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Big Blues

You know its fall because the Gorilla Blues are attacking! Our last few outings found blues 15 lbs plus in Quicks Hole and many more out in Vineyard Sound. Several of my clients are experts at smoking bluefish and this as we all know is a real delicacy. Stripers are still around but you must battle through the bluefish.

This time of year can provide some beautiful weather and lots of action. If you want to get out  before the cold weather arrives, give me a shout.

Last Minute Louies: Catching a last-minute fishing urge? Well Louie, here’s a second chance…call the Captain within 3 days of your desired date, and if the boat isn’t booked, get your gear ready. Save $100 on last-minute weekday trips.

Trial Trawls: Feeling adventurous? Explore new fishing spots and experiment with new techniques. Join the Captain and explore the latest dock-rumors: from new fishing spots, to the craziest of techniques. We’re even taking the risk out of experimenting by taking $100 off exploratory weekday trips.

Half  Day is Better than No Day! Get out into Buzzaqrd’s Bay and get that pole in the water. Depending on the tides, these 4 – 4.5 hour, half-day weekday trips run in the morning or afternoon, and still you time to plan other maninland adventures. A four person tip is $395.00. Call the Captain to talk tides.

Call Captain Paul Osmon (508-951-5522) to reel in these great August/September savings! (email: cposmon@a0l.com)

The fluke season is open and the fluke are in! We fished yesterday throughout Vineyard Sound and found some really nice fluke in the 5 lb + range. However, as expected, with the increase in the size limit this year to 18.5″ there are many throw backs. Those who have fished for stripers with me this spring know of the battles we’ve had with all the sand sharkes; well, on the fluke grounds are some really huge skates! Although not the problem the sharks created the skates are a nusance.

We will be fishing the east running tide all week for the flatties – stay tuned.

Tide Matters

After our last two trips, one thing is for sure: TIDE MATTERS! You know, it’s always the same yet it’s always different. Although we fish in the same general area year after year, I’m always surprised by how the fish change their habits. So far this year the dinner bell has only sounded on the incoming tide. During the last two outings, we marked lots of fish, some really good sized, from behind the islands to Robinson’s Hole. But no matter what we offered, they were not about to eat. Then when the tide turned and that incoming currect began to pull, wham. Both trips ended with good catches with the biggest fish topping 20 lbs. Also, the sea bass continue to be plentiful and very large; a nice by-catch.

June is all booked up but there are several openings in July; and remember, the fluke season opens July 1st. Give me a call and let’s get you hook up with a good date. Call me at 508-951-5522.

We steamed to the islands early in the morning on a very cloudy day. The light northeast wind was against a strong incoming tide which created a rip as the bottom rose from about 40 ft to a depth of 20 ft. The wind blew the tops off the waves creating a dramatic backdrop for the birds, seagulls and terns, diving into the waves to capture the pieces of dead baitfish left by the predators. I asked the guys if they wanted to fish this action thinking it would be a large school of bluefish. Seeing fish on the surface, breaking water as they tumbled after the bait, we let out a bucktail jig and a plastic shad on mono line. Boom; bang two fish on and to our surprize it was all striped bass. Nothing really big came from this school but we caught several respectable “keepers” and many throw backs.  Almost because we needed a break, we all decided to break the cardinal rule and left fish to find fish. I guess it was just one of those memorable days because we found more fish and like the last trip took a trophy sea bass over 5 lbs. If only the weather would improve… stay tuned.

Given all the north/northeast wind and the rain, rain, and more rain; we finally made our first striper trip to the islands. And, the stripers were waiting for us and hungry for some fresh pogies. The crew tangled with 13 stripers, keeping 9 (one for the captain’s dinner table) and returning 4 to be caught another day. Sizes were good for this time of year. The fish we caught ranged from 31″ to 37″ which topped out at 18.5 lbs. Also of note, the scup and sea bass have moved into our waters already; which is unusally early for this location. Bob caught a potential winning sea bass to enter in his club’s contest. The sea bass was a real hammerhead, weighing in at 5.9 lbs. good luck Bob.

Those interested in doing some fluke ( summer flounder) fishing, remember this year’s regulations are: size 18.5″, 5 fish pp and the season is from July 1 – Aaugust 13. This is a short season so if you want to get a trip in get in touch asap.

We will be arriving in Massachusetts tomorrow, so it won’t be long before Pro-Fishin-Sea is in the water and ready to chase stripers. Friends have told me that some early fish have showed up in the bay behind some small schools of pogies. By all early accounts, it looks like a good season coming up. Check back soon for updates which I’ll post as soon as we hit the water.

OK, OK so I’m retired and haven’t written in a long time.
But, you know it is winter and cold and who is thinking about fishing anyway. Well, I guess you are so I have responded with an early email to my regulars for booking those prime dates.

For those who have written about the article in “On The Water”, yes that is Pro-Fishin-Sea on page 22. I guess you just never know who is watching. We were catching stripers on a beautiful late July day with a crew from New Jersey.

I have been fishing here for Sea Trout, Snook, and whatever bites the hook. One thing about Florida fishing is you just never know what you will catch – the variety is something else. On Sunday, I volunteer at Biscayne National Park. My job is to open the lighthouse on Boca Chita Key for visitors. The Lighthouse and grounds were developed as a playground by Honeywell in the mid-40’s. He hosted many black tie parties then. Last week when up in the 85 ft. lighthouse we saw a dolphin swimming around and around. Alll of a sudden, it went after its dinner, chasing a small foot long fish. I couldn’t believe my eyes. It took the dolphin about 3 minutes to catch the fish, all the time making hair pin turns and doing loops under water. What a show. After it caught the fish, the dolphin made what looked like victory laps around the light house showing all the visitors his catch. You just never know what you will see out here.
Take care, keep in touch
Capt. Paul

Fall’s Finish

Well for all you die-hards, the season is over for Pro-Fishin’-Sea. We hauled the boat out on Friday and she will be all winterized, wrapped and readied for winter. After checking the final records 2008 goes in the books as a good season. The best fishing again proved to be the end of June into mid-July. Several fish tipped the scales in the low 40’s and high 30’s during this time. Given the high fuel costs and the resulting lower number of boats fishing there were probably lots of fish that survived the season. Who thought that fuel costs would be boon to species conservation.

So, thanks to all my crew who fished with me this summer. We had many exciting times and hopefully we can all “hook-up” again next year. Shortly, I will be heading to Florida to explore and fish the “skinny” waters of Biscayne Bay, the keys and the Everglades. I’ll try to put a couple of posts on the site so you can get a bit of a feel for my Florida waters and the fishing we have down there.

Again, thanks to all and have a great winter.

Paul

September Starts

Well, its still all about the Bluefish! For those who enjoy fighting this ocean warrior, this is your time. The smaller 5-8 pound fish continue to hit small trolled or casted lures. Birds have been marking the schools where the fish are hitting small baitfish. Much bigger fish are caught deeper in the water column with pogies. Richard D. and his group had some real gorillas yesterday. The surprising catch was a nice batch of good sized sea bass. They don’t give the fight of the bluefish but are a fun to catch bottom fish and just wonderful cooked in butter in the fry pan!

The commercial striper season is finally ending. This is the latest closing in years and many say it points to a decline in the larger striper population. I’ve been told that most of the fish closing the MA market came from the Glouster area.

September 3 , 2008
MarineFisheries Advisory

COMMERCIAL STRIPED BASS FISHERY TO CLOSE
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2008

Landings permitted until midnight on Tuesday, September 9, 2008


Current landing and dealer reporting information indicates that the Commonwealth’s annual striped bass commercial quota (1,107,828 lbs) for 2008 will be reached by Tuesday, September 9.  Therefore, effective Wednesday, September 10, at 12:01AM, fishermen are prohibited from landing or possessing striped bass for commercial purposes, for the remainder of this year.

Dealers are reminded that it is unlawful to purchase striped bass from Massachusetts commercial fishermen when the fishery is closed.  Regulations can be viewed at the MarineFisheries web site: www.mass.gov/marinefisheries.