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.
As stated these are NOT the regulations just what was put forth to council to review.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.