We landed our first tuna of the season yesterday measuring 69 inches. It took a live mackerel off of the kite after only about 20 minutes of fishing. Matt reeled it in in about 40 minutes. I didn’t hear of much going on at the bank. A few boats had some crashes at there squid bars but no hook ups.
The Tuna have arrived at Stellwagen this week. There has been a few reports of fish being caught for the last couple of days up on the bank and out East. Some were caught with mackeral and there was another report of one being caught trolling. The fishing should start to heat up this week. I’ll be heading out on Sunday for Tuna.
We got some Striped Bass fishing in today after the thunder storms rolled by. The mackerel were not as thick as they were the other day. It took three of us about 25-30 minutes to catch 20 or so. They were in closer to Gurnet today, about a mile off of the point.
We fished the incoming tide in the local rips and were getting fish on just about every drift. We caught 11 striped bass with 7 of them being keepers. Biggest fish was 32 inches. Not a bad day for early season stripers!
The Mackerel have been found off of Green harbor. You can jig some up off of Gurnet point as well but they are thicker up north.. The best way to jig for them is with a sabiki rig Try different depths as sometimes they are only 10 feet down and other times they are towards the bottom.
By the end of the week the bait should be pretty thick off of Gurnet point. Also, a few bass have been found in the bay, but with the mackerel here, the bass fishing should heat up by this weekend. I am going to try and get out this weekend for Cod if the wind dies down.
I went out on Saturday cod fishing and between three people we caught over 100 cod with a handful of them being keepers. We had to go more towards the East edge of the bank to find some bigger ones as we were getting a lot of little ones up on top. Mixed in with the cod we caught a few haddock and a bunch on nice sized pollack.