First mate Troy reported a great day to be out on the water. The weather was outstanding with high temps close to 70. There was some more action on the fish but not the keepers we are hoping to see for this time of the year. The water temp as gone up about 5 degrees in the last week and more and more bait is showing up. Its only a matter of time before something breaks wide open. Captain Rich is scheduled to sail tomorrow morning at 7am.
Roger reported today’s cod trip featured some incredible spring weather with light winds and brilliant sunshine but unfortunately the results were about the same as yesterday. We took the ride out to infamous Coxes Ledge but unfortunately the water temperatures were even a bit colder out there!! There was no bite at all on Coxes Ledge. Capt. Rich put in a very long weekend working tirelessly both days to try to put customers on some fish but there just was very little bite. The last stop of the day on the way back to the dock did show the slightest bit of life with one nice keeper cod, several throwbacks and one jumbo ocean perch and a modest amount of bites. We did also see a few terns today and did mark some bait on the grounds so hopes are high that once the water temperature comes up a few more degrees that things will improve. Cod fishing for the time being is weekends only sailing Saturdays and Sundays 7am to 4pm.
Roger reported today’s cod fishing was fractionally better than the last time out. There was a much better sign of bait on the grounds along with quite a few bait birds spotted, mostly terns and sheerwaters. In fact the pool fish today, a fine green market cod taken by Matt from Narragansett RI had freshly consumed herring in its belly. The water is still very cold. We will take a different route tomorrow as we try again with the Gail Frances set to sail at 7am with Capt. Rich at the helm. Photos courtesy Roger.
Looks like we are finally going to get a break this coming weekend. The weather is drying out and warming up. Looks like a great weekend in store for a change. The Gail Frances is scheduled to sail both Saturday and Sunday at 7:00 a.m. The boats haven’t sailed in quite awhile and the fishing was pretty tough when we did. But the water temps are starting to rise and we are hopeful for some better results this weekend. Just give us a call to make a reservation.
There will be no trip, tomorrow Friday April 3rd due to the high winds forcasted. Check back for Saturday.
No trip tomorrow Wednesday April 1st. The next trip will be Friday April 3rd. Hopefully with a few days off and some warmer weather, the fishing will improve.
NO sail tomorrow, Saturday March 28th. As of right now, scheduled to sail Sunday at 7:00 a.m.. Call Saturday to make reservations.
CHANGE IN SAILING TIME.
We will be changing our sailing time, starting Saturday March 28th to 7:00 a.m.
The boats have not been out in quite awhile due to the cold windy weather we have been having. The couple of days that we did manage to get out during the last couple of weeks, the fishing was very lack luster. The temps look like they are finally on the up turn, so hopefully that will change the fishing. Our next day out will be Saturday, and again we are sailing at 7:00 a.m. Our schedule going forward will be Mon., Wed., Fri., Sat. & Sun, 7:00 a.m. Be sure to give the office a call to leave us your reservation info or you can also make your reservations on-line at francesfleet.com. Just keep in mind if you make them on-line, still be sure to give us a call the day before to check weather conditions. We are all anxious for this winter to end and to get back out on the water and to fill the coolers!
We haven’t sailed all week due to the windy weather. We can’t seem to catch a break this winter. Either snow or wind, or both. Which is the case tomorrow, March 20th, the First Day of Spring. No fishing again tomorrow. Not sure about the weekend as of this post. So be sure to call back on Friday to check the status.
Captain Matt reported a struggle on the cod grounds. It was slim picking every where Mike went. A fish here and a fish there but no where close to the numbers we wanted. Some more red hake seem to be hanging around. A silver hake around 10 pounds took the pool honors today. We will not be sailing tomorrow due to the weather but plan on fishing Friday- Sunday. Please call and make a reservation for any upcoming trips.