Still not sure how many haddock we will be able to catch, NMFS is taking their time in making a decision. It has been a long winter, not just with the snow, but also having numerous meetings with political offices the entire off season. Talk about anxiety! We have formed a new association called “The Gulf of Maine Charter and Recreational Fishing Association” GOMCRFA. We formed this association because we realize that half a dozen pissed off charter captains are just that and no matter how many letters we write or how many ears we bend, we are still only six strong. So if you as recreational fisherman are as upset as we are PLEASE consider joining our club. We now have an up and running website (GOMCRFA.COM) that you may go to and become a member, the membership fee is $25.00 and the proceeds will help insure that we as recreational fisherman and our families will continue to responsibly fish the oceans (as we have). The more members we have the more leverage we have in the political arena. Obtaining a lobbiest firm and running adds is expensive but crucial to us moving forward as fisherman, and your support and donation will greatly effect the outcome. If you decide to become a member, be sure to add an email address on your application.
Thank you for your support,
John Sullivan (better known as #1) was wondering how my winter was going? Horrible! Today was the first day that I wasn’t freezing my ass off. With the warm weather, it didn’t take long before the hole I was in to fill with mud and water…go figure. Can’t wait to start sanding the boat. Life of Riley #1.
At this point in time there will be no cod allowed for the 2015 season. We will be able to catch haddock, and all other species, how many, I’m not too sure. We may have to navigate through some skinny times, but it will make positive changes. Until then, its business as usual, we’re going to head east everyday, catch what we can and enjoy the ocean and each others company. Hopefully we’ll see some of you in Concord this Thursday.
There is a public meeting in Concord on Thursday February 12th at 11:00amin room 303 of the legislate office building. The purpose of the gathering is to adopt House Resolution 11 which request that NOAA and congress relax rules on Atlantic states recreational fisheries. If any of you guys from across the state can make this date I strongly urge that you do so. NH could be the first state to lose its right to the ocean if something isn’t done. Please Help. You can also call the office at (603) 929-1995 and get additional information on this matter.
Thank you in advance,
There is a recreational fisheries meeting open to the public coming up on January 22nd or 27th, might be a good time for anyone who wants to voice their opinion to attend. I will find out the time and place and post it as soon as I know. Also, I will have the phones next week so you may get voicemail, as I am usually under a bridge until 4:30pm. Please leave a message and I promise I will get back to you. Haven’t heard to much this week about any regs, but again I will post as soon as I hear anything. What do you think of Timmy’s bad ass ink? I think I might have to get one!
Happy New Year!!
We have decided to push opening day to May 1st. Still not sure as to catch limits, but the haddock stocks are very strong and most people I’ve talked with predict more quota for the upcoming year. Cod is still up in the air, but the commercial fleet has had an excellent season catching them, so hopefully the stocks can be reassessed? If we find we can fish earlier, we will open up the last couple weeks in April, our normal start date. As always Becky will be awaiting your calls.
Haven’t spoken with you in a while, hope your all bright and cheery for the Holiday Season. I’m in the same place I find myself every off season, stuck under a bridge. I’m in Methuen MA, at the over pass/rotary at junction 110 & 113, give a honk on the horn if you drive by. As of now, it looks like we will not be able to keep cod at all this upcoming season. The haddock bag limit will hopefully increase, but it could be worse. Last month we were not going to be able to fish Jeffries at all. Frustrating to say the least, trying to be heard in the political arena, but keep pestering your reps it does have an effect, as I said earlier, there was a time when it looked like we wouldn’t fish at all. The schedule will be posted on New Year’s Day and Becky will begin taking reservations and calling charters. Thanks to all of you for your Christmas wishes, its nice to hear from you even if its through email!
Cap and Becky
Chris Muns is a representative from Hampton, NH that is currently running for a state Senate position. When no one else seemed to show any interest in our crisis on the ocean, Chris has tugged on various legislative coat tails in the state to get our issues addressed. With his help, myself and other charter companies in the seacoast have had direct personal interaction with the Governors office-both Senators offices, Congresswoman Carol Sea Porter’s office, along with other local authorities interested in hearing our story. Without him, we would still be spinning our wheels. Now we at least have our foot in the door and are being heard.On behalf of recreational fisherman and the Yellow Bird, I would like to thank him for his support, and endorse his campaign. Good Luck Chris.
We are going to try and get a few more trips in this year, and catch a few haddock when the season opens up November 1st. We will start with that first weekend and continue on if there is angler interest. So as of now, there are 5 trips left…Monday 27th, Friday 31st, Saturday November 1st, Sunday November 2nd, and Monday November 3rd. If these trips fill we will add a few more. We will continue to target big pollock.
All Day Trip (7:00am-3:30pm)- Saturday October 25th still has room
Marathons (5:00am-5:00pm)- October 24th, 27th and 31st…all still have room
Call the office to book (603) 929-1995