Fishing a family affair for Townsend clan – Lowell Sun

There is nothing like a Father’s Day fishing outing and that’s just what the Goyette Family of Townsend did last weekend. Although it was a week before the big day, they went to Cape Cod and fished until they could fish no more!

The top fisherman of the group was 11-year-old Trenton Goyette, who has been handling the fishing rod since he entered this world. His dad, Jason said, “Trent took to fishing like a fish to water, he just loves it and he pounds us every time we go out.”

Also fishing was the grandfather, David — who just happened to own the boat — and brother/uncle David.

The group when out of Borne and headed for Buzzards Bay. They were using jigs with a bit of squid, which would work very well. The black sea bass were most cooperative and everyone was catching them. Not just a few but dozens, so many they were at their limits and releasing fish. They were hours on-shore cleaning these great eaters.

The following day they would venture a bit further out and toward the islands, only to find the water a bit heavy so they stayed at the inner harbor and cast to breaking fish. The group, led by Trent, hooked up first and the race was on. It was a striped bass about 22 inches long, a short, but this would play out another 50 times or more. No one caught a keeper but Jason said it was just great fishing all the way around.

On the last day, Trent and his dad went to Peters Pond for some trout fishing. They had the pond to themselves and were fishing for trout up to 3 pounds. Young Trent caught and landed two rainbows while Jason caught a three-pound rainbow.

The group of them shared a great weekend with memories to spare and all of it on Trenton’s 11th birthday, but it was also a pre-Father’s Day weekend for the boys they will always take with them.

News and notes

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department completed its annual aerial stocking of remote trout ponds this week. Every year, Fish and Game contracts a helicopter to stock remote ponds, from Sunapee to Pittsburg.

The stocking of remote ponds in the back-country of New Hampshire provides a unique angling opportunity for those anglers seeking a true wilderness experience. Serene, remote ponds not only produce beautiful brook trout with high catch rates, but also give the outdoor enthusiast an opportunity for wildlife viewing, hiking, camping or just simple solitude.

Spring water temperatures can still be fairly cool, so if you have insulated waders, I recommend them. They are a little bit heavier, but well worth it to keep warm in the cool water. You can always shed them or dip into the water.

Most of you are seasoned anglers but you don’t want to make the error of leaving behind bug dope. Those no-see’ums will see you and eat you faster than anything on this planet. They will think of you as a welcome treat!

Large stripers are making their move now to our waters. It took a bit but they have arrived. They have been slower than usual this year because the water took a while to warm up to 60 degrees. Stripers thrive at this temperature.

Although the herring run is starting to dwindle now the striped bass don’t know that yet and are chasing the 12-inch fish right up the Merrimack to Lawrence. Several keepers and schoolies have been taken there on the Atoms plugs in yellow and white.

There has been some great action for bluefish on the south side of the Cape with very few making it around the horn. I was there last weekend and can attest to the thousands of blues off Hyannis, Yarmouth and Chatham. No matter where we went we hit blues from 6-12 pounds. We also managed to nail eight keeper bass from 18-30 pounds.

Check out the Friday FishFinder for updates.

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