The Goose Hummock has moorings available on our Town Cove mooring field. A few slips are also available. To make things even better, our gas pump is about to be installed and ready to go. Let this be the year that you make the move to spend more time on the water. Make those trips out to the Outer Beach when vehicle traffic is closed, go clamming, tour Nauset Marsh or out the inlet to the Deep Blue.
We can get your boat in ship shape as well.
Our marine service department of Certified Marine Mechanics is ready to get your boat tuned up and ready for the season.
Tune ups, Repairs, Bottom Painting; whatever you need.
The one question I’ve been getting lately is “where are the bluefish?”. Well, that’s hard to say . Normally they would have made a showing by now. Not a lot of them but a smattering either on the North Edge of Billingsgate Shoals or in by Stony Bar. One bluefish was caught by the Flying Mist about a week ago and there are rumors that a few have been caught in the Sunken Meadow area from shore. For the longest time the bluefish was the main staple of the Rock Harbor Charter Fleet.
Until the striped bass started their comeback about fifteen years ago, the bluefish was the main fish we found in the Bay. The full day trip was really the only trip when it was possible to find a few stripers. As the stripers became more and more prevalent the amount of bluefish in the area slowly decreased. By this I mean instead of landing over 100 fish on a full day trip it might be down to fifty and we always found enough to keep our anglers busy on the half day trip. Now it seems our fishermen are interested as to when the bluefish will show up. Actually, if given a choice as to which fish gives the better fight I’d go with the bluefish. The striper is a prestigious fish to catch and having one on the line gives you a good tussle but it’s almost like pulling in a bucket at times. The bluefish, on the other hand, is erratic and can jump, strip out some line and then charge the boat. Their actions keep you weary all the time.
The striped bass have mainly been either on the South Edge of the shoals or out in the deep water north/northwest of the #1 can. In the deep water most everyone has been using the umbrella rig. It works the best as far as artificial lure go. Some boats are using live mackerel which they get around the Fairway Buoy just outside Sesuit Harbor. The schools of bass are in amongst the lobster pots which make it difficult in getting the rig to them at times. Plus, they seem to disappear for part of the tide which is usually the out going and then just appear out of nowhere, don’t eat for a while and then you start catching them. The South Edge of the shoals is almost the same way but the fish are much smaller and there are much more of them. In a few years those smaller fish will be legal so this is a good sign. These areas will continue to be active for a while.
I had Chris Woodworth and his family out fishing last week. His two sons, Brian and Mike, did most of the fishing. Chris did land the larger of the two stripers we kept but his kids were the real fishermen of the bunch. One of the keepers we found on the South Edge of the shoals and the rest were out in the deep water off the North Edge. Amanda, his 13 year old daughter supervised from the bridge between naps. We did leave a little early that morning. Since that trip the fishing has gotten better so we are on our way to an active summer. Hopefully the bluefish are not far behind.