The Electronic Fisherman

As the years progress, more and more electronic gadgets and “must haves” become part of our fishing gear.  Some of the more obvious items include, fishfinders, gps, radios and cell phones.  All of these items can be used by both shore and boat people.  It it just gets better with all the apps that are becoming availible for the blackberries and iphones.

A nice striper from Capt. Joe Leclair

A nice striper from Capt. Joe Leclair

OH! in case you doubt my list, there is a transducer you cast out and look at a wrist reciever as a monitor for the shore guys.  Add one more item for boaters, a radar unit.  Even this once out of sight item is getting more affordable and downsized to fit smaller and smaller boats.   Putting a small unit on my 17 ft boat is very doable is I had the money.

My question today is which of these items is the most important?  By most important, which do you look at the most and check the most often during the course of the day?

For me it’s my gps.  My fishfinder has a pretty screen when it works but I often catch fish when it shows nothing below the boat. I also do a lot  of shallow water fishing where even the dumbest fish is not going to sit 2 ft under my boat.  The radio? I have in case some needs help.  No one hails me and it is rare that anyone responds to one of my hails (hopefully the Coast Guard will when I’m sinking).

I use my gps to find my way about in the fog which is interesting since it is a very old unit (not waas) and it will occasionally have me putting along on dry land, but it’s land I’m very comfortable with.   I use to to find my lobster pots, which gives me something to do when the fishing is slow.  I can kill the better part of a morning cleaning crabs out of otherwise empty pots.   Sure I use navigation features to get from here to there and back again.  But the most important use for my gps is to keep track of the mileage.  My fuel gage does not work and by knowing how far the boat has traveled, I know when it’s time to add more fuel.  While I have not had the pleasure yet, I’m sure it’s not a pleasant walk from Fishing Ledge to the nearest gas station.

Get out and fish, lets hope that Hurricane Bill does not mess things up too badly.

Bob Parsons

Cape & Islands Editor

Elizabeth Islands

From Capt. Joe Leclair

leclair bass 1

Fishing for Striped Bass continues to be strong. I think the fall run has started, no maybe this is the end of the fresh spring fish still showing up, I don’t know. I have also been catching the big blues we get at this time of year and Bonito. I have been fishing for Bluefin Tuna with the larger spinning gear and 15 weight fly rod ~ these fish are HUGE. Gitty Up !!!

Captain Joe LeClair
North Eastern Anglers

Martha’s Vineyard

Bonito fever is rising,  I’ve made several trips over to the Island and have seen them busting.

For Capt Brice’s report visit his blog here:

Capt. Phil Cronin reports from Capawok Charters:

Martha’s Vineyard Fishing Report … August 21, 2009Not Much Happening During the Third Week in August…

Every experienced Northeast angler knows that there comes a week in August when not much happens. The third week of this August was just that sort of period i.e., SLOW FISHING. With the water temps mostly in the plus 70 degree range and the ocean speedsters not quite prevalent among the inshore areas, there has been little excitement. Even the arriving bones have simmered down to almost a standstill the last couple of days. The best I’ve had to offer this past week has been some feeble attempts at lassoing bonito after which a little blue fishing was in order. It definitely was a lackluster week.

On the plus side was the opportunity to get offshore and do some tuna fishing. I had such an opportunity on Tuesday, August 18 when Captain Bob Clay invited me to head out to the shipping lanes with him and the highly regarded shore fishing guide, Ron Domurat. It was a wonderful day out there on his 30’ Contender, “Bonehead”, as perfect conditions prevailed. What a fantastic boat. Although the fishing turned out mostly slow, we did manage to boat a yellow fin and mahi-mahi. Offshore fishing is not my bag but with those two guys as my mentors I learned a great deal and can’t wait to seize another chance to get out to the blue waters off the Vineyard’s south shore.

News of Note… Albies have been spotted within close proximity to Vineyard Sound. It should not be long until these rod breakers start showing up in targetable numbers. With all the bait around the island we expect a good albie season. Get ready for the little tunny action.

Tight Lines and Singing Drags,

Captain Phil Cronin

Cell: 617-448-2030


This week has been up and down on the fishing. The Bonito Bar has not been
consistent this week at all. It seems to be hit or miss. I can seem to catch
one or two a day but that is not that great. With the weather coming through
this weekend we are all crossing our fingers that we will be spared by the
Hurricane. It sounds like we will get some wind and rain. The report from
Great Point is that the Blues were really good today. There have been a few
more Bonito landed up there this week also from the beach and by boat. The
Striper fishing has been pretty tough this week. Seen a bunch but could not
get them to eat. That is the report for today. Not great but not too bad

Capt. Lynne Heyer
Cross Rip Outfitters,Ltd.
24 Easy Street
PO Box 55
Nantucket, MA 02554


Action in the canal seems to be heating up!


I had a decent outing, but I didn’t get out until late, after 11. By then, most of the weed had cleared, and the tide had slowed to a fishable stage.
Jigs are ‘yesterday’s news’. They ain’t likin ’em no more. It’s plastics these days.
I fished until 1:30, and from all the driving I did that day, I was dead on my feet, and skipped what was probably the best part of the tide.
The fishing was decent, with a steady pick of low keepers, up to 30″.
I’m VERY impressed with the EPO presence this season. You just never know when or where these guys will pop up these days (and nights). I was checked out twice myself last night.This is why night fishing is so intoxicating. Had an cool encounter with Mr Wily Coyote last night. Around 12:30 I decide to take a small keeper for dinner this week. I had just dispatched the fish, and was in the process of bleeding him, when I saw the unmistakable silhouette of a canine head, ears perked and erect outlined against the skyline. The coyote was just off the crest of the service road, not 20′ from me, and must have stalked me (or the noise I made). We locked stares for a moment, up came his tail, and in an instant my univited, but totally cool guset was gone.
Yes macks

they are most certainly macks, had one jump out at my feet while casting

North Side

There were some nice fish in and around Barnstable this past week.  I caught 40″ fish two days in a row which is unheard of for me.
BobP. had this:
Outer Cape Tuna
Lot of boats taken advantage of the excellent conditions.  Just make sure you are properly equipped.    Heard of people losing gaffs due to big fish and also a boat capsizing trying to haul a giant over the gunnel.
This is an excellent warning from PeterSorenson

With all the chatter about people catching tuna with all kinds of gear, there is an increasing number of small/medium size boats on the bank that do not have any radar or radar reflectors.

Small fiberglass boats make ****ty targets and do not show up too well at the same time those boats can not see anyone else. The fog hasn’t been too bad of late but believe me, we will have days that start out nice and sock in on the bank.

I bring this up because 4 years ago, before I had radar, I was up by the old BE buoy and the fog came in thick. I was cruising north at @10 kts nervous as hell when my daughter, who was sitting on the cooler seat in front of the console, started waving her arms and pointing up…………………………….

….. at the smokestack of a container ship that was crossing left to right about 300′ ahead of us. A chill ran up my spine as this ship [U]silently[U] passed by and disappeared into the fog. I did not return to the bank until I installed radar. Another challenge is the tug/barge traffic heading into and out of the CC canal going to Boston….. tow cables are deadly.

I hope everyone thinks twice about going that far offshore to chase tuna without the necessary equipment. Odds are you can go many times without it but the first time you get socked in, you will be in jeopardy of running into someone or worse, getting run down by another GPS pilot who is flying blind.

A couple of tuna pictures from Capt. Joe Leclair
leclair tuna 1leclair tuna 2

Be careful out there, put those lifejackets on if you are a small boater in heavy fog.

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2 comments on “The Electronic Fisherman
  1. avatar Bruce says:

    2 other good pieces of electronic gear– I try to be right about the PFD when out on the ocean solo, but who would know I’m floating around out there?
    1) Casio submersible cell phone from Verizon
    2) Personal epirb worn on the pants belt (present from swmbo)

  2. avatar fishing says:

    The evolution of fishing gear and accessories along with the development of the bass fishing industry brought about the development of various lures specifically used for different fish species. Many only work for specific types but some cover a wide range of species of fish.

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