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2011

November 16, 2011

Fall Cod Fishing 2011

Captain Dave Patry of the Cathy Ann out of Green Harbor puts Romano family on some nice fish!

Gino hits the jackpot with a 47 pound Atlantic Cod! 27 pound fish no slouch either.

Mike Romano was glad to make the trip up from New York to where the big cod are. "We love to come up to fish with Captain Dave." he said.  "If you are are going to haul fish up from 350 feet, you want it to be worth it. It sure was today! The trip home will seem short with all the good memories of this day. The boys will be talking about this voyage for quite a while." Gino was thrilled! "Hey Dave want to live line this baby?" as he beamed that big smile. "Sometimes you just get lucky." winked Captain Dave. "It's called being in the right place at the right time. It just helps when you know some of the right places."

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Q: What do you do with a kid from North Dakota?

A: Why make him a tuna fisherman of course!

Jacob Snider hugs his first blue fin tuna.

"I may live a long way from the ocean but I have it in my blood now!" said Jake. "The thrill of hooking and landing my first tuna is something I will always remember!"  The Vermont "boys" headed by Grandpa Don went out full of high hopes this July morning knowing this would be "their day" Captain Dave Patry and the "Cathy Ann" didn't disappoint. It wasn't long before  "Fish On" was the cry from Twig, and soon Jacob was in the chair and strapped to the fishing rod. After battling the fish to the edge of the boat, Twig took over and soon had the fish on the deck. The smile says it all.  "Whew! That was great! Look how beautiful it looks and I can't wait until we get home and have some fresh steaks. I'm coming back to do this again next year too!!!   Eh....Right Grandpa Don?"

"First rule son is don't bother the man with a fish on. I'll let you know after I land this one!"

How do you keep them "Down on the farm" after they have seen the sea!

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Tuna disappear from area surrounding P-Town!

Sea Temps having a tough time stabilizing due to offshore tropical storms.

Water temperatures are down an average ten degrees since Irene blew through.  Captains all along the coast hope the temps will rebound after this recent inclement weather stops. Cod like it as it mixes up the bait and swirls it down to their level. Now is the time to try those secret spots as boat traffic will be dropping off with fewer spies watching your every move. The bluefish bite is on with fish schooling in the 50 foot deep range all along the outer cape beaches. Mung can be a problem in some areas. Bass are to be found in the Chatham rips and in the drop offs around Monomoy Island.  The canal is surrendering some fish and keep an eye on the "Canal Rats" as they go, so do the bass.

Billy Bob has the Blues.

Plenty of big fish along the outer cape beaches!

Tuna was slow today with only one fish caught amongst all the boats in the area, so we adjusted and had some fun catching bluefish. The fish averaged 8-12 pounds and there was no end to them.

Tuna Time

Cathy Ann continues assault on the bluefin!

River Captain, Parcel Post gets a beautiful fish for his first!

Captain Dave Patry says "We are catching quality slotted fish on every trip out!"

August is tuna time on Stellwagon bank with slotted fish being caught on a regular basis. Boats may take one fish under 59 inches and one under 47 inches all others are released. Today Captain Dave took his favorite cook Vivian, the "Angel", owner of Anita Marie's restaurant in downtown Rockland, and her husband Mike aboard the Cathy Ann to Stellwagon Bank. The gear wasn't even all set out when the cry "Fish on!" was heard. Then, after a lengthy battle, Mike landed his fish. When he saw it fit neatly into the proper slot it made his euphoria complete. "Tuna steaks and eggs anyway you like them. That's the special tomorrow. with tuna omelets #2." laughed the "Angel" "What a day! Tuna, blue sharks and cod!"  "We have been boating fish in the right slots for a while now." said Captain Dave. "This bad weather will just get the fish feeding more than ever."

Vivian is all smiles as her blue shark comes to the boat!

Big Mike gets nervous as Twig says just let me connect you!

Twig says, "If you want to catch tuna, come see us. The bite is hot and constant right now, so cash in while you can."

Cathy Ann Charters Stories and photos here.

Captain Rich Antonino of the Black Rose puts Ken on big pollock!

"It ain't over till it's over." laughed Captain Rich. "The fish are down there and today down there was 400feet. It was well worth the sore arms as Ken and I hauled plenty over the side."

   Captain Rich was beside himself fishing like two people while Ken of the DUO did himself proud too!

                                                         It was non-stop all day and we didn't get in till after dark.                                             

There were plenty of fillets to have fresh, and plenty to store away for the long winter ahead.

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October 22, 2011

Jimdogg and Rock Bottom make a day of it.

Jimdogg scores a nice 32 inch 10 pound bluefish while the Rock shows one of the inshore cod that are also chasing the mackerel. There were plenty of mackerel to be caught but the striped bass we were looking for never materialized.

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October 13, 2011

AC finds Major Award floating on Barrier Beach

"I was just minding my own business walking down the beach when I saw something floating along the eel grass." said AC. "I couldn't believe my eyes! Something made me walk this way today, and there it was. Jimdogg was with me and he was astounded!"

"I wasn't sure what AC found till he held it up. It sure looked like the Major Award but I'll wait for the results of the carbon dating before I believe it!" exclaimed Jimdogg. "Phonies have been slipped in before!"

BMBC Board Members are to investigate the incident to determine whether or not foul play was involved. Grand Poobah, Rock Bottom, has commissioned a panel of experts to determine if this is the real "Major Award" or a duplicate. "It's been tried before and it almost got by. But not anymore. We are on it!" declared Rock. "And I put our ace detectives RG and the Earle on the case to determine if there has been any wrong doing. In the meantime I have asked board members to pull up Applicant Crovo's paperwork and reconsider his application to the Board."

This is a fake that was detected at the last minute a couple of years ago after it was swapped for the authentic "Major Award" sometime during the night time event. Rumors are it has resurfaced and that it's been altered to make it even closer to the "REEL" thing. Fears are an attempt may be made to exchange them again..

World record holder Greg Myerson called Rock Bottom asking if he had been duped! Rock assured him he would get to the bottom of this.

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October 9,2011

Captain Dave Patry gets Rocky Mountain "Tuna"

Circle E Outfitters' owner Randy Congratulates Dave on his fine Utah Elk!

"Even the most dedicated captains love a walk in the mountains." said Captain Dave. "I love to hunt as well as fish and this trip to Utah was too much to pass up. Randy always has plenty of Elk and Mule deer on the ranch to hunt and it's tough to get one of his tags. The food was out of this world and all the staff was top notch! We were in some wild country and the scenery was outstanding! We went to get elk and I had a cow tag to fill. Randy put us in a good spot and I was fortunate to get a good shot off. The cow went down some 50 yards or more from where it was first hit and weighed in at 500 pounds. That just put the icing on a great trip!"

Great Scenery and Good Friends make for Happy Campers

The entertainment had the crowd roaring for more!

Thanks Guys for a Great Time!

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 Cod Fishing 2011

 August 13, 2011

Kayaking the summer away. What a way to go!

Jimdogg says OK to kayak fishing!

From lakes to ocean the Bite Me Bait Co kayakers know how to do it right!

From Boston Harbor to Plymouth Harbor there are many places to launch from and many miles of ocean to fish in. The best part of any kayak fishing adventure is being up close and personal with the ocean or body of water you are in. Proper respect must be paid to the ocean, with special attention paid to wind, weather and tide. A properly planned trip helps to ensure that all participants return safely.

Remember what Elmer says "Keep an EYE on the other guy!"  Power boaters don't have much respect for the kayaker if you stray too close to "their" channels. "I lost a big striper at the boat just recently because it had given me the sleigh ride into the channel and 2 large power boats decided, what right do I have to be in their way. So they blasted by wide open at 25 yards, which in it's self would be no big deal but trying to land a good sized fish made it a little more hair raising."

Many great spots to launch a kayak! Inner harbors, outer harbors, lakes and rivers try them all. Great for keeping in shape!

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July  2011

DUO hits the Black Sea Bass Bite

Waters around Martha's Vineyard giving up some nice fish.

"We headed over early and started catching decent sized fish right away." crowed Ken. "What a day! Cindy and I and our fish dog Lucy enjoyed it all." "Weather, water and fish were all working for us." chipped in Cindy. "Ken needed to get out fishing. He's been working hard and I could just see it in his face."

I'm Ready!

Clams and squid did the trick and Cindy even got a nice fluke to the boat.  Look around for those little fished ledges and you increase your odds of getting bigger fish.

I love catching fluke!

More Pictures

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Lucas Clan Aboard the Cathy Ann

"Striped Bass was our quarry today and boy did we have a good time! Captain Dave Patry put us on fish right from the gitgo." said Dan, patriarch of the clan. "It's great to have the boys all together and everything was perfect."

Jeff, Chris, David Jr., Dan, Mark, David

"Captain Dave and I go way back and I always hire him out for the family fishing outing. What a way to spend quality time with my sons and grand sons. "I make sure they get the best spots to catch fish." chipped in Capt. Dave. "I'd have to listen to him at breakfast for the next year if they don't catch anything. Today we fished off the tip of the cape around P-Town. The changes of the tides seems to trigger the bass into feeding and we were hooking fish on most passes. Wire line and jigs did the trick today in 25 feet of water."

More Pictures of the Lucas Clan

Captain Dave Patry and Mate "Twig"

www.cathyanncharters.com

Click on the link below for Cathy Ann Charters Facebook Page

 

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New Junior member Paul DeSantis

cashes in on North River striped bass bonanza!

The smile tells it all!! Way to go Paul!

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AC makes maiden kayak trip,  tours the waters of the outer Agawam River with team.

AC takes to the kayak like he was born there!

Gets new nick name "Swifty" "I turned around and I was all alone. Where the heck was everybody? I started paddling and the next thing I know...........More Story

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News from the Bank and beyond!

Cathy Ann out of Green Harbor reports landing a 38 inch Halibut

Captain Dave Patry says this maybe his second one this year as he released a smaller one on a previous trip that someone said was a fluke. All in all ground fishing is still good. Mate Twig is seeing the union about have to stoop to the level of the Captain when being photographed. "Striped bass have been a little hit or miss but we still pick up our fish. " said Twig. "Tuna Time is upon us and the fish are starting to co-operate. The bank and areas to the east and south still have whales a plenty and we see our fair share every time we go out."

 Mate Paul (Twig) Cronin (left)Bud Billings (center) and Captain Dave Patry (right)

all knew he had a good fish on, but never expected this one.

A beautiful fish and damn good eating!

Irish Ayes crew lands a boat load of cod and pollock!

Old numbers lead to Codatopia!

Meanwhile Captain G-No, Rock Bottom, Billy Bob and Neighbor hit the big fish bonanza on the Sunday afternoon bite as "Worst Cod fishing day Eva!!" was consistently heard over the radio.  Large cod and pollock, many multiple hookups but well east of the bank.  "We fished one of the old sets of numbers in 250-350 feet of water today and it paid off with some big fish and a lot of them." said Captain G-No. "Fishing has been good, I haven't had to use these numbers in years until today. It was a long painful morning hauling up small fish or no fish but we ended up in the right place at the right time. Varied jigs and teasers of many different colors caught fish. All except the ones Billy Bob was using. Sorry Billy Bob that was hurtful." laughed the Captain.

 

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Jimdogg brings home a nice striper while kayaking Kingston Bay

This one fell to a piece of cut menhaden along the channel edge at low tide in about 5-8 feet of water.

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Roger Aziz Jr. lands another monster Bullhead!

Roger Aziz Jr. of Methuen, Massachusetts holder of the world record bullhead has banked another giant. Weighing just short of 6 pounds this fish will most likely land Roger the Massachusetts fresh water gold pin award for this species. Using his favorite bait in one of his secret spots was the key. "I know where to find them now!" said Roger. "If you put in the time. Good things will come your way.  I put in as many hours as I can, and keep the best spots to myself." laughed Roger  "And I scan my truck for any wandering GPS devices too!"

File photo of Roger Aziz Jr's  Record Bullhead 6.28 pounds

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Minot's Light a striper hotspot.

 well." warned the Captain. "I did learn something new and interesting today from Elmer. He caught this good sized red fish and I wondered what it was and he said a cod. I didn't believe it till I looked at it up close. He caught a few though only one was a keeper"

"Most in shore ground fishermen are aware of these red looking cod." said Elmer. "These are fish live on the humps and bumps that make up the sea floor along the south shore out to two miles or so. We call them "local cod" others call them "rock cod". The lighter colored ones that we catch on the "bank" or in deeper water may travel many miles in a year, where as the local cod stays on his "reef" nearly year round. I showed everyone the seaweed that I was bringing up on my jig and the color was very similar. I think that guy, Darwin, may be on to something." laughed Elmer.

The "boys" display the catch. The cod fell to a 5oz dimpled jig in 45 feet of water, while the striped bass took a tinker mackerel in 25 feet of water just east of Scituate Harbor Light. The Minot's Light area has some fishing of every kind. From cod and pollock to bass and even tuna on occasion. The many peaks and valleys can be fished for what may lurk in the 70-100 foot depths while just 50 feet away you can cast your lures or bait into 40 feet of water or less. Throw in the shear beauty of the place and what a day! One secret we will reveal is...our diver friends report lots of tautog on the peaks of the rock piles from Boston Harbor to the Cape Cod Canal. Around the lighthouse there are plenty. Get out the green crabs and the Blackfish rigs and give it a try.

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Striped Bass fishing is hot at "The Race"

Captain Dave Patry takes a contingent of Bite Me Bait Co members to "Striper Hot Spot"

On Board the "Cathy Ann"

Double Hookups

 Billy Bob shows off one of the nice fish we boated this day!

Billy Bob Fish On!

Starting the day out right! Hot coffee and friendly service! Welcome Fishermen

River Captain Parcell Post joins his wife "The Angel" and "Little Angel" at Anita Maries.

"The fishermen come in here all the time because we open early to cater to their schedule.  It's no wonder we like fishing as a family. We have been watching the Bite Me Bait Co  and listening to the "tall tales" for years. We all agree the Elmer stories are best. Not the ones he tells but the ones he is in. They are just too funny. It's always good to start the day with a laugh and with these guys the laughs never stop." smiled Vivian owner of Anita Marie's. "Captain Dave is no different. He always has a great time at breakfast, then off he goes. He was glad to see "little" Mike get his fish. Mike hasn't stopped talking about the whole day yet."

Rachel and Meagan hug each other as they find out they have made the boat list. "We love fishermen!"

The sky threatened rain but that wasn't going to be an issue with any of us. With a nice warm cabin and all the amenities at our disposal waiting for us, who cared. So after a nice hot breakfast served up by the friendly staff at Anita Marie's in Rockland Center, it was off to Green Harbor Marina and the "Cathy Ann" "We will get plenty of fish today." said first mate "Twig". "The Captain has been bringing in plenty of fish and happy fishermen these days. We fish for whatever the customer wants. Cod fishing is still going strong though we rely on our best spots to still hold fish.  Striped bass are hot right now too so we sometimes do both on the same day if all goes well.

Senior Bite Me Bait Co member Dan shows 

 Zipcode what to do. "What do you mean? I just delivered twins!"

             Dan Scores   and  "New Guy" Zipcode joins the ranks.

                   Hey Captain Dave, Elmer thanks you, Billy Bob thanks you, Zipcode thanks you, Dan thanks you and if our mothers were here they'd thank you too!

Elmer gets on too!

"It's a pleasure bringing out the Bite Me Bait Co gang." says the Captain. "That Billy Bob is quite a computer whiz and does a great job fishing too. Zip does a bang up job fixing my breakfast. He found out fishing can be work too!  Dan and I go way back. And Elmer, well' he's more like......well...There's just no words for Elmer."

Captain Dave Patry

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Captain G-no introduces niece Sarah to her new love. Mr. Pollock

Husband Jason laughs as Sarah relishes first pollock kiss!

"Kiss my fish my @^& !" says Neighbor

Pollock saved the day as keeper cod were hard to come by. Lots of non keepers and sea robins made up the bulk of the catch. All of a sudden "Neighbor" yelled "I'm on! Big fish!" "Me too!" added Elmer. Sarah said "All I caught is the bottom and it won't budge. I need help Uncle G-No!" "No you don't as he handed Sarah back the rod, you have some big fish on there and you have to pull it up, plus I appear to have a few on myself." Well the big pollock started coming over the side with Sarah finally landing her snag a nice 15 pound fish along with another 10 pound fish for a nice double. In all we boated 15 pollock in about 10 minutes on the last drift to make the day.

Captain G-No sure knows how to make a woman smile!

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Striped Bass showing in up in the North River and the River Captain takes full advantage.

33inch 11 pound fish starts the year off right.

The wind, yes the wind, kicked up and we had to escape it's clutches by moving off the ocean and up the river this day. We found a nice place near the spit and set out some gear and went into relax mode. Mar-e had her flounder gear on and with some fresh clams from Duxbury landed a nice one. Captain Parcell Post then got a sudden run on his clam bait and the fight was on. The captain made short work of the fight and the Angel was just that, using the net to perfection. "It's great to catch a keeper on the first run." said the River Captain. "We didn't see too many other boats with fish on board but some had caught a few schoolies.  So I hope this is a harbinger of things to come for our striper team."

 Striped Bass

Mar-e shows she still can land the flounders.

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Mackerel  fishing slows massacre to a mauling, while Irish Ayes and Captain G-No's crew fill the boat with cod.

North River Captain, Parcell Post, joins the the Bite Me Bait Co fishing fleet.

Elmer monitors the River Captain's vessel  for proper supplies on board. "No problems here...urppp!" mumbled Elmer as he downed the last of the beer bribe. "You get one new secret spot for each time I get back to shore safely. Today's secret is the "Eye of the Wompanoag."  "You don't have to worry about the River Captain." said Capt. Post. "I know my stuff and didn't just mail it in like some of the others out there."

The fog was in more than out today and it finally got to thick to mess with. Most of our boats landed between 15 and 30 fish which is a very slow day for the area we were in.

 Chris is ecstatic he can wait on the dock while the River Captain and crew retrieve the boat.

Some advice from the "Poobaa"

AC reads the opening prayer as Rock Bottom brings out the rigs to be blessed. Captain Ron always has a new tip or two for the gang. Today's was "Find a new mackerel spot!"

Captain G-No was on the new cod spot with Billy Bob, Neighbor and Witha Gee and filled the boat. They hit the spot and were back in the mackerel grounds by noon. Unconfirmed reports shouted across the water mentioned two keeper cod landed while chasing the elusive mackerel near Farnum's Ledge off Green Harbor.

Captain Dave Patry of the "Cathy Ann" out of Green Harbor reports many happy clients unloading a lot of fish at the dock. "We are right back at it hard and doing well all along the bank in the last week." said Capt. Dave.

Sister G and the Archangel weren't blessed with fish on this trip but the other guys went home smiling.

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 Elmer's secret flounder hot spot puts fish on the boat.

Witha Gee gets his first flounder in a long time!

We spent some time on the shoal and surrounding drop off and Witha started us off with a nice keeper. We made a few passes but the bite was slow and the Captain turned to Elmer and said politely "Let's go Elmer no more messing around! If you ever want to make another trip then you give up the hot spot now!" Well when asked so nicely how could Elmer refuse. "First the blindfolds and you need to swear on my good friend Gerry Lyon's grave that you will never utter a word. That's so the Necker's who showed me won't drown me for showing you." whispered Elmer as he looked hard on the horizon for spies.

So we snuck off to the "Spot" and it wasn't long before we were putting fish in the box. All in all we boated 25 keepers and threw back a half dozen or so. Seaworms and sea clams were the bait and both came compliments of Duxbury beach where Elmer, Mar-e,  Jimdogg and the Duo hold shellfish and bait permits.  Yesterday afternoon Elmer, Mar-e and Jimdogg dug up a couple of buckets of steamers, cherrystones and three dozen big beautiful seaworms. "It's hard to find worms like this anymore in the bait stores." said Mar-e. "Back in the late 60's and early 70's you could still get them but not for years have I seen worms like this"

These babies did the trick!

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One man's bait is another man's delicacy.

As my wife often reminds me, "Of course size matters Honey." laughed Mar-e "When your talking clams ." From the fisherman to the connoisseur the size of the bivalve may make all the difference in the world. When your talking steamers many will say that the small white ones are the best to steam while the honkers make for the best frying clams. Cherry stones on the half shell, clams casino, and New England Clam Chowda round out just a few ways the taste buds may be satisfied by the succulent bivalves. "We love them!" shout the DUO in unison. "This is the best idea we had in years." added Jimdogg. "And the seaworms.... it's plenty of flounder, fluke and striped bass fishing from the kayak this year!"

Then there are those who cry "Stop eating the bait! You know how much that costs? They go on a hook not in the mouth. Each one of those could mean a haddock in the boat." Most all ground fish will take seaworm and clam baits, but the down side maybe dogfish which love them too. Razor clams make some of the best clam offerings both for eating and fishing. Their stronger clam taste makes them in demand from both ends. "I use them all the time off the beach fishing." chipped in AC. "And I know where there are millions of them." "Good!" says Rush Lowe, editor of www.rocklandnews.com and stellar chef. "Bring me a pail full and I'll make clam strips and clam fritters for the entire gang."

         Steamer Digging     

From the smallest (2" on the left ) to the largest just under 5" (on the right) the clam has a lot of uses and is easy to harvest. All towns that allow shellfish and bait harvesting are going to charge you for the right to dig, but the permits are worth every penny. It is  great family time as the beach never gets old and there is always something new to see or do.

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G-No leads the Cod Squad out to the hallowed grounds.

Irish Ayes load up on cod and other ground fish. "Tuesday we caught a lot of small cod all morning with a few keepers tucked in." said the Captain. "It wasn't until the tide changed and it got to be 1pm that the bite turned on." "Yeah it was two keepers at a time and it wasn't long before we had near the limit and headed in." added Billy Bob. "I was sore for 3 days after that hauling session. Thank the stars that we were fishing in only a hundred feet of water."

 The Captain and the catch.

Saturday  was a different story but the results were as good or better if you take the weight of the catch into consideration.  The fleet was out in force and hundreds of boats could be seen in all directions. The bite started off fast with everyone catching fish.  Keeper cod were mixed in with a lot of 20-23 inch fish which we throw back of course. Pollock made an appearance right off the bat with "Neighbor" Jeff landing the first of the many fish he boated on this day. We started off in the middle bank area then went north to where the head boats out of Montauk and Rhode Island were fishing. There were so many boats in packed into small areas, it reminded one of Grand Boca Pass during the tarpon run. It was on the last run (5th & 6th)of the day when we landed 5 big pollock and two nice big cod by Rock Bottom and Captain G-No. Elmer finally got off the snide with a nice sized pollock. "While I caught lots of fish none were keepers until that pollock." lamented Elmer. "It will probably move me down a position on the boat." "Hey Elmer your cod stones worked great for me today." said Neighbor. "Sorry about the dents."

Before and after.

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River Captain shows "The Angel" a little slice of Heaven!

June 21, 2011

River Captain shows his stuff. "We have been picking up some very nice fish in the area surrounding Minot's Light recently. Striped bass in the 30-36 inch range have been hitting live mackerel as we drifted the ledges that surround the lighthouse. said Capt. Post. Small pollock fill the waters along with some nice tinker mackerel and are easily caught on a Sabiki rig. but beware the size limit for pollock is 19 inches. No such separate fish as a "harbor pollock" exist. So don't get caught with them in your live well." warned the Captain. "I did learn something new and interesting today from Elmer. He caught this good sized red fish and I wondered what it was and he said a cod. I didn't believe it till I looked at it up close. He caught a few though only one was a keeper"

"Most in shore ground fishermen are aware of these red looking cod." said Elmer. "These are fish live on the humps and bumps that make up the sea floor along the south shore out to two miles or so. We call them "local cod" others call them "rock cod". The lighter colored ones that we catch on the "bank" or in deeper water may travel many miles in a year, where as the local cod stays on his "reef" nearly year round. I showed everyone the seaweed that I was bringing up on my jig and the color was very similar. I think that guy, Darwin, may be on to something." laughed Elmer.

The "boys" display the catch. The cod fell to a 5oz dimpled jig in 45 feet of water, while the striped bass took a tinker mackerel in 25 feet of water just east of Scituate Harbor Light. The Minot's Light area has some fishing of every kind. From cod and pollock to bass and even tuna on occasion. The many peaks and valleys can be fished for what may lurk in the 70-100 foot depths while just 50 feet away you can cast your lures or bait into 40 feet of water or less. Throw in the shear beauty of the place and what a day! One secret we will reveal is...our diver friends report lots of tautog on the peaks of the rock piles from Boston Harbor to the Cape Cod Canal. Around the lighthouse there are plenty. Get out the green crabs and the Blackfish rigs and give it a try.

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Striped Bass fishing is hot at "The Race"

Captain Dave Patry takes a contingent of Bite Me Bait Co members to "Striper Hot Spot"

On Board the "Cathy Ann"

Double Hookups

 Billy Bob shows off one of the nice fish we boated this day!

Billy Bob Fish On!

Starting the day out right! Hot coffee and friendly service! Welcome Fishermen

River Captain Parcell Post joins his wife "The Angel" and "Little Angel" at Anita Maries.

"The fishermen come in here all the time because we open early to cater to their schedule.  It's no wonder we like fishing as a family. We have been watching the Bite Me Bait Co  and listening to the "tall tales" for years. We all agree the Elmer stories are best. Not the ones he tells but the ones he is in. They are just too funny. It's always good to start the day with a laugh and with these guys the laughs never stop." smiled Vivian owner of Anita Marie's. "Captain Dave is no different. He always has a great time at breakfast, then off he goes. He was glad to see "little" Mike get his fish. Mike hasn't stopped talking about the whole day yet."

Rachel and Meagan hug each other as they find out they have made the boat list. "We love fishermen!"

The sky threatened rain but that wasn't going to be an issue with any of us. With a nice warm cabin and all the amenities at our disposal waiting for us, who cared. So after a nice hot breakfast served up by the friendly staff at Anita Marie's in Rockland Center, it was off to Green Harbor Marina and the "Cathy Ann" "We will get plenty of fish today." said first mate "Twig". "The Captain has been bringing in plenty of fish and happy fishermen these days. We fish for whatever the customer wants. Cod fishing is still going strong though we rely on our best spots to still hold fish.  Striped bass are hot right now too so we sometimes do both on the same day if all goes well.

Senior Bite Me Bait Co member Dan shows 

 Zipcode what to do. "What do you mean? I just delivered twins!"

             Dan Scores   and  "New Guy" Zipcode joins the ranks.

                   Hey Captain Dave, Elmer thanks you, Billy Bob thanks you, Zipcode thanks you, Dan thanks you and if our mothers were here they'd thank you too!

Elmer gets on too!

"It's a pleasure bringing out the Bite Me Bait Co gang." says the Captain. "That Billy Bob is quite a computer whiz and does a great job fishing too. Zip does a bang up job fixing my breakfast. He found out fishing can be work too!  Dan and I go way back. And Elmer, well' he's more like......well...There's just no words for Elmer."

Captain Dave Patry

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Captain G-no introduces niece Sarah to her new love. Mr. Pollock

Husband Jason laughs as Sarah relishes first pollock kiss!

"Kiss my fish my @^& !" says Neighbor

Pollock saved the day as keeper cod were hard to come by. Lots of non keepers and sea robins made up the bulk of the catch. All of a sudden "Neighbor" yelled "I'm on! Big fish!" "Me too!" added Elmer. Sarah said "All I caught is the bottom and it won't budge. I need help Uncle G-No!" "No you don't as he handed Sarah back the rod, you have some big fish on there and you have to pull it up, plus I appear to have a few on myself." Well the big pollock started coming over the side with Sarah finally landing her snag a nice 15 pound fish along with another 10 pound fish for a nice double. In all we boated 15 pollock in about 10 minutes on the last drift to make the day.

Captain G-No sure knows how to make a woman smile!

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Striped Bass showing in up in the North River and the River Captain takes full advantage.

33inch 11 pound fish starts the year off right.

The wind, yes the wind, kicked up and we had to escape it's clutches by moving off the ocean and up the river this day. We found a nice place near the spit and set out some gear and went into relax mode. Mar-e had her flounder gear on and with some fresh clams from Duxbury landed a nice one. Captain Parcell Post then got a sudden run on his clam bait and the fight was on. The captain made short work of the fight and the Angel was just that, using the net to perfection. "It's great to catch a keeper on the first run." said the River Captain. "We didn't see too many other boats with fish on board but some had caught a few schoolies.  So I hope this is a harbinger of things to come for our striper team."

 Striped Bass

Mar-e shows she still can land the flounders.

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Mackerel  fishing slows massacre to a mauling, while Irish Ayes and Captain G-No's crew fill the boat with cod.

North River Captain, Parcell Post, joins the the Bite Me Bait Co fishing fleet.

Elmer monitors the River Captain's vessel  for proper supplies on board. "No problems here...urppp!" mumbled Elmer as he downed the last of the beer bribe. "You get one new secret spot for each time I get back to shore safely. Today's secret is the "Eye of the Wompanoag."  "You don't have to worry about the River Captain." said Capt. Post. "I know my stuff and didn't just mail it in like some of the others out there."

The fog was in more than out today and it finally got to thick to mess with. Most of our boats landed between 15 and 30 fish which is a very slow day for the area we were in.

 Chris is ecstatic he can wait on the dock while the River Captain and crew retrieve the boat.

Some advice from the "Poobaa"

AC reads the opening prayer as Rock Bottom brings out the rigs to be blessed. Captain Ron always has a new tip or two for the gang. Today's was "Find a new mackerel spot!"

Captain G-No was on the new cod spot with Billy Bob, Neighbor and Witha Gee and filled the boat. They hit the spot and were back in the mackerel grounds by noon. Unconfirmed reports shouted across the water mentioned two keeper cod landed while chasing the elusive mackerel near Farnum's Ledge off Green Harbor.

Captain Dave Patry of the "Cathy Ann" out of Green Harbor reports many happy clients unloading a lot of fish at the dock. "We are right back at it hard and doing well all along the bank in the last week." said Capt. Dave.

Sister G and the Archangel weren't blessed with fish on this trip but the other guys went home smiling.

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 Elmer's secret flounder hot spot puts fish on the boat.

Witha Gee gets his first flounder in a long time!

We spent some time on the shoal and surrounding drop off and Witha started us off with a nice keeper. We made a few passes but the bite was slow and the Captain turned to Elmer and said politely "Let's go Elmer no more messing around! If you ever want to make another trip then you give up the hot spot now!" Well when asked so nicely how could Elmer refuse. "First the blindfolds and you need to swear on my good friend Gerry Lyon's grave that you will never utter a word. That's so the Necker's who showed me won't drown me for showing you." whispered Elmer as he looked hard on the horizon for spies.

So we snuck off to the "Spot" and it wasn't long before we were putting fish in the box. All in all we boated 25 keepers and threw back a half dozen or so. Seaworms and sea clams were the bait and both came compliments of Duxbury beach where Elmer, Mar-e,  Jimdogg and the Duo hold shellfish and bait permits.  Yesterday afternoon Elmer, Mar-e and Jimdogg dug up a couple of buckets of steamers, cherrystones and three dozen big beautiful seaworms. "It's hard to find worms like this anymore in the bait stores." said Mar-e. "Back in the late 60's and early 70's you could still get them but not for years have I seen worms like this"

These babies did the trick!

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One man's bait is another man's delicacy.

As my wife often reminds me, "Of course size matters Honey." laughed Mar-e "When your talking clams ." From the fisherman to the connoisseur the size of the bivalve may make all the difference in the world. When your talking steamers many will say that the small white ones are the best to steam while the honkers make for the best frying clams. Cherry stones on the half shell, clams casino, and New England Clam Chowda round out just a few ways the taste buds may be satisfied by the succulent bivalves. "We love them!" shout the DUO in unison. "This is the best idea we had in years." added Jimdogg. "And the seaworms.... it's plenty of flounder, fluke and striped bass fishing from the kayak this year!"

Then there are those who cry "Stop eating the bait! You know how much that costs? They go on a hook not in the mouth. Each one of those could mean a haddock in the boat." Most all ground fish will take seaworm and clam baits, but the down side maybe dogfish which love them too. Razor clams make some of the best clam offerings both for eating and fishing. Their stronger clam taste makes them in demand from both ends. "I use them all the time off the beach fishing." chipped in AC. "And I know where there are millions of them." "Good!" says Rush Lowe, editor of www.rocklandnews.com and stellar chef. "Bring me a pail full and I'll make clam strips and clam fritters for the entire gang."

         Steamer Digging     

From the smallest (2" on the left ) to the largest just under 5" (on the right) the clam has a lot of uses and is easy to harvest. All towns that allow shellfish and bait harvesting are going to charge you for the right to dig, but the permits are worth every penny. It is  great family time as the beach never gets old and there is always something new to see or do.

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G-No leads the Cod Squad out to the hallowed grounds.

Irish Ayes load up on cod and other ground fish. "Tuesday we caught a lot of small cod all morning with a few keepers tucked in." said the Captain. "It wasn't until the tide changed and it got to be 1pm that the bite turned on." "Yeah it was two keepers at a time and it wasn't long before we had near the limit and headed in." added Billy Bob. "I was sore for 3 days after that hauling session. Thank the stars that we were fishing in only a hundred feet of water."

 The Captain and the catch.

Saturday  was a different story but the results were as good or better if you take the weight of the catch into consideration.  The fleet was out in force and hundreds of boats could be seen in all directions. The bite started off fast with everyone catching fish.  Keeper cod were mixed in with a lot of 20-23 inch fish which we throw back of course. Pollock made an appearance right off the bat with "Neighbor" Jeff landing the first of the many fish he boated on this day. We started off in the middle bank area then went north to where the head boats out of Montauk and Rhode Island were fishing. There were so many boats in packed into small areas, it reminded one of Grand Boca Pass during the tarpon run. It was on the last run (5th & 6th)of the day when we landed 5 big pollock and two nice big cod by Rock Bottom and Captain G-No. Elmer finally got off the snide with a nice sized pollock. "While I caught lots of fish none were keepers until that pollock." lamented Elmer. "It will probably move me down a position on the boat." "Hey Elmer your cod stones worked great for me today." said Neighbor. "Sorry about the dents."

Before and after.

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November 11, 2011

Elmer does a little photo work for the hunters in Vermont.

"I set the Moultrie out on the scotch pine in front of the house Oct. 9, and went back home to Massachusetts. I couldn't wait for hunting season to start so I could get back to see what I bagged."

"Not bad for the front yard!"

You can see the camera on the tree.

Other Pictures


October 6,2011

AC getting the kayak fishing down. "I'm having a great time and learning everyday." Said AC.

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October 1, 2011

World record striped bass displayed at the On the Water Magazine, Striper fest held in Falmouth, Massachusetts.

Rock Bottom congratulates Greg Myerson on his pending world record Striper Bass weighing 81.88 pounds.

See On the Water Magazine for details of winners.

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When I went to drop off a few clams to my brother in Hough's Neck the next day, I rediscovered autumn.

From the back creek that separates Hough's Neck from Germantown, to Great Hill at the east end, the autumn colors were there. And the whole South Shore here in eastern Massachusetts was a blaze in color. Many, but not all the maples, were losing their leaves fast but they added just enough to make the show complete!  More Autumn Pictures.

Not all small boats are stored away. Matt Lyons and his wife Tina are typical "Neckers" spending quality time fishing for winter flounder. "Hey Elmer & Mar-e you want to go? No sense wasting the seaworms. Hey and don't give away any more secret spots or we will take you "worm digging". he added with a laugh. "Where are you fishing today?" I yelled. "Go out to Pig Rock and take a left!" he hollered back with his big smile. "Fresh sole tonight!

Quincy Yacht Club is a hub for a lot of the Hough's Neck fishing community. And the fish docks in Boston are only a short ride away.

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September 2011

Abington Police Chief Thanks BMBC

www.abingtonpolice.org

Abington, Massachusetts Police Chief Dave Majenski hams it up Rock Bottom and Elmer in 2010.

 Abington Police Chief Dave Majenski. "I want to thank all the sponsors that help us every year." said the Chief. "And a Special thanks to Rock Bottom and the rest of the BMBC crew for the help and support."

"The gang is glad to help support family fishing days." said Rock. "We think that the Chief does a great job within the Abington community, and what ever we can do to help out , we will. Besides our inside man the "Earle" has retired and we have to groom a new candidate for the job." he added laughing. "See you at the derby next spring Chief!"

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Bite Me Bait Co pair make clamming an art.


       Jimdogg and Ken keep finding secret spots for fellow Bite Me Bait Co members to harvest their clams.. AC shocked by the rapid response from fellow clam team members Ken of the Duo and Jimdogg.  "What? Where are they digging now? After we told them about the sea clams I figured they would come out there with us." exclaims AC. "I thought this was a different kind of team. That's a good strategy. We don't all want to be on the secret spots at once. That may draw others to the harvest."  "Today we cleaned up on three different types of clams and we still have May to get steamers."


Elmer displays some of his first sea clam harvest. Check out the siphon. Sea clam compared with quahog.

   Duxbury Quahog Digging


AC gets his Ice Fishing Team Bucket

Bite Me Bait Co Board Members re-establish Applicant Crovo on membership list.
 Grand Poobah, Rock Bottom grants pardon for having a beerless cooler. Elmer stands in for Rock at "Bucket ' award ceremony.
"We wanted to wait until after the ice season to present the award." said Elmer. "We need something to do while waiting for the winter winds to stop blowing and we can get out cod fishing. Providing our women with wine and song got AC off with a severe warning only.

"It's nice to be in good graces again. It was all a big misunderstanding. I thought my "Missy" had packed everything into the cooler, including the beer bribe." offered AC. "But I have learned my lesson. I must be on top of my wife more! "

Time for cod fishing 2011

Cod fishing season is underway here in the Gulf of Maine and the weather has been favorable to hit the Stellwagon Bank fishing grounds.  Captain G-No has been out twice so far this season and he and the crew have put plenty of cod, haddock and pollock in the fishbox

Captain Dave Patry

One of our favorite charters.
Captain Dave Patry says he will be ready!
Make sure to tell him the Bite Me Bait Co sent me!!

www.cathyanncharters.com

Beware of a possible decrease in the availability of Japanese fishing gear. Due to the disaster in Japan, goods of all sorts could become scarce in this country. Bob Pronk says representatives of Japanese gear companies  say they have a good supply, but it could change if things do not improve over there.

http://www.greenharborbait.com/

See Bob Pronk

Green Harbor Bait and Tackle

For all your fishing needs

Elmer's bank sinker cod jigs.

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What do you do when the ice is gone and the winter wind is still howling?

You go down to the Town of Duxbury Clerk's Office and buy a shellfish/bait permit. Then bundle up and go dig your clams. You won't be cold for long and you get to go home with a big bucket of your favorite bi-valves.

Part of the Bite Me Bait Co clamming team minus team leader Ken of the DUO who's today's photographer.

A shellfish permit costs $110.00 for a non-resident per year with the season running from April 1 thru March 31 of the next year. The price seems steep but any one basket in the above photo weighs 18-22 pounds. And at 4-6 dollars a pound you make your money back , plus a lot of friends in the first week.

There are seasons and restrictions on what kind and how many you can harvest each week.

Steamers or soft shell clams like those shown above can legally be harvested during the months of April and May then again in the fall months of September and October. You can only take them on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Clams must be at least 2 inches in shell length and you are allowed only 6 quarts per week. During the winter months the Duxbury Board of Selectmen usually votes to allow one day per week for the taking of steamers. Check with the Duxbury Harbor Master for which day after Oct. 31.

Duxbury Shellfish Regulations

The Clam Captain

Quahogs, Cherrystones and littlenecks

During the summer months of June ,July, and August the flats are closed to shell fishing on Sundays. When you purchase your license you will receive a list of regulations and a map of the open areas. Donald Beers is the Harbor Master and a good man. Just don't and I mean don't violate the terms of your license or you will not have it for long. There are plenty of shellfish to be had and the regulations keep it that way.

Quahogs, Cherrystones and littleneck clams shown above may be taken year round with a twelve quart limit per week. They also must measure 2 inches long to take. Razor clams can also be harvested year round with the same limits imposed. Scallops, oysters and blue muscles round out the catch and the harbormasters office can give you the dates for each season.

Sea worms are plentiful and can be taken year round too.

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Taunton River Watershed Spring Herring Run is on!

Namasket River

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Elmer sends the "Kid" to Greece to consult the Oracle of Delphi

Standing where some of the greatest ancient philosophers in history have stood, "Kid" Elmer poses the questions we want answered most. "Will this be a banner year for the www.bitemebaitco.com team?"  "Will one of the DUO win the Fisherman of the Year for 2011" "Will Elmer have a chance to be the first repeat winner?" He made me ask that one.  The answers came to me in a voice heard on the wind..."The team will do well if they get out and fish." "As for Fisherman Of The Year... it will be the one who loves to fish...." then all I heard was hahahahahahhahhaha good one Elmer, as the voice faded into silence.

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It won't be long now! Tuna Time!

Our Good Friend, Captain Rich Antonino of Black Rose Fishing stirs the fire with this great video.

Giants and The Black Rose!

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Gator fishing Texas Style

Strake Jesuit College Preparatory High School Sophomore, Sean Ryan, shows off his big bass retriever, Oskar Donn Gator. "He's great at dragging the big ones out of the sticks and grass." said Sean. "I got the idea watching cormorants catching fish for their trainers in Asia. The only tricky part is getting the ring over his head. Grampy Elmer watch this!"

"Watch this instead Grammy and Grampy, I'll take out the gator and bring them both home." laughs Caite as she sends another arrow into the bullseye.

A case of mistaken identity has Elmer back peddling. "I thought it was one of the bass retrievers."

Elmer Backing up!

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December 11, 2010

Rock Bottom wins

Fisherman of the Year for 2010


Rock Bottom wins run off election with everyone's favorite, Elmer Mudguaard

See the story

2010

November 20, 2010

Smelt fishing with Roger Aziz Jr.

Roger shows his secret weapons, spot lights sewed into his Ice Armor jacket!

"Boy that Roger Aziz Jr. really knows his stuff!" exclaimed Jimdogg as he watched Roger haul another smelt over the side. "Nothing to it Jimdogg." laughed Roger. "It's easy." Roger has all the gear and the proper rigs to outfit  an army of fishermen.  Roger a well known guide and fishermen said, "You have to have a ton of gear if you are going to let Elmer use any. Luckily he only death knotted one of my special lines tonight. Usually he just throws something in." Billy Bob and Jimdogg chuckled while Elmer muttered something under his breath about the boy scout knot teams that plague him.

It promised to be a cool to cold evening and with the full moon rising in a clear sky we were ready. Jimdogg caught his first smelt ever to start off the evening catch, but that was all he could muster. Billy Bob caught a near smelt, (large spurling) and Elmer had three to add to the total. While most everyone on the pier had 2-3 fish, Roger had 16. His secret...... proper gear and bait. While worms were working, adding tommy cod minnows to some of the hooks seemed to increase his catch. 17 ft. collapsible rods, fluorocarbon lines and sharp hooks throughout the water column make him a catching machine!

Jimdogg shows off his first smelt ever!

A special thanks to our guide Roger and our new friends at Merrimac Sports.

Roger buys his bait here. You need it, you get it here!

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 Swanton, Vermont

November 2010

One of Bite Me Bait Co's youngest, shows he's the complete outdoorsman!

Ridge Hunter Bishop 2008

See Ice Fishing

Already an accomplished Pike and Ice fisherman at age 6, Hunter, as he is sometimes called, showed he can do just that. At age 8 he shows he's more than ready to be the complete Vermont outdoorsman. Joining with dad he entered the Vermont's Youth Deer Hunt Weekend. The rest is history as we say, and the story from WCAX.com is below.

How you go Ridge Hunter Bishop!

10 point buck!

WCAX Reporting

Ridge Hunter Bishop and Proud Dad Mike Bishop owner of

Dawn to Dusk Welding 300 St. Alban's Rd. Swanton, Vermont 05488

 

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 No Smelt 2010

You should have been here last week! That was the cry from the smelters we met along the way.

Heavy rains were gone but the strong winds made for long cold day smelt fishing.

Tom holds the only fish caught at Hewitt's Cove this day!

We headed up to Fore River Bait in Quincy and found a nice jewelry too!

Only the hard core fisherman were out today. Kate White and John Hassaczek joined us at A St. Hull for one more try but it was all in vain. Billy Bob did manage to catch a rat's nest in his 10 feet of line!

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October 23, 2010

Wind dies down enough to get out cod fishing!

Cod and haddock are still out east of the bank in 250 feet of water.

Billy Bob was the star today!

Okuma rod and reel passes the test!

It took a little time and traveling to get on the ground fish today.  We found no fish along the edge of the bank so we went east. The Yankee Fleet was some 7-8 miles east of us so we went to see what they were doing. Right away we hit some haddock and big cusk. Soon there was a small fleet around us so we moved a little further out and caught a better mix of fish with some decent cod mixed in. We were just getting ready to depart for home when everyone hooked up with fish so we stayed and made a couple of extra drifts that helped fill the fish box. Clams, shrimp, assorted jigs and teasers did the job. There were some dogfish around but they mostly occupied the captain's time.

    

   

As usual our friends stop by to wish us well and to enjoy a little rest and relaxation.

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October 2, 2010

Bite Me Bait Co's Mr. Ed proud to be a Cape Cod Canal Rat!

Big fish comes a day late but not a dollar short!

50 inches long and  42 pounds 5 ounces Striper

Canal Rat Story

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September means striped bass fishing and what better place than Boston Harbor. This years bite has been steady in the areas between Castle Island across to the airport and on to the Deer Island rip. Find the birds working and go get them.

Grand Poobah of the Bite Me Bait Co, Rock Bottom, shows a beautiful example of what you can expect if you get your bait below the bluefish.

Did I mention bluefish? Live menhaden on a balloon scores Billy Bob another nice fish from Boston Harbor!

See the story

"Who needs a boat?" says AC

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September 26, 2010

"Cathy Ann"

and  crew land another nice tuna!

                                          55inch fish makes the trip.

Tuna fishing has been slow most of the season with things beginning to heat up somewhat.  Those who spend the time on the water gets the best results. Today's fish was caught on a dark squid bar rig. "We got to where we set out the gear and hooked up shortly thereafter. Then that was it for the day." lamented Captain Dave. "The fish just aren't there this year like they were last year."

Marc Ouellette scores a nice fish.

Landing the Tuna

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 Autumn winds start to blow. Get out early to beat the breeze!

Flat days are getting rare.

DUO Hits Late September Blues

From Plymouth to Cohasset, Massachusetts the "Blues are On!"

When the winds of autumn start blowing and we can't think about going to Stellwagon, What do we do? We stay inshore and go Bluefishing!

Trolling umbrella rigs and diving plugs, the DUO Cindy and Ken, just kept singing the blues. The scrappy, saw toothed stripers, put up quite a tussle when hooked. And there was no shortage of them. From acrobatic leaps to good runs, they supply all the excitement needed for a great trip. Using light gear can make it that much better for the experienced fisherman and the novice alike. Remember to have a couple of poles rigged with top water gear to throw when the bait is breaking on the surface. The thrill you get when that plug is smashed, won't soon be forgotten.

Cindy shows she's an expert when it comes to catching bluefish.

Most of the fish were 6-12 pounds however some bigger fish have been taken offshore a couple of miles. You might even get surprised with a big striped bass while your at it. Area ledges like Farnham's, The High Pines and even the Eye of The Wompanoag are holding fish. Dogfish haunt the bait fishermen in water deeper than 35ft.

        

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August comes to a close with some nice codfish and a great whale show!

Storm winds and high seas of last week seems to have scattered the fish on the bank. It was slow pickings in some of the favored haunts, but we did put some fish in the box.

Captain G-No brings in a newbie!

And the whales were everywhere!

P-Town in the distance.

Meanwhile heading to a secret spot somewhere far from where we are, the Duo has a slow time too! Lucy joins Cindi watching the whales. "It was slow. but Cindi got some nice pollock." said Ken.

Bite Me Bait Co Board of Directors to reconsider DUO application!

False secret spot numbers send the boys on a wild cod chase. Rock Bottom looks to convene hearing.

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Loch Ness doesn't have any monsters like this!

A large plankton eating basking shark came close to have a word with us, and on the way out, the humpbacks put on quite a show.

 

Cod Fishing 2010

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July 23-24, 2010

Blue Crabs from Cape Coral, Florida

Photo by Alyssa Smith

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August 22, 2010

Cod, and haddock on cocktail shrimp, so it was ladies first.

Mar-e shows off her first keeper of the year.

"Elmer pick up a bag of frozen, uncooked and unpeeled shrimp at the market." read the e-mail. "See you at 0530 at the dock." Ken, one half of the DUO was meeting Mar-e and me for a morning of cod and haddock fishing. We met Captain G-No and the crew of the "Irish Ayes" for breakfast at Anita Marie's in Rockland Center, then off to meet Ken in Green Harbor. The Irish Ayes got in the water first and were long gone by the time we got out to open water. Captain G-No along with Rock Bottom, Billy Bob and special guest the "Earle" were chasing haddock also and were going east. We followed along at a distance and as we passed the protection of the "Cape" the seas kicked up some so we stopped to try a spot near the "Rock Pile".  "Bring out the shrimp Elmer I have a bag in the bucket over there." So I think maybe he just likes his shrimp cold. Ken just laughed at me and put one on each hook and over the side they went.  "These babies will catch us some cod and haddock and leave the dog fish on the bottom." Ken said.  We all hooked fish and after a few rats each, Mar-e got the first keeper.

Does the shrimp work? You bet and no dogfish either. This was my first experience with the shrimp trick and it broke my stomach's heart to see one spent in this way. Not any more! Already I'm thinking will jumbos get me bigger fish! Ken's fish all hit his bait hard. Even the smaller fish. They (the shrimp)work on all the fish you want to catch and limit those you do not want to catch.

See more story here

Boston Big Game Monster Shark Tournament

I got one!

Martha's Vineyard 2010

See results and story

 

 

Spring Fishing Pictures.

Scoot bangs a winner!

Scoot catches his first keeper of the year at 31 inches. Proud mother Christine, of Anita Marie's fame, was showing everyone who came in the door Scoot's picture. The smile says it all!

"I am going to be Fisherman of the Year!" said Scoot.

May 13, 2010

Some of our bass people are checking in from around the country!

www.reelbassfishing.webs.com

Emerson Keith, grandson of Paul Keith, cousin of Elmer, caught this largemouth in Aubrey Texas

Closer to home, one of BMBC's kayak fleet,  Nick Roberts lands a 6 pound 1 ounce Lunker from his home pond on the North Shore of Massachusetts.

 

Rockland Fishing Derby

June 12, 2010

Satori Trophy Winner

Ryan Spano with 16 oz. Bass

See the story

Abington Police Fishing Derby

Abington Police Chief Dave Majenski receives an

Honorary Lifetime Membership in the Bite Me Bait Co.

Thrilled to the marrow, the Chief is flanked by Rock Bottom and Elmer Mudguaard

"I don't know what I did to deserve this!" laughed the Chief.

See more pictures here.

For a complete list of winners go to www.abingtonpolice.org


AC is our trout master!

                 

March 21, 2010

Elmer risks all to save stranded large mouth! Daring rescue a success with a bonus for the rescuer. Jimdogg and I went kayaking down a local bog pond and for the last few hours of winter. The cold weather and rain were soon forgotten in the bright sun. We didn't get a bite all morning so we put the gear down and went exploring. I found a nice new bobber with flashing lights and rattle sounds and said wow. Then I saw another one just like it deep in the bushes along the bank. Fearlessly I forced my way in to the bobber and lo and behold it came with a fish attached. One happy fish swam away from certain death and I came away with some new tech bobbers.



Cabin fever cured for another week. Warming water temperature means increased fishing. And cod season approaches. More pictures.

Bite Me Bait Co Photog Jimdogg on the receiving end.

 

Winter storms reek havoc on New England beaches!

The winter of 2009-2010 has seen some of the worst beach erosion in years. Severe storm after severe storm have taken their toll on dunes and marshes alike. Homes all along the coast line from Maine to Long Island have been putting up with salt water flooding their streets and homes all winter. And it isn't getting any better. Today March 13, we are bracing for another Nor'easter promising gale force winds with gusts approaching hurricane strength and 5 inches of rain. This will only exacerbate the problems with restoration that will have to come in the spring. Some barrier beaches on the South Shore and Cape Cod maybe in danger of breaching tonight and tomorrow and that could spell disaster to the people that live in the area.

What will the beaches look like this year? p

The storms also do a number on the ocean life too. Clams , lobsters, crabs and other shellfish living near shore are uprooted and washed in to die on the beach. Many local residents will scour the tidal flats after each storm and collect what is available and put it to good use. Lobster traps litter the beaches along with driftwood and enormous beams the could spell disaster for anyone hitting them in a small boat.

Be careful if you go down to the sea's edge during Nor'easters. Every year someone gets swept away by the waves. Don't be that person. Stay off breakwaters and sea walls if the tide is up. These will be some of the most dangerous areas. Also do not attempt to drive through water running across the road. A modest current in two feet of water can sweep you off the street and into trouble.

The flag still flies here, but for how much longer?

Duxbury and Saquish beaches under siege. Relentless storm driven waves tear dunes asunder. The front beach dune and the washed over road way testify to the harsh weather conditions battering the area. Parts of the Gurnet Road have been washed out and there is no going out to Saquish within two hours of the high tide.

See the story

Saquish Photos

Day 2  See the story

Day 3 See the story

And Here it comes again!

French's Stream Flooded end to end.

"Bite Me bait Co" 2009 in Review
All in all the 2009 season was one of the best for members of our club! Tuna was on the menu all year as we boated 4 with Billy Bob catching three and G-No one. We lost a few along the way with Rock Bottom and Jimdogg on the rods. These were fish well above the 72 inch limit set for private boats.
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Our striper season wasn't the best, but we still boated some nice fish. Ground fishing was great this year with plenty of cod, haddock, flounder, fluke, scup, black sea bass and even some nice tautog.



Captain G-No
was on the top his game and put everyone in a good position to catch the targeted species. From Nomans Island off Martha's Vineyard, to Stellwagon Bank and beyond, the Capt. found us fish.
The "Irish Ayes" saw plenty of action from April till December and had no troubles getting us to and from the "fishing grounds".  "We had a good year and finding fish wasn't hard this year. We had a few slow days near the end but that is to be expected with the changing seasons. We caught plenty of fish and had even more laughs." said Capt. G-No. " The crew is finally coming around and learning the ropes." laughed the captain. "Even Billy Bob!"



2009 Saw us hooking up with Capt. Dave Patry of the "Cathy Ann" out of Green Harbor, Marshfield, Massachusetts on a regular basis and he had one of his best years with tuna, bass and cod also. Nobody went home without a nice bag of fillets in the cooler.



Fresh water fishing was big amongst the members with Jimdogg and Elmer catching some big largemouth bass from the kayaks. Carp fishing filled a big void when we couldn't get out in the boat. The "Bite Me Bait Co" Carp Cup was again a success with members of Carp Anglers Group joining in.




Billy Bob captured some nice feeding whale videos during the season along with his "Fisherman of the Year" award. Ocean wildlife along with the many different sea birds only added to the fun. "We saw lots of different whales, seals, sharks and birds'" said Billy Bob. "They usually lead us right to our favorite spots."



Mackerel were plentiful as usual and we used them to find the inshore cod during their late fall run south. Pogies were not as plentiful as 2008 but we managed to get enough to use, though some days it took a lot of work.




The kayak fleet had some nice outings on both the ocean and fresh water. Elmer lost a new Shimano reel and Ugly stik combo only to have it found and returned by the cast of our theater group. "I had a regular year with gear as I lost one rig, broke 4 poles, two reels, and I don't know how many pounds of cod jigs never made it back." laughed Elmer. "I'll be molding new ones all winter."



2009 started and ended on the ice and again we had a banner year. The "Duo" paved the way to another fun and productive season. They always put plenty of fish on the ice. Everyone had crappie pin fish as the 2lbers were plentiful at Oldham Pond. Jimdogg and new associate member Greg Budd weighed in some nice fish just over 2 pounds. We took 2 seconds and a third in the Abington Cellar Ice Fishing Derby held on Monponsett East in Halifax, Massachusetts.. Bass near four pounds and pickerel at 4.5 pounds did the trick. Mar-e had a couple of new personal bests and firsts with some nice big pickerel and northern pike. "I can't wait to get back to Lake Champlain and pike fishing through the ice! Fifteen traps each, keeps you running for flags all day. What a blast!" said Mar-e. " The best part is always meeting new friends. This year we met Ridge Hunter a young man from Swanton, Vermont. You should see him haul in pike! At 8 years old he did an outstanding job and was so cute too."

Cahill North Wedding

South Florida a good take Anytime

Justin proudly holds his Blue Fish

Elmer and Mar-e drop in on the relatives for a couple of days in the sun. "No fishing due to the high winds." said Elmer. So what to do? Keep an eye on the other guy! A tour of the jetties and piers of the Punta Gorda area seemed the thing to do. Almost everywhere there is a place to fish, someone has a pole set up. From sharks to mullet there is someone chasing them. Most everyone catches a fish of some sort, which makes it all worthwhile. Plenty of others fishing for there food too.

The birds are as beautiful as the fish! And the smiles of the fishermen beat them both.

Scott shows a "tinker" Spanish Mackerel

Stone Crab season was in underway in the local waters. Stone Crab fishermen only harvest the claws which grow back to be harvested again. Only one claw from each crab is allowed. It takes around 3 molts to grow back. Here a commercial fisherman shows a half days catch of 60 pounds.

 

Some more friends we met along the way.

 

New generation of fishermen make their mark.

Cousins Arthur and Dan show off their fish.

Winter is on the Way!


Early December snows means Ice fishing is on the way!
Now is the time to scout your local area for new ice fishing spots.
While your at it bring a pole and a few friends to test the waters.



There are many "small waters" spread out along the back roads of our towns and cities. This is the time to scope them out as potential new ice fishing areas. Though we will still fish our usual spots on the ponds. These small waters will be ice fishing ready long before the big lakes are frozen. Take a Sunday morning ride with friends and plan your strategy for early hard water action.

AC loves the scouting duties

July 26, 2009

Make sure to take the gear on vacation!

Paul Caeran of Rockland shows a nice New Hampshire, largemouth bass.

First day fish starts the vacation off right.

Member SOS, (son of skitzoid) nabs a great large mouth bass from one of the many small impoundments that dot the Tri-town area of the South Shore. "I got a whole new generation of fishermen and women to teach. So it's nice to show the kids what they are fishing for. " said SOS

Great day!

July 12, 2009

Mud Flat Stripers

We started out at the canal but high winds and racing current made for bad fishing. So off we went on a scouting trip. AC said he KNEW where we could catch some low tide schoolies and small keepers. I was skeptical but having no where to go.... we gave it a shot. Well wasn't I surprised when Jimdogg hooked into a nice sized schoolie in only 3 -4 feet of water. Chunk mackerel and a circle hook took the honors.

Meanwhile 1500 miles to the south and west we have Elmer III (Sean Ryan) carrying the Bite Me Bait Co banner in Matagorda on the Gulf of Mexico. A couple of decent snappers helped round out a great day.

July 5, 2009

Jimdogg and Elmer hit the water, Kayak style.

The winds were too brisk to hit the ocean so we hit one of the many small ponds that dot SE Massachusetts. This one is in Tinkertown. This small pond has both smelt and alewives runs that help to support some big large mouth bass. The action was a little slow but we boated 4 fish and lost a few to the heavy milfoil presence. The largest was about 6 pounds and put up quite a fight before Elmer could claim him. A large rubber worm did the job. Make sure to use a weed less rig and fish the weed edges.

 Don't overlook the small ponds near home. Many contain decent fish in the 3-7 pound range.

As always we meet new friends where ever we go. Here we have Vieira fishing team.  Harper (Lt) and Karen make up the shore support team. Here they ham it up with Elmer, while Deegan, Collin, and Mike do the heavy fishing.  Our buddy the turtle wasn't about to leave his spot in the sun for anything, "I went out on a limb renting this space." he said. Another dad and his charges turned the sunny day into a science lesson. Dad was catching turtles and frogs, explaining the local ecology to his "students" as they went along. What a great way to spend a Sunday morning!

July 14, 2009

Tuesday Afternoon as the song starts out, was just right for some local pond fishing. Elmer takes advantage of a great dog walking place to catch some Burridge Pond pickerel. Then takes to the kayak in Jacobs Pond, Norwell to land a couple of  nice bass. 10 inch rubber eel does the trick. Fish on the left is about 3.5 pounds.

Herring Runs are here on the South Shore.

Grab the kids or grand kids and get down to Middleboro and watch the alewives swim upstream. There is a park on Rte 44, the site of the "Old Grist Mill", or take a left off Rte 105 south in the center of town to reach the other "Herring Run" park. it's about 1/4 mile down on the left, near the highway barn.

File Photo

This is a great place to inspire most fishermen and women. Even though we can't use them for bait anymore, we know the striped bass will be right behind them. The "Grist Mill" park on Rte 44 is a good take for the kids. A lot to see and do, as many channels, stone walls, and bridges, cry out for closer inspection. A Great trip for an early spring day.

Mar-e and the grandkids taking in the annual spectacle.

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Hello from Texas

Like grandmother, like granddaughter

Mar-e's legacy passes on! Granddaughter takes up the slack to land quality cats in neighborhood ponds. "Fishing is a great time to be with my dad." quipped Mar-e Jr. "My Grandmother has caught some nice fish and I intend to do the same."

Sick of winter?

Think warm! Moose checks in with a plan to ease winters passing!

Nothing beats the winter blues better than a cruise to the Bahamas and a little Bone fishing. Warmth and sunshine abound in the Bahamas. The cruise ship docks and off you go on an exhilarating journey chasing the very tough to catch, "Ghost" of the flats. Oh yeah and on the way south stop by Weldon, North Carolina where the Hickory shad run is going on. On light gear they are fun and then off to the coast and hook them up to catch the big boys.

A little slice of fishing heaven!     with      "Moose"

RIP Moose

 

Bite Me Bait Co, Fall Classic

Ebb Tide unseats Dave as Major Award winner.

37 inch, 18.5 pound fish fish does the job. Ebb had his fish in the first 5 minutes of the evening. No sooner had he cast out his bait then the fish hit. Elmer and  Rock Bottom assist with netting and landing as reel breaks. Dave, who has held the trophy since the spring of 2005, was on hand to turn over the "Major Award" .  "This is my best fish from this spot in a long time." said Ebb  "I'm a happy fisherman tonight!"

Not only did Ebb win the Fall Classic but scores the biggest shore fish from the "secret spot" in 2008.

Some of striped bass caught from shore in 2008

 

Family Vacation Fishing

Take your kids fishing and have a great time.

Elmer shows the "kid" how to tempt. the big ones in the middle of the day. Elmer's son, Tom, is an assistant coach of Tewksbury, Massachusetts, high school's football and baseball teams. He  vacations on a great little manmade lake in New Hampshire, Locke Lake. Lunker largemouth bass and monster pickerel ,join a complete array of pan fish. Bluegills are of large size and feisty.   White perch were good size also and hit surface poppers of various types during mid-day. Yellow perch around 7-8 inches were common if you put your bait near the bottom.

There is no public access, which may account for the large sized fish we saw. Milfoil is down there and the dark and cloudy water makes weed beds difficult to discern. Overall depth is 10 ft or less. Though we had carp baits out all day we didn't hook carp or catfish.

A couple of the bigger fish caught by Tom and father-in-law, Paul Caeran of Rockland, MA

Vacation times can be a good time to get into these private lakes and ponds to chase some larger than  average fish. It also is a good time to spend with the "kids" even when they aren't kids anymore. Remember to catch and release trophy fish of all species.  And buy a license!!

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       Ya HOO!

We are a happy family!

2006

 

G-NO Voted "Bite Me Bait Co"

 Fisherman of the Year

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New Years Day 2007

 

 

G-No receives Fisherman of the year trophy from Elmer.  Grand Poobah Rock Bottom escorts the trophy to Corporate Headquarters. Even Wally was there to congratulate the winner! There could have been one or more sore losers in the crowd, but for the most part we ignored the jeers and went with the cheers.

 

 

There was also some talk of a secret deal to steal the vote, but credible witnesses were beyond testifying.

Fisherman of the Year 2007

Mar-e wins  "Bite Me Bait Co"  Fisherman of the Year for 2007

Winter Meeting 2008

Rain and cold did not dampen the spirits at this year's winter meeting. Early arrivals Jimdogg, Elmer, and Mar-e joined Grand Poobah Rock Bottom, and Flann foraging the beach.  One slightly used lure and a number of golf balls were some of the treasures gathered from amongst the rocks. The rest of the members soon showed up and things got underway. Talk was still about the FOTY vote and Billy Bob was looking for a reversal of the vote, as his "people" were unable to attend the election. Calls of shuddup and get over it soon had peace restored. Food and drink aplenty graced the day with Mar-e's free range roasted chicken getting a lot of attention.  As the moment arrived for the transfer of the trophy, G-No took that long walk from the truck to the porch with a heavy heart. "I will get it back", he vowed. A lively discussion about the date of the official start of the 2008 fishing season was ended abruptly when the Grand Poobah himself invoked executive privilege and declared Jan. 1, 2008 the date.

2007 Champ Mar-e hopes to retain title.

It's that time of year again when big decisions are made as to who will be this year's  winner. Last year's winner Mar-e hopes her 25 pound 9 ounce fully scaled mirror carp, plus her many fish over 10 pounds will make her name the first on the plaque twice. Odds on favorite for this years award is Dave with his possible gold pin, 9 pound 6 ounce largemouth bass. The "boat owners" will get their usual votes from the butt kissers. And even Elmer may get a vote for his 39 pound 12 ounce St Lawrence Seaway common carp. Jimdogg, Billy Bob, AC and Dr. Flank make up the dark horse column, but there is an outside chance the "Wife" could steal the show. Major Award winner Eb Tide may garner a few votes too. Can you say runoff election, sure you can. Billy Bob hopes "His people" show up this year to help steal the award back. "It should have been mine in 07" "I know just how Al Gore felt when Jeb jobbed him." Billy Bob hopes his 2nd place finish in the Bite Me bait Co Carp Cup helps him score a few votes. " I have a new PB. That has to count for something."  Jimdogg says he has two PBs, mirror and common so that should get him some considerations. Voting night should be an exciting event this year with many members attending. G-No still thinks carp is spelled wrong.

Canal has it's share of fish left.

Member Tim Cahill hauls away.

Slack tide was anything but!  The wind was howling up the canal, but it was Tim blowing away the stripers. 10 fish in an hour at high noon is no small feat. Along with brother Jeff, the fish didn't stand a chance.  Nice job Tim! Tim let me have one try and all I could muster up was a large skate.

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Tuna Man

Ken, the male half of the DUO, scores a beautiful Blue fin tuna!

100+ pound fish makes the season for Ken.

I could be FOTY too!