Featured Guide: Light N' Fly
By James Hamilton | Friday, June 3
Talking shop and catching stripers with one of Boston Harbor's best guides
JH: Where are you from, and when did you start fishing?
JF: I was born and raised in downtown Boston and learned to fish on the lakes, rivers and ponds in New Hampshire in the summers as a little kid with my 3 brothers. As a family we took one trip to Florida each year and would go out on a charter boat together in Miami. We would catch mahi mahi, king fish, barracudas, amberjacks and sharks - that's when I really got hooked and can remember looking forward to that chance to fish with my family each year for all those differfent species. In 1998 I fished the Boston Harbor with a friend of mine for the first time and he put me on my first striped bass and bluefish that summer. I couldn't believe the fishery that was just a few miles from where I had lived my whole life. I became obsessed with fishing that summer.
JH: What's your favorite thing about fishing in Boston Harbor?
JF: After spending the day catching striped bass it is pretty cool to drop my clients off at one of the many wharfs right downtown in the seaport area of Boston. As we approach the drop off spot, the airplanes are buzzing in and out overhead at Logan Airport, the city skyline is right in front of us and its almost as if no one on the boat can believe the incredible fishing that is literally right in the middle of such a great city like Boston. And then of course I also like catching a 40+ inch striped bass on the fly as well!
JH: Profession before guiding?
JF: I played some professional baseball for a few seasons after graduating from college. I didn't make it nearly as far as I had hoped but it was pretty darn cool to spend 10-12 hours each day at the field working on my game, hanging with my teammates in the clubhouse, and I used to love to talk about hitting with the guys. Hitting a baseball is one of those topics that you are never going to totally figure out - so each day you are constantly trying to learn and understand it better, its a never ending discussion...its actually very similar to fishing in that there is always more to learn and just when you think you are starting to figure it out - you discover a whole new approach that you can quickly become fascinated by.
JH: Favorite beverage after a long day on the water?
JF: A nice cold beer while I clean the boat and get ready to head back out there again tomorrow!