Reel-Time Fishwires Updated

A Bonito

In the Cape Cod Fishwire for Reel-Time.com this week I spent a little more time than usual actually delving into the issue of rotten inshore catches of striped bass off the Boston coast. Basically I note (with statistics) that two of the past 4 years have been some of the worst spawning years since the 1980’s, when the fish almost ceased to exist. Not a good thing…

To the North in the Boston Fishwire, I have good reports of tuna and even some bluefish showing off Plum Island. The stripers are making a better show of it in both Boston and Plymouth Harbors, but its still a dog of a season for most of us. Check out the commercial catch stats I posted in the Cape Cod report…very interesting.

Reel-Time Fishwire Reports Updated

A busy afternoon – I’ve posted new reports for Boston and for Cape Cod on Reel-Time.com

In Boston, we’re still waiting on a real appearance by the bluefish.  Very strange, they haven’t been so late that I can recall.  It kind of reminds me of the stories the old timers told me back in the 1970’s that they remember not seeing blues in the 30s and 40s north of Cape Cod.

School bluefin are showing out at Stellwagen, so the games in Cape Cod Bay and off Cape Ann should start very, very soon.

On the Cape, the bonito have moved in to Menemsha, so figure in the next week someone strikes green in Falmouth, then from there, the entire south side starts to light up.  The funny fish are in and things get bizarre from here.

Boston and Cape Cod Fishwire Reports for July 10

Boston…When the Going Gets Weird

I’ll try not to spoil it for you.  Basically, there’s a lot of talk how the stripers aren’t turning up inshore.  Tons of bait, and it’s going unmolested about it’s business.

The theories are many, but I question whether it’s a fundamental shift due to the declines in the cod that have allowed the stripers to take up residence as alpha dogs on Stellwagen.  At least until the bluefin really assert themselves.

Cape Cod…The Haves and Have Nots

On the Cape, much the same thing.  The Canal is deadsville.  But the outer beaches and Monomoy are looking good.  Plus, the rumors of bonito abound, but nothing I’m ready to believe yet.  Figure within the next two weeks it breaks loose.

My Reel-Time Fishwire Reports are Up…

Cape Cod Fishwire for July 3, 2008

Boston Fishwire for July 3, 2008

I’d sworn last September I was done writing the Reel-Time Fishwires (weekly fishing reports).  When NameMedia bought Reel-Time.com I realized that just wasn’t in the cards.  So I’m now finding the fun in the reports again.  A couple things I noted as I posted this week:

  • The Fishwire management system is antiquated.  It was a nice try in 2001 when it was built, and frankly I hated it then.  It has not improved with time.
  • Flush left page templates look like 1999.
  • Lots of broken links.  Tons of them.

The long and the short of the story is that I’ve got a lot of work to do.