July 13th, & July 14th, Fishing Reports

Saturday we had a private charter from 8 to 5. The weather was very cooperative, with just a slight breeze and a sunny, warm sky all day. With 40 anglers on board, we managed approximately 160 keepers throughout the day. However, it was a little bit of a battle. The dogfish have officially moved in all over the place. Although they’re here, the fishing is still pretty good, it just takes getting to the bottom quickly and making sure that you stay really tight down there. 

Sunday’s trip was an open boat all day trip, that was full at 40 people. The day proved to be very much the same as the day before, with those who knew how to stay tight to the bottom doing very well. We had about 140 keepers for the day, with more than half of those caught by 12 people. It’s a tricky game, trying to avoid the dogs and catch the desired fish. The most effective anglers tend to fish just 1 hook, while keeping there sinkers basically touching the bottom. It can be risky keeping your weight that tight to the bottom, they get caught and broken off sometimes. However it is a good trade off when you see the difference in production compared to those fishing higher up in the water column. 

Remember………. the official regulations have been solidified for the rest of the season. 15 haddock per person, with no closure until March. As well as 1 codfish per person from September 15 to September 30th. Because of these changes, the last 2 weeks in September will be very popular, book your trip soon. Also, we will be fishing right through to November this season, weather permitting. With plenty of haddock around and the Pollock showing up, it should make for a great fall.

FROM THE DECK OF THE LADY SEA
CAPTAIN MIKE & CREW

Sunday, July 7th, All Day Fishing Report

This Sunday’s all day trip was bittersweet. First off, the weather did not cooperate for the first half of the day. With a 4 foot sea coming out of the northeast, it was a rough ride out in the morning. Because of the seas, we decided to only go out about 13 miles, instead of the 19 to 22 that we’ve been doing lately. 

The decision paid dividends though, as we managed to put a solid 190 keepers or better on the boat. We had 37 passengers on board, and only about 30 fished effectively. 


Unfortunately, we had our first real all day battle with the dogfish. But as in other years past, it seems we have to fish through the dogs to get the quality haddock we’re looking for. 


The weather in the morning was about as rough as we are willing to take people out in. The only reason we continued on with the day, was the prospect that it was going to continually improve as the day passed.  Thankfully the weather people got it right.


In other news, the official regulations have been solidified for the rest of the season. 15 haddock per person, with no closure until March. As well as 1 codfish per person from September 15 to September 30th. Because of these changes, the last 2 weeks in September will be very popular, book your trip soon. Also, we will be fishing right through to November this season, weather permitting. With plenty of haddock around and the Pollock showing up, it should make for a great fall.

For reservations please call 978 559 1978.

FROM THE DECK OF THE LADY SEA
CAPTAIN MIKE & CREW

Saturday, July 6th, Fishing Report

Saturday’s 3/4 day trip was another good one. With 25 anglers on the boat, we managed to put around 60 keeper haddock on the boat with a few Pollock and cusk mixed in. Although it was super hot on land, a steady southerly wind kept the heat at bay, making it a beautiful time to be fishing off of Gloucester. Everyone on the boat went home with fish they caught, including the young kids. Unfortunately, we saw a dozen or so dogfish for the first time inshore this season. However they didn’t put a damper on the day.

FROM THE DECK OF THE LADY SEA
CAPTAIN MIKE & CREW

July 4th, & July 5th, Fishing Reports

Thursday’s half day trip was a beautiful day on the water. Awesome 4th, with some awesome customers. The conditions were perfect, and the fish cooperated pretty well. We only had 26 customers on board, but we managed 30 keeper haddock and a bunch of throwbacks. For half day fishing, that’s pretty productive.  

Friday’s all day trip was another light load on passengers, only 25 on board. We’re in a great weather pattern right now, the day was beautiful. Bait fishing was the most effective means, and right on the first stop we did damage. The bite was so heavy that we put well over 100 keepers in the boat in the first hour, fishing in 200 ft of water. Sadly the bite lasted 1 1/2 hours, then slowed down significantly. Throughout the rest of the day we made 3 more stops, continuing to pick at a decent pace. A cusk won the pool, and we ended up with around 120 keeper haddock. Not too shabby for 25 people. 

For reservations please call 978 559 1978.

FROM THE DECK OF THE LADY SEA
CAPTAIN MIKE & CREW

Wednesday, June 26th, Fishing Report

Today’s half day trip was a real gem. Half day fishing traditionally has some real ups and downs over the course of the season. It can be tough to find fish inshore, we don’t have tons of time and the customers aren’t always the most experienced. 

Today’s trip couldn’t have gone any better. We had 25 fairly inexperienced anglers, whose numbers included a lot of younger children. The weather was decent, and all of the customers paid attention to what the crew gave them for advice. We managed to put about 50 keepers on the boat, with not one person going home empty handed. 

Trips like these are so much fun, we as a crew enjoy them so much. Admittedly, the fishing is not always going to be this good, but when it is we try to take full advantage. 

We will be running a midweek half day trip all summer, which offers families the perfect opportunity to come give it a shot and enjoy the ocean.

Give us a call and make a reservation.  978 559 1978

FROM THE DECK OF THE LADY SEA
CAPTIAN MIKE & CREW

June 22nd, & 23rd Fishing Reports

Saturday, June 22nd, 3/4 Day Charter

Saturday morning we had a Moose group on board for a private charter. Two years running now for this group aboard the Lady Sea. The trip did not disappoint. We caught around 50 beautiful haddock on the inshore grounds, and the weather cooperated nicely. What a fun trip. 

Sunday, June 23rd, Marathon Trip

Sunday’s limited load marathon turned out to be a successful day as well. When we left the dock at 5am, it was a little breezy. It got a little worse through the beginning of the morning, which made the fishing a little difficult. But, around 11, the wind began to die and the sun came out. Late morning through the afternoon was beautiful, and the fish did not disappoint.  Bait fishing ended up being the way, and the 30 anglers managed to put over 200 fish on board. Awesome day with a lot of smiling faces. 

Trips are filling up fast. For reservations please call us at 978 559 1978.

FROM THE DECK OF THE LADY SEA
CAPTAIN MIKE & CREW

June 15th, & June 16th, Fishing Reports

Saturday marked our fist day of 3/4 day in the morning, and 1/2 day in the afternoon. 

The morning trip produced decent fishing, with a lot of customers going home with a haddock for dinner. The tide was a little harsh, making it tough going for the people who aren’t avid fishermen. The best advice I can give in those situations is to listen to the crew. The anglers who listened and payed attention, are the ones who caught fish. 

The afternoon trip started off the same way, with us pulling some decent fish over the rail. But, the weather began to deteriorate a little, and fishing conditions got tough. We held our own, putting a couple dozen keepers on the boat before heading home in a bumpy sea. 


Sunday’s all day trip for fathers day turned out to be a good one. It was very wet all day, with continuous rain. However, the fish were in a cooperative mood. The regulars that were on the boat caught their limit easily, some getting past 12 haddock to make up for the numbers on the boat. We anchored in 230 feet of water for most of the day, and managed to put about 220 keeper haddock on board. We had to contend with a healthy cod bite as well, all of which were released safely and unharmed. All in all, it translated to good fishing.

Days are booking quickly for the heart of the season. Call soon to get your spot at the rail… please call 978 559 1978

FROM THE DECK OF THE LADY SEA
CAPTAIN MIKE & CREW

Friday, June 7th, 2019 Fishing Report

Today’s trip was a slow pick all day. We had an open boat all day trip with 35 people on board. The weather was beautiful all day, with a couple foot swells and the sun shining for a change. We had some sick passengers on board despite the nice weather. I bring this up to make the point that you should always take some sort of motion sickness medication if you are not sure how to handle a day on the water. It’s not worth chancing it.

As far as fishing was concerned, we only managed to put 120 keepers on the boat. It was a grind all day, with no spot standing out amongst the others. The fish were down very tight to the bottom and were feeding very lightly. It took a deft touch and some good concentration to fish effectively. When you fish as many days as we do, you are bound to have slower days…..

The pool winner was a 6 lb. haddock, one of the nicer ones we have seen in a little while.

For more information or to make a reservation, please call us at 978 559 1978. Booty or Carolann will be happy to help with your reservations or to answer any questions you may have.

FROM THE DECK OF THE LADY SEA
CAPTIAN MIKE & CREW

June 1st, & June 2nd, Fishing Reports

Saturday’s all day charter with the Carman Fire Department from NY was another good one. With 35 people on board, we managed to put around 250 fish on board. The weather was foggy, with very little wind. This allowed us to drift all day.   

Sunday brought us a 3/4 day charter, from 7am to 1pm. This group was a mix of friends and family who heard about us and decided to go on an adventure just for fun. It was foggy again, with no wind and flat seas. What an awesome trip. With only 13 of them, putting 80 keepers on the boat made for impressive numbers. They caught fish on both bait and jigs, in 240 feet of water.   Trips like these two are what we’re all about here at the Gloucester Fleet. It’s fun and refreshing to see groups of family and friends catching fish and just having fun in general.

The phone is ringing all the time, so if you and your group want in, call us soon. 978 559 1978.

FROM THE DECK OF THE LADY SEA
CAPTAIN MIKE & CREW

Friday, May 31st, Fishing Report

Today’s trip was a real pleasure of a day. We only had 20 people on board, but still managed to put over 200 fish on board. We had to cull through some short haddock, but the work was well worth it. We also saw some redfish, Pollock and cusk. The pool winner was a 10 lb cusk. For those of you looking to make a trip,  bait fishing is still the most effective way to get it done. However,  when the tide permits, jigs are still producing. 

The month of June is booking up quickly, call soon if you want in on the action. 978 559 1978

FROM THE DECK OF THE LADY SEA
CAPTAIN MIKE & CREW

Page 1 of 1312345...10...Last »