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STELLWAGEN BANK,MA- Cod fishing 4/21/2007

Virginia to Maine

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STELLWAGEN BANK,MA- Cod fishing 4/21/2007

Postby bfast » Sun Apr 22, 2007 11:51 am

STELLWAGEN BANK, MA- Cod & Haddock Fishing 4/22/07

Although our cod season on Stellwagen started the first of April, the wind and weather patterns have made the fishing very difficult, similar to early April of last year. However, one difference has been the preponderance of bait-fish—sand eels and herring--that were in evidence on the bank through the winter months, and are up and down the shoal-water on the bank right now. Prior to the atypical Nor’easter that ripped through New England this pasted week, sand eels and whales were stacked-up on top of the bank with hordes of medium cod coursing the bait shoals. Spring finally decide to arrive this weekend bringing with it light winds, calm seas and cod fishing like the “Good Ol’ Days”.

Long time client Pete Dunn of Seaford , NY and his fishing pals from the “Island”, headed North with a favorable forecast and high expectations. Although the shoal-water was all churned up and the bait concentrations were dispersed, Capt. Scott on B-Fast’s DECISIVE put the group over a productive patch of bottom on the eastern edge which kept their rods bent most of the day. Pete always brings fresh-shucked “Jersey clams”, and they were the ticket for the numbers of medium cod between 10 and 15 pounds that came over the rails to fill the fish boxes. Even though the cod-fish were spitting up sand eels and herring, Dunn’s group stuck with the clam-bait and limited out on cod by mid-day. Six cod over 20 pounds, 10 haddock and the pool-winning 26 pound steaker rounded out the catch. Pete reported that there were only 10 throw-backs, and that the Decisive wasn’t alone for long. By mid-morning a number of other charter boats including a boat from Montauk were practically shaking hands with Pete as they repeatedly made the drift.

Not far the North on the shoals, B-Fast SASHAMY was into cod using exclusively jigs. Capt. Doug’s group jigged numbers of scrod and medium cod including a few haddock, and, although he had fresh clams on board, his group pulled their limit of cod over the rails by mid-day. Doug reported that he had numerous throw-back and smaller fish than DECISIVE, however his angler’s were hooking fish on long drifts all day.

As I write, the boats are on the bank again, and it looks like we will be getting out most of this upcoming week. It appears that the table is set, do to the bait concentrations, for an excellent cod spring run, and anglers can go either way using either jigs or bait. The haddock fishing will do nothing but improve by month’s end right through the summer months.

Capt, Mike Bartlett
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