The season is underway and off to a great start! We have been enjoying excellent bottom fishing for cod and haddock, some of the best haddock fishing I have seen. Non stop action on most trips we have even landed six halibut during the last few trips, from never catching one in the past to this is certainly a trend that I hope continues. The striped Bass have also arrived off the coast of Gloucester and hopefully lots more will continue to keep coming. Tuna season is now open with a few sightings being had offshore and lots of life and bait shaping up off of Gloucester we are hoping for another great season!
Excellent 2015 season aboard the Karen Lynn! Great all around fishing enjoyed by many new and returning clients.
We started out bottom fishing for Cod and Haddock on May 1, which always creates a fun atmosphere. The fishing was pretty consistent all through the summer. Most trips we are usually anchored up and dropping down rigs baited with clams. You never know what you be reeling up from the deep which keeps things interesting. Almost always we would run into a few Pollock and Cusk to go along with the Cod and Haddock. We also had many trips with Shark encounters. As your reeling up your fish from the bottom they tend to grab it right off the hook or you getting back just the head. Always creates excitement as we keep our shark rod ready to go. We will set someone up in the stand up fighting gear and toss out a bait. More often than not the shark is still hanging around and will take the bait. Makes for a great battle and a unique experience bringing a large Shark up next to the boat!
The Striped Bass showed up pretty good starting in late May early June off of the Gloucester shoreline. They tend to produce fun and exciting action on lighter tackle as they always put up a good fight. They can be very aggressive chasing the live bait and coming right out of the water after it. I always enjoy watching clients battle there first Striped Bass as they are usually hooked on fishing shortly after! Striped Bass fishing can be a great way to spend the day out on the water.
The World Class Bluefin Tuna fishery we have off of Gloucester, MA proved to be a fairly productive season. On most days we had a good shot at hooking into a tuna, some slower days here and there of course but overall it was good. Lots of bait in most of the areas we fish which is always a good sign and will keep the tuna hanging around and aggressive to feed. A few different size class tuna were in the mix as we caught fish from a 100lbs up to 900lbs. On one trip we hooked into two 600lb class fish at the same time we got lucky and landed them both which was quite the memory for the lucky charter on board! Fishing for Bluefin Tuna out of Gloucester, MA can be a unique experience in itself hooking and landing one will truly create the memory of a lifetime!
Please feel free to call or email anytime with any questions at all in regards to booking your trip with Karen Lynn Charters. Thank You
We enjoyed some great fishing on the Karen Lynn during the 2014 season. Starting off in May with excellent ground fishing for Cod and Haddock, many days with great action and bent rods allowing clients to take home some of the tastiest fish the ocean has to offer. On most Cod and Haddock trips we usually had a run in with a shark. Mostly blue sharks but an occasional Porbeagle or Mako shark would show up which can be an excellent fight as well as good table fare, always exciting seeing a big shark swim up behind the boat.
A great mix of Striped Bass started showing up in late May right behind the mackerel. Creating some fun and exciting action on most trips with great Striped Bass fishing continuing through June and July. With some Monster Striped Bass being landed, some times it takes patience waiting on that big one to come along but it is certainly worth it. Some big Stripers around this season as we landed a few coming close to the 50 pound mark. The coast of Gloucester offers some great Striped Bass Fishing with the chance of catching a true trophy Striped Bass!
The Blue fin Tuna offered up some great action with the season running into November. We usually had a good shot at them on most days, some true Giants showed up with our biggest being around 900 pounds. Lots of bait and whales around which is always a good thing. High hopes for new season as new groups and different size class tuna should be showing up. Gloucester offers up some of the best Blue Fin Tuna Fishing in the world, truly a memory of a lifetime seeing one of these fish pulled on deck!
Thanks to all who joined us aboard the Karen Lynn we always appreciate returning clients as well as all the new clients who joined us and we hope to see you again. Looking forward to seeing old friends and making new ones creating some great memories on the water! Please feel free to call or email with any questions at all regarding your trip on the Karen Lynn
Seems like the nice weather has come to stay! we have been enjoying some great trips on the Karen Lynn. Cod and Haddock Fishing still continues to be pretty good despite the water warming up. Striped Bass trips have been producing pretty good with some monster Stripers being caught one client landed a nice 48 inch close to 50lb fish the other day. Striped Bass fishing should continue to improve as more fish show up. The Tuna fishing is still a bit behind due to the cold winter we had, expecting that to continue to pick up as time goes on. Plenty of great dates left feel free to call me anytime with any questions at all regarding your trip on the Karen Lynn. Thanks
We have been enjoying some great Cod and Haddock fishing when the weather gives us a chance. Lots of rod bending action with happy clients taking home some of the finest fish New England has to offer! Hoping the weather continues to improve and warm up! Soon enough the mackerel will be here with the Striped Bass and the Tuna right on their tails!
After a very long winter we are back in the water as of April 12, gearing up for some Cod and Haddock trips with Tuna and Striped Bass trips soon to follow! High hopes for a great 2014 season! Feel free to call or email anytime in regards to booking your 2014 trip on the Karen Lynn out of the Cape Ann Marina in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Thank You
We enjoyed some great fishing on the Karen Lynn during the 2013 season. Starting off in April with excellent ground fishing for Cod and Haddock, many days with great action and bent rods allowing clients to take home plenty of fresh fish, some of the best New England has to offer. Some days you had to bounce around a bit but we always seemed to find some good action, on most Cod and Haddock trips we usually had a run in with a shark or two as there seemed to be a lot of them around. Mostly blue sharks but an occasional Porbeagle or Mako shark would show up which can be an excellent fight as well as good table fare, always exciting seeing a big shark swim up behind the boat.
A great mix of Striped Bass started showing up in late May right behind the mackerel. Creating some fun and exciting action on most trips with great Striped Bass fishing continuing through June and July. With some Monster Striped Bass being landed, some times it takes patience waiting on that big one to come along but it is certainly worth it. The coast of Gloucester offers some great Striped Bass Fishing with the chance of catching a true trophy Striped Bass!
The Blue fin Tuna showed up off of Gloucester in June which gave us a chance at catching a few early season Tuna. As the Season went on the tuna started to settle into certain areas but not for long as the bait fish were always on the move. So staying on top of that and making good decisions on any given day would give us our shot at hooking up. With more and more baitfish showing up every year it’s always exciting to see what size and class of fish show up! Looking forward to the new season as new groups and different size class tuna should be showing up off of Gloucester.
Thanks to all who joined us aboard the Karen Lynn we always appreciate returning clients as well as all the new clients who joined us and we hope to see you again. High hopes for a great new season, always look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones creating some great memories on the water!
We have been enjoying some great Striper fishing these past couple weeks. This is such a great time to get out out there and enjoy some excellent Striped Bass fishing. Weather you are live lining or casting your favorite lures there is a great chance of a trophy Bass lurking below ! Here is 14 year old Jake with a nice 50″ Striper not to bad for his first Striper he has ever caught. Both good and bad as shortly after he had landed his monster, he turned to his dad and said ” dad I am not to sure I want to fish in the lake any more “. He now has the bug for the rest of his life I am sure, always a great thing to get a kid out there fishing ! Good luck to all.
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Check it out, as myself Captain Collin MacKenzie and the Karen Lynn were featured in the May 2011 Pro issue of Saltwater Sportsman Magazine on “How to target Boston Bluefin” !
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 !