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

May 19th, 2019 Fishing Report

Sunday’s trip was a private charter aboard the Lady Sea. What an eventful day it turned out to be. Despite the strong southerly wind, we battled out to the east where we’ve gotten fish in the last couple of days. The decision paid off. In a sharp sea of almost 5 ft, we still managed to boat just under 200 haddock with only about half of the boat actually fishing. When the boat is moving so violently, it makes effective fish catching tough. However these guys and gals did a good job of persevering. We did come in a little early to spare some of our greener guests too many hours of misery. But all in all, we pulled it off.

Call soon to make your reservations. Trips are filling up fast! 978 559 1978.

FROM THE DECK OF THE LADY SEA
CAPTAIN MIKE & CREW

May 17th & 18th Fishing Reports

Friday and Saturday this week were two polar opposite days. 

Friday we had 20 people on the boat, but the conditions were harsh. The tide, wind and sea were very difficult opponents. We marked fish all day, with a couple of anglers catching 10 fish or so a piece. The rest of the boat had a tough day in the wind and rain. All in all, not a good day.

Saturday on the other hand, was the perfect day. We had a full boat of 40 people, and around 3ft of seas on the ride out. As the day went on, the weather got beautiful, and the fishing got spectacular. During the last two stops of the day (totaling over 3 hours of fishing time), we boated around 400 keeper haddock. We also had Pollock and cusk mixed in, with a 10lb Pollock winning the pool. 

Just another example of why we call it fishing!

FROM THE DECK OF THE LADY SEA
CAPTAIN MIKE & CREW

Finally – April/May Fishing

April 28th, 2019 All Day Fishing

What an up and down start to the season. The first trip of the year was punctuated by tough fishing and lots of bottom covered. We went out to Tillies due to bad fishing reports from multiple boats that went to Stellwagon bank. Throughout the day, we covered over 17 miles of bottom (we saw a lot of fish on the sonar), and only ended up producing around 50 keepers.   

May 4th, & May 5th, 2019 All Day Fishing

This week we went out Saturday and Sunday.  Saturday was a private charter that saw steady fishing all day, culminating in us reaching our limit without a problem. It was an awesome trip, and we even saw the sun peek through the clouds for a little while!   Then, I was reminded of the difference a day can make. Sunday’s open boat trip was painful for me as a captain. We spent the morning in the same place that produced the day before, and had none of the same results. Again, marking fish all day, but just not catching. We made one more Hail Mary stop close to shore on the ride in and managed to put another 20 fish on the boat.    We’ve had some good reports come in about the bite on stellwagon finally starting, and hope that this signals the start of some good haddock slaying.

Give us a call at 978 559 1978 and book a trip. The fishing is always great, even if the catching doesn’t always meet our expectations. 

FROM THE DECK OF THE LADY SEA
CAPTAIN MIKE & CREW

August 25th, Week End Wrap Up

Week End Wrap Up

Last weekends open boat fishing trips produced some good fishing and some slow fishing, just as the previous couple of weeks.

Saturday’s 3/4 and Half day Fishing Reports

Saturday we had a 7 to 1 trip in the morning. We put a good 70 fish on the boat. It was a good mix of redfish, haddock and cusk.

The afternoon trip was half way decent, we managed to catch around 25 keepers. The wind and sea conditions made it tough to feel the bites, but everyone did a good job in spite of it.

Sunday’s All Day Fishing Report

Sunday’s all day trip was uncharacteristically slow for most of the morning, with scattered haddock and redfish coming over the rail. We put in the work though, covering a lot of bottom. The last stop worked out the best, with haddock and bigger Pollock. We also caught a bunch of really nice codfish in the 10 to 15 pound range. The catch of the day was a 35 lb plus Pollock caught on a jig in the last 5 minutes.

 

Upcoming Trips:

Friday, Saturday & Sunday – All Day Fishing Trips

For reservations please call us at 978 559 1978.  Remember, the haddock season ends on the 15th of September.  

FROM THE DECK OF THE LADY SEA
CAPTAIN MIKE & CREW

 

 

 

 

Saturday, August 18th, 2018 Fishing Report

Saturday, August 18th, 2018

Saturday’s all day fishing trip was one of the best we’ve seen in the last few weeks. It was a beautiful day on the water, that produced over 350 keepers. We had a full boat, and just about everyone managed to get some fish, with some groups catching big numbers. The pool winner was an 11 lb cusk, but was followed closely by some bigger pollock and 1 big hake. We caught redfish and haddock as well, and the dogfish were pretty mild.

Keep in mind the haddock season will close on September 15th.  Give us a call soon to get in on the last few weeks of the haddock season.  For reservations please call us at 978 559 1978.

FROM THE DECK OF THE LADY SEA
CAPTAIN MIKE & CREW

 

 

August 8th-12th, 2018 Wrap -Up

During last weeks fishing, we covered a lot of bottom on the lady sea, as well as many different sets of conditions.

August 8th & 10th, Fishing Report
On Wednesday and Friday, we had  two 3/4 day trips. One open boat, and one private charter that has been coming with us for over 5 years now. Both of the trips produced average catch results. The haddock were biting at a respectable pace, and we didn’t have a dogfish to speak of.

 

August 11th, Fishing Report
Saturday was our all day trip. It was a long day of trial and error. We started fishing on the northern part of tillies, and made our way south throughout the day. The tide made life difficult with tangles, and the dogfish were constantly present. At the end of the day, we made 8 stops, covering 12 miles of bottom. The numbers of landed fish added up better than expected (130), but were still on the low side of average.


August 12th, Fishing Report
Sunday was another private charter, this one an all day trip. With 35 people on board, and armed with the previouse days knowledge, we headed in a different direction. The difference a day makes. We made our first stop at 10 am, and we stayed there for 3 hours. We didnt see one dogfish all day. The group on board was a large family, a bunch of which didnt even fish. By the end, we boated around 200 haddock, with a sprinkling of cusk, redfish and pollock mixed in. A great day.

 

Last week was a perfect example of why they call it fishing, and not catching. We don’t get it right all the time. And somedays, the ocean is tough to deal with, in many different ways. That being said, you cant have the great days unless you keep trying. Haddock fishing will shut down in mid September again this year, so the days are running out.

Call soon to book, because everything seems to be filling up quick lately. As always, we limit our spaces to 40 to make your trios a little easier at the rail, but that means space is always limited. Hope to see you soon.

FROM THE DECK OF THE LADY SEA
CAPTAIN MIKE & CREW

July 22nd, 23rd, Weekend Wrap-Up

Friday, July 22nd, 2018 Fishing Report

Friday’s all day trip was a little above average despite the tide picking up throughout the day. In the morning we had a great drift going, picking haddock at a steady pace. As the tide and wind both picked up, we had to drop anchor. The lines got sloppy, but there were lots of haddock on the bottom for those that figured out how to get down to them.

Saturday, July 23rd,  3/4 Day Fishing Report

Saturday morning’s 3/4 day trip was a good one, we managed to boat around 80 haddock on the funny hump. We also avoided the dogfish very effectively. We also caught some cusk, redfish and Pollack.

Saturday, July 23rd, July 23rd, Half Day Fishing Report

Saturday’s afternoon half day was the best one of the year yet. Which is a good feeling as a captain, because the last couple were very slow. We actually put 75 keeper haddock on the boat in 2.5 hours of fishing. The low pressure from the weather coming had the fish chewing hard. It was a lot of fun to catch fish like that just 6 miles from Gloucester harbor.

Sunday’s trip was cancelled due to bad weather.  For reservations please call us at 978 559 1978.

FROM THE DECK OF THE LADY  SEA
CAPTAIN MIKE & CREW

 

July 14th, 15th, & 16th, Weekend Wrapup

Saturday, July 14th, 2018  – 3/4 Day & Half Day Fishing

Saturday started off with us leaving the dock late due to one of the extremist low tides of the year. However, that didn’t stop us from having a great morning trip that produced over 100 haddock. The tide out on the fishing grounds was also tough to contend with, but when it slowed enough for people to reach the bottom, the fishing was great.

The afternoon half day trip was not nearly as productive as the morning. The tide didn’t slow at all throughout the afternoon, and even with our passenger limit of 40, the tangles were tough to contend with. We caught a couple dozen fish, but the harsh fishing conditions coupled with a lot of first time anglers is not a great recipe for success. Unfortunately every trip can’t be great, that’s why they call it fishing and not catching!

 

Sunday, July 15th, 2018 –  All Day Fishing

Sunday we had to move the time of the all day trip up an hour to beat the extreme low tide. We thank all of our customers for understanding and making it work. The fishing was average at best. The tide still hurt us offshore, making life difficult. Luckily we didn’t have to deal with too many dogfish, but the bite was still mediocre throughout the whole day. By the end of the day we had over 130 fish on the boat.

Thankfully the tide is going to start slowing down more and more over the week, making the fishing much more manageable. We have trips on the books for the whole week, so give us a call.

For reservations please call us at 978 559 1978.

FROM THE DECK OF THE LADY SEA
CAPTAIN MIKE & CREW