Cape Cod Offshore Fishing Reports
REPORTS CLOSED FOR 2014. SEE YOU SPRING 2015!
9/12/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
It’s the same story as of Thursday: Fishtales has been the place to be. The night chunk action has been very good, but folks scooping up live squid and impaling them on a hook have enjoyed constant action on yellowfin and bigeye. During the day, trolling has been OK, but many folks are sticking with the bait routine.
9/5/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
Fishtales Canyon is apparently where the action has been this week; there has been a good night chunk bite on yellowfin up to 90-pounds and a few bigeye as well. Butterfish is always a top bait, but boats that have green, luminescent lights have been scooping up squid that are attracted to the light and fishing them with very good results. There are also some longfin albacore in the mix, but due to the cooler water, which the tuna have no problem with, the billfish bite has been slow in this area.
8/20/2014 As Reported By Hogy Staff
All the reports that came in yesterday said the same thing: Lot’s of life, whales and porpoises but no tuna. The past few days have been really slow inside at the claw. The lanes have been slow, with most anglers reporting large Mahis and a yellowfin here and there. Atlantis and Ocean are reportedly the top producers right now with some wahoos and big eye in the mix.
8/16/2014 As Salty Fan – Rich
Thanks for sending those Bulb Squid Spreader Bars out to me so fast last week. The shipped Thursday and I got them Saturday. Less than 24 hours later, we landed the first SBFT on my boat on the Rainbow bar at the Claw! Thought you might like to see a picture!
8/15/2014 As Reported By Capt. Mike Hogan It was a tough forecast but fishable. ASSUMING if the forecast held true. Needless to say, it was pretty windy today but was worth the trip. We put lines in at the Inside Fingers and trolled fishless until rolled past a pallet that was loaded with mahi. We brought lines in and casted for a while – it was a fish every cast. We used small Epoxy Jigs, they worked very well. Most were the usual peanut size, but there were some big ones there two that were outpaced by the little guys. After we put a few in the box we began our troll again. Trolled for a bit without action. We packed in her lines and started heading to the NE Corner of the Dump. The seas wre getting worse and worse and just as we were discussing whether not we wanted to go further we found some draggers which were about 3-5 miles south of the Inside fingers. Which basically save our ass… We did a loop around them and marked some nice fish on the fish finder. Within 20 minutes with lines in the water we boated our first 40 pound bluefin. We boated several more bluefin tuna and quit while the quitting was good. Later we found that same pallet and pitch to a very large Mako which we quickly lost. It was HUGE, we would have had our hands full if we lost it. We tried to bait him again, but was long gone. He was easily 250lbs, probably more. Some observations from Today:
- Green Machine Daisy Chain was the Hot Ticket.
- Fish wanted the lure WWWWWWWB, then further back. We had crashes on bars in spread, but all fish taken on the center line. WWB. I think they were spooky today. Fish would not touch it if usual distance back.
- We marked fish, we hooked them when in upper water column.
- Fish were keyed in on sand eels and butter fish.
- troll speed was 6kts.
- Water by draggers was less weedy, again, about 3 miles s of INSIDE Fingers
- Whales with birds on them.
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8/10/2014 As Reported By Hogy Staff I talked to Matt Rissel from On The Water Magazine and he said saturday was a zoo and a few boats picked up fish. He also reported that the bite was better in the pm, but the fish were keyed in on Ballyhoo. Which was funny, because the fish in the AM, wanted nothing to do with ballyhoo and were keyed in on 42″ Spreader Bars with 6″ Squids. Green and Rainbow.
8/8/2014 As Reported By Capt. Mike Hogan Left the dock at 0430 With Dave Morel from Salt Water Sportsman and Sport-fishing and headed back to t
he Gully. We had our first fish within 10 minutes, which if you’re superstitious like me, is a bad thing. It’s the trolling equivalent of fish on the first cast! Long story short, we trolled for easily an hour before hooking our next fish. Today’s morning action had significantly waned from the previous day. Anyway, we trolled noth, south, east weast until we eventually caught another fish on numbers from yesterday, which was 3 miles due north of the Gully. We ended up with 4 for 6 by noon and headed for the barn early. I was told later that the afternoon bite was HOT. As I was cleaning the Boat, I was texted a report from Joe Monahan and John Clarke who went to the Banana BouY and reported: Banana 2 bft and 2 mahi. White marlin beat up one of our baits but did not take it and we lost another big mako. Saw another white Marlin at the gully on way out.
8/7/2014 As Reported By Capt. Mike Hogan Captain Mike Hogan and Barry Joyce from The Powderhorn went to the Gully to replicate some of the amazing reports that have been surfacing. The fish were keyed in on 42″ Spreader Bars with 6″ Squids. Green and Rainbow were the two top colors. Other boats reported white and pink bars as being the ticket. It was one of those mornings that will ruin fishing for a while as the Fishing was THAT good. The fish were holding 3.2 miles due south of the tip of the Gully. Bait was holding down deep, but the fish were rising to eat the bars. Plumes of bait was all other the fish finder. From the Boat #1 From the Boat 2
8/5/2014 As Reported By Hogy Staff A bunch of boats lit up the fishing on Gordon’s Gully today. The fish were keyed in on anything green. Boats that trolled multiple spreader bars caught the most fish, with a number of boats well into double digits. The vast majority of fish cod were filled with small sand eels, perhaps that’s why the spreader bars were so important, as they gave the bluefin tuna large targets to tempt them from the schools of bait. Boats also reported that higher trolling speeds produce more strikes. Their various reports coming in suggest that there were two major bites today: one very early this a.m. and then a second one around 1:30 PM. Click here to get spreader bars in time for this weekend
08/3/2014 As Reported By Capt.Chris Burden Capt. Chris Burden went to Gordon’s Gulley yesterday afternoon in search of BFT based on a number of reports of boating doing double digits that morning. He landed two 40inch class fish on SI 42″ Bubblegum Squid Bars. The fish are close. Chris left the dock at lunch time and was home in time for dinner.
07/31/2014 As Reported By Capt.Chris Burden Capt. Chris Burden, Owner of New Seabury Marina just texted a picture from his cruise in reporting of a pretty solid bite of 36-42″ bluefin tuna. He reported a few fish pushing around in the area, but all his strikes were blind. He also reported large amounts of “small” bait. “We boated over 6 fish, all on 42″ SI Spreader Bars with 6″ green and rainbow squids.” Chris also reported a few cruising white marlin but wasn’t set up for casting to them. Way to go Chris!
07/30/2014 As Reported By Capt.Mike Hogan – http://www.hogylures.com Headed out at 4am with Dave Morel publisher of Salt Water sportsman to the warm water slug that was about 15 miles se of the NW corner of the dump this am. There was a good break of 68 water to 72 over a couple mile stretch. It was also the same spot we did well last week on YFT. We went around Normans to check out the claw and the fingers in our travels. We saw a few whales and marked plumes of bait at the claw. But we kept on trucking. We also saw a fair amount of bait popping all through out the dump. When we got to the lanes, the water looked great. Right off the bat we found a log with some decent mahi on it. We casted to those and set out our spread.we then trolled for a couple + hours checking out the area. We caught about a 20lb mahi. No tuna. We them trolled north toward the dump and see if there was anything in the color water. As we got closer to se corner, we got a call from a friend at around 10:00 that here was fish at the ne corner of the dump. There was a decent bite going on. We trucked over and a few boats were hooked up. Pink and green bars seemed to be the ticket. We put lines in but had no luck for about an hour, apparently we had to pay our dues. Once we hit our stride we boated several Bluefins. Including a 2/3 wolf pack. All around 36″ with the exception on 1 that was a bit bigger, but we released it. We were trolling ( 4) 42″ bars 1-pink. 1-rainbow. 2-green, a green tinkler chain, a single amber tinkler jet and a joe Shute ballyhoo way back. All of which caught fish. The tuna we kept had sand eels inside. There were a few other boats, all seeming to do at least as well as us. We got lucky a boat called us in. Thank you lululilly!!!
07/25/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/ Last week’s Falmouth Offshore Grand Prix enjoyed great weather for a change and the fishing was just as good. Atlantis held good numbers of yellowfin and bluefin; Capt. John Galvin has picked up a bigeye on each of his trips this season, including a 224-pounder that was tops in the tournament. The winning boat had blue marlin and there were a number of white marlin caught as well; most of the larger billfish were trolled up at Veatch and Welker Canyons. Skirted ballyhoo remains the top choice for offshore angling this season, with a daisy chain of Green Machines usually in everyone’s spread.
07/21/2014 As Reported By Capt.Mike Hogan – http://www.hogylures.com John Clark and Joe Monahan followed the reports and headed just outside past the lanes down from SE corner . From Joe: “I guess guys found 79 degree H20 about 15 mils south of the lanes but we stayed and pounded our area. Lots of mahi and yft. We lost a 5′ mako” good trip guys! “We found the big bait and stuck around looking for marlin. Small tuna = Mr.Marlin.” 07/19/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/ One of the greatest challenges, besides the miserable weather, for offshore anglers has been the lack of satellite images due to the heavy cloud cover. Capt. John Galvin went o Veatch last weekend and came up with a solid catch of yellowfin, white marlin, mahi, and an estimated 150-pound bigeye. Other boats had little luck at Hydrographer, but others went to Welker in search of yellowfin and bigeye and did well. While most boats still put some sort of daisy chain and offshore bars in their spreads, generally folks are going with some sort of skirt over a ballyhoo; Capt. Joe Shute lures are excellent tuna heads. SOUTH OF MV One of the greatest challenges, besides the miserable weather, for offshore anglers has been the lack of satellite images due to the heavy cloud cover. Capt. John Galvin went o Veatch last weekend and came up with a solid catch of yellowfin, white marlin, mahi, and an estimated 150-pound bigeye. Other boats had little luck at Hydrographer, but others went to Welker in search of yellowfin and bigeye and did well. While most boats still put some sort of daisy chain and offshore bars in their spreads, generally folks are going with some sort of skirt over a ballyhoo; Capt. Joe Shute lures are excellent tuna heads.
07/19/2014 As Reported By Capt.Mike Hogan – http://www.hogylures.com Just In! Reports of Bluefin Tuna and Marlin not too far South of Martha’s Vineyard. There have been reports of busting bluefin and cruising white marlin. We just learned that Captain Jaime Boyle who is an expert at finding and catching top-water bluefin tuna South of Martha’s vineyard caught this Bluefin Tuna on a 4oz Violet Epoxy jig and lost a white marlin rigged on a 10″ Hogy. Nice Work Jaime!!! 07/18/2014 As Reported By Capt.Mike Hogan – http://www.hogylures.com The gray goose left the dock at 245 am to hit the 74 degree warm slug of water 13 miles SE of the dump that was singing its siren song on yesterday’s 1:30 www.oceantemp.com sat feed, the first one in a couple of days due to hazy-foggy weather. We quickly found the the water had moved southwest. The water temp was in the upper 60s for most of the run out. We put in just on the break between 69.5 and 71.5. Ended up 20 miles south of SE corner. Lines in at 545 am and had skipjack immediately. Trolled about 30 min with no luck and then put a couple 28″ fork length yellows in the boat just as we noticed a school of frigate mackerel. This occurred in 71.5. We kept pushing into the warmer water, but the hotter it got, the less life we saw. We swung around and just as we got back it our numbers and 71.5, we saw mackerel again and got wolf packed and all 7 rods went down. One ripped a ton of line and popped during to teeth. Maybe wahoo? We boated a skip jack and two more yellows (just two of us on the boat, hard to manage that many hook ups at once. Then, for the next hour, we couldn’t get all our lines out with out hooking up. All 25-35″ fork length fish. Nothing over 30lbs, but hot and heavy. Then a number of boats showed up and fishing slowed. I forget the time, maybe around 9am? Then we sniffed around a bit, picked a couple over the next couple hours. But the highlight was the very large blue marlin that smashed our spreader bar. Ripped all kinds of line, made a just jump and was gone. Looked like a spaceship emerging from the water. Way cool. Not at all sure how to handicap it, more than 300 less than 600 lbs??? I have never seen one first hand before so that’s just a guess. Was a thrll. Definitely would have been a challenge on my Tyrnos 30ii light lackle set up. Then we started trollng home and found more fish in colder water, around 12:45pm. same class fish. Top baits were our SI Squid Bars in green and white and rainbow 42″ bars with little 6″ squids fished on the inside rigger. Even Mr. Blue Marlin crashed the bar. Green/white and rainbow squids were tide for fish fishiness. Green/white had dark sand eel stinger, rainbow had green white stinger. The 6″ squids out fished the 9″. By end of the hot action, we had all squids out. Nothing touched the ballyhoo. Also noteworthy was how fast they wanted the lures. We were trolling 7.5-8kts. The flexible bars were absolutely key. We did not see mahi, but didn’t try hard, came close to one high flyer. We had Charlie on the brain. We were hoping for a bigger class of fish, but we made up in volume. A double digit day with many healthy releases. Chatter on radio seemed like west Atlantis was slow. Numbers to follow at the dock. Typing at 24.5 knots! Late morning/noon 40 22 266 70 42 413 Early early 6am 40 19 183 70 40 203 Early , maybe 7am? Most fish 40 19 128 70 44 989 Hope you all nail them this weekend! Capt. Mike Hogan 07/11/2014 As Reported By Capt.Mike Hogan – http://www.hogylures.com — Update: 8:43 PM BFT at SE Corner We didn’t have many reports to chase this week and certainly had no intel post blow. The fog was socked in pretty hard so we decided we’d start at the Claw as that was the last place we had seen fish before the big blow. Lines were in at about 5:45AM. But unlike last week, we were not marking any bait and the temp was a frigid 62.5. We trolled for an hour, and nothing. We packed up and headed south to the Fingers, but when we got there, we found 63 degree water. As we were debating what to do, (lines in or keep trucking) we fortuitously got a call from a large sporty from Falmouth Harbor who encouraged us to keep trucking South. He had just boated a BFT, estimated to be 80lbs. He was in the SE Corner. Not too far. We trucked half way and put lines in when the water reached 66, which was exactly half way between the Outside Fingers and the SE corner, as the crow flies. Just after lines in, we heard a report of a boat from Chatham (Yes, it’s that bad in Chatham!) who landed two similarly sized BFTs at the Outside fingers, where he had just left! Heavens were smiling on us because just then, we had one knock down and another screaming reel and boated about a 55” BFT. We were trolling a mix of rainbow and green squid bars and one prototype tuna jig we are working on, which was what the fish took. (Of course on a super light 15-30 class outfit wih a 20Tyornos loaded with 40lb test and a really light leader.) There were a few other boats, and I counted 5 when the fog lifted. Everybody seemed to catch one or two about 80lb fish, a couple of small ones mixed In. There where very few signes of life, a mark here and there but hardly any at all. My fish was loaded with Tiny butterfish. We heard other fish taken on green and rainbow bars, black bars and ballyhoo. All in all, an ok morning at the SE Corner. On the way home, I ran through the claw again. It was flat calm, and the fog had lifted, so visibility was superb. Just as we stopped we saw a HUGE and violent crash. Then shortly there after, I saw what I am about 85% sure was a white marlin. And after that, I saw a small pod of large BFTs cruising in slow mo. A stick boat would have had them. I was licking my chops. I dropped the riggers fast, put out spread and spun the boat to go back over my track line but saw NOTHING on round two. That is until the bluefish attacked my spread. It was getting late, so we packed up and headed for the barn. Also heard reports on the radio of BFT on the 120 curve busting periodically. If I were to go again tomorrow, I’d head to the outside fingers and troll toward the SE corner. Of course breaking for breaking fish ☺ Hope this helps! Cheers, Mike There are a good number of boats ready to head offshore on Friday as they have been aware that the good water from Atlantis to Veatch is still out there as the storm had very little effect. Other boats are planning on staying closer to home around the Claw and the Inside Fingers. Perhaps the species that has been fishing most consistently has been the mahi, with good action on yellowfin around the canyons as well. 7/5/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/ The waters from Atlantis to Veatch had been holding a mix of yellowfin from 15 to 70-pounds, as well as wahoo and blue and white marlin. The blow this weekend should stir things up even more and perhaps produce a break or two that bring the fish in even closer. The mahi-mahi fishing has been outstanding this season, both for folks trolling around weed lines, high flyers, and flotsam and those who prefer to cast poppers and soft plastics once they locate the fish. 07/1/2014 As Reported By Capt.Mike Hogan – http://www.hogylures.com I decided to slide out this morning on the Gray Goose this AM to confirm what I was hearing from the “inside-offshore” reports from the weekend: Tuna at the Claw, Tuna at the Inside Fingers and breaking castable fish at West side of Gorden’s Gully. Was a lazy trip, left at 545 AM and goal was to be back in by 1PM. We saw piles of birds vortexing at Southwest Ledge as we were passing Noman’s so we stopped and threw a few casts and quickly determined that they were bluefish. Moved on. We put in at Crab Ledge at about 7:30 and trolled for about half an hour. We were marking bait, but didn’t see much life until we got to the tip of the “Claw” where we saw piles of bait on the fish finder, birds, whales, porpoises and some nice little crescent shaped marks on the finder :)I hit the gas to surge the lures and two rods went down. Shortly thereafter we boated two fish, one larger than the other. The bigger of the two was easily north of 5olbs. In their bellies were massive amounts of teeny sand eels, squid and in the bigger fish, a pretty big mud hake. One fish came in on a high speed rainbow bar, the other green. We were trolling at 6kts and surged to 7kts when we saw the marks. We then pack up and ran to inside fingers to check out the scene. We saw life, but not as much as at the Claw. More weed which was a pain. We trolled about an hour and then moved onto the Gully. Plenty of bait. I’m sure both spots had fish, but we didn’t find any. I’m sure we would have had a banner day if we stayed at the claw. Anybody out there today? See or do anything that I missed? BTW, I fish Tuesdays and Thursdays for the offshore season running the Gray Goose, a 30 Fortier. I’ll post the night before where I’m heading on this page. Feel free to call me on 68 to compare notes. Some pix from today: 06/27/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/ Steve Morris made a trip to Atlantis last Friday; they started at the point of the canyon and began trolling east. They had good numbers of mahi-mahi in the 15 to 20-pound class and yellowfin to 50-pounds, but the big news was a blue marlin that they estimated at 12 to 14-feet or about 800-pounds. Most of the fish were caught on skirted ballyhoo or small offshore bars that Steve makes, with larger bars going untouched. The marlin was caught on a ballyhoo with a Beamish skirt. Jim Young also reported that a couple of white marlin were caught out at the canyons and there have been an incredible number of really small yellowfin; some folks say they are 30-pounds, but in most cases the reality is 15. 06/23/14 As Reported By Mike Hogan, Owner Hogy Lures Headed out to the lanes this am at 0500 on a tip of a mix of BFT and YFT on the nice break SE of SE corner. On the way out, we stopped and pitched to a MASSIVE but uninterested mako cruising Gorden’s Gully. There were slicks, birds and whales, but our Capt. B wanted to keep trucking to the numbers. After all, it was FAC and a good day for cruising fast. Lines were in at about 0800. Our temp gauge malfunctioned, so we THINK we were at the break, but certainly at the numbers. There were a few whales in the area, but for the most part, life was limited. Nothing like at the gully. After trolling a search pattern for a couple hours, we picked up our first small BFT. About an 30 minutes later we boated the second. The conditions were SOOO WEEDY, we only had 4 rods out at a time and we were constantly checking for weeds. The fish were taken on green high speed bulb squid bar and a mini-green machine. Even though fish were taken on green, bellies were crammed with squid. We were getting hits on the teaser baits on the bars because that didn’t have weeds! The stingers were getting loaded up. I know there were more fish there, but de-weeding got old fast so we headed back to the Gully. By the time we got there, things had settled down. In hind sight, I wished we tried the gully first thing. Oh well. Even though I wish we had similar success as the reports, it was a good first offshore trip of the year. 06/19/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/ Not many reports recently, but the boats that did make it out to Atlantis reported small yellowfin in the 20-pound class and good numbers of mahi. Small swordfish are still being caught on squid baits at night. 06/13/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/ The most recent reports have boats heading out to Atlantis finding good numbers of small, and I mean 20-pound small, yellowfin, on the troll with folks who stayed through the night time chunk bite picking up larger fish up to 50-pounds. Some swordfish were caught on squid baits, but they have been mostly pups, with the largest fish not even reaching 100-pounds. 10/10/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/ Kevin Gould reported that one of their customers took advantage of a good weather window last weekend and returned from a trip to Veatch Canyon with four bigeye tuna in the 150-pound class, as well as some yellowfin. Joe Shute lures were mentioned as a skirt of choice, but given that they had three bigeye on at one time, there most likely were other lures in the spread. 9/19/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/ There haven’t been many boats making the long trip downtown to the canyons, but Jim Young heard that there are still yellowfin, longfin albacore, marlin, and some wahoo around the shipping lanes. Jim also spoke to a couple of folks who went out there and had a blast with mahi on the fly rod. 9/12/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/ Not many reports, with the weather keeping most boats in their slips. Steve Morris did tell of one Vineyard boat that visited Oceanographers from last Thursday through Saturday and they caught some yellowfin, white marlin, and had a blue marlin on. As he described it, the bite wasn’t great, but they caught fish. Green or black bars or daisy chains are popular out there, and Steve said he likes to use a blue/white skirt on his ballyhoo when fishing meat. 9/4/13 As Reported By Capt. Terry Nugent – www.riptidecharters.com We snuck in a south of the Vineyard trip on a super tight weather window, with no temp shots in over a week and no buddy boats to help cover the vast waters south of the islands we KILLED IT!!!! In an hour and a half flurry of tuna we made the day. The numbers don’t do the bite justice, we had a dozen or more explosive strikes that just never came tight. Three or four pulled hooks on multiple hookups and one break off. it was a slow start with just a couple mahi early then hours of silence. But we covered ground in true Riptide fashion we did Run & Gun Trolling. We would hit an area, troll for 30-45 minutes, then run hard to the next spot. When we landed on the fish we cleaned their clocks but good! Then using the Raymarine electronics Sirius WX we snuck home unscathed chasing a biblical electrical storm that had everyone on land hiding under their beds! 9/4/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/ Not much to report here as the tough weather over the Labor Day weekend kept most folks in port, although Jim Young did hear from Capt. John Galvin that there remains a decent bite of yellowfin, longfin albacore, and white marlin just south of the shipping lanes. 8/28/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/ The Dump is still holding a nice mix of longfin albacore, yellowfin to 50-pounds, and mahi, reported Jim Young. Skirted ballyhoo are still a top offering, but some anglers are dragging smaller offshore bars featuring a lighter colored stinger or small green machine bars and doing well. The bite from Atlantis and towards the canyons to the east features a few bigeye and larger yellowfin, as well as white marlin and wahoo. 8/27/13 As Reported By Capt. Mike Hogan I meet with Capt. Terry Nugent yesterday at Red Top Sporting Goods to hand off a tournament prize for the Cape Cod Salties Tourney going on this weekend. He offered a number of reports of good action south of The Dump, with many anglers reporting double digit catches of longfin albacore and a handful of decent yellowfin tuna mixed in. The traditional spreads consisting of Green Machines, high-speed squids and cedar chains are top producers. 8/22/13 As Reported By Capt. Terry Nugent – www.riptidecharters.com Ran SW of MV for tiny tuna and Sea Bass. Windy from the SW. Water was low 70’s. Got 6 tuna, lost several more. The SI Epoxy Jigs and Rapala topwater plugs were hot. Then dropped SI Hammered Jigs on the Seabass to round out the day. Home by noon. 8/21/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/ There has been a very good bigeye tuna bite from Atlantis to Oceanographer, with skirted horse ballyhoo the top lure. Crystal Joe Shute Lure skirts have been effective, both on the bigeye and yellowfin up to the 100-pound class. Some blue marlin have also been encountered and white marlin as well. There have been some big wahoo trolled up along the edges, both water temperature and depth, with high speed trolling lures/plugs, such as the Yo-zuri Bonita, Legend Lure, and Canyon Gear Hoo Machine, good choices. The action around the shipping lanes slowed a bit, with the scene shifting a bit more south around Fish Tales. Smaller yellowfin, longfin albacore, and mahi-mahi are the primary species being encountered on smaller ballyhoo and splasher bars. 8/20/13 As Reported By Capt. Terry Nugent – www.riptidecharters.com I had guest Capt/Mate Hogy Mike on the boat for a south trip. It was great to get him out from behind the desk and on the water. Plus he is a HUGE help (and he brings cool stuff to try). We had a few knockdowns and parlayed that into a NE slam with Longfin, Yellowfin and Mahi on the same trip. Capt. Ruge and I ran a trip to the East with Kevin, Tim and ScottNE for bluefin. Despite a VERY slow tuna bite and only a couple fish being caught that day we were able to make it happen with a nice bluefin. The sharks in the area were like nothing I’ve ever seen. I swear I could have walked to ACK on the backs or the sharks. FAC conditions made for a very comfy trip as did the new E-Searider bean bags. As always the dolphin and whale show out east was in top form. The last trip was a MV pickup and a trip south. We hit some awesome water with tons of bait but very few fish. I gave it the extra effort and flew to the canyons to try to pull out a save and even that didn’t help much. A few flier mahi up by the dump were all we could manage with some SERIOUS miles under the hull in less than calm conditions. Again I’m hoping that things come back around after this moon. The bait and life to the south is solid and the water temps remain in the 70’s. 8/13/13 As Reported By Capt. Mike Hogan One of the many perks of owning a fishing lure company is that when I do actually get time to fish, I have cell access to some of the best guides on Cape Cod, of whom we are very fortunate to have on our pro staff. Yesterday’s great fishing and today’s report is largely in thanks to Captain Terry Nugent who numbered us in to where he has been slaying the tuna and also what lures they were chewing. (Which was rainbow squids and machines) We left the dock at 0430 and headed south toward the lanes. We watched the sun rise as we left MV behind us. We started seeing life once we hit 120-130’ of water. Once we got into 71degrees of water, we saw a massive log that was loaded with 5-10lb mahi. We caught a few fish and then steamed on with our eyes on the prize, namely Charlie. As we got further south, the bait got bigger and bigger. We stopped a few places but followed Terry’s recommendation to push further south toward the lanes. We had lines in with a mixed bag (weighted slightly toward rainbow) by 8AM, then 10 minutes later pop, a quick but decent sized longfin albie came onto the boat on a rainbow squid chain behind a pink bird. The fish came in on the long line down the center. Other boats were chattering about all the fish they had caught as well. We were all but licking our chops when the lines went back in. After checking the contents of the stomach, we found squid, Pollack, butterfish and a mackerel. Then…. An hour went by with no fish. The bite was off, so we thought… We started tweaking everything. Changing trolling directions, lure placement, etc. Finally we had an entire spread of rainbow out. We had a few hits trolling EAST/WEST so we stuck to that direction, then BAM, another long fin. A few more minutes, BAM and another longfin. And another and another…. At 10:30 the bite was officially back on. In the end, we didn’t keep track of the longfins, but we boated 2 or 3 yellowfin, one at least 50lbs. Was it the changes that got us back on track? Or the Timing? who knows… The action was so good, we eliminated the cedar chain and a 9” Rianbow machine flat lines and dropped down to 4 rods, our spread then consisted of (1) 32” Rainbow bar, (1) 42” rainbow bar, (1) rainbow daisy chain and (1) rainbow squid chain, both with pink birds.
We pack up at noon as we had our fill, but the bite was still white hot. On the way in, we saw a strange float, that had a gazillion mahi under it. We caught a few more for kicks and giggles then noticed two makos followed a mahi in. 1 minute later, we had our ready made shark rig baited with a yellowfin belly strip, that lasted only 30 seconds. A few minutes later we boated and released a 50ish lb mako. Unfortunately the smaller of the two sharks grabbed the bait! Oh well. Put on a nice show for us anyway. Was hands down the best day of offshore fishing this year for team Hogy, thanks again to Terry from Riptide Charters who dialed us in to the spot. Top lures were: 32” Rainbow Bar, 42” Rainbow Bar, 9” Rainbow Machine Daisy, 6” Rainbow Daisy Bird Chain. The YFT all came in on the bars 8/9/13 As Reported By Capt. Terry Nugent – www.riptidecharters.com We just had one of the best offshore trips EVER! I had solid Intel from Alex (Waterproof) and another buddy Patrick. Both of the reports were from within a few miles of each other and both had strong numbers of Yellowfin, Longfin and Wahoo present in the area. We ran south of a sketchy forecast but found the pending rain was afraid of us as were the forecasted winds. 40kts smooth and fast. Got into the area and found a nice 71-73 break over about a mile. The cold side had good bait and we marked some tuna deep. Got out a spread of Offshore Innovations bars and chains that Kevin and I has rigged up recently. All small mini jets. Spread was rainbow in the left, green on the right. With a cedar chain on a flat corner. 15 minutes on the cold side and nada. As soon as we re-entered the warm it was off to the races. 4-7 rods at a time were going off. Longfin Albacore from 25-40# just covered us. I dialed in the plotter track and waypoints to an area less than 1.4 miles long and .4 miles wide. We paved that area and the action was insane every pass. We quit counting tuna when we broke FORTY (40)!!! We had all 7 rods go off and everyone (4 sports, my mate James “AMBUSH”, and I) grabbed a rod. The 7th rod was the cedar chain on the flat. Suddenly a white marlin began to dance in the wake. Don’t you know that he was on the 7th rod that nobody grabbed? James got on it quick but after a few more jumps he was able to launch the cedar chain and throw the hook. A few more wolf packs and we get a 4 banger but 1 rod feels odd to the sport. As he gets deep color I see ALLOT of silver. I yell for a gaff (we were dehooking the tuna boat side already only kept 5 LFA). Up comes a BIG wahoo on the stinger of the jet bar. I get my 1 shot and burry the Aftco behind the gills of a 63″ wahoo. As soon as he hit the deck the mono gave up and broke. Close call. After 3 hours of chaos we opted to change things up to let the crew rest. Out goes 4 high speed wahoo lures on cable. 10-12kts over the same area. 20 minutes in we get a vicious knockdown on the rigger 100 yards back. Half the braid backing is gone in a flash. After a decent fight the hook pulls. The sport that landed the first hoo said the fight felt the same, we will never know. Also of note we had 5-6 Longfin on and near the boat 1 goes NUTS and makes a searing 2nd run. Then still. We get it in and it had been savagely attacked by a wahoo. Very clear bite marks definitely NOT a shark, the 30# tuna was almost sawed in 1/2 by a monster hoo. Water was 71-73 and cobalt blue on the warm side. The bait in the bellies was 4-5″ fish that looked like baby Pollack or hake or some other bottom-ish fish like we used to get from the dragger by-catch a few years ago. The long and short riggers produced best early so we pushed the entire spread in to that “zone” and kept it VERY tight together. The result was almost always 4+ rods at a time. Rainbow out did the green by a small but noticeable margin. Big thanks to James (Ambush) if I didn’t have a mate we could not have done these freakish numbers. Huge thanks to Alex (Waterproof) and Patrick for the Intel. 8/12/13 Riptide Offshore As Reported By Capt. Terry Nugent – www.riptidecharters.com Today was the second of a back to back offshore trip. I had JD Black with his son and Sam M with his guest, on the boat. We did an early launch out of Falmouth and were on sight at sunrise. A large Nuclear Attack sub was there to greet us. No doubt guarding MV for the president. The bite was slow to start and we had to cover some ground to find the first bite. Unlike yesterday where the action was all in a short period, today was a pick over the course of the day. We had a single, a double and a triple all of longfin. The guys worked perfectly together and every fish that we hooked we landed. Just before it was time to pull the pin and head home we found a floating barrel. A quick pass on the barrel gave up a lone Mahi to round out the day. Final tally 6 Longfin and 1 mahi. The ride out and back was as calm as you could hope for and with a 45 mph average the trip normally long ride was less than 2 hours to the grounds. 8/12/13 Eclipse Offshore As Reported By Capt. Terry Nugent – www.riptidecharters.com Planned a trip south to the area where better reports had been coming from. I had Patrick and Kevin on board for the long ride, both new to offshore fishing. I spent most of the day before rigging the boat. McMurdo EPIRB test fired, ditch bag inventoried, Oil topped off, Batteries charged, Outriggers on, extra tools etc. Borrowed a few extra small bars from Riptide. 65+ nm is well within half my round trip range, but a long run @ a 30mph cruise. Recent temp charts gave away the relative area and a game plan to a 15-20 square mile target area and weather forecasts expected a bumpy ride down, calming seas throughout the day and a flat ride home. We left the dock in the dark and as expected ran into a swell that kept us awake. Despite the swell we could make 28-30 mph without launching, no tabs, so fortunately it did not slow us down much. Approx. 2 hours later we hit the northern edge of the temp break 68.5 – 71 degrees, went lines in and headed SW towards a warm area shown in the Sirius Sat surface temps. Most the fleet blew right past us headed 10-20 miles further south to previous numbers, a decision that may have not have helped them based on radio traffic. Within the first hour a lone Mahi grabbed a cedar plug chain flat line 10 yards from the transom. A few jumps later he shook off but made a good showing of itself. Didn’t take long after that before the shotgun went off (small tinkler chain with rainbow jet head on a pink SI bird). I dropped a waypoint and Patrick went to work immediately. Made short work of it, quick leader and the gaff dropped Patrick’s first yellowfin on the deck. While the guys set the spread back out I turned us back on the waypoint and we hammered the area. 30 minutes later after several figure 8’s, almost on top of the waypoint the same shotgun went down again. Kevin jumped on the rod but the hook let go before we could ID the fish. Given the pattern, I suspect the same culprit. We continued to pound that area but the well went dry so back on the SW path. 2 hours later we got an explosion on the rainbow bar that left the drag screaming. After a few seconds of trying for a second knock down, dropped waypoint, and Patrick went to work on the rod. All the times I have been south I have never seen a Longfin that was high on my target list. Sure enough, up came the bar, to the gaff, and my first Longfin hit the deck. We set the spread and turned back on the waypoint as Patrick bled the fish out. We no sooner got the last line out and a pick chain went down hard. Next up was Kevin who had no trouble bringing the fish boat side, his first tuna ever. As I leadered the fish and Patrick grabbed the gaff I noticed a second Longfin nosed up to the tail of the hooked fish. In the clear blue water you could see it 30-50 ft. down. The second Patrick sunk the gaff I jumped to the bow to grab a spin rod rigged with a weighted Hogy. First 2 drops and retrieve had swings and misses boat side, the third I dropped for a long 10-15 count and before I could close the bail the line was taken. I handed the spin rod off to Patrick who converted our 3rd Longfin. Back on the troll I was setting out a short green machine bird bar… nose crimp of the bar in hand and another Longfin grabbed! The bar ripped out of my hand and started dumping line. #4. Back again on the same waypoint and another chain went down, #5. That was the last of the LFA for us. With time running shorter we turned north and started our trip back to the dock in smooth flat seas stopping only to watch a large Basking Shark in crystal blue water lazily swim boat side and for a pod of White Side Dolphins to play in the boat wake, perfect end to a great day. Finally Tally was 1 for 2 on yellowfin, 5 Long Fin, and a lost Mahi. 8/8/13 As Reported By Capt. Mike Hogan We went south of Martha’s Vineyard yesterday, to the eastern region of the dump. There were two good slugs of warm water, with temperature breaks from 70 to 75°. There was some bait showing on the surface and we had a lot of big marks under the bait schools. There wasn’t too much activity, other then two small bluefin tuna landed, two lost boat side and several other knock downs. All the action came on The SI 6 inch Bulk Squid Daisy Chain in the Green Mack color on a green splash bird. With the exception of one fish on the cedar daisy chain flat line The only outcome of fishing in the warm water was one chaffed leader, possibly from a white marlin but we did not see the fish Upon returning to the dock we learned of some great reports southwest of the dump. 8/8/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/ Shark fishing, including a number of makos, has been solid around the Dump, with yellowfin and longfin albacore mixed in from there to the Shipping Lanes. There are plenty of mahi-mahi as well that provide great casting action. Those offshore enthusiasts who have no problem burning a little more fuel in pursuit of bigger fish have been heading out to Oceanographer and Lydonia Canyons, where there are big yellowfin, bigeye tuna, and marlin. Skirted ballyhoo are still the number one choice, but green machine spreader bars are also raising fish. 8/1/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/ Last weekend’s Falmouth Grand Prix produced a mix of fish, including a 126-pound swordfish, a 92.5-pound yellowfin, several smaller yellowfin, and good numbers of longfin albacore and mahi-mahi. This week, there has been a good yellowfin, longfin albacore, and white marlin bite around West Atlantis and Fish Tails Canyons, with a bigeye bite reported around Welker and Oceanographer Canyons. Skirted and naked ballyhoo are both working, with a greenish/orange tint skirt popular, as well as orange/black and purple/black. Daisy chains made with small Green Machines are preferred by folks who don’t use meat, with Capt. Joe Shute lures also catching on with offshore boaters on the Cape. I ran into Dr. Jonathan Pilcher the other day at Eastman’s in Falmouth and he was purchasing a long handle dip net that they use to capture squid that come up into the lights around the boat at night. In turn, these freshest of baits are sent down deep as the perfect bait when targeting swordfish. 7/25/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/ A good tuna bite has shaped up just south of the Vineyard around the Dump and the Inside Fingers. Boats have reported good action on smaller yellowfin and bluefin, along with longfin albacore and they are trolling ballyhoo, both skirted and naked. There have been a few white marlin in the mix and mahi up to the 25-pound range have been caught by folks trolling or casting around floating debris. A good break of water also pushed in from Hudson Canyon towards Veatch and West Atlantis and boats capable of making the run downtown have returned with larger yellowfin and are hoping for some big marlin to show up as well. 7/18/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/ High sun and calm seas have made for a tough mix east of Chatham, where anglers are seeing bluefin but having a tough time getting them to eat artificials. On the other hand, stickboats are enjoying the conditions that have fish cruising close to the surface. There have been a few reports of tuna moving in close to Nauset, but right now the problem hasn’t been finding them, but getting them to eat. Jim Young had some good reports from West Atlantis, with one boat catching a white marlin and several yellowfin up to 70-pounds, while another settled for smaller yellowfin to 40-pounds but managed a 200-pound swordfish. There are plenty of mahi available to folks who like to cast, with the key as usual finding flotsam and weed lines that the fish hold around. There are also reports of smaller bluefin from 60 to 100-pounds close in around the Dump.