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Date posted November 20, 2011 9:02 AM
Posted by fishhead1985
Report location New York > Offshore > STARSTREAM VIII: WRECKAMANIA
Fishing method Boat
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Offshore wreck season has begun with yesterday's trip on Mike Wasserman's Starstream VIII and the trip was a lot of fun, and despite some REALLY rough sailing conditions, quite comfortable. Cod were the primary target on the 40-60 mile wrecks and, if you listened to what the Captain said, you were able to avoid the doggies to an extent and put a decent catch together. That being said, this is very different from the open bottom drift fishing I've gotten used to with the Block Island winter fishery. Yet, I'm really coming to enjoy this kind of fishing, and it's really making a big comeback. In the coming weeks, I'll be on a bunch of full blown offshore seabass trips, and I betcha we'll have cod there, too!

One guy (Mark) got his limit with no problem, and these two teenagers got a great mixed bag, including some real supersized porgies! The personal highlight for me was catching my biggest codfish ever (only 10 pounds; I admit it :) and a 3 or 4 pound humphead seabass. This, however, was overshadowed by the incredible presence of common dolphin all throughout the day. THEY WERE SO FAST I COULDN'T EVEN get a picture of them. The eighty mile wreckss and the giant seabass now await...Forget blues and bass for now (YOURE SAFE TIL MAY!!!). It's all about the offshore wrecks!

The Great Cod Comeback: Mark''s Limit


Yours Truly with his biggest cod ever (for now)


Hold Em High

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Joined: 05/06/2003
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 11/20/2011 10:48 AM  

ShadesShades Nice.........upup

Joined: 07/31/2009
Posts: 1721
Location: NY BIGHT
 11/20/2011 12:23 PM  

nice going gentsup

i only fish on days that end in Y..

Joined: 10/12/2010
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 11/20/2011 12:25 PM  


What advice did the captain give you to avoid catching dogfish?

Joined: 08/29/2009
Posts: 1667
Location: The World
 11/20/2011 12:32 PM  

The guy who got the hi hook only got two dogs and fished one plain 6/0 hook a foot above the sinker (though I usually use two hooks for seabass, one may be a better idea when its mostly cod vs dogs). Mike also encouraged people to travel around the boat if they weren't catching. Those who stayed in the stern the whole time only caught dogs, and the exact same thing happened to me on a different trip 8 months back.

Joined: 12/01/2008
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 11/20/2011 12:55 PM  

more pics

i got my limit and released a few more but the best part was only 1 dogSmile


Joined: 08/29/2009
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 11/20/2011 01:17 PM  

You guys were phenomenal!

Joined: 12/01/2008
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 11/20/2011 05:38 PM  


thanks i got my 10 to around 15lbs and my buddy zach got 6 to about 13 lbs it was a good trip!

Joined: 08/29/2009
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 11/20/2011 06:16 PM  

Excellent trip; until this trip and a Brooklyn VI trip I was on last month, I didn't take the cod fishery in this area too seriously (I did almost all of my cod trips near the Block Island area), but now its going to be a prominent part of my fishing.

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 11/24/2011 07:20 AM  

italianfishermn wrote:

nice going gentsup

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