It is rare I know, but the online coastal forecast weather report (http://www.erh.noaa.gov/box/productDisplay.php?product=BOSCWFBOX) says we will have 5-10 knots winds for this whole week ! We usually have really iffy conditions for the month of October. That's the "Perfect Storm" month remember ? If you are contemplating one more trip before the season ends, move fast and go this week. The only day that is booked is Thursday.
On Friday, Dr. Williams landed his first and my biggest bluefin of the year, a nice fat one at 64 inches. We were fishing quite close to Chatham, and I caught it on a black squid bar with a lipstick stinger. That same day and actually, almost every day I fish there, I am marking some really decent tuna on the Furuno fishfinder. These fish are all in the "bigger than 150 pound" range. I did speak with several other charter Captains yesterday. One was fishing live bluefish in the same area I have been working, targeting these larger fish that are in the area, but didn't get a fish. At this time of year the giants move into the east of Chatham area and feed on bluefish and whatever else they can find. The other Captain was 20 miles south of this area and had a decent morning bite, but he said the action didn't last very long into the day. I believe that as this bright moon wanes and the tides get smaller you will see this tuna bite pick up quite a bit. The time of slack water will progressively move later into the morning with each day and that should also help to prolong the morning bite.
Yesterday's bass trip produced another limit of stripers for Robin's charter, with only a couple of blues mixed in. Prior to that, the Johnston, Goterch, Rodriquez, Carlson, Grandchamp and Seidel charters ALL had phenominal striper fishing on their charters. Many, many times in the last week or so, we have had 2, 3 and 4 fish on the rods at once, making for some exiting action under clear blue October skies. As long as I can find some decent sand eels for bait we should be able to continue this great fishing. It seems the fish are staging up in the rips prior to their migrations, and there are plenty of bass to catch.
Bruce & Marilyn S