NO cod trip tomorrow Wednesday September 30th. The October 1st and 2nd Tuna Trips has also been cancelled. Rain and wind for the next few days, unfortunately.
Roger reported a very strong day of local cod fishing. Two areas were sampled with excellent results at both. A lot of good size cod on the first drop with at least 20 nice fish in the 10 to 20 lb range and some other nice keepers along with some huge sea flounders to 4 lbs plus, big ocean perch, a few pollock and a mess of good size scup. Area two produced a nice steady stream of market cod with a handful of slightly bigger fish around the ten pound mark. Area two also produced some slammer scup to nearly 3 lbs, super size ocean perch to 21 inches!!, a few more big sea flounder, a keeper fluke, and a lot of throwback cod. There were numerous fishers who had four to seven nice cod apiece to take home and the majority of fishers took home enough for dinner but the numbers did vary from fisher to fisher. While bait was king at the first spot with the bigger fish, the second area both jigs and bait were productive but jigs probably edged out the clams and produced the bigger greener cod in the ten pound range. A special jig shout out to Troy and Orlando who put on a iron clinic at the second area fished! Well done fellas! Pool fish was a fine green fish around 20 lbs. It was flat calm with little to no wind all day, the sun came out after a morning sprinkle and it was breathtakingly beautiful. Looks like some weather on the way this week. Wednesday is still a maybe right now so check back Tuesday afternoon but we could very well be sidelined for a few days if the weatherman is correct and Mother Nature sees fit. Some pictures today courtesy Roger.
Capt. Ray reported AWESOME scup fishing today around Block Island! First mate Troy reported the biggest kind of porgies with many fish between 2 and 3 lbs and lots of double headers. The scup were stacked up to 30 feet thick! A picture from the fish finder gives just a rough idea of how many scup are around the Block Island grounds right now. Picture courtesy General Manager Cory.
Roger reported slower cod fishing today. The bite seemed to get better in the afternoon. Still a respectable amount of keeper cod fish with the best of the lot just under the ten pound mark. Hi hook boxed four keepers today and a fair number of fishers aboard had two or three keepers apiece. Plenty of scup to at least 2 lbs with some anglers catching upwards to a couple dozen apiece. A handful of good size ocean perch, a few big red hake, a few big sea flounders rounded out the days catch. A couple of brief forays into some deep water produced an epic attendance of the biggest kind of unmentionables so we quickly went back into the shallows where there was no attendance of those things. Tomorrow may very well be the last nice fishing day for the week so we will be ready to go with Capt. Rich at the helm at 7 am aboard the Gail Frances. A few photos today courtesy of Roger.
Certainly was a remarkably better day for cod aboard the Gail Frances today. Miles ahead of the past two trips and more reminiscent of last weekend. Great news!! The cod were not big but there were lots of them with well over 100 keepers boated for a relatively modest crowd. The cod seemed to bite best in the morning but a pick was available all day long. Plenty of short cod as well. Numbers on the cod varied from fisher to fisher but needless to say the majority went home with fresh cod for dinner and a good number of the folks aboard had three to six keepers apiece with a handful doing even a bit better. Nothing big but nice fat market cod with the best of the lot around 10 lbs. One big blue fish and plenty of good size porgies mixed in with a few anglers having upwards to a couple dozen nice size porgies apiece. Some of these porgies were platter size scup approaching or just exceeding the 2lb mark. A few good size sea flounders mixed in as well. It was one stop shopping today with only a couple of times where the mates dropped back on the anchor but the boat never relocated to a new area. How nice is that!! Certainly refreshing for all aboard and maximizes angler soak time. Most of the cod were caught on fresh shucked skimmer clams today although a few were jigged up. Any additional details will be posted as they become available. Picture courtesy of Roger and that impressive bag of fillets was amassed by three young fishers using rental rods. Next cod trip sets sail tomorrow morning at 7am aboard the Gail Frances with Capt. Rich.
The porgy boat WILL be sailing tomorrow morning at 7am aboard the Admiral Frances with Capt. Ray at the helm.
Roger reported cod fishing was just fair at best today. There was a slow pick of small cod at most of the locations sampled with just a couple of gaffer fish in the 10 to 12 lb range today.Two anglers tied for hi hook honors at 3 keepers apiece.There were lots of good size porgies today with some double headers and a few as big as 2 lbs with a few anglers managing upwards to 20 apiece. Quite a few ocean perch and one big sea flounder today. Not much trouble from the unmentionables either. One picture of the pool fish today courtesy of Roger. We try again tomorrow with the Gail Frances set to sail at 7am with Capt. Rich at the helm.
Capt. Ray will be ready to set sail for porgies tomorrow morning at 7am aboard the Admiral Frances.
We will be cod fishing tomorrow aboard the Lady Frances with Capt. Rich at the helm. The boat leaves at 7am.
WE ARE PORGY FISHING THIS WEEKEND!! WE WILL BE SAILING BOTH SATURDAY AND SUNDAY AT 7AM AND RETURN AT 3 PM!
Roger reported great weather but slower cod fishing today aboard the Gail Frances despite an enthusiastic turnout of fishers. Everything was on the slower side but still a fair amount of cod, scup, sea bass and ocean perch made it aboard today along with a handful of large sea flounder. A handful of the sea bass were brutes in the three to four pound range. A few anglers managed three nice cod apiece for hi hooks on those and a few anglers had upwards to a half dozen sea bass and scup apiece. A fair amount of the cod were good size fish in the 8 to 12 lb range with the best of the lot in the mid to upper teens. Biggest fish of the day was taken by longtime regular Lou Palumbo from Niantic CT with a fine green fish of 18 lbs and Lou was one of the few anglers who boxed three good cod for the day. One nice pollock today too about 8 lbs. Some pictures today provided courtesy of Roger. Next trip will be Friday with the Gail Frances set to sail at 7am with Capt. Rich at the helm.
In other news, thinking ahead to a bit later in the fall season, the black fish have already begun their chewing near shore and some truly trophy size specimens have been taken including a behemoth 18.9 lb monster that was weighed in here at the Capt. Tackle shop on the certified calibrated scale by Capt. Frank Blount himself! This was also the biggest tog I have ever seen too.
Tonight’s Tuna trip is cancelled due to the weather.
The wind is finally dropping out and the Cod boat will be sailing tomorrow morning at 7:00 a.m. The office will open at 6:00 a.m.
Roger was pleased to report that Capt. Rich had another great day aboard the Gail Frances. Plenty of nice cod were caught along with an increased number of sea bass and scup including a lot of good size sea bass in the 3 to 5 lb range with some anglers getting upwards to a limit catch of sea bass and some anglers upwards to a dozen nice scup. Many anglers aboard had three to six cod apiece, certainly there were some with less and there were some with a few more with hi hooks dangerously close to a limit catch on the cod fish. Plenty of good size ocean perch along with a few handfuls of red hake and a handful of small Mahi and some large sea flounder to 4 lbs rounded out the days catch. A fair number of the cod were fish in the 8 to 15 lb range with the best of the lot just under 20 lbs. A nice mix of dark and green fish. The fresh shucked bait was definitely the way to go. No cod fishing tomorrow due to the weather and stay tuned for updates on whether or not there will be a trip on Wednesday. Some pictures today provided courtesy of Roger.
Capt. Mike was pleased to report the most recent tuna trip was MUCH IMPROVED!! Actually it was a great trip with two dozen yellows and a nice pile of Mahi plus a 225 lb Big eye Tuna and a mess of short yellows. Next Tuna trip is set to sail Wednesday Night at 10 pm.
The Gail Frances sailed this morning with a full boat of enthusiastic cod fishers and according to the crew it was an excellent start to the fall cod season!! Nearly 200 keeper cod were boated today aboard the Gail Frances!! The results were quite varied from fisher to fisher but there were folks who had upwards to 6 to 9 nice cod apiece and quite a few who had 3 to 5 apiece. There was also a nice sprinkling of big sea bass to four pounds and a few handfuls of keeper scup plus one red hake and some big ocean perch. Even a half dozen small delicious eating Mahi couldn’t resist the fresh clam baits! Perhaps the most exciting addition to the fin fish list was the two dozen super size (to 5lbs) sea flounders that gave some anglers a real treat. A decent amount of cod in the 8 to 12 lb range with pool fish in the mid teens and while there were some throwbacks the majority of fish were keepers. Important to note that a lot the fish boated were nice green white bellied fish which is something we will never tire of seeing. A few fish on jigs but the fresh shucked shell bait seemed to be the way to go and the cod were jumping all over it!! Lets keep the ball rolling with the next cod trip setting sail tomorrow morning at 7am aboard the Gail Frances.
The Lady Frances is out on another Tuna trip this weekend and we are hopeful for better results so stay tuned tomorrow afternoon for a fresh tuna report!!