Hi Folks !
We started fishing June 1 this year, for black sea bass and we did very well off of the Hyannis shores. Now that the stripers have moved onto the shoals in a big way, we are targeting them, instead of the smaller, but delicious sea bass. My last trip out caught over 20 striped bass, and it seemed that they were everywhere we went.
In the next several weeks, we expect these stripers to fill in all of the Monomoy rips and eventually move around to the east and outside of the Chatham cut. There are literally tons of Mackerel east of Chatham, and I expect that soon we will be live lining a lively mackerel to catch the targeted stripers. The predominance of Mackerel along our coastlines is a good sign for the upcoming tuna season as well. A good food supply is required to attract our game fishes, and so far, it looks very good for attracting bluefin tuna to our area.
Our bluefin fishery has expanded significantly over the last decade, because the stock is improving every year, due to the sacrifices that US tuna fishermen have made. We are way more conservative with our size and bag limits than that other countries. As a result of these sacrifices, ICCAT has increased our US allowances for both commercial and recreational bluefin tuna quotas. Although officially the BFT fishing season starts June first, by mid July the catch rate starts to climb dramatically, with skyrocketing catch rates in latter August and September. We have lots more fish as well as more fishermen. Generally, the entire annual catch quota is caught by early to mid October, and the season for retaining these beautiful fish is closed.
If you are interested in a charter for bluefin tuna, I suggest you call or email me to book a date for August and September now. There are NO July full days open, and only a few half day openings. August has limited openings and September still has many. Tuna charters leave early in the morning, so planning lodging, travel, and organizing your fishing group requires thinking it through in advance. Send me an email and let me help you with your questions, and planning for your trip.
Thanks very much,
Capt. Bruce & “Marilyn S”