Capt. Mike reported fluke fishing was on the slow side today. The subsiding swell from the south east had not quite subsided enough to boost the fluke into high gear but the water clarity was dramatically improved from last night. We caught fish everywhere we went today they were just not enthusiastically feeding. A few nice fish to 4lbs and some shorts were managed by the anglers aboard. Best results by far were with the tandem bait rig. Capt. Mike reported marking a remarkable amount of squid all the way from the gap down to west of the breachway and Roger managed several squid today in between the fluke. By far the best showing of squid on the sounder we have seen all season so things should be busting loose any day now. We try again tomorrow and Capt. Mike looks forward to a new day on the fluke grounds Saturday on the Lady Frances setting sail at 7am.
Capt. Ray reported a respectable night of squid fishing. It took a little while to find them and there was a strong tide going which kept them hard down to the bottom but after awhile they started coming and by the end of the night a few guys had filled upwards to a half of a five gallon pail with large and jumbo tubes. All nice stuff and all hard down on the bottom. For some reason the front of the boat caught a bit better, maybe tide driven?? The numbers did vary wildly from angler to angler with some guys doing very well and some not. Smaller squid jigs were working really well last night too and the lighter the rod the better. We marked a lot of squid as well and overall were very encouraged by what we saw considering the weather of the past week. Capt. Ray looks forward to another squid trip tonight with the Lady Frances set to sail at 7pm, call the office if interested in making a reservation.
Due to a lack of reservations there is no cod trip for tomorrow, Friday May 20th. We will be sailing for cod this coming weekend so please call the office to book if interested.
To clarify my earlier report. No DAY fishing on Thursday May 19th. Squid trip for Thursday night May 19th is STILL going. As well as all weekend trips, including Friday’s. So give the office a call to make your reservations. The weather is FINALLY turning around.
The weather once again is keeping us at the dock for Wednesday May18th.
Due to the weather there will be no fluke boat tomorrow, Tuesday May 17th. Give the office a call on Tuesday to check on Wednesday’s conditions.
Due to a lack of reservations the squid trip for tonight has been cancelled. Reservations for squid trips should be made by 3pm. Too bad as the wind is light southerly tonight and the squid fishing was really starting to come around last night and Capt. Mike marked a lot of bait on the fluke grounds today. Well next squid trip will be set for Wednesday night on the Lady Frances setting sail at 7pm.
Capt. Rich reported a slow day of local cod fishing today. A handful of market cod and a handful of shorts, one big pout and one nice ocean perch but otherwise things were very grey all around. Southeast wind and the moon to blame? Maybe. Weather looks a bit unkind for the cod until late in the week so next trip is likely to be on Friday so call the office if interested to make a reservation.
Capt. Mike reported an okay day of fluke fishing today. A few anglers did well but the fluke were not easy to catch. Too much natural bait and still chilly water temps are making the fluke sketchy of angler baits. Hi hook did go home with four fine keepers to 4lbs plus today and another angler culled two nice fish out of a heap of shorts. One angler was using a white bucktail and the other was using fresh native squid strips and spearing on a tandem bait rig and fishing it very hard. Fish were caught over a wide area of ground and it is still only mid May. It turned out to be a nice day on the water with partial sunshine most of the day, light wind and just a few sprinkles so the light crowd on the boat enjoyed a beautiful day on the water and the majority went home with enough fresh fluke for dinner anyway.
Capt. Ray reported the squid fishing continued to show improvement last night. A few anglers had managed upwards to a half of a five gallon pail. The bite was the best early on with the bite dying the last hour or so of the trip. Numbers did vary quite a bit from angler to angler but things were much better than the past few nights and actually pretty close to what we would normally expect for the middle of May. We are pleased with the improvent and the next scheduled squid trip sets sail this evening at 7pm on the Lady Frances so please call the office to make a reservation for tonight’s trip and make sure to bring your rain gear!
Capt. Rich reported a respectable catch of cod today although there was nothing big they were all beautiful market size fish as fat as footballs! They are gorging themselves on mackerel of various sizes and today a few good size mackerel were caught on the jigs and teasers. A few cod were taken on bait but the vast majority were on the jigs/teasers. Ken and Matt from JB Niantic had several nice market cod apiece to take home while Don from Rocky Hill Ct also took home several nice fat green cod. Some ocean perch today too in the mix. Next cod trip is scheduled for tomorrow morning at 6am aboard the Gail Frances with Capt. Rich.