What We Fish For

STRIPED BASS

The first schoolies start trickling in about May 1st and they stay all the way through October.  I must admit, this is the fish that made me fall in love with fishing.  If you want to get on some BIG bass take a charter with HOLD FAST.  There are a million techniques for catching bass, but when push comes to shove there’s not much that outfishes live bait, so that’s what we focus on.  In the spring we do a lot of fishing with live mackerel and as the season moves along, and the bluefish scatter the mackerel, we shift our focus to live pogies and eels.  Take a look at the photo gallery for some SLOB bass up to 40+ pounds.

TUNA

When it comes to bluefin tuna Massachusetts is the spot to be.  The tuna show up in June and stay around all the way through October.  We fish the waters of Cape Cod Bay, Stellwagen Bank, and beyond.   We approach the tuna fishing much like we approach the stripers, there’s no better bait than what they’re actually eating.  We fish with live mackerel, pogies, whiting, and bluefish.  If there’s no live bait available we catch ’em on the troll — and if you’re up to the challenge we can target them on spinning gear!

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SHARKS

We have several species of shark that swim in our waters.  Most common are blue sharks, which can grow to 400+ pounds, but we also have makos, threshers,  and porbeagles.  It’s not uncommon to hook several sharks over the course of the day.  A lot of times when we are shark fishing we are also be looking for cod/haddock/ and pollock on the bottom. Get ready for some action on these trips!

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COD/HADDOCK/POLLOCK

These are some of the tastiest fish in the ocean, and not to mention a ton of fun to catch.  All these species are schooling fish, so it’s not uncommon that the whole boat will have rods bending at the same time!  This type of fishing is at its best in the spring/early summer, but we target them all the way through the fall.

LOBSTER

On days I’m not fishing I fish for lobsters commercially.  From May-January I have hundreds of lobster pots in the water.  We end a lot of trips by pulling lobster pots to send the customers home with some delicious lobster to pair with their fish!  Kids love it and you never do know what will come up from the deep in the pots!  One lobster per person is included in the price of the trip, but if you would like to purchase more just let me know ahead of time.

BLUEFISH 

Voracious feeders and hard fighters.  We often encounter bluefish on our striped bass charters and they can be a blast to catch, especially on light tackle.  Bluefish typically range in the 3-15 pound range and they like warm water.  They show up in numbers in mid-June and hang around until October.

FLOUNDER/FLUKE/SEABASS 

When fishing for the bass and blues slows down later in the day we will often target these three species.  They all inhabit the same waters and eat the same things.  We fish with bucktail jigs and strips of fish for fluke and seabass, and usually seaworms and clams for flounder.  Another bonus to catching these fish is they are very good eating!

MACKEREL 

These baitfish are miniature tuna’s.  Lightning fast and always hungry.  Mackerel fishing is best in spring and early summer. A lot of our trips start with catching them as bait, and if all goes to plan we’ll load the livewell in a matter of minutes.  We catch mackerel on six hook lines called sabiki rigs.  Often times when you run into a school you will catch two to six at a time. (kids love this type of fast, action packed, mayhem fishing)

OTHER

There are all types of fish in our local waters.  Some of the fun is not knowing exactly what’s on the end of the line.  Although we don’t usually target them, there is the possibility of hooking one or more of these species  – atlantic halibut, wolffish, redfish, dogfish, monkfish, and many more!

AVAILABILITY CHART

MONTH
BASS/BLUES
COD/HADDOCK
TUNA
SHARKS
APRIL
X
MAY
X
X
JUNE
X
X
X
X
JULY
X
X
X
X
AUGUST
X
X
X
X
SEPTEMBER
X
X
X
X
OCTOBER
X
X
X
X
NOVEMBER
X
X
X