and tourists are gone, the lakes and ponds are vacant during the week and not that busy on the weekends. The days are warm, the nights cool, the sky is a brilliant blue, the clouds are pure white and the trees are magnificent in their fall colors of reds, orange, yellow, gold, brown and green.
For decades the bass fishery at Lake Allatoona has been dominated by spotted bass. In a few years, anglers may see a welcome change because of a state program to stock largemouth bass in the Atlanta-area reservoir.