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Joppa Flats 6-5-11

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Joppa Flats 6-5-11 Photograph by Gregg Crisp

Sunday morning I decided to fish Joppa Flats for the first time. High tide was around 2AM and since you have to fish this location +/- 3 hours from high tide I decided to launch at 1AM and I would be off the water around 5 when the sun was coming up.

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I launched into beautiful conditions as the wind had dropped to about 2 knots which made the water like glass. The air temp was a little cold at 48F and the water temp was surprisingly chilly at 55F. As I paddled away from the launch the water temperature stayed cool and there were no fish to be found. At the eastern end of the flats I spotted a fog bank sitting steady, I paddle over to it on the chance that was caused by warmer water temperatures and not colder air temps. I was right, as soon as I crossed into the fog the water temp jumped 4F and was soon all the way up to 61F. With the warm water found my real soon went off, the first two times the fish shook the hook loose. But the third time my Butchie Built Tube hooked up on a nice 28” Striped Bass.

The rest of the night provided a handful of schoolies all 18”-20”. Overall it was a beautiful night with clear skies and lots of shooting stars, as well as enough action to keep things interesting. I will be returning there soon.

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Gregg Crisp

About the Author:

Gregg Crisp has been an avid fisherman all of his life. In 2007 he rented his first kayak and discovered kayak fishing.  A year later a new one was in his driveway and he has never looked back. He frequents the waters around Boston in search of Striped Bass, and also spends plenty of time chasing Black Bass in the sweet water.  As an environmental contractor he has traveled and lived all over the United States, having fished in over 20 states. He currently resides in New Hampshire with his wife and two sons. Gregg authors the Blog YakFish.net, is part of the Yak Angler, Werner PaddlesRat-L-Trap & YakDaddy.net  ProStaff and is a member of the Jackson Kayak Fishing Team.

Website: yakfish.net/

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+1 # Andre 2011-06-07 01:18
Nice fish Gregg!
 
 
# Wrazor 2011-06-11 13:16
Very nice report Gregg. Like the map detail. And the photo of the strip is very interesting. All the background detail indicates what a challenge it is to get photo record. I have a hard time in broad daylight, it must really be difficult during night ops.
 
 
# Jim Meuse 2011-06-12 07:59
Just got my first kayak and would like to fish joppa. whats the best area to launch for the flats??
 
 
# Hammerhead 2011-06-12 18:35
Quoting Jim Meuse:
Just got my first kayak and would like to fish joppa. whats the best area to launch for the flats??

Jim the launch I used in in our Launch Locations under resources. If your heading out let me know I might be able to join you. Here is a direct link. Good luck!
yakangler.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=1074&Itemid=486
 
 
# brownwey 2011-11-17 09:51
As a newbie and former Porker now living in the South Shore, I loved this report. Grew up on Franklin St, a short walk to Joppa, learned to fish off the wall on Water St., and my Dad took me clamming at the flats on Plum Island River and on the Joppa. I use to fish off the Jetties in Plum island as well. Started to Kayak fish in Maine, but I really want to go for Stripers on one of these. Love this site - great information for guys like me - keep up the reports! Where did you put in the Kayak, off the boat ramp next to the sea wall or elsewhere? My Bro still lives there, so I might bring my Kayak along next time I visit him next year. ;-)
 
 
# Hammerhead 2011-11-17 18:15
Yes I used the ramp at the sea wall on Water Street. There is a map in our launch site section, the link is below. Hope to see you out there next spring!

http://www.yakangler.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=1074&Itemid=486
 

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