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Old 09-15-2004, 12:07 AM
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Folks

Here we go...

Hear comes the tuna tale?

I was invited by my friend Dr. Steve Locke to join a party of 17 other avid
anglers last Monday. The game plan was to sleep on the boat, then go out
for a day of tuna fishing on Block Island Sound. Except for one small
detail ? the fishing regulations ? we had a spectacular day.

We arrived on the boat at 10:00 PM Sunday night, caught some live bait, and
then went to sleep in the boat?s bunking area. The accommodations were what
you might expect ? subspartan.

I awoke when the engines started at 4:00 AM, and had two hours to reflect
on my life while dawn crept over Block Island Sound. We were almost
immediately into small bluefin tuna.

What started as a slow trickle of 24? to 26.75? (limit is 27?) bluefins
built to a crescendo by 2:00 PM. When we stopped fishing, we had well over
150 tuna (caught and released) and two keepers. We also kept a few of the
false albacore and bonito, just for good measure.

Everyone used light tackle. I caught my false albacore and 3 bluefins (I
was exhausted at 3:00 PM and stopped fishing while the others fought fish
until 5:00 PM) on spinning tackle. Some fishermen used light spinning gear
with 6-pound test line, one fisherman used a fly rod. There were tuna
caught on butterfish, squid, live bait, poppers, jigs, and tuna ?flies?.
There was a time when the tuna could be seen racing under the boat and
through the chum slick, hitting anything in sight. Did I mention the other
sights? We hooked into a blue shark (cut it loose) and saw a number of
super-behemoth tuna casually rolling on the surface. Did I mentioned that
we all enjoyed outrageous sushi on the way home? This was, indeed, a day to
remember!

On the local front, Rene at Bridge Bait and Tackle in Salisbury said that
there were plenty of school stripers still around. Rene said that last
Saturday was as busy as a day in June, with fishermen continually coming
back for more bait. Rene said that last Sunday one of his customers caught
over 50 small bass fishing from the shore at Cashman Park.

Kay Moulton at Surfland told me that bluefish were all over ? from the
mouth of the river to Halibut Point. Kay also mentioned that night fishing
off the beach was producing some keeper bass ? try using worms.

Paul Hogg, of Crossroads Bait and Tackle in Salisbury , had had some
success locally with small bluefins. He added that large bass were moving
into the area and could be caught off Plum Island Beach with live eels at
night.

Chris Charos, from Captain?s Parties on Plum Island told me that the
bluefishing was great with his half-day boats running Wednesday, Friday,
Saturday and Sunday, The offshore trips, keeping the same schedule, were
into plenty of haddock with the pool winners being codfish to 41 pounds
last week. Please give Chris or George Charos a call at 1-800-427-1333 to
make your reservations.

Captain Rick of the Yellow Bird wrote about last week?s fishing: ?On
Saturday we had a nice steady pick of haddock and cod the whole day
through. We only made two stops, getting a good amount of fish on both
stops.? You may call 1-888-234-3531 for Yellow Bird reservations.

As always, I thank Kay and Martha Moulton, Rene Vigneault, Paul
DeFrancisco, Paul Hogg and the local sport-fishing captains for their
forecasts and news. If you have your own stories, please call me, John
Altson, at 978-499-9972 with your news, recipes, and stories Better yet;
send them by e-mail to [email protected].
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Old 09-20-2004, 06:20 PM
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This should be my next-to-last-column, as I?ll be visiting my grandchildren
in Texas in two weeks.

Rene Vigneault of Bridge Bait and Tackle in Salisbury told me that there
was still ?consistent? fishing for bluefish and striped bass. He said to
try the night tides upriver with herring and/or clams for stripers and to
try off of Plum Island for bluefish. His colleague, Paul DeFrancisco,
underwent back surgery last Monday ? please remember him in your prayers.

Kay Moulton at Surfland confirmed Rene?s bluefish report. She added that
many school-sized stripers were being caught along the beach at the refuge
? worms being the best bait.

Paul Hogg, of Crossroads Bait and Tackle in Salisbury, said that many
schoolies were still in the river and that one of his charter customers
landed (and released) a 55 lb. striper outside the 3-mile limit while
chumming for tuna. Paul thinks that most of the dogfish have gone.

George Charos, from Captain?s Parties on Plum Island said that they have
been catching ?lots of haddock? and ?market-sized codfish? in the 10-15 lb.
range. He expects the offshore fishing to gradually improve. On the
half-day boats, he said that bluefishing was consistently good ? he even
landed a keeper bass while bluefishing last week. The Captains Parties?
October schedule will be Wednesday. Saturday, and Sunday for the offshore
trips and ?call ahead? for the half-day trips. Please give Chris or George
Charos a call at 1-800-427-1333 to make your reservations.

Captain Rick of the Yellow Bird wrote about last Friday?s fishing: ?Good
steady haddock fishing today. The tide was still running pretty strong out
on the ledge, but we had a nice pick o n the haddock for pretty much the
whole day.? Last Thursday, they hooked and lost a giant tuna! You may call
1-888-234-3531 for Yellow Bird reservations.

I had a chance to grill my tuna steaks last week, comparing my ?boat-fresh?
streaks to ?store-bought? steaks from a local fish market. As you might
have expected ? ?no contest? ? there was a tremendous difference in taste,
with the boat?s fish being far superior.

As always, I thank Kay and Martha Moulton, Rene Vigneault, Paul
DeFrancisco, Paul Hogg and the local sport-fishing captains for their
forecasts and news. If you have your own stories, please call me, John
Altson, at 978-499-9972 with your news, recipes, and stories Better yet;
send them by e-mail to [email protected]
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Old 09-29-2004, 03:08 PM
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Folks


Hurry up and enjoy some great fall fishing!

While this will be my last column of the year, I?m ending on a good note.
The striped bass fishing and bluefishing are excellent and could be until
the next big storm (Jeanne?).

The first report comes from Kay Moulton at Surfland. Kay said that there
were ?lots of fish? along the oceanfront. Kay said that stripers (to 18
lbs.) and bluefish were all along the Plum Island refuge ? the bass hitting
worms and the bluefish hitting plugs. Kay said to try the mouth of the
river on the incoming tide for bluefish; she also said that the boats were
hammering the bluefish outside.

Rene Vigneault of Bridge Bait and Tackle in Salisbury again spoke of
excellent fishing ? ?unbelievable? bluefishing at the mouth of the river.
Rene said that he is selling ?tinker herring? ? small ones ? and that these
herring were bringing his customers some nice bass to 39 inches. Paul
DeFrancisco?s back surgery went well? he is on the road to recovery.

Chris Charos, from Captain?s Parties on Plum Island said that they
terminated the half-day bluefish trips but might restart them again, given
the good fishing. Chris said that the haddock fishing was good, with a mix
of cod and pollock. Pool fish last week were cod ?in the 30?s? and an 18
lb. pollock. Please give Chris or George Charos a call at 1-800-427-1333 to
make your reservations.

Captain Rick of the Yellow Bird wrote about last Sunday?s fishing:
?Absolutely beautiful day on the ocean today, we were able to drift the
whole day. The fishing was average, with a mix of fish coming aboard. The
haddock might have edged out the rest with the pollock coming a close
second. The dogs were present, but not has heavy as they have been the last
couple of days.? You may call 1-888-234-3531 for Yellow Bird reservations.

To all: Have a great off-season; I?ll see you in the spring of ?05.

As always, I thank Kay and Martha Moulton, Rene Vigneault, Paul
DeFrancisco, Paul Hogg and the local sport-fishing captains for their
forecasts and news. If you have your own stories, please call me, John
Altson, at 978-499-9972 with your news, recipes, and stories Better yet;
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