Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Oct. 14th Fishing Report

Fished the past two days with charter group up from Connecticut. Great bunch of guys and all fishermen to boot. Found plenty of boats at the NWC Sunday morning so we trolled towards the Southeast, I want to find some of our own water to work, can't handle trolling in fleet of 150 boats. All by ourselves we find some fish and Bang!!! Swimmer goes off, all hands do their job and Tim slips on belt and begins a 20 minute fight. See color and we're ready to gaff when POP and plug comes back Without the fish, oh well....Been there done that!....Set back in and within 10 minutes we're on again but this time fish gets the gaff and we're on the board. Marked well for the rest of the morning but no love. Back out yesterday and there's wayyyy less boats, bite goes off just before slack and within an hour and half we've had three fish to the boat, one for dinner two get the tag. Again quiet the rest of the day. All fish hitting swimmers. Couldn't get a sniff on anything up top whereas in previous trips it was the sluggos and the Ocean Lure halfbeak plug that was taking em'. Well be back out this week and will continue with the reports. We're gonna fish these well into November as the Kelly Ann is built for foul weather and I always keep the heat on in the cabin...I hate the cold!
Capt. Mauro DiBacco

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Fishing Report Oct 4th, 2008

In a  word,  Tuna,  the Bluefin Tuna bite is really on right now and will most likely stay that way until well into November,  this week we got out twice and both trips were steady solid action, many hookups and fish brought to the boat.  We are mostly trolling and setting up on the jig if conditions seems right, I think the jigging thing will pick up as we move later into the season,  we'll see, but I know one thing, the fish will get hungrier, meaner and bigger!!!
Tight LInes
Capt. Mauro

Monday, September 22, 2008

Fishing Report Sept. 21, 2008

What a great week of Tuna fishing, three trips and on all three we caught fish.  The fish all seem to be in the 60"/125lb range and are putting up quite a battle for each and every angler.  I went out with friends on Tuesday and even got to battle one myself, now I know why I love this sport.  On the other fishes, Cod/Haddock are making a good showing out on Jeffrey's, and inshore Bluefish are in and out, great fishing one day and spotty the next.  If you're interested in any fishing we'll be running out of Gloucester for the rest of the season (puts us much closer to the fall fishing grounds) and going up until Dec. 1st. 
Till next week
Capt. Mauro

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Fishing Report Sept. 7th, 2008

The Tuna fishing is now in full force.  It's definitely worth checking these out.  Most fish are in the 55"-65" range and are proving to be brutes on lighter tackle outfits.  Giant Bluefin Tuna are also being brought in on a regular basis.  Our Giant Tuna charters are all a per person trip so call for info.  These fish should continue to eat here through October and into November.  Bluefish are also here in big numbers, with many larger Blues mixed in with smaller.  Striped Bass are back in good numbers and are chasing local Pogies up onto beachfronts.  Til next tide.
Capt. Mauro

Monday, September 1, 2008

August 31st, 2008

It's been and up and down week on the Kelly Ann.  We started our week with fantastic Bluefishing, some of the best Bluefish action I have ever seen and ended up not being able to troll up a School Tuna on Saturday's charter, first time I've had a Schoolie charter and couldn't produce a fish.  That was very frustrating, but I guess you can't hit em every time up...At least the Bluefish help save the day and there were plenty of laughs to go around...The Giant Tuna bite is really starting to pick up and we'll start to target them this week, if anyone is interested in trying to land one of these monsters just give me a call as it's a per person charter.  I'll also be running some open boat school Bluefin Charters in the coming weeks so again if interested give me a call or shoot me an email.  Sharks are here in good numbers and being September it's also time to go 'sharkin'....Cod/Haddock are still very productive and the dogfish (shhhhhhh) haven't been too much of a problem!  Til next week.  Tight lines.
Capt. Mauro

Monday, August 25, 2008

Fishing Report August 24th, 2008

Well it's been tough keeping up with these weekly reports, but here goes.  The Bluefishing has been outstanding in Ipswich Bay, it seems every trip we are catching one after another. Lots of fun for anglers.  The Striped Bass has hit the August doldrums a bit but we still managed quite a few keeper Bass on every trip thus far.  The Cod/Haddock are still out on Jeffrey's in good numbers and we've been targeting them around the area of the ridge with success.   We finally managed a Tuna trip this week and ended up with a very respectable 125lber. caught on the troll down off Stellwagon.  There are loads of fish down there and they are on the feed, so its TUNA TIME!!!  There are also plenty of big Blue Sharks moving onto the ledges and we will start targeting them in the next week or two....Stay tuned.  With fall around the corner the water temps will start to fall and the fish will become hungry, that's why I love fall fishing.  Till next week, take care and tight lines....Capt. Mauro

Monday, August 11, 2008

Fishing Report August 10th, 2008

As has been the case the Striped Bass action has been red hot leading up til last week, with many 40"+ Bass coming into the boat. Since the beginning of the year we have been lucky enough to have Mackeral here to use as live bait, but all that changed this past week as the Bluefish have invaded our local waters. They are here in outstanding numbers....Now is the time to go after these fun fighting fish. Giant and School Bluefin Tuna have also come in and we will begin targeting them this week. We will continue to run inshore Striped Bass and Bluefish trips as long as the fish stay. Starting Sept. 1st it will be offshore Tuna time!!! If you cannot get together six friends to share the price of a full day charter, please give me a call or shoot me an email and we'll see if we can either put together a shared trip or we'll also be running a per person Bluefin Tuna rate....Call for details. As always tight lines and safe fishing.
Capt. Mauro

Monday, July 14, 2008

July 14, 2008

Bass, Bass, Bass.  That's the story of the week.  There are incredible amounts of Striped Bass in the Merrimack nowadays.  Seems like everywhere I look rods are doubled over.  The Mackeral are STILL here, wow.  I have never in my days seen Macs like this around so late in the year.  Makes finding live bait simple, we're all going to get spoiled!  Some days the Stripers are larger than others with many keepers coming over the rail, others we are overwhelmed with the smaller fish.  But what fun, constant action.  This is the Merrimac at its finest.  There are 20-35 lb fish coming from the mouth also, just have to weed throught the smaller ones.  On the offshore front the Cod/Haddock pick is good right now, just have to keep moving to stay away from the dogfish, the Tuna fishing is just getting ready to go, I can feel it, there's just too much bait, and the Sharks should be moving in soon.  Don't hesitate to give me a call if you have any questions or are looking for an update.  Till next tide.
Capt. Mauro
Having problems posting pics, will get them up as soon as possible

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Fishing Report June 29th, 2008

It's been two weeks since my last report, I apologize for last week but family keeps me on the move as I'm sure all of you with children can attest.  We've been out on numerous Striped Bass charters the past couple of weeks, some big bass were out front early last week but it was difficult to stay with them as the Bluefish have arrived and the Mackeral are thinning out.  We did manage a dozen or so in the 36-44" range last week out past the MR Buoy and up towards Hampton Shoal Ledge.  Moving into the river has brings many schoolies with a keeper here and there, great fun for the kids and anybody looking for consistent action.  The Bluefish fishing is starting to pick up as they're becoming more prevalent in Ipswich Bay and on the frontside of Plum Island.  Two Tuna trips to Stellwagon Bank produced nada but the whale show was absolutely phenomenal.  I haven't seen bait or whales at the NWC like this in 6+ years.  I feel it's going to be an outstanding Tuna season and can't wait to get back at it.  I'll be off till after the Fourth so I'll post early next week on what I hear is going on as the Kelly Ann will be at her slip while I hit the road with family.  Then it's almost nonstop for the rest of the summer.  Hope all of you have a safe and happy 4th.  Till next week.
Capt. Mauro

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Weekly Report, June 14,2008

Another solid week of Striped Bass Fishing.  Mackeral are still here in astounding numbers and there are more and more big Bass filtering into Ipswich Bay.  Thursdays charter with New England Management was a bit slower on the Bass side but they kept plenty busy with the Macs, Fridays charter saw a couple of Tuna hooked up with a nice fatty 125lber come over the rail.  We got a later start than normal but within thirty minutes of lines in the closest rig got absolutely slammed and we were off, the fish stayed right at the surfare and you could hear the line slicing through the water, what a great way to start the Tuna season.  It took Mark about 30 minutes and some complaining about the night before but he got the fish.  We later found massive amounts of bait and whales feeding with Tuna cruising around on top all afternoon but could only manage one bite out of all this as the Tuna fish were not very aggressive, problably had eaten their full and were just digesting.  Frustrating....But this happens quite often with early season fish.  The tuna are just starting to move in and we will start targeting them regularly from now thru Thanksgiving. Saturday's charter saw fantastic action almost limiting out on some very large Bass for Warren and crew.  Kudos to 8 year old John Taylor, I have never seen anyone as relentless as this young man jigging mackeral for a solid, and I mean solid six hours.  Last picture is of a fish we took out of a Striper's belly?  Anyone know what it is???  Till next week, tight lines....
Capt. Mauro

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Fishing Report-June 6th, 2008

What a great week of Striper Fishing!  The fish are here, they are big and hungry.  Most days seen catches of 6+ fish ranging in size from 36"-44".  Macs are the ticket right now, but if you'd like to try this fishery, now is the time-soon these macs will be gone and the offhshore fish will invade local rivers.  Saturday saw limited action for Joseph and crew, we did manage some fish towards the end but had to work extremely hard for them.  Monday the action was oustanding with all big fish coming over the rail and again on Friday they were tearing through schools of mackeral.  I popped in a picture of six year old Tannah with a nice 40" er.   Till next tide. 
Capt. Mauro

Friday, May 30, 2008

Fishing Report-Week ending May 30

The Mackeral are making a run into Ipswich Bay and with them come Big Stripers. 
 Three trips this week produced good amounts of Mackeral, Big Striped Bass, some nice Cod and Haddock.
Things are just starting to take shape in the waters off Plum Island.
Inside the Merrimac the Bass are starting to come in massive schools blitzing  bait from the Mouth all the way up to the Dam.
It's time to think Fishing. 
I'd like to say 'Thanks' to a great group of anglers from Vermont, its always a blast having you on the boat.  See you soon.
Tight Lines til next week.
Capt. Mauro