Hunter’s corner: Everything you need to know about fishing in the summer

For the Monitor
Published: 6/11/2016 11:50:54 PM

Okay, it’s June. So what fish captures the imagination of most fresh and salt water anglers? Bass. For the fresh water angler, it is black bass, small mouth aka Smallies and largemouth bass aka Larries.

I would encourage you to get a copy of the New Hampshire Freshwater Fishing Regulation Guide for 2016. There are methods and restrictions on what you are allowed to keep during this period of time.

If you are going to take a young person fishing, take them warm-water fishing. The action is faster and there is action. Trout fishing will return to bottom fishing using PowerBait and the hot color right now is green. But the fishing is slow.

Salmon and lake trout fishing is also slow. Kids need some action and the action comes with warm-water fishing. Sun fish and perch are great targets and will give the younger anglers plenty of excitement. If you have a hot spot for black crappie, take it. Bring a cooler filled with ice and as soon as the crappie is caught, put it in the cooler. The flesh of the black crappie is delightful table fare. Keeping it in the cooler will safeguard the quality.

The other super bass is the stripper bass. You need to review the 2016 Saltwater Fishing Digest for all rules that apply.

New Hampshire has an 18-mile coastline and as a result, Maine grants New Hampshire residents 18 miles where they will recognize the New Hampshire salt water license. I’m not sure of Massachusetts. Your safest best is to get all three. That way, you can hit the Merrimack River into Massachusetts. Every once in a while, I fish in New Jersey. What I do is to go online and print out a New Jersey saltwater license because there is no charge for the New Jersey license.

There are lots of fishing options. Some like to troll Santini rigs baited with chohog. Others like to chunk with other bait fish. The real challenge comes to fly anglers who attract school-size strippers. This is probably the most fun way to fish for strippers.

Robb is always quick to remind me of the one and only time we attempted to fish Great Bay in my 14-foot Grumman equipped with a 20 HP Evenrude. Launching was no problem. We headed out into Great Bay and had a great time. We didn’t catch any fish but we still had a good time. In the meantime, the tide had changed and we were to buck the tide to get back to our launch site. With the Evenrude at full throttle, we narrowly made it back to the launch site. This was the first and last time we attempted to fish Great Bay. Although I now have a bigger boat with twice the horsepower, there are other places in New Hampshire and Maine and Massachusetts that offer stripper opportunities.

I have two friends that are experiencing serious tick problems. The first is Jim who walks his yellow lab nightly in Pembroke. His lab is a tick magnet. If it were a black lab or a chocolate lab, the ticks would not be so visible. Jim takes all of the correct precautions in protecting his lab and he’s careful to remove any tick that lands on his lab.

The other friend is Rocky. Rocky is a New Hampshire original working with trees and secondarily creating fire wood. Just this past week, Rocky in loading up a fire wood delivery was inundated with ticks. He was able to remove all. So, the message is to continue to enjoy the outdoor recreational opportunities, but to caution with the problems ticks carry.

I had the opportunity to attend the birthday of a 4-year-old daughter of my niece in Derry. Her husband, his brother and father are avid deer hunters. At the recent Rockingham Country Outdoors Expo, the buzz was all about this huge buck that had been spotted during last year’s deer season. When the brother, Alex, got wind of the buzz, he produced a trail cam photo and asked if it was the deer in question. It certainly was and the buck had a rack of what looked like 18-plus points. Alex spent hours looking for the sheds that would confirm the size of the rack but he could not find them.

What the trail cams provide is information about what animals are frequenting your area. If the cam records the time and date, it is possible to pattern the bucks frequenting your cam site. But there is no guarantee, as many things will influence the bucks travel routine, especially during the rut. Wind direction and hunter scent being the two most noticeable influences. If you are a tree stand hunter, you will need to vary your approach to your stance depending upon wind direction. At any rate, this and other sightings of big bucks with heavy racks prove that you can take a trophy buck in any part of the state, not just up north.

(Bob Washburn can be reached at


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