April 29 & 30, 2017 Weekend Wrap-Up

Saturday, April 29, 2017

It doesn’t get any better than the fishing we had today. We went back to the shallow water, and we caught fish immediately. In fact, we only made 2 stops today. Many anglers had enough fish and were sitting in the cabin 1/2 hour before the end of the trip! We had close to 450 keeper haddock today with the largest being an 8 lb. pool winning bull haddock. The cod fish were ravenous today as well with many in the 5-10 lb. class. The weather was perfect, with light winds, mostly overcast and no rain. It also turned out to be a good whale watch as well as we had Minke and Humpbacks swimming around the boat during our second anchor stop. If we had to find one thing to complain about, the tide was a little on the strong side, but very manageable. Good time had by all, fishing like this is not the norm and with the number of boats working the area, it could dry up any day. We will take advantage of it while we can.

  

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Today we left the dock with a brisk NNE breeze that kicked up a 2-4 foot sea. Not a big deal except we were taking it on the keel most of the way to the fishing grounds. We lost a few anglers to the dreaded mal de mer. A couple were able to fish through it. The day improved under bright sunny skies.

The fishing was excellent again. Another 2-stop day, like yesterday, mix of haddock and cod with a few sculpin and small Pollock in the mix. I am tired of hearing complaints such as, “my bait cup is empty,” “my arms are tired,” “I can’t even get my sinker to the bottom.” These are all good problems to have! Most anglers reached their haddock limit, some people caught a total number of fish in excess of 50 fish during the trip. Again, we saw a large number of cod up to 14 lb. all released alive. The pool winner was another bull haddock of 7.5 lb.

It was a special weekend for the Lady Sea and this shallow water fishing won’t last much longer with commercial and recreational anglers working on this fishing area. But more importantly, we have some memorable events that we will talk about all summer, it could be the new nickname of “Little Debbie” for a member of the crew, or the man wearing a fleece camo body suit dropping a rental rod overboard, or the woman from Boston reeling in a fish and falling back right into the galley on her back side (with a smile and a laugh, unharmed), or Hammer leaving the rail early calling “mercy” on Saturday after catching over 50 fish, or just the smiling faces with bags of fish leaving the boat . . . we will remember this April weekend! Thank you to our customers for the entertainment and continued business.

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

Sunday April 23, 2017

Sunday April 23

Finally a break in the weather and enough anglers willing to chance the elements. We left the dock under bright sunny skies and were greeted with a 4-6 foot swell from the southeast. We pounded into this swell all the way to the fishing ground. As the day passed, the swell faded, the slight breeze diminished, and we had a beautiful ride back to the dock.

The fishing was excellent from start to finish. We started in the shallow water with a fish a cast all morning. Haddock were the fish of the day, with some anglers limiting out and many with 8-12 fish per person. A 6-pound haddock took pool honors. We also found some clean white belly cod, the largest weighing about 11 pounds; they do not count toward our big fish pool. We moved to deeper water in the afternoon where we found more haddock, cod, a couple wolf fish, a flounder, red fish, and a bunch of sculpin. It was a great day, the crew cut fish through the breakwater.

We also saw our first whales and dolphins of the year. This weekend will be the last weekend to retain 15 haddock per person, we have space available on all trips.

 

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

From the Deck of the Lady Sea
Captain Mike & Crew

Opening Day 2017

Saturday April 15, 2017 Opening Day, We’ll take it!

The first trip of the year is always an adventure. After checking all systems over the past several weeks and the final sea trial yesterday, we finally took a full compliment of 40 anglers to the fishing grounds. It was a beautiful morning with bright sunshine and calm seas. As the morning progressed, the wind started to kick up, making it a little chilly, but for April, we’ll take it! By the end of the trip and for the ride back to Gloucester, white caps had formed on top of 2-3 foot chop.

The fishing was very good most of the day. We had a mix of haddock and cusk that we were able to keep. Rounding out the catch were some pollock, a small wolf fish, and of course, cod. We had cod on every stop, we decided to leave one spot because of the number of cod being caught, can you imagine being chased from a spot because you are catching cod? High hook had 11 keepers and the pool winner was a 6 lb. haddock. All said, we’ll take it for opening day.

Just a reminder, this is a great time of year to target haddock. We are still working under the 2016 regulations of 15 haddock per person at minimum length of 17 inches. As of May 1, the 2017 regulations will go into effect. They aren’t finalized, but expected haddock bag limit will be reduced to 12 haddock per person at 17 inches and zero cod for the year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our next trips are scheduled for next weekend—Friday, Saturday and Sunday—with our great Spring Special of $56 per person. Call soon for reservations, spots are going fast!

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

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

 

September 24th & 25th, 2016 Weekend Wrap-Up

Sunday September25, 2016

Today we had a scheduled full day trip. It’s a amazing the difference a few hours makes on the North Atlantic in late September. The buoy report had 5.5 feet every 5 seconds for a wave report, by the time we got to the fishing grounds it was 4-6 ft with a few around 8 ft every 3-5 seconds, a swell from the East, a wave chop from the Northwest and basically we were in a washing machine.

This did not create ideal conditions for fishing or catching. Most fish caught were small pollock, haddock were almost impossible to keep on the line in these conditions. It was ideal for jigging cod and pollock. We ended up with a few red fish, pollock, and nice cod, but under the conditions, we called the trip early for the safety of the customers and crew, we felt it was the right decision, so we came in early. Safety first.

Saturday September 24, 2016

Today, we had a morning half day charter which got cancelled due to the forecast of heavy seas from the front that moved through overnight.

The afternoon 3/4 day trip was a go thanks to the morning calm. The forecast was nasty, but we were pleasantly surprised by 2-4 ft seas that laid down to 1-2 ft for the ride home. It really turned into a nice afternoon. The fishing was good, we cut fish to the break water with a nice mix of cod and haddock with a few pollock mixed in. We had a person with a double keeper haddock catch which we always find special. We fought something big for about 20 minutes, we suspect it was a blue shark, but we never saw it. Whatever it was, it took a fish close to bottom, and took line out and around the boat, tuna? Blue shark? we’ll never know……Good times.

We have the following trips scheduled for next weekend…………..

Saturday, October 1st, 2016  Half Day Fishing 1pm-5:30pm
Sunday, October 2nd, 2016   3/4 Day Fishing   8am – 2pm

For reservations, 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday August 27th, & Sunday august 28th, 2016

Saturday, August 27th

Today, we had a full day corporate charter. It was not the best day for legal landings, but there was plenty of activity. The dog fish were out in full force, getting through them to the good fish was a real challenge, any bait rig that floated off bottom would find a green eyed dog fish taking hold. Those that could get through, and stay close to bottom were rewarded with haddock, cod, cusk, and redfish. The largest fish of the trip was a 15 lb wolf fish, which we promptly returned to the ocean unharmed, the pool winning fish was an 11 lb cusk.     IMG_0380 IMG_0377 IMG_0373 IMG_0371

SUNDAY, AUGUST 28th

Open boat Sunday, First we had a ¾ day trip with 30 anxious anglers, on a greasy flat ocean, no wind, and warm. The bite was definitely off, we had plenty of fish on the sounding machine. There is a ton of small haddock, probably 5 small haddock for every keeper. We did get the usual assortment of fish, with red fish being most common, along with a couple nice cod and about 20 keeper haddock.IMG_0389IMG_0390

The half day trip started very similar to the morning trip, with a very slow pick, but we did get some nice 24-28 inch cod, perfect eating size fish. The haddock and pollock were not cooperating. The breeze piped up a little, creating 1-2 foot seas, which may have helped the bite. Finally at the last stop, we found a more cooperative bunch of fish, where we got some haddock, pollock and red fish to round out the catch.IMG_0385-1

Some people may have had to stop at the grocery store to get dinner this weekend, but you could not beat the weather we enjoyed. It’s hard to believe we are approaching Labor Day weekend.

FROM THE DECK OF THE LADY SEA
CAPTAIN MIKE & CREW

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