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Old 06-28-2009, 09:53 AM   #31 (permalink)
 
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Default SQUID CONTINES TO HOLD UP!!!

Capt. Paul was very pleased with last night's squid/bottom fishing trip. The first part of the trip featured a couple drifts for fluke in which keeper fluke, jumbo sea bass and a few big scup were taken by anglers, then we set the hook and while the squid bite started slow and small it ended fast and much bigger. Anglers filled 1/3 to 1/2 a five gallon pail which is exceptional for so late in the season. As long as interest holds we will continue to offer this squid/bottom fish combo trip on Saturday Nights leaving at 7pm by reservation. Once anchored up anglers can also continue to fish for bottom fish if they so desire and while on this trip the bottom fish bite was slow after dark, on other recent past outings it has been incredible. If you have any questions regarding this trip or are interested in booking this trip kindly call the office.

Capt. Rich and Capt. Mike both report a nice mix of good size fluke and big sea bass on their full day trips. The action has been steady with loads of shorts keeping anglers busy as well in between catching the ones they can take home. Both the 7am and 8am full day fluke boats sail daily.

Just a reminder that we are now half day fishing daily from 8am to Noon and from 4pm to 8pm and starting the 6th we will add a Mon, Tues and Wed mid afternoon trip leaving at 1pm and returning at 5pm.

Striped Bass fishing at night will expand to a Wed through Sat Night sailing schedule this coming week and on July 10 we start our Night Blue fish expeditions on Friday and Saturday Nights. All these trips depart by 7pm. The Striped Bass trips are by reservation and payment in advance.
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Old 07-02-2009, 05:34 PM   #32 (permalink)
 
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Default FLUKE FLUKE FLUKE!!!!!!!

Capt. Rich reported today's fluke fishing on the 7-4 fluke/cbass trip was some of the best so far this season. The majority of anglers aboard had full limits with those who did not dangerously close to their limit. All nice jumbo fluke up to just over 8 lbs. Mr. Pak had his limit with no problem while Bob from Ct had his limit as well with fish to 7 lbs, both using small jigs/buck tails tipped with squid and spearing. John Frost and Gary spazato teamed up for 11 jumbo fluke to 8 lbs using viper spoons tipped with small whole squid. Mike and Lou, both longtime regular customers who hail from southern Rhode Island teamed up for ten big fluke and did their damage using green mylar flies and magic bus spro jigs. A few handfuls of sea bass as well, nice keepers but no monsters. The 7am fluke/cbass trip sails daily.

Capt. Mike and Capt. Paul both report fishing on the 8 to 3 full day boat and 1/2 day trips to be holding up very well. A nice mix of keepers to 9 lbs and plenty of shorts to keep anglers glued to the rails. On yesterday's 8am to 3pm trip Steve from Tampa Florida, who is up here on vacation had his limit of jumbo fluke to 9 lbs by 11 AM!!! Joe Hyman, longtime regular customer from Boston, Mass had 5 jumbo fluke to take home yesterday including a brace of 7 lbrs. Joe and Steve were both using whole squid and bucktails tipped with squid/spearing combos. In addtion to the great fluke fishing the numbers of good size sea bass to nearly 3 lbs continue to be excellent. One angler on a half day outing nailed 10 keeper sea bass!! Wow! It has not been at all uncommon for anglers to get four to six nice keeper sea bass apiece in addtion to the fluke. The 8am full day trip and 1/2 days sail daily.
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Old 07-03-2009, 04:53 AM   #33 (permalink)
 
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Default STRIPED BASS BONANZA LAST NIGHT ON THE LADY FRANCES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Capt. Ray reported it was lights out Striped Bass fishing last night for the small group aboard the Lady Frances. All nice big linesiders with the majority of the anglers aboard limiting out and a few even catching 4 or 5 big bass each, retaining only their limit of course. There were three bass over 30 lbs with the best in the mid 30's. Capt. Ray looks forward to another night of good Striper fishing tonight leaving at 7pm aboard the Lady Frances.
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Old 07-07-2009, 04:27 PM   #34 (permalink)
 
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Default 14 lb fluke taken on half day trip!!!!!!!!!!!!

Capt. Mike reported a truly giant fluke taken on last night's 4-8 1/2 trip. Bill Borque from Narragansett RI was jubilant as the net was slid underneath the behemoth 31 inch 14 lb monster flatfish!! This is the year's biggest fluke thus far and like the three biggest fluke of last year it was taken aboard the Admiral Fluke. The rest of the night featured a slow pick of mostly keepers and some hefty sea bass up to 3 lbs. Capt. Mike reported the 8am to 3pm trip over the past couple days have been solid with a nice mix of big fluke to 7 lbs and good numbers of sea bass to 3 lbs, however on today's outing the 8 to 3 customers got into some real hot and heavy action late in the trip and some anglers managed several jumbo fluke apiece in just a short period of time. Sizes to over 7 lbs.

Capt. Rich reported the 7am to 4pm trip has been very good recently as well. Some limits on most of these outings and fish up to 8 lbs recently with some hefty sea bass in the mix as well.

Capt. Frank wanted everyone to know that Whale Watching got off to a successful start on Sunday. Capt. Mike was at the helm and reported humpbacks breaching all over the grounds. Capt. Mike also commented on the abundance of sheerwaters and gannetts as well. We look forward to another excellent season of Whale Watching.
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Old 07-17-2009, 07:48 PM   #35 (permalink)
 
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Default FLUKE AND SEA BASS FISHING EXPLODES/STRIPER FISHING RED HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!

Capt. Rich reported the Fluke/Sea bass fishing the past few days has been nothing short of extraordinary with limits not at all uncommon and just about every angler walking off the boat with two to six jumbo fluke apiece and upwards to a dozen nice sea bass apiece. Some of the sea bass recently have pushed the scales down to 5 lbs!! A half dozen sea bass per man has been not at all uncommon to go along with the big fluke. Most of the fluke have been over 4 lbs with 5 to 6 lb fish not at all uncommon and pool winners in the 8 to 9 lb range. The 7am Jumbo Fluke/Sea bass trip sails daily aboard the Gail Frances.

Capt. Ray reports last night's Striped Bass fishing was excellent. Nearly half the boat was limited out on good size bass to 20 lbs. The action was solid all night long and even a few good size blue fish in the mix!! Capt. Ray feels the last three weeks the Striper fishing has been some of the best and most consistant in many years. Striped Bass fishing sails Wed through Saturday Nights at 7pm.
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Old 07-18-2009, 08:41 AM   #36 (permalink)
 
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Default STRIPED BASS!!!!!!!!!!/OTHER TRIP UPDATES

Capt. Ray called in once again to tell of another fantastic night of Striper fishing for the meager group of anglers who braved the weather forecast. Turns out despite a few scattered showers it was a rather pleasant night and the fishing was exceptional with just about a full boat limit of good size bass to the low 20s. Capt. Ray looks forward to tonight's trip leaving at 7pm aboard the Lady Frances. Still plenty of openings so call the office if interested.

Capt. Don reported Whale Watching continues to be off to a great start. Over the past week breeching Humpbacks, Minke and Finback Whales have pleased customers putting on great shows while there have also been plenty of sea birds for bird enthusiasts. Whale Watching sails Tues,Thurs,Fri and the weekend at 1pm aboard the Lady Frances.

Capt. Mike reported the 8am full day fluke boat has been keeping customers incredibly busy catching fluke. In fact some anglers have caught more fluke in a day recently than ever before!!! The keeping is not quite where we would like it but good fish come aboard every trip with Mr. Stepp from Colchester,Ct taking big fish of the week honors with a fine 29 inch 10.5 lb slab on Friday's run. Some big sea bass up to 4 lbs and quite a few jumbo scup to 2 lbs recently as well. Still loads of sand eels around so the fluke have been piled up around the bait. Double headers are not only common but frequent at times. One angler limited out on scup while fluking on Friday's trip!! The 8am boat sails daily aboard the Admrial Frances.
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Old 07-22-2009, 08:17 PM   #37 (permalink)
 
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Default SEABASS CRUSH ON THE GAIL FRANCES !!!!!!!

Capt. Rich reported his anglers delivered an all out assault on the jumbo sea bass today with everyone on board leaving with bags of fresh snow white sea bass fillets. Not only were the numbers excellent but the sizes exceptional with the majority of the fish in the 2 to 3.5 lb range and the biggest just over 4 lbs. Sam Rondino from N. Brookfield Mass was hi hook today with 16 of those jumbo sea bass including three double headers of jumbos!! Many other anglers had around a dozen nice sea bass apiece. As far as the fluke portion of the fluke/cbass trip it was a bit slower to due lack of drift however a solid pull of fluke to over 5 lbs was managed by anglers. The 7am jumbo fluke/sea bass trip sails daily aboard the Gail Frances.

Capt. Don reported an outstanding 1pm to 5pm half day outing this afternoon with Big fish Bill Bourque from Saunderstown,RI once again taking big fish honors with a 9 lb slab! For those keeping track Bill also caught a 14 lb monster slab two weeks ago. Once again the magic rig for Bill was the hi lo white feather rig by Finstrike. A good number of other big fluke and a pile of big sea bass to 4 lbs were taken by the modest group of anglers aboard this trip. Capt. Don came down and swung the rod for an hour or so and put five big sea bass in the box. Half day fishing sails daily 8am to Noon and 4pm to 8pm while this 1 to 5pm trip sails only Mon through Wed.
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Old 07-26-2009, 10:50 AM   #38 (permalink)
 
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Default STRIPER STRIPER AND MORE STRIPER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Capt. Frank fo the Frances Fleet wanted to pass along that this past Friday and Saturday Night featured some of the best Striper fishing ever witnessed by Capt Ray and the crew of the Night Striper trips!! Friday Night the fish were big and there were lots of them with the average size in the mid 20's with several fish in the 30's to fight it out for the pool while Saturday Night most fish were teen size with a few bigger ones to the mid 20's but both nights it was almost all keepers with just a handful of good size choppers mixed in. Friday Night was just about a boat limit and Saturday Night featured a sold out crowd and many angler limits. Night Striper fishing sails Wed through Saturday Nights at 7pm.
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Old 08-09-2009, 09:37 AM   #39 (permalink)
 
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Default Fishing update week ending August 9th

Capt. Frank reports excellent fishing and weather this past week for anglers fishing aboard the Frances Fleet. The Block Island Striper trips were excellent the entire week except for some reason a bit slower Saturday Night however Wed through Fri night featured lots of limits on Stripers with pool fish in the 30 lb range and fish in the 15 to 20 lb range commonplace. More and more blue fish mixing in as well as the occasional doormat fluke. Striped Bass fishing sails by prepaid reservation Wed through Sat nights at 7pm. Capt. Rich has been finding excellent sea bass fishing for his fares recently with anglers catching upwards to a dozen big sea bass apiece on some trips and the numbers of jumbo fluke coming aboard rose steadily through the week with a lot of seasoned anglers getting several fish per man towards the end of the week and over the weekend. Pool winning fluke generally in the 6 to 8 lb range this past week. The sea bass have been mostly jumbos up to 3.5 lbs with a handful of super sea bass up to 6.5 lbs recorded. Some blue fish and scup in the mix as well. The big news this week was the Charter Capt. Chris had for Dave Nicoletti and his group from B&L who crushed the jumbo fluke to 10.1 lbs and big sea bass to 4 lbs. The 8am full day fluke boat also had some much improved fluking this past week with better numbers and sizes up to 7 lbs and lots of sea bass. On Friday's run one angler had 15 jumbo sea bass to 5 lbs to go along with a brace of fluke in the 5-6lb range. Plenty of action on recent half day outings with jumbo fluke to over 8 lbs recorded and some good numbers of sea bass plus plenty of scup, short fluke and super size sea robins to keep rods bent and anglers busy at the rail. Night Blue fishing is cancelled for the rest of the summer due to slow fishing and lack of participation. Whale Watching continues to be strong with lots of Finback and Humpback Whales being sighted on recent outings. Still tremendous amounts of bait around and early word is that Tuna and Sharks of several species have invaded the inshore grounds.
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Old 08-16-2009, 10:27 AM   #40 (permalink)
 
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Default Striped Bass and other updates

Capt. Frank at the Frances Fleet reported it was a good week of fishing highlighted by Saturday Night's Striped Bass trip which produced a nice load of good size bass up to 40 lbs. A bunch of good size blue fish mixed in as well. Night Bass fishing continues on its four day per week sailing schedule through the first week of September and will likely continue Friday and Saturday Nights at least into the rest of September. Fluke trips this week produced excellent numbers of keepers up to 9 lbs on most outings. Varying numbers of sea bass but some went up to over 5 lbs. More and more scup including some real giants up to 3 lbs showing up on some of the outings and on September 1st we begin our daily scup trips at 8am. We look forward to what looks like it will be a truly extraoridinary scup season. Early word is that the inshore and offshore grounds are just loaded with tuna whales and bait hopefully promising a very exciting offshore season in the not too distant future. Last but certainly not least for those cod enthusiasts, it is not too early to think about day cod fishing which we will switch over to sometime later in September. Stay tuned for further details!!
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