It sounds like a country western tune doesn't it ! Yes I did break down with a fuel system problem yesterday at the famed (but not lately) Bearses Rip. After a couple hours of creative fuel system engineering, we managed to get running enough to get home. At the dock I redid all the "creativeness" in time to head back out for a scheduled charter with some very loyal folks that waited 3 hours dockside for me to fix the problem. Another charter captain offered to take them fishing, and they opted to wait to see if I was going to be good to go. It sure is nice having customers like that ! We then went out and caught a limit of nice bass up to 40 inches.
The fishing at Bearse's seems to be a little broken down as well, with the small blues moved in and offshore to the south of the Monomoy Point. The bass seem to be spread out after the winds of the past week, with a few bass in the rips being caught, but nothing like the previous two weeks worth. Up north to the east of Chatham harbor there have been birds working in small areas. There are schools of bass under these birds even though there are only a few birds working. Even though you see the fish breaking the surface most are caught on the bottom or with a jig techniche as you reel them towards the surface. These spots of fish are tiny and you need repeatable position accuracy to hit them consistently. Keep going over the area, even after the birds disipate and you will still catch them. If there are more than a couple of boats working on these small spots it will kill the "bite" very soon. Try to find your own pod of fish and stick on them and you will do better than heading to the other boats. ( Besides its nicer ! )
My reservations book has been completely full for the month of July, two thirds booked for August, and almost half booked for September. Advance reservations for August and September are strongly recommended and will get you time on the schedule. Usually the latter months of the summer will have warmer water inshore, especially in September, which means a influx of blues and dogfish. The quality striper fishing tends to be in the cooler water rips located further away, calling for the 7 hour version of my charters so we have the travel time to get to these spots.
Thanks very much,
Bruce & "Marilyn S"