Monthly Archives: July 2016

Sunday July 31st

Capt. Mike and fist mate Sean reported a tough night of bass fishing last night aboard the Lady Frances. Just a few small keepers, a few throwbacks, and a couple of blue fish for all the angler effort put forward. Talk about peaks and valleys within a few days time!! We try again Wednesday Night with the Lady Frances set to sail at 7 pm by reservation.

Plenty of room on this afternoon’s half day trip and despite the chance for some showers, the winds look modest enough for sure. Capt. Mike will set sail at 1pm aboard the Lady Frances.

Roger

Saturday July 30th

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This morning’s half day trip celebrating The Blessing of the Fleet was a huge success and the fish cooperated too with a nice mix of fluke sea bass and some scup for a sold out crowd of half day enthusiasts! Some great photos above showcasing blessing and fishing high lights provided by owner Christine Blount.

Capt. George reported the full day charter on the Admiral Frances met with respectable catches of fluke and good size sea bass.

First mate Chris L reported a good day of fishing aboard the Gail Frances today with well over 100 nice fluke going into fishers bags and coolers. Pool winner was a fine 8 lb slab and there were a handful of other nice jumbo fish. A few limit catches and a decent number of folks who boxed several good fluke apiece. A lot of sea bass and plenty of good keepers but nothing of extraordinary size but limit catches of 15 inch plus sea bass make a nice compliment to the fluke catches! A few dozen nice size scup rounded out the the keeping portion of the fishery today. Great fishing weather on tap tomorrow and Capt. Rich will set sail at 7 am aboard the Gail Frances.

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Yesterday’s full day fluke and sea bass trip produced pretty good results and so far today is off to a good start also! A few pictures from yesterday below and a bunch from longtime customer Ginny Reed and Michael Song from today above.

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Capt. Matt reported a much slower night last night with the Stripers than the prior two nights but the anglers aboard did manage a few handfuls of nice keeper bass with the largest around or just under the 20 lb mark. Tonight is a new night and still plenty of room so if anyone is interested in purchasing tickets please call the office to make a reservation.

As mentioned on Facebook yesterday we are currently booking for a SUMMER COD FISH TRIP SUNDAY AUGUST 21ST FROM 5AM TO 4PM. The cost is $125. Bait is included and rod rental is $10. The fishing this past summer, like the past several summers has been excellent. This is a limited load trip which will take no more than 45 fishers. The Capt. Tackle has been briskly selling clams to cod fishers who have reported back with outstanding results, of which more than a few have included not only steaker size fish but even a few “old fashioned” hangers up to 40 lbs!  I have been out a few times recently with my good friends Steve and Capt. Dan and echo the same sentiment although nothing over 20 lbs for us, yet. We have sampled areas from close to Block Island to the “broken radio” grounds of Coxes Ledge and in between finding cooperative cod all along the way. Some very large ocean perch and a few big ling have been mixed in as well. Best of all, the unmentionables have been hardly worth a mention! This trip mandates a reservation and as of this time it must be booked with an office representative over the phone.

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Roger

Friday July 29th

The much needed rain storm shut down the half day operation today but we will back at it tomorrow morning. Space is limited tomorrow morning so calling and placing a reservation is a MUST! Recent half day trips have been producing nice size sea bass and some good fluke. A recent picture from a half day outing this week appears courtesy deck hand Connor.

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Capt. Matt reported another great night of Striper fishing aboard the Lady Frances with a boat limit of bass up to 20 lbs. A handful of blue fish too which is something we have not seen much of as of late. Serious peaks and valleys the past few weeks but this week seems to have it going on! Still plenty of room on tonight’s trip so call the office to make a reservation. The Lady is set to sail at 7 pm. One picture from last night’s trip below.

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Capt. Rich reported a great day of fishing today for a very light crowd of fishers who braved the much needed rain showers. A nice mess of fluke with some fishers getting several nice fluke apiece and the boat easily limited out on big sea bass. A few blue fish and a few scup. Everyone left with a nice bunch of fish to take home. Biggest fluke of the trip was estimated to be around 5 lbs and biggest sea bass around 4 lbs. Great weather on tap tomorrow and a bit cooler, Capt. Rich will be set to sail on the Gail Frances at 7 am.

 

Roger

Thursday July 28th

This morning’s half day trip started out a bit slow, but the action picked up about half way through the trip. A fair amount of keeper fluke and seabass around the boat. Pictures courtesy of Christine Blount. More of the same this afternoon. Trips tomorrow leave at 8 am and again at 1pm.

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First mate Chris L reported the full day Fluke and sea bass boat had an okay day compared to some of the trips of late. Very little drift. Some nice quality stuff but just not in the numbers we have become accustomed to over the past two weeks. A good amount of nice size sea bass and a few nice scup in the mix as well. Biggest fluke around 6 lbs and a fair number of fish in the 4-5 lb range. Tomorrow sounds wet but the wind doesn’t sound bad at all, pack your rain gear and come on down to the office to buy a ticket if interested in going  tomorrow morning as the Gail Frances will set sail at 7 am with Capt. Rich at the helm.

 

Thursday July 28

Reports are starting to come in from last night’s striped bass trip. A few customers have called in to say it was a GREAT night. Plenty of action and plenty of fish over the rails. Conditions are everything, and last night they were spot on! Three fish in the 25 lb range battled it out for bragging rights, with the rest of the bass from just keeper size up into the high teens. Some shorty bass and a couple blue fish rounded out the catching.  A few pictures courtesy of John P., one of Frances Fleet’s regulars. Thanks John, we appreciate the pictures!

Next Striped Bass trip is tonight at 7:00 p.m. and there is plenty of room.

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Wednesday July 27th

First mate Capt. Matt reported a very solid day of fishing aboard the Gail Frances today and that the fluke were more spread out among the fishers which is something we always like to see and report back. There were several limit catches and a good number of fishers who boxed several nice fluke apiece and everyone left with at least a couple good dinner fish. A nice number of sea bass as well. Pool winning fluke was 9 lbs with a few others in the 7 lb range. A few scup and that was about it. Great day of weather and fishing. Picture provided courtesy longtime regular customer Danny Fleurant.Tomorrow will  hopefully be a repeat with Capt. Rich ready to set sail on the Gail Frances at 7 am.

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A mix of  good size sea bass and fluke on both half days today but the most exciting event happened on the pm half day when 8 year old London Rovezzi from South Windsor Ct successfully led a fat 15 lb keeper Striper to the safety of the net and aboard the deck of the Lady Frances. Well done London!! A photo of London with his great catch appears courtesy of Capt. Mike O’grady.

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Roger

Tuesday July 26th 2016

Today’s unexpected winds and tide conditions made for some challenging fishing on all of our trips today. However, Captain Mike reported a decent pick of fluke during the morning half day trip, with the pool fish weighing in at around 6 lbs (beating the contender on the full day trip!). There were also plenty of keeper Black Sea Bass to keep anglers happy on this morning’s half day trip! Captain Matt reported that the tough drift conditions this afternoon resulted in fewer fish than on the morning trip. However, high hook managed to catch his limit of sea bass and three sizeable fluke. Overall, anglers left with more black sea bass than fluke on the afternoon trip.

Captain Rich reported similar trouble with drift conditions today – first it was wind against tide, resulting in no drift, and then the wind picked up and made for an incredibly fast two-knot drift. Despite the lack of ideal drift conditions, anglers still managed to catch some nice quality fluke (though the pool fish only weighed 5 lbs) and some beautiful black sea bass.

The Gail Frances will sail tomorrow at 7AM for the full day Jumbo Fluke and Sea Bass trip, with the Lady Frances sailing at 8AM and 1PM for the half day fishing trips. Wednesdays are Family days for Half Day fishing, and the weather looks like it will cooperate much better tomorrow.

Monday July 25 2016

Captain Mike reported a decent day of fishing on the morning half day trip, which slowed down a bit on the afternoon trip. Both trips were able to boast some nice fluke up to 5 lbs on the morning trip, and in the 4lb range for the afternoon. This morning’s pool winner was Brian Butler from Gaylordsville in CT, whose fluke weighed in at around 5 lbs. The morning trip also had a good number of black sea bass, while the afternoon sea bass action was not as hot. However, the captain said that many of the sea bass on both trips were of nice quality.

According to Captain Matt, the full day boat had another good day of fishing aboard the Gail Frances. The boat just about caught its limit for black seabass, and also had five or six anglers who caught their limit of nice fluke. Many anglers were able to head home with 4 or 5 fluke to add to the sea bass in their coolers. The pool-winning fluke was a respectable 9 lbs, pulling ahead of half a dozen or so nice fluke that were over 6 lbs.

Tomorrow, the Gail Frances will set sail at 7AM for the full day Jumbo Fluke & Sea Bass trip, and the Half Day trips will sail at 8AM and 1PM. The forecast looks great, and there’s hardly a better way to escape July’s heat than to spend a day out on the water catching some fish!

Sunday Morning July 24th

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Some nice fluke and sea bass already coming aboard the Gail Frances. A few early pictures already courtesy long time customer Ginny Reed.Captain Matt reported a very good day on the full day fluke boat. The wind from the past few days didnt seem mess with the fishing. Around 200 keeper fluke and a 100 sea bass went home with happy anglers today. Many limits around the boat and many people leaving with 4-6 each. 1 28″ fish took the pool with 6 fish at 27″ right behind her. Many fish in the 3-5 pound range. Captain Matt is at the helm tomorrow and we will be sailing at 7am

Captain Mike reported rebounded fishing on both half day trips today. The sea bass and fluke made there presence known with bent rods all morning and afternoon. We will be sailing both half day trips tomorrow at 8am and 1pm.

Last night’s bass trip was very slow. Next trip is scheduled for this coming Wednesday at 7 pm by reservation aboard the Lady Frances.

Roger