FISHSTORIES: Happy fishing until we meet again FISH STORIES:

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.

This will be the final article for 2018 so I’d like to take a moment to thank the charter boat skippers for the information I was given on the fishing. The bait and tackle shops are always included in my column with news of qualifying fish weighed in for the state’s annual derby. When I started these articles, over 20 years ago, I had only the local boat captains and a couple of bait and tackle shops. As you know, I’ve got “Fish Stories” news covered from Quincy to Martha’s Vineyard.

I hope my articles give you some information on how the fishing is, not only in Plymouth, but other areas of the state. I know a few fishermen like to go smelt fishing in the Quincy and Hull areas. There’s a great fishery at Martha’s Vineyard, and Cooper Gilkes III owns a great tackle and bait shop and is also one of the top fishermen on the island.

The last couple of years have seen some excellent fishing at the Cape Cod Canal. Bruce and Sheila Miller operate the Canal Bait & Tackle Shop and give me excellent reports on the fishing. This is also true of the Red Top Bait & Tackle in Buzzards Bay and it has been in operation since I was a kid. The Quincy and Boston areas are covered by the Fore River Bait & Tackle and Lisa gives me some great reports on the fishing in the area. Fore River is one of the few shops that still carry shrimp, for bait!

I really can’t say enough about our local skippers. Capt. Mario Costa of the Andy-Lynn Boats has fished the Plymouth waters for over 50 years. If any skipper knows the “hot spots,” it’s Capt. Costa. The Wavelength charter boats are always the best bet for striper and blue fishing. Capt. Dave Hobson is constantly among the top skippers in Plymouth. The Mary Elizabeth boat, led by Capt. Tim Brady Jr., gives fishermen an excellent time to fish for ground fish. Nearly every year he has had entries in the Mass. Governor’s Cup, with many qualifying entries. This year, he has four entries in the derby!

Cherry’s Bait & Tackle Shop has been around for over 50 years. Maureen Daly and Matt Borgatti do a great job at the shop and always carry a full line of both fresh and saltwater bait. Maureen opens the tackle shop during the summer months between 4:30 to 5 a.m. If you haven’t picked up one of Cherry’s T-shirts, you’d better hurry, because they will sell them out!


John Alden Sportsman’s Club

The John Alden Sportsman’s Club in Manomet runs a very successful saltwater derby in early September. This year was no exception, with 65 entries in the event. The club always supports local town activities, especially charitable organizations. I look forward to personally covering the awards ceremony held at their pavilion. Also, if you’re looking for a place to hold a party or an event, the club has great facilities for this activity.


Seaside Club

The Seaside Club, in North Plymouth, holds many fishing derbies throughout the spring and summer months. Many of these tournaments include non-members, as guests. If you like to fish in derbies, contact a friend who is a Seaside Club member and they will sign you into the derby. I started these fishing tournaments many years ago, with about 15 or 16 members. This tournament turned into the Bill Strassell spring derby.

We have some great times at the club and like many of the clubs in town, we have our share of characters. Three of these guys, Paul Giammarco, Eddie Costa and Eric Cirigliano, recently decided to cut out my picture from the “Fish Stories” and put it in the ladies’ lavatory. They waited until the annual pig roast for this and I received a few comments from the ladies.

After some investigation, I found out that these “three stooges” were to blame. Giammarco, one of the best custom-made rod builders in the area, was probably the “brains” behind the event. Costa, as a kid, used to fish with fava beans, but never caught anything, and Cirigliano was seen using chourico for bait for stripers, without any success! They will have the entire winter to “dream up” something for next year.

I always save the best for last and this, of course, is Beth McDermott. Beth has been typing the “Fish Stories” for many years and does an outstanding job. She always calls me if there’s a question about a specific plug or lure that I may feature in my column. Thank you again, Beth!

There’s still some great days in October to fish, now that the state will be stocking local ponds. Saltwater fishing is still great and the bass, blues and tuna are in abundance. If you’re looking for a tuna charter, you might want to call Capt. Tom Lundy of the Flyin’ Finn. If you don’t have any success with the tuna, he’ll probably end your trip fishing for stripers!

I hope the winter passes quickly and I’d like to thank my readers for the comments. Any suggestions you may have to improve will be appreciated. You can drop me a note to Fish Stories, Old Colony Memorial, 182 Standish Ave., Plymouth MA 02360.


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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