There are some very nice sized bluefin being caught out of Chatham these last several days. Yesterday I did not catch one, but two other charter boats I work with did each catch a bluefin over 350 pounds! Today I managed to do much better and landed a fish measuring just over 71 inches long and estimated at 230 pounds. I caught it on a black splash bar fished long on the outrigger. I know of at least 10 other fish that were caught today, all in the 65 to 77 inch range.
The whale show is incredible, with literally hundreds of whales bubble feeding, tail slapping, and breaching throughout the area. The bait is so thick the color video sounder's fish alarm rings constantly and I have to shut it off ! Todays charter was the Lowery group from Pennsylvania, some folks that fished with me once before about 3-4 years ago, and I remember it blew about 20-25 from the north that day. We did catch them a tuna that day too. Today we had the north wind again, not so bad as before but choppy enough to be a pain in the neck.
It took us until late morning to get our fish. We had a fish pull the rig out of the clip earlier, but we never got a hook into him. (we call that a "knock down") During the day I heard many reports of this guy or that guy hooking up in different locations around me, and I was tempted briefly with the idea of moving to this or that location. I have learned though to "stick and stay- and make it pay". I was in a good location, with good bait, good mammal life and i was hoping sooner or later we would get our chance. We did and that fish kicked big John's butt ! It was a successful charter. Thank you, fish !
The striped bass are at the tip of Monomoy point already. Last Tuesday's trip to Handkerchief Shoals produced a limit of stripers for the crew on the Marilyn S. I've since heard there were good amounts on Stonehorse Shoals as well.
Look for pictures of todays fish and others, on the new Capeshores Charters Facebook page.
Thanks very much,
Bruce & Marilyn S