My thirty four foot lobster boat, “Marilyn S” will be splashed into the salt again yesterday afternoon. This will be her 15th year with me since I bought her from the Merrimack River area. I try to keep her up by doing annual maintenance and other upgrades to make her more comfortable or efficient. This winter I did a few minor things, to prevent issues down the road.
Several items included : A new transmission oil cooler that has ports for replaceable zincs will help to safeguard against oil cooler corrosion and failure. All new wiring and components for the bilge pump and alarm system. The steering ram got a rebuild with new seals and machined shaft due to an old scarred shaft that was causing an oil leak. A couple of fancy, hinged scuppers to help keep water out of the cockpit when we are backing down on a tuna fish. I cleaned out the after cooler and heat exchanger coils and replaced the zincs. The usual gel coat and paint and we are good to go. Oh yeah, the silly compass LED light got replaced too. B O A T = “break out another thousand”!
As for the fishing, there are lots of schoolie and a few decent keeper sized striped bass around now. These can be caught regularly in Cape Cod bay and the salt water estuaries, where the water is warmer. Its still early for the Rips and the backside though. There are lots of squid in Nantucket sound, and the menhaden came in about 2 weeks ago. Sea bass season opened May 18, and they are biting in the Sound.
The bluefin tuna season opens again on June 1 with the commercial limit at 3 per day of 73” or more in size. The recreational limit is 4 per day for charter boats (too many I think) and for recreational (non charter) the limit is 3 per day. The size limits are 3 (or 2 for recreational) at 27” to 47” and one additional BFT at 47” to 73” per day. Angling and Charter/Headboat vessels may also land one bluefin tuna measuring 73" or greater per vessel per year north of 39°18’N. Any fish landed on my boats over 73” must be released or sold. The reason we release or sell the fish over 73” is that we are allowed only 1 per year, so once we take that one, we cannot any longer fish for them. (do any charters) We tentatively start catching tuna in June and as the waters warm, our catch increase steadily until latter August and the month of September when the fall “bite” really turns on. If you are up for a challenge on catching one of these mighty fishes, or perhaps just a half day striper fishing charter, send us and email or call me to ask questions or reserve a date.
Thanks very much,
Captain Bruce & “Marilyn S”