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  • Cod fishing Stellwagen.

    I just got back from an incredible fishing trip.Thursday afternoon we left Upstate NY and drove 400 miles to Gloucester,MA.We got there around 10.30 at night and lodged in the Cape Anne Marina hotel which is about 50 yards away from the boat we chartered for a day.Friday morning at six we left the harbor on the "Kaymantoo" and running at 20 knots we steamed for 2 hours to north west Stellwagen bank into the zone where commercial fishing is forbidden.Once we got there we dropped our lines and from there on it was hard work.It started with a 38 pound cod caught by my carpenter friend Jim and 2 minutes later,my 14 year old son (I made him skip school for the trip)caught a 41 pounder( we put that one back in to spawn another day),which he topped of a minute later with a 31 pounder.From there on it was nonstop hard work for close to three hours and between the five of us we caught some sixty fish with an overall weight of well over 800 pounds.A really strange thing happened.I was hooked into something big,it was taking my line off even though the drag was set at 60 pounds and then it broke my leader (80#).Needless to say,I was very upset.In the meantime my son had hooked into another fish and was fighting it and while bringing it in,he called me to help him and there was my broken leader tangled up in his line with two big cod on it.So he ended up bringing in my double header and his own fish on top of that.His arms were hurting!!The fish was at 200 feet on good structure.We rigged up with power pro and dacron 80 pound line,with 80 pound fluorocarbon leaders and 16 ounce sinkers.It was great to use these braids because we felt every nibble from 200 feet away.Mono would never have done this for us.The Captain of the boat -Kevin Twombly- knows where the fish is and is just a real nice guy.On the way back we cleaned fish for a good 2 hours with the captain doubling as the mate while the boat was on automatic pilot.We ended up with 245 pounds of cod filet.Between my son and me,that means a hundred pounds of filet in the freezer.Going out on a small boat like this is a hundred times better than 50 people standing shoulder to shoulder on a head boat.All in all a great weekend.
    Make sure the plug is in


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    Re: Cod fishing Stellwagen.

    glad ya had a excellent trip !!! you went with one of the best charter captains on the other Cape!!! even tho U broke the law by your own addmitance 60 fish for 5 people U are allowed 10 cod per person!!!Did ya have any haddock????

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    • #3
      Re: Cod fishing Stellwagen.

      The captain was number six!!!!No haddock at all,they are getting some on the southern edges of the bank.By May they should be farther up north.My real wish is to catch a halibut,but it seems that those are no longer around this far south.
      Make sure the plug is in

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      • #4
        Re: Cod fishing Stellwagen.

        Your right the capt. does make six!!!! There has been haddock not far from the breakwater, parse tho!!!!Stricter regulations on cod in the near future if it hasn't happened already!!! Cod going to 24" for recreational fishing

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        • #5
          Re: Cod fishing Stellwagen.

          Not to worry about the 24 inch minimum.It sounds like a good thing.Besides,we did not catch anything under 10 pounds so size was not a problem.Right now we are starting to plan a camping,fishing trip in June or July.We think about camping on Cape Anne or near the Merrymack and using the ramp by the high school.Do you think you can give us some pointers about the possibilities on Cape Anne? Kevin promised he would tell me where the stripers will be.We are thinking about a mackarel,haddock, striper bluefish trip.Maybe even a football or two although those would probably be later in the season.The boat we will bring is an 18 footer with radio,fishfinders and gps pushed along by a 60 horse Johnnie.thanks.
          Make sure the plug is in

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          • #6
            Re: Cod fishing Stellwagen.

            There is the Cape Ann Camp Site on Atlantic Street with Wingaersheek Beach just down the road and they should be able to give you a free beach pass!! You can get on the river side of the beach and cast from shore!!! When you came to go cod fishing you must have taken exit 14, to reach the camp site you would take the next exit 13!!! Will get ya some info or a web site!!!

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            • #7
              Re: Cod fishing Stellwagen.

              Hi rolmops, I'm new to this forum and was suprised to see a codfishing thread. I've been working on putting a trip together myself for the Memorial Day weekend.Was thinking of going up to Provincetown for boat ramp and lodging. A mag. article got me interested and now I'm collecting any info I can get. Heard about the Stellwagon Banks before. Would I be able to reach this area with my 23' boat? Would appreciate any info you can share! I also have better than 400 mi. to travel. Gotta make this one count! THANKS!

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              • #8
                Re: Cod fishing Stellwagen.

                If anyone else out there can help me out on this I would be greatful!!!! THANKS!!!!!!!!!!

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                • #9
                  Re: Cod fishing Stellwagen.

                  rolmops!!!Click on www.cape-ann.com/campsiteYou will be in the best striped bass and bluefish waters of New England from mid June thru Sept.Good thing here is that when wind is blowing hard on one side of the island you can fish the lee side!!!!

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                  • #10
                    Re: Cod fishing Stellwagen.

                    Welcome aboard QuadrupleccccYes you could reach the southern end of the bank,but only if you are prepared to deal with no land on the horizon, unexpected winds,breaching whales 10 feet away from you, your boat can carry fifty gallons of fuel and you have radio,depth finder and gps.Then you must find out which areas are closed for fishing and where the fish is.The small boat launch in P town is fair but it has terrible parking and Provincetown itself is quaint in a very kwere(real spelling censored) way...Pamot harbor might be a better bet.In a nutshell,my advice would be to come without your boat, take a charter trip and pick the captain's brains.After you know what you are up against come back with your own boat in July when the Cape cod fishing is fabulous.I agree with Flyrod that Cape Anne is the better harbor for Stellwagen and besides,out of Cape Anne there are a lot of places that are closer to shore, that will give good fishing now that the commercial season is closed
                    Make sure the plug is in

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                    • #11
                      Re: Cod fishing Stellwagen.

                      rolmops!! shame on U sending that newbie to the other cape!!! U just caught 60 fish off of Cape Ann and your sending him in the other direction!!!There is no better place to fish then CAPE ANN!!! www.kaymancharters.comwww.annerowecharters.com

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                      • #12
                        Re: Cod fishing Stellwagen.

                        Flyrod,There is no better place for the north east and the Gulf of Maine.Gloucester is it!!!If you get really lucky you might go for a day with this guy in Gloucester called Richard Pino,but I hear that he is really picky and not everyone is allowed on his boat.Besides, you better not wear black soled shoes or he'll teach you how to swim.He may or may not have his boat out in the water by memorial day weekend,but in my opinion he will give you the time of your life!!!As for sending that newby to the other cape,well,I did what any good fisherman does.It makes no sense to share a honey hole with all the guys,they'll just empty it out without even saying thank you.
                        Make sure the plug is in

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                        • #13
                          Re: Cod fishing Stellwagen.

                          If that fella is that picky, I guess I will never get on his boat either, all I wear is black soled shoes and I can't swim!!!! Who would want to go with a guy that may have ya swimming and he may not like flyfishermen!!!!

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                          • #14
                            Re: Cod fishing Stellwagen.

                            OK, I'm taking this all in as we go. I got started on this by reading an article about cod fishing in the "SALTWATER SPORTSMAN". They described great cod fishing through May and June off of Truro Ma. Now, they ran their boat across the bay from Plymouth. I thought I could do a little better by finding a launch closer to the fishing grounds. Researched Pamet harbor a little and somehow learned of a launch in P-town. OK, P-town is out! Pamet would be the next target as I'm still looking at 400 mi to get there. IS the fishing for cod any good here or is this guy blowin smoke out his tailpipe? Still not into chartering a boat when I can give it a shot on my own. Reason: I had a really bad experience with a charter in this area many yrs. ago and swore to never do a charter again.Would like to explore some new water with a couple of friends and catch some tastey fish to bring home. Just need the right info to put it together so stick with me so I can get off the fence about coming up there or not. Thanks again for all your help!!!

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                            • #15
                              Re: Cod fishing Stellwagen.

                              rolmops, Not looking to clean out your honey hole, just looking for alittle advise between fisherman. BUT,why post such a good thread about an awsome fishin trip if you don't want anyone else to wonder if he or she might try their luck at catching a few also. For me, I'll only be able to make this trip one time. If I do well maybe one next year. How would this clean out any hole? Not trying to start anything, just thinking aloud

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