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.

Bluefin Tuna season Starts June 1st

The 2015 Bluefin Tuna season will start on the first of June. Some years we have had the Tuna show up in late May, and some years they are here the first week of June. Last year, they were around for opening day and we are hoping for the same this year. We are now taking bookings for the 2015 season. We are also offering a three trip Tuna package in which you can fish the Spring, Summer, and Fall and save money. Gives you the best chance to catch the fish of a lifetime.

A few pictures from last season.
997092_10152379962067274_4852980570634029182_n One of two fish we caught this day
1471740_10152373832717274_2861777317953250713_n A keeper for the truck. One of four bites we had on this trip.
1510399_10152404352182274_3839519584067713917_nHigh Hook steaming in from a day out Tuna fishing

For bookings please email Willie at [email protected] as I am out of the Country until mid April.
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Medium Size Tuna are still around.

The Bluefin Tuna have showed up in great numbers. For the last couple years we have not seen the smaller fish which are great for charters. The last two weeks or so have been really good for the high 60 to low 70 inch fish. We have been hooking multiple fish per trip mostly on stand-up gear. Leaving from Duxbury Harbor, its a short ride out to the fishing grounds this time of year on the High Hook.

A nice size Tuna landed on the Ducks Unlimited Charter.

A nice size Tuna landed on the Ducks Unlimited Charter.

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 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..

Good News for People Who Like to Eat Tuna

I have some good news for the clients who like to keep and eat Bluefin Tuna. For the last couple of years we have had to release any Tuna measuring over 59in or under 73in back into the water to swim another day. This was done to protect the 2005 football size Tuna class. Those Tuna are now around 73in so there is no need to have the slot on them.
I was at a seminar for the Stellwagen Bank Charter Boat Ass on Tuesday night. They brought Emily in from Tag a Tiny program to speak about the last ten years or so of Tuna tagging research. She had mentioned that the slot that has been in effect since 2009 will most likely be lifted this year, although it has not been done yet. Good and bad news. The good news is that you guys would be able to keep the Tuna…. The bad news… is that you guys will be able to keep the Tuna,, and I have to cut it up.

A small sized Tuna caught on High Hook in 2011