The boat did sail this past weekend for cod, but honestly, not alot to report. We are calling it quits for the moment on exclusive cod trips. We are anxiously awaiting for some warmer weather to bring the fluke in and that will be our next targeted species. We would like to thank all our loyal cod customers for hanging in there all winter. Its probably been one of the worst that most of us can remember.
Fluke fishing opens May 1st but we probably will wait until the middle of next week to start. Hopefully we get a stretch of warm weather to warm up the ocean temps between now and then. No reports of squid showing up yet, so as of right now those trips are on hold as well. But things HAVE to change, and before you know it, good weather AND good fishing will be enjoyed by all!!
The Frances Fleet will be sailing this weekend for cod. The boat leaves at 7:00 a.m. The office will open at 6:00 a.m.
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.