Cod, Striper, Tuna, Fluke, Sea Bass Report, August 19
Capt. Joe Huck on the Helen H had a big load of news when I finally caught up with him late-week. Leading it off was a huge 10.8-pound doormat fluke-the biggest landed last week-by angler, Tommy McMasters of Brooklyn, NY. The full-day fluke trips, headed west now to fish off the Vineyard’s S side and Nomans, rather than Nantucket, have been seeing a decline in the fishing overall, though the sharpies continue to put together good catches of keepers, plus sea bass. The half-days have been focusing more on sea bass, with a scattering of fluke crossing the rails most outings. Huck noted the average size of the sea biscuits has been improving, with an improved showing of fish in the 3- to 5-pound range.
Last weekend was a Captain’s Special on the H, the two days’; fishing split between the inshore and offshore grounds. Day one was a pick of codfish from keeper size into the teens, with a couple better ones in the mix, along with pollock and a haddock or two. Day two was a major bonus. Early on, anglers were treated to some fast-paced sea bassing that filled a limit for the boat on that species. Next up was a few hours on the striper grounds east of Chatham, where, squidding diamond jigs, a light load of customers filled a full-boat limit of linesiders that ranged from 30 to better than 40 inches. Incidentally, the Fleet’s six-pack boats have been enjoying lock-and-load striper fishing out east, easily filling limits on most outings.
The Fish Hawk had a cod/tuna charter last week. Despite numerous school bluefin encounters-popping fish, missed hits and so on-they couldn’t put a tuna in the boat. Thankfully, a good four-hour shot of codfish provided abundant fillets for the freezer. The Angler will continue the Kid’s Fishing Safaris at least a couple days a week until school’s back in session. These two-hour trips cover quite a lot of ground, hauling a bit of lobster gear, netting some jellyfish, then targeting porgies and sea bass-an ideal trip to get a budding fishing partner going on the sport. Trips are open to kids under 8 years old and their accompanying guardians.
There are spots left on at least two of the upcoming three-day tuna runs scheduiled for early September, but they’re filling rapidly. There are also two spots left on the Ultra-Limited Canyon Tuna Trip sailing tomorrow (Sunday) and returning late on Monday. Call immediately if you’re interested: 508-790-0660.