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!
Stellwagen bank continues to produce world class fishing!
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!
We recently had the pleasure of fishing with a few fellow charter boat captains from Texas.
They booked the Karen Lynn for two days of Blue fin tuna fishing .They were very excited to experience the Blue fin tuna fishery we have here. Great weather was upon us, and they could not have picked a better two days to be on the water. They were so envious of the short run we have to the fishing grounds. ‘Twelve miles”… they kept saying”.We have ninety miles to run to get to our closest spot.”
We are very lucky to have such a short run. They were equally amazed at what a beautiful fishing area we have . A great reminder of how lucky we are, and to to never take it for granted.
As far as the fishing goes, they could not have hit it better. As soon as we arrived on the bank, tuna were busting all over the place! Feeding very aggressively on the half beaks, they were coming clearly out of the water a good five to ten feet. What a great site to see for these guys, and anyone for that matter!
Lines in, and about twenty minutes later we were hooked up. A short time later we boated a beautiful 67″ BFT. The crew was very excited to say the least. These fishermen had accomplished what they came to Gloucester for. Fishing continued to be great as they all had the chance to fight their own tuna.
The next day proved to be another great one. The Texas boys already had sweet tuna steaks vacuum bagged and ready to ship back to Texas. So that day was all about tagging and releasing tuna. The tuna were once again busting the surface all over the place. We quickly had a double hook up.. unfortunately pulling the hook on one early. The other came in quickly for a great tag and release. We ended up tagging one more for the day.
The guys were excited to give cod fishing a try. We ended up catching a good amount of keeper cod. They were not rookies to bottom fishing, as they do a bunch of it for grouper.
With another species to add to their list, we headed for the barn. With a great couple of days of fishing wrapped up, Ian and I were relieved that we had the chance to show them what an amazing fishery we have here in our own back yard!