Offshore

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Offshore Fishing Report – September 13, 2018

Giant bluefin bite remains good out east of Chatham and up in Cape Cod Bay. Spin anglers have also been getting shots at breaking fish chasing halfbeaks in the bay as well as off the backside from the Golf Balls to Nauset. Apparently, these tuna aren’t school or even smaller medium school fish, but often are just shy of the 73-inch giant minimum.

white-marlin

Offshore Fishing Report – September 7, 2018

The giant bluefin bite out east remains good, with fish caught recently on live bait such as mackerel; trolled ballyhoo, both naked and skirted; and darker colored bars. There are numerous reports of halfbeaks/Atlantic sauries flying out of the water, usually a sign that they are being harassed by fish such as tuna.

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Offshore Fishing Report – August 31, 2018

Out on Stellwagen Bank, some very large bluefin tuna were caught this week, including Capt. Cullen Lundholm’s 1130 pounder. Fishing dead bait and throwing soft plastics like the Hogy Pro Tail on spinning gear have been the effective techniques for fish ranging from 200 to 1000 pounds.

wojo-canyons

Offshore Fishing Report – August 23, 2018

Cooper Gilkes at Coop’s on the Vineyard said the tuna bite never started south of the island as the fish down south never moved up. He did say that there are good numbers of mahi around all of the high flyers, with some white marlin being caught on scup or ballyhoo. From the shipping lanes to Veatch, there are still some blue marlin taking lures or skirted ballyhoo, explained Billy O’Connor at Falmouth Bait & Tackle in the Teaticket section of Falmouth, but the really monster bigeye have moved, with a large fish running about 100-pounds.

chicken-mahi

Offshore Fishing Reports – August 16, 2018

South of the Vineyard, there is a mix of white marlin and mahi, with Gordon’s Gully, the Star, the Claw, and the Dump out to the shipping lanes all producing mahi. Coop said the mahi have been on the small side, with only an occasional larger one caught, but there have been good numbers reported around the weather buoys.

buck-lanes

Offshore Fishing Report – August 9, 2018

Gordon’s Gully and the Claw were two areas mentioned by Peter Sliwkowski at Larry’s Bait and Tackle on the Vineyard as holding large numbers of mahi and white marlin as well. Apparently, there are a large number of weed patches, perfect for holding mahi; fishing around the high flyers is also one way to get into some fast mahi action.

terry-mahi

Offshore Fishing Report – August 3, 2018

Out east, guys are still jigging up their own bait, in this case mackerel, and livelining them to the giant bluefin in the area. Some impressive fish have been caught, but folks fishing the areas around the Regal Sword, Crab Ledge, the BB Buoy, and other waters known to hold big bluefin should be aware of the notice from NOAA announcing the closure of recreational giant bluefin tuna fishing for the remainder of 2018.