Yesterday, I had the best day of bluefin tuna catching that I have had all year ! We had 11 bites on the rigs, and landed 6 of the fish ! Each of the 4 guys on the boat fought two fish each, a fantastic day for the Seibert charter. In contrast, the Lynch charter went to the very same area at the same time of day the day before. We marked more bait, saw more whales and porpoises, and yet we caught zero bluefin. As badly as I wanted my longtime customer Dave Lynch to catch a couple fish for his two sons Shawn and Corey, it was not to be had. Such is the nature of the “no guts, no glory”, hit or miss bluefin tuna fishing game. Even the old timers call it “tuna wishin”.
We went from “zero” to “hero” in one day and I am sure I can easily drop back to the zero role really easily. That said, September is the month to do a bluefin tuna charter. The fish are more excited as the bait supply is in full abundance and they are feeding heavily. I prefer to do the 10 hour version at this time of year as the fish can be further away than in June and July, and I hate to be handcuffed to fishing close to home. Please consider this when you are booking your trip. The $300 extra expense of the longer trip gets you to the areas that are less fished, less crowded and more productive as a result. Sure there are fish close to home, and these trips are expensive, but the old adage is true, “you get what you pay for”. There is nothing more frustrating to a captain, to be limited to within 15 miles of the harbor to hear the faint scratchy yet excited radio communications of the boats another 15 miles out reporting, “I’M TIGHT” !
By the Way, I have a customer looking to add two crew members to a 10 hour tuna charter on September 3. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested. If you wish to reserve your own trip call me at 508 237-0399.
The striped bass fishing is also on and off like a light switch. Basically there are two areas we fish. The first is the deeper waters east of Chatham, and the second is the rips east of Monomoy Island. Lately there have been good reports of stripers coming from Bearse’s and Handkerchief Shoals. I like to drift sand eels naturally through the rips with 12 and 14 pound spinning gear to get my limits. As for the deep water fishing east of Chatham, I use a vertical jigging technique with either diamond jigs or fancier Shimano butterfly jigs. The key here to be productive is the retrieve. monitor what is working and stick to it. Some days its slow - others its fast. Some folks jig, some do not. Sometimes its 4-6 cranks off the bottom, other days its 15-20. Pay attention to the details and you will catch more fish !
Good luck to you,
Captain Bruce and Marilyn S