The Ramp Crowd

One of the nice things about the Cape is that there are numerous ramps which provide access to various fishing grounds. Of course by using these ramps you often have to deal with other people and therein lay the major problem with having to use a ramp.  There are ramps so famous for the antics that people have been known to set up chairs to watch on busy mornings.

So what are some of the common problems seen at ramps?

  • There is the newbie back up trial and error zig zag.
  • Kayakers that feel they must launch from the middle of the ramp and take their time doing so.
  • Boaters that back down and then prep their boat for the water are always a pleasure to have to deal with.
  • How about the person that has to have their boat on the trailer just so, and will back the boat off and reload several times.
  • And then there is the person that puts the trailer too deep and then can’t deal with the windy conditions.
  • Then there is the husband/wife tag team that has to argue the proper way to back the trailer down.

Being a single boater most of the time, I find it annoying when a group of us are waiting for a space on the dock so we can get out trailers, and someone drops a buddy off so they can get their trailer ahead of the boaters that have been waiting for 20+ minutes.  Of course these issues are not a problem for those that launch in the wee hours of the morning to chase after the big bass or distant tuna.

Elizabeth Islands

From Capt. Joe LeClair

An amazing week of bass fishing for the first week of August !!! This is usually the slowest week of the whole season. Not this year. Bass fishing remains very strong and the Big Blues are back inshore so Look Out !!!

Captain Joe LeClair
North Eastern Anglers

Martha’s Vinyard

From Capt. Phil Cronin

Martha’s Vineyard Fishing Report … August 6, 2009

It’s the end of the 1st week in August and we’re still catching bass????…


Steve Bags a Bass on the Snake Fly

Usually by the first week in August we are strictly targeting slashing bones but this year has been totally unpredictable. The bass fishing goes on even if the water temps have hit 70. What’s the reason? In a nutshell it’s the overabundance of bait; especially the juvenile herring flavor! The entire North Shore of the island is loaded with herring and sand eels. From Dogfish Bar to West Chop you can run across huge areas thick with herring. Both bass and blues are chocking on the tasty critters. Quite frankly, I’ve never seen so much of it and believe me when I say, I’m not complaining. I am surprised that bonito have not joined in on the banquet yet but I expect when they do all hell will break loose. It’s unfortunate but the east end of the island along with out back behind Chappy has yet to really turn on. Perhaps that’s going to change in the next week as the only sign of bones has come from the Hooter, Hawes Shoal, and Hedge Fence. Why they have not hit the inshore bonito haunts is anyone’s guess. If I was a betting man I would put some money on next week being some excellent bonito fishing.


Barney with a bruiser 10+ lb. blue

Several people have asked me about the effects of the poor economy on charters and island tourism. My answer is that you would never know there was a serious recession going on as traffic has been horrific on the rock and all the charter captains I know including myself are busy as can be. Fishing seems to be the tonic that pushes the stress and strain of life to the side and makes way for fun, excitement, and a challenging diversion. Get out and fish, you’ll see what I mean

Tight Lines and Singing Drags,

Captain Phil Cronin
Cell: 617-448-2030


Quentin puts the Loomis to the test


From Capt. Lynne

The big news is the Bonito have arrived to Nantucket. They have been caught off Great Point off the shore. The bad news is that the Bonito Bar has been slow for the boats. As of yesterday I have not heard of many being caught but they have been seen. Blue fishing along the South shore of the Island is still strong, Great Point today was slow but Burt Went landed a few. Stripers are still around but are becoming harder to get them to eat.

That’s the news for today.

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

South Side

Monomoy rips seem to be slowing down. Small biltzes have been seen around Waquoit. Unicorns have been seen stuck in Wood’s Hole.

North Side

From Joey Langan:

Well many of us have been seeing peanuts around in tidal rivers and marshes for a while now and anxiously waiting to see just how many would be around this year. For the first time this year I saw bass key in on them on the north side of Cape Cod. My father and I were fishing the flats when we came across a school of bass that were clearly feeding but ignoring his sand eel pattern. Confused we then saw fish briefly blast bait on the surface. As we watched we saw those classic silvery sides reflecting in the sun as they leaped to prolong the coming of their imminent demise. Definitely encouraging but after last year I am still holding my breath.



BobG. reports:

Suprisingly few people out again tonight. Couldn’t blame it on the weather, as it was near perfect.

Began getting hits as soon as I arrived. Had a steady pick of hits/fish the entire tide. Certainly not furious action, but more than we’ve come to expect for August. The fish were on the smallish side, barely reaching keeper classification. However, typical to mid summer fish in the canal, a long cast was needed, with a fairly heavy jig, skimmed right along the bottom.

A footnote from a previous outing. I kept a 30″ fish for dinner the other night. Both Bill and I remarked on the massive girth, and it’s ‘football’ appearance. We both figured the bass must have gorged itself on lobsters and such. We were wrong. I preformed a necropsy of the fish after it was filleted, and found 2 massive, ripe green egg sacs. The eggs looked like they were ready to be spawned.


Well I tried the east tide a few hours later and it pretty much stunk. Not one hit all night! However, there was a lot of surface activity after first light, at least where I was. After practically emptying my tackle bag, I finally got one 28″ fish on a cripp herring. They were chasing a small (2 inch or so) wide body bait, most likely butterfish, and very selective. Didn’t want small plugs nor white spros. I think I got the one fish pretty much by accident ! Saw a couple of mid 30″ fish taken here and there but all in all it was a very slow night on the east tide.

Outer Cape and beyond

Heartbreak is…….
SamfightHandle NUMBER 2 breaks!!!!Ruge dawns fins and dives in and swims to Finchaser for spare parts!

Ruge returns and the battle continues.

4 hours 45 minutes, Sams on the rod pulling and palming the spool for all he is worth.

The fish in 40′ down and HUGE!!!!! Sam rolls the fish and victory is near!

4 hours 47 minutes………… the Owner jig hook breaks and the bend. The fight is over!

Everyone saw the fish twice for several minutes. General consensus was 80″ and around 300#

The only up side is all of my/our gear held up. The Penn 950ssm suffered 2 broken handles, but the drag and gears held. The St Croix creaked but never failed dispite both Sam and Shaun not just palming the spool but actually gripping it !!! My trip surgon loop held (thank god) and Pametfisher’s 130# windon we were testing held perfectly!

The fish fell for a 9″ white jiggin Hogy on a 1.5 oz. Owner Ultimate jighead. The hook was in the corner of the jaw (we saw it at the first dart attempt)

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