Helen H Fishing Reports


Big Double Digit Fluke Day!!!

August 3rd, 2016

Bob Vitro of true Life Taxidermy, Middletown NY (the premier taxidermist in the northeast) had his Nantucket Fluke charter yesterday. Excellent fishing on fluke and seabass through the day with great size on both. During the day when we were able to shake a boat or two in the area we were able to hit one of the big fish rips we like for 8 double digit fluke and a load of seabass in the 4-6 pound range.

Here are a few of them:

Bob Vitro with Mike Riis, Louie Lacona,

Louis Squiciarino, and Damon Porcelli, all members of Omerta Piscatorial Society fishing club on Long Island

10.4, 11.5, 10.5, 11.4, 10.3 lbs each

Pat Rafferty

Milltown, NJ


Dan Liberati and Mike Riis

White Plains, NY

10.3 and 11.5 lbs

Joe McGowan Jr.

Orange County, NY

33″, 12.6 pounder

Call the office for more info 508-790-0660

Another Great Week of Fluke Fishing!

August 2nd, 2016

Bobby Boytel and Mike Danon and the boys from the Nautical Mile in Freeport came up for a couple of days of fluke fishing. Great fishing with loads of 6-9 pound fish and double digit pool winners daily.

We also had the Cape Cod Salties fishing club and a few open boat trips all with excellent fishing.


Here are a few of the double digit fish:

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Another Excellent Fluke Trip!

July 17th, 2016

The big fluke and seabass are chasing the sand eels up into the shallow water making for some easy fishing. After a good morning we looked off a ways, but ended up back inside for more great fishing!

Here are a few fish that deserve honorable mention:

Rich Demelo

Clifton, NJ

9.3 pounds


Al Fay

Hicksville, Long Island



Dave Berry

Nutley, NJ



Don King

Enfield, CT



Keely Ahlstrom

Orleans, Cape Cod



We have added a few fluke days in August and have had real good seabass fishin on the Friday 6-hour trip.



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The Fluke Keep Growing!

July 13th, 2016

A couple of days of some great big fluke. Weather has been ideal for hard bottom spot fishing for the big ones as well as open bottom drifting for mediums. We have been moving much further inshore for some easy fishing in the shallows.

Ken Whiting’s biggest fluke ever, 10.5 pounds.

Ken is by far the best fish and bird wood carver. it’s hard to tell his work from the real thing!

Justin Fairhurst

Point Pleasant, NJ

14.3 pounds!!!!


Robert Derubbio

Brooklyn, NY

11.4 lbs



Chris Horning’s third 9 plus pounder in 2 days

Don’t be fooled, there is only one Nantucket Fluke Boat!

Jigging World’s First Annual 2-Day Fluke Trip

July 12th, 2016

This Past week, North Jersey’s premier tackle shop, Jigging World, had their first annual 2-Day Fluke fishing trip aboard the Helen H.

They had a great trip with a bunch of nice size fish.








Jumbo Nantucket Flukasaurus

July 12th, 2016

Over the past days we have dozens of personal best fluke and seabass, a few of which are pictured below.

We have also added an additional Nantucket layover Fluke trip to the schedule, August 18-19th and have dates available for a few 6-man 8 hour Nantucket fluke trips. Call the office for info at 508-790-0660


Anna D’Amico

Marlboro, NJ

10.9 lbs

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Eddie Sabo

Bonita Springs, FL

10.2 lbs

Eddie caught a 50 lb cod with us a few years back, all at 89 years old

Brian Zeck

Sweetwater, NJ

11 lbs

Bob Pharo with Brian

Middlesex, NJ

11.6 lbs


Chris Ryback

Pittstown, NJ

13.4 lbs!


Chris Hornung

9 & 9.4 lbs


Fluke Trips Summer 2016

June 27th, 2016

It was a great week of offshore fishing fluke and seabass.

Lots of fluke in the 7-11 pound range and seabass 3-6 pounds. Great weather and conditions almost every day, with one exception where we had wind against the tide most of the day, though we still ended up doing well.

The office has been confirming reservations on all fluke trips and a number of trips that were sold out now have some openings. Call the office for dates, 508.790.0660

Rich Garofalow

Park Rudge, NJ

11-2 pounds

John Menchicchi

Lyndenhurst, NY

9-5 pounds

Mike Murray

philadelphia, PA

9-5 pounds

Wit Tweedy

Lyndenhurst, NY

9 pounds

Tom Donoughue

Wall Township, NJ

10-1 pounds

Dean Veratti

Springfield, MA

9-9 pounds

Shimano dealers trip with a load of jumbo seabass

Fabulous 2 Day Tuna Trip -2011

September 12th, 2011

2 Day Tuna Trip September 10 & 11, 2011

We headed to the end of a sizeable slug of warm water, and steamed down to a near-10-degree break (65 degrees up against 74-plus degrees) between Hydrographer’s and Veatch’s Approaching the break Saturday morning, Joe noted the water—while blue—was a bit cloudy for the first mile of the transition. It was right around 74.5 degrees that water abruptly turned a brilliant, crystal-clear cobalt blue and—not surprisingly—rods went off. Shortly thereafter, a nice 20-pound-class mahi and several yellows were chilling in the slush box. Through the day on Saturday, they worked a temp line, following that 74.5-degree (or thereabouts) water, keeping a very close eye on the boat’s Furuno scanning sonar, which lets him mark fish way outside the boat’s track.

By sundown, the crew had boated nearly 30 yellowfins, both on the trolled lures, and by slinging jigs during troll hook-ups—bird-dogging a few extra fish out of every hook-up. Set up for the night just after sundown, the boys had a flurry of fish that put five yellows in the boat, followed by a prolonged lull until roughly 2 a.m., when the bite on bait and jigs was hot up to the dawn hours. Back on the troll early, they managed a few more tuna. Right around 9 a.m., Something took off screaming with a giant black/purple jethead in its face, and 12-year-old Tyler Huckemeyer—Joe’s number-one son—took the rod. Fifteen minutes and four wild runs later, Wee Huck watched as his prize, 70-pound slammer of a wahoo, came aboard with a pair of gaffs in its head.

Congratulations, Tyler, on a fine fish to punctuate your first-ever tuna trip! For what it’s worth, in a season when it looks like most of the action is going to unfold at points east, the Helen’s Hyannis slip puts her much closer to the fishing grounds/waters for a shorter ride. There are still openings on some of the upcoming two-day trips, which sail Monday-Tuesday, Thursday-Friday and Saturday-Sunday well into October, leaving early-morning and returning early the following evening. Call the office for further details, rates, reservations and scheduling updates: 508-790-0660.

Our final count was:





First Tuna Trips of 2011 on the Helen H

September 6th, 2011

2 Day Tuna August 17 & 18, 2011

We picked away on the Ma-hi through out the night along with a 80 lb Swordfish. Ma-hi were up to 10 lbs, with only a few tuna before daybreak. We set backup on the troll and picked away at the Yellow Fin until noon. We caught Yellow Fin on the troll and on jigs. Our final count was: 24 Yellow Fin, 25 Mahi and 1 Sword.

3 Day Tuna September 3, 4 & 5, 2011

Mid day we showed up at the tip of Hydrographers Canyon. Before all the rigs were in the water we had one on. First fish was a 60 lb Yellow Fin. Most of the day was slow into the night with only a few more hits and a couple more tuna in the boat. In the morning we were on the troll again and put a quick 5 nice size Yellow Fin in the boat. We worked toward Oceanographers and back to Welker Canyon where we picked away on Yellow Fin and a few Long Fin Tuna. We stayed there for the night and saw our first tuna around 3:30 AM. The bite got hot from 4 to 6 AM. The biggest fish was caught by Frank Machonis from Winchendon, MA weighing in a 80 lbs. Our final count for the trip was: 33 Yellow Fin, 4 Long Fin and 3 Ma-hi

Capt. Joe set out on another 3 Day Tuna trip yesterday Tuesday and as of last night he had 7 Yellow Fin, 2 Long Fin and a 15 lb Ma-hi. The full report will be posted when he returns on Thursday September 8.

For pictures view the Helen H Photo Gallery.

July 31 & August 1, 2011 Nantucket Fluke Trips

August 6th, 2011

Sunday, July 31, 2011 Nantucket Fluke Trip

Picture perfect fluke trip today. Big tides, no wind and hungry fish. Today we stopped a little short from where we fished last week and got on them right away. The size was up even from what we had last week. The pool was close with Dave Henn of Yardley PA just beating out Steve Meyers of Oxford CT. I am sure they were both happy being they each had 10 pound fluke. Dave caught his doormat with a nuclear chicken colored gulp grub on a large bucktail with another gulp 2 feet above. The gulp grubs have been the hot  ticket lately .  Today the big hard core fluke groups were out showing their  fluke talent  including the Kittley group from Long Island, the Gammone group from Queens and the Dudek group from Belmar NJ. Thanks for coming guys.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Another great day of fluke fishing off the beach at Nantucket. Today we had a nice mix of fish with many in the 5 to 7 pound range and a few up to 9.  The top fish was 10.4 pounds caught by Ed Mott of East Rockaway NY.

Link below has great pictures from  both trips: