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.


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!


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. 


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.  






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.




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.


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.



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.




July 12th, 2018 Fishing Report

Thursday, July 12th, 3/4 Day Fishing Report

Thursday’s 3/4 day trip turned out to be a pretty good one. The weather got nicer as the day went on, going from a 3ft sea to almost nothing. And the fishing followed suite. The first stop was ruined by the tide, which was running hard and made fishing difficult. However, the next 2 stops were very productive, and we ended up boating around 80 nice haddock. We also saw another decent sized Pollack at around 13 lbs.

Call now to book your summer fishing trip.  Remember trips are filling up fast!  For reservations please call us at 978 559 1978.




June 27th – July 1st, Weekly Wrap Up

Wednesday, June 27th

On Wednesday, we had a private charter with a group of repeat customers. The trip went very well, with us boating over 350 haddock, and only having to deal with a couple dozen dogfish throughout the day.


Friday, June 29th

Fridays marathon started out on a very similar track, with us putting 150 fish on the boat in the first 2 stops of the day (with only 15 customers on the trip!). However, as we got into the slack tide, the bite died out significantly. We spent the rest of the day with a slow pick, and a few more dogfish than the previous trip.

Through talking to other captains operating in our area, and my own observations, I have a clear picture of the dogfish moving in for the summer, and where they are. Its a constant battle between trying to avoid them, and still fishing effectively. They are definitely detrimental to our fishing.


Saturday, June 30th

On Saturday, we had another private charter with a group who comes out yearly. We started our day 17 miles offshore, where we caught fish on the earlier trips in the week. This was the wrong place to be. The difference a day makes can be unbelievable sometimes. We made a decision to move closer to home, and by the end of the day, it paid off. Fishing just 12.5 miles from home, we had a great afternoon of fishing. We caught plenty of haddock, saw some pollock over 10 lbs and got into some bigger cusk as well. Everyone went home with fish, and the day was a success.


Sunday, July 1st

Sunday turned out like Saturday afternoon. With a full open boat trip, and against conventional wisdom, we started the day just 12 miles from Gloucester harbor. We switched from anchoring to drifting a couple of times depending on the little bit of breeze that kicked on and off throughout the day. We fished between 200 and 240 ft of water, and managed to boat over 250 fish by the end. Again, the area we fished produced some bigger codfish (released unharmed), cusk, pollock and haddock. The pool winner was a 15 lb pollock.

Trips have been filling up fast.  Call soon to book your spots for the weekend.  For reservations please call us at 978 559 1978.