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Maze of Channels: Essex, MA, Kayak Fishing Adventure

By Tom Richardson; Videography by AJ Derosa

Watch as ENE TV host Tom Richardson and Guyton Thorne chase spring striped bass in the Essex River estuary, north of Boston! Each June, stripers enter the river in droves, setting up several weeks of spectacular light-tackle action. These fish can be taken on natural bait, trolled swimbaits, soft-plastic baits, and flies worked along the marsh banks, creek mouths, and channel edges. One cast may produce a micro; the next a 20-pounder. But that’s  all part of the fun!

Remember that a Massachusetts saltwater fishing license is required to fish the Essex River. You can order one online here.

Learn more about accessing and paddling the Essex River.

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