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2009 Fishing & Charter Reports

  • June 5, 2009
  • June 5, 2009
  • June 7, 2009
  • June 14, 2009
  • June 14, 2009
  • June 14, 2009
  • Basking Shark
  • June 18, 2009 - Five bass on a rig
  • June, 19, 2009
  • June, 19, 2009
  • June, 19, 2009
  • June, 19, 2009
  • June 23, 2009
  • June 23, 2009
  • June 24, 2009
  • June 24, 2009
  • June 24, 2009
  • Tripled up - June 25, 2009
  • June 25, 2009
  • June 25, 2009
  • June 25, 2009
  • June 25, 2009
  • June 26, 2009
  • June 26, 2009
  • June 27, 2009
  • June 28, 2009
  • June 28, 2009
  • June 28, 2009
  • June 28, 2009
  • June 28, 2009
  • June 28, 2009
  • June 29, 2009
  • June 29, 2009
 

Monday, June 29

Captain Derrick reports "It was a real mixed bag today. The weather on the morning eight hour was ugly; rainy, with wind from the southwest. We headed up to the Pamet looking for the fish we worked yesterday. There was a ton of bluefish outside of the Pamet - birds working like crazy; bluefish splashing everywhere. We worked our way up to the cottages, but there wasn't much there today; a small school of small bass. Headed south to the shoals. Marked fish, but they weren't overly hungry. We managed to pick out six or seven keepers."

The weather cleared nicely for the four hour. The afternoon anglers, celebrating their recent graduation from eighth grade, were looking for action. "We set out a little east of where we had been on the eight hour and, in no time, the bluefish were pouring over the stern - three and four on a rig." The father of one of the young anglers landed a nice keeper bass while the grads were taking a break.

Captain Kirstyn took a quick swim to remove a pot line from one of Liberty's propellers. She reports "the water is still cold."

From the guest log:

Great trip! Thanks for everything ~ Anglers from Sudbury, MA

Sunday, June 28

Liberty left Rock Harbor early in the morning for a family outing to the 62nd Annual Blessing of the Fleet. The run to Provincetown takes about an hour, which left us with five hours to kill; of course, we fished. We set out hoochies on wires near Pamet River in Truro and quickly took several nice bass. Bored with trolling, Captain Derrick pulled out a spinning rod and cast a Reverse Atom off of the stern. Within seconds, the water around the lure began to swirl and a bass splashed up and took hold. Captains Marty and Kirstyn disappeared into the salon, and reappeared with spinning rods in hand. They each took several fish - and dropped a few more. When the casting failed to produce any further strikes, they let the hoochies back out and steered Liberty into another school of fish, where they doubled up. We continued up the shoreline, alternating between hoochie trolling and casting, until we reached the cottages at Beach Point.

We eventually reached Provincetown, where we queued up with dozens of brightly decorated commercial and private boats. The Blessing of the Fleet is a Portuguese fishing tradition, in which ships receive a benediction to protect them from the dangers of the sea and to ensure good catches throughout the year.

Saturday, June 27

Captains Marty and Derrick worked both the half and full day charters. Captain Kirstyn worked the half day with Captain Stu onboard the Empress. "It was a good day of fishing" reports Captain Marty. "A little picky on the four hour, but still a good day. We're still fishing the north side of the shoals. In addition to the rigs and the plugs, we did pretty well with hoochies and jigging." The eight hour anglers easily took their limit of bass and some bluefish, releasing several more legal bass. The four hour anglers took three keepers, some blues and several throwbacks.

Friday, June 26

Captain Marty reports "There's good steady fishing north of number one. We're fishing in 50-feet of water where umbrella rigs on the wires and plugs in the outriggers are working well."

Captain Kirstyn reports that the action in the cockpit "wasn't the blitz we had on Wednesday, but it was steady all through the trip." The anglers took home six bass, up to 34-inches, and five bluefish.

Thursday, June 25

The web development team that Captain Kirstyn works with in the off-season boarded Liberty for their annual company outing. After landing three or four fish each, most of the computer jockeys had had their fill of fishing and settled in on the bridge to enjoy the view and engage in some serious 'geek speak' with Captain Derrick (in the off-season, he is a Network Administrator for a Boston based college). Captain Kirstyn and the company's graphic designer remained in the cockpit to reel in the remainder of the days catch.

Late into the trip, Captain Derrick spotted a gannet dive for one of the outrigger lures. He shouted down to the cockpit "I think we just caught that bird." Captain Kirstyn tugged lightly on the line and, sure enough, the gannet bobbed. The remaining lines were quickly reeled in and Captain Derrick slowly circled Liberty in closer to the bird as Captain Kirstyn carefully reeled it in. Once aboard, Captain Kirstyn covered the bird with a towel, securing the beak and wings while Captain Derrick gently removed the lure from the tip of the gannet's foot. The towel was removed and the gannet eagerly departed Liberty through the transom door.

From the guest log:

"Wouldn't fish with anyone else!" ~ Owner, Shenanigans Internet Solutions (aka 'Mom')

Wednesday, June 24

Captain Derrick reports "Unbelievable fishing! The veteran charter Captains claim it's like fishing was in the '60's. The recent strong northerly winds trapped huge amounts of bait along the north edge of the Shoals. There's a good six mile stretch of bait with schools of fish underneath chomping away at it. They're big fish - lots of big fish. There's some bluefish in the mix and they're big too."

Captain Kirstyn reports that the action in the cockpit was "ridiculous. We took a few throw-backs, but mostly keepers. The bass were a nice size - up to 41"; also a few bluefish around 15 pounds." At one point two rigs crossed and a tangled total of 5 keepers and two bluefish was hauled onto the boat. The anglers opted to take home fillets from a few choice bass, releasing the majority of their catch.

From the guest log:

"Best trip ever" ~ Angler from Franklin, MA

Tuesday, June 23

High winds kept most boats in their respective harbors yesterday. The winds dropped a bit today and our Canadian anglers were eager to experience the Bay, despite the less than perfect conditions. Captain Kirstyn reports "fishing was picky; mostly throw backs. We took home a few bluefish and one keeper. A few boats up north reported slightly better fishing."

Captain Derrick reports "this nasty weather has dropped the water temperature 15 to 20 degrees. We fished up inside, near Wellfleet, which offers a little protection from the wind and rain. I still had to drop the curtains on the bridge to keep everything dry - which sure beats the old duck and cover method."

Friday, June 19

A fresh group of anglers boarded Liberty on day two of the multi-boat Alliance Energy charter for what Captain Marty calls "wicked fishing." He reports "there are huge schools of fish spread out to the west; in the deep water north of number one, around number one on the west end of the shoals, on the south side of the shoals from the seventy line east to Stoney Bar. The Bay is filled with sand eels, pogies, butterfish and squid. The bass were aggressively pursuing the squid, chasing them right up to and breaking the surface."

Captain Kirstyn reports "the action in the cockpit was non-stop. They (the anglers) came close to taking their limit two hours into the trip. We probably released fifty keepers before they chose a couple of 40" fish to top off their quota."

From the guest log:

"Great boat and crew. Lots of stripers and rain too!!" ~ Angler from Pascoag, RI

Thursday, June 18

"Fishing is fantastic" reports Captain Derrick. "The bass are moving up onto the shoals. We might start to think 'jigging' soon." The anglers onboard Liberty were part of a multi-boat charter that included most of Rock Harbor's fleet. Captain Kirstyn reports "we probably took about a hundred fish today - frequently landing four and five fish on a single rig." She estimates that more than half of the days catch were of legal size. The anglers divided up the fillets from four keepers - opting to release the rest of their catch.

Wednesday, June 17

Captain Derrick reports "Lots of fish, lots of action. There's big schools of fish swimming through the entire water column. They're taking the rigs and the hoochies - I think they would take anything we threw in the water. There's some bluefish to the west of the shoals, but not a lot. They're not here in big numbers yet."

The four hour anglers quickly took their limit and released the remainder of their days catch. The crew took a welcome break from the non-stop fishing action to observe a 20-foot basking shark feeding nearby. The basking shark, one of the largest fish in the world (the biggest is the whale shark), feeds in the Bay every summer. They are often misidentified as great whites because of their large triangular dorsal fin. However, these gentle giants are filter feeders - and always an amazing sight.

From the guest log:

"26 caught! Great Day!" ~ Angler from Enfield, CT

Saturday, June 13

Early into the 4 hour trip, Captain Marty reported "We're catching a lot of fish, but only one keeper so far. A few blues here and there, but mostly small bass." Catch quality improved over the remainder of the trip. Captain Derrick reported that the anglers took home a total of nine keepers. The biggest fish weighed in at 26 pounds. The season's record, so far.

Sunday, June 7

Captains Marty and Kirstyn set out this morning for a little family fishing with Captain Marty's sister, Monica, who is visiting from New York. Captain Kirstyn reports "the bluefish have moved in and the bass we were catching northwest of the shoals have scattered. A Rock Harbor charter boat reported taking a 30-pound bass. They're out there; we just have to look harder for them."

Saturday, June 6

Captain Marty reports "there's fish everywhere - it's awesome. We took a lot of fish, up to 36-inches, just north of the Shoals. They still like the rigs but bombers in the outriggers were also productive." Saturday's anglers opted to take home ten keepers and release the remainder of the days catch. There was no sign of bluefish - looks like the fish Captain Kirstyn landed yesterday was an early scout.

Liberty received a big 'thumbs up' from the chartering anglers - "Canyon run?"

From the guest log:

"So many fish we were throwing keepers back" ~ Angler from Eastham, MA

"Wonderful trip; Great crew; Excellent fishing!" ~ Angler from Old Saybrook, CT

Friday, June 5

Captains Derrick and Kirstyn woke up with 'fishing fever' - the tide was right, so they headed out for an early morning fisherman's holiday. Fishing has always been a 'job' for these two. If they have ever fished for fun, it was a long, long time ago and they have no memories of it (although Captain Derrick seems to recall a 6-inch pickerel he caught at summer camp).

Mid-morning they called home to let us know they had the boat (just in case we were wondering where it was). They reported "there's a lot of bait out here and we're marking a lot of fish." Shortly before noon, Captain Derrick called from Liberty - "send Dad down to the harbor with the camera." Captain Kirstyn had landed several bass and the first bluefish of the season and wanted picture documentation of her catch.

Looks like we're having bass for dinner :)

 

 

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