MARATHON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18TH, 2013
Our last marathon was a success. We were worried about the weather, but it turned out to be a manageable day with 15kts of wind out of the west-southwest and a 4foot sea. The fishing itself proved to be good throughout the day, although we had to battle endless numbers of dogfish. There were plenty of haddock to go around, and on one stop we even got into some m10 to 15-pound codfish. We finished the day with close to 300 keepers on board and plenty of happy anglers.
COLUMBUS DAY OCTOBER 14TH, 2013
Columbus Day saw calm seas, 60 degrees, JUMBO haddock, good mix of cod also. Only thing missing, the fall Pollock, but the haddock made up for that, quantity and quality.
Remember, Cod season ends November 1st!
Fishing Report for the week of
August 1st - the 4th, 2013
Sorry, the fishing reports have been severely lacking over the last few weeks, Ive been real busy with the boat.
The all day fishing has continued to be stellar, although the number of dogfish has increased substantially. we have been making about three stops a trip because I'm finding that its worth the work to stay on a spot and fight through the sharks. The stops haven't been hot and heavy like they were at the beginning of last month, but by the end of the trips the numbers are adding up. We had 150 keepers for 22 anglers on Thursday, with a 15lb Pollock winning the pool.
The 3/4 day fishing last weekend was better than average, with the dogs being on the lighter side (if you can call it that). On both Saturday and Sunday we made two stops and caught over 75 fish. Mostly haddock and cusck. We also had 5 wolfish on Saturdays trip, ranging from 9lbs to 23lbs.
The half day trip on Saturday was also good, with about 25 keeper cod and another 10 Haddock. We stayed within 10 miles of the Harbor, in 180 feet of water and had minimal dogs and happy customers.
If you didn't know guys, our monthly marathon trip is on for Friday this week, 5am to 5pm. So give us a shout and reserve a spot if your looking for some quality fishing time. The last marathon was a little bumpy weather wise, but the fishing was phenomenal.
Call for reservations 978-559-1978
From the M/V Lady Sea
Fishing Report for the week of July 4th
Hey everyone, I want to apologize for the lack of fishing reports from last weekend. I've been really busy with the boat so far this week and haven't had time to post any. As soon as I get some time to sit down and write them I will post them.
Briefly though, all day fishing on Thursday and Friday was good. We caught some dogs again, but both days finished with around 150 keepers.
The half day and three-quarter day trips weren't as good as the past few weeks. We had to work hard to catch what we did. I think the nice weather lulled the fish to sleep...
This week we have:
Thursday all day 7-4
Friday marathon 5-5
Saturday and Sunday 7-1 and 130-6
Fishing Report for Friday June 28th
7am to 4pm
Southerly winds 10-15 with gusts up to 25 knots
For those who think that party boat fishing is only for fair-weather fisherman, you don't know us or our customers very well.
It was rough, rainy and generally unpleasant on the North Atlantic for the better part of the day. But the 17 anglers on board the Lady Sea were not deterred from the rail. We only had a couple of sick people on board, and the rest were real happy that we didn't turn around.
It was yet another 1 stop trip! No, I'm not lying. Yes, the fishing was that good. We had half the number of people as Thursdays trip, and about 20 less keepers.
Everything was caught on bait, and everyone caught fish. The more novice anglers that we had on the boat ended up with 10 keepers per person, and the more experienced anglers had anywhere from 15 to 29 keepers per person. It was one of those days where you couldn't hit the bottom without getting a bite.
The majority of our fish were cod, but we also had a mix of haddock, pollock and cusck mixed in. The pool fish was a 13 pound cod, with some bigger pollock coming in close behind.
So far this has been the most productive fishing season we have seen in a while. So if you're looking to kill some fish and have some fun doing it, look no farther.
It's what we do...
Fishing Report for Sunday June 23
7am-1pm and 1:30pm-6pm
southerly winds 5-10 with gusts up to 15 knots
Seas 2-4 ft
It was almost a repeat of Saturday, almost. We didn't have as many people on the 2 trips as we did the day before, with only 15 people on both trips, the rail space was plentiful. It's our policy that if we can at least cover our expenses for the day, then we're taking you out fishing. That's just how we roll.
The morning was a lot like Saturday morning. We fought a lot of dogfish, however we had a steadier flow of nice cod coming over the rail throughout the trip than the day before. It was still hard work, but with the shorter number of people the tangles were kept to a minimum. It was a 13 pound cod that won the pool. We ended up with 65 keepers and some really happy customers.
The afternoon 1/2 day trip was the best one of the weekend. Our first stop lasted about a half an hour, and didn't produce much. Then we reset on top of the pile of fish that we were seeing on the sound machine, and it was on...
We stayed on that spot for the next couple hours, and the fishing turned into serious catching. At no point over that time was there less than two keepers coming over the rail in a 5 min time span. The fish were all nice white-bellied codfish ranging from 4 to 15 pounds, with the occasional big pollock mixed in. We had 3 of our regular anglers fishing on the stern who put 18 keepers int he cooler between them. Even the people who had less experience put up big numbers and went home with multiple Ziploc bags of fillets.
The fishing has continued to be some of the best we've seen in the last few years, with the occasional rough day mixed in. If you're looking for some fun fishing with a good crew, don't bother going anywhere else. I have to say that my crew does a great job (don't tell them I said that, it might go to their heads).
This weeks schedule:
All day fishing on Thursday, 7am to 4pm
Night fishing on Thursday, 7pm to 1am
All day fishing on Fri, 7am to 4pm
3/4 day on Sat and Sun, 7am to 1pm
1/2 day on Sat and Sun, 1:30pm to 6pm
If you know who we are, then you know what we do...
FISHING REPORT FOR Monday June 17th
7-4 ALL DAY
Winds: W 5-10kn
Sorry this is late but ive had some things to do the last few days and i haven't had much time to myself. Mondays trip was one of the best EVER on the Lady Sea and by far the best Full Day trip this year. We only made ONE stop all day. Let me say that one more time: WE ONLY DROPPED THE ANCHOR ONCE AND DIDN'T HAUL IT UNTIL IT WAS TIME TO GO HOME! There was a consistent bite all day long and by noon some people had had enough. There arms couldnt take it anymore! Lg Cod, Lg Haddock, some really nice cusk, a few nice pollack with the rest of the day bringing 6-10lb codfish over the rail non stop. The pool winner was a 20 LB Cod.
Capt Mike definitely put the boat on the meat and everyone left with FULL coolers and a lot of fish. Did i mention we only had 18 people??? They we're a great group and we all had a blast. The fishing on ALL our trips this year has been AMAZING. Don't miss out guys, call and book a trip now!
Fridays trip is a 7-4pm and we're still looking to put a few more people on the boat. Call 978-559-1978 for info and reservations!
ALSO!!!! The Mile Marker Restaurant (a 2 minute walk from the boat) located at the Cape Ann Marina has a new deal where they will cook your fish caught aboard the Lady Sea. Please inquire aboard the boat or at the Mile Marker for details. Check out our website also, for more details.
Thanks for looking, Arch
FISHING REPORT FOR June 15th
7-1pm 3/4 day
1:30-6pm Half Day Charter
Wind: Southerly 5-10 knots
Wow.... What a difference a few hours makes!!! We started out this morning with a 3/4 day trip and we we're almost full. We steamed to the East and got started in about 240 ft of water and man was the tide ripping. We were on the anchor and if you looked off the back of the boat it looked like we were leaving a wake. It was probably the worst tide ive seen all year. Very tough to hit the bottom with 16oz of lead which made for extremely difficult fishing. We ended up moving into some shoal water to try and get away from the tide and it didn't help at all. Still screaming, still hard to hit the bottom and hold the bottom. We ended up with a few nice fish but for a 3/4 day trip, it was below average as far as what we caught. The conditions just didn't allow us to do what we do. Pool winner was a 12 LB Codfish.
Now for the Half Day trip report. I don't know where to begin. Usually because of time constraints we cant get out far enough to hit a lot of our hot spots for Cod and Haddock etc... We have some good bottom we can fish inshore but its not usually as good as a 3/4 or a Full Day. We ended up stopping on a piece of bottom that was within an hour of home and it was on fire! We tried to drift but we ended up having to drop the hook which ended up working to our advantage. We had half the amount of passengers this afternoon and caught 4 times as many fish and they were ALL quality fish with a lot of weight to them. It was unbelievable!!! A bunch of Large Cod, A lot of Market Cod (Market Cod is what we caught the most of today, theyre between 8-12 lbs), a few Big Cusk, some nice haddock and we caught a 30 LB Wolffish too. Unreal for Half Day fishing!!! It was probably one of the best half day trips we've all ever been on. We did release the Wolffish and he is alive and well. In case you're wondering why we let it go, they're an endangered species so we can't legally possess them, however we do bring them onboard to get the hook out, get a quick picture and we throw them right back in. The Wolffish is maybe out of the water for a total of a minute and a half tops. The Pool was split between the 30lb Wolffish and a 25lb Cod. It was a great trip with an even better group of guys that had a effin blast and took home a lot of full ziplock bags and coolers!!!!!!
Check out some great pictures on our Facebook page.
Thanks for looking, Arch...
FISHING REPORT FOR JUNE 8th
1:30-6pm Half Day Charter
WIND: South 10-15 knots
TEMP: 67 Deg
What's up ya'll, here's today's fishing report. Brought to you in part by the Gloucester Fleet: We Kill Fish, It's what we DO!... Check us out at gloucesterfleet.com!!!
Well today's fishing was a little slow due to the weather. The reminisce of the "tropical" storm really screwed with the fishing and the bite. The wind wasn't too bad but the tide was really strong and holding the boat up in to the wind. After trying the anchor for the first stop, Capt Mike decided to drift for the rest of the day. Drifting helped but there just wasn't much we could do except put everyone on one side and hope for the best. We managed a few nice fish but over all the fishing was slow we just couldn't get a bite going. Hopefully things will be back to normal tomorrow.
We have a 7-4 All Day trip tomorrow and its full. If you wanted to go, you can try calling in the morning to see if anyone cancelled there reservations but that's about it. Thanks for looking, see you soon... AFM Jr.
FRIDAY MAY 31ST - 7-4 ALL DAY TRIP
WINDS- SOUTHWEST 5-10 KNOTS SEAS- NADA
TEMP: HOT AS HELL
So, we had a full day 7-4PM trip today, the boat was full and man was it HOT! Summer has arrived here in New England and we're all excited here at the "GF" for summer fishing and summer fishing weather.
We left right at 7 and steamed about 2 hours and got anchored on Tillies in about 270 ft and christ was the tide ridiculous. With the tide screaming and a full boat with 40 of my closest friends, this day had the potential to be a debacle but in all honesty it ended up being a good day of fishing despite the conditions. We had to work through a lot of tangles and some of them we're just out of control but every tangle had a nice Cod or Haddock in it so it was bittersweet. 2 stops later we had a bite going on a couple nice pieces of bottom in the same general area. Bait was the weapon of choice as usual and we managed a lot of nice Haddock, Cod, Cusk and Pollack.
As the morning turned to afternoon we hit the tide change and it slowed down finally. We made about a 20 min move to the Southwest and headed for some shoal water. The rest of the day we we're in right around 220ft. We managed about a half hour until the tide started screaming again and the wind picked up out of the South at the same time. The tide was holding the boat into the wind as well as spinning us around 180 degrees a few times. We swung back and forth on the anchor for the rest of the day all the while managing to keep the Cod and Haddock coming over the railing and everyone managed a few nice fish today. The pool winner was a 23 LB Pollack caught by the crew hailing from Seabrooke, NH.
We ended the day with a 2 hour Sunset Booze Cruise that was a combination Birthday Party and a Benefit for Relay for Life. We had a blast cruising the harbor with a fully catered galley, a full Bar with Liquor and Beer and a DJ on the upper deck. If youre interested in Sunset Cruises go to gloucesterfleet.com and click the sunset cruise link for more info on pricing and available dates.
Saturday has a 7-1pm charter in the morning and a Open Boat Half Day fishing trip scheduled for the afternoon. If youre interested in the Open Boat Half Day Trip call the office at 978-559-1978 and we'll be happy to help you out with reservations. Sunday has a 7-4pm Open Boat All Day Fishing Trip that has a few spots left. The fishing has been great, the weather is getting warm and we're killing plenty of quality fish folks. Its what we do! Hope to see you this weekend, the weather looks like it will be amazing. From the bloody decks of the F/V Lady Sea,
FISHING REPORT - MAY 26TH
7-4 OPEN BOAT ALL DAY FISHING
PARTLY CLOUDY - APPX 68 DEG
NW WINDS 20-25 KNTS, GUSTS TO 30KNTS...
Well, today was a bust. Came down the boat expecting to get a day of fishing in but that bitch mother nature had other plans, Apparently the weather man was F.U.I. (forecasting under the Influence) too because he was dead wrong along with the buoy reports. But, thats fishing, You take the information youre given and you try to make the best decision you can so that everyone is safe and catching fish. As much as we enjoy killing a Cod or 2 aboard the mega yacht "Lady Sea", customer safety always comes first. We want everyone to have a great trip, kill some fish and come home in one piece. WE WILL NEVER bring you out on the water and beat you up all day to get your money, thats just not how we operate. We also won't charge you for a full day trip and bring you to half day fishing grounds just to "get the trip in". We believe that you deserve better than that. And thats the difference between the Gloucester Fleet and the others. We're going to treat you right, we'll go the distance for our loyal customers as well as our new friends and we'll put every effort into putting you on as much quality fish as possible, as safely as possible.
The reason i mention all this is that we had to turn around today and cut the trip short due to weather. Capt. Mike and the crew decided that the conditions were not conducive to good fishing and we had a lot of sick people that wanted to go home. The wind was relentless and continued to pick up as the morning went on. The boat has a big ass and shes heavy and extremely stable but it gets to a point where you just cant hold the bottom and fish effectively. We managed a few fish out of the one stop we made and the pool winner was a 17 LB cod. Not much else to report about today. THATS WHY THEY CALL IT FISHING, not CATCHING...HAHA Anyway, tomorrows trip is a no-go but Tuesday is a GO. Call the office @ 978-559-1978 and book your rail spot now. It might fill up if these people from today come back.
Anyway, I'm going to go find the weatherman and punch him in the face. Im sure Dave McDonald will bail me out. haha From all of us here at the Gloucester Fleet, Happy Memorial Day! Drink em up and drink one for me! Check out http://www.gloucesterfleet.com/fishing/fishing-reports/ for more info. BUt hey, what do i know. Im just a deckhand. More when i can...... Arch, F/V Lady Sea
FISHING REPORTS FOR MAY 18th - MAY 19th...
Greetings from the F/V Lady Sea command post here in Gloucester, Mass. SO, i know these reports are late but like I mentioned, we changed some marketing positions around in the company and I'm playing catch up after a long weekend last weekend and a week of boat upgrades. SO! My name is Archie and I'm a fishaholic, nice to meet you... Here we go. Last Saturdays fishing was nothing short of spectacular. We started the day off with a 3/4 day charter. We Didn't have too many people and the conditions we're perfect. Flat calm, no tide and everyone was on the ball and hammering the fish. Our first stop was over 3 hours long and we caught the bulk of the fish in the morning. Bait was the way to go and jigs didn't produce much at all. We have a new bait supplier and its fresher than i've ever seen. We add a little salt and freeze it ourself and it seems to be working really well. Cod and Haddock we're the majority of what we caught but we had a mixed bag of cusk and nice sized pollack as well. The decks we're bloody and the charter had a blast! Pool winner was a slammer 25 LB codfish and a 20 LB pollack took 2nd place. Remember guys, leave the jigs in the tackle box and stick with the bait. BTW: If you use power pro or spider wire type line, a 50-60 foot shot of Monofilament helps a lot when it comes to bait fishing. It gives you that little bit of extra stretch so you dont tear the fish's face off when you set the hook. Truth be told, it helps us get you out of tangles a lot easier too. Just a thought guys. I suggest things and make recommendations based off of whats been happening on recent trips and what i see everyday. SO, take my advice, its free and its current.
Saturday afternoon's half day trip and Sundays 7-4 all day trip was more of the same. Hammering Cod and Haddock with some nice Pollack mixed in. People we're happy and everyone left with full coolers. We started the morning off fishing in the same area that produced good numbers on Saturday but it wasn't so hot 24 hours later so we hauled the anchor and made a steam to a new area and got going. Hey, thats how quick the fishing can crap out in certain spots. After the long steam sunday morning, we we're a little deeper but it seemed to change it up enough where we got a bite going. Again, most of the fish we're caught on bait and the jigs we're producing sore arms and headaches not fish. Pool winner was a 22 LB Cod and we couldn't have asked for a better gang of guys and girls to fish with all weekend. All the trips we're a blast and everyone had a good laugh and caught some fish.
While we're on the subject of bait fishing: You dont need to buy these googan "Codfish" or "Haddock" rigs that they charge you 10 bucks for at the tackle shops that are just going to (possibly) get cut up if you get tangled. The crew would be more than happy to sacrifice 5 ft of Mono and make you those same rigs for free. They dont fish any better and they're a pain in the ass when they get tangled. One hook, one sinker and one piece of bait is really all you need. If you want to fish two hooks, by all means, you're more than welcome but if the dogfish come or the tide kicks up, they just cause trouble. Again, just a suggestion.
SO, this weekends weather looks iffy. Saturday is cancelled but Sunday is a go. Gotta love Spring in New England. If you don't like the weather, wait 5 minutes. It'll change. I promise. Make sure you check our website for more info on weather as well as any specials etc at gloucesterfleet.com or give us a call at 978-559-1978... But hey, what do i know. I'm just a deck monkey...
Thanks for looking, more when i can... Arch
May t11h, 2013
We had a crazy day today, with some sloppy weather and some awesome fishing. The wind was blowing a consistent 20 knots out of the southerly, making anchoring kind of difficult all day. Our first stop lasted for over two and a half hours, with cod and haddock coming over the rail fast and furiously almost the entire time. The day ended on a slower note, but we hit the dock with a lot of fish and some really satisfied customers.
April 28th, 2013
Haddock! We ventured out to Jefferies Ledge today in search of haddock, and we found some. Like yesterday, we had to work for what we caught, making a lot of drifts throughout the day. We worked our way south and east all day, finishing the day on the anchor with some codfish in the end. We had slow patches throughout the day, but came out with a fair number of fish.
APRIL 27th, 2013
The difference a day makes... It was another beautiful day on the water today, however the fishing wasn't as good as yesterday. We made a lot of moves today, and worked real hard for what we did catch. Bait produced the majority of the fish today.
APRIL 26th, 2013
A banner day was had aboard the Lady Sea today! It was a beautiful day as far as the weather was concerned, and the fishing was phenomenal. Both jig and bait-fishing produced codfish ranging from 7-25 lbs. Just about everyone on the boat came close to hitting their bag limit for the day.
APRIL 20th, 2013
The day started out a little bit rough, but got nicer as it went on (weather and fishing). It was a slow morning as far as the fishing was concerned, we went out to Middle Bank to see what was out there for Cod. We caught a lot of small Cod that we couldn't keep, then decided to move off to the Northeast. We finished our day near Tillies, and caught a whole bunch of small and market size keeper cod for a solid hour and a half before the tide changed and the bite died for the last hour of the trip. We also caught some cusck and some redfish. All in all it was a good day.
MARCH 29TH, 2013
Well, we went out on our first trip of the season! It was a gorgeous day on the water: 10-15 knots of NW wind, 40 degrees and sunny. We did a lot of scouting, starting on top of Stellwagon and making our way to the north and east all day long. We caught a very good amount of codfish throughout the day, the average size being approximately 6-9 pounds. We also caught a bunch of redfish, a couple pollock and some hake. Unfortunately we didn't find any haddock as of yet, but after talking to some commercial fisherman we have some ideas where to start looking for them on the next trip. All in all it was an awesome first day out on the North Atlantic.
July 12th, 2012
We are happy to report that it has been a great season for fishing. There have been only a few trips that were dissapointing. But as they say, fishing is fishing and any day on the water is a great day.
Yesterday was an unbeliebavle day. Everyone loaded up their coolers with lots of cod and haddock. A real great day on the water!!
From the deck of the Lady Sea
May 5th, 2012
Another great day on the ocean. Headed out to Tillies. Put about 75 keeprs on the boat. Haddock being the prevelant fish. 50 haddock, 25 cod, a few cusk and only a couple of dog fish. All in all a great day.
From the Deck of the Lady Sea
April 16th, 2012 - May 4, 2012
The fishing season has started. A bit spotty, but definetly picking up. We had some great half day trips last week that we can brag about and an outstanding all day fishing trip yesterday, Friday, May 4th. The weather was overcast, but the seas were fine. Put at least 100 fish on the boat.
NO EXAGGERATION!! Everyone left with a cooler full of fish.
Here's to a great season of fishing.
From the Deck of the Lady Sea
August 27, 2011
Well, this afternoon's weather is great and we're not going fishing. The weatherman scared everyone away with this Irene nonsense. The bad weather, according to the recent forecast, isn't going to be in the Gloucester, Ma area until Sunday afternoon but... Fishing the last few days has been excellent with the excpeption of our 1st Bluefishing trip which saw terrible weather. Anyway, good day of fishing this morning on a 3/4 day trip. A lot of nice Haddock and Pollock with some Cod and Cusk mixed in. Our average depth was around 230 ft and the tide was cooperative which was nice. All in all, today was beautiful, flat calm, warm and we caught some nice fish. Pool winner was a 16# Pollock. Call the office for more info on our upcoming trips and weather updates.
Thanks, more when I can.
August 17, 2011 - Recap
Plain and simple, the fishing has been great as of late! Lots of big Cod and Pollock and some good size Haddock too.
AJ Orlando caught a 42 Lb Hake the other day and its the biggest I've ever seen in 18 years of Party Boat Fishing.
The summer is slowly coming to a close but we'll be fishing through October. Call and book your trips now! We have trips Friday, Saturday & Sunday this week.
All Day, Half Day and 3/4 Day trips this weekend should still have some room on them. Call 978-559-1978 or check out our website for more info. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more up to the minute pictures and updates!
Thanks for looking,
June 23 - July 27 2011
Greetings from the Lady Sea command post in Gloucester MA!
I know it’s been a while since we've had an update on here but this summer has been super busy. Between fishing trips, mechanical upgrades, cosmetic work, working for the US Navy for 2 weeks in Gloucester with the USS Oak Hill and the USS Ponce in Bristol, RI, we've had our hands full.
The fishing recently has been unbelievable! A good showing of Cod and monster Haddock, lots of Cusk on the hard Bottom and big Pollock every stop. The Pool Winner on the last 4 trips has been a Pollock in the 20LB range.
Saturday was a 7-4 all day trip and we started out offshore. We've been fishing 22-24 miles offshore and its been keeping us out of the dogfish. Average depth has been around 230ft-270ft. Lots of big Pollock and some nice Cod too.
Sunday we had a 3/4 day trip in the morning and it was another unreal trip. Capt. Mike put the boat on a spot that produced good numbers and nice fish for the better part of the trip. We only moved once and that was it. Lots of big Cod and Pollock and some nice Haddock mixed in too. Pool winner was a Pollock around 20 Lbs.
Sunday afternoons half-day trip was good. The bite started to slow down but the numbers were still good. Everyone left with fish and had a good time.
Next trips are the end of this week and we have enough work to keep us busy during the beginning of the week. New Paint on the hull and the house.
More when I can, thanks for looking.
May 20 - June 22, 2011
The fishing has finally picked up! We've had some stellar trips the last couple of weeks. The Cod and Haddock are here in full force with a nice mix of large Pollock and Cusk. All the Haddock have been 8 lbs or over and the Cod have been mostly Markets.
The dogfish have also arrived and they're a nuisance but manageable. If you fish right down on the bottom and get down there quickly you shouldn't have a problem. All in all we've been hammering away at the fish. Between Marco and Mike, they've been putting the customers on the meat and people are leaving with full coolers and smiles.
The next couple weeks the US Navy has chartered the boat for a ferry service. We'll be in Gloucester this week and Rhode Island next week then we'll start our regularly scheduled open boat trips, charters and booze cruises.
If you're interested in a booze cruise call the office @ 978-559-1978 asap because the weekends are filling up! Also, check us out on facebook (facebook.com/gloucesterfleet) and Twitter (@gloucesterfleet) for some great photos and all the latest info.
Here is a quick peek at what you missed...
Thanks for looking and hope to see you all soon! More when I can!
FRIDAY May 20th - All Day Open Boat
Wind: Light and variable - FOGGY!!!
Greetings from the Gloucester Fleet command post here in West Gloucester, Ma. Todays trip was a 7-4 Open Boat and it went well! The wind was almost non existent and the tide was minimal so all in all the conditions were pretty good for fishing.
After steaming almost 2 hours, Capt Marco decided on a spot and we started our day. We ended up anchoring all day and our average depth was right around 200ft. The bite started out slow in the morning for the first two stops but improved as the day went on.
A steady bite of Cod and Haddock all day meant everyone went home with some nice bags of fish. Also, we had quite a few Pollock and Cusk as well. I'll take a mixed bag of fish any day! Our next trip is a charter on Thursday and the weather looks great.
We have some mechanical and cosmetic projects to finish this week and then we're pretty much busy until September.
Our busy season is upon us so if you're interested in a charter or an open boat trip make sure you call the office @ 978-559-1978 and book your choice date now.
Thanks for looking, more when I can.
Sunday May 15, 2011 - PM Half Day Charter
Wind: East-Sou'east 5-10 knts COLD
Man, is summer ever going to show up? This cold windy weather is for the birds! Anyway, we had a group of 20 graduating Seniors from Suffolk University. Once again the weather decided not to cooperate but at least it wasnt windy. Rain was the name of the game and it was cold too so a lot of them took shelter in the cabin and warmed up with some Bud Light.
We steamed about an hour and anchored up all day on the inshore grounds. The tide was screaming again so drifting was out of the question but we managed to snag some nice Cod when it wasnt pouring.
The day ended up being a good time for the people and I'm sure we'll have some of them come back this summer. The fishing inside has really been better in the last few years. 10 yrs ago you were lucky if you caught anything on a Half Day but now we do a lot better.
I dont agree with most of the Government science since its been proven to be extremely flawed and that flawed research is what determines size regulations on all of our ground fish in the Northeast, but when we 're catching fish in areas that didnt produce any fish previously, it gives me hope.
Things are looking up: The weather looks bad through mid-week but thursday through sunday look good. Our trips are Thursday, Friday and Saturday and Sunday and theyre filling up quick.
Friday is our "special" day so call the office and book that trip. We have 13 spots left for friday.
Call 978-559-1978 and book your trip NOW.
More when I can,
Saturday May 14, 2011 - AM Half Day Charter
Wind: East 10 knts
So this morning we had a bachelor party on board and it was a blast! The weather was a little chilly and it was overcast but the wind finally laid down and we were able to anchor up on some good inshore grounds. All in all a good amount of fish were caught for a a half day trip and the guys had a good time.
Call us @ 978-559-1978 to book your own bachelor party or buisness fishing charter.
We take up to 38 passengers fishing or 130 passengers on evening Booze Cruises. We do anything from All Day, Half Day, 3/4 Day, Night Bluefishing and Evening Cruises. We can customize your trip however you want!
Have a large group? All of our fishing trips are available for charter also! Hope to see you on a trip soon!
Thanks for looking...More when I can,
Friday May 13, 2011 - 7-4 All Day Trip
Northeast 10-15 knts
Another trip in the books! Capt Marco was at the wheel today and we decided to switch things up a bit. We ended up going over some fish while we we're steaming out to where we were planning on going anyway. We anchored up in about 180 ft and caught a few codfish but nothing stellar so we decided to move on and steam the rest of the way.We ended up about 20 miles offshore and the tide was a problem all day but we managed to make a day out of it.
There was some nice Cod and some haddock but the fishing this spring has been steady but not perfect. The weather has definitely been a problem too. Its been blowing Northeast for a week now and it shows no sign of letting up.
The weather this week looks the same and after or during a blow like this, the fishing can either turn off or on at the drop of a dime. I think that's been the problem all spring. But summer is coming and im hoping for the fishing to pick up.
The pool winner was a 13 LB cod and everyone left happy which is all we care about. You dont have to catch fish to have a good time but it sure the hell helps...
More when I can,
Tuesday, May 10th - Weather Update
Wind: Northeast 20-25 knots w/ gusts to 30 knots
Greetings from the Lady Sea command post here in Gloucester MA! Just an update for our customers that are planning on coming fishing this week. The NOAA forecast for Wed. through Thursday looks terrible. North-Northeast winds 20-35 knots, Seas 10-14ft.Unfortunately we cant control the weather but we can warn you ahead of time if it looks bad.
The charter we had on Wed. already called and rescheduled since the weather forecast was so bad. Fridays Open Boat trip looks like we'll be able to get out there but make sure you call the office @ 978-559-1978 on Thursday night just to double check before you drive all the way here. We know a lot of you drive 3 hours or more to fish with us and if we can save you a long drive and a lot of gas money, we will.
Due to the popularity of our Friday Open Boat specials, we have added some more for the upcoming weeks. Make sure you check out our SPECIALS link on the homepage before the trips fill up. Remember, we only hold 38 passengers on our fishing trips which is HALF of what other companys hold on All Day fishing trips, so we fill up quick. Less passengers means less tangles which means more fishing time for you.
Call the office and book your choice date now! We'll continue to look at the weather and give updates as well.
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Friday, May 6th - 7-4pm All Day Trip
Southwest 15-20 knts 50 deg
Another trip in the books. We had a full boat today and with our maximum capacity for fishing only being 38 passengers it leaves a ton of room for fishing. Less tangles for you means more fishing time. So we started out the day with a little wind and had to anchor. Towards the end of the day the wind slacked off and it was beautiful. The tide was minimal and it was running up into the wind most of the day which made for awesome fishing. Lines were straight up and down all day long. Most guys were holding bottom with 16 oz or less. We generally stayed in around 150-180 ft of water throughout the day and we caught mostly Codfish. It seemed the Haddock were on vacation for the day which was fine because we caught enough market Codfish that everyone was happy. Everyone left with plenty of fish and the pool winner was a 14 lb Cod. We have some new specials that have been added so make sure you check out the home page. We have a few days off this week and then a busy end of the week and weekend coming up. We're starting to get pretty busy so book your trips now to get your choice date. ALSO!!! LIKE us on Facebook. Go to the search tab and type in Gloucester Fleet Deep Sea Fishing.
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May 1, 2011 - Full Day 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wind: NorthEast 20-25 Knts 48 degrees
Wow, we caught a beating today on the way out! Nor'east 20-25 is a great way to start the day. We had Capt Marco at the wheel today and we decided to go in a completely different direction and man did it pay off! We sat in the same spot for almost 4 hours before we had to move the boat. We generally fished in about 170 ft and that was the magic depth. 90% of the fish that were caught were Cod and Haddock and we finally had some numbers to work with. The wind was too much so drifting was out of the question so we had to anchor up today and we got to test the new pulpit setup as well .It works great! No more swinging on the anchor and the boat sits great over the spots! All in all this was def the best day we've had so far. We ended up staying on good fishing all day and everyone went home with coolers full of fish. The pool winner was a 15 lb cod. Next trip is wed and i'll have more reports when i can. Dont forget to check the website for our specials and charter rates.
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April 30, 2011 - 3/4 Day 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Winds: 10-15 knts, 52 degrees
So, today felt a lot more like spring than yesterday. It was chilly! We had a charter today for a bachelor party with 17 ppl and we decided to give Middlebank one more chance before we broke off from the pack of boats and went searching. The old rule is 'you dont leave fish to find fish' and it looked like we were going to be leaving soon...
We were able to drift all day again with minimal tide and tangles in a round 130 ft. We had a good mix of Cod and Haddock with a few Sculpin mixed in. The bite was slow and picked up twoards the afternoon but it still wasnt what we were looking for. Still a lot of boats and not enough fish to deal with the headaches. We ended up having a great time with these guys and the ones that didnt catch fish definetly caught a buzz!!!
One more trip tomorrow and I think we're going hunting. We have a full boat but the weather doesnt look great. Nor'east 15-20 gust to 25 knts so we'll see what happens. More when I can.
Wind- light and variable, 70 deg.
So the first trip of the season is in the books! What a gorgeous day to be out on the boat! Seriously, it was like glass and HOT! Anyway, the fishing definitely left something to be desired. We ended up down Middlebank with a full boat, which is only 38 ppl. We were able to drift all day in about 140 ft of water. It seemed the shoal water was the place to be and when we drifted through the bite was a bit better. Nothing to write home about, but historically you're either a hero or a zero on the first trip of the season. Throughout the day the bite was slow but steady with Cod and Haddock coming over the rails. There were also tons of boats around us which makes for tough drift fishing on a 75ft boat. I don't know why but the Sculpins were everywhere too. I've never seen more Sea Robins caught in one trip than we did today. All in all we made a day out of it with a steady bite and everyone left with some fish. Pool Winner was a 11 lb cod. We have two more trips this weekend then we have a few days off to catch up on some mechanical upgrades.
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Welcome all to the 2011 deep sea fishing season!
Its spring again, and we here at the Gloucester Fleet are ready to show you avid anglers what it means to go fishing on the historic grounds off of Gloucester, MA. Our 72’ vessel, The Lady Sea, has been inspected and cleared for another season. She is loaded to the scuppers with the best fishing gear, and crewed by the seasoned professionals that you all have come to expect.
Captain Mike Mann is in the wheelhouse, Archie MacLeod is back to run the deck, and Captain Marco Lograsso will be alternating between the deck and the wheelhouse this year. Christie Orlando and Kristy Gallant will be manning the galley as always, bringing that feminine touch that without which we would be severely lacking. Carolann and Booty are running the show in the office, and are standing by the phone and booth to answer all of your questions. All in all, this is by far the best collection of personalities and experience that you will find anywhere in the business. Together we guarantee that your fishing adventure will be fun, exciting, and fulfilling.
Traditionally, spring fishing off of Gloucester is some of the best bottom fishing that can be found anywhere on the east coast. At Gloucester Fleet we have the unique ability to gather information from both first hand encounters by our crew (most of which are commercial fisherman in the off season), and through reports fed to us by friendly parties from the commercial fishing industry. This gives us a great perspective on where to find fish in the opening days of the season when other boats are still trying to get a feel for where to begin.
So far the reports are getting better by the day. Honestly, it has been a slower start this year than the past two, which is in no small part due to the weather. However, the landings are improving daily, with haddock making a great showing in the waters closer to shore. Cod fish have been around right through the winter, to the point that if not for the federal closures we would run trips all year long. We are very happy with the reports that we are seeing thus far this season, and the crew can’t wait to get out there and start catching.
The cod season officially opens for recreational fishing on April 15 at midnight. It is our feeling that it is better to wait until all of our target species are legal to catch before we start fishing, so that we are not faced with the situation of catching a ton of cod fish and having to make you throw the majority of your catch back. Otherwise, the regulations this year have stayed roughly the same: 24’’ minimum size limit on cod as well as a 10 fish per person bag limit, 19’’ inch minimum size limit on haddock with no bag limit.
Because of these regulations as well as their recent dominance in the waters off of Cape Ann, we predominantly try to target haddock, and therefore intend on mostly bait fishing. This does not mean that jigging is out of the question, not by a long shot. You can rest assured that whatever is working best at the time of your’ trip is what the crew will advise you to use. As such, listen to them when they give you advice. It is our goal to see you go home with the most fish possible and our advice is geared towards that aim.
Also, don’t forget to check out our specials page on our website gloucesterfleet.com or our Facebook page. Just search "Gloucester Fleet Deep Sea Fishing" on Facebook and click on the link. As always we are running both open boat and charter specials for the months of April and May.
The specials are as follows:
1) Open boat - Buy one ticket at full price, get the second one half price- a total of $96.00
Open boat deal available on every Friday in the months of April and May, and cannot be combined with any other deals or special pricing such as child or senior citizen rates etc..
2) Charters- 9 hour trip, Monday thru Thursday (up to 40 ppl), $1900 flat rat
9 hour trip, Friday thru Sat (up to 40 ppl), $2200 flat rate
6 hour trip, Monday thru Thursday (up to 40 ppl), $1400 flat rate
6 hour trip, Friday thru Sunday (up to 40ppl) $1700 flat rate
4 1/2 hour trip, Monday thru Thursday (up to 40 ppl), $1000 flat rate
4 ½ hour trip, Friday thru Sunday (up to 40 ppl), $1300 flat rate
All charter rates include the use of boat rods and reels, bait, and hooks. The rates do not reflect the price of terminal tackle (sinkers and jigs), or a tip for the deck crew (15%) and galley crew (your discretion). All charters must sail before May 31st, 2011.
We are looking forward to another great season, and can’t wait to take you and your party, or just you and your friends and family out fishing. We are a family owned and operated business, and we strive to meet all of our customers’ needs and requests. So, don’t hesitate to give us a call with any questions or ideas you have in order to fulfill your needs this season. Once you come fishing with the best, we promise you’ll never even consider going with the rest.
Captain Michael , Booty and Carolann Mann
F/V Lady Sea