Congratulations are in order for the Fish Hawk’s skipper, Capt. Joe Weinberg, who, as you read this is celebrating the arrival of his brand new baby daughter. The wee lady entered the world on Sunday afternoon, and Weinberg took a brief pause from his post Sunday afternoon. So it was that Capt. Joe Huck took the helm from a Thursday afternoon private porgy charter with a crew of six from New York.
Huck noted that the porgy fishing suffered a bit from the big astronomical tides since last week. He attributed the somewhat slower pick to tougher fishing conditions, specifically the boiling current during a given tide’s peak flow that require anglers on the Helen H to use leads to 12 ounces to hold bottom on the deeper (up to 60 feet or so) pieces of broken bottom where the porgies have been piling up as they drop back out of the shoal water post-spawn. Despite the adverse condition’s Joe noted quite a few guys still managed to fill limits while others put in their rail time and scraped together respectable catches of chunky scup and sea bass.
Just as in the last report, the schools Capt. Huck has been working on have a mix of sizes from minis to 3-plus pound scupasauruses. As much as the pin scup can tax patience, Capt. Joe sees the super-abundance of throwbacks as a good early indicator of a likely repeat of this spring’s lock-and-load open-bottom porgy bonanza in 2010.
Out in the deeper water where Capt. Huck has been focusing his energies for the last couple weeks, the sea bass ratio remains strong, with lots of keeper-sized sea biscuits and at least a handful of jumbos per trip, some of them up past the 5-pound mark. Most trips are also seeing a couple of stripers and a couple of bluefish cross the rails as well. Joecautions patrons to avoid getting too creative with the rigs when the fishing’s tough: the bare minimum of hardware is still the best way to avoid lots of fishing time lost to rat’s nests.
Despite the generally slower pick over the weekend, Joe anticipates the fishing will pick right back up again as we get off the big tides, and sees no reason to think the fishing will be tapering off any time soon. The Helen H Fleet will be working on porgies and sea bass right through the end of June.
Please note that although the 40-fish spring porgy bag limit drops to ten fish for other party and charterboats effective today, Friday, June 18, Capt. Huckmeyer has obtained a permit that allows him to continue fishing against the 40-fish bag limit right through the end of June. That means you still have time to get in one more scup session before the curtain comes down.
There are plenty of spots available on most upcoming porgy/sea bass trips aboard the Helen H. The fleet’s four state-of-the-art six-pack charterboats are still available for small, private groups, while the Angler can accommodate larger groups who’s like a bit of extra elbow room on the scuppin’ grounds. To book a spot or a date today, call 508-790-0660.
One last item: Capt. Joe Huck has fluke on the brain, and is mentally preparing himself for the upcoming transition to doormat hunting. The regular fluking schedule gets underway in about a week and a half. For what it’s worth, the Fish Hawk had six slabs while waiting for the scup to start chewing on Thursday afternoon, and he’s optimistic 2010 will shape up to be a good year drifting.