Capt. Joe Huck was watching a flurry of nice porgies swing aboard the Helen H when I caught up with him Monday evening. He was pleased to finally be enjoying some banner early summer weather: a light breeze out of the west, bright sun headed toward the horizon, and mill-pond-flat seas. After some scouting coming up on the big moon tides over the weekend, Capt. Walt Alger on the Angler found a nice body of “free-range” porgies on a stretch of open bottom a modest steam from Hyannis. Since big tides make “spot” fishing a bit trickier, Capt. Joe was relieved to discover a big pile of quality scup and sea bass in an area conducive to long drifts when the tide cranked. The 25- to 30-foot depths turned out some very nice porgies-some approaching the 3-plus-pound category-as well as a better ratio of sea bass in the mix, right through the weekend.On Friday, both boats were able to make drifts approaching 2 miles from set-up to pick-up. In fact, the Angler had all the scup and sea bass they needed in three long drifts. Traditionally at this point in the season, most of the activity has transitioned to deeper hard bottom, and all hands have been pleased to find the outbound part of the spring run lagging a bit behind its usual timeframe. The Helen has been taking some longer rides to find a better average size porgy and good numbers of keeper sea bass. Huck noted that customers are culling through a lot more shorts over the last week (both porgies and sea bass), but most are having no trouble at all filling limits with big porgies and sea bass as large as 5 pounds. There haven’t been as many blues around to date-which has helped keep the porgy pick going-but they are due any minute.
Capt. Joe Weinberg has been taking charters on the Fish Hawk over toward Nantucket, where he’s been targeting jumbo porgies over comparatively shallow structure, chumming when conditions allow. The fishing has been very good to excellent, with loads of 2- and 3-pound porgies and some jumbo sea bass mixed in. The Fleet’s latest addition, the Isabella H, a 35-foot Duffy powered by a 3208 Caterpillar diesel, has been taking the ride across the pond and returning with full limits of porgies and good numbers of keeper sea biscuits. Her skipper, Capt. Paul Radford, has been fishing the Cape’s south shore and the Islands for decades, and knows the bottom intimately.
Capt. Huck will be focusing on the banner spring porgy and sea bass run right through the end of the month, when fluke will take center stage. Speaking of, the Helen’s maiden fluke run, a two-day jumbo fluke marathon with a layover the first night at the Nantucket Boat Basin, is scheduled for next Thursday and Friday, June 24 and 25. Joe is psyched to be kicking off doormat season with the two-day run, which will give him lots of time to cover as much ground as he needs to as he tries to dial in on a concentration of jumbo slabs. Joe was not sure whether there were any rail spots left for that trip, but a call to the office will clarify.
In the meantime, Capt. Joe has plenty of room on the daily porgy/sea bass runs, and the rest of the boats in the fleet are available for last-minute private charters. To inquire about date availability, call the office at 508-790-0660.