June 11, 2009
A lot of fish have swum under the bow since my last report. We went from slamming the cod and haddock on Stellwagen to hitting the stripers so hard that, I hate to say, it got boring. Ok, not really boring, but it wasn’t a challenge. The good thing is that we have thrown away our wire-line combos. When fishing for stripers, FISHING, takes precedence. That is to say, “how do you want to catch fish”. Casting at breaking fish or jigging to fish on the fish finder brings back memories of fresh-water fishing styles—but for much bigger fish. We’ve taken stripers to 46″ in the waters off of Provincetown on freshwater tackle. Talk about a blast. Cast sluggos at them when they’re in 40′ of water or less, or jig diamond jigs or butterfly jigs in deeper water. It’s a blast. Get out there before the blues chew up your lures!
TUNA! Can you say “holy mackerel these are big fish”? I haven’t heard of many fish less than 60 inches being caught. I’ve seen them jumping out of the water, but the fish being caught are all 70+ inches long. We landed a 73″ fish on our first trip of the year, and yes, it is the largest tuna I will ever fillet! It was so close to 73″, if it wasn’t, that my customer’s drool got me filleting the fish! Two days later, we lost a much bigger fish on a spinning rod. If you think that last year’s tackle was strong enough for tuna, you may have to think again and upgrade your gear. These are beasts. Don’t let them run away from you! Get their head turned and stay on top of them.
Be patient with the tuna; they’ll come around if you’re in the right place. You can run all day or be patient (live bait or jig while you’re waiting for surface action). You’re still fishing. Get out there and don’t keep any stripers on Stellwagen–it’s illegal if you’re more than 3 miles from shore. We threw back 6 stripers one day between 40 and 50 POUNDS! Treat them well; they’ll be inshore soon.
With cod and haddock and Black Rose Fishing Charters, it’s supply and demand….there’s a great supply of fish right now; the bite is still one with fish getting larger, but my customer’s demand is for stripers and tuna. I can’t say I blame them, but that’s the only reason you don’t see cod trips showing up on my fishing reports calendar on my website. Check out some of the new videos that I have posted on my site. It’ll get you excited!
See you on the water; keep smiling.
Capt. Rich Antonino
Black Rose Fishing Charters
Phone number 508-269-1882
Specializing in 1-4 person charters for cod, haddock, sharks, bluefin tuna (casting and trolling), and stripers.
Life is too short, so have fun out there while you can.