Takes 2nd place in Barbados International

Iv’e been working on a charter boat down in Barbados this winter mainly catching kingfish (wahoo), Dolphin, and Barracuda. We got the opportunity to fish in the three day Barbados International Fishing Tournament this past weekend with boats from all over the Carribean. The first day was tough for us with only one or two take downs without a hook up on a billfish, just some Dolphin and wahoo. six boats out of 30 hooked up on Blue or White Marlins. The second day we got into some action early with a couple quick take downs right up in our spread and was able to hook the second one after a couple hits and misses. We got the fish to the boat for a successful leader and release to put us up in sixth place with one Blue Marlin release. The action seemed to die down late morning until around 1pm when a fish slammed our outrigger and took off screaming. After about a thirty minute fight the fish became tail wrapped and it took a long time to bring up a dead fish on 80lb line. New this year you are allowed to call in that you have a dead fish on the line and you would like to bring it in to donate to shelters. In years past, and other places you have to just throw the dead fish back for the sharks to eat after you get the picture of the catch. I think all tournaments should adopt that new rule. That second fish moved us up into second place at the end of the second day. Unfortunately, that is where we stayed after the final day as we could not manage to get one to take the hook the last day. We had 4 or 5 billfish takedowns but no hookups for us or the first place boat. We ended with the same amount of points as the top boat, but they released their second fish before we released our second fish. We took first place in the Dolphin category with a 41 pounder. There were 17 Marlin, 230 Dolphin and 81 Wahoo caught during the tournament. Fun weekend all around.
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The Crew from Legacy with 2nd place in the Barbados International Tournament.

The Crew from Legacy with 2nd place in the Barbados International Tournament.

Striped Bass and Flounder fishing heats up

More Striped Bass have moved into Duxbury Bay with a little more size to them. mid 30 to low 40in fish were caught yesterday and yesterday evening.

Flounder fishing has been steady around the higher tides. Most of the fish we have been getting are keeper size and up to 20inches.

Attached is a picture from a trip over the weekend.
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The Tuna have arrived!

The bluefin Tuna season opened on June 1st and the Tuna arrived right on time. There has been good fishing from Stellwagon Bank, all the way down to Chatham. On Wednesday High Hook landed its first Tuna of the season measuring in at 90 inches (350 plus lbs). We were back at it on Thursday and managed to land two tuna. In the morning we caught a shorter one, and in the afternoon we landed another 90 inch fish. We are back at it on Sunday after this wind dies down. Below are some pictures from this week.

Capt Willie Woodruff fighting a fish

Capt Willie Woodruff fighting a fish

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Striped Bass are moving in

The Striped Bass have moved into Duxbury and the surrounding bays in good numbers over the past week. Most of the fish are small keepers in the low 30 inch range, but are great fish for light tackle gear. A few structure spots have been holding fish but the best bet right now is to find the birds. Each morning their have been birds throughout the bay with loads of fish under them. Put a live mackerel or herring in the middle of the fish and it is a guarantee hook up.

Bait fishing was really good last week, but not so great the last few days and over the weekend. There are some big schools of mackerel and herring out off of Gurnet, but the schools are spotty. Put in some time and you will come across the schools and get the bait you need.

This is a picture from a trip over the weekend with returning customer Russ Pelham. We only managed to jig up a dozen baits, but were able to land 9 or so fish and enough meat for the cooler.

Russ with one of his many fish caught

Russ with one of his many fish caught

Striped Bass fishing should start any day

Once the rain and wind settles down mid week, I am expecting the mackerel and herring to be around Gurnet Point. We went out on Friday to see what was out there in the way of bait and we came up empty after about an hour of jigging. Some Striped Bass have been down towards the canal for some time now, so I am expecting them in Duxbury Bay any day now. Some early season Striped Bass fishing with live mackerel on light gear is always fun for everyone. If you haven’t booked a trip for May, do so before we fill up.

Capt. Willie with a Striped Bass from the Casey Roberts trip last season

Seeing all the sand eels, mackerel, herring, whales, and hundreds or dolphins out at Stellwagen the other day got my hopes up that it will be an early start for Tuna fishing. Get ready, they will be here in no time..

Cod season started up today

The Cod season started up today and the reports were that the fish were scattered all over the place, but not in big schools. The boats that went out today all got cod, but not in the numbers like we are used to. Some haddock could be found out on the Eastern edge as well as Red Fish in the deeper water. The mackerel were all over Stellwagon Bank which mean they should probably be off our coast by the weekend. I will be heading out tomorrow to see what we can find..

It’s time for Cod and Haddock fishing

The new boat should be ready this week and it will be going in the water ASAP. We will running several trips out to Stellwagen Bank for Cod and Haddock at the end of April through late May. You can book your Cod/Haddock trip on the website or by calling 781-291-1304. The Bluefin tuna are still pushing there way up here and are still expected to be here in the last week of May.

Stellwagen Bank ranked top 10 spots in the World to see whales.

USA TODAYS TOP 10 SPOTS IN THE WORLD TO SEE WHALES

With warmer weather here, Trevor Day, author of Whale Watcher: A Global Guide to Watching Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises in the Wild (Firefly Books, $19.95), tells Ron Schoolmeester for USA TODAY where to spot the behemoths. Not to worry, though, if your summer plans are complete: There’s good whale-watching somewhere in the world during most any season.
The Azores

Portugal

Visitors to this Portuguese archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, about 1,000 miles from Lisbon, view whales and dolphins from lookout towers called vigias. Small whale-watching vessels also operate tours. “From May to October, see sperm whales, the largest of all toothed whales at up to 59 feet long and weighing up to 55 tons,” Day says. Look, too, for several species of beaked whale rarely seen elsewhere. destinazores.com/whalewatching.php

Dominica

The deep waters off the west coast of this Caribbean island attract the blunt-headed sperm whales year-round. “Winter, though, is the best time to see these sperm whales, along with humpback whales that come to Dominica’s bays to breed and reward visitors with acrobatic displays,” Day says. dominica.dm/site/whalewatching.cfm

Hermanus

South Africa

“Hermanus offers some of the best land-based whale watching in the world,” Day says. “Several hundred Southern right whales migrate past its shores between July and November.” Playful and sometimes curious, the 50-foot adults court and mate while pregnant mothers calve. www.hermanus.co.za

Glacier Bay

Alaska

Glacier Bay is where whale experts first studied humpback whales “bubble-netting” — blowing bubbles to herd fish into a tight ball before swallowing them. “If visitors are really lucky, they can see up to a dozen whales engaged in this remarkable hunting technique,” Day says. Groups of orcas (killer whales) patrol the entrance to the bay, while porpoises and dolphins are commonly seen inside the bay. Best time to visit: June to early September. whale-watching-alaska.com

Hervey Bay

Queensland, Australia

Between July and November (winter and early spring Down Under), humpback whales hurl themselves clear of the water in exuberant displays in the quiet, protected waters of Hervey Bay. “Humpbacks grow to more than 50 feet long and can weigh nearly 50 tons. Yet these gentle creatures are curious, and some will approach boats,” Day says. herveybaywhales.com

Monterey Bay

California

Visitors can see whales, dolphins and porpoises in the vicinity of Monterey Bay year-round. “In mid-December to April, see migrating gray whales,” Day says. “In summer and fall, humpback whales and the world’s largest whale, the blue whale, migrate here to feed.”

Stellwagen Bank

Massachusetts

Southern New England hosts more than 30 companies offering whale-watching tours from more than 15 seaside communities. “A focus is Stellwagen Bank, a submerged sandbank that runs from the tip of Cape Cod to Boston’s north shore at Cape Ann,” Day says. “April to May is the best time to see the highly endangered Northern right whale (only a few hundred survive). Between April and October, spectacular humpback whales are a common sight.”

Península Valdés

Patagonia, Argentina

Península Valdés is a hot spot for Southern right whales and orcas. “Southern right whales arrive in July and stay to November, but the best time to see them is September to October,” Day says. “A remarkable spectacle is watching them ‘sail’ on the wind, with their flukes raised in the air to catch the breeze. Orcas are present year-round, but from mid-February to mid-April, they hunt sea-lion pups, and on selected beaches will ride onto the shore to snatch pups.”

Vancouver and Vancouver Island

British Columbia, Canada

More than 400 orcas swim in the waters around Vancouver. “Between May and September, visitors can see the whales by ferry, cruise ship, whale-watch boat and even from the land,” Day says. In summer, about 40-50 gray whales also feed in the waters off Vancouver Island. In March and April, many more pass through on their northward migration. 800-435-5622; hellobc.com or britishcolumbia.com/WhaleWatch

Sea of Cortez

Baja California, Mexico

“The Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez) just south of Baja, or ‘lower,’ California, is arguably the best place to see the world’s largest whales, blue whales,” Day says. “These 75-foot giants, weighing more than 100 tons, are regularly seen between January to April along with several other baleen (filter-feeding) whales, such as the humpback and fin.” In the same season, gray whales, with their barnacled and scarred bodies, court and calf in the lagoons. bajaexpo.com/whales.htm