Yesterday was one of the bluebird beautiful fall days, with amazing blue skies and puffy white clouds. The striped bass took about an hour to get biting as the tide flow gathered velocity, but once they started it was game on ! We had multiple drifts of 3 and 4 rod hookups as we drifted our sand eels across the sand bars of the rips. Unfortunately we had no one else to share this amazing fishing with as there wasn't another boat anywhere near us ! We caught a limit of 12 stripers and one bass for myself within 2.5 hours of leaving the dock. The average size of the fish we landed was 36 or 37 inches. Nice bass for the end of August, no ?
The day before I was tuna fishing with a group that included an excellent sushi chef and his pals from the Worcester area, and I learned a few things about the cuts of the fish to make sushi. I had always thought that the "Chutoro" was part of the belly flap, but it is actually found in the lesser loin, between the red backbone "Maguro" and the fattier belly flap or "Toro". We managed to land the limit of two bluefin, one between 27" and 47" and the second one at 55", between the required slot size of 47" and 73". Keep in mind these are "charter" or "head boat" boat rules. On a "recreational" or "angling category" boat, you are only allowed to take ONE fish between 27" and 73". We managed to catch these fish within 5 miles of our dock on Tuesday, so get on out there and catch one !
As we get into the fall days, the tuna bite will accelerate and if you have been wanting to add a tuna trip to your experiences, now is the time to reserve a day for your group. By the end of next week we will have lost many of our tourists as the schools reopen to enlighten the youth of America, and the waters off Cape Cod will be less crowded but still teeming with fin fishes for your angling exitement. Bluefin Tuna, Striped Bass, Bluefish, False Albacore, sharks, seals, whales and other marine life await you and your group.
Come aboard ! Catchem' UP !
Capt. Bruce & Marilyn S