I have not done a fishing report in some time because I have been swamped with work. Capeshores Charters has been reserved every day since early July. Fishing has been slower than what we grew accustomed to several years ago when 20 bass averages were common on every 5 hour trip. Some days are easy and the fish bite well on one tide, and then they shut off and don’t feed on the next. Many local charter captains are working much harder to catch fish for our clients. Yesterday morning was one of those tough days. Then, yesterday afternoon we tried something different and managed to get 5 really large 38-42” stripers caught.
The bluefin tuna bite has been mostly off as well, with sporadic catches of really decent sized fish in the local areas. I have been asking my clients that book the longer 10 hour versions to upgrade to a 12 hour version and leave an hour or so earlier so that I can have travel time to go south of Martha’s Vineyard where there are more consistent catches. Our best trip there was 14 bluefin caught and released within a 4 hour period. It is a long ride, but my clients have been happy with the results. In the last week very promising areas of whales, huge strings and balls of bait, and finicky tuna have shown up locally. I think these areas will be producing for us in the very near future. September is our best month for school and medium bluefin tuna catches, and we have about 8 or 10 openings available, should you wish to try your angling luck and skill against these speedsters.
Speaking of whales, back on July fourth, while on a tuna charter, we were lucky to observe a very rare killer whale sighting just about 12 miles east of Chatham. I posted the pictures on the Capeshores Charters Facebook page for you to see. I feel very blessed to share these sights with you aboard the Marilyn S and I am thankful for the opportunity.
As for openings for fishing, I have the following dates left for this season. August 20, 25, & 31 open for a half day trip. September 1 half day, September 3, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 17, 21, 22, 27, 28, and 30 open for either full day tuna or to be split into a couple of half day bass trips. Some dates are very very good for tuna and I would not want to waste them on a bass trip. Call my cell at 508 237-0399 for recommendations on tide and effort to choose your dates and times.
Thanks Very Much,
Capt. Bruce & Marilyn S