Monthly Archives: February 2017

Club Meeting March 21, 2017

Biologist Matt Ayer of Marine Fisheries

photo taken from the Salem News (Aug. 24, 2016)

3 Topics
Groundfish Discard Mortality
Striped Bass Migration
Using Acoustic Telemetry:  An Important Fisheries Tool

Our monthly meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month at the Newbury, MA Fire Hall (7 Morgan Ave, Newbury, MA 01950.) The doors open at 7:00 PM. Dinner is served at prices that will not break the bank. 🙂 The club meeting starts at 7:30 PM. After the meeting, we have a seminar by a featured angler. Seminars are free for club members; there is a $5.00 charge for non-members. Membership information is available here.






Beach Access Public Meetings

Newburyport City Councillor Sharif Zeid has contacted the club to alert us to upcoming public meetings on beach access at the north end of Plum Island. The City has applied for and received a grant to look at beach access and erosion on the Northern End of Plum Island.

You may be familiar with the fencing and signs that have appeared at the north end of the island recently.

Meetings are being held with residents and other interested parties to gather information and feedback on path usage and what’s important to people in that regard.  As a fishing club, PISC has interest in both protecting the sand dunes from erosion and ensuring access to the beach for fishermen.

We encourage everyone to stay on the marked paths and to participate in public meetings to ensure that the fencing permits easy access to the river and oceanfront.

The meetings will be:

Town Meeting
Thursday, March 2, 2017
6:30 pm
8 Plum Island Turnpike
Newburyport, MA



Public Site Visit
Sunday, March 5, 2017
1:00 pm
Plum Island Northern Lot
Newburyport, MA




Club Meeting February 21, 2107

The Annual How-To Night
7 pm
3 Morgan Avenue
Newbury, MA

Martha Moulton-Dudley of Surfland Bait & Tackle will again be here teaching reel maintenance and simple repairs.   Club members will teach fly tying, plug maintenance, rigging soft plastics, and rod building and repair.

It is school vacation week, so we hope to see many of our Junior members come and stay out late learning valuable fishing skills.

Doors will open at 7 pm for dinner with teaching sessions to follow.


PISC Fishing Show on March 25, 2017

The 21st Annual Fishing Show is coming on March 25, 2017!

Plum Island Surfcasters had a very successful show last year and we are looking forward to a bigger and better show this coming year. There will be a separate room with an improved sound system for the seminars. This will leave even more room for vendor tables in the main room.

Visiting fishing shows in the off season is a great way to get ready for the coming striper run. We have two outstanding fishermen coming to help us improve our fishing strategies and skills.

D. J. Muller
“Hit ‘Em Where They Live”
An Exposé on Finding and Catching Striped Bass

Based in New Jersey, but fishing as far north as Block Island and Cuttyhunk, D.J. Muller is a renowned fishing guide and speaker. He writes for various fishing magazines and gives seminars around the northeast. Come and learn how to turn yourself into a legit bass hunter. Stop the confusion and start catching more bass. You will learn:

  • How to understand striper terrain and areas where they like to gather.
  • Reading the water.
  • Conditions in which bass like to feed.
  • How to choose the correct equipment for the task at hand.
  • The proper lures for where you are fishing.
  • How to properly present artificials to linesiders.

Guaranteed to make you a better surfcaster!

Steve Gallant
“The Versatile North Shore Surfcaster”

A native of Ipswich, MA, and current resident of Plum Island, Steve Gallant knows our local waters well. His presentation will describe the diverse fishing environments that the North Shore Surfcaster will encounter from the marshes and estuaries to the open beaches and rocky shorelines. He will discuss what to look for in each of these areas, what to bring, and how to fish it. All the equipment needed to effectively and safely fish these areas will be covered.


At the show, we will also be raffling off thousands of dollars worth of fishing gear. You can see a list of major items up for raffle here (coming soon.) We are soliciting merchandise as prizes for our raffles. Anyone willing to donate prizes should contact John Liss at (978) 994-6204.

Club Members may volunteer two hours of their time for free admission to the show. We need help with collecting admissions at the door, serving food, signing up new members, running the raffle, and a few other things. Check out the volunteer opportunities page for information on how you can help us put on a terrific event.

New Gear!

Some of the best fishing gear will be on display for sale by local tackle makers. Vendors who would like a table at the show should contact Larry Craig at (978) 828-4441.

This page will be updated with more information as it becomes available.

Please distribute the flyer below to publicize our show.

Download this flyer to print and distribute.


  • 8:00 am Doors Open
  • 9:15 am: Steve Gallant: “The Versatile North Shore Angler”
  • 11:00 am: Raffles
  • 12:00 pm: D. J. Muller: “Hit ‘Em Where They Live”
  • 1:30 pm: Raffles
  • 2:00 pm: Show Ends

Directions to Hope Church, 11 Hale Street, Newburyport, MA 01950