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)
A HUMPHEAD AND A BACCALA FOR YOURS TRULY
Hold Em High