Cod Report, December 11, 2010, and Some Schedule Details
Capt. Joe Huck and the crew of the Helen H put in a marathon cod session last Saturday, covering considerable distances and going well into overtime to put together a good showing of groundfish for the 30-plus patrons aboard. After several hours in stick-and-move mode over open bottom, Huck was not to pleased with the average size of the cod crossing the rails, or the consistency of the pick. Taking advantage of a rare December bluebird day, he elected to stab further out on Georges Bank, in hopes of finding some more consistent action and better-size fish on several of his closely-guarded wrecks and rockpiles. Arriving at the first such drop at mid-day, Huck was relieved to find a good shot of mostly medium cod and a few larger specimens. “It was one of those days when you hear the second hand on the clock behind you: click…click…click,” said Huck, laughing, “We ended up hitting a good handful of spots to keep the fish coming at a good clip, working against the clock.”
Drifts over the hard pieces yielded good numbers of keeper fish, on both bait and jigs, in depths anywhere from 200 to 250 feet. A few pollock mixed in with the codfish on some drops. Huck rated the fishing good to very good after the long move, a decision that ultimately tacked two overtime hours onto a scheduled 16-hour Extended Georges Trip. “We had the right conditions to do it,” he said, “and it definitely paid off.” The H hit her Hyannis dock right around 9:30 p.m., after a 3 a.m. departure-a long, but ultimately worthwhile day on the cod grounds.
Also, a quick renminder, and some additional details on the upcoming move to Montauk for the winter fishery: From the beginning of January through late March, the Helen H will be sailing daily at 3 a.m. for Block Island winter codfish. The boat will be berthed at Liar’s Saloon in Montauk (401 West Lake Drive). Advance reservations-which are required for these limited-load trips-may be made by calling either the Helen H office (508-790-0660) or the Capt. Lou Fleet at 516-623-5823. Cost per person will be $120. Trips on the 100-foot Helen H will be limited to 50 passengers. To get further details, visit www.helen-h.com or www.captloufleet.com.