FISHING REPORT

July’s Fishing Report to date: 

Apologize again for the radio silence over the last few weeks.  Without going into too much detail about individual trips, here’s a report on the fishing lately. 

The all day trips last week alternated between very productive stops and slow stops. No one day has been exceptional all day long. We’ve had to be on our game, and in the right place at the right time. When the bite is happening we’ve been lucky enough to capitalize. We’ve been steadily catching haddock and redfish during those times of the day. We’ve been doing a good job avoiding the dogfish so far as well. 

The half day trips over the last 2 weeks have been pleasantly productive, with a bunch of haddock to be found inshore. We’ve been lucky to be getting a decent bite a little over 5 miles from the harbor. 

And lastly, our super marathon last weekend was a total homerun. We ventured a little further than normal, and found a big school of medium to large size pollock. The bite on the jig was fast and furious, and we put a good hurting on them. We managed a around few hundred for just 13 anglers. 

FROM THE DECK OF THE LADY SEA
CAPTIAN MIKE & CREW

Weekend Wrap-Up

FISHING REPORT

June 18th – June 26th

I apologize for the lack of fishing reports over the last 2 weekends, we’ve been very busy aboard the Lady Sea.

To give you an update, the fishing has remained very mediocre on our all day fishing trips. Although, this past Saturday’s trip produced a good bite that saw healthy haddock coming over the rail at a good pace for a few hours. Last weekend and throughout the week, we caught a lot of redfish and cusk with haddock mixed in. 

Our first overnight trip from Sunday into Monday,  was a pretty good one. The first 2 stops of the day were slow, and the dogfish were heavy in the shallower water. But the haddock stacked up well in the deeper water. The weather was bumpy, with a solid 4ft out of the south. 

FROM THE DECK OF THE LADY SEA
CAPTAIN MIKE & CREW

June 11th – 13th Weekend Wrap-Up

Friday, June 11th through Sunday, June 13th Fishing Report

Well, not too much to report from fishing this past weekend. We went all day fishing Friday and Saturday, and marathon fishing on Sunday. All three days had about the same weather, nothing rough throughout. The fishing was just all around mediocre.  Since the beginning of June when the temperature shot up, the fishing definitely slowed down a bit. Average to slow fishing was the story of the weekend, with some customers coming close to the ten fish mark, and others doing significantly less.  It didn’t seem to matter whether you used bait or jig; Sunday the codfish were biting pretty much anything put in front of them unfortunately. It wasn’t for lack of trying though, we definitely put in the work to catch what we did.  Anyone who fishes regularly will tell, you can’t crush it everyday.  The new moon definitely played a role, with a running tide making things unmanageable at times. 

We’d like to put our appreciation out there for our customers who fish with us week in and week out, no matter what the fish decide to do.  We can’t make them bite for you, but we’ll always give you folks our all. 

FROM THE DECK OF THE LADY SEA
CAPTAIN MIKE & CREW

 

May 28th, Fishing Report

Friday, May 28th, Fishing Report

Today was another one of those epic bites for us. We left the dock at 6 am to avoid an extreme low tide, and were fishing by 7:45am. The bite started right away, and didn’t stop for 4 hours. It lulled here and there, then would pick up again. We fished in 260 feet of water, and bait was the way to go. The bite was so strong, it didn’t matter what was used for bait; mackerel, squid and clams all were productive. If it wasn’t for 7 to 10 people not feeling well, I’m confident we would have limited out much sooner in the morning. A few anglers caught upwards of 40 keepers per person, and distributed the overage of their personal quota to others who didn’t hit their own. 

Unfortunately it looks like we’re going to lose the weekend to a heavy northeasterly wind. But, give us a call, we’ll be back at it next week.

FROM THE DECK OF THE LADY SEA
CAPTAIN MIKKE & CREW

May 14th – May 16th – Weekend Wrap-Up

Friday, May 14th 

Unfortunately, we had to cancel Friday’s trip due to a scheduling mistake with the Coast Guard. For that we would like to apologize to our customers. Sometimes, even the captain makes mistakes….

Saturday, May 15th, Fishing Report

Saturday’s marathon was was one of the nicest weather days we will see all year. It was 70 degrees, without a breath of wind all day. We started out the day on southern Jeffrey’s, and although there was a ton of life, the fishing was slow. The whales, dolphin and basking sharks were a great distraction though. As the day went on, we worked our way east with much more success. Through the afternoon the fishing was much more productive, and the numbers added up well by the end. It was a real pleasure drifting all day and catching fish. 

Sunday, May 16th, Fishing Report

Sunday’s all day trip actually topped Saturday in all ways. The weather was slightly cooler, and there was a small amount more wind. The fish were very active throughout the whole day, after 1 slow hour first thing in the morning. Being in the right place when the tide changes is a big part of a successful day, and Sunday we did just that. We had a above average pick for a few hours, drifting along at about .3 knots. Then we ended the day with a great stop that saw us put another 70 fish or so on board in a matter of 45 minutes. We averaged about 9 fish per person, with the more experienced anglers reaching between 15 to 20 fish. Both jigs and bait were productive all day.
The weather is getting nicer, and the phone is ringing. Make sure to get reservations in before trips fill for the summer.

FROM THE DECK OF THE LADY SEA
CAPTAIN MIKE & CREW

Sunday, May 2nd, Fishing Report

Sunday, May 2nd

Well, I’m writing this report while sitting outside the breakwater waiting for the guys to finish filleting. We had ourselves a day today aboard the Lady Sea. One stop shopping, 15 miles from home, in 250 feet of water.

There was noticeably more life out there today, balls of bait and whales all over on the ride out. As soon as we stopped, the fish started coming over the rail, and it lasted for over 2 hours. Bait or jig, it didn’t matter; everything worked. We had a true boat limit in those 2 hours, with everyone catching 15 keepers by 11:30am. The fish were all of good quality and size, very few shorts, with most fish in the 4 to 7 lb range. Very rarely do we see fishing at such a sustained pace for hours on end.

This was definitely one for the books. The pool winner was a 15lb pollock that beat out a couple of large cusk. 

FROM THE DECK OF THE LADY SEA
CAPTAIN MIKE & CREW

April 24th & 25th Weekend Wrap-Up

Well, we lost Friday due to wind, but the rest of the weekend was nice weather for fishing. 

Saturday, April 24th

Saturday’s all day trip started off slow in the morning, with a slow pick through the slack tide. However, an exceptional hour long stop around noon time produced a steady and fast bite. The fish were biting both bait and jig. The water temperature is on the rise, and the fish seem to be livening up. 

Sunday, April 25th

Sunday’s trip was a private half day charter.  It was nice to get a chance to explore closer to home for the day, because we’ve been driving over some interesting signs of fish on our way offshore for the last week.  The signs didn’t disappoint. The bite was never fast or heavy, but conditions allowed us to drift and pick for hours.  The rain held off, and the little bit of wind completely disappeared for late morning. 

FROM THE DECK OF THE LADY SEA
CAPTAIN MIKE & CREW

Sunday, April 18th, Fishing Report

Sunday, April 18th, Fishing Report

Sunday was a surprisingly nice day on the water. After losing Friday and Saturday to bad weather, a 3ft swell and sun shining made for a beautiful day.

The fishing,  on the other hand, was very slow. We tried many different stops, ranging various different depths and types of bottom. It was a slow pick all day that didn’t amount to a great day of catching. It definitely wasn’t for lack of trying, but some days go that way.

As a company, all we can promise sometimes is our best effort. 

FROM THE DECK OF THE LADY SEA
CAPTAIN MIKE & CREW

 

April 9th – 11th, Weekend Wrap-up

April 9th Fishing Report

Friday was another slow day of searching for fish up on Jefferies ledge.  The signs of life were there, but no real bite ever came out of it. We tried anchoring and even motor drifting to no good end. Towards late morning we made the decision to take a long ride out to the east. The last couple stops of the day produced some fish for people to go home with.

April 10th, Fishing Report

Saturday we spent the majority of the day where we ended on Friday, we gave up on Jefferies for the day.  The morning bite was very productive, with both jig and bait producing.  It’s a lot deeper water there, ranging from 250 to 280.  The bite did die out through the tide change, but overall it was a much better day of fishing.

 

I’d like to say, that we are running limited capacity trips for a couple of reasons right now: first to be more covid safe, providing better distancing for our customers. The other reason is for comfort and ease of fishing.  The lower capacity allows people more rail space, which in turn should reduce the amount of tangles. However, that idea is undermined when customers try to fight for rail space on the stern or bow of the boat. It’s imperative that people use all the space available to them to make the day more manageable for everyone. 

April 11th, Fishing Report

Lastly, Sunday was an awkward and uncharacteristic happening for us. We decided on Saturday that we would give Sunday a shot despite the northeasterly wind that was forecast. The NOAA weather report was only calling for 2 to 4 foot seas. However, on Sunday morning, we got over 10 calls from people trying to cancel due to the 5 foot seas out on the fishing grounds.  Because a lot of our patrons on Sunday were weekly regulars of ours, we decided to cancel the trip that morning.  All of the parties except for 3 were happy with the decision. We understand the aggravation of those parties, having driven to the boat so early just to be turned away. We apologize for the inconvenience, while also hoping that people understand that we try to make decisions we feel are in the best interests of our patrons. As a company, we do not like to take people into rough weather and provide a bad experience at their expense.  If this philosophy does not work for you, we understand, but it has worked for us for over a decade.  

We appreciate your understanding, and look forward to getting you out on the water in a fun and safe way.

FROM THE DECK OF THE LADY SEA
CAPTIAN MIKE & CREW

OPENING DAY & WEEKEND WRAP-UP

Friday, April 2nd, Saturday April 3rd, and Sunday, April 4th…..
Fishing Reports

Fishing season has finally come. We got out on all 3 day’s last weekend, despite Friday being less than ideal weather wise. 

Friday had a full 20 knots of wind and a 4 to 5 foot sea. It made fishing difficult, and searching for fish even harder. We picked a few fish throughout the day, but admittedly it was not our best production.  We went south east, out to the east edge of Stellwagon Bank, and worked our way north up Tillies ledge. 


Saturday
was a much better day on the water weather wise, which freed us up to do some more looking. In the morning we went to Jefferies Ledge. The bite was just mediocre for the morning. As the day went on, we shifted south and east to some bottom we’ve had luck on in the past this time of year. That decision worked out. We had a steady pick of haddock and cod for the rest of the day, and we stayed out a little late to get the numbers up. 


Sunday
was the nicest day of the week, and we made the choice to spend the day fishing where we ended Saturday. The morning was productive, the haddock and cod held along the edge pretty well.  The day consisted of as lot of short moves, following the schools as s they slid around.  


All in all, not a terrible first weekend. We had some really slow fishing at times, but we zeroed in on better bites as the weekend progressed. The first weekend can be tough, we haven’t fished in months and have no idea where the fish are hanging out. But we’re into the season now. 

Make sure you call for reservations, trips are filling fast with limited capacity.

FROM THE DECK OF THE LADY SEA
CAPTAIN MIKE & CREW