With temperatures plummeting below zero this last week I was working in the shop making a new custom live well for Tuna fishing on the F/V Lisa & Jake. The heater in the shop broke one day and we froze as the repairs were made. Hopefully this live well will be state of the art and keep those precious baits alive!
John Bullard head of Noaa is said to not kick the can and go forward with the ground fish cuts on the commercial sector. Nothing is in stone yet but will be soon. What does that mean for us? Good question! The facts are that the recreational sector gets 33% of the total allocation. The recreational quota would end up being around 500mt. Last year at 9 Cod fish and unlimited Haddock the recreational group did not catch that amount, so why change the regulations. This is the scenario we are all hoping for!
Well this whole mess is not pretty and we will see how it pans out in the coming months. One thing will be for sure is April will be a busy month for recreational fishing. May first is the beginning of the new fishing year, that’s when any changes will be made.
At Kayman Charters we will start our Haddock trips after March 15; we have shared charter dates available for March and April at kaymancharters.com
Another issue that needs concern is the council passed a proposal to open closed areas to commercial fishing. There is one area in the western Gulf of Maine in particular that you fish. Please write a short letter to John Bullard and let him know, that is where I go fishing.
The new news letter went out today with a list of Shared Charter dates, March 24, April7,10,14,16. I hope this will provide enough days available to those of you who join us on these trips!
Haddock fishing will begin toward the end of March and go through April when Cod opens up on the spots close to Gloucester April 15. After that the focus will be on Cod fish and Haddock!
Haddock trips have become popular the last couple of years with some banner catches! As regulations promise to tighten down on us this might be the last year for unlimited catch! Yes NO limit on Haddock! Join in this Spring for some great tasting fillets!
The F/V Lisa&Jake will remain at the slip and be available for trips as the weather allows! Winter fishing can be very productive at times. It has always been a great way to get rid of cabin fever! Lisa’s Lookout is also available with the heat running for a nice getaway!
Last few trips we had some great Pollock fishing as well as some Haddock.
There should be no changes to the fishing regulations through April 30. that is the end of the fishing year calender. There was no action taken by the council in the December meeting and was moved to late January. I will keep everyone posted of any changes, as of the last meeting the recreational sector was not over on it’s allowable catch of Cod so hopefully there will be no changes.
A sea bass is common for our southern folks but this is the first one