I caught up with Capt. Joe Huck of the Helen H late Thursday evening, as he soaked up the last precious minutes of a forced day off from Porgy Madness. Thursday’s trips-both morning and afternoon-were scrubbed due to hard easterly winds in the forecast, and Joe’s reluctance to leave long-distance customers hanging with a last-minute cancellation. Backtracking a bit, the weekend fishing was considerably slower than it has been, thanks to intermittent thunderstorms and nasty squalls, and lots of wind Sunday afternoon.As is often the case, the weather jumbled fishing up a bit, moving fish around and stirring up the bottom. Stable weather on Monday saw the Helen H taking a longer ride out into the Sound, back in search mode, since the massive bodies of porgies that had been cruising the open bottom right out front appeared to have moved for deeper water after the nasty weather. Capt. Huck managed to find another sizable load of fish out in the 60-foot depths a bit further from home. The chief difference in the new area, aside from deeper water, is that the sizes are more of a mixed bag, with shorts and 3-pounders coming up side-by-side. There are still more than enough big porgies around to fill limits rapidly, and Wednesday’s trips fell into the red-hot category.
The rockier bottom also saw a substantial uptick in the jumbo sea bass tally. Trips from Monday through Wednesday had more than a dozen jumbos for the boat, including sea bass into the 5-pound class, plus smaller keepers. To deter porgies, some folks who’d already filled limits of silver put out rigs with larger hooks or single diamond jigs to cull out sea bass. On the rig end, Joe added that simple high-low rigs tied with dropper loops rather than additional hardware have been far outshining the arts-and-crafts rigs, especially given the latter’s tendency to create horrific tangles for the mates. Less is more.
Capt. Joe noted the mild early spring has left us with higher than average water temps, possibly pushing the scup out of shoal water into the deeper, hard bottom a bit sooner than expected, but he’s yet to see the quality of the fishing taper. As usual, weekday crowds have been fairly light, and there are still plenty of spots open on weekends. All other boats in the Helen H Fleet remain squarely focused on scup and sea bass, giving you lots of options as to the deck you’ll standing on while you catch ‘em. Call the office for further details: 508-790-0660.