Spring is coming
2 Mar 2009
Mother Nature throws you a curve ball.
I am here at my computer watching 12" of snow blowing around outside my window and the thermometer is reading 20 degrees. Early last week we saw 50 degrees but the weatherman says we won't see those temps again for another week. It has been a long cold, snowy winter here in New England and everyone is getty itchy to wet a line.
My cabin fever was broken last weekend by attending a tuna fishing seminar which was given by a couple local captains. I always enjoy attending these events because there is always something new to learn. It also gives me a chance to meet many of the guys I speak with on the VHF while on the water, and put a face with a voice.
One of the charter captains I met was a guy who also fishes commercially during the winter for cod with rod and reel. A very interesting guy who told me that right now the Stellwagen area is loaded with cod and big ones to boot. The fish are in the deep water but very fishable. On the days he gets out he puts his 800lb daily limit in the boat in around 4 hours! The was the best medicine I could ever hear to help cure cabin fever.
As soon as this storm blows by the guys at Yarmouth Boat Yard will start working on the Lady Diane to get her ready for the April 1 opener. Generally I fish the first couple weeks on my own to be sure I have the fish dialed in for my customers but if the reports are true, and those cod don't leave the scene, I hope to take charters soon after the opener.
Dont forget that if you book any charter for the 2009 season before April 1, you can deduct $50 from the charter price!
Lets hope Mother Nature decides to give us a break soon.