Goodbye 2013!

Coastal Charters Sportfishing's Dusky 256 shrouded in fog off Cape Cod, MA.

Coastal Charters Sportfishing’s Dusky 256 shrouded in fog off Cape Cod, MA.

 

The lead picture about sums up the weather we had this summer, which led to the strangest and most challenging year that I can ever remember for chasing bluefin tuna. Now that the season is over, I have finally settled back into a semi-normal routine, my wife and dogs remember what I look like, and I have gotten the much needed rest by finally sleeping in my own bed for an extended stretch….life couldn’t be much better. Despite the poor conditions, the anglers that hopped aboard the Dusky this season were able to put up some impressive numbers, keeping Coastal Charters Sportfishing at the top catch rate of the charter fleet, all on light tackle with artificial lures. Now that the season has ended, there isn’t much to do around here with snow on the ground and sub-zero temperatures the norm here in New England. There have been a few snowy owls that invaded our coastlines this winter, and I was able to capture a few images. I have collected a few of my favorite pictures from the 2013 season, hope that you all enjoy them. I will be off-grid for a couple months as we head towards warmer destinations with fly rod in tow, but will be back with a few tips and gear posts before the next season begins. Happy, healthy, and prosperous 2014 to you and yours! Tight lines and good times….

Humpback whale getting some air off the bow of Coastal Charters Sportfishing's Dusky.

Humpback whale getting some air off the bow of Coastal Charters Sportfishing’s Dusky.

Sunset off the coast of Rhode Island.

Sunset off the coast of Rhode Island.

November sunrise off Chatham, MA.

November sunrise off Chatham, MA.

OCEARCH shark research vessel in the pre-dawn light off Monomy Island in Cape Cod, MA.

OCEARCH shark research vessel in the pre-dawn light off Monomy Island in Cape Cod, MA.

About to throw the dart on a big bluefin tuna aboard Coastal Charters Sportfishing.

About to throw the dart on a big bluefin tuna aboard Coastal Charters Sportfishing.

Snowy Owl perched on the shoreline off Sachuest Point, Middletown, RI in December of 2013..rare sight around these parts!

Snowy Owl perched on the shoreline off Sachuest Point, Middletown, RI in December of 2013..rare sight around these parts!

Seagull hitching a ride in style!

Seagull hitching a ride in style!

"Two World's Colliding" A shearwater smacks right into the side of a breaching bluefin tuna off Cape Cod MA.

“Two World’s Colliding” A shearwater smacks right into the side of a breaching bluefin tuna off Cape Cod MA.