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Old 07-19-2009, 10:31 PM
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Default Re: First GB Keepah 2009

Very nice! Congrat's!

I was in the area this morning around 5:45am.
Had no bait, was throwing plugs.
Went out "front" for some mack, boat wouldn't start, got towed in by Marine Patrol so they could get me out of the way of that LP Tanker coming in.
Gotta get me some bait! lol


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It was a GPS morning from the slip on the Squamscott River to Adam's Point. The fog was thick. Thank you Magellan for the yellow brick road.

Roccus the "king of eels" was my mate today. It was my turn to captain for him. We checked 25 traps and ended with 7 nice bugs.

We then spent the next 3 hours throwing bucktails from GS bridge to Fox Point. The sun was bright and the humidity high. Sadly only a few strikes were recorded. The only action we saw were from boats who had live bait.

I know dawn and daybreak are a working man's best chances at bigger bass in GB. I came home, took a power nap then went to Suds and Soda for a dozen eels. The USS Coalman was back at the Point at 1830.

After a trial drift to get wind and tide correct I was ready. The electric motor did nicely holding my angle of attack. This rip has been very, very, good to me be it bugs or bass.

07-18-09 First GB Keepah. 34" Live eel, released.


There were words of encouragement spoken from a home on the shore as I fought the fish. And a round of applause when the fish was in the net. I considered keeping the fish. But I get as much thrill releasing them as catching them.

We saw the red Norton out there today. I introduced Joe to John McCooey. John is 88 years old and still lobstering. We could have stayed moored up for an hour. When John and Joe got talking about stripers and the "old" days I knew my job was to listen. You should have see both their faces light up when they each discovered they both had pictures of 50's at Surfland. John has been a big influence in my Great Bay adventures.

Thanks for the help Joe.

See you on the water.
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Old 07-26-2009, 09:05 PM
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Default Enjoyment precedes expectations

Enjoyment precedes expectations.

I read those words this morning. They reminded me of the all nighter I recently spent with Captain Danny.

Over the years I have looked forward to hunting or fishing with Danny. During our short friendship we have made more memories hunting and fishing together than most people do in a lifetime. I am talking bucks, hares and bass. He is a lucky charm.

So the enjoyment of spending time on the water chasing monster stripers with Captain Danny far outweighs my expectations.

And in the tradition of the "Adventures of Captain Danny and Coalman".....................

Captain Danny's first fish 16 pounds.


And a little competition never hurts. Coalman's 24 pounder.


Thank you Captain Dan. Till we sail again.
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Old 07-26-2009, 11:39 PM
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Keep up the smiles guy's.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 08-02-2009, 08:26 PM
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Default Bugging is slow but the bass bite is picking up.

08/01/09
I saw 4 wild turkey hens with 8 rooster size poults on the way to the boat this morning. That is not a good average.

Took a co-worker on the lobster line today. 25 traps, only 4 keepa lobster. The good thing is they are hard shell. Lots of shorts. They are coming to molt.

Next shed............your dead. :)

We caught a tommy cod in one trap and saved it till the line was checked. The second rip we tried and Brian was on. The tommy slipped up the line. At least five other bass escorted our catch to the boat. Tommy cod are a secret striper bait. You heard it hear first.

26" Fox Point Striper.


Next we tried a rock weed point with live eels. Brian was on in the first drift. It was kind of a wimpy hook set and the fish broke free. He will have dreams about that fish. It was a nice fish. Next drift we got another 26". The tide topped out and so did the bite.

I heard a couple pogie reports. That got my blood flowing. After a pit stop at home I spent the rest of the day on the Pogie Patrol. They are there. And when I find them, watch out Mr. Bass.

I was at Fox Point near the bottom of the tide. I saw a boat coming from the Bay and he is going over Sunk Ledge. Big hidden rock ledge. I'm saying no, no to myself. He hugs Bickford Island and makes it through.

Not three minutes later here come a 25' with a cuddy. He rounds the green can at the Point and heads straight for Sunk Ledge. Again but much louder my mind is saying NO! NO! and bang he hits the rock.

The engine hits the ledge and comes flying up and stays up. They are dead on the water. Second time in my life I have seen that. I headed off to Oyster River. No way my boat was towing that monster. Plenty of boat traffic out there. He was gone when I got back.

That was a multi thousand dollar mistake.

Red, Right Return. Live by it.

I caught two horseshoe crabs in my lobster trap. Took an eel trap out of dry dock, baited it with the crabs and set it 15 yards off the dock. Checked it today 08/02 and had 12 eels. Three you could have eaten. I let the breeders go. I reset the trap. Ended up with 9 fishable eels in 24 hours. I have two dozen in the car.

And the bass bite is picking up. See you on the water.
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Old 08-04-2009, 11:36 AM
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Default US Fish and Wildlife tagged striper

Newburyport, MA has been giving up steady striped bass . But only up to 30-35 pound range. We are looking for bigger fish so last night we went striper hunting.

I was the mate. We motored out the mouth of the Merrimack River . Captain Joe showed me spots along the beach he has taken bass in his life. We had to motor down and pay respect to a special spot of his. He caught a 61 pound striper there. Along with numerous 50 pounders.

We tossed live eels into the surf till midnight. A few swirls early, followed by some breaking bait, followed by the yellow eyed choppers (bluefish) . We stayed out front till the top of the tide.

Our return brought us through Ipswich Bay and the Plum Island River. When we got back to the Newburyport flats we spooked fish driving by in the boat and stopped to fish. A couple casts and a couple teenagers (mid teens in pounds) were on board and released .

I hooked a good fish and played it to the boat. Low and behold a tagged striper. 40".


I can read DERSIZE CUT OFF TAG-RELEASE FISH. (I followed the instructions. )

A co-worker could see the numbers. I called it in to US Fish and Wildlife. They are going to send a certificate and a hat. I am going to have them framed with the tag.

You would wonder why we drove by spots that have been so good to Joe in his life. He has a honey hole. If they are there it is a night of landing 40 pound class fish or better , one after another. The solitude can be deafening. But the crashing waves always reminds you of your position.

From your friend on a full moon tide.
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Old 08-09-2009, 08:37 AM
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Default The first signs of fall.

08/08/09 The first sign of fall.

Accompanying me today was a lifelong friend. We started with with a quick trip to Dutch Harbor, NH for some much needed lobster bait. After securing the bait and loading the boat it was off to Great Bay.

#1 sign of fall. Man, was it cold on the boat ride out.
#2 sign of fall. The ducks were roosted on the Durham flats by the hundreds.

From experience these are subtle hints of what is to come.

Bugging is poor. 25 traps today, 5 keepa lobsta. The full moon tide was humming. Had to back track on low tide to find stragglers.

No tom cod today for striper fishing. But we did catch two small cunners for bait. What a waste of time. Cunners suck for striper bait. I'm done with that.

The high pressure sure turned off the bass bite. Live eels were laughed at. We didn't see a fish break or any other anglers with fish on. Even though the Bay conditions were perfect. There was a limited breeze and the water was like glass. And NO POGIES!!!!!

The hard shell lobsters are still coming into the Bay. That is a good sign for the September run.

"Next shed.............your dead".
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Old 08-15-2009, 05:38 PM
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Default The fall bite has started.

08-15-09
For the first time in a few years I thought I was going to get the skunk.

The first 15 traps in Little Bay produced only short lobsters. Then it was on to Fox Point. It wasn't until trap number 17 that I got my first keeper. I am optimistic. It can only get better. :)

I caught a small tom cod, about 6 inches. After checking traps I took a ride to Adam's Point. Put a number 4 hook through the tom cod's nose and a 25" striper was in the boat on the first drift.

With an outgoing tide and a pail of eels on board I headed back to Fox Point. The first stop was the honey hole. There was no need to go any further. I caught bass all through the falling tide. The fall bite has started. I caught the last fish at noon and it had to be 85 degrees.

Who says eels don't work in the daytime? 35" I need a bigger cooler.
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Old 08-16-2009, 02:37 PM
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Default Darmok and Jilad at Tanagra

Darmok and Jilad on the ocean.

"The story behind the phrase is something like what follows: Darmok arrived on an island alone. Jilad also arrived on the island alone. together, they had to fight a beast. They won their battle against the beast and left the island together. The concept expressed was one of strangers, or possibly enemies, confronting a common cause and becoming allies or friends as a result."
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If you are a Star Trek Next Generation fan you will know these terms. I am reminded of this mythology when I get together with good friends and we try and conquer the sporting world we live in.

Today Darmok, Coalman and Jilad, Roccus got together to try and conquer the food chain.

We started before the sun came up chumming and catching mackerel. Next it was off to the boulders for some balloon bobber fun. The stripers didn't show up for the battle.

We hooked our cannon, the bait well, to the 115 Merc and went looking for trouble. A short boat ride later with our front line offense swimming the sand a bluefish, otherwise known as lobster bait was soon on board. It didn't take Jilad long to add another to the fish box.

The rising sun turned the enemy, the stripers and bluefish, battle weary. Jilad added two linesiders to the boat before the heat sent the troops for shade.

As Jilad's Dad would say, "It was a good day to be alive."


So the mythology is complete. Two soldiers from different backgrounds, Darmok the Great Bay and Jilad the Merrimack River came together on an island of friendship on the open ocean and slayed the enemy.

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Old 08-16-2009, 03:55 PM
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hark! lest thee catcheth him thy minute quarry?
whilst thou taketh picture with such a beast?
oh the heat and delerium must be abound!
say yee he's not aloof and battle fatigued?
our great and noble eel lord of the merrimack......



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Old 08-29-2009, 12:34 PM
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Default Heat and commitments.

08-22-09
My fathers eightieth birthday party is tomorrow. And yours truly is the cater. There wasn't much time to work the Bay today. My mind was elsewhere. Happy Birthday Dad.

It was so hot today it wasn't fun. The only breeze was when you put the boat in gear. The 25 traps produced 4 fold over last week and I ended up with 8 keepa lobstah. I put them in the car for future use.

No tom cod so bass fishing was out. I am getting enough horseshoe crabs in my traps to support bait in my eel pots. Eel trapping is good. I kept two eels from the trap today for a friend who loves to eat them. Man there are some hogs in the river. Both eels were so big it makes 'em scary.

08-28-09
Due to Tropical Storm Danny's arrival in New England tomorrow and a co-worker who has a taste for lobster I took a ride in the Bay to empty the lobster car. I took a few eels with me. The tide was right to do a couple of my favorite drifts.

As I was baiting up I saw XP600 and bdragon in XP's boat on an intercept course. It is always a pleasure and special time when you meet friends on the water.

We made a plan and both our boats boated bass. Before I knew it the last rays of light were coming from Durham and the west. That left me with a six mile high speed twilight boat ride. I was the last one off the Bay. It was good to see the trestle come into view. That means I had been blessed with another adventure on my "Great Bay".
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Old 08-31-2009, 09:42 AM
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Default 3 B's and a lot of T's

Great Bay 08-30-09
The first B is for bugs. Checked 25 traps and caught 6 keeper lobster. Lots of shorts today. One trap had 5 lobsters in it. Only one was a keeper. Also saw my first female lobster in about a month. Where they go........the males will follow.

The second B is for bluefish. I caught two tom cod in my lobster traps today. The tide was just turning out as I did the honey hole drift. I get a nice hit, fish runs, I set the hook.........nothing. While reeling in to make sure the circle hook wasn't embedded in the bait and I only see half a fish coming in. Then like a ghost the bluefish comes back for another bite. After a minor tug a war and I end up with a hook and a head. Those boo fish would haunt me the rest of the day.

The third B is for striped bass. After losing my tom cod at Fox Point and with a bucket of eels in the cuddy I pointed the boat south to Great Bay. I got there just in time for the first outgoing drifts. Not to slow, not to fast. And that is where I stayed until a fuel check told me it was time to go home. I left biting bass.

I fished the Bay from approx 11AM to 2 PM. I had non stop action. The first 3 drifts produced 3 bass. Biggest 27". Then the bluefish moved in and I lost a couple eels. And then just like me I hook the biggest fish of the day, it turns south towards Greenland, against the tide, peeling drag and I lost it. :-( I bet I had action on half the drifts I did.

There was another fisherman over to the west. When I landed my last bass he couldn't stand it any longer and came over to do the drift. I knew it was time to leave. I am learning something new in the Bay every time I go. Yesterday I could tell within 20 yards of where the bite was going to be. Two o'clock in the afternoon of a bright sunny day, live eels and I ended up with 7 bass in the boat.

Can you image what is there at night? :shock:

I'll end with the T's. On the way to the boat this morning I saw this brood of wild turkeys.

Somewhere in that grass is about 16 turkeys.


Yesterday was a good day to be a "Bayman".
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took my wife for her surgery this morning "5am" and saw roughly thirty turkeys. next time i go i will or should have a camera to take the pic. i have been wanting to snap a pic of myself with them at least 5 times. i know how you turkey hunters up there are and it would blow your mind.. anyway, glad yer havin fun and hope pops enjoyed his birthday.



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Default Birthday bass. A 50 for my 50th?

Thank you Captain Dan for giving me a birthday present that will last a lifetime.

Laid my head to rest with momma at 0330. No matter how hard we tried it is hard not to do the "last" drift.

We started at the beach where the sand meets the rocks. Drifted in 6' of water the whole way to the rocky shallows. No popping , no slashing, no hits. Then we tucked tight behind the pick and up to 6' of water. We did the drop off a few times. I saw one fish, big boil. No bites.

Over to the tagged striper spot. We could have spent the night there. The water was like glass. The splash of the eel could be heard to shore. One problem......no fish.

The tide is coming up so we head to the honey hole. The only fish of the first drift was Captain Dan's 27 pounder. A good friend and striper hunter was going by us. Thanks Joe for the picture.


After the photo session we hung back to the buoy till the tide turned then started our exit. In a patch of drift that has been very good to me over the years I landed a 23 pounder. Got her off the hook, took a picture, motored up and returned to the drift.


Just about the fairy wander spot I hooked up with the troller. The line is peeling drag. Dan says big fish that drag is tight. I got to fight her in wide open water.

Sure I wanted a 50 for my 50. Didn't happen. What did happen is I got my 2nd PB striped bass. 46" 39 pounds. She was a real hog. Thick, fat and strong. The lip hook made the fight memorable. The honey hole lived up to her name. She doesn't give up quantities of stripers but the quality can't be beat.

Live long and prosper my finned friend. You added another twenty years to my life.
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those are some fine fish coalman. congrats on your new personal best. keep up the good work.
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