Happy Labor Day !
I hope you all have a great day of leisure. I for one, am enjoying a day OFF the water. It started with a relaxing danish and a cup of coffee at 8 AM! (not 3 or 4 !) I usually take at least one day every week or so to refuel and reconnect, before another round of fishing trips. Between the bass and bluefin trips I am still very much booked for the upcoming fall days. I have several dates left in September (5) and quite a few in the first weeks of October (really great tuna tides then too !) to schedule a tuna or 7 hr bass charter for your party. The 5 hour bass trips at this time of the year are not really productive as the water temperatures are quite warm inshore and the bluefish seem to take over. If you ask for the "5", I will try to talk you into the 7 hour trip, but if that is what you want then I will give you my best efforts to put you on the fish, but I will be scheduling your 5 hour trip around the 7 hr bass and 8 or 10 hour tuna trips.
The last bass trip we had 16 or 18 stripers in the 30 to 40 inch range. Considering we ONLY use light 15 pound test line on spinning rods and cast to the fish, it makes for a memorable bass trip. As for the bluefin tuna, we are averaging 2 or 3 fish in the 55 to 58 inch range per trip. I have had 4 trips this year when we did not boat a fish, so if you are used to the bass trips of 20 or more fish, this may be a different thing for you. You WILL see lots of whales and many times they will clear the water in a spectacular leap and splash as they come crashing down. Yesterday we had a limit of bluefin, one around 37 inches and the other at 56 inches. The day before we bass fished for the 16-18 and the day before that we had 3 bluefin landing one and releasing the others.
I have been fishing close to Chatham instead of running down to the Sword, and have gotten all of my fish within a short distance of my numbers. In fact the last day I went down to the wreck, I skunked for the trip. There is an unbelievable amount of rockweed and other junk in the water and keeping the rigs clean is a given if you want to catch fish. The rigs that have been working for me are the shrimp pink with white stinger, black with green, and green with white. If you are heading out, good luck to you, and if you wish to try a trip with me call me at 508 255-0911 before 8 pm in the evening.
Thanks very much,
Bruce & "Marilyn S"