Yes Ophelia really IS coming ! She has been trying to fake us out for awhile, but she will head up the coast and eventually pass to the east of the Cape. This is likely to affect the charters I have scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Usually, there is a swell generated by the storm as it sits ofshore that will eventually form waves that break over the Chatham Bars. If these waves are big enough, they create a potentially dangerous condition for any vessel crossing the bar. Since its my job to ensure you have a safe trip, its up to me to decide when and if its OK to go or not.
By the way, its my opinion that there are no "Rougue" waves, there are just the ones that YOU decide won't bother you until they swamp and sink you, then in order to pass the responsibility of making a poor decision to go out in those conditions, we blame it on Mother Nature and call them "rougue" waves. If I go out in those conditions, and I sink or swamp, its MY fault and MY responsibility - case closed - end of story !
There will be cancellations this weekend, and some of you will be dissapointed. Hopefully you will be able to reschedule your date, as the fishing is very good. The last several trips have been catching stripers in excess of 40 inches. We had two on one trip on Tuesday that were 42 and one half and 43 inches, and two 40 inchers yesterday. We had one one for about 10-15 minutes that we eventually lost to a dogfish that was conservatively estimated at least 44-45 inches and over 30 pounds. We have been catching 15 to 20 stripers in a trip to these spots, and every one is a thick and fat striped bass between 34 and 40 inches long . To do this on a little 14 pound test spinning outfit is nothing short of just amazing fun. These fish are out of range of the short charters, if you want some of this action, book a 7 hour trip and come on out as there will be plenty of fish after this storm goes by.
There are plenty of school tuna around too, as we are seeing them on the way out and back from the bass trips. We have been stopping to cast to them but to no avail at this time. If you specifically want to target them, I suggest you contact me for a referrral to another boat that speciallizes in small tuna fishing. I have decided to stay with the bass trips and try not to get too sidetracked with schoolie tuna. if you want to do that, I can set you up with someone that is real good at that. I am going to stick to the thing that I am real good at - stripers on light tackle.
Thanks and Good Fishing,
Bruce and "Miss Jillian"