CAPTAIN’S BLOG

Information on the latest news, fishery management issues, and quick notes on fishing.

May 9th, 2016, Haddock and Flounder Here Now

Good Morning,

Believe it or not, I woke up this morning and it is not raining, drizzling or total overcast skies for the first time in a week.  This must be a sign from the heavens to get out fishing.  The haddock fishing is unbelievable now, the best it has been in years with anglers easily getting their bag limits of fifteen haddock per person resulting in good size bags of fillets for customers.

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Plenty of haddock fillets for friends and family after this trip

Plenty of haddock fillets for friends and family after this trip

We have a few trips based this week taking a group of three haddock fishing on the center console on Thursday and a shared (open boat) charter on Saturday on the 35′ boat with a few openings still available for those wanting to fish.

The winter flounder is starting to heat up and we have the option of hitting the local harbors or heading up to Boston wherever the fish are chomping aggressively.  These trips are fun using lighter tackle in shallow water.

The good news is keeper striped bass are just starting to arrive and I would expect by mid month those fish will be here in big numbers gouging on mackerel which we will liveline with spinning rods giving anglers a thrill with fish to 35 lbs.  As always we will only retain what customers will eat or provide to friends and family resulting in a conservative approach.

If anyone is interested in booking a charter for flounder, striped bass, haddock, tuna or shark, please call contact Capt Dave and have a good day.

Respectfully,

Capt Dave

 

Even though there are reports of snow this weekend in parts of New England we are busy getting the boats and gear ready.  Yes, boats, this year I am proud to say we will be teaming up with Capt Jim McFarland Jr. and the famous Big Mac, owned and operated by the late Capt Jim McFarland, one of the pioneers of Green Harbor cod and haddock charters  We will have available the 35′ Big Mac and the 23′ Relentless, each with their own benefits such as four anglers on one boat and six on the larger.  The smaller boat can cover more ground allowing more fishing time.  Either boat will allow you to go home with plenty of fish for the freezer and grill with the opportunity to fish on either an open boat or private charter.

May 1st we start with haddock fishing and shortly afterwards will be checking spots just outside the harbors for winter flounder as they start to move looking for sea worms and mussels.

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April 10th, 2016, Twenty One Days till Haddock Opening  

Good Day,

Even though there are reports of snow this weekend in parts of New England we are busy getting the boats and gear ready.  Yes, boats, this year I am proud to say we will be teaming up with Capt Jim McFarland Jr. and the famous Big Mac, owned and operated by the late Capt Jim McFarland, one of the pioneers of Green Harbor cod and haddock charters  We will have available the 35′ Big Mac and the 23′ Relentless, each with their own benefits such as four anglers on one boat and six on the larger.  The smaller boat can cover more ground allowing more fishing time.  Either boat will allow you to go home with plenty of fish for the freezer and grill with the opportunity to fish on either an open boat or private charter.

May 1st we start with haddock fishing and shortly afterwards will be checking spots just outside the harbors for winter flounder as they start to move looking for sea worms and mussels.

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Mid May the first of the keeper striped bass will arrive and the center console is the boat for smaller parties to go home with some trophy size fish which will be gouging on mackerel as they arrive in the area.  With larger parties the larger six pack boat is available for these trips also.   Later in the season we will start the tuna and shark trips which can be very exciting fishing off shore.

In the meantime we are working on cleaning and greasing reels, checking out the rods and tying rigs for haddock, flounder and bass.  If you would like to inquire about any type of trip please contact Capt Dave at captdave@relentlesscharters.com  Thank you and have a great day.

Respectfully,

Capt Dave

February 1st, 2016, Ninety Short Days to Fishing Time

Good Morning,

I can’t believer February 1st is here and we are three months away from fishing again.  We have been pretty busy over the winter going through the tackle and already starting to tie some rigs.  I have been on the board of directors of the Stellwagen Bank Charter Assoc for a number of years and this season have taken on the responsibility as president of the organization.  This position I do not take lightly as the SBCBA has had a reputation of fighting for the  rights of fisherman, primarily with keeping areas of the ocean open to recreational fishing and making sure anglers have reasonable bag limits.

 This year RELENTLESS CHARTERS will be fishing primarily out of Green Harbor, MA and will still be able to take trips out of Boston and other locations.  We are excited about repeating the great striped bass and winter flounder fishing we had last season and in addition fish harder this season for school bluefin tuna on spinning gear doing run and gun fishing.  We will also be targeting one of the best tasting fish in the ocean this year, haddock with a bag limit of 15 fish per person.

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If you can not get  a party of four for your trip we will have open boat/shared charter trips available.  These trips will be posted on our website once the schedule is known.  Another fishing trip we will offer this season is night time striper fishing starting in August for big striped bass using eels.  If you want to catch some big fish at night and not take a day off from work, this would be a good trip to try.

If you want to get on our email list please send an email to captdave@relentlesscharters.com  Thank you for taking the time to read this and have a great day.

Respectfully,

Captain Dave

April 4th, 2015 – RELENTLESS CHARTERS, ALMOST FISHING TIME 

Good Day,

There have been many things going on the last few months as we prepare for the 2015 fishing season.  One of the biggest was getting fisherman to rally, sending in letters and calling members of the New England Fisheries Management Council and ask them to vote against closing a 55 Nautical Mile Square Area on Stellwagen Bank to recreational ground fishing.  The many meetings with bipartisan state and federal representatives, attending public hearings and speaking out against this paid off yesterday at the NEFMC meeting in Mystic, CT where it was overwhelmingly voted down.

We are in the process of getting RELENTLESS read for the season and she will be in the water before you know it.  We also have ordered all brand new Shimano spinning reels in two sizes, one for flounder and the others for striped bass matched to high quality rods for anglers to use.

We now have some new open boat trips pasted on our open boat (shared charter page) and if interested in going out on a private, shared or corporate trip, please contact us anytime.

March 6th, 2015 – RELENTLESS CHARTERS GETTING READY FOR THE 2015 FISHING SEASON

Welcome Aboard,

I would like to start this season’s Captain’s Blog by thanking everyone who has fished with us in the past and have supported RELENTLESS CHARTERS.  A little history on how we arrived where we are today after starting out in 2001 with a 31’ Downeast Sportfisherman  fishing for cod and haddock, striped bass and tuna.  I had a long career retiring from the U.S, Coast Guard in 2007 after serving on ships and Coast Guard stations from Massachusetts to Alaska.  When I returned from Alaska in 1999 I decided to purchase a charter fishing boat and start my own business after working as a young man as a mate.  We purchased the boat in 2001 and ran hundreds of charters taking thousands of anglers offshore mainly targeting cod, haddock, tuna and shark.  We would often run half day trips for striped bass for those anglers which did not want to be offshore for ten hours.

Mike Stabile had landed the largest cod of the day fishing a jig and teaser

The fishing was excellent with many days limiting out on market cod and adding pollock, haddock and other species to the box.  Sadly over the years changes in fishing regulations by National Marine Fisheries Service has reduced bag limits and changed the thought process on the all day trips.

With the regulation changes and a strong desire to get back to sport fishing with smaller groups we built a brand new 23’ Jones Brothers with state of the art electronics and a trailer to fish other locations.

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The boat is fast to give you more fishing time. We now fish primarily out of Boston in the early season for winter flounder and striped bass.  Once the water warms up we will be targeting school bluefin tuna in jigging and spinning rods.  If sharking is your game the ledges east of Stellwagen Bank offer fantastic light tackle shark fishing.06-22-02-Matt1

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We only use top of the line tackle making sure our customers have the best available to land those fish for the dinner table.  Everyone has had enough of the snow and we will start fishing early May.  Give us a call to chat and discus setting up a trip for your friends or family.

Respectfully,

Capt Dave Waldrip
Captdave@relentlesscharters.com
(617) 462-7885