Saturday August 27th

Capt. Matt reported another awesome night of bass fishing with another big mess of blue fish mixed in. Biggest bass in the mid to upper teens with most again that nice market, eating size. Anglers tossed back at least fifty shorties too! Just an action packed evening. Sizes on blue fish to ten pounds.  Boat was limited out early. Some fishers had at least a half dozen blue fish to go along with their bass as well. What a wild two nights!! Hoping for three nights in a row tonight! Still plenty of room available on tonight’s trip if anyone is interested in booking. Please call the office to reserve as the Lady Frances will set sail at 7pm with Capt. Matt at the helm.

Capt. George reported a very good morning of fishing on the morning half day aboard the Admiral Frances. Former Frances Fleet first mate Nelson D’Costa and his group from VT and Western Mass were with us today and enjoyed a solid bite on good size sea bass with a handful of fluke mixed in as well. Always great to have you guys aboard!

The morning charter aboard the Lady Frances for Amex Inc. was also successful as nice size sea bass, some porgies and some nice fluke plus plenty of shorties kept rods bent and angler interest up at the rails for the fishers aboard.

First mate Chris reported a nice mix of fluke with some scup and sea bass as well today on the Gail Frances. Longtime regular James took the pool with a five pound fluke. Great weather on tap again for tomorrow with the Gail Frances set to sail at 7 am with Capt. Rich at the helm.

Big news also today was that the Lady Frances, with Capt. Mike at the helm, had an extraordinary Whale Watch expedition in the waters near Block Island today. A big pod of Humpback Whales was very active chasing tremendous amounts of bait all over the grounds. Tuesday August 30th will be our last trip for the season, still space available but reservations are necessary. Call the office or book on line.

Two half days on tap for tomorrow with the Lady Frances set to sail at 8 am and again at 1pm.

Roger

Friday August 26th

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First mate Greg reported a pretty good day aboard the Gail Frances. Capt. Rich had a nice bunch of fluke to five pounds for the fishers aboard and a nice mess of keeper sea bass and some porgies. Greg noted the fluke and sea bass were rather spread out among the fishers today. Great weather on tap tomorrow and the Gail will set sail with Capt. Rich at 7 am.

Capt. Keith reported a very decent morning of half day fishing. Fishers aboard benefited from the good drifting conditions and the fluke and sea bass responded. The most keeper fluke in awhile with sizes to 6 lbs and a nice mess of sea bass to 4.5 lbs along with some slammer size scup to over 2 lbs. Some photo hi lights provided courtesy owner Christine Blount.

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Capt. Keith reported an excellent start to the afternoon half day trip for a light load of fishers with a slug of fluke to seven pounds and some big sea bass to 4 lbs and some big scup but then the wind and tide opposed each other and the bite slowed down. Still some impressive bags of fillets were seen by fishers who were purchasing ice inside of Capt. Tackle after the trip. Remember just one half day trip tomorrow afternoon at 1pm as the morning trip is sold out.

Roger

Thursday August 25th

Capt. Keith reported a solid morning half day of fishing with a good amount of sea bass up to 4 lbs and plenty of short sea bass and short fluke keeping anglers busy at the rails. Half Day tomorrow at 8 am and again at 1pm.

Capt. George reported a good morning half day charter for the Chris McCarthy group with quite a few good size sea bass.

First mate General Manager Capt. Cory reported a much better day of fishing today than yesterday on the Gail Frances with three times as many fluke and a decent amount of sea bass and some nice porgies. Longtime regular customer and exceptional rod handler Mr. Pak took the pool with a fine fluke just a tad over 6 lbs. Whole squid was reported to work ok today. Hi hook boxed four or five keepers. Capt. Rich sets sail tomorrow morning at 7 am aboard the Gail Frances.

Tonight’s bass trip is a go! Still plenty of room should anyone want to show up before 7 pm and come on into the Capt. Tackle to purchase ticket(s).

Roger

Wednesday August 24th

Please Note: Our morning half day trip (8:00 a.m. to noon) on SATURDAY AUGUST 27TH IS SOLD OUT. There is still plenty of availability for the afternoon trip, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. as well as the full day 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Again, Saturday August 27th 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon trip is SOLD OUT.

Capt. Mike reported the afternoon half day better than the morning. Some nice fluke mixed in with the sea bass during the afternoon. Two half days on tap tomorrow with the first set to sail at 8am and the second at 1pm.

The report from the full day was of a better morning bite but very slow bite from noon forward. Some nice fluke and a lot of sea bass today with many fishers limiting out easily on the sea bass. A few fishers had several fluke apiece to take home. Capt. Rich sets sail tomorrow morning at 7 am aboard the Gail Frances.

Roger

 

Tuesday August 23rd

Captain Rich reported a decent day of fishing today aboard the Gail Frances. Following the trend of late, the Black Sea Bass outnumbered the Fluke 2:1 during the full day trip. There were no exceptionally large fish caught today – the pool winning fluke weighed about 6.5 lbs, according to First Mate Chris. High hook caught 6 Fluke today, along with his limit of Black Sea Bass (the boat nearly limited on the sea bass). A few scup found their ways into coolers today, as well.

Captain Mike reported that the morning Half Day trip was on the slow side. Though there was decent action in the shorts department, keepers were not particularly numerous or large. A 3 lb sea bass took the pool. Captain George reported that the afternoon trip was more exciting, with some nice sea bass and nearly a dozen nice-sized fluke. The pool winner was a 6 lb fluke.

On the Whale Watching front, Captain Mike was excited to report that whale watchers today were treated to a great show of 6 different Finback Whales. Some whales visited the boat in pairs, and others explored the waters as solitary animals. Some dolphins also provided some entertaintment, as they cavorted in the boat’s wake.

Tomorrow, the full day trip will sail at 7AM on the Gail Frances with Captain Rich, and the half days will sail at 8AM and 1PM. The night bass trip leaves the dock at 7PM (still plenty of room on that trip!). Additionally, many people have been asking about when our next cod trip will be; there will be no more “Special Sunday” Cod trips this summer – our regular Full Day Cod Trip schedule will begin mid-September, so stay tuned for those details over the next few weeks.

Monday August 22nd

Captain Matt reported a good day of fishing today aboard the Gail Frances during the full day trip. A good number of fluke found their way on board, with the largest 3 being in the 8 lb range. Anglers also nearly caught the boat’s limit for Black Sea Bass. High hook went home with 5 fluke and his limit of sea bass.

Captain Mike reported a decent day of fishing during today’s Half Day trips aboard the Lady Frances. In the morning, the sea bass outnumbered the fluke, while in the afternoon a quick drift made for excellent fluke fishing, which outnumbered the seabass 4:1! Neither trip could boast any monsters, but anglers were kept busy during both trips with steady action of shorts and keepers.

Tomorrow, the full day trip sails at 7AM, and the half day trips sail at 8AM and 1PM. The Whale Watch is also scheduled to sail at 1PM tomorrow. This week’s Night Bass trips still have plenty of availability – the next trip sets sail Wednesday at 7PM. Call the office for reservations!

Sunday August 21st

Roger reported a very good day aboard the Summer cod trip today with Capt. Mike at the helm. Cod fish were found at each and every stop with one stop being excellent providing customers with a two hour pick of good size green cod and a tremendous amount of ling. A decent amount of short cod as well as a handful of big sea flounder, a handful of nice size sea bass, and a good amount of big ocean perch. Capt. Matt, Cote and Kyle filleted all the way back to the dock and for an hour afterwards! A few real surprises too today in the form of a just short blue fin tuna which after a quick photo op was gently released and a beautiful 23 inch haddock taken by Kyle Blount. The biggest news of the day was of a true hanger cod fish taken on the last drift of the day by “Doughboy” from Fairfield CT who brought a beautiful big green white bellied 36 lb slob to the gaff. Easily the fleet’s biggest cod in a couple of years. What a fish!! The cod were of mixed sizes today but a lot of fish in the 8 to 12 lb range with a few bigger ones into the upper teens to 20 lb range. Both anchor and drifting produced by anchoring was the best today. Hi hooks had upwards to 8-9 nice cod apiece but many fishers had 3 to 6 cod apiece with a few having less but everyone getting a nice bunch of red hake with sizes to over 3 lbs. Longtime regulars Don Delibar and Emily combined for 10 cod into the teens and a huge sea flounder plus a mess of ling while Ginny and Cole combined for 8 beautiful cod into the low teens and Joe Gagne had a half dozen nice cod himself and so on. Red hake or ling make outstanding table fare. A couple of fish on jigs but fresh shucked sea clams were the way to go. Some outstanding pictures today showcasing some angler hi lights provided by both Christine and Roger.

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The report from the Gail Frances was of just okay fishing today. A fair amount of fluke to six pounds along with a bunch of nice sea bass and a scattering of big scup. Conditions for drifting around Block Island were slightly less than ideal but they made a day of it nonetheless. Capt. Matt is at the helm tomorrow morning and the Gail Frances will set sail at 7 am.

Capt. George found some hungry fluke to six pounds this morning aboard the Admiral Frances. Biggest fish was just over six pounds. Some nice size sea bass to go along with as well. Picture of the pool winning fluke appears courtesy the Frances Fleet.

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Sounds like the sea bass and porgies were more active on the afternoon trip.

Two half days on tap tomorrow with the first set to sail at 8 am aboard the Lady Frances and the second at 1pm aboard the Lady Frances.

Roger

Sunday Morning August 21st

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Deckhand Dustin reported just a fair night of fishing aboard the Lady Frances last night for a sold out crowd of night fishing enthusiasts. A fair shot of bass with the best into the mid and upper teens early on and just a couple of blue fish. That was about it. Averaging the four trips of the week overall, it still blows away anything experienced over the last two or three summer seasons. Plenty of room on this coming week’s trips Wednesday through Saturday Night at 7 pm by reservation. Book on line or over the phone with an office representative. Photo courtesy longtime regular Ginny Reed.

The cod trip is out today. I will have a full report later this afternoon/early this evening.

Roger

Saturday August 21st

JUST A NOTE TO THE RESERVED FISHERS FOR TOMORROW’S SOLD OUT COD TRIP THAT THE TRIP IS INDEED A GO!! THE BOAT FISHING WILL BE THE LADY FRANCES AND TRIP WILL DEPART AT 5 AM! THE OFFICE WILL BE OPEN BY 4AM FOR CHECK INS AND TACKLE SALES!

TONIGHT’S BASS TRIP IS SOLD OUT!!!

Deckhand Zach reported that last night’s Striper trip only found a couple of cooperative bass but the blue fish which had only started to show the past few trips, really made their presence known. Fishers had all the blue fish up to 10 plus pounds they wanted, in fact a bunch of blue fish were left on board after everyone left! Next week is wide open however with availability all four nights Wednesday through Saturday at 7 pm. Book on line or call the office to make a reservation.

Capt. Matt reported the Saltwater Anglers Club from Bergen County NJ enjoyed a good day of fishing overall aboard the Admiral Frances. The fishing started off great with a lot of good size fluke to 9 lbs, big sea bass to 4 lbs and some healthy scup and fishing was solid most of the morning but upon the afternoon the tide change the bite just stopped cold and despite some looking around the bite remained slow. Still a solid day overall. We would like to thank the Bergan County NJ chapter of the Saltwater Anglers Club for their continued patronage and we were honored to be able to host them again this year.

Capt. Mike reported sea bass pleased anglers this morning along with some good size scup but just a couple of keeper fluke. Back to normal half day scheduling tomorrow with the Admiral Frances set to sail at 8 am and again at 1pm.

A gorgeous August day on the water was the report from Owner Christine Blount and the fishing was ok as well. Not a slaughter by any stretch but some quality slabs up to 9.5 lbs and some big sea bass to 4 lbs and good size scup to over 2 lbs pleased patrons. Some fishers did better than others today.  Hi hooks were reported to be upwards to around a half dozen fluke apiece and a few others had four or five nice keepers. A fair amount of sea bass limits as well.The biggest hi light today was the friendly young Humpback Whale which decided to hang out around the Gail Frances for a short time this afternoon south of Block Island. Some great pictures today courtesy owner Christine Blount. Tomorrow Capt. Rich will set sail at 7 am aboard the Gail Frances.

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Roger

Friday August 19th

First mate Connor reported last night’s bass started out pretty good but soon waned and the blue fish which had cooperated really well the night before were fewer and smaller. We are SOLD OUT TONIGHT AND TOMORROW NIGHT!!

First mate General Manager Cory reported some nice fluke today up to six pounds and a near boat limit of big sea bass to four pounds and lots and lots of big scup to two pounds plus. Plenty of short fluke and short sea bass and scup kept rods bent and angler interest high at the rails all day long. Great weather on tap again tomorrow with the Gail Frances setting sail at 7 am with Capt. Rich at the helm.

Capt. Don reported the morning half day fishing was good with an assortment of bottom dwellers pleasing the enthusiastic group of fishers aboard.

Capt. George reported some fluke on this afternoon’s half day trip along with a decent amount of sea bass. Some pictures forthcoming from owner Christine Blount.

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Just one half day trip tomorrow at 8am. Half Day schedule will resume back to normal on Sunday.

Roger