Its been a bit since the last report because I have been very busy. We are doing two bass trips a day and sometimes a tuna trip in the morning followed with a short bass trip in the afternoon. I leave the house before 4 am and finally get home to make dinner and tomorrow's lunch at 6:30 pm. While dinner cooks, I try to answer all the emails and phone messages. It would help if folks took a moment to read the really helpful info on my webpage, as every question you could have is written there if you take the time to check it out. I am amazed by the number of folks that book a trip a month prior who call and ask where the boat is the night before the trip ! Ok my rant is over ! LOL !
The striped bass are scattered across the bottom east of the Chatham inlets in 40 to 70 feet of water and you can find them with a decent fish finder. They can be caught at certain times of the tide with vertical jigging techniques on light tackle. When the tide is running, they will sometimes stop biting the vertical jigs and we then need to use wire and lead head jigs to get our fish. Not my preferred method, but when limited to shorter 4 and 5 hour trips, it is how we need to get the fish. Longer trips allow me to travel to rips further away where there is colder waters and we will use sand eels to drift through and catch the striped bass. In latter summer and fall its advisable to book the 7 hour version of striped bass charters to get to the better striper fishing.
The Bluefin tuna bite has been slower than it was a week ago, but we still have managed to get the limit of two fish on half of the trips this week. The limit for charter boats is one smaller tuna between 27" and 47" and one larger fish between 47" and 73". The last 4 days have been bluefin charters and we fished off Chatham until yesterday, when I ran much further out based upon a report I got on the radio the day before. We were fishing the BC buoy area with good results, provided we stayed out of the boats and found our own spots and pounded the numbers or watched for the birds. The fishing ALWAYS declines when the small boat fleet finds the scouts and boats that seek their own fish.
The next 9 scheduled charters are bass trips, with only one tuna trip mixed in and there are some openings. I recently discovered that my website's "contact us" form was down and there was no way for you to make a reservation and if that was the case, I urge you to retry to contact me and I'm sorry for the inconvenience. I do have openings on the following dates.
August 22 - am only, 23 all day open, 24 - pm only. September 3 to 9 open September 12 open.
Giant tuna charters need to be scheduled in advance and according to the smaller tides, so if you are interested in a bucket list conquest, send an email of inquiry. Soon we will be headed out to go for the big boys and the days will be limited for charters.
Thanks very much,
Capt. Bruce & "Marilyn S"