3-22-10 SPRING IS HERE
Herring thick at Oliver's Mill today. I think they are about a week later than
last year. I will be making the first Haddock, Cod trips just after April 15th.
Bass fishing should really get rolling around May 15th. June will be the
best as the bass show in large numbers and the tuna make their way
north. Until then the local ponds will be producing some nice largemouth.
5-1-10 First trip of the year with Liam V. and Bob W. Launched in Scituate, flat calm
conditions. Water was 45 degrees inshore 50 on the bank. . Made the 18 mile run
up to the Northwest Corner of Stellwagen in 35 minutes. Plenty of boats on the water
today. Found the fleet on the back edge of the bank about two miles South of the
Mussels. It was less than a minute until Bob picked up the first fish of the year. A
keeper codfish. Soon we had a few in the boat, just above the 24" limit so we
decided to go looking for larger fish. We moved just a bit South, away from the fleet,
looking for better. We were soon rewarded with a nice bunch of fish in the 10-20 lb
range. We jigged for a couple hours and the action was steady, most fish were
keepers and the biggest was about 22lbs. Having just about caught our limit of cod
we moved East searching for Haddock. 180 ft of water was the right depth. We
hooked a dozen or so haddock in a short time and also a big toothy wolf fish. We
also jigged up a nice sea scallop. Scallop sashimi is one of my favorites (yum). We
ended the day with Liam getting a double header on 10 lb cod. A smooth ride home
and we were back at the dock by 2:00. Here is a recipe for Live Scallop Sashimi
5/21/10 Had Dan B and His dad Joe on board today. The charter was Joe's fathers day gift from Dan. At first light
we headed out by the BE for some cod, pollock and haddock. Action was non stop and Joe had the hot rod, with
many doubles on keeper cod and pollock. There were a few haddock in the mix also. All fish came on jigs and
teasers. We fished the area until just before noon and, with a full box, headed over to the Race for some striper
action. We found the stripers, hundreds of them and managed to catch a few, but the fish were keyed in to micro
sized bait and ignored most of our offerings. A fly rod would have been just the ticket. We headed back to the barn
at 1:30 with sore arms and smiles on our faces.
5-23-10 Today I had three generations of the Pedroza family on board. The plan was to run to Stellwagen to do some
cod fishing and then down to the Race for some striped bass. The cod bite was a little slow on the bank but big
pollock made up the difference. After moving around a bit we were able to find some keeper sized cod. We headed
down to the Race around noon. On the way to the race we were treated to an amazing whale show. A couple dozen
Finbacks and Minkey Whales feeding on the surface. Darren got some great photos. At the Race, like Friday, the
stripers were there but SUPER finicky. We managed to hook three or four on very light tackle. The stripers were
rolling all around the boat but would hardly hit the small slugos we threw at them. We ended up with a few keeper cod,
a dozen nice sized pollock and a few striped bass caught and released. Another great day on the water.
5-27-10 Bass and More Bass Loads of bass on the backside in 60 feet. Mackrel in 80 of Gurnet feet. Fished with
Bob to put some nice keepers in the boat for Nick's graduation party. Nice fish to 40"
6-18-10 Fished with Darren P and son Landry today. Got a few bass at first light inside Plymouth. There were lots of
fish on to but most were small. We scouted the bay but decided to head to Race Point. About a mile off Gurnet we
ran into breaking tuna. We chased pod after pod for an hour or so when Darren hooked up on the heavy spin tackle.
Right away I knew he had a good sized fish. He fought the fish for almost an hour and had it almost whipped. For
some reason thee big tuna decided to do a cartwheel on the surface and after that I could tell by the pulsing of the
rod tip that we had it wrapped. We tried to land the fish quickly but the the 80lb leader didn't last long.
We tried a few more pods with no luck and then headed to the Race. it was mid day and things at the race were slow.
We were marking fish carpeting the bottom but could not get them to bite. Landry managed to hook a blue which he
fought to the boat. I leadered the fish and it popped off. We headed back into the bay for some more tuna action.
We cast to a few pods before calling it a day.
6-19-10 Fished with Mark T. and son. Live bait on a kite for tuna was the plan. With pogies in the livewell we hit the
SWC corner. Fishing was slow. We picked and released a few big bass but the tuna bite was not happening. After
a few hours of soaking pogies we headed to the Race. We moved around and tried to find a spot away from the
crowd. We marked some fish and the guys dropped their jigs on the fish. We landed some nice bass on lite tackle.
including 33" and 36" keepers. Headed back across the bay in search of surface tuna. We found them about 3 miles
East of Gurnet. We tried casting and baiting them but had no takers. A little after noon the SW started to blow 20 so
we called it a day. Another great day on the water.
7-7-10 Had Lisa A. her son Jordan and friend Drew on board today. Launched into flat clam conditions at
5:30AM. Found the tuna about 3-4 miles NW of the Gurnet with some good sustained feeds. Set out the
kite and pogie and waited for a bite. We saw some great feeds but the tuna were not interested in our
baits. The crew was anxious to catch some fish so we decided to head to Stellwagen. We set out the baits
just up on the Southwest corner. The crew Jigged up some nice bass and bluefish the elusive tunas were
not biting. We decided to hit the race and jig for some keeper bass and bluefish. Found fish in 30' off the
bath house. Got some nice keepers for the grill. Lisa, Jordan and Drew were catchin-m-up. Headed back
across the bay around 1:00. Found more tuna feeding in the middle of the bay. Got a couple great shots
with a big slug-go on the Penn9500. One shot, directly in the middle of a good feed and we were tight. The
big fish made a mad run that almost spooled the 300yards of 65lb braid @ 25lbs of drag. A little palm
action on the reel and pop........65lb braid snapped. Sounded like a firecracker. We had a couple more
shots but didn't hook up again. Back to Gurnet by 3:00.with plenty of bass for the grill.
7-25-10 A little behind with the reports. Has Shawn T. and his Father in law on board today. Plan was to
fish Tuna then Bass/Bluefish. Got bait early AM, (which is getting hard to come by). Hit the Southwest
Corner and set out the kite. Bait wasn't in the water 30 seconds when the clip releases. I think I may have
screwed up the release clip pressure and begin reeling in to reset when the drag on the 50 starts singing
and I yell, "Were tight". I strap Shawn into the stand-up harness and get him settled in. We work the fish
from the starboard side with a nice West wind pushing us along. After about 40 minutes of some mad runs
the fish settles under the boat I know it isn't long before we get a look at it. A couple minutes and a few
times trying to go under the boat and the fish comes up. It's very close to a keeper. I put the boat in gear
and the fish swims along side 73????. i decide to put a lip gaff in it and get a better measurement. Fish
tapes out at 71.....rats!! I remove my hook plus another from it's jaw and off it swims. What an amazing
animal, everybody is smiling! We get ready to reset and then realize that the kite is gone. We decide to
head to the race for some bass/bluefish. We wire up some nice fish and at 3:00 call it a day.
7-27-10 Had the guys from Randolph Engineering on board today. RE manufactures and sells high quality
sunglasses to the military and retail customers. I love my RE sunglasses. You can check them out at
randolphusa.com. Made right here in Randolph, MA. Pete, Rick and Frank are experienced fishermen and made it
easy for me. We started by catching bait in Plymouth. Hickory Shads on light tackle is a hoot. We hit a few spots
and depolyed the kite and at one point had tuna crashing all around the bait but never hooked up. We did manage
to jig up some big bass and bluefish. We gave up on the tuna and hit the race at noonish. Jigging wire we caught a
bunch of big bluefish but the bass were not co-operating today. We fished until 5:00 but could not buy a bass. Back
at Gurnet by 5:30