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May 19, 2013
Billy Bob joins the fun bagging some nice Black Sea Bass.
Summer time is fast approaching and black bass can make a good summer of fishing.
The southern boys have plenty of takers for the trip out to the bassing grounds.
What a difference a few days makes!
South River Mike and Elmer were mackerel slayers today.
"What a great day for mackerel fishing!" exclaimed Mike. "We caught well over 100 fish in an hour. It was 5 over the side every time we dropped a line. We wanted to catch some fluke today but we couldn't get them to bite even with the chubs Elmer netted the night before."
There were birds working at different times but we could not connect with any striped bass either.
Most of the macs were tinkers. Great size for fluke fishing and striped bass.
Plymouth Rock Dead Ahead!
Honey? Do you have any freezer space I could use for a few weeks?
May 12, 2013
Mackerel Massacre turns into a minor skirmish!
As we always do, we start our fishing adventures at Anita Marie's in Rockland Center. Well fed, we thumbed our noses at the rain and set off. The River Captain had a full crew with the Angel and Zipcode along with the Cellar Troll. Rock Bottom, G-No, Elmer, Jimdogg, and Neighbor, joined the fray and everyone caught some fish, but the big numbers were not there. No bass were caught live lining in the North River today, but South River Mike's (new) boat with Chris Whitley aboard, (two challangers for FOTY 2013) landed a couple of nice 30 inch cod which helped ease the pain. Water temp was a cold 49 degrees which may have lent to a slow day. G-No, Elmer and Neighbor went out to the wrecks around the old "H" Bouy and though we caught some cod and pollack all were throwbacks.
A wet and gray day didn't dampen the spirits.
Striped Bass 2013
The River Captain shows it's no fluke.
"Of course not, it's a striper!" cried the River Captain. Then laughed, "Oh I get it, It's not a fluke that I am the current Fisherman of the Year."
Parcell Post holds up the first keeper of the 2013 season! "The River is full of bait and we are cashing in."
Captain Dave Patry reports keeper bass are being caught under the schools of mackerel from Cohasset to the Cape Cod Canal. "Me and Twig are taking charters out on the Cathy Ann, (www.cathyanncharters.com) for cod. And there is nice pollack to be found." say the Captain. More reports from the ground fishery to come.
Mother's Day can only mean "The Mackerel Massacre " is here!
Mackerel Mar-e will be leading the charge to fill the freezers with bait in 2013.
Jimdogg wants to know if he has help or is he fishing alone!
April 29, 2013
Herring start to fill Hingham Bay with some mackerel mixed in.
Jimdogg lands another herring on the Sabiki rig. Pemberton Pier, Hull. We were hoping for some winter flounder but they never appeared. Herring were constant on the rigs and the other guy fishing caught some macks.
April 28, 2013
Billy Bob leads trout team to Morton Park in Plymouth!
It was a beautiful morning to recover from the the Reela-Palooser and where better? At the trout pond. Unfortunately again AC showed us up! One hour in and he has his limit of the nice rainbow trout that are stocked here by the state.
Plenty of power bait to use but yellow was the winner and AC was hoarding it till he had his creel filled. "I don't understand it. Why can't you guys catch any." laughed AC. "Look here is another one!"
AC is our yearly trout king and rarely shut out. The water was crystal clear and the shore was lined with fishermen. Kayaks, small boats and tubes slid back and forth across the water taking a few nice fish here and there. Striped Bass and fluke will soon become the fish of choice and this was a great way to fill in the void.
Witha G and Jimdogg can't figure why the fish won't take their bait. While AC is just whistling Dixie.There are a lot of stocked ponds on the South Shore and it's time to get out and enjoy the spring trout fishing.
Good News is a 9 cod limit per person appears to be in place! That is good news to the charter fishermen! Anything less than this would have harmed the charter fishing industry. Commercial fishermen fear this means their end. Will the fish be there?
April 23, 2013
The cod fishing news is not good. Cod, if you can find any are too small to even stretch. Worse than that, you need to be out 30 miles or more. That's alot of fuel to burn to not catch your limit of fish.
"There are dark clouds on the horizon for the cod fishing industry." say Captain Dave Patry of the Cathy Ann. "I have too let my clients know that right now the fish are not there.! Hopefully the bass season will kick in and be as strong as last year."
Billy Bob is disappointed at the no cod fishing trips. "I hope the tuna come in so I can weasel a trip on the Cathy Ann"
G-No shows a nice one from last year hoping to duplicate in 2013. Elmer and Jimdogg were down the canal checking out the rumors of bass, but came up empty. Local fishermen report keepers on the east end and birds working the schools of herring and mackerel that are showing up.
Sharpen the hooks, make a few rigs and be ready. Our gang will be fishing the North River along with Big Mike and Parcell Post the River Captain. Last year Elmer caught some nice ones out of his kayak and a Mary's Boat rental. Plymouth and Duxbury Bays also hold some nice sized fish. Look for them from Brown's Bank in the outer harbor to the channels leading in and out off the bay.
Winter flounder are showing up in all the usual spots from Boston Harbor to Plymouth Harbor.
March 24, 2013
Captain G-No stays in Rhode Island waters catching his fair share of cod.
This time he rode out on the "Island Current" out of Galilee and had a great day. The wind was blowing some but it didn't cool off the fishing. "I had to hire a couple of guys to haul the fish to my truck!" laughed G-No.
"This winter season has been productive for me. Being semi retired rules!"
Captain Patry, Captain of the Cathy Ann sitting in the St. Croix sun, says "Call me when the snow stops falling!!"
February 19, 2013
Back on the ice, Ken and Rock Bottom put the finishing touch on the fish menu.
"What a blast we had today Elmer! Sorry the rest of you had to work." sang Ken of the DUO. "Lots of flags all morning. We caught bass, perch and a crappie." chipped in the Grand Poobah, Rock Bottom.
Rock Bottom had some nice fish on a great day. The Fish Hound DUO took turns standing guard. 2 hours on, 2 hours off.
Lucy enjoyed the time off!
Medium shiners, circle hooks hung off the bottom which ranges from 5-11 feet.
Rock Bottom has had the hot hand lately!
February 15, 2013
Ice conditions very iffy in SE Massachusetts
Two layers of ice now grace most ponds making ice fishing doubtful for the up coming weekend. The spot where we fished last week now has 1-1.5 inches of ice on top of 2-3 inches of water then another layer of 3 inch ice. Don't take any chances. There is solid ice north and west of here.
Rock Bottom and Elmer hit the pre-Blizzard bite!
Rock Bottom had 3 bass to his credit before Elmer got a nice pickerel. Rock had six fish to his credit when Elmer got a nice bass of his own. Then about mid morning the yellow perch moved in. Good size yellow perch in prespawn mode started hitting at a steady clip. We caught more than a dozen around a pound. RG showed up with his black lab, Chief and went home with a nice bag of fish. The bait buckets were next to empty when we called it a day. New fishing buddy Paul couldn't resist coming to join us and had a lot of information about the pond. He targets big fish using big baits and got himself a nice bass too. Time to go home and get ready for a lot of snow. Perch fillets on the barbie.
Captain G-No cashes in on Rhode Island winter cod!
While cod regs north of the 42nd parellel limit you to two fish, in RI you can still catch 10 fish. Captain Kelly has been cleaning up aboard the Frances Fleet out of Galilee, Rhode Island. The Captain has won the "pool" two weeks in a row and fish are weighing in the mid twenties.
Here G-No holds up the winner.
You still want to fish cod? Then head south to Galilee, RI and the Frances Fleet. say Hello to Captain G-No.
Make sure to tell them we sent you!!
What's in store for 2013 and Beyond
New Cod regulations mean the end of fishing as we know it here in New England! A decrease of catch limits of 60 to 70% threaten to shut down the fishing industry. Captains like Dave Patry of the "Cathy Ann" out of Green Harbor Marina won't even book cod trips anymore. "I can't ask customers to pay to go out and get 2 fish. Many charter boats are hanging it up." Another Capt. Dave, of the "Relentless", is changing stratagies and going to in shore flounder, bass and blues, in Boston Harbor. "With gas prices and quotas, I can't afford to go out to the banks anymore." The tuna catch has been down for the last few years and the likelyhood toward better years in the future seem bleak.
January 31, 2013
2nd Ice out of the season leaves the team in Limbo. 60 degree temps, high winds and rain turn 6 inches of ice to water in 36 hours. Bizarre weather continues. We have one more chance for solid ice here on the South Shore of Massachusetts, or it's see you next year.
Captain G-No and Rock Bottom fished for cod on the Frances Fleet out of Galilee, Rhode Island and hit it hard. G-No had some nice fish in the 10 -25 pound range. Rock Bottom even got a few!!! The boat did very well with the regulars hauling in some nice hogs!
January 27, 2013
Cindy shows off again!
3.75 lb pikerel was highlight of the day. It was a great showing of the Bite Me Bait Co ice fishing team as most members were there. Led by Rock Bottom, the team members were, The Earle, RG, AC, Billy Bob, Elmer & Mar-e, Jimdogg, Mr. Ed, Rush Lowe and the DUO. The dogs were led by Max, Chief, Lucy and Charlotte by weight. Large mouth bass were non existant across the pond this day. No one caught one. Plenty of yellow perch bites but no big ones.
January 25, 2013
We venture out on the ice!
Elmer snags the day's big one.
There were omens in the sky and flags galore for Rock Bottom and Ken. The ice was 4inches thick and the pressure cracks radiated back and forth across the pond and right through our holes. It's a haunting and sometimes scary sound, but we knew we were ok.
Halo around the sun speaks of ice crystals at high levels. Often a precursor to snow or rain.
Nice pair you have there, Boys.
See you all on Sunday! Big ice fishing outting. Call someone in the know for directions!
January 22, 2013
Waiting for the ice to refreeze!
Cold temperatures bring hope to South Shore ice fishermen.
With daytime temps in the low 20s and night time temps near zero ice could be safe enough on some ponds by next weekend. High winds have kept some of the larger bodies of water free from ice so far but most are expected to freeze over this week. Shallow bog ponds and isolated coves have an ice cover and look to be your best bet by next weekend.
Remember Ice Safety first!
3 inches = one person
4 inches = 2-3 people
5 inches = small groups
January 8, 2013
Danno gets his bass!
Warm wind chases us off the ice at noon.
January 6, 2013
Ice fishing team meets at Jimdogg's pond to plan winter stratagy. Poobah goes hiking. (Really)
Elmer gets a "God Fish"
The ice was 4-5 inches thick and an inch of fresh snow made it a beautiful morning. The Duo, and Billy Bob, joined Jimdogg and Elmer on first ice. Though the fishing was somewhat slow, Elmer managed to land three different species. Perch, Bass and pickerel. The bass hit while he was pulling his traps heading home for the day. "I always remind God that there is still plenty of time to get me a hook up. Prayer answered! I by passed that trap because it kept going off all day. So I was leaving it to last.Then it went off with the fish of the day. Thank You Lord!" All were decent fish and hopefully a prelude to a fine winter fishing season. We had plenty of flags but most were perch swim bys.
Lucy and Charlotte, two famous fish dogs, prowled the hole set up looking for the the next flag.The DUO was surprised the ice was as thick as it was and will have their gear in the water, this week.
First fish was an average yellow perch.
When Billy Bob, our ice integrity expert showed up we knew the ice was safe. However, the song of the day was from "Police" Don't stand, Don't stand, Don't stand so close to me! but ice safety is tops with our team. The ice was solid 4-5 inches never giving us any worry.
Billy Bob got his perch on the ice.
Jimdogg was so happy things panned out that he took his lovely wife Kathy out to buy a home entertainment system.
Elmer shows a small pickerel that helped make the day!!
January 1, 2013
River Captain crowned Fisherman of the Year for 2012
Parcell Post was all smiles as Jimdogg presented him with the trophy. "You guys are the greatest!" exclaimed the Captain. "This is one of my best moments. This baby is going up on the wall of Anita Marie's where everyone can come and see it."
It was a good year on the waters of the North River and the South Shore for Striped bass and fluke. And the crew got their fair share. With cod fishing coming to a halt, more time will be spent targeting other species. But that's "Spring" talk. Right now we await the ice and it may be ready this week end. So get the traps ready!
Parcell's wife, the Angel is all smiles as she whispers "It's OUR trophy RIGHT honey?"
The Past winners were there in numbers, lead by 2011 winner Jimdogg who did a fine job as FOTY 2011 and not crying when he gave up the trophy.
Ice Fishing 2013 is almost here on the South Shore
Make sure you have enough ice. 4inches or better! Be careful!
December 15, 2012
River Captain, Parcel Post wins Fisherman of the Year for 2012!
Grand Poobah, Rock Bottom congratulates 2012 winner!
In a near landslide, the River Captain surprises with a big win!
"This means so much to me!" exclaimed Parcel. "The Bite Me Bait Co. is the best fishing group on the east coast! I can't wait for the winter meeting when I get the trophy." The River Captain, so named for his mooring spot on the North River, has been a member for several years now and does a great job putting fish on the deck. Parcel's wife "The Angel" owner of Anita Maries restaurant in downtown Rockland, is looking forward to hanging the trophy where everyone can come and look at it. "I was so happy for Mike (Parcel), the smile on his face said it all!"
Rock Bottom came in second with Chris Whitley a close third. "It's good to see the "new blood" of the gang, making their mark." said Rock. "You can never have too many fishermen."
The Halls were decked in Holly, the crowd was in a festive mood, food and drink covered the tables for the annual BMBC Christmas Party. The Grand Poobah, Rock Bottom and Flann planned everything well and it showed. "It's a blast having everyone here for party." exclaimed Flann. "We don't get many chances to get this many members in one place. I love it"
Jerry Bennett claims "Major Award" for largest Striped Bass caught during "Fall Classic."
"I always have fun when I fish, but our group brings it to a new level. Everyone works together to ensure the fish is brought to the net. This is a great finish for 2012, and it has me champing at the bit to repeat in 2013."
October 10, 2012
Wind and rain make no difference.
Elmer and Rock Bottom stick it out and Rock gets a nice fish. 33 inch, 14 pounds 11 ounces.
Cut pogie brings it on home.
October 08, 2012
Dead Finback Whale washes into Boston Harbor.
Billy Bob captured this photo while fishing with G-No. There are no ropes or severe wounds apparent.
State and Federal officials ponder what to do. Elmer says. "The next tanker leaving Boston Harbor should have a tow rope attached to the whale and tow it with them out to sea."
Meanwhile the "Rum Runner" with Captain Chris have been banging the striped bass in the Hull Gut area.
Blues mix in with the bass with the bass that were measuring 30-38 inches.
Green Harbor Tuna Report
Tuna fishing slows to a crawl. From the NW Corner of Stellwagon, south to Chatham, fishermen are catching few giants or slotted fish. The striped bass are starting to move and Boston Harbor and adjacent waters hold their fair share of fish. Hull Gut has been turning out 30 -38 inch fish on a regular basis. Plymouth Harbor over to the Nuclear Power Plant produces fish also. Fluke season is over but winter flounder fishing is picking up in the West Way and Nantasket Roads. Some of these fish weigh 3-4 pounds. Smelts can be found in all the good fish markets!
September 22, 2012
Bite Me Bait Co Fall Classic produces New Winner!
Jerry Bennett in the prime spot, unseats the Grand Poobah with a 37 inch fish!
Jerry fought off much seaweed to land a nice fish.
The evening was cool and the breeze was blowing in, the sea grass was everywhere, but that didn't hamper Jerry from hauling in the winner. A good crowd was on hand this night fishing the "Curve" for the right to be known as a BMBC Classic Winner. Jerry is also the first person to win the Major Award while wearing glasses. Jerry's refusal to admit what bait he was using did not factor into the final verification. "I am glad to see some new members get the recognition they deserve." laughed Rock Bottom. "We are always looking for new fishermen and women to join us on the beach. The Major Award is one of our club's big deals" "I was hooked on the BMBC after attending one of the Club's winter meetings." replied Jerry. "After that I knew I could out fish any of these guys."
Jimdogg was appointed event judge and verified the fish as a keeper!
"Fish is of legal length and parasite free." sang Jimdogg. "And I couldn't feel any weights in the belly."
We all took a moment with Dr. Flank to remember his Dad who passed away recently.
September 20, 2012
Big Blue Fish Rule
Race Point Light, Provincetown, Massachusetts
Reports of big Blue Fish from the Cape Cod Canal to the Merrimac River!
Get just off shore in 50 -100 feet of water and drag something, anything and get big Blue Fish. Giant Tuna bait sized fish blues can be caught in close around the Race. Captain Dave Patry of Cathy Ann Charters says, "Right sized tuna" remain spotty while some of the big boys are turning up on the decks of those who know what they are doing. Andy Glynn of the "RIDLA" has been boating some nice fish and the price is making smiles all around. Fluke season ends at the end of September so get out and fish them one more time. Plymouth Harbor, Duxbury Bay Channels and the North River are still producing some nice flatties. Winter flounder fishing has been slow but expect a "run" in the next few weeks as the waters rapidly cool. Smelt fishing has some fish being caught in the usual spots from Pemberton Pier in Hull to the Back & Fore Rivers in Quincy. But it's cheaper to order them for dinner at most restaurants! Striped Bass fishing remains good and Captain G-No and Rock Bottom, along with the ladies caught some big fish around P-Town.
Elmer has to laugh at this little guy.
September 11, 2012
Limit Larry, formerly the fisherman known as Mudguaard, Scores some nice late season Fluke with the Grand Poobah.
Whatever you do Mudguaard don't give out this spot. The people wouldn't believe you anyway.
The morning was rough today, but not a rough as eleven years ago. We discussed the events of that day as we fished and hope that it never happens again. Back to the fishing, we attempted to jig up some striped bass but couldn't find any, despite the birds. Red was the best color today and the fish were caught in 8-40 feet of water and ranged from 17-20 inches in length. We also threw some back. We also caught a bunch of Sea Robins and we took some big ones, 3 lbs or more home to eat.
There were a half dozen seals laying on the rocks or swimming around this rock mound. One sticks it's head up to see if we pose a threat to their quiet time.
September 3, 2012
Tuna is back on the Menu
The Laravee crew was serving fresh sushi with a smear of wasabi on dock 4.
Captain Dave Patry of the "Cathy Ann" said they worked hard to get one, but we did it.
September 1, 2012
Fishing out of Green Harbor, Marshfield, Massachusetts
Giant Blue Fin Tuna evade the "Boys" in the "South". Reports have the big fish on the NW Corner while the local charter boys are hitting and missing the "right size" fish between P-Town and Chatham. Conversations with different boat Captains show that success is not spread out equally. Striped Bass fishing has remained fairly steady through out the 2012 summer. All the boaters who have slips in Green Harbor Marina know the secret to catching bass consistently is toss a couple of small blue fin tuna chunks over the side then add a hook to one and hang on. Big Blue Fish remain available around the Cape and reports of nice fish off Duxbury Beach come in every day. Fluke fishing remains active with reports of fish to 10 pounds being taken in the channels around Bug Light. Winter Flounder still can be found in Green Harbor. Elmer took 3 nice fish, two were 14 inches and one was 16.
This Year the striped bass fishing was and still is good! Blue Fish are running around 40 inches. But "right sized tuna" have been a bit hit or miss. Everyone has been catching them but they seem to run in spurts.
Captain Dave Fishing with the Grand Children
Will we be able to fish in our future?
That's a nice fish if you would only move it a little more to the right!
Rock Bottom sets September 22 as Fall Classic Date!
Tide is around 5pm so we will be setting up around 3pm. Cookout and gathering of friends expected. Fishing from 3-7 pm then home. Major Award now sits in the Grand Poobah's hands, who will take it from him.
Elmer invited to the
Green Harbor Marina Boater's Day
The Marina may never be the same!
"Is my slip ready?"
August 25, 2012
Elmer enjoys a moment with GHM Operations Manager, Mike Conley, and I & S Group Liaison, Mr. Katho
It was all ashore for Annual Event
Store manager Kevin Joyal puts on another great party for Green Harbor Marina boaters and their guests. It was a full house with plenty of clam chowder and good food to go around. The office "girls" Maureen and Kim ran the Libation Station to a "T" keeping the big crowd in a festive mood. Yard Manager Dex was moving burgers around as fast as he moves boats in the yard. "The entire GHM crew did a great job getting the place set up for this yearly event." said Mike Conley. "Everything was perfect."
Congratulation to All for another banner year!
August 19, 2012
Reports out of Green Harbor say that the big fish (Tuna) can be found on the outer Cape from P-Town to Chatham. Live liners are hooking fish. Bass and blues are easily available. Fluke still can be found in the North River and the channels around Bug Light in Plymouth Bay.
Bite Me Bait Co kayak team takes annual ride around Saquish Head.
BMBC kayak rookies Carol and Moe take to the ocean for the first time. Moe an associate photographer of the BMBC was a little nervous going 'deep' for the first time. But with the tutelage of AC, they make the transition to the sea with ease.
"This is a breeze girls it's almost flat!" shouted Mar-e a veteran of many salt water trips. "Are you kidding me?" exclaimed Moe. "No and be thankful the wind is sort of in our favor."
"Yeah, yeah, yeah, I got the rookies under control." says AC.
"I know my paddle is backward. I'm just seeing if the rookies notice it."
Rock Bottom didn't catch the big one but he did a great job winding his way through the marsh to where the trucks were parked. Here he makes sure the rookies are OK. And they Are! "We had a great time!"sang the Rookies in chorus . "When are we going again!!"
Jimdogg and Flann were camera shy but of course Jimdogg was shooting along with Mar-e. Flann was team leader and the only rogue kayaker was AC who ended up at the guard shack!
August 12, 2012
Fishing Report out of Green Harbor and Plymouth Harbor
"Right Size" Tuna fishing slows a bit on the bank while big Bluefish are everywhere off P-Town. Fish to 40 inches are being caught daily. Striped Bass still hang in the channels of Plymouth, Duxbury and Kingston Bays and deep into the Green Harbor River. Elmer reports fish being caught in the channel around Green Harbor Yacht Club and the Green Harbor Marina. Fluke can be found in good numbers in the North River. It has produced some nice fish in the 2-3 pound range. Fish the area around the nuns at the end of the spit to the bend towards Damon's point. Or reverse the drift if the tide is going out. Fluke are also found in good numbers just outside the Jetties at Green Harbor along with winter flounder and widowpane flounder. Flat fish fishing has improved ever since the dredging both in and out of the "harbor".
Cathy Ann comes home with another full hold!
Captain G-No and the Bride are on the annual tour with reports to follow.
Aug. 7, 2012
North River Fluke
No Net Elmer still manages to land some fish!
There are some nice fluke to be caught in the North River and if I had brought the %$@(*&%^ NET, I would have had a couple of really nice fish to add to the box. Red was the color to use today as Mar-e never got a hit on her green rig. All but one of the fish were caught on the incoming tide around the red nuns at the mouth of the North River near the spit. The other nice fish that I lost at the boat was caught on a diving swim bait, mackerel coloring, trolling just east of Damon's Point. We rented a boat at Mary's Boat Yard On Rte 3A, and as usual we had a blast.
This nice fish hit a red teaser with a squid trailer.
Mar-e manned the helm putting Elmer on some fine fish.
Windowpane flounder can be caught here along with winter flounder. Also Bite Me Bait Co member Big Mike Routewell, had the missus and the dogs aboard for a fine cruise up the South River. Mike catches plenty of striped bass in the river and he knows his routes and waters well.
August 4, 2012
Cathy Ann hits the tuna!
Green Harbor once again Tuna Central.
They were late coming but they are here now! "says Twig, long time mate on the Cathy Ann.
Stellwagon Bank starts to yield the "Right Sized" Bluefin Tuna.
Recent Charters aboard the Cathy Ann out of Green Harbor Marina have been treated to some nice slotted Bluefin tuna. "We got the first one one morning after we filled our bass quota and the captain decided to run out the tuna gear. Lo and behold we took our first slotted fish of the year. Since then the bite has been fairly steady. We took 4 one day and had multiple hook ups on quite a few other trips." says Captain Dave. "I hope they stick around through the rest of the season." This is MY time of year!" laughs Twig. " I love to see these big beautiful fish up close!"
The Bud Billings Crew all went home happy as each boated a fish.
Another day on the water with the results the same! Chuck and Jeff both fished their wish with a nice tuna each."Nothing makes a client happier than catching fish." says Captain Dave Patry. "I am just glad the tuna have arrived in good numbers. This will make a lot of fishermen's year."
And if the tuna aren't biting then we get some big bluefish and bass too!
This big 39 inch bluefish sure made Sean Ireland's day!!
AC and Elmer kayak fish Kingston Bay
Bluefish and fluke make the day!
It was a minus tide as we entered the channel off Howland Landing, Duxbury. But the fish weren't too far away. Plenty of pogies being chased by bluefish and bass, plus some nice fluke made a nice day.
July 27, 2012
Lightning Storms plague Massachusetts Boaters!
From Cape Ann to Cape Cod the storms have been fierce on the ocean. Last Tuesday Elmer sat in Salisbury on the beach with his sisters and brothers watching funnel clouds dropping and rising along the edge of one big storm just off the coast.
Photo by Kim, Green Harbor Marina, looking toward Brant Rock, Marshfield, Massachusetts
Unsettled weather keeps many boaters at the dock. Make sure to check you local weather radar before you go out and keep an eye to the sky when you are on the water. US Coast Guard on patrols are checking random boats, make sure you have all you proper gear. Check for expiration dates on all your safety gear so you won't have any hassles that could ruin an outting.
The DUO and the Deer Hunter, Hit the Fluke and Sea Bass
Plenty of fish to be had along the South Cape!
Once again the fishing is solid for fluke and sea bass off Falmouth. "Time and tide were right for a trip to the Cape." said Captain Ken. "And it's time to take care of the Deer Hunter as venison season will soon be upon us." Launching from Falmouth we were soon in our favorite haunts pulling fish over the side. "It ain't the tree stand but it's just the place I want to be with fish in hand." chimed in the Hunter. "Sea Bass fishing has been strong all summer and fluke fishing has been steady too. " added Ken.
Cindy uses a nice fluke to high light the Sailing Vessel off the stern. "This is some of my favorite fishing." says Cindy. "A beautiful day in perfect conditions and that doesn't even take into account the fish we will be taking home"
These new glasses show me where the fish are!
"I have seen it all before and it tires me out. And I say where we fish Elmer!" says Charlotte.
Mid-Sized Tuna start to Show!
Captain Patry of the Cathy Ann lands his first of the year!
Photos to follow.
2012 Year of the Striper!
Captain G-No leads the Charge!
First fish of the year and now the biggest so far.
Boston Harbor and live mackerel, bring this 25 pound beauty to the boat.
Local flounder spot holds some nice bass too. Hospital Shoals off Rainsford Island was the spot.
Black Sea Bass doing well too!
Rock Bottom and Flann Jolie joined the DUO to catch a load of bass and fluke. We can't tell you just where on the south Cape they fished that day next to Martha's vineyard, on the west side... but the black bass hit hard, a few good fluke and the Rock tossed in a nice striped bass to make the day a complete success.
Rock gets a nice striped bass, while Cindy shows why she's a perennial Fisherman of the Year candidate.
Ken holds up a nice bass while Charlotte just can't suppress the grin.
Elmer reports fluke being taken out side Green Harbor and in the channels surrounding Bug Light, Plymouth Harbor.
Kayak Fishing still going strong in Green Harbor
Heather picks up a nice fish trolling a tube and worm up the channel.
Elmer's Kinfolk R-Tee and friends score their bass on a recent trip down "The Cape"
Everyone went home happy as the gang got their fish! Bass fishing has seen one of it's better years in Massachusetts Bay.
Before and After!
Elmer turns bad karma into good!
No work turns into fine play as Elmer lands a nice striped bass off Bug Light in Plymouth Harbor.
The plan was for Mar-e to drop me off at Howland Landing in Duxbury and I was going to paddle my way out with the tide to the channels around Bug Light and jig up a nice fluke or two. Unfortunately as soon as I reached the "zone" the "Damned East Wind" kicked up the waves and even my drift sock couldn't save the day. So I packed it in and headed into the teeth of the wind to get to the Gurnet Light House where our friends awaited us. Mar-e was there with the dog and the gang where I finally came ashore.
Elmer sets off from Howland Landing in Duxbury, Looking north at Duxbury Beach you can see the dust raised by the heavy vehicle traffic along the road out.
Due to a no work issue (bad karma) we decided to invite ourselves to stay the night and give the fishing one more try. At 0600 a strong SW wind tried to disappoint me but by 0730 it calmed enough to get out there and I got lucky. Jigging for fluke as I drifted just east of Bug Light I hooked a nice striped bass. I got a "Nantucket Sleigh Ride" for a few minutes, as the bass took some line before coming to the kayak. No nets or gaffs allowed on board. Land them by hand or lose them!
Can you see me out there! Bass on the barbie tonight! A nice 35 inch Striped Bass.
The kids wonder when dad and mom are going to get one of these.
Amelia is not sure about getting close, while Zack can't wait to get his own fish!
Thanks to Mar-e for getting the great shots!
July 7, 2012
DUO hits the South Cape for big Black Sea Bass.
Taking an annual trip for Black Sea Bass and fluke the DUO hits some nice fish!
"These aren't Boston Harbor Sea Bass Elmer! These are the real deal!" bragged Cindy who always catches the biggest fish. " I got a nice fluke too, though we were chasing the bass." "We love fishing on the South Cape." Ken stated. "The variety of good tasting fish is too much to let go by."
July 3, 2012
Elmer has the West Way all to himself!
I launched the kayak in Hull Gut and headed out toward George's Island and the Hospital Shoals area in search of winter flounder. The winds were light and the drift sock not needed. Catching flounder was slow but I did catch 6 fish 4 of which would have made the minimum length of 12 inches but I sent them all back. I was looking for bigger fish. I managed to catch 1 mackerel on the bottom rig and two surprise fish.
Black Sea Bass and Sea Robins two fish I have never caught in this area. The bass were around the legal size of 12 inches also but I sent them back too. The Sea Robins look like something the came out of the bubble days. Local will know what I am talking about. The days before Deer Island's Treatment Plant. The birds were working the channel hard as I crossed from the "Gut" to the other side picking off what looked like herring or small bunker the were being chased by either striped bass or bluefish.
Bite Me Bait Co Has Thailand Ties.
Elmer met John Ang aka BKK John on Facebook a couple of years ago. I found him a very passionate fisherman who basically gave up his "old life" in the textile industry to follow his dream chasing the giant fish found in the rivers and ponds of Thailand. "I have fished since I was 15 years old. So a few years ago we decided to give it a go. Many guides fish the ponds on a routine basis but I like to chase the "Wild Toman" (Snakefish) in remote rivers and reservoirs. My clients are in for a special time if we are chasing Snakefish. Each trip is an adventure and always new things happen. "My wife and I have devoted the last three years to making our guide service one of the best." said John. "Fly fishing is also available and we get many big fish this way. The food is suburb and we love to share stories with our fishing friends."
See the many fish my clients catch!
We have many big fish to catch here in Thailand. Mekong Catfish, Siamese Carp, even Amazon Arapaima. I have many You Tube videos showing every aspect of our fishing adventures. Here you can see the good times we have and the big fish we catch. But mostly I have fun fishing and I am fortunate to work at my love. I am easy to find and can supply all your needs for a once in a lifetime fishing journey.
Come to Thailand and look me up if you want to share in this wonderful fishery! "Thanks Elmer for sharing my story. You Bite Me Bait Co guys seem to have it down pat yourselves!"
The "Eagle" rests in Charlestown.
July 1, 2012
Winter flounder return to inner Green Harbor
Boat owners at Green Harbor Marina are reporting some nice flatties being caught off the back of their boats in their slips. "This hasn't happened on a regular basis in bunch of years." said Captain Billy Glynn of 4 Sons Charters. "I saw some nice fish caught last weekend at the dock by the crew on dock #1. One fish was three and a half pounds. I think the dredging done in recent years has opened the harbor to increased tidal flow bringing the fish in with it."
"I come from the Flounder capital of the World." crowed Elmer. "Yeah well I have a rig ready to go, so here you go. Let's see what you can do!" said the captain. "Dinners on me tonight." said Elmer. "I have a break let's get them." Wasn't long before Elmer had two on the boat. "Nice fish too Elmer! Me and the wife will thank you forever!" Captain Billy answered.
Elmer was there to answer the call!
"I'll take care of those babies, Elmer." shouted Captain Glynn.
Iced down then filleted to perfection. "If your from Houghs Neck why am I doing the work?" laughed Billy. "Filleting flounder is just like riding a bike, you never forget how to do it."
Fishing from the docks is not allowed at the Marina, but slip owners may fish from their boats. Small boats and kayakers can pick up some nice flounder fishing just off the docks to outside the jetties at the entrance of the channel. Striped bass seem to have moved off from the inner harbor but a school of pogies was spotted in the channel. July 1st. The harbor is filled with juvenile herring 5-8 inches long and look like healthy stock. Check out the ospreys as they appear to be rearing young but hard to see how many.
Rock Bottom hangs on to Major Award!
Bad Karma as bass don't cooperate this weekend. What had been a hot spot of activity cooled at the wrong time as no keepers were caught. A packed beach of members thoroughly enjoyed the night and next day. "Hopefully the Fall Classic will be more fruitful." sighed Rock Bottom. Catcalls of Poobah, smoobah were generally ignored, along with; "Who wants to fish Sucwish Beach again." No written reports of the evening and the day have made to Elmer's desk as of yet. Though Captain Parcell Post says the mail is flowing freely since his medical leave.
Charter "Boys" looking for the mid sized tuna.
Green Harbor Marina. The tuna season is underway but most of the fish being caught in the area are over 72 inches. And even those are coming sparingly. Most days only a handful of fish are being caught by the fleet which ranges from 50-100 boats on any given day. The big fish like the live bait. Whiting and small bluefish are the best usually but with the glut of mackerel in the area, you go with the flow! However it's the next level down fish, that the boys want to see. And so far it's a no go. "We are awaiting the the mid sized tuna." says Captain Dave Patry of the "Cathy Ann Charters". "Striped Bass and Cod fishing remain hot and most of us have no trouble filling the fish boxes on most trips. But we want the tuna to show soon to make our summer."
These are the fish the charter boys want.
Striped Bass fishing remains hot with fish to 45 inches passing through the parking lot. Green Harbor Bait Shop has weighed in a number of big fish recently. Get the details from "Pronk" and tell him Elmer sent me.
Elmer's secret is live mackerel just off the marina docks. All the "Outside " slips are killing the bass!
Flounder to 3.5 pounds being caught along the inner harbor too!
Members "George the Jumper" and "Eb Tide" are under the weather and could use some support from the "Gang". George is at Braintree rehab and Eb is at home in Halifax. See AC for directions to the house.
June 24, 1012
Billy Bob Joins the River Captain in the Striped Bass Chase!
Plenty of live tinker mackerel to fish with and plenty of big bass chasing them around.
"I got it on one of my favorite OKUMA set ups!" crowed Billy Bob. "We took some time finding the mackerel but they were nice sized bait for the task at hand. I hooked a lively one to my Okuma Convector reel and Cedros medium action pole and waited for the big hit and it wasn't too long." Bob's line soon was screaming and the fight was on. Billy Bob won this battle and landed a solid 18 pound, 40 inch fish.
Sitting just outside of the North River, Scituate, Massachusetts
Like every fishing trip, the boys meet at Anita Marie's in Rockland Center for breakfast. This morning our welding buddy Johnny had his latest creation on display. Mar-e works across the street at Rockland Fire Dept.
We didn't hang around long and the River Captain was a little under the weather but off we went. Captain Parcel Post got his fish too, though he couldn't shake the blahs. They caught five nice fish but only kept one each for the stove.
The Other boat was the Bassomatic with Skipper Rock Bottom, Jimdogg and the Archangel. They were fishing in the same general area but without success.
Jimdogg reminds Billy Bob who the Fisherman of the Year is. While Billy Bob is smiling all the way to the grill.
June 19, 2012
Elmer chasing flatties in the North River
Finally a day off and out comes the kayak. Strong breezes means no oceans fishing, but lets see if the fluke are in the river. Fishing was slow but I managed to get a windowpane flounder and a 16 inch fluke. Put in on the Driftway in Scituate and follow Herring Brook to the North River. Most fluke are to be found just inside the mouth of the South and North Rivers. I find a two hook baited with worms or squid work better than a bucktail with a trailer here. Can't begin to wonder why? I do catch more and more widowpane flounder each year.
Wind Power comes to the North River
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June 9, 2012
Tuna starting to appear along the coast. Reports from Gloucester to Chatham have some fish being caught. We will try to get some weights.
Striped Bass Reigns Supreme!
Cathy Ann Charters gets in on the hot Striped Bass Bite!
Chuck C. & Jeff F. holds some good bass eating!
Race Point, Provincetown, Massachusetts is the place to be if you want to catch striped bass. "You could walk across the fish today!" exclaimed Captain Dave Patry. "We and anyone in a boat near us caught plenty of bass today. And some nice big fish too."
The team gets some rest before the action starts. Then it's fish on and "Twig" offers up a prayer that these two will remember what he told them.
Diplomas all around as everyone passes the Twig course in bass catching!
Umbrella rigs or wire jigging served you well this day.
Billy Bob impersonating a 2nd mate takes the ride and hauls in some fine fish of his own. Meanwhile Elmer mans the gas dock at Green Harbor Marina slipping all the secrets back to the Gang at BMBC.
Secret Cathy Ann spots for sale! Two for 1 July 4th Special Available on a limited basis. See Elmer on the Dock!
DUO only needs one drop to fill the fish box.
"We slammed the fish today!" exclaimed Cindy of the DUO. "It was a blast!"
From South to North all along the New England coast, the bass fishing has been fabulous! The Charter Boys out of Green Harbor Marina report big fish to 40 inches or more being taken on a regular basis. Captain Dave Patry of the Cathy Ann was all smiles at breakfast this morning at Anita Marie's in downtown Rockland. "We hit the striped bass hard at Race Point, Provincetown, and there were big fish 40 inches or more mixed in. Also Bluefish have made an appearance as we took some nice ones in with the bass. Cod, haddock and pollock fishing has rebounded. We have been bringing home full boxes of cod on every trip of late." Captain Andy Glynn of Ridla Charters was seen with some nice fish of his own.
Ken takes a break from landscaping to have a great day on the water. "What a day!"
No Schoolies in this bunch!
Lucy signals another school of fish to starboard while Charlotte is exhausted from all the excitement.
Saturday June 2, 2012
Abington, Massachusetts Police Department Youth Fishing Derby goes on despite rain!
Once again this rain or shine event comes off beautifully for Chief Majenski and his staff. The crowd was somewhat less than usual but everyone that came out had a wonderful time. For a complete list of winners see the Abington Police website.
From the little ones to the big ones, a fine time was had buy all!
Photos and story by Billy Bob
Night time is the right time to cast your bait from the beach!
The bass are every where this week so a trio of Billy Bob, Jimdogg, and AC headed to the "Curve" to fish for striped bass. AC has been taking his fair share of 30-32 inch fish this week while enjoying a few days off. The birds were working hard just off shore from where we were so we hoped a few would stray our way. And Jimdogg managed to get a couple of nice 29-30 inch fish which were sent back as we all have fresh bass at home.
Jimdogg had the hot spot tonight.
Memorial Day Weekend Stripers
Striped Bass fishing is hot just about anywhere in Massachusetts waters. From Chatham to Plum Island fishermen report large numbers of fish many over 30 inches. Captain G-No and crew take the Boston Harbor Island cruise Saturday morning and had a blast.
Jimdogg shows off one of the many.
Outer Boston Harbor is loaded with rocky islands and channels, ideal spots for the big fish to hide and ambush unsuspecting baitfish as they are being swept along with the tides. Tie on a live mackerel and set it loose.Then wait for the screaming drag.
It wasn't long when Rock Bottom got the call!
And the fish is in the box.
The weather is perfect for fishing and the mackerel can still be found. So get your self out there and enjoy some of the best Striped Bass fishing of the year!
The Captain pulls another nice fish out of the rocks, while The Grand Poobah is all smiles!
Brewster Islands + Live Bait = A Great Day of Fishing!
Reports from Green Harbor speak of Stripers, plenty of Mackerel and keeper cod being found in 60 feet of water near ledges and other underwater structure just outside of the harbor.
Ground fishing has picked up for the "Charter Boys" out of Green Harbor Marina in recent days, with most boats coming in with a load of codfish and happy fishermen. Pollock and haddock help fill out a well rounded trip. Bass remain active with many fish in the 30 - 40 inch range. Mackerel are still around but sometimes you have to move to find them. Chum blocks will help to hold the fish in range of your rigs. We are waiting to hear word of tuna appearing as the waters warm and the baitfish remain on the bank. Whales are feeding in big numbers off the SW Corner of Stellwagon Bank and have been putting on quite a show for those that can get there. Weekend weather has been great and the ocean calm. Memorial Day Weekend is here and the fishing should be at it's peak..
Cod Fishing with the "Cathy Ann"
Another one of Green Harbor Marina's fine Charter Captains.
Ground fishing is doing well, striped bass are everywhere, and the tuna will be here soon!!
Captain G-No leads 2012 Striper Season Off with a Nice Fish
Irish Ayes Captain Gene Kelly
Plenty of mackerel and herring in the water off Green Harbor, Massachusetts to attract the bass to feed. All along the South Shore from P-Town to Boston the action has been steady. Just hook on a live mackerel and set it loose. While you wait for a strike, keep catching bait to be frozen away for use later in the year. The River Captain, Parcel Post, and crew have been hooking up in the North River but most are schoolies. Bigger fish have been reported in and around Plymouth and Duxbury Bays. AC has been banging the stripers from shore in outer Plymouth Harbor, getting some 30 inch fish amongst the schoolies. Captain Dave Patry of the "Cathy Ann" out of Green Harbor Marina reports plenty of bass to be had by those who know where to go. Locals trolling live mackerel inside Green Harbor scored a number of fish over the weekend in the 30-35 inch range. The Harbor is loaded with bait fish, with small herring leading the list. Elmer reports the Ospreys and Terns are well fed, and the cormorants are picking off small flounder and eels.
May 6, 2012
In Shore Cod Fishing
The "Eye of the Wompanoag" comes through for the "Irish Ayes"
Home safe and sound with fish in the box.
What started out to be a trip across Massachusetts Bay to the secret off shore cod spot, ends up a lot closer to home. A cranky engine confined us to the western reaches of the bay and we ended up at the "Eye". We were picking up mackerel on a regular basis in 60 feet of water so, after we caught a bunch we headed toward the mouth of the North River to see if the striped bass were hungry. They weren't and a strong NE wind didn't help. Captain G-No cried, "That's it boys, pull them up and we will go to the "Eye" for one drift across and home." Everyone agreed and off we went. Captain G-No put the boat on the perfect drift and it paid off.
It was ayes all around as Jimdogg and the Captain had the cod duel going!
Captain G-No and Jimdogg saved the day.
We caught plenty of mackerel, a whiting, 7 keeper cod, 2 of which we sent back with the other rats, but no striped bass.
The cod were decent, ( 20-24 inches) and the macs varied from little tinkers to just under "Horse" mackerel size.
Considering the "issues" day #1 was a success!
It was good to see fish in the boat!
On a sad note Billy Bob's mom passed away while we were fishing. Though not unexpected, our thoughts are with his family.
March 25, 2012
Fisherman of the Year
Jimdogg takes to the kayak and finds some nice fishing.
The alewives and river herring were coming up the fish ladder into Furnace Pond and finding an ambush. Large bass and pickerel were there in numbers to pick off any tired or injured fish. It wasn't long before it was fish on. "All I had to do was cast to the schools being chased and bang another one." said Jimdogg. "A beautiful day for a kayak ride. Throw in the spectacle of the herring run, with some nice fishing, and you have a great day."
The pickerel were waiting too.
Some members had good ice!
Ridge Hunter Bishop takes a 2nd place in Extraordinary Species Division
North Hero Vermont Kids Ice Fishing Derby.
Hunter one of our youngest Bite Me Bait Co members, lives with his dad Mike, and mom, Marsha, in Swanton, VT, which is located right up along the Canadian border on Lake Champlain. Hunter is an accomplished fisherman and ice fishing for pike is a favorite pass time. We first met him and his dad while doing a story on ice fishing for pike. They were kind enough to show us one of the secret spots and teach us the proper technique. Hunter was a 6 year old and HE hauled out a pike that was almost as long as he was tall. Dad, Mike is a good teacher and an avid outdoorsman himself.
The first of many awards this young man will win!
Keep up the great job!
"In the beginning there were pike, and they were mine....."
Stop by "Dawn Till Dusk Welding" and say Hello.
February 26, 2012
Getting the Boat ready for Cod Fishing
Hardly Able Crafter's all new non ice fishing trap, passed a critical test this week in the secret crappie pond and may soon be on the market.
Hardly Able Crafter's New Non-Ice Trap Prototype
Rock Bottom is all smiles as everything worked to perfection.
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January 30, 2012
The DUO's, Ken is unanimously re-elected
Bite Me Bait Co
Clam Team Captain for 2012
If the clams he has taken this year were lined up end to end you could reach his house easily from the flats! Elmer gets the nod as Assistant Captain for his revealing of the secret sea clam bar. "We have the top spots all mapped out for the upcoming year." said Ken. "The gang spread out across the flats from the Gurnet to Kingston Bay and everywhere in between. Next spring should bring some new members to the team as AC caught the fever when we dragged him along one sunny morning. See you on the flats at the secret spot tomorrow Elmer." Any talk of secret votes and coercion within the clam team vote is not to be listened to. Jimdogg tossed in the name of a pizza chef that makes a nice white clam pizza if you share a few clams with him.
We are now know as the Muddy Rakers of the Bite Me Bait Co.
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January 7, 2012
Jimdogg Voted Fisherman of the Year for 2011
Winter Meeting Just Perfect!
Past winners were there to join in the crowning.
Rock Bottom, Jimdogg, Billy Bob, Elmer and Mar-e round out the current and formers winners!
Looking East toward the Gurnet Light From the Front Deck
New associate photographer picked up by Bite Me Bait Co.
Maureen Duffy from Abington, owner of "At Your Place" Photography, joins team at winter meeting.
Captures Duxbury Beach, Snowy Owl on way to Meeting to seal the deal!!
You can expect to see more of her wild life photos displayed here.
Bite Me Bait Co's Senior member and father of our Grand Poobah, Rock Bottom passes away.
If you ever wanted to see and talk to a real man, you went right to Hank!
September 24, 2011
Rock Bottom wins "Major Award"
Fall Classic a Success!
32inch 12 pound striped bass makes Rock Bottom's night!
The Grand Poobah, Rock Bottom, becomes the first Bite Me Bait Co member to hold the "Major Award" and the "Fisherman of the Year Trophy" simultaneously. "I thought it was a rat at first, then it put on a burst and I knew I had a keeper. It's been rough to hold this tournament in recent years as we always seem to have a brisk wind in our faces. This year it wasn't too bad and as is usually the case we caught the fish right after high tide." said Rock. "I'm sure glad we made the trip." Defending champion Eb Tide was unable to attend due to some medical issues but was thrilled to learn he was passing the "Major Award" on to Rock. "Rock Bottom started this tournament some years ago and it's great to see him win it." exclaimed Eb. "I wish I could have been there last night but I'll be ready to win it back in the "Spring Classic".
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