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Here we are in February battling the snow and looking forward to our fishing. Thoughts of fishing and enjoying the water gets a lot of us through our tough jobs and cold winter days. For myself it passes the time while plowing the many feet of snow over and over again!

The new regulations are going to change the way we do our fishing. The days of battling out the cold and rough seas to get to those big Cod fish are memories of the past.

For years we used to shovel out the January snow on the Kayman Too, break through the ice at the marina, hope the bridge was not frozen shut and navigate to the hot spots. The deck hose would have to be running all day long to keep ice from forming on the deck.

Even on a bright Sunny day I had the radar going and all tuned in knowing that as soon as I headed around the breakwater the spray of saltwater would freeze instantly making my visibility to absolutely zero. The customers fishing rods were stored inside the wheelhouse so they would not be a ball of ice when arriving on the fishing grounds.

After a short ride I would arrive on some of my winter hot spots, the bottom sounder tuned in looking for the orange spikes to display, sometimes the fish would hold so tight to the bottom it would look like a barren waste land to the untrained eye. As the current and drift were calculated the anglers would prepare their jigs. I would position the boat and get ready for the first drop,” this was my favorite thing I liked best about Cod fishing”. As the jigs reached bottom I would watch my bottom machine go to nothing and then exploded as the fish light up with excitement to devour the jig offerings of the anglers!

Wow they are there and hungry!

Most of these days any Cod that was not at least 10 pounds would be released to grow bigger. We would have our limit-80 Cod for the boat in no time. This would usually be 8 boxes of fish with the 40 plus pounders laying on the deck. The boat record was 50 minutes!

Well..as we know for now we can no longer keep Gulf of Maine Cod in 2015.  Haddock, Pollock, Cusk and Redfish will now be our main catch on our ground fishing trips. For those who always put a price on the amount of fish you took home to the cost of your trip, unfortunately this is no longer for you. for those who enjoy a day with family and friends on the ocean we have adjusted the trips to a lower price and a shorter day.

Our new ground fishing trips will run 7-8 hours and leave at 6am. the price will be $900 for the boat.

Our Shared Charters will be $175 and also be a 7-8 hour trip.

Summer Tuna/Shark/ Haddock trips will still be a 10 hour day and remain at $1350

I hope this will keep the tradition of fishing going and be enough to pay the overhead of running the boat. Even though it is a 4 month season now all of the overhead is still based on 12 months…I hope I can keep the boat going as I seek out other opportunities.

 

 
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!
Thank you
Capt. Kev
Gloucester Kayman Charters

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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!

Capt. Kev

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

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

Capt. and Mate with a 1000 pound Bluefin

Fernando and the Z-man with a nice Tuna

Fernando and the Z-man with a nice Tuna

The dressed fish being put on the scales

The dressed fish being put on the scales

Nice Monk fish comes in on a Pollock trip

Nice Monk fish comes in on a Pollock trip

Double Slammer Pollocks

Double Slammer Pollocks

Giant Tuna Landed in September

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

Capt Kevin with a 1000 pound Bluefin Tuna


Mate Jeff cant even sixe up to this one!

Mate Jeff cant even sixe up to this one!

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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.

 

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Nice Haddock to finish the day!

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even a short fish excites the kids!

 

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Medium Pollock Slams a bait!

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Large Pollock are showing up!

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Dan nails a nice Haddock

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Dave gets a birthday Cod

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Ted lands another nice Cod

 

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Another Cod for Dalton

 

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Couple of nice Cod jigged up

 

 

 

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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

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
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Group shot on the return ride from the offshore trip

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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