Capt. Rich reported just an awesome day of local cod fishing today on the Gail Frances. Flat calm sea conditions allowed the perfect drift conditions all day long with a steady pick of nice size cod from start to finish( bananas and all), with over 100 nice fish in the boat for a modest crowd by day’s end. Both jigs and bait were effective with the hi hook score taken by part time crew member Chris Konkol from the lower Hudson Valley NY who jigged up nearly a dozen nice cod to 15lbs, most in the eight to ten pound range. Cory Blount put together a fine catch of a half dozen nice cod to 12lbs using both bait and jigs. The three gentlemen from Wallingford Ct who have been longtime regulars on the 7am boat for many years combined for 18 nice cod to 15lbs. Joe Horvath from Stamford Ct put a half dozen nice cod and a ling in his cooler and so on. Joe also brought the best snail salad this angler has ever tasted, thanks Joe! Numbers varied from angler to angler but a good many of the anglers aboard had four to eight nice cod apiece. There was also a decent showing of good size sea bass to nearly 4lbs and a few anglers had two or three of them apiece, which is EARLY for the depth of water being fished today. A few red hake and a few good size ocean perch rounded out a great catch of both green and darker cod fish. The bite was still rather soft with the bait and anglers rolled and dropped a LOT of fish but the bite was a bit more aggressive than over the weekend. Most of the cod ranged from 5 to 15lbs with a half dozen fish or so fish from 18 to 22lb range but no real monsters today. A few pictures will be posted a bit later on. Capt. Rich looks forward to another good day of local cod fishing on Friday with the Gail Frances set to sail at 7am.
Capt. Ray reported just “silly” scup fishing today! Full boat limit today and most anglers were busy tossing back their super size salt water panfish by days end or were just taking it easy and enjoying the great weather. Sizes easily up to 3lbs with most of the fish well over a pound. Christine Blount was on the boat and she remarked that the porgy fishing was about as good as she had ever seen it! A lot of nice sea bass mixed in as well and even a few nice size blue fish to provide some extra sport on the scup tackle. Capt. Ray looks forward to another nice day of fishing tomorrow with the Admiral Frances set to sail at 8am.
Still looking for a couple more sign ups for the 7am Special Fluke trip tomorrow with Capt. Rich on the Gail Frances. We will keep things open til 8pm.
Capt. Mike reported the recent Tuna trip was slow. An 80lb Swordfish and a few Yellowfin and a bunch of Mahi. Next trip sets sail tonight at 10pm so look for another update sometime Friday Afternoon.