April 29 & 30, 2017 Weekend Wrap-Up

Saturday, April 29, 2017

It doesn’t get any better than the fishing we had today. We went back to the shallow water, and we caught fish immediately. In fact, we only made 2 stops today. Many anglers had enough fish and were sitting in the cabin 1/2 hour before the end of the trip! We had close to 450 keeper haddock today with the largest being an 8 lb. pool winning bull haddock. The cod fish were ravenous today as well with many in the 5-10 lb. class. The weather was perfect, with light winds, mostly overcast and no rain. It also turned out to be a good whale watch as well as we had Minke and Humpbacks swimming around the boat during our second anchor stop. If we had to find one thing to complain about, the tide was a little on the strong side, but very manageable. Good time had by all, fishing like this is not the norm and with the number of boats working the area, it could dry up any day. We will take advantage of it while we can.

  

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Today we left the dock with a brisk NNE breeze that kicked up a 2-4 foot sea. Not a big deal except we were taking it on the keel most of the way to the fishing grounds. We lost a few anglers to the dreaded mal de mer. A couple were able to fish through it. The day improved under bright sunny skies.

The fishing was excellent again. Another 2-stop day, like yesterday, mix of haddock and cod with a few sculpin and small Pollock in the mix. I am tired of hearing complaints such as, “my bait cup is empty,” “my arms are tired,” “I can’t even get my sinker to the bottom.” These are all good problems to have! Most anglers reached their haddock limit, some people caught a total number of fish in excess of 50 fish during the trip. Again, we saw a large number of cod up to 14 lb. all released alive. The pool winner was another bull haddock of 7.5 lb.

It was a special weekend for the Lady Sea and this shallow water fishing won’t last much longer with commercial and recreational anglers working on this fishing area. But more importantly, we have some memorable events that we will talk about all summer, it could be the new nickname of “Little Debbie” for a member of the crew, or the man wearing a fleece camo body suit dropping a rental rod overboard, or the woman from Boston reeling in a fish and falling back right into the galley on her back side (with a smile and a laugh, unharmed), or Hammer leaving the rail early calling “mercy” on Saturday after catching over 50 fish, or just the smiling faces with bags of fish leaving the boat . . . we will remember this April weekend! Thank you to our customers for the entertainment and continued business.

For reservations, please call us at 978 559 1978.

GOM Regulations Update:

At this point, the recreational saltwater fishing regulations will remain the same as they were last year until further notice. We still have the 15 haddock bag limit with a minimum size of 17 inches and a bag limit of 1 cod per person starting in August and ending at the end of September. NOTE: This could change any day and we suspect we will have 2017 regulations in effect by August, which most likely will not include retention of cod and reduced haddock bag limit to 10-12 fish per person.

FROM THE DECK OF THE LADY SEA
CAPTAIN MIKE & CREW

Sunday April 23, 2017

Sunday April 23

Finally a break in the weather and enough anglers willing to chance the elements. We left the dock under bright sunny skies and were greeted with a 4-6 foot swell from the southeast. We pounded into this swell all the way to the fishing ground. As the day passed, the swell faded, the slight breeze diminished, and we had a beautiful ride back to the dock.

The fishing was excellent from start to finish. We started in the shallow water with a fish a cast all morning. Haddock were the fish of the day, with some anglers limiting out and many with 8-12 fish per person. A 6-pound haddock took pool honors. We also found some clean white belly cod, the largest weighing about 11 pounds; they do not count toward our big fish pool. We moved to deeper water in the afternoon where we found more haddock, cod, a couple wolf fish, a flounder, red fish, and a bunch of sculpin. It was a great day, the crew cut fish through the breakwater.

We also saw our first whales and dolphins of the year. This weekend will be the last weekend to retain 15 haddock per person, we have space available on all trips.

 

For reservations or for more information, please call us at 978 559 1978.

From the Deck of the Lady Sea
Captain Mike & Crew

Opening Day 2017

Saturday April 15, 2017 Opening Day, We’ll take it!

The first trip of the year is always an adventure. After checking all systems over the past several weeks and the final sea trial yesterday, we finally took a full compliment of 40 anglers to the fishing grounds. It was a beautiful morning with bright sunshine and calm seas. As the morning progressed, the wind started to kick up, making it a little chilly, but for April, we’ll take it! By the end of the trip and for the ride back to Gloucester, white caps had formed on top of 2-3 foot chop.

The fishing was very good most of the day. We had a mix of haddock and cusk that we were able to keep. Rounding out the catch were some pollock, a small wolf fish, and of course, cod. We had cod on every stop, we decided to leave one spot because of the number of cod being caught, can you imagine being chased from a spot because you are catching cod? High hook had 11 keepers and the pool winner was a 6 lb. haddock. All said, we’ll take it for opening day.

Just a reminder, this is a great time of year to target haddock. We are still working under the 2016 regulations of 15 haddock per person at minimum length of 17 inches. As of May 1, the 2017 regulations will go into effect. They aren’t finalized, but expected haddock bag limit will be reduced to 12 haddock per person at 17 inches and zero cod for the year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our next trips are scheduled for next weekend—Friday, Saturday and Sunday—with our great Spring Special of $56 per person. Call soon for reservations, spots are going fast!

For reservations or for more information, please call us at 978 559 1978.

From the Deck of the Lady Sea
Captain Mike & Crew