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07/16/14
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Cape Cod Fishing Reports
 
The Cape at Large...
07/16/14

Where to start...lots of stripers outside the 3 mile limit off Chatham. The good news is that lots of fish have moved in. There are fish off the new cut in Chatham, as well as in the rips off Monomoy. Fishing the backside beaches has been tough. There has been some action, but it is hit or miss.

There is still a good bite off P-Town... and still just as many people looking to get in on it. The striper fishing in the Bay is improving, with good numbers of keepers being taken off the shoals. The bluefish bite is great, with some big fish in the 15 lb range being caught inside by Wellfleet.

The east end of the canal is producing some nice fish. Fish deep for the bigger fish.

Trolling for bluefin off Chatham is getting better. There are fish being taken in the 75" range, with smaller fish mixed in. The bite on Stellwagen is pretty much nonexistent at this point. Hopefully that will change soon enough.

The 2014 Bluefin Blowout is coming up August 1st and 2nd, and is being held in Gloucester, as usual. Hopefully the fish will cooperate. If you are fishing that tournament, good luck! There should be some good fish brought to the docks.

Good luck with what ever you are chasing! Dave
 
07/15/14
Captain Brett Wilson
Hindsight Sportfishing

The bass fishing off P-town is still consistent, while Billingsgate is starting to heat up. We are getting a good 10 to 15 keepers per trip, with throw backs mixed in.

There are some big bluefish being caught inside by Wellfleet. These fish are in the 10 to 15 lb. range.

The striper bite is heating up off Chatham. The fish are off the "new" cut, and the rips are full of fish chasing squid.

There are some bluefin east of Chatham being taken on the troll. Fish in the 75" range are being caught, with some smaller fish in the mix. Stellwagen is pretty quiet. Lots of boats, with very few fish being taken.

The Hindsight has limited availability over the next three weeks or so, and it is getting busier by the day. If you are even thinking about going bluefin tuna fishing, you really do need to start making plans now. Give me a call at 305-481-1291 and we can discuss which dates are still open.

Thanks! Brett
 
07/15/14
Rock Harbor Fishing Report
Capt. Hap Farrell
Stunmai II

Below is the report I received from Capt. Hap Farrell for this week.

"The weather and Fishing...

Do fish care about the weather? Well, there are some who think they are affected by high and low pressure, wind directions, and air temperature that may cool down or heat up the water. Weather can and does affect fishing and our ability to get out fishing. Can anyone remember what a Bermuda High is? We used to get those during the summer which gave us an extended period of nice weather with very little wind. I'm talking about better than a week of nice weather.

Last weekend we had a nice Friday and Saturday with little wind and comfortable temperatures. Sunday started out that way and then came the wind. On Saturday we found a few schools of big stripers off the north edge of the shoals during the flood tide and after it turned the fish moved to the south edge and settled in there All the charter boats got their share of stripers. A few of the boats went into the Sunken Meadow area and found a number of big bluefish. Sunday the day started off nice with a slight breeze, but by 10 am. the wind had picked up a little. Some of the boats out of Rock Harbor headed to the shoals and some up along the Eastham shore. Both found fish. Bass on the shoals and big bluefish in by Sunken Meadow. The wind came up even more and made it harder to fish where you wanted and the way you wanted but the charter fleet still got some fish. If there was no wind all the boats would have done much better.

There have been some bright points this last week. On one of those days when the weather was nice the boats on the full day trip headed to P-town. There were reports that a fair amount of stripers had moved in there. They found some fish, enough to stay busy. A little after the tide turned the boats headed back to fish Billingsgate Shoals. Just a little ways after passing Long Point one of the boats noticed some activity in 70 feet of water. What he found was something not seen in many years. From Long Point around to past the Pamet River in the 70 to 80 foot depth was school after school of big stripers and they were hungry. One of the captains that was there stated it was the best bass fishing he's seen in thirty years.

Where to go this coming week. Well, you could take a ride up to P-town to see if those fish are still around. Chances are that was a one time affair. I'm sure there are stripers in the regular areas. However, the north edge of Billingsgate Shoals is producing a decent amount of bass on the flood tide and once the tide turns they move to the south edge. The Sunken Meadow area is still producing bluefish and I would also check out the Path from 25 feet of water into 15 feet. Trolling hootchies or single swimming plugs for the bluefish and jigging or the umbrella rig on 200 foot wire for the bass.

This last week, when the weather was decent I had a number of groups out. We got our share of stripers but we also did well with bluefish. Especially the first part of the week. Betsy Laughton, Loria friend of hers and Doug who she works with experienced some good blue fishing and landed bluefish near 10 to 12 pounds. The best trip was with the Diehl clan. Elise Diehl landed a big bluefish with ease, it was her first fish.

If you want to try some of this good fishing, give me a call at 508-240-8267 and we'll get you out.

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Thanks! Capt. Hap Farrell"
 
06/14/14
Rock Harbor Fishing Report
Capt. Hap Farrell
Stunmai II

Below is the report I received from Capt. Hap Farrell for this week.

Summer is Coming...

"The summer has started to make itself known. Last weekend was warm, sunny, with very little wind. The boats that had the full day trips went to P-town and did very well getting their limit in stripers. The half day trips were early in the morning and were active but smaller fish with a few keepers landed. Even a few bluefish were taken on the north edge of the shoals. A good sign.

One of these days Cape Cod Bay will explode with fish. Both stripers and bluefish. I told you of the schools of bluefish that are in the Sunken Meadow area and now one of the harpoon boats looking for tuna fish spotted a big school of bluefish in a hundred feet of water off the Path last Saturday. That would be a nice addition to the fish on the north edge of Billingsgate Shoals.

As most everyone has heard and I've put in this article P-town is very active for big stripers. Our boats out of Rock Harbor, who have gone up there, have done well there. Because of it's narrow areas to fish it can get very crowded. With the hang ups when you jig from Wood End up to Race Point and the very narrow area that you can jig one needs to use patience and courtesy when fishing this area. Remember last season. One day the fish were there and then they were gone and did not come back. Vertical jigging is also working and doing this will keep you out of the crowd a little. That style of bass fishing has a bit of a trick to it. You need the right jig and the method you use is very important. Experience is your best teacher when it come to this method.

One thing I'd like to bring up. If you have relatives coming to visit for a time this summer and they have kids don't let them sit in front of the TV playing games, or spend time with a tablet or other devices. Cape Cod has a natural diversity of things to do and see. Nature walks, beaches, bike trails, numerous activities, yes, and even some good fishing. The reason I mention this because some of the parents of families I take fishing are concerned their kids are losing site of the world around them. Cape Cod has some of New England's best fresh and saltwater fishing.

Where to look next. This time of the season it is anyone's guess, and with the water warming and the bluefish arriving soon most any of the well known areas can become active. I'd look in the deep water off the north edge of the shoals. Check out the Stony Bar area again, and of course take a ride up to P-town if you have the time and weather.

Last Sunday, the 8th of June, I had Bob Wilson and his friend Paul Willoughby out for a half day trip I went over an area right on the edge of the Brewster Flat about half way from Skaket Beach and Paine's Creek. The fishing was outrageous. Most of the stripers were small but we did hook up on a few that were almost big enough. They told me at the end of the trip that they thought we caught over fifty fish. When using the umbrella rig we'd get 4 to 5 fish on a rig each time.

If you like to be in on the hunt for these stripers, give me a call at 508-240-8267 or e-mail me with any questions at stunmai@copper.net."

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Thanks! Capt. Hap Farrell"
 
06/12/14
Captain Brett Wilson
Hindsight Sportfishing

The striper fishing in Cape Cod Bay is fair. There are a lot of fish around, but for the most part they are small. There are some keepers mixed in, but you have to work for them. As it has been for the last couple of weeks, P-town is the place to be. There are a lot of nice fish being caught, but there is a crowd. Lots of boats in a small area. The stripers are feeding on the huge schools of sand eels that have taken up residence between the Race and Wood End.

There are some blue fish in Sunken Meadow, as well as on the south edge of the shoals.

Also, the sea bass have showed up in the Bay.

There are some bluefin around, but they have lock jaw. The stick boats are getting some fish, but that is about it.

Whether you are looking to go early season bluefin tuna fishing, or late season giant bluefin tuna fishing, you really do need to start making plans soon. The available dates are going fast, so if you have something in mind, please give me a call so we can get you out when you want.

Again, if you want a shot at some nice stripers this weekend, I have the 8 hour and 4 hour open for Sunday. Give me a call at (305) 481-1291 and we can work something out.

Thanks! Brett
 
The Cape at Large...
 
06/12/14

The striper fishing is slower than normal, almost everywhere. The one exception, again, is off P-town. There are a lot of fish up there, and some big ones too.

The Bay is loaded with small fish, but the big fish haven't showed in force yet. That is the same story that I am hearing from everywhere.

There are a few bass and bluefish being taken from the backside beaches. Here again, the run seems late.

The fish aren't in the rips like they should be. There are a few fish here and there, and some bluefish, but not what it should be.

The south side is still covered up with bluefish. There are a few bass around, and there are a ton of small sea bass around. There are limits to be had, but you need to wade through a boat load of small fish to get them.

There are some nice stripers being caught from the beach on the Vineyard. There are some big bluefish in the mix also.

The striper bite in the Canal is way slower than it should be. There are some fish being caught, but they are few and far between.

The offshore report is good and bad. The good news is that the bluefin are back. There are some big fish around, but it is a stick boat fishery at this point. There are some good fish being stuck, 500 lbs and up, but the rod and reel bite isn't happening...yet.

For those who are looking to the Canyons, there is some nice water to be found, and those that have gone have reported some good success.

Good luck to all, and have a great weekend!
 
Capt. Brian Courville
Bluefin Charters

06/12/14

The striper fishing on the South side is slow. There are some fish around, but they aren't in the rips like they should be.

There are lots of small sea bass around. There are some bigger fish in the mix, but you need to fish hard to get a limit.

There are a ton of nice scup around.

There are still squid, and commercial squid boats, to the east.

If you want to get in on some great deep sea bottom fishing, give me a call at (508) 292-3244.

Thanks, and have a great weekend! Brian

 
04/16/14
Offshore Pursuits Update
 
Hello all! Winter is still hanging on for a lot of us, others, such as those lucky enough to be fishing off Cape Hatteras, are into an epic bite...big bluefin feasting on bluefish! The reports indicate that the fish are big, and hungry.

Further south, Capt. Brett Wilson, of Hindsight Sportfishing, hooked his second bluefin of the winter off Miami. There were apparently a half dozen or so hooked in the last week. These too are bigger fish.

The commercial season starts the first of June, and hopefully there will be fish off Cape Cod somewhere. There were fish caught early last season, but with this winter being as brutal as it has been, who knows what is going to happen when. I guess time will tell, and the only thing to do is be prepared when it goes off.

Good luck if you are fishing yet!
03/12/14
Preliminary 2014 BFT Commercial Landings
 
Per NOAA, as of yesterday, the 2014 commercial bluefin tuna landings were as follows:

As of March 11, 2014, preliminary commercial landings for the 2014 fishing year are as follows: The General category has landed 6.8 mt; Longline North has landed 7.3 mt and Longline South has landed 7.1 mt. Landing updates will be made as necessary.

https://hmspermits.noaa.gov/News.asp#news310
 
02/20/14
 
Hello to all! I hope were you are, the weather is a whole lot nicer than were I am. This winter has been the longest, coldest, snow filled winter I have ever experienced. What I wouldn't give to be out in the Gulf Stream somewhere!

Offshore Pursuits is in the midst of a rebuild. It should be up and running by the first of April. Expect a new look, with the same reliable, up to date fishing reports, news, and fishing related information that you have come to expect for the last 15 years!

Start getting ready for the upcoming seasons now by visiting Offshore Pursuits Premium Tackle and check out the very best in squid rigs, bluefin tuna lures and rigs, blue marlin lures, and much, much more.

Stay warm! Dave
 
12/24/13
 
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all!

2012 and 2013 have been a challenge... With 2014 coming fast, we are all looking forward to new beginnings. Among things in the works is a complete re-design of Offshore Pursuits. It has been a long time coming, and I am anxious to get going on it.

Here is to hoping that 2014 beats all your expectations!

 
11/16/13
 
From the American Bluefin Tuna Association... A must read!!!
 
*Council to consider midwater trawl ban next week*

As you know, herring drives our tuna fishery. Without enough herring, as we have seen all too often, the fish will simply move on to Canada.

As such, ABTA has worked hard to get better rules in place in the Atlantic herring fishery—especially in regards to midwater trawl activity. Much of this effort went into getting better monitoring in what was known as Amendment 5. This past summer, NMFS took steps to weaken Amendment 5, which is totally unacceptable. ABTA and others have been fighting to get NMFS and the Council to work together to fix this problem.

At its last meeting, the Council discussed an option to use emergency action to temporarily ban midwater trawling. This would halt the negative impacts of these boats unless and until rules are implemented to address the problem. They tabled the full discussion, with it scheduled to be taken back up next week. This is a VERY important meeting since it will decide how the herring fishery is managed moving forward.

PLEASE try and make it to the Council discussion next week. Just being in the room will help managers see how important this issue is.

The meeting is at 10:15am on the 20th, at Newport Marriott Hotel, in Newport, RI. The meeting will not be long, but it is VERY important! Spread the word!!!!
 
09/06/13
 
Cape Cod Fishing Reports
 
The Cape at large...Cape Cod Fishing Reports
09/06/13
 
 As you read in Hap's report, the bluefishing in the Bay is great. There are stripers on and off by Barnstable, and the Canal bite is good. The fish are chasing mackerel in the Canal. Other than that, the striper fishing is slow all over. Chatham has slowed down, and there are only some small fish being taken on the backside beaches.

The school Bluefin bit is going strong south and east of Chatham. Fish to 60" are being taken trolling, casting, and jigging. I have not heard of any big fish being taken. Stellwagon is quiet...not much of anything going on there.

Have a good weekend! Dave
 
 
 
Rock Harbor Fishing Report
Capt. Hap Farrell
09/05/13
 
Good September Fishing...


Labor Day has come and gone. As far as I’m concerned it was lackluster as far as holidays go. The weather could have been better. However, it did not stop us from fishing. Speaking of fishing, the blue fishing could not be better. Plus, we don’t have to go far to find them. They’re a little west of the Old Target Ship out to the west about 3 miles. The umbrella rig is the best method to use but single swimming plugs or hootchies work also. I don’t know about other places because I haven’t gone there, I haven’t needed to. Just because the summer season comes to an end does not mean the fishing does.

Traditionally this time of the season produces some really good striper fishing. For the past three years this has not been the case. They do show up at times but it’s so erratic that no one can predict it with any accuracy. Lately a few bass have been found on the south edge of Billingsgate Shoals on the dropping tide. Maybe two or three amongst all the boats out. The one area that sometime produces any stripers is the west bar off Barnstable Harbor. Even this area is unpredictable. One day they are there and only for a short time and then it’s two or three days before they show back up. From what I’ve heard the big school of stripers off Chatham where most of the commercial bass were caught has slowed down quite a bit. Maybe they have started south already. I hope not.

I may have mentioned this before but when the bass fishing is slow I take my clients up along the Eastham shore, or where ever the blue fishing is active, and use my light tackle. This last week was such a time. I have Jim and Debra Stewart and their sons Matt and Sam out on a half day trip. First we got all the bluefish they wanted using my regular trolling tackle and then I pulled out my light gear which is like using fresh water tackle. Each family member landed a nice size bluefish with this tackle. Of course the kids handled the gear better than the adults, they always do. One other thing I do is try out some new gear I may want to develop. Last Monday Albina, a young Russian girl who has migrated to this country and I have had out fishing before, tried out a rod I made using an Acid Wrap or Robert’s Wrap. This tackle is new to this area and I wanted to see if it works as advertised. According to Albina it does. It makes dealing with big bluefish much easier than our conventional tackle.

The McNally group, Kevin and his son Kyle, were out with John Williamson and his son. Kyle, who is 10, had only been fresh water fishing before. When I put him on my light tackle, which is nothing more than a trout rod with braid line, he was at home. Of course these bluefish are a bit bigger and fought harder that the fish he was used to but it did not faze him. Kyle fought a number of these bluefish without slowing down, so he has the title of angler of the week.

If you’d like to get in on some of this great bluefishing especially using this light tackle give me a call at 508-240-8267.
 
 
08/30/13
 
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08/29/13
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08/29/13
 
Cape Cod Fishing Reports
 
Rock Harbor Fishing Report
Capt. Hap Farrell
Stunmai II


Labor Day is Upon Us...

Labor is here, boy the summer just whistled by and fall is just around the corner. This does not mean the fishing has slowed down too. In fact, the bluefish should pick up real soon when the small herring start coming out of the ponds they have spent the summer in. When they do the bluefish and hopefully the stripers will feast on them until they start migrating south.

Lately the bluefishing has been really good just outside Rock Harbor. The main body of fish are to the southwest of the Old Target Ship location in 22 to 28 feet of water. They will hit single hootchies on mono but really like the single hootchie on 200 foot wire with the knot between the wire and backing half way between the rod tip and the water. Trolling at around 5.5 to 6 knots is the best speed. Of course the umbrella rig will work well also. Some of the other areas that you can find bluefish are on the North Edge of Billingsgate Shoals, Up by the Path, off the Brewster Flats and a few up by South Sunken Meadow. Single hootchies in the shallower water or jigging or umbrella rigs in the deeper water over 18 feet.

The striped bass. Where have they gone? Well, there a some being taken on the West Bar over by Barnstable Harbor. If, and I mean "if", you find them there jigging is the best method to use. However, you must clean the jigs on a regular basis because there are a lot of sand dollars on the bottom and they will foul your jigs quickly. I'm hoping the bass will become a more frequent visitor to this area when the water cools a bit during September.

This last Saturday the Rock Harbor Charter Fleet was host to a number of veterans who are still in the service or recently discharged. We took them out on a half day of fishing Cape Cod Bay. Needless to say they all had a good time and landed a number of fish. This is the third season we have done this and it will continue for many years to come. Being a veteran myself I can understand how important it is to be shown this kind of appreciation for the service done. "Those who have fought for life have a savor for living the protected will never know."

This last week I had a father, his son and a friend of his son's out on a half day trip. They had been out before and were familiar with the style of fishing we do out of Rock Harbor. So, I pulled out my lighter tackle to give them an experience they had not had before. This tackle made it easier to fight and land the big bluefish we were finding. At one point we used rods that most would use trout fishing. Believe me when I tell you that Kevin Peters and his crew learned the true aspect of sport fishing.

If you want to take on these big bluefish we are finding in Cape Cod Bay come down to the Goose Hummock. Talk to any of the guys in there and they will get you set up. If you want to troll around some lighter gear then most use they can also help you out.

If you are looking for information on what is happening with the bluefin tuna, check out Capt. Brett Wilson's report in this newsletter, or go to Offshore Pursuits for the latest news

If you want to get out and try some the fishing we do in September give me a call at 508-240-8267 and I'll get you out fishing Cape Cod Bay.
 
08/29/13
 
Fishing with Capt. Brett Wilson...

Captain Brett Wilson
Hindsight Sportfishing


08/29/13

The fishing right now is great, and we don't have to run far for the action. We have been fishing around the old target ship on the 4 hour trips, making a killing on bluefish and black sea bass, with the occasional keeper striper thrown in. On the 8 hour trips we can head to Barnstable and try for some decent stripers.

Not much of anything going on with the commercial bluefin. The biggest fish buyer in the area hasn't received a fish in 4 days. There are some rec fish being caught around the Regal Sword, east of Chatham, with the occasional bigger fish thrown in. There are also some fish in the mid 40" range that have been caught out there.

Prime time for giants is fast approaching. If you want to try your hand at a trip to George's Bank, or even an inshore tuna charter, you have to make your calls soon to try and set things up. The new Hindsight Sportfishing website is done.Check it out! Thanks! Brett

Capt. Brett Wilson
Hindsight Sportfishing.
 
 
08/29/13
 
The Cape at large...Cape Cod Fishing Reports
08/29/13

After Hap 's and Brett's reports, there isn't a whole lot for me to say concerning the Bay.

The best bass fishing still appears to be off Chatham, the south side is still covered up with some nice bluefish, and the Canyons are still red hot.

The Canal has a morning bite going on. The bass are chasing squid, so any approximation should work. Eels at night are also producing a few decent fish.

The Bluefin Blowout tournament out of Gloucester last weekend produced no fish, out of 45 boats, and 2 days of fishing. There were some hooked, but nothing landed. It isn't any better anywhere else at this point. Some smaller fish are being caught off Chatham, with an occasional bigger one mixed in, but it is hit or miss.

I have heard nothing good about the backside beaches. There just isn't a whole lot going on right now. What ever your plans are for the long weekend, have a good one! Dave
 
 
08/09/13
Seiner short set off Cape Cod this week.......
A seiner off Cape Cod this week pulling in a set on shorts. According to the photographer, there were "hundreds of fish" mangled and broken. I had a very disturbing discussion with a friend of mine this afternoon concerning a seiner off the Cape setting on short fish.

I did a search on the Internet for any information I could find, and did come up with some on a well respected forum. I do this picture, and the text with it talked of "hundreds of short fish, mangled and broken".

The boat that took the pictures was fishing right there, and apparently this was one trip where there was not an observer on board the seiner.

If anyone has any more information on this, please email me and I will get the information up on Offshore Pursuits. Thanks. Dave
 
 
08/09/13
Hindsight Sportfishing
Capt. Brett Wilson
The Hindsight with Capt. Brett Wilson 250 lb. mako caught aboard the Hindsight with Capt. Brett Wilson

Scott with one of 25 sharks caught in 2 days aboard the Hindsight with Capt. Brett Wilson and Capt. "Woody" Wood
We just finished a great shark fishing trip# We started off Chatham and moved south from there# We landed a 250 lb# Mako, and plenty of blue sharks. Some we fought on 12 lb. test line. The mako is the picture on the right.
We are headed to the Canyons next week for a couple of days# The fishing in Atlantis Canyon is pretty hot right now# Plenty of big eye tuna, dolphin, marlin, albacore, and maybe some wahoo too! It should be a great trip# After that it is back to the bay for a week or so to finish up some bass charters, then way east for a few days# The season is upon us!
During our last charter we did some bass fishing off Chatham. The commercial season has ended, so the fleets are gone. but, the fish are there. We had one to the side of the boat that was all of 50 lbs. And there have been reports of fish in the high 40's being taken often# Chatham is definitely the place to be fishing for striped bass right now.

The backside is loaded with bluefish and seals# Not much for bass around with the seals, and if you are fishing for bluefish, you need to battle the seals to land a fish.

The same scenario is playing out in and around P-Town. Offshore around the corner and down the beach, the boats fishing offshore are starting to catch some bass. There are a few tuna starting to show up also. Very few at this point...

The tuna bite east of Chatham is spotty at best, and the same can be said for the Bay and up on Stellwagen. There are fish being landed, but it is a crap shoot at this point.

Bass fishing in the Bay is still spotty. There are all the bluefish you could want, but you have to work for the stripers.

Time is fast approaching when giant Bluefin is the na#e of the game. Please remember that the very few tuna fishing slots still available will fill very quickly. If you are even thinking about it trying a trip, give me a call and I will see what we can do.
 
08/08/13
 
Rock Harbor Fishing Report
Capt. Hap Farrell
 
August Fishing...

August has usually meant good striper fishing with a good charge of bluefish either in along the Eastham shore or up by the Path on the Welfleet/Truro line or both. What we are finding is an improving daily landing of striped bass, found on the north edge of Billingsgate Shoals. Also, as of this last Sunday, there was a good charge of bluefish up by the Path. There was only a small amount of bluefish up along the Eastham shore and into the Welfleet Harbor area. The fishing is not quite as active as it was this time last season but it's still pretty good. No matter what, the charter fleet is still finding the fish it needs for it's clients.

The one thing that is unusual about this season is the lack of stripers up around the P-town area. It was told to me that a few days before the commercial season started there was a big charge of stripers from Wood End up to the Race and around the corners a bit. They weren't real active but they were there. One day they were there the next they were gone and the stripers have not really come back since. Maybe what will happen is very much like deer season. When it's over they will return. If so we should see them show up next week.

Before I give you my thoughts on what may happen next week I'd like to inform you on an important happening. Capt. Steve Ellis, originally from Brewster has sold his boat, the "Watanya" and moved to Georgia. A few years ago he bought some property down there and built a small house. He would spend the winter in Georgia and charter his boat out of Rock Harbor up here during the summer. His family, the Ellis family, is one other the original families of Cape Cod. He has been involved with the charter industry for around 40 years owning his own boat for much of that time and has worked in other types of fishing also. He says that where he is in Georgia is much like the Cape was 40 years ago. He and his sharp wit will be sorely missed and Cape Cod has lost another one of its loved characters.

What I think will happen next week is more and more bluefish will show up on the north edge of Billingsgate Shoals. Some stripers will move in also but not the real big ones, not yet. There will be a few more keepers taken mixed in with the bluefish. Jigging will be the best method for landing both fish. On the dropping tide the bigger bass will move up on top of the shoals but be scattered over the whole southwest section. There will be a decent amount of bluefish up around the Path especially on the flood tide.

I had the Forest family on a half day trip this last week. The didn't want to keep any fish but did keep track of who caught what. There was an older gentleman who had come with them and they referred to him as Grandpa. Well, he just sat quietly in the fishing chairs moving around as each hooked up. When they tallied up who caught what and how much, it was Grandpa who won out. So, Grandpa Forest is the fisherman of the week. Another group, Lew, Mark, Spencer, and Ali had a good day. It was Ali who took the most fish in this group.

If you'd like to get a shot at your own striper or bluefish call me at 508-240-8267 and I'll try and get you out.

 
08/09/13
The Cape at large...
 
After Hap 's and Brett's reports, there isn't a whole lot for me to say. The best bass fishing is off Chatham, the Canyons are hot, the Bay is spotty, and the Bluefin bite is a pick no matter where you go.

The south side is alive with bluefish, with a few bass starting to show. The Canal is slow, unless you consider the statement below!

One interesting tidbit is a fish on Facebook...a sailfish no less, that was supposedly caught in the canal. I read it in a couple of places...both credible. Who knows...!

What ever your plans are for the weekend, have a good one! Dave
 
08/01/13
The Hindsight with Capt. Brett Wilson
Hindsight Sportfishing
Capt. Brett Wilson
 
We are fishing our way around the backside to Chatham today. Will be by tying up in Harwich Port for the next three weeks or so. I believe we have one day open between now and the middle of August, and a few inshore tuna trips available after that. If you have any plans on trying to get a tuna trip in with me this year, you have to call me at 305.481.1291 soon. What trips are open will fill quickly.

The tuna bite is beginning to pick up again east of Chatham. Both recreational fish and commercial fish are being landed. It is not on fire yet, but it is picking up.

There are also some fish in the Bay, and there are some being caught on Stellwagon. It will only get better from here.

The bass fishing is beginning to pick up in the Bay. The fish are starting to come back up on the shoals. We did real well a couple of days this week fishing behind the sea clammers as well.

The new website is done. We are sill populating the galleries, but it is otherwise done. Check it out! Thanks! Brett
Capt. Brett Wilson
 
08/01/13
 
Rock Harbor Fishing Report
Capt. Hap Farrell


Fish on the Move...

Every year we go through a period of time when the fish do a little moving around. It makes life a bit of a challenge for us, that is the charter fleet. We had some really good bluefish fishing up off the Path and also inside off the Eastham shore. There are still some bluefish off the Sunken Meadow area but they are small and not real active. The stripers have moved off the shoals are now in water from 25 feet out to 35 feet off the north edge of Billingsgate Shoals. They sometimes show up on the south edge for a few hours just before low water.

I think much of these actions the fish are taking are due to the size and movement of the tides. We are coming off a full moon and therefore big tides. This means the movement of the water in the Bay is at it's most dramatic. This will move the bait around and therefore the fish. This last set of big tides are larger than other tides this summer so this whole thing keeps us on our toes. One thing we have the most problem with is backing our boats into our slips. The tide really affects a boat that is almost 13 feet wide fitting into a space that is 14 and 1/2 feet wide. Believe me that is a challenge.

One of our worries is where the bluefish have gone. We had them both up by the Path and in along the Eastham shore for a while and then they just vanished. There are really small bluefish tight into the meadow but they are had to catch. On last Monday on the full day trip one of our boats went up by the Path to see if any fish had moved back in there. He saw the fish in 20 feet of water but they would not hit his lures. These may be new fish and that will happen when they first get into an area. At least I hope so.

As far as the striped bass are concerned there are a few around. On the half day trips we've found them on the north edge of Billingsgate Shoals in 25 feet of water and up on top of the shoals. They seem to be spread out with a few fish in each bunch. Jigging or the umbrella rig are working the best. Most of the keepers are between 29 to 36 inches. Nice healthy fish. P-town is almost completely void of fish right now, which I hope changes soon.

This last week I had a couple of special trips. The first was a group from Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Ashley Gage, from Orleans, and Mollie Bunting, from Harwich, pitted themselves against the fish we have in Cape Cod Bay. They both were very successful by landing some good size striped bass with ease. The second angler who did well was Ryan Evans. He was the youngest in the group but the most successful. Ryan landed two stripers on one umbrella rig. The biggest being around 30 inches and the other just under the legal length of 28 inches. He made sure everyone ate well that evening. One other group I had out was the Gray family. They come every season. Cassandra, who always lands the biggest fish, did it again with a nice 36 inch striper. All these fish we found on the north edge of the shoals.

If you'd like to get a shot at your own striper or bluefish call me at 508-240-8267 and I'll try and get you out.

As the season progresses keep track of the tuna fishing with reports on Offshore Pursuits. Dave will have reports form a number of tuna boats but the more important one will be from the Hindsight operated by Capt. Brett Wilson. He is one of the better tuna fishermen in our area.

Thanks Hap!

www.capecodbaycharters.com
capthap@capecodbaysportfishing.com
 
08/01/13
The Cape at Large....
 
The best action around this week is the bass fishing off Chatham. The commercial season is still on, so expect crowds (fleets!). The schools are apparently moving quickly through, so take the time to look around. You may find some fish all to yourself.

The fishing off Monomoy continues to be "red hot", as I was told. Lots of decent size fish to be had.

The South side is covered up in bluefish. Enough said there...Fun to catch, and plenty of them.

The Canal is slow right now...the bite is expected to pick up with the coming moon. There are a few fish being landed at night on eels, but certainly nothing to write home about.

What ever your plans are for the weekend, have a good one! Dave
 
 
07/09/13
Offshore Pursuits' Fishing Adventures 2013
The Season Starts August 1st, 2013
Nova Scotia Giant Bluefin Tuna Special!
 
Scotia Bluefin Tuna Charters If you have wanted to try the fantastic catch and release giant bluefin tuna fishery of Nova Scotia, Canada, then there has never been a better time than now to act.

The giant bluefin tuna season starts August 15th, 2013. With a three fish per day limit, you won't find a better trip, at any price.

I went to Nova Scotia last September to fish with Capt. Ray MacGillivray, and personally check out his charter operation. I am glad I did. You can read all about it here.

Give Capt. Ray MacGillivray a call at (902) 863-5531, or visit his website, Scotia Bluefin Tuna Charters  for all the details about the boat, the fishery, and what you can expect from a trip of a lifetime! You can also email him at raymacgillivray@hotmail.

All bookings will be handled by Offshore Pursuits Fishing Adventures, so if you have any dates in mind, call me for availability at (715) 617-0305, or you can email me at dave@offshorepursuits.com.
 
 
Lodging packages and discounts available.
The scenery is fantastic, the accommodations are unbelievable, and the fishing is as good as it gets. As the saying goes..."been there, done that", and will do it again! Dave
 
Docked in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, the 45' Angela Marie is a stable platform for catching the true giants that roam the Northumberland Strait and Southern Gulf of St Lawrence in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Capt. Ray MacGillivray has been fishing bluefin tuna for the past thirty years. With a near 100% catch rate, Scotia Bluefin Tuna Charters is as close to a sure thing for hooking you up to a true giant as there is!

The Canadian giant bluefin tuna fishery is catch and release, so you can catch 3 giants in three days! You will be fish somewhere around 20 miles offshore, in and around the herring fleet. of videos showing you the action that you can expect once the herring season opens, which is August 20th.

In addition to 3 days of the most intense fishing action you could imagine, included in this package is a 3 night stay at Ocean Front Shanties...beautiful by any standards. Below is the description of Ocean Front Shanties in their own words.
Ocean Front Shanties
"Each of our six 2 bedroom cottages has a breathtaking view of St. Georges Bay, as well as features like a large deck with a barbecue, Satellite television, free WIFI access, 4 piece bathroom, fully stocked kitchen and more. The property offers a playground, firepits, easy access to the beach and on-site laundry facilities. With many local attractions nearby, Ocean Front Shanties is the perfect home base for your Nova Scotia holiday."

I think that when you look at their website you will agree that this is the perfect compliment to 3 days of fishing!

Call for the pricing for the first Offshore Pursuits' Fishing Adventures Giant Bluefin TunaGiant Bluefin Tuna caught with Scotia Bluefin Tuna Charters package! That includes 3 days fishing, and three nights at the Ocean Front Shanties. Quite a deal...!

Give Capt. Ray MacGillivray a call at (902) 863-5531, or visit his website, Scotia Bluefin Tuna Charters  for all the details about the boat, the fishery, and what you can expect from a trip of a lifetime! You can also email him at raymacgillivray@hotmail.

All bookings will be handled by Offshore Pursuits Fishing Adventures, so if you have any dates in mind, call me for availability at (715) 617-0305, or you can email me at dave@offshorepursuits.com.
 
07/11/13
The Cape at Large...

Cape Cod Bay, and in the rips off Monomoy, are the hot spots for this week. There are some real nice fish being taken off Monomoy. Squid imitations are working well, as is cut bait.

The striper bite in the Bay is awesome, if you can put the 8 hours in. The 4 hour trips are struggling to find fish, while the 8 hour are about as good as they get. Nice fish in the 36"/38" range are being taken, with some bigger ones mixed in. The guys fishing behind the sea clammers are doing well on clams, otherwise it is a jig bite.

There are bluefish up in the area around Welfleet, with smaller fish being taken by the mouth of the harbor, and bigger fish being taken up around the Path, and in the Sucken Meadow area.

There is good bite going on up in P-town, and around the corner. The beach crowd is doing well on cut bait, and sand eels.

There are fish all along the backside, but getting at them is proving to be a challenge. From what I have been told, getting past the seals is proving to be next to impossible. A few more sharks would be nice...a little crowd control!

Fishing in the sound has been tough. There are some fish being taken, but not many.

There are fish in the Canal, with nice keepers being taken on a regular basis. There is a good topwater bite going on as we speak. I don't know how long it is going to last, so go for it while you can!

The bluefin bite has shut right down. There doesn't appear to be any fish of any size being taken off Chatham. There is all the bait in the world offshore, but no fish. I have heard there is a good bunch of fish off New Jersey, headed up the coast. I guess time will tell. The weather is supposed to be good the first half of next week, so i am sure there will be some guys out looking.

Whatever your target may be for this weekend, good luck! Dave
 
07/11/13
The Hindsight with Capt. Brett Wilson
Hindsight Sportfishing
Capt. Brett Wilson
 
The 8 hr trips are proving top be epic...all the fish you want to fight, and then some. Jigs on wire, and rigs in the deep water.

The 4 hr trips are tough. We are having our best success fishing clams behind the sea clammers, picking up stripers to 38", as well as the occasional sand shark, to 6'.

The tuna fishing is really slow right now. They are getting a few giants up in Maine, but it is a pick. There aren't many fish being caught around here. Lots of bait off Chatham, but not many fish. Hopefully that is going to turn around in the next couple of weeks.

If you would like to try your hand at some of the great bass fishing we are experiencing, or some bluefin tuna fishing, give me a call at 305.481.1291.

Please remember that the tuna fishing slots fill very quickly. if you are even thinking about it, give me a call and I can answer any questions you might have. Thanks!
The new website is done. We are sill populating the galleries, but it is otherwise done. Check it out! Thanks! Brett
Capt. Brett Wilson
 
07/11/13
Rock Harbor Fishing Report
Capt. Hap Farrell
Stunmai II
 
Summer Heat Wave...


It has been warm here on the Lower Cape, really warm.
I’m glad I’m not in a city right now, it must be almost unbearable. I wish the fishing was as hot as the weather. It almost has been on the full day charters out of Rock Harbor. The fish gather on the south edge of the shoals and a little up on top of the shoals on the dropping tide and then move off as the tide starts in. On the half day trips we find them spread out over the whole north edge and mixed in with some bluefish. It is a lot more comfortable off shore than it is on land. When we come into the harbor it’s like opening the door to an oven.
Jigging has been the most productive method of fishing around Billingsgate Shoals. In the deeper water the umbrella rig is king. The jigging set up, for those who are not familiar with it, is 300 feet of stainless steel wire on a substantial reel with heavy backing. A three ounce jig is tied directly to the wire and it is jigged across the bottom at around 2.5 to 3 knots.

If you are not familiar with this set up go to s sporting goods store like the Goose Hummock and they will set you up.
A week or so ago I had found some bluefish up along the Eastham shore. Then they disappeared from one day to the next. Well, they are back. The small ones but they are the best eating size. The big bluefish have shown up up by the Path on the Welfleet/Truro line. Just look for a path that leads down from the top of a bluff to the beach. That is the ”Path”. From 15 feet of water out to 30 feet there is a spattering of really big bluefish up to 12 to 14 pounds. The umbrella rig worked best on these fish with some taking the hootchie. I also heard there were some bluefish in the deeper water off the entrance to Barnstable Harbor. Umbrella rigs worked well on these fish.

This last Monday I had Keith Tallburg and his friends out for a full day trip. I went right to the south edge of Billingsgate Shoals and set out my umbrella rigs. It was not long before we had fish on and they were both keepers. These guys like to sit and talk and prefer to use the rigs rather than jig. So, we did and by the first hour of fishing we were close to our limit of stripers. By the third hour after culling for size we had our limit of bass. The total we landed was more than twenty five keepers and a total of 60 fish in all. Not bad for a relaxing day of fishing.
On Tuesday I had Paul Mitchell with some of his family, Jeffery Delo and his two daughters Lauren and Julia. Both young ladies are avid freshwater fisher women. Their Grandfather wanted to expose them to some saltwater fishing. We tried jigging in the deep water with little success but once we got over to the “Path” things changed. We found some very big bluefish and both Lauren and Julia hooked up on some nice big bluefish. They both found this to be a little more than the fish they find in Oklahoma.
 
 
 
06/19/13
Offshore Pursuits Bluefin Tuna News
Daily Offshore Pursuits Bluefin Tuna Blog
 
06/21/13
The Cape at large...
 
Other than Cape Cod Bay (see Capt. Hap and Capt. Brett's reports below), the fish of the week is bluefish. The striper bite has slowed down on the sound side, and in the canal. The bluefish bite, on the other hand, is pretty hot.

The Vineyard is surrounded by bluefish, with some keeper bass down below. In the Sound, Bishop and Clerks has been mentioned as a good spot for some keeper bass.

Nothing showing up in the rips yet, but it will be soon!

There are big schools of good sized bass up the beach on the backside, with fish to 25 lbs in the mix. The boat crowd is doing the best, but there are reports of decent fish being taken from the beaches in P-Town.

As Brett mentioned, the tuna bite has all but shut down. Some blame the moon this weekend, some the tides. I was told by an old timer many years ago that the reason the tuna bite was slow during a big moon is that the fish gorge themselves on squid under the full moon. Fact or fiction, that is what he told me. I haven't heard a better explanation yet!

Whatever you plan on doing this weekend, good luck! Dave
 
 
06/21/13
The Hindsight with Capt. Brett Wilson
Hindsight Sportfishing
Capt. Brett Wilson
 
We just now got done cleaning up from or 12 hours of trips today. We did a 4 hr this morning, and an 8 hr after that. Same routine tomorrow.

Things were slow on the 4 hr, but picked up for the 8 hr. We fished the south edge and did quite well on bass to 37". We also loaded up on bluefish. They are definitely around now.

There is said to be a good bass bite off P-town. As I said last week, fortunately we haven't had to run that far yet.

It is a good time to be stacked with bass charters. The tuna bite that started so hot has broken up. The bait moved off, and the fish with them. the Hyannis TunaFest started today, and out of 60 boats, only 2 fish were killed. Quite a change from a week ago. We have a couple of school tuna trips coming up in the next week or so, so we will look around and see what we can see.

If you would like to try your hand at some of the great bass fishing we are experiencing, or some school bluefin tuna fishing, give me a call at 305.481.1291.

Please remember that the tuna fishing slots fill very quickly. if you are even thinking about it, give me a call and I can answer any questions you might have. Thanks!

The new Hindsight Sportfishing website is done. We are sill populating the galleries, which will be done this weekend, but it is otherwise done. Check it out!

Thanks! Brett Capt. Brett Wilson
 

06/20/13
Rock Harbor Fishing Report
Capt. Hap Farrell
Stunmai II
 
The fishing season is well underway. The bass have definitely taken up residence in the Bay. Now is when they start settling down to more permanent areas. This next week will somewhat indicate where that will be. Last weekend and during this last week a good size pod of fish having been occupying the area west of the old Target Ship and a bit south of the south edge of Billingsgate Shoals. The birds have aided us in their exact location. At times the stripers may move right on the South Edge and even a little ways up on top of the shoals. This does not mean that there aren’t also fish along the Brewster Flats and down near Barnstable Harbor. P-town can also hold fish especially in by Hatches Harbor on the flood tide. This time of the season the stripers start moving into other areas as the water warms up. The North Edge of Billingsgate should be the next area to support large schools of fish.

On Monday, a crew aboard the Triton, operated by Capt. Steve Peters, had one of the best days fishing they have had in years. From what Capt. Peters described to me on the radio was basically “It’s awesome, just awesome...” I would say that this coming Fourth of July Weekend will be just that. A memorable weekend for bass fishing Cape Cod Bay. The two trips I had last weekend were pretty good also. There were a few boats out and we all did well getting our limits for the crews we had aboard. No really big fish but some were close to 3 footers.

If you plan to do some fishing this weekend on your own vessel I would check out the areas near the harbor you launch from. I feel with the warming water these fish will really show themselves this weekend.

Get your trolling rods ready especially those with wire. The umbrella rig on 200 feet of wire is working very well in the deeper water over twenty feet. You have the deep water outside of Barnstable Harbor and out towards the Fingers. The area west of the old Target Ship, by the south edge of the shoals and off the Brewster flats. Up by P-town check from Wood End to Long Point or along the shore down to towards the Pamet River. For those who want to cast look for working birds and watch to see if they stay active long enough to get to them. One piece of advice, don’t charge over to every bunch of birds you see. You actually put down fish doing this and hinder the fishing for the other anglers. Work your way into the area and slowly move into the fish. This way you can work them for much longer.

I’ve been told that the south side, the Sound side, of the Cape has a good charge of bluefish. This means there is good possibility that they may be in the Bay by early to mid June. I hope so, I have a number of folks who want to target those fish with light gear. At any rate it looks as if we will have a very good early season run of stripers in the Bay this year and that’s a good thing.

If you want to try your hand at some very good fishing in Cape Cod Bay out of Rock Harbor give me a call at 508-240-8267 and I’ll try and get you out.

If you’d like to get in on some the early fishing in the Bay call me at 508-240-8267 and I’ll try and get you out. If you want to keep track of the tuna movements keep checking in on the Offshore Pursuits web site for information from Capt. Brett Wilson

Thanks! Hap
 
06/19/13
Note: Very Important - Must Read
Below is a sample letter RE: Comments on Herring Amendment 5 NOA and Proposed Rule. It is very important that we all read it, sign it, and submit it. It is due by Friday at 5:00 pm. Immediately below the letter will be a link to down load the file so you can submit it as you choose. Below that will be the link to the instructions on how to properly submit it. Thanks. Dave
 
John K. Bullard, Regional Administrator
NMFS Northeast Regional Office
55 Great Republic Drive
Gloucester, MA 01930

Re: Comments on Herring Amendment 5 NOA and Proposed Rule

Dear John,

I am writing today to urge you to fully approve Herring Amendment 5 and then implement these regulations as outlined in the Proposed Rule (PR). I would put specific emphasis on the need to move forward with the preferred alternatives chosen by the Council that would put in place 100% observer coverage and a cap on slippage (dumping).

As a fisherman, I rely heavily on the health of the herring resource. Proper management of the Atlantic herring fishery is therefore essential to me. For too many years, the herring fleet—in particular the midwater trawl portion of it—has been managed poorly.

Amendment 5 was developed in order to address the problems in the herring plan. While there are many important components to the amendment, the cap on slippage and 100% observer coverage are the two pieces that make everything else possible. These two measures, voted in by a large margin by the Council, are absolutely essential in order to get a handle on what is happening in this fishery.

As you know, herring is the cornerstone of the ecosystem off our coast, and it drives all of the other fisheries in the region, from striped bass, to the giant bluefin tuna. It is essential that NMFS fully approves Amendment 5 and then implements the new regulations as set forth in the PR. This resource is far too important and the resulting economic impact far too valuable to the region to be managed inadequately.

Thanks for your time,

David Dodsworth
Offshore Pursuits
dave@offshorepursuits.com
 
You may down load the Word file here (change the signature to your own).
You can view the instructions on how to submit here.
 
06/13/13
bluefin tuna caught aboard the Hindsight
A nice 80" bluefin tuna caught aboard the Hindsight on Wednesday. 3 of 3! Read Capt. Brett Wilson's full report here...
 
06/13/13
The Cape at large...
 
As of now, the fish of the week is bluefin tuna. There have been a few reports of fish off Chatham, but the majority of fish are coming off Stellwagon. The word is out, and there were 80+ boats there yesterday to prove it!

Capt. Brett Wilson of Hindsight Sportfishing ahs landed the most that I have heard. He put 9 fish in the truck in 5 days of fishing, with the largest being 90". With all the bait off Chatham, most are expecting that area to light up anytime now.

Fishing in the Canal has been good. early morning and in the dark have proved to produce the nicer fish. The east end is where most of tha action can be found. There are bluefish on the west end, with some mixed in with the bass throughout.

The south side of the cape is loaded with bass and bluefish. They haven't moved into the rips yet, but are all around the Vineyard and in the Sound proper.

Other than reports of a few tuna being taken east of Chatham, there are not a lot of reports of much going on on the backside. There are a few fish being taken off the beach here and there, but nothing spectacular yet.

I guess the highlight of the backside this week was the closing of Nauset Beach for a short time due to a shark sighting. The report said that the lone fish was headed towards Chatham. Imagine that...

There are stripers being taken off P-Town. The surf crowd isn't doing as well this week as last, but those fishing boats are doing pretty well.

As for the Bay, between Hap and Brett, they pretty well covered that (read below).

Hopefully the weather cooperates this weekend. If so, good luck. If not, there is always next week!
 
05/30/13
 
Rock Harbor Fishing Report
Capt. Hap Farrell
Stunmai II
 
Memorial Day Weekend Blitz
 
Fish and the Weather

The weather and fishing go hand in hand. This last weekend Saturday morning was the last of Andrea moving through our area. A fair amount of rain Friday night and during Saturday morning. However, by 1:30 pm the clouds dispersed, the rain went away, and the sun came out. Even the wind backed down, This let two of our boats get out on the full day trip and from what I was told it was well worth it. Funny about New England weather, wait a bit and it will change.

Speaking of weather this last Sunday was absolutely perfect. Very little wind, nice and sunny and not too hot, a picture perfect day. The fishing was pretty good too. Things have changed a bit. It seems some bluefish have moved in on the New Grounds which is north of the Brewster Flat. Not the big ones, they are the small 5 to 7 pound fish. Great for eating. The umbrella rig on 150 foot wire was working the best. Some bass were taken just off the edge of the flats also. A few were pretty good size, well over 40 inches.

During this part of our fishing season we see a number of changes in the location of the striped bass and the arrival of numbers of bluefish. Last season a school of big bass showed up on the New Grounds and also moved in by the old Target Ship. They have done this three years in a row now. Last year they showed up on the 10th of June. This area might be worth a look before heading off to the shoals.

An example on the movement of these stripers manifested itself this last Monday. For a week or so the stripers were located on the south edge of the shoals. On Monday we found them out in the deeper water, 35 feet, off the north edge of Billingsgate Shoals. They stayed there through most of our half day trip. A few fish were found on the south edge but not that many. There is another area worth checking and that is around where the Target Ship used to be. As I said for the last three years or more a school of fish showed up there for a few days.

This last week I had Toni Henderson and her boyfriend Darren plus Darren's Uncle and his wife. Miss Henderson works at Northside Marina running the parts department. She has not had many opportunities to fish over the years so we got her her first striper ever. I had another group out put together by Wood Hacker. He had a real good trip last season with a number of stripers but only one bluefish. This season they landed 6 bluefish and two nice bass. He likes eating bluefish more than stripers. Capt. Stu Finlay, aboard the Empress, treated his party to a good trip jigging on the south edge of the shoals. If you don't mind working for the fish you can do well there.

As soon as this weather we have been dealing with straightens it's act out I expect the fishing will explode. Where is anyone's guess right now. I'd keep an eye on Billingsgate shoals if I were you.

I've heard a little when it comes to tuna fishing. The boats out of Chatham are trolling squid bars and mackerel rigs and hooking up now and then. Mainly out by the Crab Ledge or further out.. A few fish have been stuck out by the Mussels and Fig grounds also. Stellwagen Bank has produced some fish on bait. Keep checking with Capt. Brett Wilson here at Offshore Pursuits for more detailed information.

As the season progresses keep track of the tuna fishing with reports on Offshore Pursuits. Dave will have reports form a number of tuna boats but the more important one will be from the Hindsight operated by Capt. Brett Wilson. He is one of the better tuna fishermen in our area.

As the season progresses keep track of the tuna fishing with reports on Offshore Pursuits. Dave will have reports from a number of tuna boats but the more important one will be from the Hindsight operated by Capt. Brett Wilson. He is one of the better tuna fishermen in our area.

If you want to try your hand at some good fishing give me a call (508-240-8267). I'll do my best to get you out on the Bay

Thanks Hap!
 
06/13/13
The Hindsight with Capt. Brett Wilson
Hindsight Sportfishing
Capt. Brett Wilson
 
The tuna bite is on...! We have put 9 fish in the truck during 5 days of fishing. We lost a big one at the boat on the first day we fished, landed one that day, landed one and lost one on the second day, brought in two each of the next days we fished, and brought in three on Wednesday. The season is definitely starting well! If you want to go tuna fishing, you have to start making plans now.

The bass fishing in the Bay has been great. On our last 4 hour the other day we had 10 keepers to 40", and another 20 throwbacks. We were fishing the deeper water on the inside of the south edge of the shoals.

If you would like to try your hand at some bluefin tuna fishing, be sure to call early. Even now the dates are starting to fill in.

There are a few bluefish being landed, but not a bunch. If a person wanted to target bluefish, inside by Wellfleet would be a good starting point.

There are some nice bass being taken off P-Town. All the fish we could want are close, so we haven't had to make the run yet. But, the guys who are fishing up there are doing well.

If you would like to try your hand at some of the great bass fishing we are experiencing, or some awesome bluefin tuna fishing, give me a call at 305.481.1291.

Please remember that the tuna fishing slots fill very quickly. if you are even thinking about it, give me a call and I can answer any questions you might have. Thanks! The new Hindsight Sportfishing website is done. We are sill populating the galleries, but it is otherwise done. Check it out!

Thanks! Brett Capt. Brett Wilson
 

 
 
05/13/13
The fish are here! Read the two reports below and see how the Bay lit up on Sunday. This is an off day report, but we had to make sure there was credible reports to post. Normal reports will resume on Thursday.

Below are a couple of reports from a couple of our regular contributors, Capt. Brett Wilson of the Hindsight, and Capt. Hap Farrell of the Stunmai II.
 
05/13/13
The Hindsight with Capt. Brett Wilson
Hindsight Sportfishing
Capt. Brett Wilson
A good early season day on Cape Cod Bay with Capt. Brett Wilson and the crew of the Hindsight
We had our first charters this weekend. We fished Friday, then pushed Saturday's charter out because of the lack of quality fish. As you read in Hap's report, he fished Saturday and worked hard for a few.

We fished Sunday, heading down to Brewster to try our luck. We worked hard, and tried every trick in the book, but the fish were not cooperating. We finally worked our way back to the numbers that Hap had fished the day before, and it was on from there on out. in a matter of a day, the Bay lit up. Everyone had their limit, and we were tossing back keepers before it was over.

If you would like to try some cod fishing, or go exploring looking for stripers, we are offering a special for the month of May. $100.00 off a 4 hour or 8 hour charter of your choice. If this sounds interesting to you, give me a call at 305.481.1291.

Watch for our brand new website due to launch in the next week or so! Thanks!

Brett Capt. Brett Wilson
Hindsight Sportfishing.
 

05/13/13
Rock Harbor Fishing Report
Capt. Hap Farrell
The season has begun!
The season has started and it has been a cool and sometimes windy one, but it has started. There has been an abundance of herring in the runs and reports of squid in P-town and on the South side of the Cape. Sand eels have been spotted offshore also so the bait is around, so where are the fish?

For the past week or better folks have been taking keeper bass off the Eastham shore by Crowel Rd. and South Sunken Meadow, also down by Paine’s Creek. Most of these fish have been landed just before sunset or at night. This is normal for this time of the season. The water is warmer in those shallow areas. But what of us who fish from boats, where do we go? There is an answer now, a good answer.

I did some part time work at the Goose Hummock Shop this winter and spring so I kept track of what was happening as far as stripers in Cape Cod Bay. I got my charter boat over to Rock Harbor the very beginning of May and had my first trip on the 11th of May. It was cool, cloudy with little rain and windy. We were able to take one keeper just on the edge of the flats and two more that were undersize. I figured I was lucky to do that. However, I missed the boat. It was Sunday I should have taken them fishing, Sunday the Bay exploded.
Brett Wilson, the captain of the Hindsight, had a trip Sunday morning. He asked me where I had found fish. I told him and went on my way. Brett went fishing. Later I came down to my boat and called him on the radio. He told me the best news possible. He headed for working birds up by the #3 can near Billingsgate Island and there we fish under them. He was three hours into his trip and was already throwing back keepers, he had his limit of two each for the six guys he took out fishing. They are here and in big numbers.
This area up by the #3 can is not the only area to look for these stripers now. These fish should show up off the Brewster Flats up near Paine’s Creek, out west of the Old Target Ship, and on the South Edge of Billingsgate Shoals. One main item to look for is working birds. They will tell you where the fish are and the direction they are moving in. If you take your time and work up on the fish quietly you should be able to cast into them. Just don’t steam around, this will push them down and you may just get one shot at them. Come up quietly and you can stay on them for a while.

For those who like to troll the umbrella rig will be your best bet for a while. Use a rod set up with a 150 feet of wire or, if the water is deep enough, your 200 foot wire rod. Troll the fish about 3.5 to 4 knots and pull it through the fish. That's all it should take. If they are on the surface and working good troll a swimming plug on mono through them and that may work also. If or when the squid move in try the hootchie. That lure works very well.

As the spring continues the main schools of stripers will move around. At times they may be hard to find and other the fish can show themselves everywhere. The best way to keep track of their movement is to check in to your local tackle shop like the Goose Hummock and ask what the reports on the fish have been lately and what is working best. Be assured, this season has started big time...
I’ll be sending weekly reports to Dave Dodsworth at Offshore Pursuits telling you what is happening in Cape Cod Bay. Also what is working best and some of my exploits using some of my light gear.

If you’d like to get in on the early season blitz give me a call at 508-240-8267.
 
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03/31/13
Offshore Pursuits' Fishing Adventures 2013
The Season Starts August 1st, 2013
Nova Scotia Giant Bluefin Tuna Special!
 
Scotia Bluefin Tuna Charters If you have wanted to try the fantastic catch and release giant bluefin tuna fishery of Nova Scotia, Canada, then there has never been a better time than now to act.

The giant bluefin tuna season starts August 15th, 2013. With a three fish per day limit, you won't find a better trip, at any price.

I went to Nova Scotia last September to fish with Capt. Ray MacGillivray, and personally check out his charter operation. I am glad I did. You can read all about it here.

Give Capt. Ray MacGillivray a call at (902) 863-5531, or visit his website, Scotia Bluefin Tuna Charters  for all the details about the boat, the fishery, and what you can expect from a trip of a lifetime! You can also email him at raymacgillivray@hotmail.

All bookings will be handled by Offshore Pursuits Fishing Adventures, so if you have any dates in mind, call me for availability at (715) 617-0305, or you can email me at dave@offshorepursuits.com.
 
 
Lodging packages and discounts available.
The scenery is fantastic, the accommodations are unbelievable, and the fishing is as good as it gets. As the saying goes..."been there, done that", and will do it again! Dave
 
Docked in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, the 45' Angela Marie is a stable platform for catching the true giants that roam the Northumberland Strait and Southern Gulf of St Lawrence in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Capt. Ray MacGillivray has been fishing bluefin tuna for the past thirty years. With a near 100% catch rate, Scotia Bluefin Tuna Charters is as close to a sure thing for hooking you up to a true giant as there is!

The Canadian giant bluefin tuna fishery is catch and release, so you can catch 3 giants in three days! You will be fish somewhere around 20 miles offshore, in and around the herring fleet. of videos showing you the action that you can expect once the herring season opens, which is August 20th.

In addition to 3 days of the most intense fishing action you could imagine, included in this package is a 3 night stay at Ocean Front Shanties...beautiful by any standards. Below is the description of Ocean Front Shanties in their own words.
Ocean Front Shanties
"Each of our six 2 bedroom cottages has a breathtaking view of St. Georges Bay, as well as features like a large deck with a barbecue, Satellite television, free WIFI access, 4 piece bathroom, fully stocked kitchen and more. The property offers a playground, firepits, easy access to the beach and on-site laundry facilities. With many local attractions nearby, Ocean Front Shanties is the perfect home base for your Nova Scotia holiday."

I think that when you look at their website you will agree that this is the perfect compliment to 3 days of fishing!

Call for the pricing for the first Offshore Pursuits' Fishing Adventures Giant Bluefin TunaGiant Bluefin Tuna caught with Scotia Bluefin Tuna Charters package! That includes 3 days fishing, and three nights at the Ocean Front Shanties. Quite a deal...!

Give Capt. Ray MacGillivray a call at (902) 863-5531, or visit his website, Scotia Bluefin Tuna Charters  for all the details about the boat, the fishery, and what you can expect from a trip of a lifetime! You can also email him at raymacgillivray@hotmail.

All bookings will be handled by Offshore Pursuits Fishing Adventures, so if you have any dates in mind, call me for availability at (715) 617-0305, or you can email me at dave@offshorepursuits.com.
 
 
10/10/12
900 lb Bluefin...the rest of the story!
 
The 900 lb. Butterball!

Back in early August, I received a call from Capt. Ray MacGivillary, of Scotia Bluefin Tuna Charters, in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada inquiring as to the possibility of Offshore Pursuits being the U.S. booking agent for Scotia Bluefin Tuna Charters. We talked for a while, and it soon became apparent that Scotia Bluefin Tuna Charters was a top notch operation that had a verifiable near 100% catch rate over the last several years. I have fished giant bluefin from Cape Hatteras to Cape Cod with what I consider the best Captains and crews on the coast. I have fished with far less, but have been fortunate to find the best. At this point, I had not fished for bluefin in Canada yet, and knew that I was now talking to one of the best. I agreed to become the U.S agent for Scotia Bluefin Tuna Charters.

Throughout the next couple of weeks, we talked on a regular basis, kicking ideas around and making some plans. One of the plans was for me to go up there for a few days and see first-hand what Scotia Bluefin Tuna Charters was all about. I jumped at the chance, and within a day, all arrangements were made. I was going giant bluefin tuna fishing in Nova Scotia!

A little background information…The Canadian bluefin tuna charter fishery is a highly regulated catch and release fishery that starts the 1st of August. The participating Captains all hold commercial tuna licenses, and have to meet strict licensing guidelines set forth by the Canadian government. As I mentioned, the fishery is highly regulated. Examples include the type of gear that can be used, the length of time you can fight a fish, even the weather conditions that you can fish in. All that being said, this is probably one of the only areas on earth where a charter can legally catch and release their limit of 800-1200 lb fish on any given day. On a side note, Canadian commercial tuna fishermen are issued a tag, or tags, throughout the season, that must be used for any fish harvested. These fish are met at the dock by government contracted dockside monitors who document all data pertaining to that fish. Nova Scotia issues one tag per fisherman, with the possibility of drawing another tag later in the season via a lottery, based on the quota caught versus the allowable quota. For this reason, most commercial tuna fishermen wait until late September or early October to fill their tag(s). This gives them the best shot at a well fed, high quality, big fish. To supplement their income, a select few have turned to chartering to supplement their income.

The “Glamour” charters that you see on T.V. and read about in magazines tend to be over in P.E.I.. This fishery tends to be more inshore…within a couple of miles from shore, where as the Cape George fleet tends to be farther off shore. For those doing their research, you will soon discover that the P.E.I . fleet has nothing on the Cape George fleet as to the quality of the experience, knowledge of Capt. and crew, and overall equipment. As I mentioned, I have spent 20 years targeting giant bluefin tuna from Cape Cod, MA to Cape Hatteras, NC, and back again. I have done some things that had never been done at the time, and documented such feats throughout numerous trade publications. I can tell you that I have never fished a more stable fishing platform than the 45’ x 17’ Angela Marie. This is a huge plus in the 10-12’ seas that we would be dealing with for the duration of our fight.

Fast forward to Antinigosh, Nova Scotia, Sept. 20th, 2012, Cribbon’s Point Harbor, 6 a.m. The day before was unfishable and today was promising to be windy, wet day from start to finish. Not a problem for me, but for someone new to the fishery, it would have probably been a lay day. The plan was to head for the bell buoy below Cape George Light and pull a herring net that Ray and Kent had set the night before. If all went well, the net would be brought aboard, full of herring ready, to be hung over board when we hit the grounds.

I need to back up just a bit and introduce our crew. Capt. Ray MacGillivray, owner of the 45’ Angela Marie, his first “mate”, Capt. Kent Bruce, from P.E.I. (Kent is a commercial fisherman on P.E.I. and has fished tuna for the past 30 years. He had caught and harvested his tuna the week before). Capt. Ray and Capt. Kent have fished bluefin together for the past 6 years. Also along to lend a hand was Ray’s son, Dan, who agreed to play hooky from the local University for the day.

Back to our trip…We eased up on the buoy marking the start of the herring net, pulled the anchor, and proceeded to haul a basically empty net. There were a few heads in the net, and a few fish, but it was clearly evident that the large seal population had picked the net clean long before we got there. it was now on to plan “B”, which was to tie off on a herring net on Fisherman’s Bank, and chum up some tuna.

It was about an hour and a half run from the bell buoy to the Bank, on a good day. This day didn’t fall into that category, so it took a bit longer. All part of the game…

We eased up towards the Bank, and met another boat coming from offshore. Capt. Ray had received a Phone call and said that the plan was that the other boat was going to tie off on a herring net that was 200 yards off our bow. If the pattern from the day before held true, once tied off he should hook up immediately, throw the ball and move off to fight his fish. At that point we would ease in behind him, tie off to the net, and hook up shortly thereafter…sounded simple enough.

We moved offshore a few hundred yards and waited, and waited…It was obvious that this wasn’t going to work out as planned. We were nearing the tail end of the morning slack, so we decided to make a drift, chumming with whole herring, with two rods set. We marked a few fish on the first drift, but no bites. When the drift was complete we pulled up lines, headed back to where we started, and did it all over again! The tide started to run and the marks disappeared. We tried more drifts, we tried a tying off on a herring net, more drifts, all with the same results. The weather had been going downhill since we arrived, with the wind blowing at 25 knots, gusting to more with seas running 8/10 feet, with a few 12’s thrown in. we hadn’t marked a fish in hours, and agreed that we would fish through the next slack, heading in if we didn’t hook up.

As the slack started, we started marking a few fish. We were chumming with whole herring, and the hook baits were whole herring on 200 lb FC with an owner 9/0 tuna hook, buried in the bait. The hook was tied on with a nail knot. We soon marked the biggest fish of the day, and as I called it out, Capt. Kent pulled the bait in and replaced it with a fresh herring. As he was slowly dropping the bait, the fish came back and inhaled the bait taking it from his hands. We were on!

For those of you who have fought a giant bluefin, you know what came next…for those who haven’t, you experience a false sense of power as you gain a few yards of line…until the fish knows something is up, shakes his head violently a few times, turns, and makes his first run! With a big fish, it soon becomes evident that the fish has no intention of stopping, and turning the bow to the fish and throttlinging up to run him down is the only way to prevent getting spooled. Frantic winding of the rod is necessary to keep tension on the fish and the only way to get any line back. At this point we probably have 65-75% of the line back. That may sound like a lot, but the last 25-35% of the spool will appear and disappear many, many times before the battle is over. Capt. Ray poised a great question at this point…fish or man? Who was going to win this battle?

As Ray called off the hours, the line came and went. We saw the fish on the surface only at about 1 ½ hours, briefly. We knew it was a good fish, and a strong fish. We had the drag up to 55 lbs, and fought for every inch we gained. The seas were building, the wind coming on, and the rain was honizing. It got to be that I welcomed the seas…as we went down I would reel for all I was worth, gaining a good amount of line. When we went up, I would palm the spool, putting as much pressure as I dared on the fish. As Ray called out the third hour, all kinds of scenarios started running through my mind. Equipment failure, chafed line, broken hooks…all a possibility. And more so as the fight goes on. When Ray called out the fourth hour, panic begins to set in. I was praying at this point that luck would be with us. The fish was straight down, seemingly swimming away at will.

At 4 hours and ten minutes, the fish gave up. I saw the swivel on the surface at 30 feet, and gained line at a steady pace from there on out. Capt. Kent grabbed the leader and guided the fish to the starboard corner. He wasn’t ours yet. Any number of things could happen at this point. I backed the drag off and put the rod in a rod holder, grabbing a knife, ready to cut the line once the swimming gaff was in place and the tail rope secured.

After a tense few moments, the fish was secured, swimming well with the swimming gaff through his lower jaw, and the tail rope secured to the opposite cleat. A quick look at the GPS showed that the fish had pulled us to within 3 miles of P.E.I., eight miles from where we hooked him. We had a long way to go, so we turned the bow to the S.E. and headed for the dock. Another note…This fish would not have been ours had we not been using a weighted chafing tube, which by design, was lodged firmly in the corner of the fishes mouth, protecting the 200 lb. FC from certain failure.

Fast forward…10:30 P.M., just pulled into the harbor. Pouring rain blowing sideways, 900 lbs. + live weight, 697 lbs dressed…a perfect “butterball”! That made the day complete, and about as perfect as could be.
 
 
09/25/12
900 lb. Bluefin Tuna caught with Scotia Bluefin Tuna Charters
 
Below are pictures of a 900 lb giant bluefin tuna I caught in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, last Thursday. The fish measured 112", and took 4 hrs and 10 min to land.

The pictures aren't the best. It was raining and blowing hard at the time, and the hanging fish was tuned towards someone else who was taking pictures. To get the proper perspective on the size of this fish, click on all three of the images below.

If you want to catch fish like this, and bigger, and want to try something a little different, you really need to get out with Scotia Bluefin Tuna Charters.

This fishing will only get better from here on out, and you need to plan now if you want to participate in this great fishery.

There will be a full story about our fishing next week.
900 lb. giant bluefin caught with Scotia Bluefin Tuna Charters in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.
900 lb. giant bluefin caught with Scotia Bluefin Tuna Charters in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. 900 lb. giant bluefin caught with Scotia Bluefin Tuna Charters in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.
 
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