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April 14, 2014
Red Moon tonight means the site is back up and running! Billy Bob can hobble to his office and he got us going.
The DUO does the Phillippines!
I'm so pretty!
"We had a small piece of paradise and we enjoyed it alot!"
March 29, 2014
We had a great last day ice fishing on Quabog Pond in Brookfield/North Brookfield area. Wes E Gussett lead team one on a road trip to show team one the ropes. Team 2 stomped team one 4-2 with everyone catching a bass but Elmer. Rock Bottom slated to attend had to bail at the last second do to back surgery. Whiner!
4 pounds, 13 ounces! The winner!
I may be # 2 in size but #1 in fish caught!
"Great fish to end the ice fishing year!" said Jimdogg. "What a great season for all of us!"
"Sorry dad, I mean Mudguaard. I got one too." said Dan Who. "Maybe next year?"
March 18, 2014
DUO member Ken demands one more day on the ice! Fresh from a diving gig in the Philipines, he delivers! Elmer takes the the goat and Dan Who dives for the rod and makes a save. It wasn't Elmer's day as misfortune at the hook seemed to follow him all day. Fish screaming out line then nothing, it stunk be him.
"I got a nice one." said Dan Who.
"I got two nice ones." said Jim Dog.
"Yeah and I could only manage four nice fish, Elmer." laughed Ken. " Some days you are the winner and some days your not."
Elmer pleaded his case! " If it wasn't for bad luck I would have no luck at all. I would get to the trap spinning like mad, grab the line then nothing! Damn! The worst one was the rod on the holder. I was running to the rod as it bent to the ice. When I got to within 10 feet the fish pulled so hard the whole stand and rod flew up into the air and the rod did a perfect ten diving into the hole. It never even touched the sides. Dan Who took immediate action and dove into the hole up to his shoulder and came up with the rod!" said Elmer. "So no fish for me! At least Who saved a bad fish day from being a bad gear day."
Ice thickness is down to 4 inches and the afternoon sun had the top half inch on the run. So this is it!! Maybe.
March 15, 2014
Come on down and help save river herring and alewives.
The End is here for the BMCO ice fishing team 1.
Today we ventured on to Jimdogg's pond in Pembroke. We were hoping this morning would bring the big bass of the year. It wasn't meant to be. Not a bad day but no big fish, unless you count the good sized yellow perch. The females are swollen with roe and awaiting ice out and warming water to start their spawning period.
We did manage to get a nice bass and a little white bass to join the yellow perch. But strong, warm winds and 60 degree temps made the 6 inch holes into 8 inch holes, so we packed it in.
Dan Who's caught his smallest bass of the season but a nice fish none the less. Elmer got the white bass. "They are such a pretty fish and very tasty. But this one needs a few more years before it will be big enough to harvest."
It's always a sad day when ice is out for the year. There is still plenty of ice north and west of here and the Wes E Gussett group, team 2, may yet venture there.
The traps appear to be floating away! "These babies saw a lot of service this year!" exclaimed Elmer. "Between Dan Who and me we hauled a lot of fish onto the ice." Like all good things an end comes, and for team one the end is here as we switch gears toward a return to salt water. "I am ready for kayak season." said Jimdogg. " When can we get winter flounder Elmer?" "We need good weather and no wind this time of year and the water is cold. May 1st is my starting date for kayaking the sea." said Elmer. "The Reelapaluza is coming up soon and the striped bass hold overs are starting to find alewives and river herring returning to the south coast rivers.
Pairs of swans were flying all around us, along with many great blue herons. A Bald Eagle and a couple of different hawks flew overhead and assorted ducks filled the sky all morning. All in all a good last day. Another reminder of the passing ice season was awaiting us at home.
Can the mackerel massacre be far away?
Bye Bye Ice fishing.
March 14, 2014
The Beat Goes On!
The ice is still nice on the ponds we fish. The rain storm washed away the layer of snow ice but we still have 6-7 inches of good ice to work with. Some of the access points are impassable but the major ones are still intact. The 7 degree temperature this morning will help to keep it that way throughout the weekend.
Dan Who was damn Who today catching the only big fish of the morning. Both fish weighed 3 pounds 10 ounces! Tomorrow will find us on Jimdogg's pond by 0700. All members are welcome to fish maybe one more day before the bright and warming sun makes access impossible. The nights are supposed to be in the twenties so maybe it isn't over yet! "We maybe walking the plank to fish next week." said Elmer. The DUO is returning from the Philipines and Ken says he will bring a 100 foot plank if needed, but he's going to ice fish one more time before the season is over."
Captain Ralph our people wave and You blow them off. You are famous and people want you to acknowlege them! It's part of being who you are! (For a few bucks tossed my way I will give you the names and boat numbers of the offended. See Em Enterprises!)
Captain Ralph of "Wicked Tuna" fame thanks Elmer and the members of Bite Me Bait Co for our committment to the fishing community. "That Rock Bottom is one hell of a Grand Poobah!" laughed Capt. Ralph. "Best Wishes to you all!"
March 11, 2014
Sudden warm weather threatens to end ice fishing on the South Shore. Heavy rain is predicted and that just might do it. So we headed out today for one last shot at some crappie and we weren't disappointed. We caught two and one nice bass but that was it. No yellow perch at all! Highly unusual. This has been one of our longest seasons but hardly the latest. We will see if the weather cools off enough after the upcoming storm to hit the ice once more. What was 8-10 inches when we arrived this AM, melted to 3-4 inches of slush on 6 inches by 200pm when we left.
Meanwhile Wes E. Gussett and team #2 had some nice fish of their own at one of the trout ponds. "We got some nice perch." said Wes. "and a nice little trout too!"
March 8, 2014
Another gorgeous day to be ice fishing. Dan Who did some up to date crappie research saying head to shallow water to find late season crappie, so we did. Wasn't spectacular but we did find some.
Elmer led the way with a nice one and Retired Guy pulled a good one in too. New Member Mike enjoyed all the lessons we taught him this day. Mr Ed making his first appearence had to use his camp locator ap on his cell phone to find the boys in the distance.
A slow day but we located the crappie and will be back to chase them again.
RG does a great job at the grill too!
March 7, 2014
March Madness continues but not on the basketball court. Ice fishing continues with noo end in sight. The Earle and Retired Guy showed up and made the day bringing brats and dogs for lunch. The weather was outstanding and the winds were light. Jimdogg started off the action with a nice 4 pound 14 ounce largemouth. "Nice to make the front page again!" said Jimdogg with a big smile. "I had a great day!"
Rock Bottom scored the best fish of the day with his second bass this season over 5 pounds at 5 pounds 7 ounces. "I am on a great streak this year but so is everyone else. How many fish over 4 pounds have we caught this year?"
Fishing site security is always a concern since the Frenchie DuBois incident.
And new members have to be aware of all situations, the Security Team goes over the FDI with Dan Who. "Always remember the BMBC mantra." said the Earle. "Keep an eye on the other guy!" "I almost had to take him down!" RG cried. "It was something we won't let happen again."
Dan Who got his first two white perch and one was over 1 pound.
Go back and get your big brother. It worked!
Elmer got his bass, a 3 pound 14 ounce beauty!
Rock got a big pickerel and we caught others along with some nice yellow perch. Jimdogg and Rock doubled up on the bass hauling two more to the ice.
Great day for all today.
The local pond clean up crew were upset with Rock Bottom for doing their job. "How am I going to feed my family if YOU take all the dead shiners home!"
This great day will be followed up tomorrow same time and place, to continue our search for the elusive crappie.
Clean as a whistle!
March 4, 2014
Mystical Being brings success to Bite Me Bait Co Trio!
Rock Bottom, Mudguaard and Dan Who stunned by mysterious apparition. "It appeared both dark yet bathed in a rainbow halo." said Rock Bottom. "I am not sure what it was." Dan Who and Elmer weren't sure who or what they saw but everyone caught fish shortly there after. "I saw the square ears and what looked liked a small creature lying on it's head." said Dan. Elmer was speechless except to say, "If the space ship comes down I'm getting on!"
The day was spectacular! Sun and no wind out fought the 6 degree start to make the cold a mute issue.
Elmer won todays poole with a 4 pound 14 ounce bucket mouth.
March 1, 2014
No end to ice fishing in sight!
Mudguaard, Jimdogg and Who have a fine morning on Jimdogg's pond.
Who came away with the best bass. Elmer caught a couple of 2-3 pound pickerel and everyone caught yellow perch.
How long will ice season last here in SE Massachusetts. Snow and cold for the upcoming week. Halo around the sun warns of incoming inclement weather.
Feb. 25, 2014
Nice fish through the ice just keep on coming!
Greg gets another 4.5 pound bass and Big Bob gets a near 5 pound pickerel. The weather is cold and ice will last two more weeks minimum.
Feb. 19, 2014
Elmer picks the wrong spot! Loses two turns to pick another! "I was blinded by the fog and bright sunshine. I only missed by 100 yards. (where the "other guys" caught so many they wanted to buy bait from us.) What can you do. I got some bad intel." explained Elmer.
We just missed the X! All in all it wasn't a bad day. Dan Who caught the days only largemouth weighing in at 2pounds 14 ounces.
Fog on the ice this time of year means ice out isn't too far away. It comes quickly in SE Massachusetts.
Sun screen begins to be a factor on sunny days on the ice.
Rock Bottom did catch a nice 4 pound pickerel but hopefully Friday will bring more flags and fish.
Todays celebrities fisherman was Richie Antonino, son of Richie Antonino, Captain of the Black Rose out of Green Harbor, Marshfield, Massachusetts.
Feb. 15, 2014
Bass fishing remains steady with a trio of nice bass caught in our favorite bass pond.
The DOU with their fine fish and the nice one that Elmer caught out of one of Ken's holes, when they went home early because of the impending snow storm.
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Fish Hound Lucy keeps an eye on the prize.
The usual yellow perch are a pain in the butt here because of their small size but there is always the hope that each flag will bring in the big one. The bitter cold to follow this snow storm will insure we will still have plenty of ice for next weekend when it will mean spring like conditions with temps in the 50's.
Rain storm yesterday made for some interesting ice. There was 8 inches or better but we stayed away from these monsters. Sort of looks like one of my brains neurons that were telling me to stay home. Dan Who and I, Mudguaard, braved gale force winds to catch a couple of nice bass. 4 pounds even for me and 3pounds 5ounces for Who.
Dan's fish had a cateract in one eye. It never saw the hook. Yellow perch and a couple of pickerel made up the rest of the day. On further review Elmer's fish maybe a recatch! The records will be searched.
Happy Valentine's Day to all the Bite Me Bait Co crew and my Mar-e who allows me to enjoy my fishing.
Feb. 11, 2014.
Who picked this spot!
Slow day no bass, couple of pickerel, a crappie, and some yellow perch. One weighed in at 1 lb. 4 oz.
Got him on a broken trap flag never went up!,
Feb. 9, 2014
Rock Bottom catches 5.5 pound largemouth at the pond today!
"Oh my rod!" Rock exclaimed! "It's been a few years since I caught a big one like this." The morning started like every morning here. Two quick pin fish crappie by Ken of the DUO started us off. Followed by some big pickerel, and always plenty of yellow perch.
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Lots of flags brought some nice fish.
Roger Aziz Jr. made a cameo with the team. It's good to see Roger again. He came down from Methuen to catch some of the big crappie we have here. He was still there when we left. Good to see you!!
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Plenty of big bass caught this year. Two over 5 pounds, 4 over 4 pounds and plenty of
3 + pound fish. 8 inches of ice and cold expected through next week means more ice fishing than most years.
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Dan Who and the Grand Poobah re-enact the Bucket Ceremony making Dan Who a permanent member of the ice fishing team.
On a sad note Rock Bottom's brother Chris passed away today after a long battle with cancer. We attribute Rock's big fish to Chris's spirit there with us. Rest in Peace Chris!
New Bait and Fishing Gear Store on the right south bound just before junction of Rte. 53 & Rte 14.
Working on making it a success. Check them out!
Feb. 7, 2014
No Crappie today at the favorite pond but we did get some nice fish. Wind was blowing and it was cold, but we have fished in worse conditions. The sun was bright and sunglasses were a big plus.
The bass weighed 3+ pounds and the pickerel was 4 pounds 6 ounces. The pickerel had some sort of parisites attached to it's gills and lots of them. We find them on the yellow perch too. Will be looking them up and reporting them to the State.
Feb. 4, 2014
Dan Who rides eagle luck catching best bass of the day in the final seconds.
"I caught a few perch all day while the big fish were caught all around me by the "Old Boy" Elmer. I couldn't go home to listen to that!" said Dan Who. "I try to be nice to the rookies." laughed Elmer. "Dan Who is pretty much a lock on the ice team now. Rock Bottom made it official with a presentation of his own Bite Me Bait Co ice fishing bucket. We hit the ice just before dawn after a great breakfast at Anita Maries. As we set up in one of the "spots" the sun rose and I got a nice pickerel. Nothing much after that dispite moving our traps into different locations. So we hauled all our gear and headed across to the best spot on the pond and once again it panned out. We caught bass of 3lbs 10oz, 3lbs 6oz, 3lbs 4oz and a little guy." medium heavy shiners was the bait of choice.
Fishing has been great almost everytime out this year at the favorite ponds we fish. The DUO was here over the weekend and had an AC spotting. He even got into the act!
Our team always bring our best friends to fish with us.
Charlotte and Lucy are a DUO unto their own!
Max loves being on the ice with the team. He is the first one to each flag."The damn Groundhog doesn't know what a shadow is. And I'm glad we have six more weeks of ice fishing!" barked Max.
Youngest member Lucian is learning the ropes from his dad Dr. A
Feb. 2, 2014
Dan Who has Bald Eagle follow him home from ice fishing. Sits outside window and chatted with Dan Who and Billy Bob about the hard winter. He said to thank the ice team for the shiners. Dan Who sees it as an omen!
Ground hog day and weekend great for Bite Me Bait Co's top bass fisherwomen!
Cindy of the DUO fame shows us how to catch some nice largemouths.
Elmer what about me with this beauty?
Yes and I have a 1.5 pound bullhead too!
January 31, 2014
January ends on a decent note at the crappie pond in many different areas. First was the sunrise. Red sky in morning sailors take warning! Thank God we were ice fishing.....
Next we checked the ice conditions for safety.....
Perfect! Now for the fish. Yellow perched ruled the day but before they did Ken managed a couple of nice crappie just under 2 pounds. Dan Who and Elmer had a perch only day.
Ken also got a nice white perch to round out the day.
Some of the best moments of the day come when the birds of prey come around. A Bald Eagle watched us as we set up in the predawn minutes and later a red tailed hawk came by to see if we were sharing fish.
Flags and hawks were flying!
January 27, 2014
Wow was the pickerel bite turned on today! 25-30 came out of the holes along with some nice big crappie and yellow perch. Wasn't any bait left over today. Crappie here are 1-2 pounds, the pickerel were up to 3-4 lbs.
One of the best of the many toothed preditors caught!
Yes sir just what we were looking for so nice slabs!
Another fine day at the pond!
Jan. 26, 2014
What a difference a day makes!
Artic cold and fierce winds weren't enough to turn us away. It was the lack of flags that made us head for the barn. Yesterdays flag fest turned off but we still caught a couple of nice fish. Ken hit a nice white perch and we thought it was a good start. Oh well!
We finally had a Billy Bob sighting checking the ice's integrity!Elmer chipped in with a decent pickerel and Dan Who got a little guy.The bitter winds were highlighted by a Bald Eagle fly by. That made the day more than the fish.
New member Joe managed to land a nice 3.5 lb large mouth too!
Jan. 25, 2014
The return to Crappie Heaven. We finally got on our best crappie pond and Elmer found the hot spot. We caught a dozen, with half of them over a pound and a half. Dan Who was the man today, scoring the last and the best as this one was over two pounds.
We fished 4 inches of black ice and it was fun to see the fish come to the hole! Dano & Jimdogg had plenty of big pickerel, Dano a two and a half pound bass along with the slab of the day.
Plenty of smiles to go around today. Non stop flags!!!
Mar-e saved the day coming down with a bait run and Ken of the DUO made the coffee stop.
Rock Bottom loves the big slabs we catch here! Crappie tacos tomorrow!
A return to the promised land tomorrow with more participants is expected!
Jan. 18-19, 2014
Wes brings the boys north! New Hampshire has plenty of ice.
Wes is on solid ground with his fishing skills.
Big Bob Holds a nice rainbow!
Nick Gets a couple of nice bronze backs!
Plenty of good fishing if you head north and west of Boston.
Jan. 10-11, 2014
Fickle winter has 3rd ice in and out! But not before The DUO's Ken hauls in another nice size bass!
5 pound 4 ounce Largemouth makes for another great day. Ice conditions were good, 5 + inches of ice and 35 degrees out. The next day we went back and found water 1/2 to one inch deep and just under 5 inches of ice. The wind was warm and blowing hard from the south.
"Jimdogg do you have an extra anchor with you?" asked Rock Bottom.
"Bring back yesterday, but yesterday's gone, and so is our ice!" lamented Elmer.
"We have yet to get on our best crappie pond." said Jimdogg. "My pond has nice ones but across the street holds the best ones!"
Saturday brought slow fishing but fast melting. The holes started growing wider in the streams blowing across the ice surface. When ice thickness approached 4 inches it was time to go!
The stream pushed the traps against the "far shore!"
Rock Bottom was the last holdout saying he would wade his way out if he had to. "The waves aren't even over my boots yet!"
Will we get a fourth ice in?
2nd Ice in
Jan. 5, 2014
Ice Fishing team hits Jimdogg's pond for a fine morning!
Elmer grabs top honors for the day with a 4lb 11oz lunker!
The ice thickness varied with the amount of snow cover. The deeper the snow the thinner the ice. Elmer found the 6-7 inch section and we set up shop. The weather was perfect! Wes and Greg were there and partly set up. It was only a few minutes, then flag! Greg hauls in a nice pickerel to start the day!
Rock Bottom came and soon joined Jimdogg and Elmer on the solid slab. The flags were soon flying and in between the perch drivebys were scored some good largemouth bass.
Jimdogg caught a couple of nice ones from his hot trap!
Rock Bottom holds his top catch of the day. After a plague of pesky yellow perch, the bass strikes!
"Cripe!" says Rock. "I fought off those perch all morning! Finally a good one!"
Greg shows how to increase the weight of a good fish! Just add snow.
Another nice Pickerel by Greg!
The DUO came to scout the action. Mar-e came down with Dano. The Dogs had a blast. The temps were rising rapidly as we left the ice to go watch the football games. Heavy rain then arctic cold will make the ice nice and thick from end to end.
Thanks for coming out to play! We will do it again some day!
Hold on guys! Come on just 5 more minutes! I think it's a spinner!
January 1, 2014
Wes E. Gussett crowned King!
Shatta Proof now 1st Lady of Bite Me Bait Co.
The cold artic wind fortold the blizzard to come. Temps were in the teens and the wind was howling at times. The Snowy Owls were everywhere and the traffic looked liked Lion Country Safari!
The gang got a lot of great photos on the way to the coronation.
You can't get lost look for our kite!
We wish they would get lost! I told you I can't see them.
The River Captain, Parcell Post makes the long lonely walk!
The King is dead! Long Live the King!
If there is no record of me being there .....Was I!
Ice Fishing hits the South Shore
Dec. 20, 2013
First Ice in.
Dano takes a great first fish through the ice! 4.5 lb Large mouth bass starts the season off right.
First time in a few years that we got on the ice before Christmas!
"I was glad the old boy let me go first. It knocks him right out of contention for 2014!" laughed Dano. "I knew it was a good fish as soon as I hooked it. And it swam away with a splash as it went back down the hole"
Across the pond we heard a yell from the DUO as Cindy hooked herself a beauty to near 2.5 pounds.
Lucy said there was nothing to it.
The last sunrise of the fall shines weakly across the pond. Tomorrow the Winter Solstice ushers in Winter.
Jimdogg hooked a some nice white perch and we hauled in a few decent crappie and yellow perch too.
Rock Bottom had the hot crappie bite today. He sent this little guy back.
Elmer with one of the many yellow perch you catch at this pond.
Ken holds another nice white perch to go along with some nice yellow perch.
Warming winds from the south were turning our ice to slush as we left the in early afternoon. A few warm days and rain ahead has put off any thoughts of fishing again till after Christmas.
Elmer got a couple of crappie too.
A great first day!
"Just like I taught you! Hook em Dano!" laughed Elmer.
Just what the doctor ordered. Early ice, a beautiful day, and some nice fish!
I'm dreaming of a white Christmas. Just like the one's we used to know.......
Merry Christmas Everyone!
4.5 inches reported by Elmer at Bass Pond #1
Dano cuts the official hole to be measured. While Max keeps an I out for truck thieves.
The red line is the average thickness. But Temps in the teens and 20s should make it even thicker.
Grab yourself an official Billy Bob ice integrety monitoring stick and get out there.
It's Wes E. Gussett in a landsalide!
Absentee ballots only add to the route!
Wes rebounds from back surgery to catch some nice fish at the end of this year's boating season. "Couldn,t happen to a nicer person." was a sentence that crossed more than one pair of lips. " I am proud to be a Bite Me Bait Co member. A great bunch of friends and fishermen. The only happier day I have had is the day I got married!" exclaimed Wes.The crowd was festive and happy to be out. Snow was flying outside, but inside it was all warmth and cheer.
Ron the Eye and Tip man of the Bite Me Bait Co secured this year's best present!
On a side note. Rock Bottom hunted down the "Major Award" from Gerry and presented it to Elmer Mudguaard. The spring classic is only six months from today!
Onward and upward! Can't wait till ice is in and we go for 2014 FOTY!
The Day is here, all the players in place. Let's vote!
Ice fishing could be close! Our Ice Integrady Expert is out of town so we need the backup plan put into place. All stations report ice conditions as of noon tomorrow. Dec. 15, 2013!!!
See you on the ice!
Coming Dec. 14, 2013
Investigation of this year's vote seems likely as Grand Boobah finds an apparent attempt to circumvent the "SYSTEM" Ballet box reveals an envelope full of absentee ballots. "Ho Ho Ho my Rod" said Rock. "Let's see who isn't coming this year?"
"Nice try Billy Bob! Good thing I looked in the ballot box!" sighed Rock Bottom. Billy Bob could not be reached for comment as he hustled off to Chicago to escape the limelight. Executive Board members will discuss possible sanctions against all members involved. Talk of Wes E. Gussett stuffing the "box" may be a smoke screen to throw doubt on who the guilty are. The River Captain, Parcell Post and the Angel have been seen huddling with Cathy Ann Captain Dave Patry a known Billy Bob supporter. "We were just talking fishing not Fisherman of the Year! lamented the Captain. And I was just showing him my free breakfast for a year at Anita Marie's card I found on my doorstop."
"I have all the renagade ballots and they will not be used!" shouted the Poobah. "Unless of course we have a tie and it involves me!"
Who will be this years Winner!
Get there and be counted!!
December 7, 2013
Clam Team assembles at Howland's Landing to remember! Not just the attack on Pearl Harbor, but how to fill the buckets with sweet, soft shell clams.
Charlotte stands guard over the clams while Lucy guards the rear.
A fine time was had by all!!
"Steamers for supper, Stuffed Clams for the Patriot's Game, tomorrow." Jimdogg exclaimed. "A good workout and a reward to boot."
November 14, 2013
NOTICE TO MEMBERS
Fisherman of the Year vote may be decided by the none participants. Rumor has it many members are to be away this Dec. 14th. Out of state travelers increase Elmer's chance to be the first to hold the trophy twice! Heavy lobbying by Captain Dave Patry on Elmer's behalf may make the difference! " I am trying to get Twig to join me!" says the Captain. "If I do Elmer is a shoein." " I am just a lowly fisherman trying to survive in a hard and cruel website!" laughed Elmer. "Come on down to the Barn at Rock Bottom's on Dec. 14, 2013."
Elmer renames Whitley! Bite Me Bait Co name! He will be forever be known as Wes E. Gussett. Wife, Shatta Proof, just loves it!
Rock Bottom says absentee ballots will be distributed! "Billy Bob will be in Chicago, The River Captain and Angel will be out of town too!" "That's the way it goes." said Jimdogg. "You gotta be there or send a case of beer. Otherwise no vote!"
Oct. 22, 2013
New Bite Me Bait Co Member!
Tell John you are a member of the Bite Me Bait Co and get the "Special Deal!"
Billy Bob travels south to Ft. Lauderdale to fish with Brother in Law, Dave.
Guess who won this battle!
What do I have to do??
"I caught a nice one Mr. Billy Bob."
"We had a near waterspout. But it just added to the experience." added Billy Bob.
"We were well protected from pirates trying to steal our fish."
Billy Bob slept well this night dreaming of the day he gets the big one!
Oct. 13, 2014
In shore cod remain allusive but winter flounder can be found in 40-60 ft of water.
Capt. Gene Kelly of the Irish Ayes holds a nice "deep water" winter flounder. "We pick up flounder on most trips looking for "in-shore" cod." said G-No. "Them and big sea perch make for some good eating too."
Oct. 12, 2013
Greg catches two nice stripers aboard the "Rum Runner" near Peddock's Island.
The fish were feeding tonight!
Chris displays his multi waters fishing prowess with another nice largemouth!
Oct. 6, 2013
DUO hits the Texas Coast! Ken catches some nice Amberjacks!
"Rock Bottom and all the BMBC members, I had a blast! How's this for a days fishing." a happy Ken said.
Oct. 5, 2013
Jimdogg gets a nice inshore cod and sea perch. "Ya, me and Rock Bottom got a couple cod and a big perch. nice day!"
Food on the table.
A pair that will bring a full house at dinner tonight!
A report from Captain Patry of the Cathy Ann says the charter boys are bringing in some nice codfish of late.
September 28, 2013
On the Water magazine's Striper Fest, Falmouth, Massachusetts.
Elmer comes in second for the boat once again. "Being #2 stinks!" laughed Elmer.
Greg Myerson once again claims Striper Crown!
Greg is always in contention! Current world record holder too!
The team was meet in Falmouth and Elmer was set for the big score!
A good showing of Bite Me Bait Co people were there. Rock Bottom, Jimdogg, G-No, The River Captain and the Angel, CT, Ron the tipper and bride, Mr. Ed, plus Bill and his secretary.
"This baby's mine next year." says Jimdogg as he quaffs a gulp from the "CUP"
Whitley making run on Fisherman of the Year!
Hauling bass after big bass!"I have been doing very well here in my corner of the world!" said Chris with a smile, while holding another nice striped bass."Don't be giving up my spot Elmer!"
Rumors are spreading that he is trying to hire Paul "Twig" Cronin to be his inside man on Voting night.
Twig refuses to answer any questions until the fishing season is over. " I like to see the competition between the Boys and Girls during the season." says Twig. "If there is no clear cut choice...then maybe I may be available to lobby!"
I can't say where is sweet spot is but there are two of Elmer's secret spots in this picture.
OH by the way we hit the fresh water too!
Another nice night!
My fish is better than Chris's
September 22, 2013
New England Yankee Challange Carp Tournament
Fish refuse to cooperate as Conneticut hangs on to trophy with a one point fish.
It was Connecticut VS Massachusetts in a carp "Fishin"
"The weather was great and it was good to touch bases with the carp people." said Elmer. "Some good people there! This event takes place every year, switching home swims every other year. Usually we put 10 - 20 fish on the scale at an event here. Today we had near "Nil" as our Brit buddies say.
Erwin won single handedly!
September 21, 2013
Magin hits the cod and haddock!
"We found them today!" crowed Ken. "Plenty of cod and haddock for the freezer!"
Captain Ken with a typical cod for the day. And plenty of haddock too.
Another great day!
September 16, 2013
The Beat Goes On!
The Bass are showing more and more often from Boston Harbor south into Plymouth Bay.
Ken Magin Landscapers and his crew score a few of their own!
An award winning smile on Renate's face is more than enough reward for Ken of the DUO.
Renate holds one tasty Bluefish.
And a beauty of a striped bass.
Trolling the far outer harbor with umbrella rigs. Marletta gets her fish too.
Whitley Crew cashes in a day late, but not a fish short!
Wessagussett Yacht Club
How do you like this one Elmer?
Chris and Crystal teamed up to take this nice striped bass from near Hull Gut. Greg and Brian did their share to fill the fish box too. "We had a great day!" said Chris with that big grin across his face.
Crystal has the big fish touch!
This isa little better than the one I caught last night.
They look good on the wall!
Cut bait on the bottom.
September 14, 2013
Fall Classic Invitational Striped Bass Tournament
Mudguaard takes the Major Award.
New Up to Date Trophy belongs to Elmer until someone takes it away!
River Captain tries to tangle his line, But Elmer prevails. We always have some good stories come out of the "Classics" and this year was no exception. The bite was on and hook ups were coming steadily. Parcell Post brought in a big schoolie and he had Elmers line too. As we stood there with Elmer holding his line in his hand, it takes off. "Hey I have a fish on!" said Elmer. "Well pull it in then." answered the River Captain as he was trying to untangle the lines. "I knew it was a good fish." said Elmer. "I was a little worried about being cut with the line, but I just kept pulling it in hand over hand and the rest is history. When it first broke water as it came to the net.I knew I had a contenter. My first "Major Award" no more 2nd place for me!"
Elmer and the Winner 36 inches.
The action all came in a flurry just after high tide. In that 30 minute span all the fish were caught.
Chris is all smiles.
All the "First Timers" caught fish making it a sure bet that they will return next June when the "Spirng Classic" comes around in 2014.
Get the tape! Greg is loving this!
Keep them coming! Just a little bigger please!
The River Captain hooked and landed two fish. Almost everyone caught a fish tonight. Conditions were the best we have had in the last few years making this night one to remember. A large piece of mackerel did the trick for Elmer..
Who will take the coveted "Major Award"
Rock Bottom leads off the 2013 Fall Classic
Rock Bottom voted "Present" for Billy Bob as he had to be in Chicago working.
Grand Poobah Rock Bottom has verified that all bass caught in the last week were indeed filleted and not stored whole. Elmer and Billy Bob muttered something about some Short Of Breath people not trusting us, but no one appeared to be listening.
Sept. 10, 2013
Red Sky in Morning Sailors take Warning!
Thank the Lord I'm a fisherman not a sailor.
The day promised to be a little snotty on the water with rain coming at sometime during the day. The wind was already blowing 10 mph steady as Ken Magin and Elmer launched in Green Harbor. We immediatly steered for Plymouth Bay, but as we neared the High Pines, we noticed the birds working and set out a 9er rig to see what was making the bait raise. Didn't take long and we had our first bluefish of the day. After 4 nice ones, we lost that school and we headed for the south side of the bay to get out of the wind. We hadn't trolled 300 yards when off went the drag and Elmer pulled a 3 foot striped bass along side and Ken quickly got it into the boat. "That's what we are looking for Elmer!" shouted Ken, to be heard over the wind.We hooked up one more line sider and another bluefish before the impending weather came. We headed toward the harbor but had to put a rig down as we neared the High Pines area and damn if we don't pick up one more good sized bluefish. The waters are filled with bait fish from top to bottom, but our rigs seemed to attract the fish. Yellow and blue plastic swimmers seemed to catch most of the fish.
You have to get lucky some of the time Elmer!
"Nice day huh Elmer" Ken shows off a couple of nice fish!
The bass are back and feeding! This bodes well for the Fall Classic Striped Bass Fishing Tournement for Bite Me Bait Co members and there friends. The Classic to be held Sat. Sept. 14, 2013. The headquarters will be open around 3pm.
Current "Major Award holder Gerry Bennett
Hull Bait and Tackle Open Shop in Abington
Owner Laurel of Hull Bait and Tackle looks forward to becoming a permanant part of landscape in Abington."I am happy to say things are starting to move forward as more and more fishermen discover we are here. Pam is the one to talk to in Abington while I hold down the place in Hull. Both places carry everything the fisherman or woman needs to get the job done."
Stop in and see us in Hull at the south end of Nantasket Beach!
Don't forget to tell them Elmer sent me!
Jimdogg and Elmer always stop here for gear and bait as we head out kayaking along the shores of Hull. Striped Bass, Bluefish, Mackerel, Flounder, Cod and Black Fish can all be found in the waters surrounding Hull.
Sept. 7, 2013
Aboard the Cathy Ann with Billy Bob and Elmer.
Captain Patry sits in his "Office"
This day started at 0430 as Elmer paced the end of the driveway waiting for Billy Bob to show up. It wasn't long before he showed up and off we set. First Stop as always is Anita Marie's in Rockland center for a solid breakfast. The Angel even packed a few muffins for Captain Patry and 1st Mate Twig. It wasn't long before we showed up at Green Harbor Marina where the Cathy Ann is docked. Carl and his son Nick showed up and we were off.
We passed Elmer's 2012 headquarters and headed straight out of the river. The niner rigs were set out and it wasn't long before Elmer had a nice bluefish in the boat. Captain Patry skillfully dodged the lobster pots and it wasn't long before we had another hook up.
Carl soon followed with a nice fish of his own.
We caught a few more then decided to chase some bass alo. We connected with 5 fish with only two being keepers. Billy Bob hooked onto a nice bass and Nick,s line went taught and we had a double header. Elmer caught a few bass but they didn't make the line.
Nice one Billy Bob!
"My best fish!"exclaimed Nicky. I won't have much time to fish for a while as I am at the Mass Maritime Academy learning to live a life with the sea.
A quick troll or two near High Pines off Duxbury Beach yielded the biggest bluefish to Elmer, well over 10 pounds.
Back on the dock the Captain consoled Billy Bob, "I know your a tuna Ho, but the fish are just not here this year. You did catch a nice bass though!"
Everyone laughed and off we went back into the real world. Thanks Captain Dave, and thank you Twig for a great time.
"Hey Bob could you stop by and fix my computer?
Sept. 5, 2013
South River Mike cashes in on Bluefish Bonanza.
" I was surprised to see three at a time!" exclaimed Mike. "I was hauling! Glad to be back catching fish."
Much fishing is planned for the upcoming weekend!
Dawn breaks on Massachusetts Bay!
Sept. 3, 2013
Magin landscapers have a ball catching Bluefish!
The smile says it all! Renate proudly holds his bluefish! "Thank You Ken for taking us on such a wonderful time."
Jose strikes it right. Fresh fish on the barbie tonight!
Sept. 2, 2013
Boston Harbor trip yields bait only! Mackerel Mary saved the day by catching some live mackerel. Still didn't bring us the big one!
The weather was iffy before we went and was less than iffy when we came in. Chris did a great job at the helm and we did catch some harbor pollack and the macs.
Up close and personal with Shag Rocks.
Sept. 1, 2013
Rock Bottom lead the charge today and we came up with some nice Bluefish.
We met the DUO in outer Plymouth Harbor and they shared their most recent Bluefish "hot spot" which we knew already. Everybody but Elmer got fish.
Follow us we will show the way!
Rock Bottom struck first blood landing a nice 8 pound fish.
Jimdogg's fish went airborne no less than 4 times as he brought it to the net. This one thought it was a tarpon! It rained most of the trip. But not enough to go home. Then the sun came out and dried us off nicely.
Cindy of the DUO, always a candidate for Fisherman of the Year
More Labor Day Weekend Blues by DUO!
Cindy and Ken hit the "Hot Spot" for blue fish. That's the only hint you get!
Ken shows another good fish. However they had an unfair advantage!
Lucy one of the best Fish Hounds can put you on fish no matter what the species!
Chris Whitley continues to pound the bass! Elmer demands to see how he is getting his fish! "No more fishing till I come on board Monday morning." said Elmer. "Rumor has you using a secret bait!"
Boston Harbor and Adjacent waters pan out for Chris!
August 30, 2013
Plenty of Squid still to be had in the Canal!
New member Chris is happy with a nice squid. Elmer found the touch and with Mar-e and Karen and Billy Bob we brought 14 home.
Mar-e is not intimidated!
August 27, 2013
Kayak team gets a blank unless you count the giant skulpin Jimdogg caught. Thick fog and flat seas made a quiet day.
Off shore at the "Bell Bouy" Scituate!
Worst fog was inside the harbor coming in.
August 25, 2013
The DUO takes Deerhunter hunting for Cod. The 3 made a long trek out east of Stellwagon and hit some good fish!
"What a perfect day!" exclaims Captain Ken. "It's always nice when everything comes together."
"I look forward to these trips. Then getting fish too!"
Codfish all around today!
Codfish is back on the menu.
Last week of "summer" makes a good start for Whitleys! Chris and Crystal are back on the water aboard the "Rum Runner" and just in time. Bass fishing is beginning to pick back up and everyone is getting gear back in the water.
Crystal got the bait!
Chris gets a beautiful Striped Bass for their efforts.
Nice fish! Chris and a pal warmed up by working the freshwater.
Not bad Chris.
Another good bucket mouth!
Here is a pinfish!
I am making my run for Fisherman of the Year!!
August 23, 2013
Captain Patry shows Jimmy, of South Shore Flooring, Pembroke where the bass are. "The boys were all excited to catch fish and we managed to get some." said Capt Dave. "It's been slow and streaky, no "football" tuna anywhere. Bass are spotty but can be found. Bluefish are in and spread out around the bay."
Aug. 18, 2013
Billy Bob keeps it rolling with a nice 23 inch saber toothed flat fish caught in Plymouth Harbor. "It took awhile," said Billy Bob, "but the targeted speicies was caught!"
Fishing with Rock Bottom and Jimdogg aboard the "Bassomatic" the boys are still out on the water as this hits the internet.
Jimdogg holds a nice striper destined to be released.
OK Lines back in the water!
East End of Cape Cod Canal holding some nice Squid
G-No heard about the return of the squid so 4 of us took a trip down. And we were not disappointed. We camped on a pier on the south side and had our squid jigs over the side. It wasn't long before Rock Bottom and Billy Bob started hauling up squid on a regular basis. Elmer and G-No pitched in and we had a good night.
The squidd came in many shades, but all squirt black ink!
Whether you cook with them or use them for bait, get a lamp and a good spot on any public pier at the East end of the canal. You want the few hours when the water is running east to west and that slack tide. Seems to slow a bit when the water reverses.
Stuffed Calimari @ Flanns!
Aug. 15, 2013
The day started out clear with the first feel of autumn in the air. As usual we started the day at Anita Marie's in Rockland. After a great breakfast by Zipcode we were on our way to ROHT Marine LLC on Rte 3A at the North River, Marshfield. ROHT bought the former Mary's Boat Livery and has upgraded the place and it is looking good. To River Captain and the Angel this is home, as this is their mooring site.
The boat and moter worked to perfection against a strong out going tide that was enhanced by heavy rain in the last few weeks. We were chasing fluke this day but failed to hook any of the toothy flatfish. We each managed to catch a schoolie and if we counted them together we may have had a keeper.
We did manage to catch the River Captain and the Angel on a mid week sneak away to the "Spit".
Aug. 11, 2013
The Bluefish are moving in, can the schoolie tuna be far behind? Some big boys have been caught with a report of a 900 pound fish turning out to be true.
Tom Dolan and the men of Boston's Fire Department Ladder 17 cleaned up on the abundance of bluefish that have showed up recentley. Most fish are in the 5-10 pound range and very feisty!
Nice job Tom and Ladder 17 crew!
Bass fishing has been spotty across the Bay. Captain Patry of www.cathyanncharters.com reports. "School tuna still have not appeared and the stripers are headed for deeper waters where they are off limits. I had a great day before they left with the grand children where everyone caught one." Smiled the Captain.
The Bluefish have moved in and are starting to show in numbers. Elmer reports vast schools of small baitfish are being chased by thousands of 4-8 inch snapper blues all along Plymouth Harbor shores. The bigger fish are off shore. Fluke fishing is picking up from The Sudbury River to the Cape Cod Canal. Elmer will hit the waters this week to test the truth.
Aug. 7, 2013
Billy Bob beams in on Chris Whitley. Billy Bob was hang gliding over Peddock's Island when he spotted Chris Whitley streaking toward the "Gut". Chris has been laid up with back issues and finally has the boat in the water. Tight Lines and plenty of pictures Chris! Glad to see you in Hull Gut and surrounding waters.
River Folk get one for Teddy!
River Captain Parcell Post and his bride the Angel celebrate the birth of Grandson Teddy!
This one's for you Teddy!
Vacaman SP landing some good Cape Cod Striped Bass.
On Vacation down in Truro SP doing OK!
"Plenty of good bass are making our vacation the best!" exclaimed Big Mike. "The weather has been good and we look forward to some good fishing ahead."
August 3, 2013
Fishing appears to be on the upswing as the bluefish have arrived across Massachusetts Bay and the tuna should be right behind. Bass fishing is still somewhat spotty, but most nights produce fish for the patient ones. I saw a nice fish taken off Salisbury Beach 6pm Wednesday by a group using cut mackerel. Fluke are being reported in the mouth of the North and South Rivers in Marshfield / Scituate.
Captain Patry of the Cathy Ann Charters has a great trip planned with our good friend Dan Lucas and sons. Plenty of good pictures coming.
The DUO just returned from the Vineyard and a full report will be forth coming.
Flann lands a beauty!
July 24, 2013
I had a great run and landed this nice striper!
What a Day! A perfect start for the 57th year. Though the Quincy Yacht Club is still closed due to a fire, The parking lot was well set up to accept the big crowd. Former Quincy City Councilor, Mike Cheney and Joy Brill of Harvey's Salt Water Club had everthing in place and running as smoothly as could be.
The volunteers were treated to coffee and donuts as Patti DeCosta gets her help organized. And ready we were.
Captain DJ Davis looks lonely but shortly...........
The buses started arriving and the help was waiting for them.
And come they did! Nearly 200 in all. They came from Brockton and Boston . Welcome to Quincy, Hough's Neck and Quincy Yacht Club
This year's "Special Veteran"
Thanks to this young man and all our VETS that made the ultimate sacrifice.
Back to the fishing. Remember DJ? Well he was alone no more.
Boats all decked out with crew and gear, Good to Go!
The State Police along with Quincy, Braintree, Hingham and Weymouth Police and Harbormasters assisted with security and safety. Thanks to all that were with them!
Then they were gone and the crew set the tent up for a baked chicken dinner as good as grandma made. Jos Fasci provided the music and we are ready again. Each DAV received a bag with a hat, shirt, pens and flasks compliments of many different companies and organizations. And Tina Lyons made sure the Vets all had them. Her husband Matt was doing more than his fair share too. There are too many to name all of us.
The hours flew by and soon the boats were back at the dock. Captain Dan Morrell, and crew expertly return their charges to the dock and dinner was served.
The number of fish caught was out weighed by the good time that was had by all.
Follow Sea Street heading east!
Many volunteers made sure to welcome each and every Vet!
Elmer with Ed Barrett, friends since 1955
Nice job Harvey's Salt Water Club
Year 57 was a great success for all. Mike, Joe, Patti and all the volunteers. THANK YOU!
And an even bigger THANKS for our DAV men and women!!
Elmer and Mar-e along with Sister Nancy and Dan Crowley were there to represent the Bite Me Bait Co.
July 14, 2013
Elmer makes annual trip with Captain Billy from Hough's Neck. Bad wind kept us close to shore this weekend, so the trip to Wildcat is postponed till next weekend. But we made the best of it. We headed out to the "B" bouy to see if we could scare up a few keeper cod. We did catch 1 keeper cod and a bunch of harbor pollock, and a nice winter flounder. Then we went chasing the flounder hanging around Long Island.
Brother James displays 2 of the many harbor pollock we caught.
Looking back to our port of origin. Houghs Neck, once the flounder capital of the east coast, has seen a increase in the numbers of fish being caught in recent years. Local fishermen and women look forward to late spring and early summer to fill the freezer with enough fillets to last well into the summer.
Captain Billy hides his identity as people try to follow him to all his special spots. He knows all the inshore cod ledges as well as the prime flounder flats.
Grave's Light shows us the way home!
Heading home Patty rests after holding up her end. Lots of the women living in the Neck can hold their own with a fishing rod in their hands.
George's Island surrounded by flounder flats is looking in great shape.
The Captain made short work of our catch. Filleted to perfection!!
Flounder season starts to slow when the waters heat up. But those in the know can still put fish in the box throughout the summer months. And we had plenty of fish to fillet for the fish fry!
Patriot Ledger Photog Catches Elmer at Hull Gut
They got his best side too!
July 9, 2013
Tuna Season on hold as fish fail to appear!
Reports from Boston to Chatham have nothing to report. The few fish caught aren't worth the effort!
Winter flounder make a nice meal at the dinner table.
Fog was heavy this morning as Elmer headed out to Hospital Shoal with SP. The launching at Wessagussett in Weymouth was flawless and we set out through the gloom to our destination. Since we forgot to wear our wiper blade glasses, the mist soon made for some slow going. We decided to start fishing when we reached Rainsford Island. We took a couple of nice fish and some little ones. A few black bass, a couple of skates and sea perch made up the rest of the catch. Fishing was somewhat slow but we caught fish on every drift. Sea worms were the choice bait.
We did manage to catch enough keepers to have a flounder feast.
June 25, 2013
Cathy Ann scores big at the Race!
Captain Dave Patry
"Everything was perfect this morning. The water, the weather and most of all the bass!" said Capt. Dave. "We were using plugs on the surface and taking alot of nice fish. Thankfully I had a bunch of good hookers on board. Carol, Brit and Hillary. They can hook them with the best." laughed the Captain. Tom Mcdonough the trip sponsor said, "Let's not get carried away here, I have good male hookers here too!"
Nice fish ladies!!
You too men!
Bass fishing is doing well all across Massachusetts Bay
Come and see us soon.
June 17, 2013
DUO gears up for Summer Season!
"It was a beautiful day!" said Ken. "I finally got a break from my landscaping to fish and we did well! Trolling squid bars did the trick."
June 11, 2013
Fresh off A 2nd place finish, EJ2 learns pan fishing from Elmer and EJ!
If you want the new guy to like what he is doing then go to Stetson Pond. EJ2 got his first kayak fishing trip in scoring one more fish than Elmer. This pond is loaded with bass, pickerel, calico bass, white perch, blue gills, pumpkin seeds...ect. "I want my fishing pole dad." Zach says! " And patience is what I am teaching you." laughed Matt.
An easy landing spot and ample parking make this a must for the young fishermen and women.
June 8, 2013
Rockland Fishing Derby for Grades k-6 a success despite a rainy start.
Heavy rains over night wiped out 100 yards of fishable shore at the pond today, so the 45 contestants and their families just moved closer together and it worked well. Rock Bottom lead a strong showing for the Bite Me Bait Co crew. Billy Bob and Karen, Elmer and Mar-e, Sister Nancy, and AC. The Rockland Kiwanis, lead by Rockland Veteran Agent, Tony Materna and Dr. John Rogers, Rockland Park Department led by Peter "Park" Ewell and Karen Gurette's Youth Commission are very instromental in making this a success. So many thanks to The Rockland Eagles for suppling the prizes. Charlie Lanzetta and the Rockland Golf Course provided the food and Magoo's Ice Cream gave all contestants a free cone card.
More Pictures to come.
Sara, Kyle and Meghan came in first!
David, Zach and Nick came in second!
Zach, , Jack and Tyler came in third!
4th place Jake and Emily!
Billy, Nevaeh, and Colin came in 5th
June 6, 2013
In shore cod still on the menu. South River Mike and his wife Claire pick up fish on every trip.
"Mike finds the big rocks and we drift fish over them and pick up some nice fish." said Claire.
"We had a big visitor while we were off Minot's Light." said Mike. "I may need a bigger boat!"
Striped Bass hit Massachusetts Bay in force.
Spring Classic to be held June 1, 2013
Come on down fishing starts at 430PM
South River Mike grabs a nice 31 inch fish off Scituate Harbor live lining mackerel.
The River Captain, Parcell Post, took a crew including Captain Dave Patry for Parcell's first voyage across the bay to the "Race". The gang easily caught a dozen or so keepers all in the 30-35 inch range. Said Captain Dave, "It's nice to be on the receiving end for a change. I was leary, but flat calm seas made for a 35 minute ride and we had a ball." "The Captain was a guest today and we showed him we have learned what he taught us." Parcell said.
Way to go Mike!
"Honey I am having a blast!" said the Angel. "I know my fish is bigger than yours, but you keep fishing and just maybe......"
Mike says, "I have a couple of cod to add to the table." "Then bring it over here and I cook it up! Filleted first of course."
Captain Kelly of the "Irish Ayes" had the weeks best fish at 35 pounds/ 42 inches.
More pictures to come!
Bite Me Bait Co and Rockland, Massachusetts Kawanis Club
The Rockland Children's Fishing Derby
Rain or Shine Saturday June 8, 2013
8am - 11am Registration and Fishing
11am - 1200 Prizes & Trophies Awarded
Reed's Pond on Market Street
Children in grades K-6 are invited.
All participants MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Bring your own Rod and Bait
Co-Sponsored by the Rockland Fraternal Order of Eagles Airee 841
The Rockland Park Dept. and Rockland Youth Commission
Rockland Golf Course will be providing refreshments.
Any BMBC member who wishs to help out, See Billy Bob or Mar-e
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!!
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