Fishing the Fifty

My Quest to Fish All 50 States


Every time I mentioned not having fished Massachusetts while discussing my state quest, the response was the same:  fish for tuna.  This was true before that TV show about tuna fishing came out, and it was especially true afterward.  However, as usual, I wanted light tackle, near-shore action that would provide me with more fishing time and less boat-riding time.  I picked Lou Biondo ( because of his big fish pictures and his proven success as a tournament winner.  Additionally, working as a commercial fisherman part-time means it is not in Lou’s DNA simply to take you for a boat ride; he wants to find fish.


We fished out of Gloucester on one of its hottest days of the year (96 degrees, a record for that day).  I started by jigging for Atlantic mackerel and pollock for bait, which I enjoyed quite a bit.  The striper fishing was slow, so Lou’s unflagging desire to find fish came in very handy.  I caught two stripers (28 and 37 inches) and had such a good time talking to Lou that I barely even noticed the slow bite. 

Massachusetts welcomes you

Calm day on the water

Jigging for pollock

My first Massachusetts fish, a 28-inch striper

37-inch striper