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Cod jigging running report in 2011

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#1 Kilsong

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 03:20 PM

Cod fishing will be closed north of Cape Cod from Nov 1.
Some nice cod as well as pollock start to show up in Jeffries off NH.
It is time to fish cod/pollock north of Cape Cod before closing.

Here is a report from the Bunny Clark out of Oguanquit, ME.

Oct 21, 2011

Captain Ian Keniston and I ran the marathon trip today. At 2:45 AM EDT, the air temperature was 52°F, the sky was party clear/partly cloudy, the wind was light along the shore (and at Perkins Cove) but fifteen knots (more or less) at the closest weather buoy. The visibility was excellent. The sky was crystal clear but the wind was quite strong on the ride to the fishing grounds. On the grounds, the wind was out of the west southwest at twenty to twenty-five knot. Seas were running about six feet, more or less, in chops. The wind started to decrease by mid morning. By mid afternoon, the wind was still out of the west southwest but only five or ten knots, at the most. Seas were a couple feet, maybe. There was too much left over slop for the ocean to calm down in the flat sense. But there was a time when we had no wind. It didn't last. The wind hauled out of the west at five to ten knots for the ride home. The sky was clear and sunny all day. The air temperature was on the cool side of mild (the wind). The visibility was very good to excellent. The current was strong into the wind. The highest surface water temperature I observed on the fishing grounds was 55.1°F . The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 62°F (with a low of 46°F) today. In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 64°F (with a low of 53°F) today. Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 62°F (with a low of 41°F) today.
The fishing/catching was was excellent overall. There was not really a period of time where we weren't catching a lot of legal fish. Most legal fish landed were pollock, by far. We also caught more cod than we have seen during the last few marathon trips. Legal landings also included six haddock, one redfish, one cusk, twenty really good sized white hake, one sea raven (Steve Selmer) and our second legal sized halibut of the Bunny Clark fishing season. We had a few problems with blue sharks. At least three jigs were lost to them and a few fish were lost as well. Approximately twelve dogfish were also caught. We drift fished, anchored and used the drogue. Nothing worked as well as the sea anchor until about 1:00 PM, when it became more productive to drift. This marks the twentith time where we needed the sea anchor to catch fish - and couldn't have done nearly as well without. All terminal gear worked well today but flies caught the most fish.

Steve Selmer (NH) was the fisherman of the day. He was high hook with the most legal fish and he won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 36.25 pound Maine state trophy white hake. This marks the first time this season that Steve has landed a trophy sized hake. This even though he has been on earlier trips where trophy hake were landed. Some of his other good sized fish included a 32.5 pound Maine state trophy white hake and a 19 pound white hake. His largest pollock weighed 14 pounds and his largest cod weighed 12 pounds. More later.

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