Offshore Fishing Report – July 11, 2019

July 11, 2019 Weekly Rating: N/A

First off, the word concerning bluefin is most boats aren’t fishing for the giants around Stellwagen or out east of Chatham because there is no market for them, explained Kevin Downs at Falmouth Bait & Tackle.

Jim Young heard that a boat out of Hyannis picked up 26 yellowfin at Hydrographer, where the good water has been. This particular vessel is set up to green stick, allowing it to fish a large bird with a number of lines from the wash to way back.

The bigeye bite continues to be good at Hydro as well as down towards Block Canyon and Hudson Canyon, with some tuna reported closer in towards Montauk.

A blue marlin was hooked but dropped by a boat fishing the Falmouth Grand Prix out of Falmouth Harbor, with some white marlin caught and released and Capt. Larry Backman of Skipjack and his crew picked up a 100+-pound swordfish.

June 27, 2019 Weekly Rating: 2 out of 5

The last report that Jim Young at Eastman’s in Falmouth had concerned Capt. Larry Backman and Skipjack that made the trip towards to canyons and managed some small tuna and tilefish.

Ironically, Matt Malowski at Dick’s Bait & Tackle in Oak Bluffs said owner Steve Morris was off in that direction, again in search of the same species. Hopefully, I will be able to get in touch with Steve this evening to see how they did.

Matt added that someone Steve fishes with occasionly managed some small bluefish south of the Vineyard, but he couldn’t specific which area he fished.

Meanwhile, Matt Cody at North Chatham Outfitters told me that Capt. Austin Proudfoot wasn’t in the shop because he was out fishing for bluefin up around Stellwagen. Apparently, some fish have been caught up around the bank on both bars and ballyhoo.

June 14, 2019 Weekly Rating: 2 out of 5

Things are really only starting to get interesting offshore, although as long as a couple of weeks ago a boat out of Falmouth made the run to the canyons and found plenty of life.

This week, Capt. Mike ran south of the Vineyard to the Claw and Coxes, but came up empty on tuna. But one thing I have learned over the years is that Mike is a very resourceful angler and always has a Plan B up his sleeve if Charlie doesn’t show up. In this case, he was determined to catch at least one cod at Coxes, but did much better than that, as he and John Burns loaded up on 8 to 10-pound cod once they located a productive piece of structure.

Capt. Mike Hogan with a nice sized cod caught offshore this past week on the Hogy Sand Eel Jig.

There are tuna out east of Chatham, in the vicinity of the Figs, Capt. Austin Proudfoot at North Chatham Outfitters believes. These are big fish, well into the giant category, and folks are either trolling ballyhoo or livelining mackerel.