Weekend Wrap-Up Fishing Reports

Saturday June 4, 2016, Mixed Bag Event

Today we hosted a mix of a charter and open boat trip with many of our regulars in attendance. We left the dock under cloud covered skies with light mist. As we headed out past Ten Pound island and the breakwater, the fog engulfed us and we carried that to the fishing grounds. We met a 2-3 ft easterly swell that we banged through to the fishing grounds. On the fishing grounds, we had mostly foggy conditions, flat calm seas, the sun tried to show through the fog and it did from time to time.

The fishing was a mixed bag of good to very good with a variety of fish at every stop. We did some exploration in the morning to different parts of the bank, unfortunately we came across some ‘ghost gear’ at our first couple stops that made it challenging, though we were able to pick a few fish off those spots. The catch included cod up to 18 lbs, a good number of haddock with 1 legal fish for every 3 sub legal fish that we caught today, a couple cusk and 5 keeper pollock, the most keepers of pollock this year. If you didn’t hear, Andy caught a pollock today, a solid 5 lb pollock, about half the size of the pool winning 10 lb pollock, but if you didn’t hear, Andy wants everyone to know he caught a Pollock along with some nice haddock. Only a handful of dog fish today, which is a good thing.june54


The ride back to the dock was uneventful with foggy conditions all the way back to the breakwater and the same 2-3 ft. swell carrying us home. A very nice day of fishing aboard the Lady Sea.

Sunday June 5th, 2016

Our first 3/4 day open bot trip left the dock under muggy, mostly skies. Driving into the fog, it was chilly with calm seas. When we returned to the dock, the sea breeze made it very chilly.

The fishing was good, we had a good ix of fish, most fish were cod which were returned to the ocean and a number of haddock and few small Pollock. We have not spent much time on the inshore grounds to figure what is really going on, but still a very good trip. A 6 lb haddock with shoulders was the largest fish though there was no boat pool due to lack of interest. A couple dog fish and a small wolf fish round out the catch.

This week we are looking to fill the following trips…..

Wednesday, June 8th, Half Day Fishing  1:30pm – 6pm
Thursday,  June 9th, All Day Fishing 7am – 4pm
Friday, June 10th, MARATHON TRIP 5AM – 5PM
Sunday, June 12th, 3/4 Day Fishing 7am – 1pm
Sunday, June 12th, Half Day Fishing 1:30pm-6pm

Please call 978 559 1978 for reservations. 

From the Deck of the Lady Sea
Captain Mike & Crew



Monday May 30, 2016 Memorial Day

Monday May 30, 2016 All Day Fishing

Full day fishing on Memorial Day with 24 anglers aboard, we headed out the river under cloudy, rainy skies. It did not look like much fun when we left the harbor, a little southerly wind with a light 2 foot chop in heavy rain. But as luck would have it, the wind died out, the rain went away, and the ocean became flat calm. A great day on the ocean, the fish were hungry and we were there to feed them.

Letting the customers write the fish report as they left the boat, “great trip” “lots of fun” “really had a great time” “yeah, we got fish, lots of fish!” The fishing was good in the morning, very good during mid day, and we left the haddock biting at the end. When it was all done, everyone was tired of seeing the elusive cod that hampers our catching ability of keeper haddock, they have almost become dog fish type nuisance. I guess in the end, that is a good thing, sort of.

Catch included mostly cod again, a good number of haddock, better than yesterday, a few more cusk in the mix with a couple more pollock. A 10# cusk stole the pool today, but  not a surprise, as haddock don’t have the density of cusk. Another very good day aboard the Lady Sea.


Next week we have the following trips available………..

Friday, June 3rd, All Day Fishing  7am – 4pm
Saturday, June 4th, All Day Fishing  7am – 4pm
Sunday, June 5th,  3/4 Day Fishing 7am – 1pm
Sunday, June 5th, Half Day Fishing 1:30pm – 6pm

Give us a call at 978 559 1978 to make your reservations soon.

From the Deck of the Lady Sea
Captain Mike & Crew



Sunday May 29 Fishing Report

 Sunday May 29, 2016  THERE IS LIFE IN THESE WATERS!

We left the dock with a full boat of eager anglers under cloudy skies and a brisk ENE wind. We sailed around the breakwater and pounded into a 3-5 foot sea. A couple miles offshore the fog settled with us with those seas creating a great recipe for sea sickness. By the time we got to the fishing ground, we had visibility of less than a mile, chilly breeze and a cabin full of less than eager anglers, about 1/3 of the patrons fell victim to the dreaded motion of the ocean.

On the way to the fishing grounds we sailed through the first school of tuna pounding the surface that we have seen this year. Fishing was very good for most of the day, after the mid day tide change, the bite somewhat dissipated and became a steady pick. Most fish caught was by far the protected cod species, many of which would be keepers in August, close to 150 cod were caught and released today. Haddock was our second most captured species, roughly 2 shorts for every keeper, I know a couple anglers had between 6-8 keepers, and a few others had 4-6 for those who attempted and stayed at the rail.

Rounding out the catch was a cusk, a pollock, a handful of dogfish, a sculpin, and our largest wolffish and largest fish of the year, at 20+ lbs, and released alive. IMG_0040IMG_0042

The cusk was a 5 lb pool winner for our trip today caught by one of our regular retired Marines, only appropriate for Memorial Day, Semper Fi!

On the way back to the dock, we had some dolphins jump past our bow, with the seas to our stern, it was a very comfortable ride home. Many were very happy to see the breakwater emerge through the fog.

From the Deck of the Lady Sea
Captain Mike & Crew

Saturday May 28, 2016 Fishing Report

Saturday May 28, 2016

3/4 Day Charter 

Once again, we entertained a private school from Vermont on a 3/4 day trip. This is our first 3/4 day trip of the year. We got off to a late start, something about a wheel barrow in the road on the ride to Gloucester.

IMG_0030IMG_0032 IMG_0031 IMG_0029(1)We arrived at the fishing grounds during slack tide under beautiful sunny skies and calm seas. The fishing was a slow pick for the first 2 stops, the final stop was very good. We caught many cod at all stops, probably would have limited out under August rules, but we were able to keep a bunch of red fish, haddock, and a cusk to send them home with a decent catch.

Hope to see you all again next year.  Have a great summer!

From the Deck of the Lady Sea
Captain Mike & Crew


Weekend Wrap – Up May 19th – 21st, 2016

Thursday – May 19th, 2016 Memorial Service

The Lady Sea has the pleasure of doing a Burial at Sea for the family of Russell and Terri Hachey.  The weather cooperated.  The sky was blue and the wind calm.  There were over 40 family members attending this special event.


Here is a picture of what happened after the ashes were put in the water.

In their own words,”It was pretty amazing”.






Friday – May 20th, 2016,   OPEN BOAT FISHING

Full boat today, 40 anglers headed to the fishing grounds under perfect weather conditions. The fishing was very good all day for everyone that heeded our advice to change your bait frequently. Yes, it’s extra work to reel it in, but those putting the effort in, are usually rewarded with more fish. We had the full variety of fish today, many cod in the 8-12 lb range which were released, a steady pick of haddock of all sizes with a much better ratio of keepers to shorts than past trips, some big redfish have appeared this week on the fishing grounds, more cusk are being caught, a 12 lb wolf fish was caught and released, and a 10 lb pollock our largest  of the season won the boat pool.




Saturday – May 21st, 2019,  ALL DAY CHARTER

Saturday was a beautiful day on the water, with just around 8 knots of westerly wind and a whole lot of sunshine.  We had a private bachelor party aboard the Lady Sea, with only 15 guys who wanted to drink a few beers and catch some fish. Because of the light winds, we started our day off drifting in 220 ft of water on Tillies ledge. The fish started biting almost instantly, and we stayed with the same drift for almost 2 hours, catching fish the whole time. We never left that spot, making 2 more drifts and pulling up a mix of nice haddock, cusk and pollock. We also caught some really nice codfish, that I’m pleased to say, swam away unharmed after we released them.  It was one of the best days yet this year.

As our May special of $56 per person for all day fishing winds down, we have space available on the following trips……

Friday May 27th
Sunday, May 29th
Monday, Memorial Day, May 30th

Please call us at 978 559 1978 to make your reservations.  Spots are going FAST!

From the Deck of the Lady Sea
Captain Mike & Crew


Saturday May 14, 2016, Marathon Saturday

Saturday May 14, 2016, Marathon Saturday

We left the dock under clear skies and a little westerly breeze. The marathon allows us to do a bunch of different things, check different places. We started at a place we have not visited in 4 years and ended in more familiar territory.

IMG_0011(1)IMG_0012On the fishing grounds we had 1-2 foot seas, the sun was shining on one side of the boat, chilly on the no sun side of the boat. Eventually, it warmed up to t-shirt weather, light winds and no current. Really, it was perfect fishing conditions. We anchored for the first stop then drifted for most of the day the last couple stops were anchor stops as the wind picked up.

We caught fish everywhere we went. The number of small haddock around is crazy. We had so many 15″ to 16″ haddock. If this was August, we would have easily landed our boat limit on 24″+ cod, including one that push 18 lbs caught by ‘Hammer”. We caught so many cod, I heard a duo on the bow that had 70 cod. We also caught some small Pollock, some of our best cusk or the year, our first two wolfish of the year, and a few dog fish too.

IMG_0013The pool winner was easily determined with a 12lb cusk caught by Mike. We call him “Rasta Mike” do to his dred lock and his association with one of our irregular regulars. YUP! when it was all done, it was a great day to be on the ocean. Andy, is still talking about nothing? What is it with these tin can sailors?

From the Deck of the Lady Sea
Captain Mike & Crew


Friday the 13th, Fishing Report

Friday, May 13th, 2016.   What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

IMG_0006(1)We left the dock at high tide with partly sunny skies. It was a great day to be on the ocean, a little wind, a little fog, and a little sun. Sea sickness was not a problem.

We went to a little different place today, a little research mission, but reports were good in this area. It was a slow pick of cod, Pollock, haddock, and redfish before noon. After the tide change, it was very good, haddock, redfish, and cod became somewhat savage. Very few lines got to bottom without a fish………BUT, we also had to deal with dog fish! Everywhere we went, had some doggies. We had to work around them as best we could.


IMG_0008We made many moves today, typical of spring fishing, but when it was all said and done, people seemed happy, IMG_0004(1)5-8 fish per person, and the crew was still cutting fish
through the breakwater.




Saturday May 7, 2016 – All Day Trip

Saturday May 7, 2016 All Day Trip

Sorry for the late report, technical difficulties.

We left the dock today, a little late due to the extreme low tide and lack of water under the boat. We had heavy fog all day which makes everything just a little more difficult. Slight breeze from the north stayed with us all day, cold hands were the common among those that stayed at the rail. Once we passed the breakwater, we found seas 4 to 5 foot in a long rolling swell. With the fog and the ocean, a perfect recipe for sea sickness for those not on the ocean every week. About 1/3rd of the anglers suffered from the mal de mer today. May is tough, forecast for land was upper 50s, with ocean temps in the upper 40s along with wind and sea…..the Gulf of Maine just isn’t the same.

The sounding machine was offering plenty of life on the ocean bottom, but the catching results were not so positive. Jigs only snagged fish and bait was a very slow pick. A number of fishermen did not wet a line today which negatively impacted our catch today. We had a number of regulars, people that catch fish in any condition, that struggled today to get a bite. Pool winner was a 4 lb haddock.

We have better days ahead, much to the crew and anglers delight. From reading other fishing reports, we were not alone, it was just one of those days, bad weather, bad catching.

From the Deck of the Lady Sea
Captain Mike & Crew


Opening Day, Sunday, May 1st, 2016

Yes, 2016 fishing season has started. The new regulations say 15 haddock per person at 17″ or larger, and August 1 to end of September, 1 cod per person at 24″ of larger. Today’s trip was great, not a limit trip by any means, but for the first trip of the year, it was very successful.

Contrary to many weather forecasts, the sun was with us until late morning and was very pleasant. After about 11 am, the clouds took over, air temperature dropped, wind picked up a little and we had a 2-3 foot chop, which a few found uncomfortable for their stomach contents.

The fishing was pretty good, a steady pick of haddock. We battled the current during the morning. We released many small cod, pollock, but got some very good size haddock and cusk. The pool winner was a cusk of 5 to 6 pounds. We had many ‘regular’ or ‘irregular’ anglers depending how you look at it, aboard today. The laughs and comradery with these people make it enjoyable for all. There was not much surface life today in terms of whale activity or other ocean creatures, but we did see some bait fish around, so it could break open any day!

From The Deck of the Lady Sea
Captain Mike & Crew


Saturday October 17, 2015 – Final Trip of the year!


We played host to a ½ day fishing charter, birthday party. It was a beautiful ride to the fishing grounds with the sea on our stern. When we arrived and started looking for fish the wind piped up over 15 knots out of the west and continued to build to 3-5’ choppy sea. It was perfect fishing and catching weather except for those that are not used to it. Really, a typical October day. We caught a bunch of fish, cod and haddock all of which would have been keepers during the summer of 2014. It would have been a ½ day trip to remember, but alas, October 2015, they all had to be released. Also in the catch was a bunch of sub legal Pollock and a whiting. We pounded our way back to Gloucester Harbor, like driving in a car wash, but the guests and crew made the best of it, and thankfully, it was a ½ day trip and a short ride.

That wraps up our 2015 fishing season. This year, despite the new regulations, more people caught fish and took fish home for dinner this year than any of the past 5 seasons. Shortly, the boat will be hauled for the winter, last year we focused on many cosmetic upgrades, this year, we plan to strip and rebuild the engines and some of the mechanical parts of the boat. The rods and reels will be cleaned and rebuilt, with many new rod and reel set ups added to our arsenal.

This year, look for us at the upcoming fishing expos  in Providence, Rhode Island and Boxborough, MA.  We look forward to seeing you there.

New England Fishing & Ourdoor Expo, Boxborough, MA          January 29th -1st, 2016

New England Saltwater Fishing Show, Providence, RI            February 26th – 28th, 2016

We want to thank all our customers for a memorable year of fishing, charters, and harbor cruises and look forward to another great 2016 season.