New York Fishing Reports

Another limit today

Left the dock at 1PM today with Co Captain Bob. The photo below shows 5 fish and as we were taking the photo, a dead stick produced our final fish, a keeper. So we got the limit with the largest fish being 6 lbs. Stocking up the freezer for winter. I highly recommend a vacuum packer if you plan to freeze your fish. You bag the filet first and let it freeze, then you vacuum the air out so the fish does not lose water having been frozen first. 4 months later, when thawed it tastes like it was just caught. Once again, all fish were caught in less than 25 feet and very interestingly about 25-30% were keepers. This is much better than last year when you needed to go through 35-50 shorts to get a keeper, so things look promising, at least where we are fishing.
Finally, as an FYI, yesterday’s fishing was lousy with very few bites on known blackfish spots.

Wishing everyone tight lines and perfect blackfish!
Best regards
Captain Ray

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Cape Cod Tuna Trip

Headed up to cape to fish on the 80 ft viking "On the Edge". Headed out Sunday morning for what would be an absolutely epic bite. Non stop bites on a down rigged Joe Shute and Ballyhoo combo. Started to morning off with a fat under, and a few minutes after landing that fish we boated a beautiful 71" fish. Got the baits back in the water and got back on the troll, 10 minutes later we had a 130 with line screaming off the spool. Fought the fish for about 20 minutes and got a good look at what is estimated to be about a 90" fish. Released the giant and kept on trolling. Another 15 minutes pass and had another one on. This continued all morning, ended up releasing another giant, broke two off halfway through the fight and had one spit the hook. Had tuna airing out all over and whales breaching. Absolutely blessed to have been on a trip like this. The strength and power of these fish are unmatched. I’ll be back !

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Fresh Bluefin Tuna Poke

A good friend of mine Andrew gave me this recipe. Came out amazing! IMG_3636.jpg

Ingredients:

As much fresh tuna as you plan to eat (sushi grade is this will be consumed raw)
Soy Sauce
Oyster Sauce
Sesame Oil
Green Onion
Sesame Seeds

Directions:

Start out by cubing the tuna into whatever size pieces you like. I did about 1/4 – 1/2 inch pieces. Place your cubes in a bowl. Coat tuna cubes with just enough soy sauce to coat all of them. Don’t over do it. Add a few drizzles of sesame oil (this stuff is strong) to taste. Mix up everything. Next up add a dab of the oyster sauce – this is to add a bit of sweetness and thicken up the soy sauce mix again. Cover the tuna and put in the fridge to marinade for about an hour.

Prepare some white rice. Top the rice with the tuna mixture and add green onions for color and flavor. Garnish with sesame seeds and enjoy!

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Thank Poseidon I Didn’t Have My Tuna Gear Aboard This AM

Because of the moon tide, I couldn’t get out this AM until 7:15, so I got my act together and left then, destined for my hot cod spot. Of course since my trip out of the harbor passed my favorite early incoming bass spot I took a drift where I dropped one, but time was wasting and there were cod to be had. Out in the bay I was concerned about the breeze which was more than the light ones the forecasters had predicted, but the 6-8 ft swells coming in the other direction were of a sufficiently long wavelength to keep thing fishable. As I drove out into the open ocean I saw huge splashes popping up here and there which I assumed to be tuna, but couldn’t positively ID because of the swells and chop, and because I saw some swarms of harbor porpoises also feeding on the surface.

When I got to my range and dropped I started catching cod immediately and had a 20 min drift good for 10+ fish, all tossed back because they were too small. Unfortunately during that 20 minutes the wind rose to a good steady 15 kts. When a gust over 20 kts hit the boat I said, screw this I’m out of here.

However during the drift the splashes moved closer and yes I could finally confirm them as tuna when a 6ish ft fish came a good 8 ft out of the water to let me know Charlie was in the building. Thank Poseidon that I took the tuna rod off the boat earlier in the week. Had it been there, I would have probably made a poor decision and thrown the spreader bar over in swells of 8 ft, a chop of 3 ft, 15 kt winds and by myself trolling in an area full of lobster gear.

It would have ended badly for sure had I hooked up, but it would have been on hell of an epic fail tale…

I got to lick my wounds upon returning to the harbor where I hit my favorite mid-tide incoming water spot for a pair of 24" bass. All in all better than sitting around watching the Sunday AM Talk Shows…

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Rat Fish !

Not sure it it belongs here but there’s but there’s a no Fishing ban in the Anglers Lounge.

A Norwegian fisherman recently lured a catch fit for a horror movie.
Oscar Lundahl works as a guide with a sports fishing tour company. He recently went out to fish for blue halibut off the coast of the island of Andoya in Norway. While on the hunt for the rare species, he caught something that nearly caused him to jump out of the boat.
"We were looking for blue halibut which is a rare species about five miles offshore,” he told The Sun. “I had four hooks on one line and felt something quite big on the end of it. It took me about 30 minutes to reel it in because it was over 2,600 feet deep."
What he reeled in was a catch that is sure to inspire bad dreams: a fish with gigantic eyes, a slimy mouth and a snake-like tail. To some, it resembles a prehistoric creature.

Oscar Lundahl caught this ratfish while working as a fishing guide for Nordic Sea Angling. (Facebook)

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The frightening specimen is called a ratfish, a relative of the shark, which dates back 300 million years. Its Latin name, Chimaeras Monstrosa Linnaeus, stems from the mythical Greek creature that had a head of a lion and a tail of a dragon. It feeds on crustaceans like crabs and is considered non-threatening to humans – despite its ability to induce nightmares.
Since the fish was already dead when it was caught, Lundahl took it home and fried it up. Surprisingly, the creepy catch didn’t taste as bad as it looks.
"Despite its ugly appearance, it was really tasty,” Lundalh told the paper. “It is a bit like cod but tastier.”