Fishing Aboard the "Helen H" out of Hyannis

 

Leaving Hyannis harbor at 7am on a beautiful summer day. Who could ask for more? Well fluke fishermen are looking for running tides and winds to match. Tie on a fluke rig and a buck tail or the weight that will keep you on the bottom and your golden. Squid strips, spearing, smelt, or sand eel will soon bring a doormat your way.

 

 The big one is around 12 lbs                                       Mar-E with her first fluke

 

Nice Black Bass were a great compliment to the big fluke.

The boat was full, but only limited to so many. If you want the "best" spots get there before 05:30. The crew comes in and takes over parking and all aspects of the trip. For $65.00 this is a great trip. Fishing on Nantucket  shoals, we moved from spot to spot chasing fish. Early in the trip the tides were slow to slack and fishing was spotty. The above black bass was caught on the first drift along with an 18 inch fluke. The Captain was working hard to catch fish and stayed way beyond the return time when we were hitting fish late. There was an abundance of 5-10 pound fish and we were happy with the average size.  The crew was busy with netting, gaffing, and fixing line tangles most of the day and they set up a great fish cleaning station.  Taking care of fishermen and women is hard work and they did their job. This was a good trip to take and Mare-E and I are going to take a cod fishing trip with them this winter.

 

 

There are different rigs to be used for fluke. The basic one is a weight big enough to hold the bottom and  a fluke hook with strips of squid or spearing. I like to use a standard commercial rig, but instead off a standard weight I use a bucktail. This gives you two hooks and increases your bass catch too.

 

Wow I wished I'd pulled that one up!

 

story by Elmer Mudguaard photos by Mar-E and Elmer