The famiy and I went on our annual cod fishing trip with the Yankee Fleet last week. The fishing was not as spectacular as the last trip, the dogfish were proving themselves to be an absoloute plauge. Despite that we had some decent fishing with some cusk, cod, haddock, a good size pollock and even a pair of Wolffish!
Once again the bait of choice was cut clams. I have learned since last year that the key to using clam bait is to use a small a peice as possible in combination with getting a good peice of stomach.
The Cusk were actually caught at many different stops, but for the sake of convenience, all of them are listed here. These Cusk are actually among some of the biggest I have caught, providing a good amount of table fare. It is alos my opinion that cusk fight somewhat harder than Cod or Haddock, though not nearly as hard as Pollock and not even in the same league as Wolffish.
Both Wollfish were also caught on cut clam baits. These fish are most certainly the hardest fighting specimens I have ever tangled with on one of these trips. The rod bent right over and the spool went slowly as they fought for every foot of the 250 feet they were pulled from.
Both of these wollfish were caught at the same stop. I was not the only one pulling them up, as another angler pulled up a decent size one right behind me. It's such a shame we can't keep them these days, as they make great eating and good sport. This is the smaller of the two that I caught.
Staying with the cut clams, I pulled up this haddock on one of the last stops. He just barley made the legal limit. Another fish for the table!
This fish was caught on one of the last stops. Getting the bait down to the bottom was tricky here due to the strong tide. Everybody's lines were drifting and tangles were common. Still, if you could manage to get the bait down there were plenty of fish to catch.
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One Ugly Mother This is one of the mates holding the larger of the two Wolffish I caught. Handling these monsters can be tricky these days as that menacing set of teeth is more than capable of liberating you from several of your fingers. The old method (for a keeper) was to bring it up on deck and promptly beat the s%@t out it with a club or bat. Now however, they must all be released alive due to their endagered status, so thee hook needs to carefully removed with a set of pliers, while keping your hands and feet clear of it's mouth.
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07/29/12 05:37 PM
Pool Winner This is the fish that we beleive won the biggest fish pool for the boat. This monster White Hake was caught by an angler right acroos the deck from us.
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07/29/12 05:37 PM
Our Biggest Keeper This is the biggest fish we caught and were allowed to keep. My dad caught this nice pollock on one of the last stops. Pollock can be tougher fighters, especially when they attain larger sizes. 07/29/12 05:37 PM
Haddock attack! This fish was caught on one of the last stops. Getting the bait down to the bottom was tricky here due to the strong tide. Everybody's lines were drifting and tangles were common. Still, if you could manage to get the bait down there were plenty of fish to catch. 07/29/12 05:25 PM
Wollfish! Both of these wollfish were caught at the same stop. I was not the only one pulling them up, as another angler pulled up a decent size one right behind me. It's such a shame we can't keep them these days, as they make great eating and good sport. This is the smaller of the two that I caught. 07/29/12 05:15 PM
Fist Fish This is the first, and smallest of all the fish we caught (and were allowed to keep.) A small cusk. Cusk are good, because there is no length limit on them and pulling one up always means food for the table, and they taste great. 07/29/12 04:55 PM