Roger reported a very good day of cod fishing aboard the Gail Frances today. We had an excellent showing of cod fish with hi hook boxing six good ones and several other fishers having four and five nice keepers apiece and others with two or three and so on. Very few fishers left without a cod or two today. Most folks also had their limit of sea bass or close to it. We had a lot of the biggest kind of scup with fish in the 1.5 to 2 lb range common and a handful of others to well over 3 lbs!! One fisher fishing one hook easily filled a five gallon pail with them on one drift alone!! Some very good size ocean perch, lots and lots of short cod, a couple big sea flounder and a couple throwback fluke and not one single unmentionable plus the great weather allowing for nice drift conditions made for just a great late November day on the water. A couple cod and sea bass on the jigs but bait was by far the ticket to success and again those hi lo “Atlantic” cod rigs caught very well. For sizes the sea bass ranged up to well over 3 lbs, the cod fish showed some growth today as well with a good half dozen fish in the 12 to 15 lb range battling it out for bragging rights and a better showing of gaffers in the 7 to 10 lb range. A lot of nice green as could be white bellied fish today indicating a new batch of fish starting to spread on to the local cod grounds. Pictures today courtesy of Roger. Next cod/sea bass trip sets sail tomorrow morning at 6 am aboard the Gail Frances with Capt. Rich at the helm.
Capt. Mike reported a solid day of togging aboard the Lady Frances. A handful of limit catches and those who were not far behind. Some impressive quality as well with the biggest tog going just south of ten pounds. A few impressive cod fish as well today with the biggest of the lot tipping the scales at 18 lbs!! Biggest tog and biggest cod honors go to Jay So from Chicopee MA (who also easily limited on the tog), way to go Jay! Jay is a longtime regular on the Frances Fleet and an exceptional rod handler. Tremendous amounts of short tog again keeping things lively. Very very few sea bass. Next tog trip will set sail tomorrow morning aboard the Lady Frances at 6 am with Capt. Mike at the helm. Picture of Jay’s big cod fish taken courtesy deckhand Zack E.