The Ranger 169 Ghost
The skiff is here! I'm excited to now offer a true day of flats fishing to those anglers in the northeast who live for spending their time in shallow water. This trip can be a day of fly fishing, light tackle spin fishing, or both - whatever your prefer. The skiff is perfect for one angler, a second can join you if you are willing to take some turns and share the bow over the course of the day. A typical day on the Ranger starts at sunrise where we will look for fish on top surface feeding. The goal is to catch a few fish to start the day off right and then we will retreat into the estuaries and marshes to escape the crowds. Once in the backwater, fly anglers will generally cast gurglers, sliders and crease flies while spin fisherman will throw 4-5 inch surface plugs and soft plastics. We will fish hard like this for the next hour or two working to get into a few larger fish. Next, once the sun is high enough to provide good visibility over clear water with a sandy bottom we will head out to a flat and begin the sight fishing part of our day. This is where you will either tie on some crab / shrimp fly patterns or use an ultra light spinning rod and we will start poling the flat looking for striped bass. We will work together to spot fish and in a typical day you'll see lots of fish, get several shots and hook a few more stripers using this technique. Your skill level will be tested during this part of the day for sure!
If this sounds like a day you are interested in, please reach out to Captain Josh to discuss. These trips can be customized based off your interests - several of my clients request to spend the full day sight fishing. This fishery in particular is very tide and weather dependent and there are only a few areas where we can do this kind of a trip. These areas are an hour or two trailer ride from Boston out onto Cape Cod. Trips are generally 6, 8 or 10 hours so we can work a full tide cycle together. After fishing a full day in the skiff you will have seen these fish in several different settings...when they are blitzing and surface feeding it can feel like they'll attack anything you throw at them. Up in the backwater you'll fish some areas that you may have never considered in the past while fishing for stripers, and finally on the flats these fish can be picky as hell and require quite an effort to get them to feed. Some days it can take everything in your fly box to figure it out and start catching - but that's the game and its a blast to pursue these fish in the skiff!
Josh is my “go-to” guide for Boston Harbor and flats fishing on the Cape. He is good natured, works hard and always knows where the fish are. I highly recommend spending a day on the water with Josh - especially on the flats!
-McLane, Westwood, MA