Tuesday November 25th

Due to the weather, yet again, there will be no trips tomorrow Wednesday November 26th.

We also want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.

We do plan, as of right now, to sail both boats on Friday. The office will not be open on Thanksgiving Day but we will have our answering machine confirming our sailing schedule.

Sunday November 23rd 2014

codnov2314codnov2314acodnov2314bcodnov2314ccodnov2314dcodnov2314ecodnov2314fRoger reported another action packed day aboard the Gail Frances with a surprisingly healthy turnout of cod and sea bass enthusiasts. It was one stop shopping with a great variety. Four guys( including Roger) were busy on the table the entire ride home! We had a better showing of cod fish that were bigger than yesterday and there were more of them. Biggest fish was just over 20 lbs with the next biggest fish in the low teens and several others around the ten pound mark. We also had three very nice pollock including two in the low teens. There were plenty of good size sea bass to nearly 5 lbs with more in the way of jumbos over 3 lbs, especially later in the day. Many anglers were easily limited out on the sea bass. A respectable showing of scup again, including some real platter size specimens to nearly 3 lbs. Some super size ocean perch, one 3.5 lb sea flounder and quite a few cocktail size blue fish. What was even better today was that we were closer to home and in pretty skinny water making all of this that much more rewarding. A couple nice sea bass and one nice cod on the jig otherwise it was all bait. The tide for the a good part of the day was SCREAMING just like yesterday however the last couple hours did see the tide and wind ease off some which made tending bottom much more manageable. If there was ever an argument for mono and one hook down near the sinker, its the past two days. Due to the tide and swing, tangles again were simply unavoidable and at times beyond ugly. Those who employed simple rig set ups not only frequently caught more desirable fish but they often spent more time fishing and less time out of the water. It needs to be said that Greg, Ted and Chris all did an EXCEPTIONAL job today managing the tangles and also managing the unmentionables. In a number of cases anglers who switched over to a simple rig quickly accumulated nice sea bass catches and even a cod or two!! Roger would also like to thank Capt. Ted for posing with the big fish of the day as the angler who caught it did not want to be photographed which of course is just fine. All photos today courtesy of Roger. It has not been an easy weekend of fishing. Tide and wind/sea conditions this weekend really brought the fishing to a very advanced level but for the anglers who persevered at the rail, they were generally well rewarded. Again a big thanks to the Frances Fleet deck crew who worked the boat for managing everything so well. The tide should ease off and things should be back to normal within a few days. We are starting to see some very strong signs of bait on the cod grounds and it appears to be mostly krill and small butter fish and some herring. This bodes exceptionally well for the weeks ahead. The increase in bigger green cod and the good size pollock would not be around if the food was not there! Looks like some serious weather coming through the next few days and possibly again Wednesday. There is no trip tomorrow and we will evaluate the likelihood of an outing Wednesday over the course of the next two days so stay tuned!

Capt. Mike reported tog fishing was only fair at best today. There were two limit catches. There was one cod and very few sea bass. Biggest tog may have been eight pounds or so. Tog fishing is cancelled for tomorrow due to southerly gales. Tuesday does not look good either but we will evaluate Tuesday over the course of the next few forecast cycles so stay tuned!

Roger

Saturday November 22nd 2014

codnov2214codnov2214acodnov2214bcodnov2214ccodnov22d14Roger reported another very busy fishing day aboard the Gail Frances today. It was graduate level ground fishing for sure with the breezy conditions and a SCREAMING tide running all lines HARD towards the stern on a wild and often uneven swing, just like on some of the the famed offshore wreck trips of yesteryear. Keeping a line tight on the bottom was challenging to say the least and even the most seasoned veterans struggled at times today. For those who could tend bottom there were plenty of nice size sea bass to be had. A handful or two of bombers with the best easily pushing the 5 lb mark. Not nearly as many cod today but a few handfuls for sure with hi hook boxing three nice keepers and a couple other gentlemen scoring two keepers apiece. Congrats to Al Lamperelli from Montville CT who took the pool with a nice green cod just under ten pounds today and he was one of the lucky fellas who had two keepers today. Some short cod as well. Congrats to Mike Kwok from Pallisades Park NJ who had one of the biggest sea bass of the trip with a brute no less than 5 lbs. Pictures of both gentlemen appear above today’s fishing report today courtesy of Roger. Some nice size ocean perch and at least one large sea flounder and at least one good size ling to round out the species assortment for the day (desirable species anyways). Unfortunately the unmentionables were as frisky as the weather and tide conditions today, or at least they were the first half of the day. Anglers who used two hook rigs were remarkably busy with the miserable critters. These things ranged from little rubber toy size specimens to four footers and everywhere in between. There was also a surprisingly large amount of squid being used today and if there is one thing the unmentionables like more than clams its squid!! One hook down low was the way to go, at least for today with the shorter leader the better. Also worth mentioning that the conditions most certainly favored stout and simple gear today as 16z of lead was needed for many to accurately tend bottom. Warmer weather on tap for tomorrow and a bit less breeze is forecast so Capt. Rich will be ready to set sail aboard the Gail Frances at 6 am.

Capt. Mike reported solid togging today aboard the Lady Frances. A handful of limit catches and some big togs with the pool fish around or just over the ten pound mark. A fair amount of shorts and just a couple sea bass big enough to be kept. Capt. Mike will be ready to set sail tomorrow morning at 6 am for tog aboard the Lady Frances.

Roger

Friday November 21st 2014

Capt. Mike was pleasantly surprised with the tog fishing today aboard the Lady Frances. A light load of anglers found surprisingly good fishing on every anchor set today. There were at least a few angler limits with the biggest fish around 7 lbs. A fair amount of short black fish and a few keeper and short sea bass mixed in as well. Despite the terrific amount of wind all week the water was surprisingly clean. Capt. Mike looks forward to setting sail tomorrow morning at 6 am aboard the Lady Frances for tog.

Capt. Rich will be ready to set sail tomorrow morning at 6 am aboard the Gail Frances for cod/sea bass and what ever other cellar dwellers decide to chew.

Roger

Thursday November 20

Tomorrow Friday November 21st there will be one boat, Lady Frances for Tautog fishing, leaving the dock at 6:00 a.m. The office will be open at 5:00 a.m.

Saturday, the winds drop out and both the Cod and the Tautog boat are scheduled to sail.

November 18

There will be no trips again tomorrow, Wednesday November 19th. While the wind is starting to drop out, the water is still very churned up and dirty. We will give it a day or two more to settle down.

Sunday November 16th 2014

codnov1614codnov1614acodnov1614bcodnov1614ccodnov1614dcodnov1614ecodnov1614fcodnov1614gcodnov1614hcodnov1614jcodnov1614k codnov1614iRoger reported today was the best day so far this fall season for local cod fish. We had the most cod on the boat so far and for a modest amount of fishers. Almost every fisher went home with a cod or two today (with very few if any getting blanked) and many went home with three and several who had four or even five keepers apiece. Pool winner was taken by a gentleman from Killingly CT with a fat green fish of just over 20 lbs while the next biggest was in the mid teens taken by Orlando from Greenwich CT and the third biggest around 12 lbs by Mel Daniel from Jersey City NJ. Some others in the 8 to 10 lb range and just about all were beautiful green white bellied fish that appear to have just arrived on the grounds. A tremendous amount of short cod today as well with some anglers catching 10 to 20 shorties apiece!! All awesome signs for the future! Just about everyone went home with a limit of sea bass including quite a few that were over 4 lbs with some over 5 lbs and a handful that were likely on the better side of 6 lbs!!!! A mess of good size porgies, a few small blue fish, at least a dozen large sea flounders to nearly 4 lbs, a bunch of nice size red hake, quite a few good size ocean perch and a modest amount of the unmentionables topped off the species assortment for the day. A handful of cod were jigged up including Orlando’s but overall fresh shucked clams were the way to go. Chris L on a busman’s holiday and Mel Daniel from Jersey City NJ were two of the anglers who had five nice cod apiece to go along with their sea bass limits for example. Connie Tu from Warwick RI and Norman from Gloucester RI each boxed four nice keeper cod and their limit of nice sea bass and so on. The weather was calm and chilly but the drifting conditions were just perfect! Three guys on the table were busy filleting all the way back to the dock and then some! Looks like the cod will get at least tomorrow off and possibly longer as some stormy weather is on the horizon. Stay tuned to the web site or call the office to find out when the next weather window will be. A pile of pictures today showcasing some angler hi lights provided courtesy of Roger.

Capt. Mike reported a great turnout of enthusiastic tog fishers today and the fishing was downright respectable. No monsters today as the pool fish was about 8 lbs however there were many quality fish in the 5 to 7 lb range. Not quite as many shorties today but still enough to keep interest up in between the keepers. A fair amount of limit catches and quite a few who were very close behind. Some keeper sea bass mixed in today as well and at least a half dozen keeper cod to 7 lbs including several that were nice green fish. No tog fishing for at least tomorrow and possibly beyond as we have some stormy and then just fair but windy weather to get through. Call the office or check the web site in this fishing reports section for updates regarding the next available sailing window.

Roger