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COD FISHING REPORT FOR MONDAY JANUARY 31 2011
HAPPY GROUNDHOG'S DAY! Capt. Mike reported a slow day of cod fishing yesterday. Just not much of a bite. It has been an epic level run so far so a slower day or two was bound to happen just like eventually this winter one of these winter storms might go out to sea and miss us. Anyway after the current barage of wintry precipitation and wind passes us by we look forward to getting back out on the cod grounds. Right now we are tentatively planning to sail Friday at 3am on the Lady Frances but please make sure to call the office tomorrow to double check on the status of Thursday's weather forecast.
COD FISHING REPORT FOR SUNDAY JANUARY 30TH 2010
Capt. Mike reported a decent day of local cod fishing. The fishing was a bit more relaxed than some previous trips but nonetheless a very pleasant quantity of nice green cod were boated. It was a chip most of the day with fish just about everywhere but while the cod showed well on the sounder they were a bit more picky about eating today so some finese was required to put together a good catch. A few angler hi lights include Mr. Vasilies Zarras who took home 9 nice cod and split the pool with Mr. Gene Kelly (both had fish around 15lbs) and Gene put a half dozen fine green cod in his cooler. There were a few ling and a couple ocean pout and the bite was predominately on bait. Capt. Mike is out there today so look for a fresh cod report a bit later this afternoon.
GOOD COD FISHING TODAY, SATURDAY JANUARY 29TH 2011 ON THE LADY FRANCES
I just got off the phone with Capt. Mike who reported a solid day of winter cod fishing. A few better size fish again with the pool fish in the high teens. Most anglers went home with a respectable or better catch of nice green cod fish today. Great weather again tomorrow with the Lady Frances set to sail at 3am. Right now Monday and Tuesday are looking fishable as well.
January 28th update
EXCELLENT COD FISHING TODAY, FRIDAY JANUARY 28TH ON THE LADY FRANCES!!!
Capt. Mike reported a great day of local cod fishing with plenty of nice market cod and some better size fish as well and incredible winter weather featuring very light winds and seas and not so bad temps. Everyone went home with good to excellent catches today. Andrew Ferarra Jr and Sr from CT had an awesome day today going home with a big mess of fresh cod fillets and Andrew Jr, who on his second cod trip ever, managed to take the pool with a fine fat green cod fish in the middle teens. Way to go Andrew! There were a better number of the bigger markets today as well. Plenty of shorts also mixed in to keep things especially busy. Bait was tops for the day and as a result a few nice ling were mixed in as well with the cod. Jigs were working as well as longtime regular Lucky had no problem putting a great catch in his cooler swinging the iron clam today but in general bait did the best but as I always say this time of year it is prudent to be prepared to fish both. Capt. Mike looks forward to another great day on the water with the Lady Frances set to sail tomorrow morning at 3am.
COD FISHING AT IT'S BEST!
The LADY FRANCES sailed with another light load this morning. The captain called in around 9:30 and said that once again the fishing was very good. Coolers all around the deck were being filled with cod. We will have more details later. The weather for the next few days looks great. We are planning to sail Sat. Sun. and Monday at 3AM.
GOOD COD FISHING TODAY TUESDAY JANURARY 25TH 2011 ON THE LADY FRANCES
I just got off the phone with Capt. Mike who said today was another good day of winter cod fishing and the falling snow did not deter the cod from readily seeking out clam baited hooks and jig/teaser combos. The bite was a steady pick and by day's end everyone put together a decent to excellent catch and all anglers went home with plenty of fish for the table. Nothing big with the pool fish today in the low to mid teens but plenty of beautiful fat healthy green market cod. Plenty of shorts as well. With temps in the thirties today it felt almost like a heat wave!! As a side note despite temps on Sunday that were brutally cold Capt. Mike repored that Sunday's cod fishing was about as hot as he has ever seen it locally with drop and stick em fishing from start to finish!! Looks like another winter weather event is on the way so there does not look to be any fishing the next two days so we will shoot for Friday as of this writing.
It sounds like things will be a little warmer tomorrow Tue...SW winds 10 to 15 kt Seas 2 to 3 ft. Call Tammy in the office to make a reservation. The fishing has been spectacular. We had a boat limit yesterday. We decided to cancel today's trip because of the near zero temperature. As it was the boat had ice around it this morning but it has melted with the change of tide. We should be all set for tomorrow.
The LADY FRANCES sailed this morning in near zero temperatures. The fish didn't seem to mind the cold. It was another very good day of winter codfishing. A light load of anglers enjoyed a very good bite of keeper cod plus a good number of shorts to keep things busy. Other then the cold the weather looks great for the next two days. Make sure to call the office before 6 pm to make a reservation. Please don't just drive down to the docks with out checking with us for an up dated forecast. Don't miss out on this great fishing. Dress warm and keep in mind that the LADY FRANCES has a large heated cabin, heated bunk room and most importantly heated rails to keep your hands warm and to keep the ice from building up.
Captain Frank reports another good day of cod fishing on the LADY FRANCES. The fish bit through out the day. There were some slow times but all in all it was another good day of winter cod fishing. The heated rails came in handy today as the morning temperature was only in the teens. Tomorrow looks like an even better day on the water. They are calling for light winds. The LADY FRANCES will be sailing at 3 am. Dress warm and come on down and enjoy some good winter cod fishing.
Captain Mike sailed today on the LADY FRANCES with only a light load of anglers. He called into say that the fishing was as good as it gets. Full coolers and smiles all around. Looks like we are in for snow tonight. They aren't calling for much wind but doesn't look like our costumers will be able to drive here in the morning. Call the office later for and up date.
Wednesday January 19th
Unfortunately the weather kept us at the dock Tuesday and Wednesday but we get a break for Thursday. The boat sails at 3:00 a.m. Thursday morning. Looks like another snow threat on Friday, so be sure to call Thursday afternoon to check on conditions for Friday. The fishing has been great so get off the couch and come on down.
Monday January 17th
GOOD COD FISHING TODAY, MONDAY JANUARY 17TH 2011 ON THE LADY FRANCES!
Capt. Mike reported a great day of local cod fish action today with plenty of fish all around the boat. A bit better average size on the market cod today and pool fish a bit better in the mid teens. Both bait and jigs produced. Plenty of shorts in the mix as well. No trip tomorrow due to the weather.
Saturday January 15th
COD FISHING REPORT FOR SATURDAY, JANUARY 15TH 2011
Capt. Mike reported that Saturday's beautiful winter weather brought out a good handful of eager cod enthusiasts. There was a very good bite in the morning with a great mix of keepers and plenty of shorts. Then things settled to a slow pick with a couple good flurries mixed in. Just like Friday there were a few keeper pollock in the mix as well. Both bait and jigs continue to produce. We canceled Sunday's trip at the dock after talking to one of the offshore boats that was reporting 8 to 10 foot seas. We apologize for any one that may have driven to the docks expecting to sail. The Captain and crew were ready to sail but thought it better to wait for another day based on current sea conditions. The LADY FRANCES sailed this morning. Captain Mike called in at 9 and said there was a good bite this morning on the anchor just as the sun started to come up. We will have a full report later. Tuesday's weather looks like a scratch.
Friday January 14th
EXCELLENT COD FISHING TODAY, FRIDAY JANUARY 14TH 2011 ON THE LADY FRANCES!!
Capt. Mike reported a great day of fishing today with everyone bringing home plenty of fillets and going home happy. It was a frigid day on the water but there was not too much wind and a good amount of bright sunshine but its those heated rails and nice warm cabin that really helps out on a day like today! Nothing big today with the pool fish in the ten to twelve pound range but plenty of nice market cod to go around. Lots of action with lots of double headers and a nice solid bite all day. A tremendous amount of shorts around keeping anglers especially busy at the rails and these are fish that are just shy of the legal limit which bodes exceptionally well for next year! Tomorrow sounds like another beautiful winter day on the water and a few degrees warmer to boot so come on down and get in on some of this great winter cod fishing!!
We hope that everyone survived yesterday's snow storm. The crew is busy clearing the snow and ice off of the boats today. The weather for tomorrow and Saturday looks like nice. Fri...NW winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Fri Night...NW winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas around 2 ft. Sat...W winds 10 to 15 kt... It will be a little chilly in the morning but the large heated cabin and the heated rails on the LADY FRANCES will come in handy. The boat is scheduled to sail at 3 am both days. Please call the office 401-783-4988 and make a reservation. The crowds have been light and the fishing has been very good.
Captain Mike sailed this morning on the LADY FRANCES. He called around 10 am this morning to say that while there was a good bite it was no where near the fishing of the past few weeks. The fish bit early and then slowed down. It looks like the fish are hunkering down before tonight's big snow storm. We will not be sailing tomorrow. Thursday looks ok but call the office tomorrow for and up date. As of now Friday's weather looks the best.
Captain Mikr reported another good day on Saturday. He caught fish on every drop. He tried a few new places and was rewarded with double header cod. We didn't sail Sunday or today because of the strong winds. Tomorrow looks like a great day on the water. The LADY FRANCES will be sailing at 3 am. Please call the office before 5 pm. and make a reservation for tomorrow.
Captain Mike sailed today with a handful of hardy fishermen. The weather looks flat calm. There will be no trip tomorrow Jan 9 because of the gale force wind in the forecast. Call the office for up dated weather and sailings days. It is too bad we are not going to be able to sail because this is some of the best cod fishing we have seen.
Another cod crush on the LADY FRANCES today. Captain Mike put the people on the fish again today and another day with a boat limit of cod. High hook for the day was Kevin Sellers. The pool fish was a nice 30 pound steaker caught by Kumio. The weather is looking much better for tomorrow. West winds 5 to 10 kt...becoming NW 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 4 ft. Not a bad day at all for January. We are going to sail at 4 am tomorrow to give a little extra time for people to get here in the snow.
January 6 th
FULL BOAT LIMIT COD CRUSH ON THE LADY FRANCES TODAY, THURSDAY, JANUARY 6TH 2011!!
Capt. Mike reported flat calm seas and ideal drift conditions made for an incredible day of winter fishing with a full boat limit of beautiful fat green market size cod fish with a handful of better size fish thrown in for good measure. In fact there were a few drifts where the fish were of the big market size variety (8-10lb) range indicating that there are different bodies of size cod on the local grounds. Lots of double headers and just lots of action all day long! In fact they left the fish biting like crazy with double headers flying over the rail up and down and all around the boat! Pool fish was in the very high teens. Both bait and jigs were working although jigs were super red hot with all the herring and mackerel that is teeming in the waters on the local cod grounds. As of now we are planning to sail tomorrow, Friday Jan 7th at 3am. This is as good as fishing gets. Come on down and try your luck.
Wed. January 5th
Capt. Mike and crew reports another solid day of codfishing. Quite a few anglers once again had their limit of codfish and biggest weighed in at about 15 lbs or so. Winter cod fishing is in full swing, so bundle up and come on down. The boat departs again tomorrow morning at 3:00 a.m. We would appreciate people interested in going this time of year to call and leave name and phone number, so that we can guage number of anglers expected. Also, as far as weather conditions, more times than not this time of year, we need to wait for the 4:00 update to make a decision. Thank you and we look forward to having you on board.
COD CRUSH TODAY, JAN 4TH TUESDAY ON THE LADY FRANCES!!!
Capt. Mike reported the small group of anglers aboard today crushed the cod once again. The drift was quick but the action was hot with lots of nice market size cod coming over the rails. Plenty of shorts mixed in as well. Just about everyone aboard in the range of having there limit of nice cod to take home. Again a lot of nice markets in the six to eight pound range with a few over ten pounds and the biggest fish in the 15 to 17lb range. In fact Capt. Mike caught the biggest fish for the day. The conditions were a bit challenging at times but the anglers aboard persevered. The LADY FRANCES will be sailing in morning at 3 am. This time of the year we suggest that you call the office before 5 pm the day before and make a resevation and to double check that we are sailing.
Sunday January 2nd
COD CRUSH ON THE LADY FRANCES TODAY SUNDAY JANUARY 2ND 2011!!!
Capt. Mike reported red hot cod fishing today on the Lady Frances. The bite took a while to build this morning but build it did and by late morning things were pretty busy with nice size market cod floating to the surface all around the boat. Some of the better size markets today in the six to eight pound range and a few more fish in the ten to twelve pound range as well. The vast majority of anglers aboard went home with around or near ten fish apiece with very few anglers doing under a half dozen. Today's outing caps off a good week of local cod fish action with today's action so far the best of the lot. Both jigs and bait were working today once again with great catches on both. A few pics of today's outstanding catch courtesy of Capt. Mike and Roger appears below:
The Frances Fleet is now on its winter sailing schedule sailing daily weather permitting at 3am.
The LADY FRANCES sailed this morning with a light load of anglers aboard. We are planning to sail tomorrow morning Jan. 3 rd but please call the office after 4 pm today to get an updated forecast.
SOLID DAY OF COD FISHING AGAIN....HAPPY NEW YEARS!!!/FRANCES FLEET COD REPORT JAN 1 21011
Capt. Mike just called in to say they made a day of it once again today with a good bite in the morning. Unfortunately the weather got really nice in the afternoon but the bite slowed up, that is fishing at its finest, do not ever try to think you've got it all figured out! Anyway Chris Maguire from Brooklyn took the hi hook honors for the day with 8 fine keepers. There were a number of other anglers who had around a half dozen or so keepers each and some that had less but most went home with enough for a good meal or two anyway. There were a few bigger cod today with the best taken by John Topper, a regular customer who had a fine fat green mini steaker that tipped the scales at just under 20lbs and there were a couple other fish in the low teens as well. Capt. Mike reported a tremendous amount of bait on the grounds as well and he looks foward to more good fishing tomorrow as the Lady Frances will be set to sail at 3am on her winter cod sailing schedule. Once again the Frances Fleet will sail daily at 3am weather permitting through the winter.
GOOD DAY COD FISHING ABOARD THE LADY FRANCES, TODAY DECEMBER 30TH 2010!
Capt. Mike reported another solid day of local cod fishing. The conditions were a bit challenging at times but those who stuck it out at the rail with the iron clam did the best today. There were several anglers who were all in the ten fish apiece range including Willie G and his friend who combined for nearly two dozen nice fat market cod, and a good number of others who had several or better apiece and there were those who did not do as well. The catch was a bit less even than yesterday around the boat although the number of people with higher scores was higher than yesterday.That folks is party boat cod fishing! Like yesterday Capt.Rich marked a tremendous amount of bait and fish on the grounds and things should just continue to improve daily. Capt. Mike reported that jigs made the difference today as the fish are now heavily feeding on live bait. For sizes all maket size fish with the best of the lot approaching the ten pound mark.
Capt. Frank has also added a New Years Day Cod limited load trip to the schedule sailing at 7am by reservation. Call the office before 4 pm today to book. The weather looks great sand the fishing is good so we don't want to miss out on what looks like a good day on the water. The full winter schedule will go into effect Jan 2nd at 3am daily weather permitting.
GOOD COD FISHING THURSDAY DEC 30 2010/ COD TRIP ADDED FOR NEW YEARS DAY AT 7AM BY RESERVATION, CALL FOR DETAILS!!
Capt. Rich reported a good day of cod fishing today. Everyone left with fish and hi hooks had upwards to nine keepers apiece with longtime regular Norm taking that honor. Both bait and jigs were effective today. Nothing big, one fish in the very low teens for the pool and the rest all market size stuff with some shorts in the mix as well. For those using bait there was a fair amount of ocean perch as well including some nice ones. There was a tremendous amount of herring and some mackerel being marked and the cod fish were all full of this feed. Signs point to a very strong winter bite in developement. Capt. Rich will be set to sail on the Lady Frances tomorrow morning at 7am and the weather looks great! Looks like they will be collecting on the boat tomorrow morning.
Wednesday December 29th
The weather report for Thursday looks good, so we are planning on doing some codfishing. It has been quite some time since we have been out so the captain and crew, as well as the customers are anxious to go. During the month of December we didn't normally sail on Thursdays but the weather has been so brutal on us all month we are taking advantage of a nice weather day. The boat will sail at 7:00 a.m. and return at 4:00 p.m. For those of you who have called and given us your name for Thursday, please don't let us or your fellow customers down. We need a certain number of anglers to sail and according to phone calls we shouldn't have a problem. See you in the morning.
December 28th, 2010
The Captains and crew have been cleaning the snow off the boats and getting them ready to sail again. It looks like it will still be too windy to sail on Wednesday. We might try and sail on Thursday if the weather looks okay. Call the office tomorrow after 11 am to check.
VASTLY IMPROVED COD FISHING ON SATURDAY DECEMBER 18TH 2010 ABOARD THE GAIL FRANCES!!
Capt.Rich was pleased that the local cod fishing bounced back on Saturday. It was not red hot but a nice number of keepers, plus some nice sea bass and a bunch of good size red hake and some good eating ocean perch all came aboard. Another light crowd enjoyed a beautiful day on the water. Remember that our daily winter schedule begins January 2nd (we do not sail New Year's Day) at 3am and sails daily weather permitting.
COD FISHING REPORT FOR FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17TH 2010
Capt. Rich had a tough day on the local cod grounds. The weather was good, there was bait and birds all over the grounds but just little to no bite. A handful of keepers and a handful of shorts and that is about it for a very light crowd. There were very few other species of fish as well, seems like it was just a case of lock jaw. Tomorrow's weather looks great so the Gail Frances is planning to set sail at 7:00 a.m.
Friday Decmeber 17th
Capt. Richie is out on the Gail today with just a handful of anglers. A bit chilly but at least there is no wind. No report as of this posting but if you give a call later we can give you a full update. It looks like another good weather day tomorrow. So bundle up and come on down. There may be a storm coming this way for late Sunday and Monday so this might be one of the last chances to get out fishing before Christmas.
Saturday December 11th
COD FISHING REPORT FOR SATURDAY DECEMBER 11TH 2010
I just got off the phone with first mate Chris and he reported the cod fishing today was a bit different than that was experienced yesterday. A respectable amount of nice green cod with the biggest in the low teens came aboard along with some shorts, a handful of sea bass, a bunch of big scup to toss back, some pout and a bunch of conger eels or christmas eels as I like to refer to them this time of year. Some good size ocean perch in the mix as well. The dogs were manageable which is always a good thing. One thing was that the cod were not nearly as spread out as the day before. Longtime regular Kumio was hi hook with six fine keepers and a couple other guys had three apiece and there were some twos but unfortunately there were a bunch of skunks in the cod department. Seems like there was a tremendous amount of experimentation going on today with anglers using all kinds of flashy rigs and frequently too light sinkers with the braid etc as the tangles were reported to be impressive. Important to note that once again all the better cod scores including the guy who had six fish today and the guy who had six fish yesterday were all fishing just bait down on the bottom and focusing on keeping the bait ON THE BOTTOM. No doubt that a lot of the "experimental" rigs cost anglers some cod in the boat but when an angler who pays attention manages six fish himself we know there is a good bunch of fish around. Capt. Rich did notice a bit less bait in the column today which may have had the cod hard down on the bottom. The bait this time of year waxes and wanes but each week there is a net increase and as stated before the good jig fishing should lay ahead in the not too distant future. Anyways another respectable day and as always it pays attention to listen to whatever tips the crew gives regarding increasing one's fish productivity. Looks like some weather ahead but hopefully sooner than later we will be back out on the cod grounds.
As a side note to anglers the Frances Fleet will be sailing daily, weather permitting for winter cod starting Jan 1st at 3am. The Frances Fleet looks forward to another great winter of local cod fishing.
12/10 NICE COD DAY
GOOD COD FISHING TODAY, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10TH 2010 ON THE GAIL FRANCES!!: Capt. Rich reported a very enjoyable day of early winter cod fishing today on the Gail Frances. While cold the seas were flat calm with perfect drifting conditions making for some ideal local cod fish conditions for the handful of anglers who showed up. It was funny that there was only a handful since the phone nearly rang off the hook the day before but for those who were on board today there was certainly plenty of elbow room and everyone left with a nice bunch of fish. Everyone had cod today and most had two to four nice cod to take home with hi hook getting six nice cod. All nice healthy green fish from keeper size to the biggest around 15lbs with most of the fish in the six to eight pound range. The cod were gorging on herring and mackerel and some were taken on jigs although bait seemed to produce a bit beter but be sure as the fish get thicker the jig days are coming and coming very soon. Just about everyone went home with a couple nice sea bass too and there were plenty of good size ocean perch and some pout in the mix as well. Anglers released quite a few short cod today along with a very impressive amount of the biggest kind of platter size porgies with sizes to well over 3.5lbs. Anglers also tossed back a few big flounders as well. One nice tog around 7lbs topped of the miscellaneous category today. There were some dogs around today but overall they were not bad at all and for those anglers who kept their baits hard down on the bottom they were not an issue. Those who did fish the fancy stuff with all the bells and whistles did manage to stay much busier with those things. It was a good day of fishing to be sure and everyone left with a good bunch of fresh fillets for some good meals to come. Tomorrow sounds like a great day of weather for fishing and Capt. Rich looks forward to setting sail on the Gail Frances at 7am. Some pics will be posted later tonight or tomorrow on the wwww.noreast.com thread for the Frances Fleet Running Reports courtesy of Roger.
Sunday December 5th
Cod Report for Sunday December 5th. Capt. Richie and first mate Ted reported Sunday's trip to be a good one. You definately had to be patient but it paid off, anglers went home with fish, and included in the mix were cod, seabass and ocean pout. Some throwback jumbo scup, which kept anglers busy as well. Capt. Ted said the dogfish were bearable and didn't cause too many problems through the day. Biggest cod was on or around 15 lbs. High hook was 4-5 fish and everyone seemed to average 2-3 fish a piece. Mr. Kenyon's fishing club from North Kingstown High School seemed to enjoy their day, catching a mix of cod and seabass and are looking forward to their next trip. They were a great bunch of kids and we enjoyed having them on board.
Sunday December 5th A.M.
COD REPORT FOR SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4TH 2010/ NICE SHOWING OF NICEER GREEN FISH!!
I recieved a very encouraging fishing report from First Mate Chris last night. He said Capt. Rich found a slow but steady pick of better size green cod yesterday. All really nice healthy green fish and all in the six to ten pound range with a few bigger ones into the mid teens. The iron clam worked the best and hi hooks were with the jigs yesterday. There was a very good sign of bait as these new to the area cod were spitting up herring. Some fair size sea bass, lots of porgies to catch and release and a few good size christmas eels mixed in as well. Capt. Rich is out today on the Gail Frances and a full report will be available later today.
Friday December 3rd
Capt. Richie reported today's cod/seabass trip was a little disapointing but not a total bust. They did catch at every stop but the numbers could have been better. They had a pick of cod, seabass and red hake. Biggest cod weighed in at or around 10 lbs or so. Dogfish were a bit of a nuisance today reported Capt. Richie. Tomorrow is another day. The Gail will set sail again at 7:00 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Tonight's offshore trip has been cancelled due to high winds forecasted offshore and unfortunately that will be it for the offshore scene this year.
FISHING REPORTS MON NOV 29TH
EXCELLENT SEA BASS AND MUCH IMPROVED COD FISHING ON THE GAIL FRANCES TODAY AND GOOD TOG AND COD ACTION ON THE LADY FRANCES TODAY, MONDAY NOVEMBER 29TH 2010!! Capt. Rich reported Mother Nature graced us with a picture perfect bluebird late November day Today. The fishing gods smiled down on us as well. There was an excellent number of sea bass and much improved numbers of cod fish and some better size cod. Anglers had from several to twenty sea bass apiece and there were many more jumbo sea bass in the two to three pound range with a few brutes to nearly five pounds taken. Most anglers averaged a dozen or so good size sea bass apiece to take home. The majority of anglers aboard left with a couple keeper cod apiece as well. Mike Manete and Joe Nadhazi from lower Fairfield County,CT combined for seven nice cod to fifteen pounds and thirty good size sea bass. A few other cod in the ten pound range as well as some other larger market size fish. Lots of short cod as well with some anglers returning as many as a dozen or more young cod apiece to the water today and just about all the fish were nice healthy green fish. Hi hook took home four good cod today. There were also a lot of good size red hake today and some very good numbers of nice size ocean perch as well. Just about everyone left with a nice bunch of fillets for some great meals to come. Hopefully the weather will be back in shape to go on Friday and we will keep you posted. Capt. Mike reported that today's black fish trip was very good with a good number of nice tog including several super togs between ten and twelve pounds with the twelve pound chinner taking the pool today. There were a couple of limit tog catches including Jacob of course. Longtime regular John Wills had five good size tog to ten pounds and two nice cod to take home today while a newer regular customer Gerald took home five nice cod to eight pounds and a couple nice tog. There was as you can probably imagine a very good number of cod once again today. Quite a few short tog and short cod as well. Tomorrow is it for tog for 2010, weather looks very fishable and Capt. Mike looks forward to setting sail on the Lady Frances at 6am for the last tog outing of this fall season.
REPORTS FOR SUNDAY NOV 28TH
GOOD SEA BASS FISHING ON THE SEA BASS/COD BOAT TODAY AND IMPROVED TOGGING AND MORE COD ON THE TOG BOAT TODAY, SUNDAY NOVEMBER 28TH 2010!!! Capt. Mike reported an improvement in the tog fishing today with better numbers of nice size tog and a lot of shorts. There was also a nice bunch of cod again today with the best in the ten pound range to take the pool. One angler had five fine black fish and three nice cod to take home. A number of other anglers had three or four good tog apiece to take home. A bunch of short cod as well. Capt. Mike looks forward to the gorgeous weather and more good fishing tomorrow as the Lady Frances is set to sail at 6am. Capt. Rich reported a very very busy day on the sea bass and cod combo today. There was a good pile of sea bass today by days end with most of them nice keepers and some jumbos but the overall size was down from last weekend. Numbers varied wildly but ranged from just a few to a dozen per man although there were a few anglers who did better such as Peter and Connie Tu who combined for forty nice sea bass and Connie managed two fine keeper cod as well. On the cod side of things there were a few good handfuls of keepers around the boat by days end and a bunch of shorts. A few guys had two cod apiece to go along with their sea bass and some others had one apiece. There was one nice pollock in the very low teens to win the pool today. Quite a few red hake including some decent ones and a bunch of ocean perch as well today. Also the unmentionables were kinda mentionable today and they were on the big side as well. The baits and sinkers had to be kept on bottom today. Nevertheless a surprising number of the anglers aboard continued to use two hook rigs and just catch those things all day long. Also when you have so many different types of rods and lines, especially braided products, and different weights of sinkers being used the tangles become particularly escalated. The efficent and simple way to fish is with one hook down low near the sinker when the sharks are around and most of the time even when they are not. For an angler fishing with mono who uses one hook and the right size sinker, he or she can be out of a tangle in seconds, quickly retied and put right back in the water. When the mates have to spend valuable fishing time trying to save rigs with all kinds of hardware and braided lines, then there is simply less time to be soaking your baits and filling your bags and coolers. It is that simple. Anyway some anglers had a very good day today on the boat and everyone went home with at least some fish. Tomorrow is a new day with gorgeous weather forecasted and Capt. Rich looks forward to setting sail at 7am aboard the Gail Frances.
TOG REPORT 11/27
TOG REPORT FOR SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27TH 2010: Capt. Mike reported a tough day on the tog boat today. The action was off from what it had been. Some nice tog to 8lbs and a few nice cod to ten pounds were taken nonetheless. Hi hook by far was Jacob, about the best tog fisherman any of us have ever seen, who managed to drill seven nice tog today. Way to go Jacob!! Tomorrow is a new day and a great weather forecast so bundle up and come on down! Capt. Mike looks forward to setting sail on the Lady Frances at 6am and Capt. Rich looks forward to prowling the cod and sea bass turf heading out at 7am on the Gail Frances. Monday also sounds like a gem of a weather day for both fisheries as well with the same captain and boat sailing schedule as tomorrow.
REPORT 11/26, SCHEDULE 11/27
FISHING REPORT FOR FRIDAY NOVEMBER 26TH 2010 AND SATURDAY NOVEMBER 27TH SAILING SCHEDULE: First of all due to the windy weather expected tomorrow there will be just one boat sailing. Capt. Mike will be setting sail at 7am for tatoug and cod on the Lady Frances. The sea bass and cod boat will resume normal operations Sunday morning at 7am with Capt. Rich aboard the Gail Frances. Capt. Mike reported the tog fishing was a bit off today due to the weather but the fishing was still respectable. Mr. Coo had his limit of fine tog and released at least twenty short tog. A number of other anglers had four to six fine tog apiece to take home as well. The cod were around as well today once again with Mr. Pak putting five nice keeper cod in his cooler to go along with his six fine tog. Mr. Pak also took the pool with a fine green cod just under 12lbs. What a great week it has been with all the nice tog and cod fish to boot on the black fish boat. Capt. Mike looks forward to another good day of fishing tomorrow with the Lady Frances set to sail at 7am tomorrow morning, as stated earlier.
TOG/COD FOR WED NOVEMBER 24TH
REPORT FOR WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 24TH 2010: Capt. Mike reported an awesome day of tog fishing on Wednesday with again a healthy dose of nice green cod to ten pounds. There were many limit catches and lots of nice quality tog in the five to seven pound range with the biggest chinners topping out around nine pounds. Everyone went home with a fine bunch of tog on Wednesday and the bite was hard and aggressive. Even a couple sea bass on the last couple trips. For the cod there was a good shot of them with sizes up to ten pounds. A good number of anglers aboard put a cod or two in the coolers and bags to go along wtih their fine catch of nice tog. I just spoke with Capt. Mike today and despite some adverse conditions he is chipping away at both nice size tog and again some cod. Full report on today's fishing will be available later this afternoon. Capt. Mike also reported there has been a fair amount of short cod and quite a few short tog on the past few outings as well. We will have a black fish/cod boat tomorrow but things look dicey for the cod/sea bass boat as of now. With the full report for today's fishing later this afternoon will also come an exact fishing plan for tomorrow. Right now looking ahead to Sunday and Monday they both look like great fishing days for both boats. There have not been a lot of good weather windows this fall so here comes a good one so come on down and get in on some of this great late fall fishing!!
VERY GOOD TOG AND LOTS OF COD AGAIN ON THE LADY FRANCES YESTERDAY, NOVEMBER 23RD 2010
Capt. Mike reported another great day with the tog with some limits and everyone doing well. Sizes up to and just over 10lbs. Again lots of quality stuff in the 6-8lb range. Once again the cod kept coming all day long and by days end nearly three dozen made it into the boat. There were a good number of anglers with three to five nice cod apiece to go along with their togs. More cod in the eight to ten pound range today as well. Some short cod and short tog rounded out the days action. Capt. Mike will try again today with the Lady Frances set to sail around 630 am. The Frances Fleet would like to extend Happy Thanksgiving wishes to all of its customers and we look forward to more good fishing after the Holiday.
Monday November 22nd.
Capt Mike reported that today's Blackfish trip was a huge success! Plenty of limits of tog to go around and Capt. Mike was again pleasantly surprised about the number of keeper codfish on the boat today. He siad "it was the best codfishing he has ever had on the blackfish boat". Anglers were very pleased with the mixed bag today. Definately an added bonus to the day. Capt. Richie reported that his Cod/Seabass trip resulted in a more than generous amount of seabass but had to admit that Capt. Mike out did him on the codfish. The weather was a little sporty where Capt. Richie fished today, which may bave been a reason for the slower than usual cod results. Tomorrow is another day of blackfishing, the Lady Frances will set sail at 6:00 a.m. Wednesday's weather looks a little windy so be sure to call Tuesday afternoon to check on weather conditions. And just a reminder, no boats sail on Thanksgiving Day. Both boats are scheduled to sail on Friday November 26th. Blackfishing at 6:00 a.m. and Cod/Seabass fishing at 7:00 a.m.
Sunday November 21st Cod Report
JUMBO SEA BASS CRUSH AND SOLID COD FISHING YESTERDAY SUNDAY NOVEMBER 21ST ON THE GAIL FRANCES!!!!
Capt. Rich reported another great day of fishing today. The bite was red hot on the sea bass and they were a bit bigger than on Friday with a good amount of them being in the two to four pound range with a few slobs up to five pounds. Just about everyone had at least twelve to fifteen nice biscuts apiece with a good number of anglers having twenty to twenty five good fish apiece to take home with at least several of the anglers aboard getting their twenty five fish limit easily!! The cod side of things was also a little more improved from that of Friday with two anglers taking home four nice cod apiece and many of the angelrs aboard having a cod and in some cases two to go along with their fine hauls of big sea bass. Biggest cod was around ten pounds. Some good size ocean perch and some nice size ling plus a few blue fish and some short cod rounded out a great day of fishing. Once again the unmentionables were very manageable. Capt. Rich looks foward to another great day of fishing today with the Gail Frances setting sail at 7am.
Sunday November 21st
VERY GOOD DAY OF TOG FISHING WITH A BIG POP OF COD ON THE LADY FRANCES TODAY, SUNDAY NOVEMBER 21ST 2010!!
Capt. Mike reported a very good turnout of anglers for todays tog trip and likewise the tog cooperated. Quality was the theme for the day with a lot of good size fish in the five to eight pound range and some bigger ones with several in the 10lb class to fight it out for the pool. A pleasant surprise came in the form of a nice mess of chunky green cod fish, mostly all fine fat keepers and by the end of the day there were nearly twenty of them on the boat to go along with the tog. In fact one guy who brought clams with him, Steve Connoly from Cranston RI went home with six fine keeper cod plus his tog!! Capt. Mike commented this was the most cod he had ever seen on a black fish day never mind a single black fish outing and there was nothing extraordinary about the areas fished either. Is this a good sign for the coming winter?? Let us hope so. Tomorrow sounds like the weatherman has more fine late fall weather in store for us and Capt. Mike looks forward to another nice day of togging on the Lady Frances setting sail at 6am.
No word was yet available from the cod/cbass boat but a report will be posted either very late this evening or early tomorrow morning. The sea bass fishing was great on Friday and there was a nice mix of market cod so hopefully the same holds true for todays run. Tomorrow sounds like a beautiful day to be out on the cod grounds and Capt. Rich will set sail on the Gail Frances at 7am.
TOG REPORT SAT NOV 20TH
TOG REPORT FOR SATURDAY NOVEMBER 20TH 2010: Capt. Mike reported despite some tough weather condtions today they did manage a pick of tog with some nice fish to 7lbs coming over the rails. The action was by no means great and was way off from the past few trips but the day was certainly not a bust. Capt. Mike is excited about the great weather on tap for the next two days and looks forward to some good black fishing and great weather this coming Sunday and Monday with the Lady Frances set to sail at 6am. Tomorrow and Monday also sound like great weather days to go out and chase down the sea bass and cod that are prowling the local grounds. Capt. Rich will be ready to do such leaving at 7am aboard the Gail Frances.
FRI NOV 19 REPORTS/TOG ONLY 11/20
EXCELLENT SEA BASS AND MUCH BETTER COD TODAY ON THE GAIL FRANCES/VERY GOOD TOGGING ON THE LADY FRANCES TODAY, FRIDAY NOVEMBER 19TH 2010/SATURDAY NOV 20TH SAILING SCHEDULE: Capt. Rich reported a great day of fishing today be it a bit chilly and a tad breezy. We had some truly excellent sea bass fishing today with just about all anglers getting from ten to twenty nice sea bass apiece and a few had upwards to a full limit such as Gerald from New Paltz NY. A lot of good size sea bass in the two to three pound range with the largest tipping the scales at just under 4lbs. On the cod front things were MUCH BETTER than the past few trips. No big hit but a few nice keeper and good size market size fish through the day plus a bunch of shorts and one nice green fish in the mid teens. Hi hook took home three fine cod today to go along with his 15 sea bass and that angler was not even trying for the sea bass!! He was waiting for cod bites!! The sea bass and cod were hungry today and the bite was far more forceful than of that last weekend. A few ocean perch and one fine pollock just under ten pounds plus a few catch and release scup to round out the day. The unmentionables were hardly even mentionable today and for those who fished one hook down low they were non existant. The best scores for both cod and sea bass today were all made fishing one low hook down near the sinker. Anyway there will be no cod boat tomorrow due to the wind forecasted but Sunday and Monday look great for sea bass and cod fishing and Capt. Rich will be set to sail on the Gail Frances Sunday morning at 7am. Capt. Mike reported a good day of tog fishing today. There were a number of angler limits today and low hooks went home with at least three or four nice size tog. A tremendous amount of short tog kept anglers feverishly baiting hooks and steadfast at the rails all day long. Biggest tog for the day in the 8 to 9lb range. Just a couple short cod today otherwise all tog. Capt. Mike will be setting sail tomorrow morning at 6am on the Lady Frances for tog.
REPORTS FOR MONDAY NOV 15TH
GOOD SEA BASS FISHING AND GOOD TOG FISHING TODAY AT THE FRANCES FLEET TODAY, MONDAY NOVEMBER 15TH 2010: Capt. Rich reported some very good sea bass fishing today for his customers on the Gail Frances. Anglers had from several to as many as fifteen nice sea bass apiece including a lot more jumbos and a few really big ones to over 4lbs. The Bros from Wallingford CT easily filled two buckets with big sea bass and enjoyed a great day on the water. There were very very few cod today. Of the scant few taken the biggest was around ten pounds. There was one lone fine pollock around 25lbs that took the pool. Anglers also had some ocean perch to go along with the sea bass today as well as a few ling including a couple bigger ones. Once again the best catches on the sea bass were with one hook low near the sinker. Those who continued to fish with two hooks and teasers just bailed the sharks all day long. Some anglers tending their rods with one low hook only caught a few for the whole day!!! Looks like the next possible sea bass and cod trip would be on Friday, we will keep you posted as we wait for the next batch of wind to come and hopefully go quickly. Capt. Mike reported another good day of tog fishing with plenty of nice keeper tog taken around the boat and a good number of anglers who had several or more nice fish apiece to take home and a number of guys who were at or very very close to their limits. Biggest tog in the 8-9lb range for the day and the Boys from Jersey were back and did it again!! Just one short cod today other wise all tog and there was a tremendous number of short tog today to keep the anlgers very busy in between the keepers. The weather looks great tomorrow and Capt. Mike looks forward to another good day of tog fishing as the Lady Frances will set sail at 6am.
REPORTS FOR SUNDAY NOV 14TH
VERY GOOD TOG AND IMPROVED SEABASS AND COD FISHING TODAY AT THE FRANCES FLEET TODAY, SUNDAY NOVEMBER 14TH 2010: Capt. Mike reported a very good day on the black fish boat today. There were at least a few limits. Experience made a difference today to some degree but some anglers did very well. A lot of quality fish in the five to eight pound range today. Just one short cod today otherwise it was all tog. The fishing looks like it is finally coming around after all the weather we have had. Tomorrow looks like another nice day of weather and Capt. Mike looks forward to another nice day of fishing with the Lady Frances set to sail at 6am. Capt. Rich reported a much improved bite on the sea bass today with a slight improvement in the cod numbers as well. Nothing big on the cod with the largest around ten pounds. A few of the sea bass hit the three pound mark but most were nice keepers. Anglers did have upwards to ten sea bass apiece with a good majority of anglers taking home a half dozen or so sea bass apiece. This is vastly improved over yesterday and things should keep on going in this direction. A bunch of red hake as well today. The water was still on the dirty side out on the cod grounds but was much improved over yesterday and tomorrow should be even better. Tomorrow sounds like a great day to be out on the cod grounds with the light winds forecasted and Capt. Rich looks forward to another nice day on the water with the Gail Frances set to sail at 7am.
COD REPORT FOR SAT NOV 13TH
COD/CBASS REPORT FOR SATURDAY NOVEMBER 13TH 2010: Capt. Rich reported a tough day on the local cod grounds today. The water was still a bit churned up from the abnoxious weather we have had over the past week and a half. The anglers aboard did manage to get a few market size cod and some nice size sea bass plus a couple ling but it was a slow day. Each day going forward should see steady improvement in the fishery and Capt. Rich looks forward to another day on the cod grounds tomorrow with the Gail Frances setting sail at 7am.
TOG SATURDAY NOVEMBER 13TH
MUCH IMPROVED TOG FISHING TODAY, SATURDAY NOVEMBER 13TH 2010 ON THE LADY FRANCES/TOG CHARTER ADMIRAL FRANCES: Capt. Mike reported the local tog action was vastly improved today over yesterday's fishing. The fishing is still not where it should be for this time of year but today's action was respectable at the very least. Some really good size tog came aboard with the largest over 10lbs and regulars Tony Laundano and his girlfriend Rose each took home tog over 9lbs. The majority of anglers aboard took home enough tog for dinner and the hi hooks had upwards to five and six good tog apiece to take home. Anglers also had a lot of action with short tog as well. Again not great but exponentially improved over yesterday and last weekend's fishing. The tog fishing should only build with the calmer weather forecasted over the next few days. Capt. Mike looks forward to tomorrow's black fish trip setting sail aboard the Lady Frances at 6am. Capt. Don reported the tog charter today on the Admiral Frances for the Charlie Ahn group also met with respectable results. Again no big hit but the group put together a nice bunch of tog with sizes to just over 7lbs. A couple fine keeper cod fish as well to join the black fish. The cod and sea bass report will be available a bit later on this evening so stay tuned!
TOG REPORT NOV 12TH
TOG REPORT FOR FRIDAY NOVEMBER 12TH 2010: Capt. Mike reported they finally made it out for the first time since Sunday. The water was still a bit churned up but the bite while slow was much much better than that of over last weekend. A respectable number of nice keeper tog to 7lbs, a good number of shorts and a couple nice size cod fish today on the Lady Frances. In fact the pool was won with a nice green cod of around ten pounds today. While not great fishing, Capt. Mike was encouraged by what he saw and hopes for continued improvement tomorrow as the Lady Frances will set sail at 6am for tog. Capt. Rich will be heading out to the cod grounds tomorrow morning at 7am on the Gail Frances. We have not been out on the cod grounds since Wed Nov 3rd, fishing was very good that day but there has been a tremendous amount of weather since then and the only way we will find out what is biting is to go tomorrow. Look for a new cod fish report later tomorrow afternoon. Right now the weather looks fishable for both tog and cod on Sunday as well and Monday looks downright pleasant weather wise for both species.
Wednesday November 10th
Unfortunately we will not be blackfishing on Thursday November 11th due to the high winds forecasted. According to the weatherman, things should start to break very soon. I think we have all had enough of this wind. The next trip scheduled is for Friday November 12th. But be sure to give the office a call Thursday afternoon to confirm. Saturday and Sunday this weekend, both look like great fishing days, so get out of the house and come on down. Blackfishing sails at 6:00 a.m. and codfishing sails at 7:00 a.m.
Monday November 8th
NO trips for tomorrow Tuesday November 9th. Windy weather yet again! Please call back regarding Wednesday's trips.
REPORT NOV 7TH/NO TRIPS NOV 8TH
NO TOG OR COD TRIPS FOR MONDAY,NOVEMBER 8TH 2010/TOG REPORT FOR SUNDAY NOV 7TH: Capt. Mike reported another very poor day of local tog fishing. The heave was reduced but the water still very dirty. Due to the weather there will be no boats going tomorrow. Call tomorrow afternoon in regards to Tuesday's trip.
NOV 6TH PM UPDATE
TOG REPORT FOR SATURDAY NOVEMBER 6TH 2010: Capt. Mike reported today's tog fishing was poor after all the weather the past few days. We will try again tomorrow with the Lady Frances set to sail at 6am skippered by Capt. Mike. Capt. Rich will be set to sail on the cod boat tomorrow and that will be the Gail Frances set to sail at 7am.
COD AND TOG REPORTS WED NOV 3RD
VERY GOOD DAY OF COD AND SEA BASS FISHING TODAY ON THE GAIL FRANCES, WEDENSDAY NOVEMBER 3RD 2010!!: Capt. Rich reported a great day of weather and excellent day of fishing today aboard the Gail Frances. There were plenty of nice sea bass and a solid pick of nice green cod through the entire day, drift after drift. A tremendous amount of short cod as well from trout size to just short. Just about everyone had at least a half dozen or so nice sea bass apiece with many anglers getting over a dozen and a few anglers getting upwards of 20 or more nice biscuts apiece to take home. Sizes from keepers to a few brutes in the 4 to 5lb range. Tony from Long Island who is an exceptional rod handler was high hook with 7 fine keeper cod today including a brace of fish in the mid teens to go along with his 15 nice size sea bass. There were two other anglers who had five nice cod apiece and then it was generally one to three a person and there were a few anglers who did not get any cod to take home but by far most did. A good number of nice green fish in the teens today with the best in the very low 20s. Quite a few market size fish as well today so it was a really nice mix of cod sizes. Quite a few good size ocean perch in the mix as well. Anglers also tossed back winter flounder, a few fluke, and scup that ranged up to 4lbs and well over 20 inches!!! There were a number of sharks around today and some anglers only caught a couple while some other anglers caught 20 or even 30 of them. All the best cod and sea bass scores were made by anglers fishing just one hook down low to the sinker with just bait and no color. I keep bringing this up but yet trip after trip we see all the bells and whistles and this time of year this is the stuff that catches the dogs guaranteed!! In the winter time when there are not as many dogs around and the fish are chasing different forage such as sand eels or herring the game becomes different to some degree. Anyway it doesn't look that good right as of this evening's forecast package for cod and sea bass on Friday, we will be evalutating later forecasts through the day tomorrow. Capt. Mike reported a good day of tog fishing. There were a number of limit catches such as Chris Konkol from lower NY state who had a limit catch of tog all over 5lbs. The biggest fish today was just over 8lbs and many anglers left with several nice tog apiece. No cod were reported today but there were a few sea bass mixed in although it is fast looking like the cod boat is now the best bet for the sea bass. We look forward to continued improvement in the local tog fishing as this cooler weather will further reduce the still relatively warm water temps. Capt. Mike will be ready to set sail tomorrow morning at 6am for tog. The weather looks fishable but wet so make sure you bring your rain gear!
TOG NOV 1ST AND NOV 2ND
TOG REPORT FOR YESTERDAY AND TODAY (11/1 AND 11/2): Capt. Mike reported that yesterday's tog fishing was very solid with some angler limits, including the great group of guys up from NJ, and many anglers going home with several nice tog apiece and sizes to around 9lbs. Some nice sea bass and one nice cod in the mix as well yesterday. Today's tog trip was also very solid with again some anglers getting their limit of good size tog and a decent amount of nice sea bass. Mr. Pak and Mr. Kim easily had their limit just to cite a couple of angler hi lights. A few anlgers had a half dozen or so nice sea bass to go along with their tog. Again many anglers aboard had several tog apiece and most had at least enough for dinner. Three fine keeper cod to six pounds today plus a bunch of short cod as well. Looks like some super weather tomorrow and Capt. Mike will be out after tog setting sail at 6am aboard the Lady Frances. A gorgeous day in store to get out after cod and sea bass as well tomorrow with Capt. Rich setting sail aboard the Gail Frances at 7am.
NOV 1ST COD/SEA BASS REPORT
COD/SEA BASS REPORT FOR MONDAY, NOVEMBER 1ST 2010: Capt. Rich reported a very good day with the sea bass yesterday with anglers getting upwards and over a dozen nice sea bass apiece with just about everyone taking home at least a half dozen or more each. Sizes to 4lbs. The cod were somewhat more elusive but anglers still put together a few handsome handfuls of nice green cod with sizes into the mid teens. Just a couple blue fish yesterday and some nice ocean perch to go along with the sea bass and cod. Capt. Rich is excited about the gorgeous weather forecasted for tomorrow with light southerly winds and flat seas and the Gail Frances will be set to sail at 7am. There are not many weather days like tomorrow so if you can come on down to get some tasty sea bass and cod fish! At this writing a black fish report for yesterday was unavailable but will be posted once the writer has all the pertinent details.
TOG REPORT OCT 31ST
VERY GOOD TOGGING TODAY, SUNDAY OCTOBER 31ST 2010: Capt. Mike was pleased to report that the black fish action today far exceeded our expectations. Despite all the hard southwest it was not as dirty nor as rough as we had feared and there was even a window of three or four hours this morning where the wind was very relaxed before hauling out of the northwest later in the day. The anglers aboard had a solid pick of nice size tog and plenty of shorts all day long with some anglers putting some good numbers together. One group of four anglers from NJ combined for 30 big tog and the majority of anglers getting at least several nice tog apiece to take home with a few guys getting their limits. Like i said before given the weather forecasted no one could have predicted today's outcome would be so positive. The biggest tog today was just over 9lbs. The next three days look great for togging and for codding was well for that matter! Finally a stretch of gorgeous fall weather ahead of us. Capt. Mike looks forward to another great day of togging tomorrow at 6am aboard the Lady Frances while Capt. Rich will be out on the prowl for cod and sea bass that are just waiting to be harvested on the cod grounds with the Gail Frances setting sail at 7am.
AM UPDATE 10/31
SEA BASS REOPENS TOMORROW, MONDAY NOVEMBER 1ST!!! GREAT FISHING WEATHER FOR THE NEXT THREE DAYS AT LEAST ON TAP!!!: Although most of our audience already knows, just in case we want to remind anglers that sea bass reopens tomorrow, Monday Nov 1st for us. This means anglers fishing on our party boats can retain up to 25 sea bass apiece that measure at least 12.5 inches. This is great news as we are getting tired of tossing these things back on our cod tog trips. Good cod fishing and good or better sea bass fishing with the cod, what could be better!! Capt. Rich looks forward to the cod/sea bass trip tomorrow setting sail on the Gail Frances at 7am.
TOG 10/30 AND 10/31 SCHEDULE
TOG REPORT FOR SATURDAY OCTOBER 30 2010/NO COD TOMORROW SUNDAY OCTOBER 31ST, BLACK FISH BOAT WILL SAIL AT 7AM TOMORROW: Capt. Mike reported an okay day of tog fishing today. Some nice fish with sizes to 9lbs today and a number of anglers went home with several good size tog apiece. Regular customer Gerald from New Paltz,NY took home several nice tog today and the pool with a fine chinner around 9lbs. Also a thank you to Gerald for bringing that amazing smoked tog, it was delicious!! There will be just one boat tomorrow and it will be the black fish boat with Capt. Mike setting sail on the Lady Frances at 7am. It is too bad the increase in wind this weekend prohibited us from going after cod fish this weekend. The fishing has been good and looking ahead to early next week Monday's weather sounds super for going after cod and a note both cod and black fish fans to remember that Monday, Nov 1st we get the sea bass back so there is much to look forward to as we head into November. The next cod trip will be Monday morning on the Gail Frances setting sail at 7am.
COD AND TOG OCTOBER 29TH
GOOD COD AND DECENT BLACK FISH TODAY AT THE FRANCES FLEET, TODAY, FRIDAY OCTOBER 29TH: Capt. Mike reported a surprisingly good pick of tog up to 10lbs today and a lot of shorts for the anglers aboard. The bite was pretty darn good considering how much southerly wind was had over the past couple of days. There was at least one limit catch and a good number of anglers took home several nice tog apiece today. One short cod and some throwback scup and sea bass action as well. Capt. Mike looks forward to another good day tomorrow with the Lady Frances set to sail at 6am. Capt. Rich reported that today was a good day on the cod grounds. The bite was slow and soft but we chipped away at some nice green fish on every stop and by the end of the day there was a nice amount of cod on the boat. Most of the fish that were kept were from 10 to 15lbs with a few upwards to 20lbs. There were a few smaller keepers and a tremendous amount of short cod today with many just an inch or two short. An excellent sign to see! Hi hook today took home five nice fish, all ten to twenty pounds. A couple other guys had three or four cod apiece as well. There were not many dogs at all although the anglers who insisted on fishing with two hook rigs and color did manage to find their fair share. Once again even though the dogs were not bad by far the BEST CATCHES were made by guys fishing with one hook down low near the sinker and some clams. SIMPLE SIMPLE SIMPLE. Also anglers who were using light rods with braided lines and not paying steadfast attention to keeping their baits on the bottom also did get into some trouble today. In addtion to the cod there was one hefty pile of alligator bluefish with sizes easily into the low and even mid teens!! Plenty of catch and release scup and sea bass. One fine pollock in the mid teens and some ocean perch rounded out another good catch of mostly nice green cod fish. Capt. Rich looks forward to another busy day on the cod boat tomorrow with the Gail Frances set to sail at 7am.
COD/TOG OCT 25 2010
GOOD COD FISHING AND VERY GOOD BLACK FISHING TODAY, MONDAY, OCTOBER 25TH 2010: Capt. Rich reported a good day of local cod fishing today. Again there was a very hard tide and again one side of the boat was strongly favored for the best bite. A nice amount of nice green fish in the teens today with the best around 20lbs and some that were just keeper and market size and again a lot of short cod. Hi hooks today had three or four cod apiece to take home. There was one big pollock in the 20lb range as well today. Anglers tossed back a good bunch of big porgies and nice size sea bass and an incredible amount of big winter flounder to almost 4lbs, what a shame!!. Anglers did get some good size ocean perch and a pile of blue fish from cocktail size to alligators in the mid teens! It was a warm but busy day on the cod boat and best of all there were hardly any dogs! Firday right now looks like the next most likely day for a cod trip with Capt. Rich set to sail on the Gail Frances at 7am. Capt. Mike reported a very strong day of black fishing on the Lady Frances today. Numbers varied from angler to angler but some anglers had no problem getting their limits of big tog. In fact there were a number of fish in the 10lb range today with a few of them up to and just over 11lbs! A couple short cod and throwback scup and sea bass completed the excellent catch of black fish today. Capt. Mike will be ready to sail the Lady Frances tomorrow morning at 6am.
SUN OCT 24TH COD AND TOG
DECENT COD FISHING AND EXCELLENT TOGGING TODAY AT THE FRANCES FLEET, SUNDAY OCTOBER 24TH 2010!!: Capt. Mike reported an excellent day of togging today with a small group of anglers doing very very well with tog up to nearly 10lbs with the majority of the keepers fish over 5lbs. There was a healthy number of limit catches today and to keep things consistant one nice keeper cod and a short cod were caught as well. Capt. Mike looks forward to more good fishing tomorrow with the Lady Frances set to sail at 6am for tog. Capt. Rich reported that todays cod fishing was on the interesting side. No two days are the same. The first part of the day saw a chip of keeper size cod, a lot of shorts and a few shots of really nice green cod. Another move produced another very good shot of fish late in the trip but only for a portion of the boat. Actually for reasons having to do with wind and tide just one side of the boat was really into the fish. Its party boat fishing and these things happen sometimes. On the second shot of fish they ranged from just keepers to a few in the teens. Angler hi lights include but are not limited to the following: Mike and Tony T from Narragansett combined for a fine catch of 7 cod to 25lbs with Tony getting the pool winning 25lbr. Connie Tu celebrated her birthday today with a fine green cod in the lower 20s. There were a few other cod fish in the 20 to 24lb range as well today. Hi hooks were tied for four fish apiece on the cod today. Tomorrow looks like a good day to go cod fishing and Capt. Rich will set sail at 7am on the Gail Frances.
OCT 23RD COD AND TOG!!!
VERY GOOD COD FISHING AND EXCELLENT TOGGING TODAY AT THE FRANCES FLEET, SATURDAY OCTOBER 23TH 2010!! Capt. Rich reported a very good day of local cod fishing for the small group of anglers who were not afraid of a little wind. Most of the anglers who fished today took home several nice green cod apiece. Mostly all green fish today. There were a half dozen over 20lbs with the best just under 30lbs taken by Mike N from CT who also had two other nice cod to take home. Mr. Pak was out again today and went home with at least a half dozen nice cod including a couple in the fifteen to twenty pound range. Sandy and Cyrus from the Hudson Valley in lower NY state teamed up for a half dozen nice size cod today which included two fish in the mid teens and one in the mid twenties, while another husband and wife team that fishes with us regularly also teamed up for a half dozen nice cod including a couple fish in the teens and so on. It was a one stop day and it was sporty but the cod came in flurries and anglers also missed and dropped quite a few cod as well. Do not be fooled these big cod can be quite tricky but they are around and they wont be here forever so now is the time to get in on it! Anglers also caught and released scup to 4lbs and some jumbo sea bass. A few ocean perch and one fine blue fish to top off a great catch of big green cod best of all hardly any dogs. Capt. Rich looks forward to calmer weather and more good cod fishing tomorrow with the Gail Frances set to sail at 7am. Capt. Mike reported an excellent day on the black fish boat with a solid 4-5 fish average and a number of limits. Sizes to nearly 10lbs today with lots of nice fish in the five to eight pound range. Black fish is looking like it is about to bust wide open and last but not least the black fish boat had a fine keeper cod today as well! Capt. Mike looks forward to more good fishing and weather tomorrow with the Lady Frances set to sail at 6am.
10/24 AM UPDATES
GREAT FISHING WEATHER FOR SUNDAY OCT 24TH/FRANCES FLEET GIFT CERTIFICATES!!! Tomorrow looks like a fine fall day for both the day cod and black fish boats. Light winds and seas and balmy temperatures. Both fisheries have been good so come on down!! Both boats are out today so look for fresh updates later today. Also it is not too early to start thinking about holiday gift giving and what better gift for your favorite fisher person than the gift of fishing! Frances Fleet gift certificates can take care of that and can be made for nearly any amount for your favorite fishing friend to use towards future trips. Gift Certificates can be sold over the phone or in the store with a clerk.
FRI TOG OCT 22ND
GOOD TOG FISHING TODAY ON THE LADY FRANCES, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22ND 2010: Capt. Mike reported a slow but steady pick of big tog today for the light crowd that braved the brisk weather conditions. Everyone went home with two to seven big tog apiece. Very few shorts and much less in the way of scup and sea bass to toss back as well. The tog were pretty much all in the five to seven pound range with several bigger ones and the biggest tipping the scales at just about 10lbs. This coming weekend looks great for both tatoug and day cod fishing and both the Gail and Lady Frances are set to sail both days this weekend with the Gail setting sail at 7am for cod and the Lady settings sail at 6am for black fish.
TOG OCT 21/OCT 22 SCHEDULE
VERY GOOD TOGGING TODAY ON THE LADY FRANCES, THURSDAY OCTOBER 21ST/ ONLY ONE BOAT TOMORROW AND THAT WILL BE THE LADY FRANCES FOR TATOUG, FRIDAY OCTOBER 22ND. Capt. Mike reported the tog fishing today was good for the very small group of anglers aboard. Mr. Kim had no problem getting his limit of fine tog to 7lbs and the majoirty of anglers aboard had three to six nice tog apiece to take home with the pool fish just over 8lbs. Anglers also threw back plenty of nice size sea bass and some big porgies and a bunch of short cod fish as well. Tomorrow we will sail only for black fish on the Lady Frances setting sail around 630am.
OCT 20 COD/TOG REPORTS
EXCELLENT COD FISHING AND VERY GOOD BLACK FISHING TODAY, WEDENSDAY OCTOBER 20TH 2010!!: Capt. Rich was pleased to report the cod fish action was right back on track today. First saw some steady action on the drift but then Capt. Rich set the hook and stayed there for the rest of the day and the big cod came on over to chew! There were a lot of big green fish in the twelve to twenty pound range and several bigger fish up to 30lbs. Quite a few smaller market size keepers and a fair amount of returns. The bite on the bigger fish was soft and even the hot shots rolled their fair share of cod but the more seasoned anglers mostly wound up four to six nice cod apiece to take home and just about everyone went home with cod for dinner. Angler hi lights include but were not limited to the following: Mr. Pak from Queens had six fine cod to 30lbs today with three other fish in the teens while Gene and his buddy from lower NY state combined for a dozen nice fish with each gentleman scoring one around 20lbs. Anthony from Rhode Island took home four nice cod today including three fish in the 12 to 20lb range. This angler found a half dozen into the mid teens and so on. There were plenty of super size sea bass to catch and release and some porgies to do the same with as well. Some tackle busting blue fish into the mid teens and some nice size ocean perch rounded out a great catch of nice cod today on the Gail Frances. Next cod trip is scheduled to set sail at 7am Friday morning aboard the Gail Frances. Capt. Mike reported a very good day on the black fish boat today. There were a few limit catches and the average was around 3-4 per man. Sizes to nearly 9lbs. Capt. Mike looks forward to more good fishing tomorrow with the Lady Frances set to sail at 6am.
OCT 19TH TOG REPORT
SOLID BLACKFISHING YESTERDAY OCTOBER 19TH ABOARD THE LADY FRANCES: Capt. Mike reported another solid but not quite great day of togging for the anglers aboard ysterday on the Lady Frances. There was one limit and most anglers again left with enough black fish for a good meal or two. Sizes to 9lbs. A few cod again as well which makes cod fish an occurance on all the black fish trips thus far. Once again the black fishing will just continue to build as the water temp drops. Look for a fresh report later today regarding todays black fish adventure. Capt. Rich will be out after cod today for the first time since Sunday and the weather looks great today so look for a fresh cod fish report later today as well.
TOG OCT 18TH MON
BLACK FISH REPORT FOR MONDAY OCTOBER 18TH 2010: Capt. Mike reported another solid day of black fish action for the anglers aboard. Some anglers did much better than others as the bite was rather delicate but the majority had a couple fish to take home for dinner. Jacob and his father combined for nearly two fine limits of good size tatoug. Peter from China got a nice size tatoug on his first ever North American party boat fishing trip and along with his good friend Phillip they enjoyed a beautiful fall day on the ocean. Sizes to 8lbs today. A few short cod today as well. Plenty of scup and sea bass to throwback today as well. We expect the action to swing in to high gear with some cooler and calmer weather that is in the forecast for this week. The black fish boat sails daily at 6am. Tomorrow the weather looks just fine for togging and Capt. Mike will set sail on the Lady Frances at 6am.
TOG SUN OCT 17TH
SOLID START TO THE FALL 2010 BLACK FISH SEASON AT THE FRANCES FLEET! SUNDAY OCT 17TH 2010: Capt. Mike reported a very respectable start to the fall black fish season. Anglers found at least a few black fish on every stop with some spots producing fairly well. A few anglers had a half dozen nice tog apiece to take home and most had enough for a good meal or two. The biggest was a fine chinner over 9lbs with another one just under 9lbs as runner up. Some other good ones in the six and seven pound range. Considering the warm water and that it is very early we will call it a very decent day. Also Capt. Mike found several keeper cod, all nice green market size fish plus a few shorts. In fact Mr. Pak had two nice cod to join his black fish in his cooler. Tomorrow sounds like a great day weather wise to go out black fishing as does the next several days. Capt. Mike will set sail on the Lady Frances at 6am.
COD SUN OCT 17TH
COD REPORT FOR SUN OCT 17TH: Capt. Rich was pleased to report that the weather while a little sporty was far better than he had expected and the water not at all churned up after all the wind. Anglers had a mixed bag of fish today that included some nice size green cod fish well into the teens, one nice size pollock and quite a few big blue fish. Anglers also had some catch and release action with the scup and sea bass and best of all the dog fish were very manageable. So all in all things were better than expected and will only continue to improve with the nicer weather that lays ahead this week. Tomorrow sounds like a very pleasant day to go cod fishing and the Gail Frances is set to sail at 7am with Capt. Rich.
10-17 am update
SUNDAY MORNING UPDATE OCT 17TH: Both the Lady Frances and Gail Frances are out today after black fish and cod fish accordingly. Capt. Mike reports some good size black fish already coming aboard and he has only been out there a little while. Monday, October 18th sounds like a nice fishing day for both cod and black fish as well with the Lady Frances setting sail at 6am skippered by Capt. Mike and the Gail Frances setting sail at 7am skippered by Capt. Richie. Look for full updates on both of today's trips later this afternoon. Looks like we are finally going to get a break with all this wind of late and right now right through to Thursday looks quite fishable.
SAT AM OCT 16TH
AM UPDATE FOR SAT OCT 16TH: Looks like the wind is going to relax some tomorrow and that means we will officially begin our fall Tatoug season with the Lady Frances setting sail at 6am with Capt. Mike. The weather actually looks great for the first day of fall black fish 2010. Black fish will be sailing 6am daily weather permitting through Nov 30th and the bag limit is 8 fish at 16 inches. Looks like a decent week of weather ahead with a few showers but generally fair weather and a lot less wind in the forecast as of now. We will also be sailing for cod fish tomorrow at 7am with Capt. Rich aboard the Gail Frances. The Capt. Tackle will be open at 5am tomorrow and until 7pm this evening. We still have plenty of eels and will also be selling green crabs as well to better accomodate shore and private boat anglers. The green crabs will be sold by the dozen. During the week this time of year the store hours become somewhat more variable, especially in the evenings so please call ahead if planning to come down for bait or tackle.
NO TOG SAT OCT 16TH
NO BLACKFISH TRIP SATURDAY OCT 16TH: Capt. Frank has canceled the black fish trip for tomorrow due to the very strong winds and gale warnings posted. Sunday looks much better for black fish and the Lady Frances will set sail at 6am with Capt. Mike.