My take on the first three trips:
I’ll start by saying that I don’t agree with the regulations that have been bestoed upon us and I will continue to lobby against them until I die or they are changed. That being said, we have easily caught our haddock limit on all of our strips so far this season. We caught over 100 haddock today, and by last years 21 inch regs, we would only have been able to keep about 10 of them. Similar percentages apply to the first two trips. On average about a dozen cod were thrown back that would have been keepers. I think we have targeted more reds, cunners, and cuck in the past three seasons, but hey white meat is white meat and Capt. Les Eastman reports that “cod are wormy anyways.” Tuna Frank and Jimmy said they caught more on the first trip then they did in four trips last season. You guys think they were complaining about last years regs, or my piloting skills? Its been an excellent three days.
Saturday May 9th all day trip 7:00am-3:30pm has a few spots left
Sunday May 10th all day trip 7:00am-3:30pm has plenty of room
Wednesday May 13th is now a regular all day trip 7:00am-3:30pm and not a marathon
Well, first trip is under our belt and one positive of the new regs is that the 17 inch size limit for haddock pretty much assures that all anglers will get their limit. We’ll just have to target more reds, cusk and Pollock, which is what we did. Couldn’t ask for a better day, or a better bunch of guys to open up the season. Next three days are full, but Tuesday May 5th all day trip 7:00am-3:30pm and Wednesday May 6th Marathon 5am-5pm still have plenty of room. Next weekend- Saturday May 9th 10 spots just opened up and Sunday May 10th has plenty of room…call the office to book (603) 929-1995
Bird is floating and ready for the opener. No cod, 3 haddock and all other species are unlimited. At a meeting Monday with scientist from NOAA and NMFS a mid-season change in regulations is not out of the question, should stock assessments prove healthier. Which reminds me to thank all of you that have joined the GMCRFA, and continue to pester your reps and state officials. We are definitely being heard. See some of you Friday.
The Bird gets a bath Monday and another season begins. Still not sure how many haddock we will be able to catch, but we should know soon. Season opener is May 1st. See you guys soon!
*We have added two Marathon trips: Friday May 15th and Monday May 18th
Call the office to book (603) 929-1995
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.