The bad with the good…

Well it has been just about a month since my last post, and the time in between has been trying to say the least. The bluefin fishing started off as good as it gets, and continued for the entire first month through the end of June. July rolled in, and right along with it came the unstable weather, and the fishing turned south in a hurry…and I don’t mean the compass direction. The entire month of July was plagued by a relentless Bermuda high pressure that set up south of our waters, and held on for over 5 weeks, finally releasing it’s hold on us right about the beginning of August. Each and every day just about was plagued by fog, making hunting bluefin an almost impossible task. The weather also affected the inshore waters, heating the surface very quickly, and with no turn over of the water we got into a classic summer doldrum period. Because the fish have set up so far to the east, away from my normal fishing grounds, I have been forced to trailer the Dusky 3 plus hours away from home, making the job all the more difficult with even the basics being a challenge. The wife and dogs forget what I look like at this point, not being home all but a few days this past month.

Sunrise over Cape Cod, MA

Sunrise over Cape Cod, MA

A humpback having some fun off Cape Cod , MA. Photo taken aboard Coiastal Charters Sportfishing, where most days the tuna hunt yields plenty of whale sightings!

A humpback having some fun off Cape Cod , MA. Photo taken aboard Coiastal Charters Sportfishing, where most days the tuna hunt yields plenty of whale sightings!

Coastal Charters Sportfishing's Dusky must look like another whale from underneath, it always attracts the humpbacks right to the bow of the boat!

Coastal Charters Sportfishing’s Dusky must look like another whale from underneath, it always attracts the humpbacks right to the bow of the boat!

Fogged in off Chatham, MA aboard Coastal Charters Sportfishing's Dusky 256.

Fogged in off Chatham, MA aboard Coastal Charters Sportfishing’s Dusky 256.

 

During this timeframe, the only saving grace was the amazing bite we had going on the inshore grounds for striped bass and bluefish. It isn’t that we did not try at all for tuna, but most days it was hopeless as the fog was just too thick, and on days where the visibility was halfway decent to start, it almost always ended abruptly as soon as the afternoon winds pushed the pea-soup like fog back into the grounds. Thankfully the Dusky has very good electronics with integrated Garmin radar, GPS, sonar, and weather through the NMEA 2000 system installed on my vessel. There were days where the birds were up over bait and were able to guide us to tuna through the use of the radar, but most times Chuck won out and we fumbled back to shore to tug on the more than willing bass and blues. The whale shows were spectacular when we could see them, and since the fog broke we have had amazing luck both finding and catching bluefin. The first week of August has seen a few cold fronts pass through, along with some good northerly winds, which has really stirred up the water nicely. The fish are starting to spread out through the more traditional grounds, hopefully getting a good feeding pattern that we can hone in on and finish out the 3rd month as strong as the first was.

 

A nice striper caught with light tackle aboard Coastal Charters Sportfishing.

A nice striper caught with light tackle aboard Coastal Charters Sportfishing.

A hefty bluefish scored on ultra light tackle. These feisty fish make great sport and when handled properly great table fare as well!

A hefty bluefish scored on ultra light tackle. These feisty fish make great sport and when handled properly great table fare as well!

Despite the slow fishing we still managed to hang a few heavyweight bluefin on the light gear!

Despite the slow fishing we still managed to hang a few heavyweight bluefin on the light gear!

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