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Monday
May262014

May 2014 Fishing Report

Our charter season has just begun. We have school bass all over on the inside and larger bass starting to show on the outer beachfront. No tuna seen yet, but all the signs are here offshore, with lot of whales, birds and bait. Just a few more degrees and the tuna should arrive. We will be out on our first serious effort for tuna later this week.

Just returned from a delivery of a 41' Luhrs Express from Stuart, Florida to Stonington, CT with Capt. Mike Welch, Capt. Jerry Brown and Capt. Jay Williams. We had six days of running and one day of fishing off Morehead City, North Carolina where we ran into some Mahi and Blackfin tuna before the weather turned and we had to head in. Overall a great trip with a great crew despite some very challenging sea conditions along the way.

Saturday
Feb152014

October 2013 Fishing Report

We have been having a good October tuna fishing east of Chatham. The fish have been offshore around the Sword and BB Buoy as well as a good number of fish holding just 4-5 miles off the Chatham Light.  The fish in close have been picky, and have been biting one day and then for no apparent reason not on the next. It seems to vary depending on what bait the fish are keyed in on that day. We have found krill, small butterfish, and sand eels in the stomachs of the tuna we have kept. This past weekend, despite the weather and winds, we were able do charters Friday, Saturday and Sunday on the inshore tuna grounds. Friday we had a great day landing 50" and 60" tuna and losing a third. On the way in we found a nice school of Stripers holding on the bottom and got some nice fish vertical jigging up to 37". Saturday we landed a 47" tuna and lost a larger fish. Sunday we fished hard all day with lots of small and medium sized tuna breaking the surface all over, next to the boat and in the spread, but could not get one to bite.  It was hard to tell if they were feeding or just moving through, but the high winds on Saturday night really turned off the bite, very different than Saturday, and we only saw one other boat out there all day.

Sunday
Sep222013

SEPTEMBER 22 - TUNA REPORT

We have been having a great September fishing for Bluefin Tuna off Chatham. We have been getting out for tuna 3-4 days each week and fishing the Sword area. The fishing has not been as easy as some past seasons, but if you work hard and find the fish and use the right methods for the day’s conditions, they can be caught. We employ trolling with squid bars and ballyhoo, planers, and do some vertical jigging, all depending on the conditions. Being flexible has allowed us to catch tuna on all our charters but one this month. Most trips have resulted in multiple fish. The smallest fish caught this month for us was 45" and the largest have been in the mid-60" range. We had a great day last week when we took out Toby and Dale from the New England Fisherman magazine and landed two 55" fish which were released and a 64" fish we kept, all on the troll. Another highlight was with the Frucci party when angler John Frucci hooked and landed a 62" tuna on a Shimano Trevala rod and a 16 Tyrnos reel. The fish gave him quite a fight on that set up! Yesterday we landed two mid-fifty inch fish, one kept, one released with Dan Baker and friends. While there were a lot of boats around I only heard of one other tuna landed in the fleet. Again, to catch this season you need to pay attention to detail.  If you want to get in on this action we'll be fishing through October, and have available dates. The fishing will only get better and the fish bigger.

 

Tuesday
Aug202013

AUGUST 20 - TUNA AND BASS REPORT

Last week we had four tuna trips.  We caught fish on every trip ranging from 48 to 65 inches.  Fishing was very good and we’ve had great weather.  We’ve had smaller tuna mixing in recently with the larger fish that have been off Chatham all season.  The 48-inch tuna we caught last week was the smallest one of the season so far.  The tuna are feeding heavily on sand eels and we have been hooking the majority of tuna on squid bars that have the same coloration.  We also had a few bass trips last week.  We caught good numbers of keeper bass on these trips.  Bass are out in the deeper water and we are having luck with wire line trolling.

Saturday
Aug102013

August 10 - Tuna Report

We had a charter group from MA and NY today.  We went out in difficult conditions (large swell/chop/fog) and went further offshore than we’d been fishing recently to the southeast.  We found a lot of promising signs and hooked up after a short period of trolling.  We landed a 62” tuna, and then due to the rough seas we decided to call it a day.

All signs are pointing to the tuna fishing really heating up in the coming weeks.  We have some dates still available, so if you are interested in fishing for Bluefin tuna off Chatham, this is the time to come out.

If you are interested in a shared tuna trip, we have shared trips scheduled for September 7 and October 25.  If those dates don't work for you, let us know as we are considering adding a few more shared trips if there is enough interest.