There is some pretty good fishing starting to happen in the rips southeast of Chatham. We've had limits all this week of 32 to 37 inch fish and been throwing them back afterwards for the remainder of the charters. We started the week looking at the usual haunts close by ( just ouside and south of the C Bouy ) but found no bait on the machine and just a few birds on the inside drift. That led me to believe that it would soon change. Sure enough, two days later we started catching small fish at Bears'es rip, just east of the tip of Monomoy. Those small ones were not really what I wanted, so we travelled on looking for better action. I don't usually go as far as I have been looking for fish on a 5 hour trip, but with a fast, new economical diesel powered boat and a lot more boat, it not as much of an expense as it used to be. On the way out this morning I did mark some bait and fish a little outside and to the south, the first I've seen this season. Also today on the radio, I heard a charter boat Captain speaking of catching a limit at Bears'es and a little north of there on High Bank, but he was also asking how the fishing was at another spot, leaving me to believe that he wasn't exactly thrilled with the action he was having. (I listen a lot and speak little on the radio !)
I also got a chance to try the new 34' "Marilyn S" out today on a little "snotty" weather. With a 15 mile SSW breeze this morning, it was a joy to be able to maintain a 14 knot cruise without getting the windows wet ! The incredible beam of this boat makes drifting into the rips a beautiful thing. Having a rig like this is making my life and my customer's fishing a much simpler thing than it was with the Miss Jillian. OH I almost forgot, ! There is no water coming in the scuppers on this boat either !!
Hope to see you on my new "Marilyn S" real soon !