|Fishermen see Hull as a "Shore Thing"|
Town of Hull
The Town of Hull is all about the sea. In reality it is more of a barrier island than a long peninsula. It's only solid connection to the "mainland" occurs at the south end of Strait's Pond at the corner of Atlantic Ave. and Jerusalem Rd. Otherwise you need a bridge or boat to get there. It's a clear cold Sunday morning in January. Ice on the ponds is still to thin to support any ice fishing yet. Mar-E and I set out for the Town of Hull to check out some shore fishing spots we plan to try this spring and summer. With the clear skies you could almost see all the way to Gloucester. When you mention Hull the first thing you think of is Nantasket Beach. Us older folk remember Paragon Park and the roller coaster. What a place to go as a kid! People fish all along the eastern shore of Hull from the Cohasset line, on the south end, to Point Allerton in the north. The rocks at the south end of the beach produce stripers for those who venture out to them. A couple of years ago a Hull man caught an eighty pound Bluefin tuna off the northern end. Flounders, smelt, blue fish, stripers, cod, pollock and mackerel can all be caught from the shore in Hull.
At the Saltwater Club and Yacht Club corner, called Windemere, smelts can be the attraction in the winter time. This year has been slow at least for Mar-E and me. Summer sees the the stripers and bluefish chasing baitfish right up to the docks. Fort Revere dominates Telegraph Hill in the distance. This is one of the best areas to view Hingham Bay, and Boston Harbor with it's lighthouses. Today we went into the cemetery the runs up to the forts outer ramparts to get a different view of the lights together. Toddy Rocks are off the western edge of Stony beach down below the Jacob School. Hardy souls can find a route to reach this great striper spot. Great views of the harbors most famous lighthouses. Here they line up in a straight line and make for great photos.
Hull Gut is one great spot. Not just for fishing but for the scenery. It's always worth a trip here rain or shine. It's here that cod fish can still be caught from shore. I have fished here many ,many time in my lifetime. Mar-E and I used to come to catch flounder from Pemberton Pier in the early 70's. Late winter and early spring brings cod into the gut and within easy range. Clams, worms and small jigs will work here. Mid May allows you to take winter flounder and some good sized flatties get caught here every year. Mackerel make their appearance in May and early June. Once the "Macks" are in, you can expect to catch striped bass on a regular basis. Set up one rod to fish with live mackerel for big stripers, while you fill the bait cooler with the other. Blue fish arrive at the end of June and make fishing light gear here a must on hot summer evenings. Bait, jigs and kast masters work well, but top water action is the way to go if you see them chasing bait. George's Island with Fort Warren stands to the north, at the cross roads of the "Narrows and Nantasket Roads", two of the many shipping channels in the area. A good friend Bill McCormack was in charge out there for years and I have been through every inch of the old fort.
Peddock's Island still has year round residents. Mike and Judy can be seen in the skiff heading for Quincy Yacht Club all winter long as they commute to work. Both are long time friends and I often envy their way of life.
Still there is more shore to find along the "bay side" with plenty of opportunity for fishing. From the "A" Street pier, to the mouth of the Weir River, there are plenty of spots to wet a line. Parking could get tough in the summer if you want to fish the mouth of the Weir River. Kayaking makes access easier.
Follow the Weir River and you have completed a circuit of the most of the shore line and have seen a great deal of places to chase your favorite fish from shore. The windmills look good and were spinning this morning in a strong NW wind.
Hull is one of the prettier towns around due to the miles of coast line and island filled harbors. Fishermen and women come from miles around to stand on her shores and cast their line. Now is the time to do your home work and find your spots for spring and summer fishing. One thing, maintain the speed limits when driving thru town. There are a lot of people that share the road.
Written by Elmer Mudguaard
Photos by Mar-E and Elmer