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2009 Fishing & Charter Reports

  • July 1, 2009
  • July 1, 2009
  • July 11, 2009
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  • July 14, 2009
  • July 15, 2009
  • July 15, 2009
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  • July 17, 2009
  • July 18, 2009
  • July 18 2009
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  • July 19, 2009
  • July 22, 2009
  • July 22, 2009
  • July 24, 2009
  • July 24, 2009
  • July 25, 2009
  • July 25, 2009
  • July 26, 2009
  • July 28, 2009
  • July 31, 2009

Friday, July 31

Captain Marty reports "We got our limit of bass jigging on the West end of the shoals. The wind increased significantly towards the end of the day. The boat rides well in this kind of weather and, I think, she fishes a little better."

From the guest log:

Great time - Awesome ~ Angler from Franklin, MA

Fantastic ~ Angler from Brewster, MA

Tuesday, July 28

Captain Derrick reports "The bass on the West end of the Shoals are eating on the incoming tide. As soon as the tide turns, things slow down. We jigged up some nice bass before they lost their appetite. The blue fishing is hot over in Eastham near Sunken Meadow Beach."

From the guest log:

Perfect Summer Evening! ~ Angler from Carlisle, MA

Nice Summer Day. We all caught Fish. ~ Angler from Norwich, CT

2 Stripers !! ~ Angler from Sharon, MA

Sunday, July 26

Captain Derrick reports "The bass are eating again. The fish that we have been fishing on the West end of the Shoals were finally active today. There's a lot of small ones that we have to work around in order to pick the big ones out of the bunch."

From the guest log:

Awesome time! ~ Angler from Madison, NJ

Saturday, July 25

Captain Marty reports "We had a beautiful day weather wise. Friday's wind changed everything in the Bay. The fish on the North Edge were sparse and the schools would not sit still. The sea clam action is spotty and the Provincetown fish have scattered too. There were fish on the West end of the shoals - mostly throwbacks and 'maybe's' with a few nice fish, up to 40", in the mix. We took keepers on both trips, but the bass were barely hooked - they're not eating well."

From the guest log:

One of a kind - The Best ~ Angler from Ponce, Puerto Rico

Great time again - Angler from Temperance, MI

Great! ~ Angler from Grafton, MA


Friday, July 24

Captain Derrick reports "We headed out with a forecast for 15-25 mph winds. Shortly after setting out our lines, and bringing in one throwback, the wind whipped up to a good 30-35 mph. With an incoming tide, it quickly became obvious that it was going to get real uncomfortable soon. I made the call to pull in our lines and head back to the harbor. This was my first time at Liberty's helm in heavy seas and it was amazing how well she just ploughed through them. Back at the harbor, we found the Eastham breakwater and the loading dock completely submerged. I have to give credit to our anglers; they were willing to tough it out and keep fishing. I hope we can get them back out for a full trip."

Thursday, July 23

"We participated in another multi-boat charter that included all of the Rock Harbor fleet and a few boats from other harbors. The bluefish that have been stacked up out in the deep water have spread out, but we manage to pick away at them. We found some bass on the Shoals, but they are just not interested in eating."

Wednesday, July 22

Today the entire Rock Harbor fleet, along with numerous charter boats from other harbors, headed out into the Bay for the Annual Special Olympics. Captain Derrick reports "This is always one of the nicest days of the summer. The Special Olympics volunteers decorate the harbor with balloons which make it very festive. The procession of charter boats heading out to the Bay is an impressive sight. We put our 'Olympians' on the massive schools of bluefish to make sure they had plenty of action. They worked really hard and brought in some nice fish."

Tuesday, July 21

Captain Derrick reports "Blue fishing is outstanding! There's fish all along the coast from Eastham to Truro. We had a lot of action on the trolling lines. We tried plugging for them, but it was a little too breezy. They came up and followed the plugs, but didn't take them. Bass fishing is still slow. We saw more bass in deep water and pushing on the shoals at the end of the trip. We took a few throwbacks, but the big guys are just full. We'll just have to wait for them to get hungry again."

From the guest log:

Fantastic ~ Angler from Warren, MI

Monday, July 20

Captain Derrick reports "There are huge schools of bluefish up at the Wellfleet/Truro line. They're big ones, too; up to 15 pounds. The bass we have been fishing on the Shoals have gone off somewhere else. I marked a few of them, but they weren't overly bitey. We took one keeper, some bluefish and a few throwbacks. We hooked up on a sandshark, which was exciting for the young anglers onboard. They checked it out thoroughly before we released it."

Sunday, July 19

Captain Derrick reports " We went back to jigging in the deep water north of the Shoals today. It was a little slow at the beginning of the trip; mostly throwbacks. As soon as the tide turned, we had a flurry of action. We took six keepers up to 34-inches."

From the guest log:

We got our 'horay' limit ~ Angler from Burlington, MA

Saturday, July 18

We headed out for a family getaway this morning. We didn't have a plan or a destination; we just meandered around the Bay for a while. Captain Kirstyn quickly became bored with 'meandering' and pulled out some rods and dropped various lures into the water. It wasn't long before she and Captain Marty were reeling in Sea Bass and shaking skates off of their lines. Fishing fever kicked in and Captain Derrick decided to head Liberty over to the west end of the Shoals for some bigger stuff.

We spent several hours jigging up bass, and then dropped anchor for a late lunch break. After a quick swim, we pulled anchor and headed over to Dennis, for more fishing. Captain Marty spotted the commercial sea clammers working near Sesuit Harbor. He maneuvered Liberty up alongside the clammers, putting our stern right into the clammer's wake. Captains Kirstyn and Derrick cast big chunks of clams on top of the clammer's submerged rake and let them drift down through the trail of the rake's debris. Within minutes they were both hooked up. Bass often follow the sea clammers, gobbling up the tasty treats that their rakes dig up. This type of fishing is not for the faint of heart, and should only be attempted by those with exceptional boat handling skills - but it is a truly exciting experience.

Captain Kirstyn cleaned the Sea Bass on our way back to the harbor. As soon as we hit the dock she directed Captain Marty to take the fillets to Aunt Michelle's restaurant where they could be "cooked up right" for dinner.

Friday, July 17

Captain Marty reports "There's a lot of small fish, with some larger ones mixed in, on the west end of the
Shoals. Plenty of fish off of the Bath House in Provincetown, but they're not very hungry. Lots of
bluefish off of Truro."

From the guest log:

Great time in The Sun! ~ Angler from Weston, MA

Nice Day ~ Angler from Weston, MA

Great ~ Angler from Weston, MA

Wednesday, July 15

Captain Derrick reports "The action was intense on the eight hour. We got into the fish about a half an hour out of the harbor. We set out jigging on the shoals and it was just constant fish, fish, fish - it almost got boring. We took some real fat keepers up to 40 inches."

"We had young anglers onboard for the four hour. They were more interested in action rather than keepers. We headed back out to the deeper water and set out the rigs. They took a lot of small bass and bluefish and even reeled in a few nice keepers."

From the guest log:

Awesome time. See you in a week or so. This trip was unbelievable.
Be back soon.
~ Angler from Westborough, MA

It was awesome. I had a lot of fun. ~ youth angler

Tuesday, July 14

Captain Derrick reports "We found some good action in the deep water off of the Wellfleet/Truro area. Lots of small bass and bluefish. I was marking bigger fish, but they were hard to get. We managed to take a few keepers before the end of the trip."

From the guest log:

Thanks for the fun. Great fishing! See you next year. ~ Angler from Syosset, NY

Sunday, July 12

Captain Marty reports "the clams seem to be the only thing that the bass are interested in eating. They were real effective over the eight hour. Had to work a lot harder to get them to bite over the four hour." Captain Derrick decided to gut one of the keepers to see what they have been eating; "These fish are gorged. Their bellies are filled with huge sea worms and clams. The fish we are taking with the clams are nice quality fish - really fat and meaty."

From the guest log:

Perfect ~ Angler from Taunton

Great Trip ~ Angler from Taunton

Another great trip ~ Angler from Taunton

Krazy Bass. Be Back! ~ Angler from Taunton

Another special day ~ Angler from Brewster

For 15 years we have enjoyed our trips and, hopefully,
at least 15 MORE - THANKS
~ Angler from Brewster


Saturday, July 11

Captain Marty reports "the fishing was more on the difficult side. We did get keepers, throw backs and blues. We had some fun at the end of the eight hour with spinning tackle and clams by the clammers. Always fun to use light tackle and bait. With a change in weather coming we shall see what tomorrow brings."

Fishing alongside the clammers is a mad skill Captain Kirstyn learned with the help of Captain Steve of the Watanye. She reports "Dad picked it up pretty well."

From the guest log:

Great day, Skip and Capt. too! ~ Angler from Hanson, MA

Perfect day. Great fishing. See you next year! ~ Angler from Hopedale, MA

Friday, July 10

Captain Marty reports "Fishing this week was as good as it has ever been with exceptional bass and blue fishing. A lot of time was spent in Provincetown fishing both the cottages and the edge from Long Point to the Race. Fishing was also good on the North side of the shoals. The Bay is full of bait and, if it sticks around, the fishing will continue to be outstanding."

Happy Birthday Captain Derrick!

Friday, July 3

Captain Marty reports "Fishing was good but, considering the amount of fish out there, it should have been great. On the falling tide we had a lot of action on the west end of the shoals. Lots of small fish with an occasional keeper up to 25 pounds. On the flood tide, we fished off the cottages in Provincetown. Lots of fish, but they just weren't biting often. We took some keepers and a few bluefish, but mostly throwbacks."

From the guest log:

Yet another fine day of fishing! ~ Angler from Millbury, MA

Fantastic!! ~ Angler from Douglas, MA

Great fishing. Love the new boat! ~ Angler from Oxford, MA

Wednesday, July 1

Captain Derrick reports "The early morning four hour started out slow, but picked up towards the end of the trip when the weather cleared. We headed up to Provincetown for the eight hour; keeping a close eye on a storm that was moving up the coast. The fishing just got better and better as the storm approached. By late afternoon we had fish splashing all around the boat. It started with bluefish and then the bass surfaced. I saw what I thought was a pod of dolphins splashing off of the point. When I pulled out the binoculars to get a closer look, I realized they were tuna. Despite the nasty weather it was a spectacular day!"

From the guest log:

"Best of luck with Liberty. Great trip! ~ Angler from Upton, MA




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