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.

 

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!

From the Deck of the Lady Sea
Captain Mike & Crew