Its been a while since the last report I have submitted. I have been VERY busy ! I generally book two charters per day, either two, 5 hour trips or the 7 hour trip and a 5 hour version. On days where we book the tuna trips, we only will run the one trip that day. I have access to the best August and September striped bass fishing on Cape Cod and probably on the entire East Coast a mere 1/2 hour from the Chatham Fish Pier dock ! It stands to reason that we are quite heavily booked in high season. I have had at least 2 dozen calls and emails in the last 2 weeks all looking for a charter “tomorrow” or the “next couple of days”, and I am so frustrated because I cant take those folks and must turn them away. Obviously I cant take them all, but still I would like to accommodate the ones that have fished with me regularly over the years. Hopefully, most of the ones that were turned away, will reserve a date ahead of time next summer. Usually it is smart to reserve the fishing boat charter at the same time you reserve your summer lodging.
The Massachusetts commercial striped bass quota was filled in record time within 2 miles of the beach just to the north of the entrance to my Chatham harbor this year. Imagine what would it be like with 1 million pounds of striped bass being landed in two and a half weeks just outside your harbor ? I am blessed to have such great waters to fish in. We still are catching the bass off Nauset beach but there are now blues mixed in with them. There are schools of large sand eels in the area and the diamond jigs and Sluggos have been working well on the light tackle. In the last couple of days the fish are in the shallower waters of 20 to 35 feet, just outside of the breakers. Look for the scattered gulls and shearwaters, ignore the terns.
Saturday night I spoke with Norman St. Pierre a tuna spotter pilot and he said he flew east of Chatham on Saturday and saw hardly any fish east of Chatham. The only area he did see bluefin was in the Peaked Hill Bars area and those were smaller fish. A couple nice fish in the 800 pound range have been landed, one on live bluefish off The Peaked Hill area in 130 feet of water, and another stick boat fish in Cod Bay. I did see that Captain Eric Stewart posted on Facebook this morning that he had a fish on already. Perhaps things are improving out there, “East of Chatham” ? We sure are due, as the last week has been a bit slow and these things go in spurts. I expect a change after this last full moon. Good Luck Eric, I hope you catch him. My next tuna trip is Saturday and if I don’t hear anything exciting from the local boats I will be steaming north to the Peaked hill area. Otherwise Ill hit the usual spots. I’ll keep you posted.
For those of you interested in fishing in the next several weeks, you will be looking at some of the best fishing of the year. The Chatham area has cooler waters than Cape Cod Bay and Nantucket Sound, and will hold more bait and less bluefish than warmer water areas. That said, we still have days where the water temps warm to the 65 degree range and that brings in the bluefish. When that happens, generally in September, we need to travel a bit more to find the cooler water and the bass, and its wise to book the 7 hour charters to allow us the added travel time. As far as striped bass charter openings there are a few remaining slots open in August, currently 22 nd, 23rd, 25th, 29th, 30th and 31st all have half day spots open. September has considerably more openings, and as we come into tuna season (fall) its a good idea to reserve the full day charters ahead of time. Some days are better than others tide wise, call or email to decide on the best days for your group.
Capt. Bruce & “Marilyn S”