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

September 24th & 25th, 2016 Weekend Wrap-Up

Sunday September25, 2016

Today we had a scheduled full day trip. It’s a amazing the difference a few hours makes on the North Atlantic in late September. The buoy report had 5.5 feet every 5 seconds for a wave report, by the time we got to the fishing grounds it was 4-6 ft with a few around 8 ft every 3-5 seconds, a swell from the East, a wave chop from the Northwest and basically we were in a washing machine.

This did not create ideal conditions for fishing or catching. Most fish caught were small pollock, haddock were almost impossible to keep on the line in these conditions. It was ideal for jigging cod and pollock. We ended up with a few red fish, pollock, and nice cod, but under the conditions, we called the trip early for the safety of the customers and crew, we felt it was the right decision, so we came in early. Safety first.

Saturday September 24, 2016

Today, we had a morning half day charter which got cancelled due to the forecast of heavy seas from the front that moved through overnight.

The afternoon 3/4 day trip was a go thanks to the morning calm. The forecast was nasty, but we were pleasantly surprised by 2-4 ft seas that laid down to 1-2 ft for the ride home. It really turned into a nice afternoon. The fishing was good, we cut fish to the break water with a nice mix of cod and haddock with a few pollock mixed in. We had a person with a double keeper haddock catch which we always find special. We fought something big for about 20 minutes, we suspect it was a blue shark, but we never saw it. Whatever it was, it took a fish close to bottom, and took line out and around the boat, tuna? Blue shark? we’ll never know……Good times.

We have the following trips scheduled for next weekend…………..

Saturday, October 1st, 2016  Half Day Fishing 1pm-5:30pm
Sunday, October 2nd, 2016   3/4 Day Fishing   8am – 2pm

For reservations, please call us at 978 559 1978

FROM THE DECK OF THE LADY SEA
CAPTAIN MIKE & CREW

Monday May 30, 2016 Memorial Day

Monday May 30, 2016 All Day Fishing

Full day fishing on Memorial Day with 24 anglers aboard, we headed out the river under cloudy, rainy skies. It did not look like much fun when we left the harbor, a little southerly wind with a light 2 foot chop in heavy rain. But as luck would have it, the wind died out, the rain went away, and the ocean became flat calm. A great day on the ocean, the fish were hungry and we were there to feed them.

Letting the customers write the fish report as they left the boat, “great trip” “lots of fun” “really had a great time” “yeah, we got fish, lots of fish!” The fishing was good in the morning, very good during mid day, and we left the haddock biting at the end. When it was all done, everyone was tired of seeing the elusive cod that hampers our catching ability of keeper haddock, they have almost become dog fish type nuisance. I guess in the end, that is a good thing, sort of.

Catch included mostly cod again, a good number of haddock, better than yesterday, a few more cusk in the mix with a couple more pollock. A 10# cusk stole the pool today, but  not a surprise, as haddock don’t have the density of cusk. Another very good day aboard the Lady Sea.

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Next week we have the following trips available………..

Friday, June 3rd, All Day Fishing  7am – 4pm
Saturday, June 4th, All Day Fishing  7am – 4pm
Sunday, June 5th,  3/4 Day Fishing 7am – 1pm
Sunday, June 5th, Half Day Fishing 1:30pm – 6pm

Give us a call at 978 559 1978 to make your reservations soon.

From the Deck of the Lady Sea
Captain Mike & Crew

 

 

Sunday May 29 Fishing Report

 Sunday May 29, 2016  THERE IS LIFE IN THESE WATERS!

We left the dock with a full boat of eager anglers under cloudy skies and a brisk ENE wind. We sailed around the breakwater and pounded into a 3-5 foot sea. A couple miles offshore the fog settled with us with those seas creating a great recipe for sea sickness. By the time we got to the fishing ground, we had visibility of less than a mile, chilly breeze and a cabin full of less than eager anglers, about 1/3 of the patrons fell victim to the dreaded motion of the ocean.

On the way to the fishing grounds we sailed through the first school of tuna pounding the surface that we have seen this year. Fishing was very good for most of the day, after the mid day tide change, the bite somewhat dissipated and became a steady pick. Most fish caught was by far the protected cod species, many of which would be keepers in August, close to 150 cod were caught and released today. Haddock was our second most captured species, roughly 2 shorts for every keeper, I know a couple anglers had between 6-8 keepers, and a few others had 4-6 for those who attempted and stayed at the rail.

Rounding out the catch was a cusk, a pollock, a handful of dogfish, a sculpin, and our largest wolffish and largest fish of the year, at 20+ lbs, and released alive. IMG_0040IMG_0042

The cusk was a 5 lb pool winner for our trip today caught by one of our regular retired Marines, only appropriate for Memorial Day, Semper Fi!

On the way back to the dock, we had some dolphins jump past our bow, with the seas to our stern, it was a very comfortable ride home. Many were very happy to see the breakwater emerge through the fog.

From the Deck of the Lady Sea
Captain Mike & Crew

Friday the 13th, Fishing Report

Friday, May 13th, 2016.   What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

IMG_0006(1)We left the dock at high tide with partly sunny skies. It was a great day to be on the ocean, a little wind, a little fog, and a little sun. Sea sickness was not a problem.

We went to a little different place today, a little research mission, but reports were good in this area. It was a slow pick of cod, Pollock, haddock, and redfish before noon. After the tide change, it was very good, haddock, redfish, and cod became somewhat savage. Very few lines got to bottom without a fish………BUT, we also had to deal with dog fish! Everywhere we went, had some doggies. We had to work around them as best we could.

 

IMG_0008We made many moves today, typical of spring fishing, but when it was all said and done, people seemed happy, IMG_0004(1)5-8 fish per person, and the crew was still cutting fish
through the breakwater.

 

FROM THE DECK OF THE LADY SEA
CAPTAIN MIKE & CREW

 

Saturday October 17, 2015 – Final Trip of the year!

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17th, 2015

We played host to a ½ day fishing charter, birthday party. It was a beautiful ride to the fishing grounds with the sea on our stern. When we arrived and started looking for fish the wind piped up over 15 knots out of the west and continued to build to 3-5’ choppy sea. It was perfect fishing and catching weather except for those that are not used to it. Really, a typical October day. We caught a bunch of fish, cod and haddock all of which would have been keepers during the summer of 2014. It would have been a ½ day trip to remember, but alas, October 2015, they all had to be released. Also in the catch was a bunch of sub legal Pollock and a whiting. We pounded our way back to Gloucester Harbor, like driving in a car wash, but the guests and crew made the best of it, and thankfully, it was a ½ day trip and a short ride.

That wraps up our 2015 fishing season. This year, despite the new regulations, more people caught fish and took fish home for dinner this year than any of the past 5 seasons. Shortly, the boat will be hauled for the winter, last year we focused on many cosmetic upgrades, this year, we plan to strip and rebuild the engines and some of the mechanical parts of the boat. The rods and reels will be cleaned and rebuilt, with many new rod and reel set ups added to our arsenal.

This year, look for us at the upcoming fishing expos  in Providence, Rhode Island and Boxborough, MA.  We look forward to seeing you there.

New England Fishing & Ourdoor Expo, Boxborough, MA          January 29th -1st, 2016
www.nefishingexpo.com

New England Saltwater Fishing Show, Providence, RI            February 26th – 28th, 2016
www.nesaltwatershow.com

We want to thank all our customers for a memorable year of fishing, charters, and harbor cruises and look forward to another great 2016 season.

FROM THE DECK OF THE LADY SEA
CAPTAIN MIKE & CREW

Last Weekend of September Fishing Report

FALL FISHING – September 26th & 27th

Fall weather is upon us, where the air temperature becomes more crisp and the wind more unpredictable. Saturday, we had a ½ day trip scheduled, but the wind never let go as anticipated, so we had to cancel, 20+ knts with 4-6 foot seas is not worth the risk of injury to our customers or our crew.


Sunday we ran a ¾ day private charter. A beautiful day on the water, 100% sunshine, light winds and calm seas. Early in the trip, we had a long 2-3 foot swell, but by the time we arrived at the fishing grounds it was down to less than 2 feet and very comfortable. The fishing and catching was great from start to finish. Cod and haddock ruled the day, we easily would have had our haddock bag limit if it were legal to retain them. We also had a few cod over 15 lbs, which of course we returned to the ocean alive. In terms of fish that we could keep, the first fish on the boat was a pool winning  8 lb cusk and later we got a few red fish. We got to wrestle with a blue shark for a few minutes and we saw a small Minke whale on the ride home, but other than that, quiet on the sea creature front.


This week is looking a little suspect as we expect a pretty good blow in the middle of the week possibly extending to the early part of the weekend, but it is fall, and the weather can be unpredictable.


We will be running a 3/4 day on Saturday from 8am – 2 pm, and the Half day on Sunday from
12pm – 4:30 pm, weather permitting. 

Please call 978 559 1978 to make your reservations.

FROM THE DECK OF THE LADY SEA
CAPTAIN MIKE & CREW

 

 

Thursday August 13, 2015

Thursday August 13, 2015 Repeat.

The weather could not have been more ideal, cool morning, low humidity, light variable wind and clear skies. Today was a full day trip, many of our regulars were aboard once again.

The fishing and catching was great all day. Easily obtaining our haddock limit, a couple pollock and cusk rounded out the catch. It took the crew all the way to the breakwater to cut fish. Our most seasoned angler, Gene, Semper Fi ! took pool honors for the second Thursday in a row, this time with a cusk. I did not get a weight on it.  The blue sharks are here and a little annoying, but exciting too, right Tommy? Lucky you didn’t break your rod, the same one that was handed down to you and you threw over board a couple trips ago and was fortunate to recover.  

One unique sighting today was a large sea turtle swimming on the surface. Too bad summer is winding down, the fishing and catching has been so good this year.

This weekend we have the following trips available….

Saturday – 3/4 Day Fishing from 7am – 1pm

Saturday – Half Day Fishing 1:30pm-6pm

Check out our schedule for next week on our website at gloucesterfleet.com

From the Deck of the Lady Sea
Captain Mike & Crew

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