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Hampton/Seabrook

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After being out of commision (work & back) it was good to get out for a couple of hours. My sons and I fished the Hampton river yesterday from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM. We started off in the basin area on the Seabrook side but soon spotted terns working out by the rocks at the mouth. Not sure what the bait was but it kept the birds busy while we were there.

First tried a Gibbs popper with out much luck, went to a pearl storm shad without any luck then I tried the combination. Picked up a few schoolies before the birds moved off. Still not sure what the bait was, if anyone has any idea please pass it along, thanks!

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Good report NH. Last time I was there, terns were working the water but not much. Possibly sand eels?? I'm usually casting clams. :wacko:

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Could be squid. We have quite a few down the south Cape beaches.

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Mmmm, squid - I'm still not sure what the bait was as I tried again last night. I only picked up a couple of schoolies as the terns were working further out. What ever the bait is it's small, the terns are small and weren't coming out of the water with anything visible in their bills. Seems like there is more bait than stripers this year! :wacko:

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Mmmm, squid - I'm still not sure what the bait was as I tried again last night. I only picked up a couple of schoolies as the terns were working further out. What ever the bait is it's small, the terns are small and weren't coming out of the water with anything visible in their bills. Seems like there is more bait than stripers this year! :wacko:

I think it's either sandeels or silversides. FYI, sandeels aren't real eels at all. Yes I also think there is a lot more bait available this year. Last observation, most Stripers caught this year are loaded with sea lice, they are larger and most have fat bellies which is not a bad thing.

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