Any of y’all who spend any regular time aboard know that the Helen H crew-including, of course, every captain of every one of the five boats in the growing fleet, the mates, the office, the galley folks-know that these folks stay in perpetual motion. Like any family-run and operated party and charter operation, the Helen H Fleet does 90-percent of its business in the late spring, summer and early fall. They make hay while the sun shines.
A side-effect of that is that no human being can attend to the daily grind of fishing, boat maintenance, answering phones, booking and scheduling, plus keeping at least one hand in the regulatory nightmare that fisheries have become plus marketing plus staying on top of a website plus sleeping at least a few hours a week. And eating. And seeing the kids for enough fleeting seconds that they’ll remember what their parents look like. And fishing. And fishing and fishing and fishing. Any one of the components of the overall business is really at least three full-plus-time jobs.
A headboat captain, in the words of one West Coast long-range guy I met years back, is “a navigator, a diesel mechanic, electrician, a fish finder, a tackle-repair guru, a weather man, a marketing specialist, a nurse, and a part-time group psychologist.”
Acknowledging that reality, Capt. Joe Huck reached out to me over the winter to ask if I’d take responsibility for site content. I was honored, and now psyched to get this ball really rolling.
For my part, I’ve worked deck on headboats for the last 15 years, and written about fishing for almost ten. I’ve known the Huckmeyers and most of their crew for many moons, and count the Helen H among the top headboat operations on the East Coast. Collectively, from the deck to the wheelhouse to the office and parking lot, these are good, solid, salt-of-the-earth folks with a hell of a work ethic. They’re also very, very sharp fishermen. But you knew that.
As for this site, moving forward, you can expect reports updates at least a couple times a week, so you can keep track of how the bite’s going, as well as occasional feature articles you’ll be able to access through the “Fishing News” tab in the left-margin navigation bar.
Speaking of, I’m putting up a quick feature I cobbled together with considerable input from Joe. It details a few of the many ways you can target bigger scup and sea bass. As new fisheries get in gear, look for similar features geared toward increasing your success when you’re aboard.
There’s a lot of other new and exciting stuff in the works, too, but for now, keep an eye peeled for frequent updates under the “Fishing Reports” tab, and check back here from time to time for further news.Best,