Monthly Archives: August 2017

Monday Aug 21

Captain Matt reported a decent day on the full day fluke boat. Many anglers with home with limits of sea bass to 5 pounds. Some nice quality fluke to 8 pounds. Buck tails seemed to be the way to go. There was acres and acres of mackerel with some anglers reporting catching up to a dozen on the fluke rigs. If you had a real mackerel rig you could have done some real damage. Our next trip will be sailing at 7am on Tuesday morning.

 

Captain Keith reported OK fishing on the morning and afternoon half days. Plenty of keeper sea bass to go home for dinner and a handful of fluke. We will be sailing Half day trips until labor day, so there is still time to enjoy this close to home fishing.

Sunday Aug 20th

Roger reported a solid day of summer cod fishing on Coxes Ledge. Being armed with fresh shell bait helped edge out the crazy strong tide steamrolling hard to the west today along with an opposing wind direction The cod fish were not as spread out as we would have liked but a number of fishers had four to six nice fish apiece to take home today. Beautiful fresh shell bait far out produced jigs and teasers but jigs did grab a few nice fish. Traditional hi lo cod rigs of the packaged variety seemed to have an edge of dropper loops tied direct. This is sometimes the case when the tide is screaming as the dropper loops can tend to spin in a strong tide. The cod varied in size from throwbacks to a couple of fish that threatened the 20 lb mark. Most were 5 to 12 lbs and there was a mix of dark and green fish today.  Fishers also found a good number of nice size sea bass to 4 lbs and some fishers had limit catches of sea bass. We also had a half dozen or so nice size silver hake with a couple of them in the 10 to 15 lb range which is the first time that Roger ever remembers seeing them this size fishing rocky bottom. This size hake is almost exclusively found on wrecks in this day and age. A scattering of ling but not nearly as many as last trip. A handful of big sucp, a bunch of big ocean perch, and a lot of large sea flounder to at least 4 lbs!! A number of fishers had their limit of the sea flounders. A few whiting and a lot of catch and release ocean pout of all sizes (they are protected) rounded out the days activity. Not a single unmentionable. A pile of outstanding pictures showcasing some of the angler hi lights today are provided courtesy owner Christine Blount.

 

COD SEASON STARTS 9/16!!!!

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Capt. Rich reported a solid day of fishing aboard the Gail Frances. There was a near boat limit of good size sea bass to at least 4 lbs and a decent amount of fluke with at least three or four limit catches recorded and others who were right behind. There were some quality fish over4 lbs with the biggest around 7 lbs.There were also some big scup caught with sizes to nearly 3 lbs along with some big mackerel once again. All in all a very nice day of fishing! Next full day will sail tomorrow morning at 7 am with Capt. Matt aboard the Gail Frances.

Some action with the catching aspect but not a whole lot to keeping on either of the half day outings. Still bent rods with sea robins and short sea bass and short fluke made for some happy fishers. Biggest fish for the afternoon trip was a fluke of around 3.5 lbs. Two half days on tap tomorrow with the first at 8 am and the second at 1 pm, both aboard the Lady Frances.

Captain Matt reported a good night on the night bass boat. Things started off good with 4 fish the first drift and the fish just kept coming. We lost a few fish but boated most of them. Pool fish was in the mid 20′s. We only have a few days left to book in our bass season. We will be sailing Wednesday-Saturday night at 7pm weather depending.

Roger/Cory

Saturday August 19th

Tonight’s bass trip is SOLD OUT!!

Tomorrow’s cod trip is SOLD OUT!! The cod trip sets sail at 5 am and returns at 4 pm.

Capt. Don was out and had a great half day morning of fishing for a great crowd of half day fishing enthusiasts aboard the Lady Frances. A great mix of nice size sea bass and jumbo scup along with several large fluke. Sounds like a great trip! The morning half day is SOLD OUT!! Plenty of room so far on the 1 pm. Both on the Admiral Frances.

Capt. George reported the full day charter for the IBEW group from CT was good today with a good number of nice sea bass and a few keeper fluke. There was some great action with short fluke in one area but just not many keepers. Still we like to see bent rods!

Capt. Rich reported a solid day of Block Island fishing. Some nice fluke to 8 lbs with at least one or two limit catches and a few other fishers who were dangerously close. A good amount of big sea bass including some specimens in the 4 to 5 lb range plus some jumbo scup to 2 lbs, some good size mackerel (filleting size!!) and a few blue fish. It was a nice day of fishing. Capt. Rich will set sail tomorrow morning aboard the Gail Frances at 7 am.

Roger

Friday August 18th

NIGHT BASS FISHING CANCELED TONIGHT DUE TO THE WEATHER!

Roger reported nice keeper size sea bass in solid numbers and a couple of keeper fluke pleased patrons this morning. A few fishers had sea bass limits. Nice keepers but nothing big as far as sizes went.  A tough go of it this afternoon with the heavy rain and stronger than expected winds causing wet conditions with a rocket ship speed like drift.  Tomorrow morning’s half day aboard the Lady Frances at 8 am still has a couple of openings but reservations are mandatory. There is NO HALF DAY FISHING tomorrow afternoon due to a private charter.

Capt. Rich reported a much better showing of fluke today on the Gail Frances. No limit catches but most fishers had one or perhaps two keeper fluke to take home. Some keeper sea bass too. Nothing over 4 lbs for either species. Capt. Rich will set sail tomorrow morning aboard the Gail Frances at 7 am.

Roger

Friday August 18th

TOMORROW’S (SATURDAY) TWO HALF DAY TRIPS ARE SOLD OUT! WE STILL HAVE AVAILABILITY FOR SUNDAY’S TWO HALF DAYS.

THERE IS ONE OPENING LEFT ON THE COD TRIP FOR SUNDAY. IF INTERESTED, GIVE THE OFFICE A CALL.

Thursday 8/17

CAPT. KEITH REPORTED ANOTHER HISTORIC DAY OF WHALE WATCHING ABOARD THE LADY FRANCES!! DOZENS OF BOTH FIN BACK AND HUMP BACK WHALES ALONG WITH SOME MINKE WHALES PLUS HUNDREDS OF DOLPHIN JUST BREACHING ALL OVER THE GROUNDS WHILE IN PURSUIT OF THE MASSIVE SHOALS OF BAIT WHICH BROUGHT THEM ALL HERE IN THE FIRST PLACE! BOTH CAPT. KEITH AND CAPT. TED WHO HAVE SPENT DECADES AND DECADES ON THE WATER REPORT THIS IS ABOUT AS GOOD AS THEY HAVE EVER SEEN IT!

Captain Matt reported a full boat limit of striped bass and was back to the dock early. The first hour was the best with about a dozen keepers coming up. There were many drifts with 3-5 fish on at a time. We only have a few sailing days left and if you want to get in on some late season fishing please call the office and make a reservation.

The morning half day and morning half day private charters both found lots of hungry sea bass of all sizes for fishers. A few fluke as well. The afternoon was slower. Two half days on tap tomorrow with the first set to sail at 8 am and the second at 1 pm.

First mate Chris L reported a beautiful but kinda slow day aboard the Gail Frances with Capt.Rich today. Just a handful of fluke today and a fair number of sea bass. Tomorrow is a new day and Capt. Rich will set sail aboard the Gail Frances at 7 am. A couple pics today provided by customer John P and another customer.

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Roger

Wednesday August 16th

UPDATE:

A few spots have opened up for the morning half day on Saturday August 19th. The morning half day is 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Please give us a call to book over the phone or you can make reservations online at francesfleet.com  (THE AFTERNOON HALF DAY IS STILL CURRENTLY SOLD OUT)

 

 

Captain George reported tough fishing conditions with the ground swell from the storm. A few nicer fluke and some sea bass came over the rails but over all was slower. We will have both trips tomorrow at 8am and 1pm.

 

Captain Rich reported slower fishing fishing by the island today. The big swell seemed to keep the fish hunkered down. Few people had 2-3 but was slow on the fluke. Nearly a limit of sea bass to 4 pounds. We will be sailing tomorrow morning at 7am.

Tuesday August 15th

Despite the drizzly conditions in the afternoon, whale watchers were again treated to a wonderful display of these marvelous creatures. Dozens of whales for the spectators to see aboard the Lady Frances. Happy faces all around. Our season is winding down, only a couple weeks left, so don’t miss out. Next trip will be Thursday afternoon.

Tuesday August 15th

Both half days today produced some nice seabass, A few fluke in the mix as well. A couple young men from Milford CT, Joey and Timmy Larson pictured below, showing off their catch providing a couple nice meals for the family.

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Tuesday August 15th

A couple notes regarding the upcoming weekend.

SATURDAY AUGUST 19TH

BOTH HALF DAY TRIPS…… 8:00 A.M. TO 12:00 NOON AND THE 1:00 P.M. TO 5:00 P.M.  ARE BOTH SOLD OUT.

THE FULL DAY 7:00 A.M. TO 4:00 P.M. TRIP STILL HAS AVAILABILITY BUT YOU MUST MAKE RESERVATIONS.

AGAIN, THIS IS JUST FOR SATURDAY AUGUST 19TH