Manchester Harbor, Massachusetts Striped Bass and Bluefish Fishing
A Google Earth overview of Manchester, Massachusetts, north of Boston and near Gloucester, plus a look at small sections of Salem Sound easterly towards Gloucester’s Coolidge Point, Kettle Island and Magnolia Harbor, reveals what a fine stripedbass fishing area this is. You have a choice between the calm inner harbor waters near Manchester’s mooring areas, including its sand flats near House Island and Gales Point, and rougher, wilder waters east and south, towards Bakers Island and the Misery Islands.
Some kayak fishing enthusiasts who frequent the area have taken the time to construct interactive Google Maps of the area, including fishing hotspots, parking areas and put-ins and caution areas for the angler in the small boat. Have a look at the Google Earth and you can find them easily.
In some instances fishermen have taken screen shots of their maps of the area and placed them online. Although the images are helpful, your best way to interact with the images, including downloading gps coordinates, is to download the Google Earth kmz files.
Doing so is pretty easy. First download Google Earth for free. Then head over to the Google Earth bbs, and search for Manchester, Massachusetts kayak fishing. View the file online or download it for mashup or viewing later.
These Manchester, Massachusetts striped bass, flounder, cod and flounder waters, from the east towards Magnolia and Gloucester, then southward into Salem Sound’s more remote spots, can be a rewarding and challenging area to explore. From the calm waters of inner Manchester Harbor to the Trustees of Reservations holdings at Great and Little Misery Islands and Coolidge Point, you’ll cover in a short distance conditions that range from the protected to the exposed and wild. The further seaward you go, toward the offshore redoubts the Outer and Dry Breakers or Halfway Rock, the deeper you venture into open ocean, where the rewards (bigger fish) and the punishments (larger swell, breaking waves) are equal and in large measure. Once you’re deep into southeastern Salem Sound’s nether regions in a small boat such as a sea kayak or sit on top kayak rigged for kayak fishing, Bakers Island and Childrens Island are your only bailouts.
But a trip to the area is not beyond the skills of the average sea kayaker or kayak fishing enthusiast who watches the weather carefully, avoids the area during stiff offshore northwesterly winds, and keeps an eye out for breaking seas. Many New England boaters in sea kayaks explore the area, paddling here by way of nearby Manchester, Marblehead, Swampscott, Gloucester. Likewise any number of fishermen in powerboats make the trip from the same harbors.
If you search for related Google Earth kmz files of the area, note that the best include placemarks showing Manchester Harbor’s better and lesser known put ins (there are three). Choose a file that includes placemarks related to landing areas, roughwater areas, and fishing notes. The best files have dropdown windows, on the placemarks, that give specific bait and gear choices for striped bass fishing, and alternative fish, such as cod and flounder, to look for if striped bass and bluefish don’t appeal to your sense of sport.