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Due to the cool spring weather we experience last year, most of the fisheries didn’t take hold until two weeks later than their normal cycle. As an example, the striped bass fishing didn’t begin until the first week of June. The fluke were also a bit late to arrive in appreciable numbers. By spring time, if the water is warmer than anticipated, I may target the stripers and fluke by May 20th. To my surprise the sharks arrived by the second week of June last year, even though the water temperatures were 5 degrees above normal. Upon the arrival of summer, the stripers, bluefish, fluke and sea bass provided our anglers with plenty of action.
The offshore fishing for cod and sharks was also quite productive. We didn’t crush the cod but most anglers brought home between 3 and 6 cod with the larger fish tipping the scale at 15 lbs. The cod bite was on during the months of July and August. The blue and mako sharks were the most common species caught. Most groups caught between 2 to 6 sharks / trip. Again I would like to remind our return customers as well as our first timers that we practice a “No Kill” policy on all sharks. With the decline in shark populations all over the world, I do not choose to be a willing participant in bringing the sharks to extinction. We have now tagged 2538 sharks for research. For those who would like to join us on a satellite tagging expedition or follow the route of our last satellite tagged mako, visit my website and go on the shark tagging page.
Throughout the summer months we did our fair share of sea bass fishing. Kids particularly enjoy catching these beauties that run between 2 and 4 lbs. For those who do not want to spend the whole day on the ocean, a sea bass trip may be just what you are looking for. These trips are offered from 4, 5, and 6 hr. duration while staying within 3 miles from land.
The fall fishing for stripers, bluefish, porgies, and sea bass made for some exciting fishing. When the water temperature began to drop in October, we caught more porgies and sea bass. Some good news for the sea bass fisherman is that there will be no mid season closure on the sea bass. After the 15th of October we began pursuing the blackfish. If we didn’t fill the quota, we came close on most of our trips. Having to head home early on a few trips due to strong winds was the only reason for a slow day of fishing. And we did experience a few windy days!
We finished the season fishing for blackfish and cod from Nov. 20th through the end of Dec. It wasn’t spectacular but most anglers caught enough fish for a few meals. We fished within 15 miles from land up until the 10th of Dec. After that date we fished up to 25 miles from land at Coxes Ledge. . Diamond jigs and clams were the bait of choice. If the cod continue to show as they have, we should have some very good days of fishing ahead of us. Both the size and numbers have made quite an impression. Visit my website at www.snappacharters.comfor more information and our discount pricing in the spring and fall.
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