May 27th, & 28th 2017 Weekend Wrap Up

Saturday, May 27th, Marathon Trip

We continue to fish the shallow water of Stellwagen Bank where we have had very good fishing throughout the spring. It was a beautiful day on the water. We had to fight a strong astronomical tidal current, but was manageable. We had 26 people aboard today and came up just shy of our boat limit for haddock. The fishing and catching was constant throughout the trip. The weather was comfortable, with a small swell, mostly sunny skies.

The highlight of the day was catching our first halibut of about 20 inches, certainly a good sign for the recovery of the Atlantic Halibut fishery. Pool winner was a haddock of about 6 lbs. Cod, pout, Pollock, and sculpin graced our deck and were released unharmed. 

Sunday, May 28th, 2017 ALL DAY FISHING

In the sport of fishing, the difference in a day can be huge. As was the case today versus yesterday. The weather forecast was that Sunday would be the better of the 3 day weekend. We went to where we have been fishing with a least 30 other boats in the area, the day started with a strong astronomical tidal current on anchor, so we tried drifting which was manageable for a while, but then the wind increased from the SE creating white caps and a chop of 2-3 feet and the sky became overcast, we were drifting at over 2 knots which forced us back on the anchor. Today was the toughest fishing day the crew could remember for a very long time.

Even with the tough conditions, we managed to catch a little over 100 keeper haddock, certainly not the numbers we have been seeing, but still very respectable. Pool winner was a nice haddock, but the largest fish was a larger haddock for a gentleman that did not enter the pool.

This week we start our 3/4 and Half day fishing trips. We have the following trips scheduled for the next two weeks:

Saturday, June 3rd
3/4 Day Fishing 7am – 1pm
Half Day Fishing 1:30pm – 6pm

Sunday, June 4th
All Day Fishing 7am – 4pm

Tuesday, June 6th
3/4 Day Fishing 7am – 1pm

Friday, June 9th
All Day Fishing 7am – 4pm

Sunday, June 11th
3/4 Day Fishing 7am – 1pm
Half Day Fishing 1:30pm – 6pm

As always, if you don’t see a trip that works, give us a call as our schedule does change. 

For reservations, please call us at 978 559 1978.

FROM THE DECK OF THE LADY SEA
CAPTAIN MIKE & CREW

 

 

 

 

Two Full Day Trips – Friday and Saturday May 19 & 20th, 2017

Friday, May 19th & Saturday May 20th, 2 Full Day Trips

We went back to the shallow water hunting for haddock. Though it seems the fish are smaller as the Bank has been picked over by boats from Gloucester to South of Boston, we were able to put some very good catches together with plenty of action. Pollock have also moved in with most being small, with a few keepers in the mix. Friday’s pool winner was an 8 lb Pollock. Saturday was an 8 lb haddock caught by our most irregular angler, Hammer, for the second week in a row. We caught and released cod up to 15 lbs on both days, plenty of sculpin and eel pouts kept everyone busy.  Yesterday’s catch was over 400 fish.

This spring has been special in terms of easy fishing and catching. Fun for all ages, school is winding down, weather is warming up, come to Gloucester and get some fresh haddock while the opportunity exists.  The fishing has been over the top excellent!

We have the following trips this week…….

Wednesday, May 24th   All Day Fishing     7am – 4pm
Saturday, May 27th      MARATHON TRIP   5am – 5pm
Sunday, May 28th,       All Day Fishing      7am – 4pm
Monday, May 29th,         All Day Fishing    7am – 4pm

Remember, these are the final all day trips for the Spring Special of $56.00.  Give us a call at 978 559 1978 to make your reservation.

FROM THE DECK OF THE LADY SEA
CAPTAIN MIKE & CREW

May 12th & 13th, 2017 Weekend Wrap Up

Friday May 12th, 2017 Full Day Charter

We left the dock under clouds and misty skies. A bit on the chilly side with a NE breeze creating a 2-3 foot choppy sea all the way to the fishing grounds. A couple 4 footers mixed in, but in these conditions, the number of anglers suffering with upset stomachs was increased. Some didn’t quite recover in time to partake in the fishing. The ride to the barn was smooth and uneventful.

The fishing was much slower than it has been, and this is the report we had been hearing from other boats this week. We had some very nice haddock, cod, sculpin, pollock, conger eels, and a red fish, but not in the numbers we like to see. A 5 lb haddock was our largest keeper and a nice 10 lb cod was the largest fish of the day.

Today, the bait was missing, the whales were gone, the birds were gone, and many of the boats were elsewhere. There just didn’t seem to be life on the Bank. The shallow water fishing was great while it lasted, but it may be time to go back to the conventional bottom fishing. Saturday nights nor’easter will shake things up again.

Happy Mother’s Day to all!

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Saturday May 13th, 2017 Full Day Trip

Today was a much better day. We left the dock with light east wind, partly sunny skies and headed East to the fishing grounds. It was calm all day with a big rolling swell. We fished in deeper water today with very good results. Today we saw some of the largest fish of the year in many categories. Jigs finally staked a claim today with some haddock, big cod, and some of the largest pollock of the year. We had several cod in the 12-15 lb range all released safely. We had a wolf fish on the surface that was close to 20 lbs and released. Pollock up to 10 lbs, cusk from 5-9 lbs, haddock up to 6 lbs, and we are still yet to land a dog fish this year.

Hammer, our most ‘irregular’ regular, out dueled Gene the Marine for the boat pool with a 9 lb cusk, the 10 lb pollock was not in the boat pool today.

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Weather and maintenance will keep us tied to the dock for the next several days.

This week’s schedule:
Thursday, All Day Fishing 7am – 4pm
Saturday, All Day Fishing 7am – 4pm

 For more information or to make a reservation, please call us at 978 559 1978.

FROM THE DECK OF THE LADY SEA
CAPTAIN MIKE & CREW

May 4th, 2017 Fishing Report

Thursday May 4th, 2017

What a great day to be on the ocean! A light crowd of 22 anglers, most of whom have a great deal of fishing experience, came with us today. The bite was not as savage as it has been nor was the current (probably related), but we had a steady pick of haddock all day. Some very nice cod were caught and released to keep the anglers busy. We also saw more small haddock in the mix, roughly 3 small haddock to every legal haddock. Everybody went home with nice coolers of fish, bags of filets, sun burns and tired arms. Some saw minke whales, sculpin, conger eels and caught our first legal pollock of the year. Overall, we were a few fish short of our boat limit, but many achieved the limit and then some. Good time had by all.

The weather will keep us on the dock for the next couple days.  Our next available trips are:

Saturday, May 13th,
Sunday, May 14th, Mother’s Day.  Free Rod Rental for All Mothers!
Wednesday, May 18th, …etc

For reservations and/or information, please call us at 978 559 1978.

FROM THE DECK OF THE LADY SEA
CAPTAIN MIKE & CREW

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 Fishing Report

Wednesday May 3rd, 2017  Full Day Charter

Today we left the dock under sunny skies, light winds with a large charter of school kids. An enthusiastic and very respectful group,  they were a pleasure to have aboard.


The fishing continues to be nothing short of excellent. The first stop was a steady pick of haddock with the current taking the lines aft. We decided to make a move on the change of tide and it became much more steady. Like the weekend, you could barely get the sinker to the bottom without getting a fish.


Over 350 haddock were caught and cleaned on our boat today. The cod count was down significantly from the weekend. We left the fishing grounds with the fish still biting.

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

Saturday October 8, 2016 Fishing Report

Saturday October 8, 2016

Full day charter with a great group of people. The weather was as good as it gets for the second week of October, light southerly wind, t-shirts in October are always a bonus. The fishing was very good, with the exception of probably 80 to 100 dog fish being caught, we were able to sneak some very nice haddock, Pollock and cusk out from under them. Hammer’s double keeper cusk was fun to see, and a feat seldom seen. The pool winner was an 8 lb. cusk, with nothing else measuring up.

The season is winding down and we can no longer keep cod, but you still have a chance to get some very nice haddock before we call it a season.

We have scaled down our schedule to just weekends.  We have the following trips for the month of October:

Saturday, October 15th, All Day Fishing 7am – 4pm
Sunday, October 16th, All Day Fishing 7am – 4pm
Saturday, October 22nd, MARATHON FISHING 5am – 5pm
Sunday, October 23rd, 3/4 Day Fishing 8am – 2pm
Saturday, October 29th, All Day Fishing 7am – 4pm
Sunday, October 30th, 3/4 Day Fishing 8am – 2pm

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


FROM THE DECK OF THE LADY SEA

CAPTAIN MIKE & CREW

 

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 Fishing Report

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 Full Day Charter

Another fantastic fall day on the water. Today, we had a small charter of 17 Marines. Never have I been called “sir” so many times. Great group of people. The fishing was slow in the morning. We would pick a few fish and move on. After the tide change, the bite picked up considerably with about an hour of very steady big haddock fishing and another hour of a slower pick. We were able to mix in a few cod and Pollock with only 1 dog fish caught today. By the end of the day, many of these Marines were exhausted, and the crew cut fish for just 17 anglers past the breakwater. We thank you all for your service and hope to see you again next year.

We have more trips scheduled this week……

Saturday, September 24th, 3/4 Day Fishing 12pm-6pm
Sunday, September 25th, All Day Fishing 7am – 4pm

For reservations, give us a call at 978 559 1978.

FROM THE DECK OF THE LADY SEA
CAPTAIN MIKE & CREW

 

 

 

September 17th & 18th, 2016 Weekend Wrap-Up

Sunday, September 18th, 2016  Full Day Fishing

Very nice September day of fishing under cloudy skies, we were able to get to the area that has been producing some of the best fish of the year. The fishing was very good, though we swung hard on the anchor and the moon tide continued to move us around increasing the number of tangles. We caught the usual variety of fish, cod, haddock, cusk, and Pollock. Dog fish had their moments, but not too bad.

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Saturday, September 17th, 2016 Double Half Day

The tale of two trips. The morning trip was an open boat 1/2 day trip. We went to the south where we usually find some very nice cod fish this time of year. It was pretty much a bust. The fish were on the screen, but the moon tide and southerly breeze swung us on anchor, and the fish just were not interested. We caught a few keeper haddock, some mud hake, and a bunch of small haddock.

The afternoon trip was a 1/2 day charter and polar opposite of the morning. We headed in the same general direction, just a mile or so away from where we fished the morning, partly because we saw all those fish and because it with the breeze picking up, it would be more comfortable. We caught a bunch of Pollock in the 3-6 lb class, some nice cod, a monster red fish, a few mud hake, and only a couple dog fish. The bite was significantly better than the morning trip.

Don’t forget, September 30th, is the last day we can retain cod, but haddock and Pollock remain open into October. Plenty of great fishing yet to do, we have many dates available for charters, and upcoming full day trips and a marathon in October.

Upcoming schedule:

Saturday, September 24th, 3/4 Day Fishing 12pm-6pm
Sunday, September 25th, All Day Fishing 7am – 4pm

For reservations, give us a call at 978 559 1978.

FROM THE DECK OF THE LADY SEA
CAPTAIN MIKE & CREW

 

Saturday September 10, 2016 MARATHON TRIP

Saturday September 10, 2016 –  Marathon Fishing at it’s Best!

Marathon Saturday was a great day to be on the ocean. We left the dock at 5 am under the cover of darkness and while steaming to the fishing grounds was graced by an unbelievable sunrise over flat calm seas.

The fishing was very good all day. We caught some of the best fish of the year, the haddock were larger than normal with very few short fish, we caught some of our best cod of the year up to 15 pounds, the pollock are around, but the beasts have not arrived yet, and some really nice cusk up to 10 lbs.The dog fish bothered us from time to time and chased us away from some spots, but if you could get your bait right on bottom through the dogs, there were some really great fish to be caught.

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For the next couple of weeks, we have the following trips available.  As always, if you don’t see what you want, give us a call as the schedule does occasionally change.

Saturday, September 17th, Half Day Fishing 7am – 11:30am
Sunday, September 18th, All Day Fishing 7am – 4pm
Saturday, September 24th, 3/4 Day Fishing 12pm – 6pm
Sunday, September 25th, All Day Fishing 7am – 4pm

Remember, no COD after September 30th, but still plenty of haddock, cusk, pollock….etc…..

For reservations, please call us at 978 559 1978.

FROM THE DECK OF THE LADY SEA
CAPTAIN MIKE & CREW

Saturday September 1st, 2016 Fishing Report

Saturday September 1st, 2016

Full boat, full day fishing. We have been changing some of our fishing locations as of late, trying to get away from the small haddock and dog fish. We found new fish, this time it was small cod, with some keepers in the mix, so we continue to search for new bodies of larger fish. Maybe Hermaine is just what the fishing Gods need to shake things up a little bit. We caught our usual assortment of cod, haddock, cusk, and pollock, just not the number of ‘keepers’ that we would like see. We should start seeing more schools of larger pollock around this time of year, time will tell. Plenty of great fishing still to be had before the snow flies (100 days until Christmas).

The hurricane will keep us in port most of the week, we are offering the following trips this weekend, when summer returns….

Friday, All Day Fishing 7am – 4pm
Saturday, Marathon Trip 5am -5pm
Sunday, All Day Fishing 7am – 4pm

For reservations, please call us at 978 559 1978.

FROM THE DECK OF THE LADY SEA
CAPTAIN MIKE & CREW

 

 

 

 

 

 

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