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Old 04-11-2015, 06:38 PM
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Default First Stripers - when?

So what is your prediction on when we will see/catch the first Stripers ? Based on this weather I might say July 4 - but seriously when?
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Old 04-11-2015, 07:08 PM
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Hampton Harbor and Back Channel in Portsmouth I'm assuming is the location we are talking about. This is the New Hampshire Fly fishing site so I'm going with that. I never make the trip before Mothers day. The best fishing for me is the first early moring high tides of June. I prefer to fish the out going tide. I'm sure there are stragglers in before that and maybe even fish that overwinter. If you wish to travel south you can find numbers of fish much earlier.
There is so much to target in mid May inland its hard to decide. Trout, Salmon and Smallmouth are all in prime time just as the Stripers get here.
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Old 04-11-2015, 10:48 PM
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Yes NH area Merrimack River north to Portsmouth
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Old 04-12-2015, 04:50 AM
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If it's 'first' Stripers you're looking for, one can have some fun in less than a month in the mouth of the 'mack.
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Old 04-12-2015, 07:16 AM
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The first fish usually show up when the Apple trees start to bloom. They are in thick when the flower buds on the Lilacs start to open up.

Also watch the water temps... It is still a little under 40. The magic number for the leading edge of migrating fish is 50.
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The magic number for the leading edge of migrating fish is 50.
I'm afraid this is the key. Keep your eyes on the water temp data, or just head south for early season action.
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5/17 is my guess
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Old 04-28-2015, 08:02 PM
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I tried in Portsmouth on Sunday for holdovers but didn't put a ton of effort in. Alewives should be here the first week of May.
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Old 04-30-2015, 05:38 AM
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They got some yesterday on the "vineyard", so you can take it from there. 2-3 weeks maybe.
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Old 05-01-2015, 10:54 AM
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I checked my log and my first striper was May 3rd last year....we got into them pretty good, ended up with 15 between 2 of us, all put back like every fish i catch, none were keepers anyways. Biggest was 26" My buddy took that on his spin and i had both setups with me....they liked the light brown/white clouser that day. We have that spot pretty dialed in and are pretty much guaranteed fish. I will be starting to fish for them next week.
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