Trying to keep the anxious anglers and Kayman Charters clients informed as much as I can.
After a lengthy meeting yesterday in Danvers Ma I have learned the final regulations will not be in stone until March or April. Some of the decisions and recommendations are in place.
The recreational fisherman will be able to ground fish in the closed areas May – Aug, worst case is a May14 start when the emergency action ends.
It looks like the best case scenario is going to be a 4 Haddock per angler possession limit. There is a zero possession limit on Cod. No limits on other fish, Pollock, Cusk, redfish etc.
The Recreational advisory panel spent the day yesterday coming up with reasons on how we can reduce Cod bycatch and still allow fishing. If the council agrees with all of the reasons and recommendations that the bycatch of Cod will be much lower than the statistics show, only then the would allow a 4 haddock limit.
Unless the recreational sector can reduce Cod bycatch there will also be a zero haddock limit.
As stated these are NOT the regulations just what was put forth to council to review.
I am looking for input from past clients. The days of filling the boat are over unless you land on some nice Pollock. Some of the ideas I have are:
Shorter trips..less money
Combo trips Summer months can be mixed with Tuna/Shark
Bass fishing.. can be good in late May-July.
Last year we did very few trips after Aug 31 when there was no Cod and Haddock. we did have a few good Pollock trips and did some Tuna fishing. This becomes very difficult to keep the business going as the expenses never stop.
If you are reading this please take time to go to the home page and write a short note if you are interested in any fishing or the low Haddock limits and no Cod are going to make you take your fishing elsewhere.
I truly appreciate your input!
Hunter was high hook!
Unfortunately the new regulations have not come out yet. I have a meeting scheduled for later on this week and should get an idea of what they have planned for us. We “the recreational advisory panel” will make suggestions to go to the council. The council will the forward this to Noaa before it comes out in writing.
The biggest issue is closed areas and if they will let the recreational fisherman into these areas. We have to just wait and see.
Once this comes out I will make an announcement with an e-mail new letter and post to facebook as well.
Thank you for your patience hope t see you all this year!
The Lisa&Jake was put into dry dock for the winter before Thanksgiving this year. The government closed the local grounds to all Cod fishing. We did some Tuna fishing into November and got a handful of nice Blue fin Tuna.
Again our government is leaving it up in the air as our fate to fish for Cod and Haddock. As of now all the inside grounds are closed until May 1. There are spots outside these closures to fish but I don’t plan on starting until May.
Not knowing the future I have to cut back the overhead so the booking calendar is out of operation as of now please give me a call if you would like to reserve a date.
Happy Holidays to all
Kevin and Lisa Twombly
Jeff with one of the Tunas from the last couple of weeks
The Lisa and Jake had a Pollock trip earlier in the week. Fish to 20 pounds were landed. The fishing was a pick and a lot of work to land some Pollock. The bite should get more steady in the next few weeks.
Tuna fishing the last few weeks was the best we have seen in years! The herring bloom outside of Gloucester brought in a zillion pounds of this forage. Tuna from 1000 pounds to small school Tuna have been in feeding on. The Lisa and Jake had two fish weighing in at 1000 pounds in the last couple weeks.
We are on the edge of our seat waiting to hear if we will be allowed to fish next year.We should have emergency actions coming into place in the next few weeks. Stand by
Capt. and Mate with a 1000 pound Bluefin
Fernando and the Z-man with a nice Tuna
The dressed fish being put on the scales
Nice Monk fish comes in on a Pollock trip
Double Slammer Pollocks
Giant Tuna Landed in September
The Month of September has gone by without a lot of action. Ground fish has been closed for the most part, the search for Pollock can be tough while having to release Cod and Haddock.
We are all waiting to see what the council will do with our fishing! It is hard to believe you can not go out in the ocean with a fishing rod and catch a Cod or Haddock to take home to eat!
The latest assessments came in last month and said that the Cod stocks were at 3% of were they need to be. The Haddock assessment came back saying the stock was healthy. Well why cant we go fishing for Haddock was asked to John Bullard, director of Marine fisheries?
It is the potential by catch of Cod that is going to be in control of when and were we can fish for Haddock.
The council met for the last few days and could not come up with an answer and put it in the hands of noaa. Now we must wait to see if they will let us fish or not.
Mean while the Lisa&Jake has been out Tuna fishing, The action should pick up here after the storms go through. We did land a fish about 1000 pounds the other day to get the ball rolling.
November Pollock can be good and have had many request for Shared Charters November 8 will be a Shared trip if you would like to sign up.
Capt Kevin with a 1000 pound Bluefin Tuna
Mate Jeff cant even sixe up to this one!
Young Mr Hart Claims a Keeper Cod
Here we are at the end of August and also the end of our Cod and Haddock season this year. In April the government put up a new ruling that prohibited recreational anglers to possess Cod and Haddock in the Gulf of Maine in September and October.
This is a result of very poor managing by our government who changed the way commercial boat fish three years ago. They allowed them to catch all there fish for the year in one day if they choose. This wiped out the huge stocks of Cod in the gulf of Maine. Now we are all out of business.
I want to thank everyone of you who fished with us this year as well as the ones who have fished in the past years that I did not have room for this year. The fishing was very good all year with a few slow days here and there. On the most part even the experienced ground fisherman had sore arms when the Lisa&Jake tied the lines up at the end of the day.
Lisa would also like to thank all the guests who stayed at Lisa’s Lookout and look forward to seeing you all next season.
The boat will be fishing for Tuna, Pollock. Cusk ,Redfish and what ever else we can catch until the end of the year. I apologize for the lack of weekly reports and picture, The boat was fishing almost every day and left the crew exhausted at the end of the day.
Nice Haddock to finish the day!
even a short fish excites the kids!
Medium Pollock Slams a bait!
Large Pollock are showing up!
Dan nails a nice Haddock
Dave gets a birthday Cod
Ted lands another nice Cod
Another Cod for Dalton
Couple of nice Cod jigged up
Mate Jeff displays a yellow tail Flounder
An offshore trip this week landed a nice 180 pound Bluefin Tina for long time clients from NJ. A few years ago these guys landed a 800 pound Bluefin so this one was a piece of cake for John Decker
The fish was just short of commercial size so it was field dressed by mate Jeff to give everyone great bags of sushi and grilling steaks.
On The inshore trips the dog fish killed us this week and then became non existent, we will see how long this lasts,
Still some nice Haddock to be had and a few Cod fish as well as a handful of Cusk for frying.
Ground fish trips are sold out for August and that will be it for the year unless they open it up for Haddock after the new assessments come in, We can be hopeful but im not holding my breath!
A Nice fish for the guys from NJ
Ground fishing continues to be good to great. A 65 pound Halibut came to gaff the other day, Angler Jamie from Long isle new it was not stuck on bottom as the rod would not move and kept thumping. The fish hit a Norwegian jig in 230 ft of water.
A lot of nice Haddock and Cusk have spiced up the catches this week.Some of the big Bull Haddock are still around.
Cod fish are in the Market size but were a little scarce this week compared to earlier.
There are only a couple of openings left in August this year before the unfortunate close to the Cod and Haddock season, If you are thinking about filling the freezer with us this year there are only 4 open days left Go to the calender at kaymancharters.com
for available dates.With not going to be much to report for eight months. So I will do the best I can for the next few weeks until the end of the reports.
After the end of August it will be just Tuna trips, and a few red fish and Pollock trips
Nice Market Cod and limits of Large Haddock continue to make July the best ground fish month again this year! While some tides are a little slow it has ben consistent as the next tide turns the fish turn on! We are seeing limits of nice sized fish, it has been the best we have seen in a couple of years.
On the inside a few Large Bass to 25 -30 pounds were caught on the half day trips, These trips were also spiced up with some nice Cod and Haddock under the Bass! It is amazing the comeback of the Cod and Haddock when the gillnets come to a holt!
The end of August is also the end of Ground fishing this year, Book you fish and stay vacations at kaymancharters.com
Last weeks fishing was up and down as the dog fish moved into our grounds to the east, We went a long time this year before we were bothered by the “dogs”. The colder water temps were keeping them at bay. Groups did fish through them to land some nice Cod and Haddocks,but we were forced to move several times.
Later in the week we made a shift closer to home were we found more Cod and less dogs! A winning situation for everyone, last few trips this week anglers have caught their limits of Cod and Haddock!
We hit some of the early Spring spots to be surprised at the amount of fish in these spots!
All hand have been sleeping on the way in after these last few days after hours of non stop cranking!
Not a lot of openings left for this Cod and Haddock season don’t delay and miss out on the action. A fishing trip and a two night stay at Lisa’s Lookout is only $335 ea based on 6 people.
Next Shared trip is July 10 with 4 open spots see Kayman Charters.com for details and reservations.