Northeast Boating Magazine
Get yourself a copy of Reel People: Fishermen of Plum Island. The one-hour documentarty by Newbury, Massachusetts, resident and avid fisherman James Waldron is a stunning piece of camera work that perfectly captures the essence of the Plum Island fishing experience. The documentary primarily consists of short interviews with a wide variety of Plum Island fishermen, from grizzled surfcasters to 10-year-old partyboat anglers, flycasters to eel slingers, boat fisherment to jetty jockeys. They all have one thing in common: a passion for fishing and an enduring love for the angling mecca that is Plum Island.
The DVD explores the special geography of Plum Island and what makes it such a magnet for fish, particutly striped bass. It also discusses the history of this remarkable barrier island. Waldron spices the documentary with amazing 8 mm footage and black and white stills of Plum Island druing the striper boom years of the ’60s and ’70s, when giant bass were routinely caught from the beach. You’ll be amazed at the numbr of 50-pound plus fish that were caught during that era. Waldron also touches upon the many changes that have occured in the Plum Island fishing community over time, including the decline of most of the local fisheries. And of course, he devotes an entire segment to Kay Moulton and the rest of the Surfland crew.
— Tom Richardson, Editor, Northeast Boating Magazine