Thursday, June 18th  Half Day Fishing Trip!

We ran a rare midweek ½ day trip today and it was fantastic. Action from start to finish with over 50 keeper haddock landed and many cod caught and released to keep the activity going. The weather was perfect, the fishing great, a super combination for a Thursday afternoon.

We still have room this weekend if you are looking for something fun to do with the family.

Give us a call at 978 559 1978 to make your reservations now!

From the Deck of the M/V Lady Sea
Captain Mike & Crew

June 26th & 27th Weekend Wrap-Up

Friday, June 26th, 2015
All Day Fishing  7am – 4pm

Excellent day of fishing. Today we had a full day open boat trip to Tillies. The fishing and catching was great from start to finish. Most fish caught were haddock in the 3-5 lb range with a couple larger ones in the mix. Cod were plentiful as well, all released back to the ocean alive. We caught our largest fish of the year, a 21 lb ‘steaker’ cod which of course was returned to it’s home unharmed. Some of our regular anglers said today was the best day of fishing they have had in many years. Then there our poster boy of good luck, Tommy. He recently acquired his father’s rod and reel, a hand me down as his father upgraded. The rod and reel were gently used but in great condition. This was Tommy’s maiden voyage with his new toy, well, Tommy fumbled it right over the rail to a watery grave, or so we thought as a little while later, another angler caught his rod in the ocean floor and brought it back to the surface. Tommy, it’s better to be lucky than good! And you will never hear the end of it from the crew or your father!

 

Saturday, June 27th, 2015
3/4 Day Fishing
7am – 1pm

Is it shark week? On the 3/4 day grounds, the dog fish have arrived chasing haddock up from the depths, tangling lines, and just being a nuisance. Working around the dog’s we had a very good morning trip with a wide variety of fish and many obtaining their haddock limits. A variety of pollock, cusk, and redfish rounded out the catch, with a 9 lb cusk beating a 7 lb cusk for pool honors. We had an ocean sunfish, Mola Mola, visit us on our first stop. A very productive trip in beautiful weather.

Saturday, June 27th, 2015
Half Day Fishing 1:30pm – 6pm

The afternoon half day trip was a bachelor party charter. These are usually fun trips with or without the fish. The fish cooperated, the dog fish have not found the in shore grounds and we had constant action for the entire trip. The majority of the fish caught were cod,  which were gently returned alive. We also got a mix bag of haddock, cusk, mackerel, and pollock.

This week, we put the fishing gear away and work as the shuttle service for the proud men and women of the USS Tortuga for the Fourth of July celebrations in Bristol, RI.  If you have time, there will also be a tour of the ship opened to the public.  Check with Rhode Island’s Chamber of Commerce for the exact time.

 Have a safe and happy 4th of July.  Our next fishing trip is scheduled for………………

July 9th, Half Day   1:30pm – 6pm
July 10th,  All Day  7am – 4pm
July 11th,  3/4 Day 7am – 1pm
July 11th, Half Day  1:30 pm – 6pm

 

From the Deck of the M/V Lady Sea
Captain Mike & Crew

 

Saturday June 20th, Hello Red Fish

Saturday morning’s 3/4 day trip was again great. We left the dock under perfect weather, smooth sailing and a eager group of anglers. We steamed to where we have been having great success most of the year. As we steamed up on the bank, the fish finder lit up with echos signaling a good group of fish. Though not where we intended to start our day, we decided to throw anchor and see what it was. Red fish, red fish and more red fish, with a few haddock in the mix, but really, we took just under 100 red’s in 45 minutes on that spot. We left the red’s biting and steamed to our original destination where we had a pick of haddock, pollock, cusk, and mackerel. Pool winner was Wayne’s 7lb bull haddock. There was a larger cusk, but was not in the pool. The steam back to port was comfortable, the last fish was cut as we passed through the bridge.

Saturday afternoon’s 1/2 day trip started as the morning ended under smooth sailing conditions. We had a fairly light crowd as we sailed to a similar location as Thursday’s very successful 1/2 day trip. The fish were there, we had a little current that negatively impacted the catching for some. Our resident jig fisherman had a fish a cast all afternoon boating 3 keeper pollock, 4 keeper haddock, a bunch of mackerel, and an assortment of cod up to 9 lbs, all released alive. Bait did not have the same appeal to these fish and the catching of keepers was a little on the slow side for most of the boat. We also caught a wolf fish to scare our younger anglers with and was released back alive. The winds picked up during the afternoon out of the southeast which made for a 2 to 4 foot chop and a couple larger rollers for the ride home.

Sunday’s Father’s Day trip was cancelled due to the remnants of TS Bill passing through the area, with heavy rain, strong winds, seas of 4-6′ and chilly conditions just didn’t seem to make sense. I just took a ride along the coast, and I am happy with our decision. 

This week, we have an All Day Trip scheduled for Tuesday and Friday and the 3/4 Day for Saturday morning.  Please call us at 978 559 1978 to make your reservation.

From the Deck of the M/V Lady Sea
Captain Mike & Crew

 

 

Monday, June 15th Fishing Report

Monday June 15, YES!

Today we had a private charter. We left the dock in heavy rain. We had the rain during the first half of the morning, the ocean was calm, by afternoon it was a heavy mist, light rain. We got our quota on haddock along with a few cod, nothing too big, but fun to catch and release. The haddock were some of the largest we have seen this year on a full day trip. Weather was not good, fishing was just the way we like it, more keepers than throw backs.

This week we have the following trips available:

Thursday – Half Day Fishing  1:30pm – 6pm
Friday – All Day Fishing 7am – 4pm
Saturday – 3/4 day Fishing 7am – 1pm
Saturday – Half Day Fishing 1:30pm – 6pm
Sunday – Father’s Day Special – All Day Fishing 7am – 4pm

From the Deck of the M/V Lady Sea
Captain Mike & Crew

Weekend Wrap – Up June 13th & 14th

Saturday June 12th, 2015

In the morning, we had a private charter 3/4 day trip. We left the dock under cloudy, windy skies as a front moved through. We took a 2-3 foot sea out of the Northwest all the way to the fishing grounds. The first stop was a bit windy and the tide was screaming aft, but really it was a surface current, after 15 feet, everything went straight down. The bite was good for the first 2 stops. During the second stop, the wind died out, the sun came out and the bite faded. By the end of the trip, it was flat calm, bright sunshine and warm. The surface current had a big impact on our landings of legal fish and we also got inundated with those pesky cod fish (“Oh no, it’s another cod”), up to 12 lbs. Keepers included haddock, pollock, cusk, redfish, and mackerel. Not as many keepers as we like, but plenty of fishing action.

The afternoon 1/2 day trip was absolutely beautiful, weather wise. The fish were waiting for us, just not willing to bite. The calm conditions of the ocean certainly negatively impacted out catch.  A few haddock, redfish and mackerel were included in the keepers. I am sure there will be better days ahead as we settle into the summer warmth.

 

Sunday June 13th, 2015

The morning started with a cool chill, but very calm conditions with light winds 5-10 knts. It was overcast most of the morning with a slight 1 foot ripple on the ocean. The current was not nearly as bad as yesterday. The first stop was a pick, we had a few keepers in the mix of cod and shorts. We made a slight move up the bank and it got much better.  I forgot how much I love the 3/4 day fishing grounds because of the variety of fish we catch. The second stop produced, keeper haddock, redfish, cusk, pollock, and some jumbo mackerel. After the bite petered out, we made one more move and got some of our largest haddock of the season. A 9 lb cusk won the pool, everybody left with fish and smiles. We came within a few haddock of our limit which is fantastic for a short 3/4 day trip. Really, a very fun trip.

The afternoon 1/2 day trip suffered from nice weather. We had a boat with enthusiastic kids, too bad the dog fish are not in yet, these guys would have loved that! Instead they got a few short fish and a few keepers. We tried a different 1/2 day spot today that has produced for us in the past, too bad it didn’t work out today, even with all the markings on the fish finder, it’s fishing. Talking to the kids, sounds like they had a great time, of course the adventure of an outing like deep sea fishing will create memories with or without the fish cooperating.

We are getting into our busy season at the Gloucester Fleet with many evening cruises, all day fishing, partial day trips. The boat has never looked better, we put a great deal of money toward a cosmetic upgrade. We have a little more work to do, but we are also making an investment into our rental equipment to try to improve our customer’s experience board the Lady Sea.

Trips are starting to book up fast on weekends.  Remember, we only put 40 people on the boat.  Call us at 978 559 1978 to make your reservation.  

 

From the Deck of the M/V Lady Sea
Captain Mike & Crew

Weekend Wrap-Up June 6th & 7th, 2015

Saturday June 6, 2015

Ran our first open boat 3/4 day trip of the year and crushed them. We came within 10 fish of our haddock limit, we caught red fish, pollock, mackerel, and a pool winning cusk of 8 lbs. It was only a 2 stop trip, first stop, we picked away, the second stop there were fish coming over the rail at a constant pace and we stayed there for the duration of the trip. The weather was good, 2-4 ft seas freshened by a northerly breeze that kept the ‘hoodies’ on for the entire trip.

In the afternoon, we ran our first 1/2 day trip of the year.
The weather was great, the skies cleared, t-shirts were easily acceptable.
It was consistent fishing and catching with haddock, pollock and a few cod in the mix.
A very good half day trip.

Sunday May 7, 2015

We hosted a private charter today. Fishing was excellent, plenty of fish caught all day. Some of the largest red fish of the year, along with our haddock limit a few Pollock and a cusk….it was a great day of fishing

So far this year, we have had very good fishing on every trip. There are a lot of fish around, most people leave the boat with fish, and the adventure of sailing out of Gloucester is special in it’s own right. The dog fish have not been a problem yet, come fishing, get some fresh haddock….it’s worth the trip.

 

From the Deck of the Lady Sea
Captain Mike & Crew

 

Last Weekend in May, 2015

Friday May 29, 2015

We had a full day charter aboard today. The fishing and catching was very good. We easily made the bag limit on haddock with a couple cusk and pollock mixed in, made it a great day. There was life again on Tillies with a few whales meandering about the balls of bait. Calm sailing, good times.

Saturday May 30 Marathon

Early start to the day for us. In a thick haze/fog, we sailed out to Tillies on our first marathon of the year. It was a clam ride with visibility ranging from a quarter mile to a half mile most of the way to the fishing grounds. The marathon gives us extra time to explore different parts of the fishing grounds. It started as a slow pick of haddock in the morning. After a mid morning tide change, the bite picked up and we made our haddock limit. There was also a nice sign of pollock arriving, with a 7 lb pollock taking the pool today. There were more nice signs of bait, herring and mackeral. The wind piped up from the south making for a bit uncomfortable ride.

 

Sunday May 31

The forecast for today called for strong southerly winds, 4 to 6 foot seas, with rain and thunder. With a light reservation list, we decided to take today off. We could have sailed, but the misery to endure just wasn’t worth it this early in the season. Looks like we will have some inclement weather for the first half of the week, should mix things up a little.

 Next weekend, we start our 3/4 day and 1/2 day weekend schedule. The fishing has been very good this year with almost everybody leaving the boat with fresh fillets.

From the Deck of the Lady Sea
Captain Mike & Crew

Monday, May 25th, 2015 All Day Fishing

Memorial Day

Another nice day aboard the Lady Sea. Feels like summer is here, at least on land, still need a sweatshirt on the ocean. a little bumpy again this morning with another nice ride home. Weather at the dock was warm, we felt it coming through the breakwater.

The fishing was good, catching was a little slower than it has been. The haddock were there, but the bite was a little slow. The whales from yesterday were nowhere to be found today and the amount of bait on the ledge seem to have dispersed. Fishing is strange like that, we left them biting yesterday, went back today and they just were not as interested. Most people had fish walking off the boat and better days ahead.

Some cosmetic maintenance this week, trips scheduled at the end of the week, forecast looks great summer like 80’s and calm.

From the Deck of the Lady Sea
Captain Mike & Crew

Sunday, May 24th, 2015 All Day Fishing

A little bumpy out of the gate, brisk SW wind hit us on the keel making it a bit uncomfortable for some. As the day passed, the wind quit, the chop settled down and we had a nice ride home. The whales are on Tillies, we saw plenty of spouts and a few fins break the surface.

The fishing was very good all day. The first couple spots a bit north of where we had been fishing produced some great cod, we hauled anchor and moved south. We picked away at the haddock all day, just as the haddock bite took hold, the cod would reappear, so we would haul and move. Overall, it was a great day, just shy of our limit, a couple dogfish and a wolf fish visited the deck and were returned to the ocean in short order.

Monday, Memorial Day, leaving at 7am, still a few spots available.

From the Deck of the Lady Sea
Captain Mike & Crew

 

Saturday May 23rd, 2015 – Marathon Trip Canceled

Our first marathon of the year, we waited and waited for the wind to subside, but at 5 am the NW wind was a steady 20+ knots with gusts in excess of 30, it would have been a challenge to safely get the boat off the dock and the cut bridge to Gloucester harbor would have been sketchy at best. After much debate, we decided to stay tied to the dock, just not worth risking the safety of our customers and crew. We apologize to them, but 12 hours of getting beat up by the ocean just didn’t make sense today. Better days ahead.

 We still have room Monday…..

From the Deck of the Lady Sea
Captain Mike & Crew

 

 

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