Wednesday August 27th 2014

First mate Chris L reported a solid day of fluke fishing on the full day boat today. Continued slow but steady improvement in the fluke department. Just a few handfuls of sea bass today. Biggest fluke was estimated to be at least 8 lbs and a handful of other nice jumbo fluke were noted as well. Longtime regular Doug from CT was hi hook with a full limit of nice fluke today, most of which he caught late in the day by gingerly working buck tail jigs up tide. Some nice blue fish today mixed in also. Tomorrow Capt. Rich will be ready to again set sail at 7 am.

The report from the morning half day was of a nice mix of fluke and sea bass. More of the same this afternoon. Nothing huge but definitely some quality fish and quite a few short sea bass to keep the momentum going. A few scup this morning and one blue fish each outing as well. Tomorrow will feature two half days with the Admiral Frances set to sail at 8 am and again at 1pm with Capt. George.

Just a reminder we are half day fishing through the holiday weekend however on Saturday we will offer ONLY one outing at 8 am for half day fishing.

Roger

Tuesday Aug 26th

photo1photo2photo3Captain Rich reported a slower day on the full day fluke boat. A good turn out of fluke angler were treated to of the nicest day of the summer but slower fishing. Some nice fluke and quality sea bass but not the numbers we like to see. High hook had 4 keepers and sea bass limits were taken by many. Todays pool fish was caught by Larry from NY and was a solid 8 pounds. The biggest sea bass of the day was around 4 pounds. Some real “bucket topper” scup to 3 pound and 1 lone blue fish rounded out the days catch. Captain Rich will be sailing tomorrow morning at 7am.

Captain George was at the helm of the half day trips and reported OK fishing. The mornings trip had zero drift but produced some bomber sea bass to 5 pounds. Some people went home with sea bass limits and high hook on the fluke had 2 keepers to 6 pounds.The afternoon saw some of the same fishing with a few more fluke in the mix.Only a few more days left in the half day season and the weather is looking good for the next few days. Both half day trips are scheduled to sail tomorrow at 8am and 1pm.

Monday Aug 25th

Captain Rich reported an OK day on the full day fluke boat. Lack of drift hurt the fluke fishing but the scup and sea bass fishing was very good. High hook went home with 4 keeper fluke. The biggest fish of the day was 8 pounds but was not in the pool. The pool fish was caught by Mr. Lee which was 6 pounds. He is also going home with 4 keeper fluke. Everyone is also going home with a sea bass limit to 5 pounds. Quite a few scup in the 1-2lb range filled peoples coolers. Tomorrow is another day and Captain Rich will be sailing at 7am.

Captain Matt was at the helm of the half day trips and reported good fishing on both trips. Both trips had a good showing on nice sized sea bass to 4 pounds as well as some nice keeper fluke. There is still plenty of fish around and rods were bending through out the day. Both half day trips are scheduled to sail tomorrow at 8am and 1pm.

Sunday Aug 24th

Captain Rich reported an OK day of the full day fluke boat. The boat never went under a knot which made for some tough bucktailing but the whole squid did very well. High hook went home with 7 keepers with many anglers having 4. The pool fish was a solid 7 pounds with a few fish in the 5 to 7 pound range. Some nice sea bass in the mix as well to 4 pounds. Some scup and bluefish also made it in to the coolers today. Captain Rich did say he saw more bait around and is hoping when the tide slow down some the fishing will pick up.

Captain George was at the helm of today’s half day trips and reported good fishing. The morning saw fluke to 6 pounds with 5 fish over the 4 pound mark. Some nice sea bass came over the rail as well. The afternoon started off very well with a 7, 6,and a 5 pounder coming over the rail, but then the fishing slowed down. A few more fluke and sea bass came over the rail as well. Both half day trips are scheduled to set sail tomorrow at 8am and 1 pm.

Sunday August 24th 2014

nightbassaug22First mate Greg reported a slower night on the night fishing trip last night. They did get a few nice keeper bass and a few handfuls of blue fish but it was not quite what we had hoped for. The tides the last few nights have not been ideal either according to Capt. Ray. This coming week is the last week for the four night sailing schedule with trips offered Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 7 pm by reservation. A picture of the 25 lb plus bass taken on Friday Night’s trip appears courtesy deckhand Chris P.

Saturday August 23rd 2014

7amfulldayaug21i7amfulldayaug21j7amfulldayaug21f7amfulldayaug21gFirst mate Greg reported the night time fishing was just okay last night. The bass were ever so slightly more cooperative with the biggest fish around 25 lbs and a bunch of blue fish as well. Recent outings have even found a couple fluke and a scup which inhaled a diamond jig! Tonight’s trip is SOLD OUT!! Next trip with availability is this coming Wednesday Night at 7 pm. This coming week is the LAST week with a four night nighttime fishing schedule of Wednesday through Saturday Night at 7pm by reservation.

First mate Troy reported a very fast drift this morning on the half day but a few handfuls of nice fluke and some sea bass of respectable size went into the bags and coolers aboard the Lady Frances. Considering a forward motion of almost two knots coupled with a very enthusiastic turnout of half day enthusiasts it was a decent outing and the weather was exceptional. Two half days tomorrow on the Admiral Frances setting sail at 8 am and again at 1pm.

Capt. Matt and first mate Troy reported a great afternoon charter for the Glen Dusablon charter from North Smithfield RI. A handful of nice fluke and a nice pile of keeper sea bass provided plenty of action and fillets for all hands on deck! Some anglers easily limited out on nice sea bass this afternoon on the charter. Plenty of prime dates available as we head into the fall so please call the office if interested in further booking details and speak to Tammy Roger or Cory.

First mate Nicky Blount reported a slow to fair at best day aboard the Gail Frances despite a great turnout of fluke and sea bass fishers. The fluke fishing was somewhat improved from yesterday but still has a ways to go to be back where it was earlier this week. Some keeper sea bass and a handful of platter size scup and a few nice blue fish mixed in as well. Longtime regular and exceptional rod handler Billy Trever had three jumbo fluke today with fish of 6, 5 and 4 lbs. Bragging rights for the pool was fought between nearly identical fish in the 7 lb range and could only be solved by a careful evaluation of the hanging balance bar. Tomorrow is a new day and Capt. Rich will be ready to set sail aboard the Gail Frances at 7 am. Several pics provided courtesy Christine Blount from a recent full day outing.

First mate Greg reported a nice showing of Finback Whales on today’s Whale Watch. Just one more trip left for the 2014 season this coming Tuesday! Spots are booking fast, please book on line by Monday at noon or by calling the office to make a reservation with a service representative.

Roger

Friday August 22nd 2014

Last night’s night fishing trip produced a bunch of blue fish but the Stripers seemed to take the night off. We try again tonight. Still plenty of room left so if interested please call the office to book a reservation.

First mate Troy reported the fluke showed up nicely again for this morning’s half day. One just never knows this season with those crazy summer flat fish!! Biggest fish of 7 lbs fell victim to a whole squid and there were a half dozen or so other good size fish in the four to six pound range according to Troy. A handful of sea bass mixed in as well. Troy reported the afternoon half day was a bit slower but a handful of nice fluke to 5 lbs and some sea bass pleased the relatively light crowd of patrons. Just one half day on tap for tomorrow with the Lady Frances set to sail at 8 am.

First mate Chris L reported a slow day on the Gail Frances. Some sea bass and good size porgies but just a few fluke and nothing of any size.  There was a nice drift all day, not too fast and not too slow the fluke just did not bite. Tomorrow is a new day and Capt. Rich looks forward to setting sail at 7 am aboard the Gail Frances.

Capt. Mike reported yet another great day of Whale Watching south of Block Island. Lots of Finbacks in a couple of different areas. Still room on tomorrow’s Whale Watch scheduled at 1pm. Just tomorrow and next Tuesday for Whales and that will wind up what has been perhaps the best season in Frances Fleet history! Call the office to make a reservation for tomorrow’s outing.

Roger

Thursday August 21st 2014

7amfulldayaug217amfulldayaug21a7amfulldayaug21b7amfulldayaug21c7amfulldayaug21d7amfulldayaug21knightfishingaug20nightfishingaug20aFirst mates Capt. Matt and Cote reported one of the best nights of night time fishing of the season thus far, at least as far as Stripers were concerned and the number of anglers on board targeting them. A very light crowd last night and at least a few limit catches were noted. Good size stuff too with a 35 lbr being the biggest and several others in the 25 lb range. A nice bunch of small blue fish mixed in as well. It has been a tough season overall for night time fishing but we are pleased to seem some strong signs of recovery in the ninth inning here! Still plenty of room on tonight’s trip so if interested please call the office to book a reservation. The on line booking for tonight’s trip is timed out so again call the office and an office representative will gladly take your reservation.  A couple pics from last night’s trip showcasing a few of the angler hi lights provided courtesy first mate Cote.

Roger reported a decent morning half day. Quite a few sea bass with a few angler limits and a handful of keeper fluke. A sea bass of 3.5 lbs took the prize today for one lucky angler. Rental rod set ups produced best this morning. Plenty of small sea bass and a few short fluke to keep anglers amused in between the keepers. Sounds like the afternoon trip produced some sea bass and a few fluke and one nice blue fish. Two more half days on tap tomorrow with the Lady set to sail at 8am and the Admiral at 1pm. Back to back trips can net an angler a $15 discount off the second outing.

First mates Cory and Chris L reported a slower day today with a very fast drift. It was definitely a day for bait rigs and whole squid. As luck would have it the best fishing of the day was the last drift when nearly half of the keeper fluke were caught as the drift slowed down and became just tide driven as it was wind and tide together all day.  To be sure some quality slabs were taken including Sin Park from Pallisades Park NJ with a fine 8 lbr that took the pool and Mr. Choi was right behind with a summer flounder that went over 7 lbs. A picture of Mr. Park’s pool fish is shown above today’s report along with a number of other pictures showcasing just some of the angler hi lights from today. All photos courtesy owner Christine Blount.  Some other jumbos but in general there was not the quality of the past several trips today. Still all in all for a modest crowd, a respectable amount of fluke, sea bass and scup made it aboard. Biggest sea bass around 3 lbs and there were a handful of sea bass limits. More great weather on tap for tomorrow and Capt. Rich will be ready to set sail on the Gail Frances at 7 am.

Capt. Mike reported an AWESOME Whale Watch!! Finbacks by the dozen along with Minke Whales pleased on lookers as they frolicked playfully in the waters south of Block Island. Next Whale Watch is scheduled for tomorrow, with the Lady Frances set to sail at 1 pm. The on line reservation system is timed out for this trip but reservations can still be easily made by calling the office this evening until 8 pm or after 8 am tomorrow morning.

Roger

Wednesday August 20th 2014

amhalfaug19aamhalfdayaug19First mates Chris L and Cory reported another good day on the Gail Frances. Three things were exceptional today…the weather, the turnout of fluke enthusiasts, and the number of jumbo fluke on the boat. Of the 125 keepers boated, Cory estimated that over 70 of them were jumbo size of 4 lbs or better!! A ten pound fish took the pool, another ten pound fish was not entered in the pool. There were five fish around the 8 lb mark as well! A good amount of sea bass to four pounds as well with some anglers getting limits of good size sea bass. Some nice size porgies mixed in to boot. Hi hook on the fluke boxed 7 good size keepers. A slow forward drift in the morning did make things a bit challenging at times but as the drift picked up in the afternoon things improved markedly. Buck tails and bait rigs both produced today although no specifics on which was best. A number of customers recently have been calling and inquiring as to what time they can get on board the Gail Frances in the morning. The answer is when a crew member is on board the boat which is usually around or just before 6 am. More great weather on tap for tomorrow and Capt. Rich looks forward to setting sail aboard the Gail Frances at 7 am for fluke and sea bass.

Capt. Matt was at the helm of both the morning and afternoon half day outings and reported respectable fishing but nothing as crazy as yesterday. A 7 lb fluke this afternoon was the biggest flat fish of the day. A similar amount of fluke each trip and a nice mess of good size sea bass but no real trophies today. Still many customers left with at least a good meal’s worth of fresh fillets. Two half days on tap for tomorrow with the Lady Frances set to sail at 8 am and then the Admiral Frances set to sail at 1 pm. Back to back half day trips will net the angler $15 off the second half day outing! A couple pics from yesterday morning’s half day are provided courtesy owner Christine Blount.

Still lots of room on tomorrow’s Whale Watch slated to leave at 1 pm on the Lady Frances. Excellent sightings have reigned supreme on just about every tour this summer and the window left for viewing is limited as the last outing of the season sails next Tuesday the 26 th. If interested please call the office to make a reservation this evening or after 8 am tomorrow morning.

Unfortunately, Sunday’s cod trip is cancelled. We will wait until probably the third weekend in September to begin the Fall Cod schedule.

Roger

Tuesday Aug 19th

Captain Rich reported another good day on the full day fluke boat. The drift was on the slower side and the bucktail really putt a hurting on the fish. High hook had a limit of fluke. Nearly 30 fish over the 5 pound mark made it in to the coolers. Some real brutes of 9 and 10 pounds could not pass up some tasty squid strips but they were not in the pool. Mr Cin won the pool with a 8 pound fish taken on a high low set up. Some anglers also manged to catch limits of sea bass to 5 pound. Some blue fish and scup were also caught. Captain Rich reported seeing more bait around and is hoping to keep this bite going for a while. The boat will sail tomorrow morning at 7am.

Captain Matt reported a good morning half day fishing. Lots of sea bass kept the rods bending for the morning. High hook on the sea bass caught 8 keepers. Many happy faces seen around the boat. The afternoon was a different story with fluke flying over the rails. The great drift condition made for some excellent fishing. High hook had 5 keeper fluke to 6 pounds. Some nice quality sea bass in the mix as well. One high light was Matt catching a releasing a 31″ fluke to swim another day. He estimated the fish to be over 12 pounds. Both half day trips are scheduled to sail tomorrow at 8am and 1pm.