Roger reported a very tough day on the cod/mixed bag fishing trip today. The water was still very dirty from Wednesday’s southerly gale to storm force winds and the fishing suffered accordingly. Too bad because the weather was beautiful and the ocean nearly flat calm with drifting and anchoring both used today. We fished a number of different areas finding a little but very little life in each. There was a decent number of big true conger eels taken today with a few of them going nearly five feet in length! A handful of sea bass with a few of them jumbos in the 2 to 3 lb range and some short sea bass, one keeper cod, one short cod, a couple small ling, one big flounder and some but not that many unmentionables. Tomorrow we try again with Capt. Rich ready to set sail on the Gail Frances at 6am.
Capt. Mike also reported suffering the same fate with the dirty water. A handful of tatoug to 6 lbs did make it aboard but that was about it. Tomorrow we try again with Capt. Mike ready to set sail on the Lady Frances at 6am.
Captain Mike called in to report a decent day of black fishing after the blow. The water was on the dirty side but Captain Mike found some nice fish. A few limit catches today and everyone going home with at least 3 keepers. Pool fish was around 9 pounds. Quite a few shorts around to keep anglers busy in the cold temperatures. We will not be sailing tomorrow due to the weather and we will not be fishing on Thanksgiving. Fridays weather looks good and we plan to sail both for cod and blackfish.
Due to the left over wind we will not be sailing for either boat tomorrow. We are planning on sailing again on Tuesday morning for blackfish.
Roger reported another great day of mixed bag fishing with Capt. Rich on the Gail Frances. We had a mesmerizing variety of fish today that included cod, sea bass, scup, ocean perch, bonito, bluefish, flounder, trigger fish, red hake, sculpin and just a few handfuls of unmentionables. We had several really nice cod today with the biggest in the low 20′s and another right around 20 lbs and another in the mid to high teens. A few others around ten pounds with the rest just nice market size keepers. Nearly all were green fish and hi hook took home three nice cod today. A handful of short cod as well. The bite on the cod fish was super super soft. In fact for most of the cod caught, the anglers did not even feel a bite per se. What would happen is the bait would cease being attacked by scup and sea bass and then it would feel as though there was nothing going on but you’d lift up and feel weight and the cod would be rolling the bait around in their mouth. Even anglers using the most modern of the fabric lines reported not feeling the cod fish biting the bait! Tough to get a good hook set that way unless you swing hard blindly. Some other big cod were dropped today due to lack of a good hook set under these circumstances. When ever something feels different or a little strange, set that hook like your trying to reach the clouds in the sky! There were quite a few sea bass limits and most anglers had at least several nice ones apiece to take home. Several big sea bass were jigged up earlier in the day but once anchored bait was the way to go. Biggest sea bass around the 4 lb mark. The big scup were back in force today, similar to last Sunday. Most of the anglers aboard caught ten to thirty big porgies apiece and those who used smaller hooks had their thirty fish limit easily. Quite a few in the 1.75 to 2 lb range with a few up to 2.5lbs and some more average ones in the mix but most were platter size. Some good size red hake today as well with one angler bagging three of these delicious relatives of the cod fish. After a few drifts early on the wind came right up and we spent the rest of the day with a nice swing on the anchor. We did not start catching cod today of any size until we anchored up. A special thanks to Rick from Belchertown for bringing down a big pot of AWESOME beef stew and special shout out also to Ben from NYC for the delicious Chinese food. Thanks gentlemen! Looks like plenty of fresh air again tomorrow but it looks to be the nicest fishing day of the coming weekend and Capt. Rich will be ready to set sail at 6am aboard the Gail Frances. Some pictures today provided courtesy of Roger.
Capt. Mike reported an awesome day of togging. They were just a few fish short of a full boat limit and had some real quality as well today. A few fish in the 10 lb range fought it out for the pool honors with another dozen or so fish in the six to eight pound range. A decent amount of short tog kept things from getting dull and a couple short cod and just keeper and short sea bass rounded out the species assortment for the day. Tomorrow looks like another nice fishing day for tatoug and Capt. Mike will be ready to set sail on the Lady Frances at 6am.
Roger reported a good day of togging with some really nice fish taken but it was not the all out slaughter of yesterday. Cha from NJ took the pool with a 12 lb brute tog and there were was another fish taken that went just under ten pounds and a couple others in the 8 to 9 lb range so some quality to be sure. A decent number of limit catches today as well and a respectable amount of short tog and short and a decent number of keeper sea bass to keep things rolling right along. In fact hi hook on the keeper sea bass was just shy of a limit catch with six. A couple of cod today as well but nothing big. It turned out to be a gorgeous day on the water. Tomorrow looks like another great fishing day with mild temps and just a few showers and the right amount of wind to sit great on the anchor, the Lady Frances will be set to sail at 6 am with Capt. Mike at the helm. A few pics today provided courtesy of Roger.
Tomorrow also looks like some good November fishing weather to go after the sea bass cod and jumbo porgies and Capt. Rich will be ready to set sail on the Gail Frances at 6am. Monday’s results were very good for all three species and we hope for a repeat tomorrow!
Word from Capt. Mike was that blackfishing was slow today. Due in part from the windy conditions and the dirty water from the day before. Still, there were some nice fish caught just not the numbers that the captain,crew and customers have been accustomed to on recent trips. But tomorrow is another day.
No word yet from the blackfish boat, but as soon as we get the report we will pass it on. Both the blackfish boat and the cod/seabass boat are scheduled to sail tomorrow, Wednesday November 20th. The wind is dropping out and other than the cold it looks like a nice November day. If you read back through the weekend reports, the pictures and reports speak for themselves, The fishing on boat boats has been very very good, so grab your gear and head on down. Both boats leave at 6:00 a.m. The Gail Frances for Cod/Seabass and the Lady Frances for Blackfish. The office will be open till 7:00 pm if you need any more information.