We have been enjoying great fishing and beautiful weather this past month. With great fishing action all the way around ! People have been enjoying some great tuna/cod combo trips as it is a great way to mix things up. If the tuna fishing is slow or you have gotten your tuna fix for the day the bottom fishing grounds are not to far away. Put the tunes on and drop the lines as everyone will get a chance to bend the rod and take home some great table fare as well. Plenty of great fishing left to be had as it is shaping up for some great fall tuna fishing, with the mackerel moving back in we are hoping to see some great action. You have to love those beautiful crisp fall days when the fishing action can be non stop at times ! We have great dates still available feel free to call or e mail us with any questions you may have booking your trip with Karen Lynn Charters. Good Luck to all !
We have been enjoying some great fishing the past week. As the ocean is exploding with life both inshore and offshore, as there has not been a trip yet including Striped Bass where we have not seen the Tuna chasing the small baits all over the place.
Due to the exciting appearance of the spike mackerel, which have not been around in over five years which have now shown up in large numbers and seem to be all over. Beautiful 3 to 5 inch spike macks which are as fast as can be, explaining the amazing tuna feeds and aerial displays we have been witnessing.
The tuna are up and down quick as the spike mackerel will not ball up as easily and create such an easy target as the small herring will. Both the small herring and the spike mackerel are around which at times paying attention you can tell which type of feed the tuna are on by how aggressive they are feeding. One clear sign is after a good feed drive over the spot and if they are on the herring you will clearly see a large scale shower, in turn helping you dial in your choice lures for the day and the area you are working.
I’m amazed at how close to shore they have been having them blow up in 35 feet of water, at times seeming oblivious to there location being so focused on chasing the spike mackerel very exciting to see.
We have been running some great Tuna/Cod combo trips as well as Tuna/Striped Bass combo trips which make for a great day on the water. I hope everyone is getting out there and enjoying truly world class fishing we have here right in our backyard. As it seems this year you never know what you will come across from a Great White to a Killer Whale. Good Luck to all !
Inshore Bass fishing has been great as we have had an exciting last couple of weeks. As the small bait and the mackerel continue to stick around more bass seem to be showing up. With some true trophy class Stripers mixed in. On one of our charters last week we had a gentlemen who had never caught a fish before never, land a beautiful 47″ 45+lb monster not bad for a first fish ! We joked as we told him he should just hang it up now. A few Bluefish have moved in not to many and I hope it stays that way, would be nice to see the bait stick around a bit. Plenty of life inshore get out there and enjoy it. Good luck to all !
Another great day on the water as we were back at again yesterday. Once again we would be heading out in the pea soup fog, could not even see the bridge from the slip felt like we were trapped in a bubble the last couple of days. It finally lifted in the afternoon and the sun popped no doubt a mood changer for sure. Marking a decent amount of fish bouncing off the bottom feeding in the tightly packed groups of sand eels, which have not moved off the bottom much at all. Which would explain the lack of whales and birds on the bank once the temp comes up a little they should become more active.
We were quickly on a fish a half hour into fishing which is always a nice thing. Very hard fighting fish once again taking some good initial runs which create that beautiful noise we all live to hear. The fish we landed and released were in the 70 inch to 71 inch class a little smaller than the previous day. Very tough to gauge an accurate measurement while the tuna is in the water and while we are out commercial fishing we want to make sure we get it right.
We practiced a great catch and release method which has been successfully done for years a very exciting method for sure. Once we get the fish boat side which is averaging around a 10 to 20 min fight the tuna still being very green. We lay down a nice smooth tarp to keep the non skid from removing any slime or scales at all, quickly open the tuna door and slide them in. Having a small wet cloth to quickly drop over their eyes and having our large wash down pump fired up. We then drop the cloth which really keeps them calm and quickly insert the wash down hose into the mouth, on the Karen Lynn we have a large wash down hose which runs off the engine which pushes a great deal of water over their gills very important as tuna are ram breathers and must have water running over their gills. We take a very quick and accurate measurement of the fish, not over 73 inches we quickly put the boat in gear and gently push them out the door having each one kick off very healthy a nice feeling, a very neat and exciting practice for sure we seem get better each time we do it.
Fishing continues to be good hopes of more fish moving onto the bank and settling in. The bass have arrived on the bank lots of them as you will see large packs of them streaking on the fish finder. Ocean life continues to improve as both predator and prey will be in full swing very soon. Good luck to all !
Great day on the water today as we put our first commercial keeper on board 75″, as well as catching and releasing three others in the 70″ range. Great start to the season as it is only June 2, I hope it keeps up. This is our class of fish returning in the 70″ range and they will certaintly be tackle testers especially in June when they are lean and mean pulling 35 to 40lbs of drag on the intial run pretty fast. Good reports up north as well as down south of smaller class fish showing up as well always great to hopefully see the cycle starting over! Make sure your gear is tip top if your are planning to tackle these fish on light and spinning gear as they will put you and your tackle to the test. You may want to re new that gym membership after all. Good luck guys as it is shaping up to be a great season. Good luck to all!
The Karen Lynn is off and running as we had our first charter on Friday. After a long winter and much boat preparation it sure feels nice to get back out on the water. Along with routine boat maintenance on the Karen Lynn we re painted and added new non skid to the deck as well as new L.E.D deck lights and sweet new Bose speakers for the cock pit. Very excited to get the 2010 season going!
On Friday we headed out to the bank for some ground fishing with our group from Connecticut. As the morning started off slow with a slow pick on cod we decided to run further down the bank coming across groups of feeding hump backs. In with the whales were schools of large Pollack feeding on sand eels and mackerel as the mackerel were jumping on the cod teasers as we came across small bunches of mackerel through out the day. The Pollack a.k.a Boston bluefish were very aggressive to say the least hitting jigs and teasers 20′ under the boat. As far as ground fishing goes switching up to lighter gear and butterfly jigs can be quite a blast with these large drag pulling Pollack great table fare as well.
We ended up the day finding a few more nice bunches of cod with a few haddock. Great day overall as the bank is showing great signs of life catching cod, haddock, Pollack, and mackerel all while being surrounded by bubble feeding humpbacks. Truly an amazing event in nature as sometimes you just have to sit back and enjoy it.
Ran into much life inshore on the steam home as there were feeding minkie whales only a few miles off of the breakwater. Marked lot’s of bait up off the bottom assuming small herring, along with coming across small batches of mackerel which should become more plentiful very soon. Action will continue to heat up as the predators are not very far behind!
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Good Luck to all!
Our last couple of trips produced multiple catches on both Saturday and Tuesday.
On both trips we were seeing plenty of life, with fish busting here and there as soon as we left Gloucester Harbor.
We are enjoying some great November weather, with plenty of fish left still actively feeding on the bank.
Boy are these fish fat!. It’s truly amazing to witness the amount of girth the blue fin tuna puts on over the course of the summer.
These mid November tuna develop into the nicest quality fish you will see. It doesn’t get much better! They have amazing oil content and great fat throughout.
The fish that we boated on one trip was 71″. Next trip we boated the cookie cutter fish of this year at 67″.
They sure do fight tough in that cold water! We are hoping for some more nice weather to get a couple more shots in.
Good luck to all!
Our past couple of trips on the Karen Lynn have produced some truly world class fishing.
Stellwagen is producing great non stop action with trips enjoying multiple catches. Our charter returned from last weekend for some more action, as well as a charter with guys flying in from Alaska and Maryland.
The weather cooperated as we enjoyed great late season fishing. There is much life on the water right now, with the action starting only a few miles outside Gloucester harbor. Both days on the ride out, we came across small schools of 35″ to 50″ class tuna busting on the surface.
We had loads of 5″ to 7″ herring schools all over the place. I have never seen herring like this before right outside Gloucester harbor! Gannet’s dive bombing as far as the eye could see. The herring boat restrictions are starting to show a positive impact.
We enjoyed the show on the way out as we continued steaming to the bank. There are plenty of different size class fish still actively feeding on the bank. The fish we brought to the boat ranged from 55″ to the largest being a nice 70″ class fish tagged and released. The late season blue fin tuna fishing on Stellwagen is excellent right now, and I don’t see it slowing down any time soon. Hoping for a few more nice weather windows to get back out there.
Good Luck to all!
Great day on the water ! Started off not so good with myself making the call of not going at 4:00am. My cousin Mike who was mate for the day was already down the boat. So we decided we should go out and give the giant’s a shot. As we were still close to home trying to make bait it was turning into a beautiful day wind died right out. I gave the charter a call back and told them we should give it a go. As it was a father and son and his son’s friend they were very excited to say the least. We picked them up at the new cruiseport inside Gloucester harbor. We then headed out to the bank with large rollers still left over not bad at all. Slow start as we arrived around 11:00am. With the Patriots game on the sun shining and a beautiful late October day the rod goes off. The two young boys we had on the boat were fishing finatics to say the least. What a great job they both did getting the fish to the boat. A short time later we boated a nice 44″ BFT turning the whole day around. A very excited crew and all glad we decided to go ahead with the trip. As we were listening to the Pats kicking butt in London we go off again. With the drag screaming pretty good we knew this was a better fish. We strapped Jackson into the harness and he went to work. We ended up boating a beautiful 68″ BFT in about 15 minutes. Which ended up giving us the slot limit and making it a banner day. Father and son trips are my favorite as it is thrilling to see the bonding that takes place. With the seas calm and the sun setting what a great ride home it was. A great trip that we all will not soon forget. Thanks