First mate Chris reported a good day on the full day boat. A nice mix of fluke, seabass, scup and even 4 keeper codfish. Biggest fish of the day was around 7 lbs. Capt. Richie at the helm again tomorrow, office opens at 5:30 a.m. for ticket sales.
Frances Fleet announces a few changes to it’s schedule:
Our 2015 Whale Watch season has come to an end. Our last day was originally supposed to be Tuesday September 1st, but due to a few things out of our control we are stopping a day early.
Also, there will be NO half day trips on Wed, Thurs. or Friday this week. We will have BOTH, the 8-12 and the 1-5 all of the Holiday weekend though. Sat-Mon. BOTH the morning and the afternoon.
We are no longer doing any night fishing trips. (This DOES NOT include our tuna trips) We were hoping to get a few night combo trips in, as there has been a lot of squid and fin fish around at night, but response was poor. So again, no night trips.
We will continue our Fluke and Seabass trips until September 18th, and the 19th we will switch gears and do Cod and Seabass trips. Keep in mind, the bag limit for seabass will go to 7 fish starting tomorrow, September 1st. That is certainly welcomed news!
The report from first mate Greg on last night’s combo/squid trip was that they had a little bit of everything so to speak on the available bottom fish and a decent amount of squid. A few fluke, a few sea bass, a few scup, a few sand sharks, one blue fish in the fin fish department. Greg said the squid were “everywhere” and an angler who stayed at the rail and fished hard for them could easily do 50 pieces. Even a few double headers on the same jig!! First mate Greg was kind enough to provide us with some pictures showcasing a few hi lights from last evening’s outing. Next set of combo trips are set for next Friday and Saturday Nights at 7pm by reservation.
Capt. Matt was out on a private night time fishing charter last night that had a nice bunch of blue fish to ten pounds, one 25 lb bass, and a handful of keeper sea bass plus some sand sharks.
Sounds like an okay day overall on the Gail Frances but there was not much of a drift which today meant there were the haves and have nots. Sounds like buck tail rigs reigned supreme overall and only for some fishers. As Capt. Ted says the buck tails can work but one has to work the buck tails! Numbers per fisher varied considerably as mentioned above with hi hook boxing seven nice keepers and a handful of other fishers boxing several nice fluke apiece. Biggest fish was around seven pounds. Boat limit of sea bass to five pounds. A couple scup and once again no blue fish. A couple nice size ocean perch and that rounded out the species assortment. Capt. Rich will set sail at 7 am aboard the Gail Frances.
A few fluke and some sea bass this morning along with lots of shorts. Two half days on tap tomorrow with the first to set sail at 8am and the second to set sail at 1pm, both aboard the Lady Frances. Back to back half days can net an angler a $15 discount off the second trip.
Another very good day aboard the Gail Frances with a bunch of angler limits and quite a few others who were not far behind those fishers. A full boat limit of sea bass as well with sizes to four pounds and some nice size porgies. Fresh caught live bait, gulp, whole squid and buck tail set ups were all reported to be effective by fishers today. Rental rod set ups also did decently today. A dozen or so fish in the 4 to 6 lb range and the majority were were just nice large fluke in the 19-22 inch range as thick as could be!! Just tremendous amounts of bait on the grounds still yet. Capt. Rich will set sail tomorrow morning at 7 am aboard the Gail Frances.
The report from Capt. Don on the morning half day was of very good action with the porgies and sea bass but not a whole lot in the way of fluke. The afternoon half day was AWESOME!! A big pile of nice size fluke to six pounds and a nice bunch of good size sea bass. Some anglers had several nice fluke apiece plus their sea bass! Amazing how things vary from trip to trip and day to day, I guess that is why they call it fishing!! A couple pictures of this outstanding pm half day appear courtesy deckhand Connor McDermott. Great job Connor! Just one half day tomorrow with the Lady Frances set to sail at 8am
SPERM WHALES SIGHTED AGAIN ON TODAY’S WHALE WATCH!!! Another great day on the Whale Watch trip with Sperm Whales sighted for the FIFTH time this season!! Copious amounts of squid is helping the keep them regular visitors. Plenty of room still left on tomorrow’s Whale Watch that will set sail at 1pm.
The Night Combo Trip is a GO for tonight. And there is plenty of room! The boat sails at 7:00 p.m. and the weather looks beautiful!
Another very good day of fishing aboard the Gail Frances today. There were a number of limit catches and many others who were not that far behind. There were certainly those who had less but overall the streak of good fishing continues. Longtime regular Brian Cofske from Webster MA for example had an easy limit using whole squid today and had the second and third biggest fish of the trip with a pair of slabs in the six plus pound range. The boat had its limit of nice size sea bass as well. One fat keeper cod fish and a few short cod fish mixed in but no scup or blue fish today. Weather looks awesome tomorrow and the Gail Frances will be set to sail at 7 am with Capt. Rich at the helm. More details as they become available. Photo of Brian’s twin slabs courtesy deckhand Chris L.
It is just a beautiful day here in southern RI, the morning half day was slower than we would have liked but the weather just could not be any better. The fishing was slightly better this afternoon. Two half days on tap tomorrow with the first set to sail at 8 am and the second at 1pm. Back to back half days can net an angler $15 off the second trip. This gorgeous photo was taken by owner Christine Blount on this morning’s half day trip on the way back into the harbor.
Plenty of room on Friday and Saturday Night’s squid/combo trips. The trip leaves at 7pm and returns at 1am. Anglers can fish for squid or can fish for bottom fish or a combination of both. Recent night trips saw tremendous amounts of squid locally. If interested this trip needs to be booked over the phone with an office representative.
WE WILL NOT HAVE ANY HALF DAY FISHING TRIPS ON SEPTEMBER 2,3 OR 4TH. (THAT’S WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY AND FRIDAY) WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE. PLEASE CALL FOR THE SCHEDULE PRIOR TO THOSE DAYS AND FOLLOWING THOSE DAYS. THANK YOU.
Very good fishing today aboard the Gail Frances. Numerous limit catches and many more who were not far behind and just about everyone left some fish. Again the catches varied from fisher to fisher but overall it was excellent and most left with their sea bass as well, with sizes on those to nearly four pounds. Pool fish was a fine 28 inch slab that weighed around 8 lbs and there were some other nice fish over 4 lbs but most of the fish were in the 19 to 21 inch range. One blue fish today but no porgies. Capt.Rich will set sail tomorrow at 7am aboard the Gail Frances.
Two half days on tap for tomorrow with the first to set sail at 8am aboard the Lady Frances and the second at 1pm aboard the Admiral Frances.
Capt Rich reported another good day on the full day boat today. PLENTY of fluke to go around with several people easily getting their limits. Seabass was also bountiful, with a full boat limit. I think we are all anxiously awaiting for the seabass limit to go to 7 September 1st. Can’t get here soon enough! Quite a few fish fighting it out for the pool today. All were in the 6-7 lb range. Capt Rich at the helm again tomorrow. Office opens at 5:30 a.m. for ticket sales.
We wanted to reiterate an earlier post from the weekend. We are currently cancelling our striped bass trips until further notice. The striped bass fishing at night this summer has been dismal to say the least. We will be doing a Combo Trip for the next couple weeks, on Friday and Saturday nights only. It’s basically fishing for whatever bites the hook. Whether it be fluke, seabass, scup, squid blues, etc. The trip is 7:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.. Reservations please.
First mate Chris reported a good day on the full day fluke boat. 6” gulp seemed to be the go to bait for the day. There were plenty of fluke and sea bass every where Captain Rich went. High hook was Mr Kim who boated 12 keeper as well as the pool fish of a solid 7 pounds. There were a hand full of other limits all around the boat. Everyone went home with a bag of fluke and sea bass. The sea bass at time were non stop fishing with some anglers catching half a dozen double headers. Tomorrow is another day and Captain Rich will be setting sail on the Gail Frances at 7am.
Captain Mike reported pretty normal summer half day fishing. A hand full a fluke and plenty of sea bass to keep anglers busy. Pool fish have been 5-6 pound range and plenty of sea bass 3-5 pounds. We only have a few more half day trips left for the season and have plenty of room. So if you want to get in on some fishing before school starts this is a great trip.
Captain Rich reported a Decent day on the full day fluke boat. The morning drift was very fast but the fluke were on the chew. Some anglers reported drift with 20oz sinkers but the fish were biting. High hook went home with a limit of fluke. Fist Mate Chris reported the quality of the fish was great but nothing huge. Today’s pool honors went to Leon Correy with a 26” slab weighing close to 7 pounds. Lots of sea bass around with many fish over 4 pounds. Tomorrows full day trip will set sail on the Lady Frances at 7am.
Captain Matt reported slow fishing on the half day morning trip. Wind against tide made for tough drift conditions. Some nice fluke and sea bass were caught but not the numbers we like to see. The afternoon saw much better fishing with quite a few bass keeping rods bent. Both half day trips are scheduled to sail at 8am and 1pm on the Admiral Frances.
A FEW SCHEDULING NOTES……….
TOMORROW’S HALF DAY AT 1PM WILL REQUIRE RESERVATIONS!!!
THIS COME WEEK WE WILL NOT BE HAVING A STRIPED BASS BOAT. WE ARE GOING TO TRY AND DO A NIGHT COMBO TRIP ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT FOR SQUID, FLUKE, SEABASS, AND SCUP FOR 7PM TO 1AM. THE COST OF THIS TRIP IS 70$ AND RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.
FULL DAY PORGY FISHING WILL BEGIN THE WEEKEND OF SATURDAY/SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 12TH AND 13TH!!!! PORGY FISHING WILL SAIL WEEKENDS ONLY THIS FALL!! PORGY FISHING HOURS WILL BE 7AM TO 3PM
FALL COD FISHING WILL BEGIN SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 19TH!!!! RECENT REPORTS HAVE BEEN EXCELLENT AND SHOWN BELOW IS THE PICTURE OF A NICE KEEPER THAT WAS JUST JIGGED UP ON A FLUKE BUCK TAIL EAST OF BLOCK ISLAND THIS MORNING ON THE FULL DAY FLUKE BOAT WITH CAPT. RICH!!
Sounds as though the sea bass are chewing this morning on the half day! Here is an example of the bomber sea bass that are out there! Photographed by owner Christine Blount. Two half days on tap tomorrow with the first set to sail at 8am and the second at 1pm. The 1pm half day trip will require reservations.
The Night fishing last night showed a bit more promise and hope than prior nights, before they lost the tide that is. Several keeper bass to 15 lbs and a few shorts and a few more misses before the tide and then bite petered out. Tonight’s trip is a go! Plenty of room so call the office if interested in making a reservation. Tonight’s trip will set sail at 7pm with Capt.Ray aboard the Lady Frances.
Capt. Mike reported a nice mix of fluke and a limit of sea bass on the half day charter for the Keith Amaral group.
First mate Chris L reported a good day of fluking aboard the full day boat today with a few limits recorded and a good number of the anglers aboard boxing four to six or seven nice fluke apiece. Gulp and various buck tail methods were generally more productive. Biggest fish was seven pounds today with a handful of other nice fish over the 4 lb mark. There were some very big sea bass today with sizes to 5 lbs but no scup. Last but certainly not least, was that fine 6 lb cod shown earlier in today’s post. Tomorrow looks like another great fishing day and Capt. Rich will be ready to set sail aboard the Gail Frances at 7am. A couple pics provided courtesy customer David Hart Beal from RI.