Monthly Archives: March 2017

Farewell, Mackerel: Beloved Surfland Mascot Passes

Dear Members:

It is with sadness I must report the passing of Mackerel, beloved Surfland mascot. Mack, as some of his friends called him, passed away after a brief illness last weekend. I found out about his passing while at our annual fundraiser. Mackerel could often be seen at the shop usually up on the counter or on his bed by the window. He even graced the front of a very popular T-shirt sold at Surfland.  A gentle soul, he would love his tummy rubs as he lay in the sun by the window. Please visit Surfland’s website for his full bio and when you stop by the shop, please give your condolences for the loss of this wonderful creature.



The Fishing Show Season Is Not Over

Thank you to everyone who attended our fishing show on Saturday, March 25.  We had two great speakers:  J.D. Muller and Steve Gallant.  The show was well-attended with over 400 people there.  Congratulations to everyone who won something on the raffle table!

But the fishing show season is not over.  Two great shows are coming up next weekend.

Massachusetts Striped Bass Association has their show on Saturday 4/1 and Sunday 4/2 in.  Find more information here.   The schedule of speakers includes Julio Silva (one of our own club members!) giving his “Fishing Cuttyhunk” seminar and D.J. Muller discussing fishing the Cape Cod Canal.  If you didn’t get enough of D.J. yesterday, you can hear him again next weekend.  Catch them and other speakers next weekend in Hanover, MA at the MSBA Expo 2017.

The New England Paddlesports Show hosted by Kittery Trading Post has free admission.  The exhibitors cover all the big brands for kayaks, stand-up paddle boards and paddle sports accessories.  It is a terrific place to shop for kayaks and kayak fishing gear.  The speakers include two names familiar to our club:  Alicia Rossman who spoke to us at the June PISC club meeting and Tim Moore, who spoke at our January meeting.  There are other speakers as well (information here) as well as some in-pool demonstrations of kayak skills.  The show runs Friday through Sunday, March 31 to April 2 (information here) and takes place at the UNH Field house in Durham, NH.  That means no sales tax on the gear normally sold from the Kittery Trading Post store located in Maine.

An upcoming post will summarize some of the fishing tournaments in our local area, as it will soon be time to get out and fish!


Sturgeon in the Merrimack River: A Recovering Species

Rescheduled to Mon. March 20th

Please call to confirm newly scheduled time.  I haven’t found the update on the web anywhere.  978-834-0050

Micah Kieffer, a marine fisheries biologist, will be speaking at Michael’s Harborside (1 Tournament Wharf, Newburyport, MA) on March 15, 2017 at 7 pm. The talk will focus on sturgeon activity in the Merrimack River and the Gulf of Maine.  For more information call 978-834-0050.

These beasts have been caught by hook and line around Plum Island.  Check out a post on the Surfland Bait & Tackle website about sturgeon being caught in our area.


Gear Up to Fish at the PISC Fishing Show

Our annual fishing show hosts a wide range of gear manufacturers, fishing guides and informative displays.  You will find these organizations at our show.

Fish 360

Striper Maine-iac Custom Tackle

Stingo Fish

High Hook Lures

Big D Plugs

My Fishing Cape Cod

Born to Fish Lures

Al’s Goldfish

Joseph Naroski Equipment

Vintage Fish Company

Massachusetts Striped Bass Association

Massachusetts Marine Fisheries

NOAA Fisheries Services

Maria Papa & Emil Vintage & Used Tackle

Vintage Fish Company

Massachusetts Striped Bass Association

MJF Knives (Mark Fulton)

Al Gag’s Lures

D. J. Muller Surfcasting

Lovermug Body Products


Samantha Aronson,  Angling Artist

Dexter Outdoors & Go Fish, Dan

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge