FISH STORIES: Plymouth dedicates recreation area to Jack Medeiros

Plymouth resident Ken Almeida has been fishing in the area all his life. His column appears every other week during the fishing season. If you have a fish story you’d like to share, write to him care of the Old Colony Memorial, 182 Standish Ave., Plymouth, MA 02360.

The recreation area on South Meadow Road was dedicated to Jack Medeiros on Sunday, September 16. He passed away two years ago and was the town of Plymouth’s recreation director for 30 years. Jack was very instrumental in the design of many of Plymouth’s parks, recreation areas and the Crosswinds Golf Course. One of his favorite programs was the fishing derby he ran in May at Little Pond. I assisted him on those Saturdays, registering the kids and weighing in the fish. Jack always had 100 to 150 youngsters fishing in that event.

He called the derby the Walter B. Haskell Derby, in honor of the longtime Old Colony Memorial editor. The event was at no cost to the town as Jack would solicit local clubs for donations in order to purchase prizes. Jack began his career at the Manomet Youth Center and finally moved his office to the Town Hall and appointed Steve Pimental and Christine Pimental to run the youth center.

Ironically, the West Plymouth recreation area is across the street where Jack’s wife, Nancy, lives in their home.

The blues have arrived in big numbers at the power plant and some big ones have been caught. The Bay is still full of schoolie-stripers, with a few keepers mixed in. The state will also be stocking local ponds with trout, over the next few weeks.


Cherry’s Bait & Tackle

Cherry’s Bait will be opening at 6 a.m. until closing in late October or early November. Matt and Maureen have been kept very busy, especially on weekends. “Stop wishing and go fishing” has been Cherry’s motto and is also printed on their T-shirts. I’d suggest you pick up one soon, before they are sold out!

A few new baits and lures have been added to their tackle section. If you like to fish for largemouth bass, they have some great lures. Cherry’s is also an official Massachusetts state weigh station.


Coop’s Bait & Tackle, Martha’s Vineyard

The annual Martha’s Vineyard fishing derby began last Sunday, Sept. 9, and will end Oct. 13. This is one of the biggest tournaments of the year and usually attracts 2,500 to 3,000 fishermen. Years ago, the winning entry was the striped bass, but now includes blues, bonito and false albacore. Prizes are given out to shore as well as boat fishermen. This is a great way to end your year for saltwater fishing. The albies and bonito are at the Vineyard and the stripers and blues are still very active. If you’re interested in entering the 2018 derby, entry fees are $50 adult, $35 senior and $25 youth up to 14 years of age.


Fore River Bait & Tackle

Lisa reported that the fishing in the Quincy and Boston areas has been excellent. The bonito are at Nutt Island and fishermen are jigging them up to live-line them for bait. There are still plenty of mackerel and porgies around and some blues up to 10 pounds have recently been weighed.


Mary Elizabeth

Capt. Tim Brady Jr. will be fishing weekends, through the first week of November. The Mary Elizabeth leaves the Town Pier at 7 a.m. and returns at 1:30 p.m. You can get further info on their website. The Mary Elizabeth has four entries in the Governor’s Cup derby for haddock, winter flounder, mackerel and catch and release cod – that was 32 1/2 inches.


Flyin’ Finn Charter

The Flyin’ Finn has had some great charters over the past couple of weeks. Capt. Tom Lundy is available during the week and is booking trips for tuna fishing. Give him a call if you’d like to go fishing for tuna, stripers and blues.


Red Top Bait & Tackle

Bruce is still busy weighing in those big stripers that have been caught in the Canal. Canal Bait was an official weigh station for the John Alden Sportsman’s Club tournament. Canal Bait has a great selection of tackle, both fresh and saltwater. Bruce is always willing to give you the information, especially on the Canal fishing.


Capt. John Boats

Starting this weekend the Capt. John will be having 14-hour trips, leaving at 4 a.m. and returning at 6 p.m. On Sept. 16, tomorrow, you won’t be able to keep any haddock! Call the Capt. John for reservations and information. Whale watches leave at noon and at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the weekend. The daily trips to P-Town are scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, for three more weeks.


John Alden Sportsman’s Club

The John Alden’s fishing tournament ended on Sunday, Sept. 9. This was the 18th year that the club has held this event. There were 65 entries, and the club always has a great cookout on the final day, at their pavilion. Chairman of this derby was Doug Kaake and the following members of his committee: Jim Murnaghan, Steve Merrill, Rich Schelle, Jeff Nelson, John McCarthy and Rich Flood. The cook for the derby was Jack Donahue and ticket sales were handled by number one bartender, Gary Horton.

This year’s winners are as follows.

Youth Division: striper; 12 lbs.; 34 inches; Max Crosby. Max had quite a derby, winning a saltwater rod and reel, and was a winner of another outfit during the raffle. I spoke briefly with Max and his dad and he caught his bass at the Canal on an S.P. Minnow.

Adult Division:

Striper – 1st, Ron Mollica 39 lbs., 47 inches; 2nd, Mike Golden, 19 lbs., 35 inches

Bluefish – 1st, Vincent Mollica, 12.5 lbs., 35 inches; 2nd, Brian Williams, 10.9 lbs., 31 inches; 3rd, Brian Richmond, 5 lbs, 25 inches

This was the 18th consecutive year that Brian Williams has fished in this tournament, from when it began in 2000. This third place finish finally got him into the prize money! The John Alden Sportsman’s Club does an outstanding job with this annual event and is always a leader in the community, supporting many youth activities.


Wavelength Charters

The Wavelength is still booking fall trips for bass, blues and tuna. Call Capt. Hobson for a reservation and your selected date. He is doing well with both the blues and the stripers. You can also stop by his booth on the Town Wharf to check out some of his recent catches. At this time of the year, the booth is open on the weekend.


Plymouth resident Ken Almeida has been fishing in the area all his life. His column appears every other week during the fishing season. If you have a fish story you’d like to share, write to him care of the Old Colony Memorial, 182 Standish Ave., Plymouth, MA 02360.

Andy-Lynn Boats, 508-746-4558

Canal Bait & Tackle, 508-833-2996

Capt. John Boats, 508-746-2643

Capt. Tim Brady, 508-746-4809

Cherry’s Bait Shop, 774-404-7876

Coop’s Bait & Tackle, 508-627-3909

Duxbury Bait & Tackle, 781-934-0242

Elite Tackle and Bait, 508-591-7461

Flyin’ Finn Charters, 617-480-2157

Fore River Tackle, 617-770-1397

G&R Marine, 781-585-9451

Green Harbor Bait & Tackle, 781-834-3474

Mary Elizabeth, 508-789-9176

Mass. Fisheries & Wildlife, 508-759-3406

Morrison’s, 508-746-0970

Pilgrim Belle, 508-747-3434

Plymouth Charters, 508-747-3013

Provincetown Ferry, 508-747-3434

Red Top, 508-759-3371

Wavelength, 508-317-4967


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