I hope your summer went well. I know ours certainly did. There are only a few words I can think of that would truly describe the fishing this summer. A few of those would be: SPECTACULAR, OUTSTANDING, & UNBELIEVABLE. Things certainly are a changing. We've seen virtually no Dogfish in the deep water. When I say deep, I mean 300 ft. to 380 ft. I know it sounds a little deeper than most of us would like to fish but when you're reeling up big Haddock & 15 - 25 lb. Pollock on almost every drop, its well worth it and doesn't seem to even be an issue. We've seen our usual big variety during the summer months of July & August. Cusk, Haddock, Pollock, Red Fish (tons), Big Hake, and of course Cod. If anything the Cod themselves have not been as plentiful but the sizes help to compensate. I don't know how to explain to you the numbers of Haddock & Pollock that we've seen this summer. It has really been a joy fishing in (the deep).
It has been a few years but we've finally seen a decent amount of Sand eels show up; these have been followed by pretty good size bunches of School Blue fin Tuna. There's not too many days that go by we don't see at least a couple of bunches hanging around the boat. These fish are truly something to behold when hooked on light stand up gear. The power that these fish possess can only be measured by the condition of the Angler after the fight. Most of the fish being landed are in the 75 - 180 lb. Range. After September 1st the catch rate went back to 3 fish per boat per day, which provides more than enough fish for the grill & man is it good on the grill.
Our Shark Fishing this year, except for a couple of slow days is turning out to be just as good as the Cod and Tuna fishing. We have had a couple of days where we didn't do anything but as usual that's fishing .
If anybody tells you that they catch them every single day, than I'm sure you know they're a flat out liar! We've seen more Porbeagle Sharks this year than we normally see and there has already been a good size Great White in Cape Cod bay. I think the fact that the Seal population has gone through the roof might have something to do with it. We've seen more Seals this year than in years past.
Well I gotta go. Time to make up some new rigs for tomorrow. The fishing has been so hectic during the day that I don't have time to do them when we are fishing. What a treat it has been fishing this summer fishing without Dogfish in the deep water. This has been by far, the best July & August that we've seen in a long time. I'm sure this trend will continue next year & after. Last year was good & this year is great! It makes you want to go every day.