There isn’t much to report on fishing in the doldrums of winter. It appears we are getting some snow finally. It does amaze me that we have not had to shovel as yet here on the Cape, yet folks cry and whine about the upcoming “Snowmageddon” !
I am doing some needed engine work on the Marilyn S. I have a new diesel mechanic now that John has moved on to greener pastures. I am using Lukas Smith of Dieselsmith. So far they are attentive, knowledgable and show up when they say they will. Apparently, my aftercooler core is dirty, clogged and leaking. An aftercooler is like a radiator that cools the air going into the engine. Using a dirty leaking one eventually damages your injectors and results in an inefficient burn of the diesel and loss of power. On my last trip to Georges bank last fall, I noticed loss of power on the way out, and unburned diesel oil in my exhaust, so I turned around and came in early so as to not be a burden on another fisherman if needing a tow in. I am now replacing all of the injectors and bought a new aftercooler core. The result will be less smoke and a cooler, more efficient fuel burn and more power and speed. Cost ? Around $4500, Im guessing.
I have since developed a new Facebook business page. I converted the personal Capeshores Charters “profile” to a more business oriented “page”. The difference is that with a biz page, you don’t see the posts and commentary from all your friends like you would on a more personal profile. Also my commentary will not show on your feed unless you “like” and “follow” on my page. Facebook has evolved since it first came out and I must evolve along with. I have tended to cloud my Facebook posts with commentary that is opinionated and not business like, so this is an attempt to address that, by separating my personal opinion from my business front. If you want to see these reports and fishing related info on your Facebook profile please “like” the new Capeshores Charters page.
I do have a favor to ask, if you will. On the new page there is a “reviews” tab where one could offer comment to the page on wether you liked the experiences that you had fishing with me or not. I ask if there are those of you that do have Facebook accounts to take a minute to please click the tab “reviews” and post a scentence or two about me and my charters ? The link is here at : https://www.facebook.com/capeshores.charters/reviews. It will help me very much with position and relevance in the algorithms that show my page to others. I would really appreciate it.
The new 2015 tide charts are in hand and if you have been waiting for me, send me an email and lets start the process of finding a good day and tide for your fishing trip this year. Generally speaking big tides are better for striped bass fishing and smaller tides are better for bluefin tuna fishing. Other factors to watch for are moon phase and days with lots of boat traffic. The full moon can be tough on a bluefin charter and a day when lots of commercial fishermen are targeting bass can be tough on a striped bass trip. Sundays tend to be crowded as well. Its best to call or email me and discuss what you are looking to do and i will do my absolute best to put you on the fish on the day best suited for your group.
Thanks very much,
Capt. Bruce & Marilyn S