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2011 Fishing & Charter Reports

  • May 14, 2011
  • May 14, 2011
  • May 15, 2011
  • May 15, 2011
  • May 28, 2011
  • June 5, 2011
  • June 11, 2011
  • June 18, 2011
  • June 18, 2011
  • June 18, 2011
  • June 10, 2011
  • June 20, 2011
  • June 21, 2011

June 21, 2011

Captain Kirstyn reports: It has been a great start to the week out here on Cape Cod Bay. We had a couple of great crews out on Monday and Tuesday who were lucky to experience the Bay at its best. Not only has the weather been amazing, but the fishing as well.

Monday began a little tentatively as we left the harbor a couple of minutes after our scheduled departure time. The mood quickly improved when I heard one of the other captains report that there were fish everywhere in the deep water a bit south of the shoals. Just look for the boats and birds, he suggested. Only four miles away from Rock Harbor, the bait, birds, and fish were certainly hard to miss, let alone all the boats. While there were only three of us charter boats out, there were plenty of other sport fisherman out, enjoying the great fishing and wonderful weather -- it was one of those days where the bay is as calm as a lake. Hardly rare, but definitely few enough to appreciate.

With the fish busting at the surface of the water, we set out our rigs and bombers and almost immediately doubled up on fish. The best fishing was in the first twenty minutes of the trip, but we continuously caught fish in the remaining time, including only three throwbacks and one forty incher, caught on a bomber. Overall, it was a little slower than one might expect with fish everywhere, but with all the bait around for the fish to feed on, it's not surprising that they might be a little full.

Tuesday, the weather was just as nice, and the fishing even better. The fish were right where we left them on Monday, and with fewer boats around, it was even easier to catch them. Again, we set out the rigs and caught plenty of fish. I lost count of all the fish we caught, and very few of them were smaller than 28 inches. The fish were still busting on the surface, but as soon as we approached them, they sank quickly to the bottom, where I continuously marked them on the fish finder. I was tempted to switch to jigs at the end, but with three adults who were getting worn out, a young girl, and a yorkshire terrier (who wasn't fishing so much as barking at the fish that were already caught), I figured we could take it easy -- and the crew agreed. And we still caught plenty of fish.

Overall, it's been a great start to the week. Even with the change of weather, I hope the fishing will continue to be great into this weekend -- and on into the rest of the season.

From the guest log:

Phenomenal! Great Stuff! ~ Angler from Chelsea, MA

Great time! ~ Angler from Avon, MA

Best time. Will talk about it for years. ~ Angler from Stoughton, MA

Super trip as usual ~ Angler from Taunton, MA

Great Fun. Boat is pet and child friendly. ~ Angler from New York, NY

Outstanding time. Caught Big Ones!!! ~ Angler from Riverside, RI

June 19, 2011

Captain Marty reports: Our first trip of the season was late this year, nearly the end of May. The fish arrived just before the middle of the month and had, and still have, fantastic appetites. The bay is full of bait from one end to the other and that has made for great fishing most every trip. However, fish will always be fish and there were a few slow days thrown in there, but very few. The bait consists of mackerel, sand eels, shrimp, and all the normal bottom dwellers, like crab.

We have had great success with trolled gear. The small umbrella rigs continue to work well along with bombers in the outriggers. The fish we have been targeting have been from Billingsgate shoal south, so our travel time has been short. The fish are acting like they did back in the late 60s and early 70s which is a great sign for the health of the species.

Despite the great fishing on and around the shoals, we did venture to Provincetown on our early morning trip last weekend. We found the edge in front of the bath house loaded with bass, which we were able to catch as fast as we wanted on trolled gear. Again we featured the small umbrella rigs which yielded multiple fish on each rig numerous times. Fish ranged in size from 30" to over 40" with very few less than 28."

This spring has been better than the last, which was outstanding fishing. If the trend continues, next spring would be worth being on the bay. As the fish get bigger, so does the excitement.

From the guest log:

Happy Father's Day. See you in a couple of weeks ~ Angler from Berkley, MA

Outstanding as usual ~ Angler from Plymouth, MA

Great trip! Thanks ~ Angler from Antrim, NH

Great day. Caught our limit plus some. See you in Aug. ~ Angler from Chicopee, MA

SWEET ~ Angler from Chicopee, MA

Thanks Marty, Derrick, John ~ Angler from Attleboro, MA

Great trip thanks! ~ Angler from Amherst, MA

Thanks for the fish! ~ Angler from Charlestown, MA

Great day, great crew ~ Angler from Boston, MA

I caught a fish and fell in love ~ Angler from Boston's Historic North End

Fabulous trip as usual ~ Angler from Taunton, MA

May 15, 2011

Captains Marty, Derrick and Kirstyn arrived at Northside Marina in Dennis bright and early Saturday morning to finish up final preparations for Liberty's launching - or as Captain Marty refers to the event- "time to get 'er wet."




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