Thursday, January 31, 2013


Interesting how the Yankees can steal the headlines, even on Super Bowl week. Hank and Hal are business men and are not as emotional as their Dad. They may have found out how to get out of $114 million owed to an injured and aging player that can not catch up to a fastball anymore. They didn't over pay the $12 million for Youk to play a half season. A-Rod may well have played his last game in pinstripes.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013


We took advantage of a weather window and jumped onboard with Capt Steve on the Skylarker. The day was flat calm and warm, making me comment that it wasn't even this warm in the house last week. The ling fishing was a pick, with about a ten fish average. Mike L. did a little better then that bouncing gulp. A green gulp was the ticket today. We went searching for some cod and only found three, but the wrecks were covered in blackfish of all sizes. One spot was drop and reel fishing and Randy brought along some crabs and did very well. We finished the day back on the ling grounds and topped off the bags with some tasty fillets for the Super Bowl. Some people eat wings, but I eat LINGS!

Saturday, January 26, 2013


This week has been the coldest in two years but we may get a break next week. Let's keep an eye on the wind, maybe we can get a trip in between the systems blowing through. A few fresh fish dinners is all we can ask for this winter.

Friday, January 18, 2013


Well so much for the weather. Winter is setting in and now we will have to pick our days to go fishing. The few boats that sailed have found fishing to be typical for this time of year, a few ling and an odd cod or blackfish. I wanted to get the crew together for a trip this weekend but gale warnings are posted. Next week looks very cold and I can't even get out trout fishing because the guides freeze solid and the line can't run through them. Last year we were spoiled and I always make the point to go fishing when you can in winter or else you will be eating hot dogs instead of fresh seafood. Be ready for the next nice day and keep your fingers crossed that it comes before April.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Some Thoughts on Winter Fishing

We had a good trip last week and I wanted to get out again with the nice weather. I felt like I was coming down with a cold and with the flu going around, I decided to stay home. This gave me a chance to look at some fishing websites and all the buzz is about sea bass fishing. It seems that everything floating is running 50 or more miles offshore to make fantastic catches. I can see the party boats making the run, but 25 to 30 foot center consoles? In January? For 15 sea bass? Hopefully the weather and the fishing will hold on for the next few weeks.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Media

They continue to sink to new lows. I was watching the coverage of the terrible ferry accident at Pier 11, a place where I spent eight years in the ferry business. I worked in every application of transporting passengers, from operating the vessels to engineering. As in all transportation and accidents, many things can go wrong. One TV channel had someone on the telephone claiming to be an "accident reconstruction expert" explaining what happened before the boat was even evacuated and first aid was being issued. Ferry boats have many complex systems, including AIS (similar to an aviation black box) that broadcasts the vessels location and speed. Also computers that monitor the engines. The way the media jumped to conclusions was ridiculous. Once again they showed that they will never let the facts get in the way of a good story. But that was yesterdays news, today they told me about some guy that made his dog look like a lion and the neighbors called 911. You can't make this up.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

A Good Trip

We finally got to go fishing and we had a great day. The weather started out a little breezy but got nicer as the day went on. Capt. Steve took us out to the rocks and the ling and blackfish were biting. We filled the big cooler with nice ling and had sixteen big blackfish and a handfull of sea bass to top off the catch. It was good to see everyone again and was just a fun day on the water. Lots of good fillets for the weeks ahead.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

A Break in the Weather

When the temps get above freezing and the wind is under 20 knots in January thats about as nice as it's going to get. Tuesday we are planning a seafood seeking trip aboard the Skylarker and I already have a good group of old friends signed up.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Winter Fishing

I am still trying to put a trip together for some wreck fishing, maybe next week. It was a nice day yesterday, so we headed to the trout streams. I was having trouble casting because of the ice forming in the guides and with the temperature at 25 degrees, I did not expect to catch much. Mike L. landed the first rainbow of the new year on a fly, and then lost his focus. I caught a small brown, and had a rainbow chase the lure right to the bank but that was all until we tried on more spot before calling it a day. After making about ten casts into a popular pool, we were ready to go home when I saw a fish rise. I kept working the area and was rewarded with a trophy brook trout around three pounds and two rainbows. A pretty good day for winter.