Boy, it sure is beautiful outside this morning ! It seems that the crisp fall air and beautiful cloud formations awaken us and help us to feel more alive. The months of September, October and November are truly the time of the year I live for. Whitetails and Bluefin Tuna are foremost in my mind. My work and my girlfriend both suffer during these months as I am distracted by the excitement of fishing for giant bluefin and trying to arrow that elusive buck. The time I spend in the woods or on the waters at this time of the year are the most savored and the most remembered.
A few commercial tuna boats have already made trips out to Georges Bank this year, and although early, a few fish have been caught already, and prices have been good. Yesterday another group of boats headed out to try again. Rumors of some big bluefins a lot closer to Chatham have been circulating in the last week as well. The Chatham gillnetters have been doing well on the groundfish there, and its likely they are attracting more tuna as the cod are cleaned there. Herring also congregate in the deeper waters east of Chatham at this time of year, and are the main forage species for the Atlantic Bluefin Tuna. As we head into November, the bluefin tuna fishing will only improve as the fish migrate through from Canadian waters.
My charters season is still going strong, with more tuna charters into the latter half of September than bass trips, but there is still great striper fishing to be had, although there will be more blues mixed in with the striped bass than during the months of July and August. Currently the only open dates for FULL day trips (school tuna or 7 hour bass) are: September 14, 15, 16, 18, 21, 29, and October is still fairly open. Half day trips (4 or 5 hour) can be fit around the full day morning trips where possible. After the first of October, I will be concentrating on targeting giant bluefin more than going for the school bluefins, however as long as there are good opportunities to catch the small ones within 25 miles of Chatham I will be going. Weather in October will be an issue and its a good idea to have a backup date in mind in case the conditions warrant a rescheduling of your planned trip. As always, you should call me a day or two before your trip top check on the weather and fishing conditions and to stay in touch with me.
Good Luck and Good Fishing,
Captain Bruce & “Marilyn S”