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

 

 

Friday, May 22nd, 2015 Fishing Report

Fabulous Friday. Lots of smiles walking off the boat today. Boat limit on haddock, a few cusk mixed in. Lots of fun with a few good size cod caught and released. The weather was great for a comfortable day of fishing and catching.

We have a full boat Sunday, but plenty of room still available for Monday, Memorial Day. Spring fishing at it’s finest, whales and other sea creatures still in the neighbor hood. Make it a combo fishing and the possibility of seeing whales, no promises either way, but a great opportunity to get out on the ocean.

From the Deck of the Lady Sea
Captain Mike & Crew

Opening Day

Opening Day, Friday May 15, 2015

Perfect. The newly painted Lady Sea made its first exit of the year bound for the fishing grounds under sunny skies, zero wind, and an eager group of regular Lady Sea anglers. On the ride we came across fin back whales, dolphins and basking sharks. The ocean was flat calm, so viewing of these bonus sights was fantastic. On the fishing grounds we found plenty of bait and plenty of fish. The anchor never hit the water, with zero wind, drift fishing was the only option. It was a constant pick throughout the day topping off our haddock limit on the final stop. A couple Pollock and cusk mixed in made the day great for everyone aboard. The first wolf fish and dogfish of the year entertained the younger crowd on board.

Saturday May 16, 2015 Charter

Our first charter of the year ran a trip to our ¾ day grounds. An eager group of school kids and chaperones visiting the Lady Sea for the 3rd year in a row. Again, the weather was good. The fishing was good with a mixed bag of haddock, cusk and red fish. For this group, it is always about the experience.

Sunday May 17, 2015

Full boat Sunday. We left the dock in pea soup fog with visibility about 50 feet. We carried the fog all the way to the fishing grounds and most of the morning.  By mid-day, the fog burned off, and we had a perfect ride home. Again, it was so calm, there was no use for the anchor and lines tended perfectly. The fishing was steady with mostly haddock followed by cusk and a random pollock. We came up a few fish shy of our haddock bag limit. We saw the basking sharks again, but no whales with the thick fog.

The crew of the Lady Sea could not have asked for a more perfect opening weekend. There are plenty of fish around, we think even with the new regulations, more people will walk off our boat with fresh filets than ever before. We have a little boat maintenance to do during the first half of the week, but we are right back at it this weekend and the long range forecast looks perfect.

From The Deck of the Lady Sea
Captain Mike & Crew

2015 Season Fishing Reports

FISHING REPORTS

Our Season Starts May 15th, 2015

SPRING SPECIAL for the Month of May

ALL DAY FISHING
7AM – 4PM

$56.00 PER PERSON, plus a $5.00 rod rental fee

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

Sunday September 28th, 2014


Who would have guessed? Calm seas, bright sunshine, 80 degrees during apple picking season? Many customers have chosen that activity, but many people still enjoy an afternoon on the ocean during my favorite time of year to fish. This weekend we had enough anglers to run a Sunday afternoon trip with perfect ocean conditions, probably too nice. There was not much of a bite, people that caught fish had to really work at it, and a fairly strong current made tending lines a little difficult for the less experienced angler. In the mix we caught some 3 to 4 lb cod, we caught many small haddock, we had about 10 whiting, a few dog fish and a few small Pollock. The big Pollock have not moved into the half day grounds yet. Fun day on the water, whales are starting to show up again, blue sharks should start making their way to warmer climates and the fall fishing only gets better from here.

We are offering trips in October, we would love to get enough anglers to run a full day trip to the full day fishing grounds where we know boats are catching large Pollock, hake, cusk and red fish. As of November 1, haddock will re-open. Anyone interested in doing a fall charter, our books are open and we will work with what best fits your group. Let us know, plenty of fishing still to be done before we need the snow shovels.

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

June Weekend Fishing Report Wrap-Up

June 27th, 28th & 29th
Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Weekend  Update

Two weekends in a row of outstanding weather. Gloucester was alive this weekend with the Fiesta. Fun and festivities rule the harbor.

The Lady Sea had 3 full boats on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. All three days were pretty much the same. A slow pick from stop to stop. The fish have spread out throughout the fishing grounds, we are not seeing the big balls of bait anymore as that has spread out as well. We stop, we pick, we move. That is how we are getting it done. We still fight through a number of short fish, roughly 5 short fish for every keeper. The dog fish have been very manageable and we continue to see some real nice cod and haddock. Pool winners continue to be 6-8 lb cod, haddock and cusk.

On Sunday, the crew hosted a full day corporate fishing charter for 50 people. More than we usually take fishing, but this group was full of energy, created some great fun for themselves and the crew. As happy as they were to be on the ocean, the crew was just as happy to have them. The fishing was ok, the cigars were outstanding, and thanks Jimmy for showing us how not to come down the back stairs. Looking forward to next year.

The ocean is alive, we had a friendly seal visit on Friday and Saturday, dolphins were around all three days, and some distant whale spouts were also seen. It won’t be long before the blue sharks arrive and give a new challenge.

This week we have space available for the All Day trip on Wednesday, a 3/4 day on the 4th of July from 8am-2pm for those who don’t want to get up too early and make it back early enough for an afternoon cookout.  Saturday and Sunday we have both the 3/4 day and half day trips available.  

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

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