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Friday, May 1, 2009


Try fishing

Living in Carlisle as we do, we are fortunate that all major forms of recreational fishing (freshwater, deep sea, surf fishing, and fly fishing) are available within an hour or so from home. Some are right in our backyard. Bates, Greenough, Buttrick Pond, and the Concord River all hold multiple species of game fish such as Largemouth Bass and Pickerel, as does the Merrimac River in Lowell. Walden Pond and the Assabet River are even stocked with trout. In addition, the coastal areas of Massachusetts offer world-class Striped Bass and Bluefin Tuna as well as Bonita, Bluefish, False Albacore, Mackerel and numerous ground fish such as Fluke, Haddock, Sea Bass, Tautog, Cod and Pollack.

Very little is needed in the way of tackle to get started. A cane pole, a bit of line, a bobber, a few hooks, and worms from the garden are enough to introduce children to fishing. For the next level up, Wal-Mart sells inexpensive starter kits that include an assortment of tackle and a rod and reel.

Successful fishermen John Kirk (left) and Jared Davis, circa 1999. (Courtesy photo)

For saltwater you could begin by renting tackle at a nominal fee if you like. Yankee Fleet in Gloucester, John Boats in Plymouth, and Patriot Boats in Falmouth all rent rods and reels for less than ten dollars. If you choose a private charter boat the captain will supply everything.

Inexpensive Fishing Vacations Close To Home

Our kids were introduced to fishing while camping in New England state parks. We camped with a pop up camper and chose state parks in Massachusetts and Maine, as well as rustic campgrounds on Cape Cod, all of which are inexpensive. Tent camping is even cheaper. It’s easy to find a campground on a lake or close to the ocean where you can fish. Examples include Pawtuckaway State Park in Raymond, New Hampshire, Nickerson State Park in Brewster and Paines Campground in Wellfleet. In addition, many areas along the New England coastline are accessible to the public and are fishable from shore at no charge. The current world record Striped Bass of 74 lbs. was caught from the surf in Wellfleet.

Fishing is also a way to make lifelong friendships. My sons grew up fishing with their Carlisle middle school classmates and remain close friends today.

If you would like to learn more about fishing in Massachusetts you could attend the Concord-Carlisle Fishing Club meeting on Friday, May 15, 7 to 9 p.m. in Union Hall at the First Religious Society, School St. All are invited. For more information, contact Steve Kirk at or 1-978-371-0176.

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