Monday September 26th

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Roger reported a breathtakingly beautiful day on the water today and good fishing to go along with. We had a sizeable bump north in our cod catch today and the average size fish was generally back up in the 8-12 lb range with the pool fish comfortably in the mid teens.There were some smaller keepers as well. It was a very good day to swing a jig. Just ask Orlando from Stamford CT who boxed seven beautiful cod in the 8 to 12 lb range, all on the iron. Orlando is by far one of the most exceptionally talented rod handlers who fishes with us and it is a pleasure and honor to watch him in action. Well done Lucky! A handful of other fishers boxed three or four nice green cod fish apiece including Mr. Phillips from NY who jigged up three good cod in the 8 to 12 lb range. General Manager Cory Blount jigged up a couple nice green cod and first mate Greg on a busman’s holiday lost a heartbreaking steaker on a jig just below the surface estimated at well over 20lbs only feet from the safety of a sharp gaff. Mr. Phillips and Orlando also both reported dropping big cod fish on jigs today as well so the big cod are still around and on the prowl but proved to outsmart fishers today anyways. Fresh shucked clams also produced their fair share of nice green cod fish today as well. A really handsome amount of super size scup today with many fish in the 2 to 2.5 lb range and some fishers easily filled two to three buckets apiece with them. Not sure if anyone had 45 but several fishers had 30-35 and it did not take many to fill a bucket. We also had some big borderline gator size blue fish for those fishers who were swinging iron. We had a beautiful keeper fluke, and a big pile of ocean perch including some honest 2 lbrs. A few fishers filled a full five gallon pail with those delicious relatives of the tatoug family. We did have a few unmentionables today but overall they were not bad at all. Next cod trip is set to sail Wednesday at 7 am aboard the Gail Frances with Capt. Rich. Pictures today provided courtesy of both Roger and owner Christine Blount.

Roger

SAILING TIME STARTING SATURDAY OCTOBER 1ST FOR THE COD BOAT IS 6AM TO 4PM!!!

JUST A REMINDER TO COD FISHERS THAT SEA BASS IS CLOSED IN FEDERAL WATERS UNTIL OCTOBER 22ND. UNFORTUNATELY THE VAST MAJORITY OF COD FISH DROPS TAKE PLACE OUTSIDE OF THREE MILES (FEDERAL WATERS).

Sunday September 25

SAILING TIME STARTING SATURDAY OCTOBER 1ST FOR THE COD BOAT IS 6AM TO 4PM!!!

JUST A REMINDER TO COD FISHERS THAT SEA BASS IS CLOSED IN FEDERAL WATERS UNTIL OCTOBER 22ND. UNFORTUNATELY THE VAST MAJORITY OF COD FISH DROPS TAKE PLACE OUTSIDE OF THREE MILES (FEDERAL WATERS).

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Roger reported slower cod fishing today. Actually the bite on everything was slower. The weather turned out to be nothing short of stunning however and the fishing while a bit more relaxed still was respectable. The size on the cod was a lot smaller overall as the catch was made up of mostly market size fish with just a few in the teens today. One really nice fish just a shade below 20 lbs took the prize money.  The cod were a bit more spread out today with the majority of fishers aboard grabbing a fish and in some cases two. We had some really nice ling and some nice size ocean perch, a few big sea flounders, one 10 lb white hake and reasonable numbers of scup. Some fishers grabbed as many as 15 -20 scup apiece and the sizes on the scup was noticeably bigger with a decent number of fish in the 2 lb plus range. There was only one unmentionable today so that was bonus. A couple of cod fish on jigs later in the day when Capt. Rich turned the Gail loose on the drift. Pictures today courtesy of Roger. Weather looks incredible for tomorrow and Capt. Rich will set sail on the Gail Frances at 7am.

The tuna trip which came back this afternoon had slightly better results overall. We had a few more and bigger albacore in the 50-60 lb range, one sword and some Mahi. Not great but a slight improvement and it was a lighter load of fishers. Next tuna trip sets sail weather permitting Wednesday Night at 10pm aboard the Lady Frances. Still some space available so if interested please call the office to make an official reservation/deposit.

Roger

Saturday September 24th

JUST A REMINDER TO COD FISHERS THAT SEA BASS IS CLOSED IN FEDERAL WATERS UNTIL OCTOBER 22ND. UNFORTUNATELY THE VAST MAJORITY OF COD FISH DROPS TAKE PLACE OUTSIDE OF THREE MILES (FEDERAL WATERS).

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Roger reported a solid day of cod fishing. Again a complete case of the haves and have nots. Regular customer Nick from Jamestown RI was hi hook with six beautiful cod fish including the 25 lb pool fish. Longtime regular Lisa Loprenzo from Stamford Ct was a close second with her cod fish of around 23 lbs, one of two nice cod she caught. A few other fishers had three or four cod apiece today to take home. A mix of sizes on the cod fish but generally fish in the 8 to 12 lb range with a handful of bigger ones into the mid and high teens and the aforementioned bigger ones to battle it out for bragging rights. Again the scup and ocean perch were ferocious with some fishers filling buckets of both. Some nice red hake and a handful of big sea flounder today and one short fluke plus a couple of blue fish rounded out the species assortment for the day. All or almost all cod were taken on fresh shucked clam baits. We try again tomorrow as the Gail Frances will set sail at 7 am with Capt. Rich at the helm. A few pictures today courtesy of Roger.

Capt. George reported a great inshore sea bass trip today fishing in state waters for the Anthony Cella private charter. Sizes to over 3 lbs and some of the fishers aboard had limit catches. A handful of scup mixed in but the sea bass stole the show and shorty sea bass provided non stop unlimited action for the folks aboard in between the keepers. Still some dates available for private charters call the office for more information with a date of interest.

Roger

Friday September 23rd

THE TUNA TRIP SET TO SAIL TOMORROW MORNING AT 7 AM IS ON!!!

The most recent tuna trip which came back this afternoon found a few yellow fin, a handful of albacore and a handful of Mahi. A White Marlin was caught and released as well. Plenty of room on the trip set to sail tomorrow morning, so if interested come on down to buy a ticket before the boat sets sail at 7 am.

Roger reported a good day of cod fishing today aboard the Gail Frances. A lot of quality fish came aboard today and the vast majority were gaffers. More than half of the cod fish were in the 8 to 15 lb range with some bigger fish with three fish in the low to mid 20 lb range fighting it out for bragging rights. Bragging rights went to long time regular customer Carlo from Stamford CT with a beautiful fish that was just a shade under 25 lbs. Way to go Carlo! The cod were not nearly as spread out today as they were on Wednesday with a bunch of fishers getting several nice fish apiece and a bunch not doing nearly as well. Plenty of scup of various sizes with the best easily over 2 lbs and some fishers getting 20-30 keeper scup apiece fishing smaller hooks and smaller baits. A decent amount of red hake, plenty of ocean perch, several large sea flounders, one fluke and one trigger fish complimented the cod fish. Fresh shucked skimmers seemed to be the way to go. Some pictures today courtesy of Roger. Next cod fish trip will set sail tomorrow morning at 7am aboard the Gail Frances with Capt. Rich at the helm.

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Wednesday September 21st

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Roger reported a very good day of cod fishing today. Customers chipped away at the cod all day long, drift after drift. No bonanzas but steady flurries really added up by the end of the day. The fish were remarkably spread out as well with the vast majority of fishers aboard leaving with a cod or two for a few good meals and a decent amount of fishers having three or four but we are not sure that anyone fisher had 5 keepers and only a scant few did not have any to bring home. Not bad for a rather enthusiastic turnout. Again a lot of gaffers today with about two thirds of the cod in the 8 to 12 lb range with a handful of bigger ones to 16 lbs or so. Some smaller keepers today and a fair amount of shorties. A good amount of big scup today with some of them pushing the 3 lb mark!! Some fishers had upwards to 15-20 big scup apiece. A decent amount of sea bass to 5 lbs with a few fishers such as Mr. Rick from Belchertown MA grabbing an easy limit. A lot of good size ling today with some truly outsize specimens in the 3-4 lb range and a lot of good size ocean perch, a handful of big sea flounder to over 4 lbs and a six pound fluke complimented what was mostly beautiful green cod fish with just a scant few darker fish mixing in. Some stunning looking coolers once again today!  Again the unmentionables were hardly worth a mention but what was interesting today was that the cod fish were taken on both higher and lower hooks, in fact most of the bigger cod on a hook that fell just near or above the sinker and the cod seemed to greatly prefer fresh shucked clam baits today with just a couple falling for the iron. A few pictures today courtesy of Roger. Next cod fish trip sets Friday morning at 7 am aboard the Gail Frances with Capt. Rich.

Roger

Monday September 19th

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Roger reported a slower but still respectable day with the cod fish today. A slow pick whether on anchor or drifting. A few fish on jigs and teasers today too. Most of the cod kept again were nice size gaffing fish in the 8 to 15 lb range with the best of the day about 17 lbs. Hi hook boxed five keepers with one other fisher boxing four keepers. We also had far less in the way of sea bass and red hake today but we did have some. We had a fair amount of good size scup and plenty of nice size ocean perch. Very few short cod and one short pollock and the unmentionables were once again hardly worth a mention outside of one drift early in the day.  The rain today over the course of the second half of the trip however was beyond epic and some folks commented that they were unaware that it could rain so hard. A couple of pictures courtesy of Roger. Next fishing trip is set for Wednesday at 7 am on the Gail Frances with Capt. Rich at the helm. Weather looks about as good as it gets for fishing Wednesday!

Roger

Sunday September 18th

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Roger reported a good day of cod fishing today aboard the Gail Frances. The majority of the cod brought over the rail required gaffs (8-15lbs) with a nice bunch of bigger fish into the low 20′s. Generally nice green fish. Longtime regular fisher Mike from Flushing was hi hook with 8 nice keepers to 20 lbs. Longtime fisher Sean from Bridgeport boxed four teen size cod and a bunch of other fishers had 3 to 5 nice cod apiece to take home. A lot of the bigger cod fish were taken on a higher hook today and some fishers did quite well using the Atlantic style cod rigs.  There were some fishers who did not do as well with the cod but overall we were very pleased with the size and numbers on this outing. To compliment the cod there were a lot of ling including some big 3-4 lbrs. There was also a good amount of good size sea bass to 4 lbs with some fishers getting their limit or very close. Nice size scup to well over 2 lbs with some fishers who used smaller baits and hooks getting upwards to 15-20 nice scup apiece. One fisher for example who used small baits had three teen size cod, 20 big scup, an easy limit of sea bass to 4 lbs, a big sea flounder and a pile of big ocean perch. We had a lot of big ocean perch today with many fishers keeping them as they really do make outstanding table fare. We had one nice size keeper pollock and a few large sea flounder. Best of all the unmentionables were few and far between and we did not catch a lot of short cod fish. Gorgeous anchor weather all day and being that was the case most of the fishers aboard stuck with the fresh shucked skimmers. Some pictures today showcasing a few of the angler hi lights provided courtesy of Roger. Good fishing weather once again tomorrow and Capt. Rich will set sail at 7 am aboard the Gail Frances.

The report from Capt. Mike from the recent tuna trip was of fishing on the slower side. A handful of albacore in the 30-35 lb range, one 70 lb yellow fin and a sword just under 100 lbs caught by long time regular customer and exceptional rod handler David Roberto. Next tuna trip sets sail this coming Wednesday Night at 10 pm. Still some spaces available. One picture of the sword provided courtesy of David whom we thank for the photo.

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Roger

Saturday September 17th 2016

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First mate General Manager/Dock Manager Capt Cory Blount reported a solid start to the 2016 fall cod season. A great turnout of enthusiastic cod fishers took advantage of today’s bluebird weather and hopped aboard the Gail Frances. Capt. Rich was pleased to find a pick of cod on each area he sampled. Some nice size fish in the mix with the pool fish a handsome 22 lb specimen that fell victim to a diamond jig right at the end of the trip! A handful of other nice cod north of 15 lbs as well. The rest of the cod catch kept ranged from just keeper size fish to ten pounders. Hi hook boxed seven keeper cod and several other fishers boxed several nice cod apiece. A lot of big porgies and some sea bass mixed in as well as a nice mess of red hake, big ocean perch (some the size of legal tatoug!!), and a handful of big sea flounders to 4 lbs rounded out the take. A fair amount of shorties too but the majority of cod were keepers today. Tomorrow sounds like another good fishing day and the Gail Frances will set sail at 7 am. Some great pictures today showcasing a few of the angler hi lights courtesy of longtime regular customer Ginny Reed and Cory.

Capt. George reported the full day charter for the GEM Plumbing group found a few fluke, a bunch of sea bass and some nice size porgies.

Roger

Friday September 16th

Capt. George reported the full day charter for the Douglas Plumbing group from CT was good with a nice mess of good size sea bass, a handful of scup, and a handful of nice size fluke. We would like to thank Douglas Plumbing for their continued patronage over the years.

The report from the Gail Frances is that the last trip of the 2016 fluke season was solid with some nice fluke to six pounds and longtime regular customer Rick from Belchertown MA taking the pool with a fine six pounder (one of three nice fluke he had to compliment his easy limit of good size sea bass). Biggest sea bass was reported to give the fluke a run at the prize money so safe to say well over 5lbs. A lot of big sea bass today and some slammer size scup as well. One cod fish for good measure! Not a bad way to end another good fluke season! Capt. Rich and all the Frances Fleet Employees would like to thank the fishers who joined us this year on the full day fluke boat and look forward to another great season in 2017!

The report from the Tuna trip which returned this afternoon was of okay fishing. Some nice albacore and a couple of mahi. One space available for sale on the tuna trip leaving tomorrow morning at 7 am. If anyone is interested in booking it please call the office by 8 pm.

Roger