The boat has been completely refitted with an all new electronics suite. 3 new screens, new radar and few additional networked receivers. We launched the first week of May and have been pleasantly surprised by how great the early schoolie bite has been. All charters have caught more than 30 stripers without leaving the inner harbor. We’ve already had our first hundred fish trip of the year and that was 2 people in 4 hrs!
The flounder fishing has been decent as well. Limits aren’t flying over the rails yet but catching a few dinners has been pretty easy.
June fishing charter dates are filling fast, so book your trip now!
The early season light tackle schoolie striper fishing charters have been excellent this year. 30+ striped bass have been brought to the boat on every trip. The fish have been up to 26" and are very fun on our light tackle setups. June dates are filling fast. Please book your trip now
June 7th was one of those days in Boston Harbor that was just incredible. Huge schools of all keeper sized stripers brutally tracking down the massive schools of herring and mackerel in Boston Harbor. We ended up with well over 30 keeper Striped Bass all on light tackle. Here is the video that we shot of double doubles.
38" and 17#'s. We thought we had the lead but lost to a 40". Still a nice fish entry in a fly fishing tournament. Congrats on the 2nd place finish in the Thompson Island / Outward Bound Fly Fishing Tournament
Not the best way to hold a fish but this one was destined for the weigh in and fillet table. Congrats on the 3rd place fish - 42" and 23# in the annual BOMA Boston Fishing tournament held in early June each year
The first half of the month has had some real peaks and valleys with the weather but the fishing has been excellent. We have run everything from fly fishing exclusive trips to watching live baits get ambushed by hungry stripers. 3 of our Boston Fishing Charters have boated over 30 stripers each on a 4 hour trip. The time is now to book your trip!
Congrats to Nelson on his 2nd place finish in the 2013 Annual Zobo Flounder Fishing Tournament hosted by Pete Santini of Fishing Finatics in Everett, MA. Thanks Nelson for choosing us to guide you for the tournament and congrats on the cash prize.
Hello All, Boston Harbor was, as usual, excellent for flounder fishing throughout May. We would like to thank all of you that chartered the boat throughout the month for the delicious blackbacks. We hope you enjoyed the meany meals your catch provided. Here are a few pics:
Originally Published in Coastal Angler Boston June 2013: Boston Harbor Blackbacks –
Capt. Tim Egenrieder, AnglerFish Guides
One of my earliest memories
and definitely my earliest saltwater fishing memory is being barely able to
hold a rod and feeling the tap, tap, tap and surprisingly strong fight of a
flounder. With my Dad’s help, I
was able to reel it in and remember staring in awe at this peculiar creature.
The winter flounder,
Pseudopleuronectes americanus of the family Pleuronectidae, is a flatfish that
almost always has its eyes on the right side of its body. They are also known
as Blackbacks and lemon sole.
Winter flounder range from Labrador, Canada to Georgia. Unlike most species, winter flounder
move into shallower water to breed in the winter and then retreat to the deep
in summer. The majority of the
spawn occurs from late February through early May in our waters. Each female produces 500,000 to 1.5
Million eggs annually. These fish
live to be up to 20 years old and grow up to 28” and 8 pounds.
Flounder Capital of the
As I worked the fishing and
boating show circuit this winter, I was consistently asked various forms of the
same question – “How is the flounder fishing in Boston Harbor? I remember coming up there as a kid and
renting a boat in Quincy and catching them by the trash barrel.” Quincy and Hough’s Neck were once
widely marketed and known as “The Flounder Capital of the World.” The days of small boat rentals and
filling a trashcan with fish may be gone, but the flounder fishery is excellent
and getting better every year.
The common shallow water
shoals with easy access to deep-water retreats make Boston Harbor perfect
habitat for the Winter Flounder.
They prefer mud/sand bottoms and love the eel grass habitats that are
found throughout the harbor. May
and June are best months to get out and fish for them.
What to use:
On my flounder charters, I
typically use a light tackle spinning rod and the Santini 2 hook Zobo rig from
Fishing Finatics in Everett. I
adjust the weight so that it will stay just off of vertical to the bottom with
weight ranging from ¾ to 3oz depending on current, drift etc. Flounder will eat nearly anything. Sea worms and clams are always
effective and widely available throughout the region. Buying bait is a lot like buying meat from a grocer. Look for a shop that moves large
quantities for the liveliest and freshest bait.
Anyone can catch a
flounder. They are aggressive and
opportunistic feeders and are not shy about tugging on the end of a line. There may not be a better fish to
introduce young children to the sport of saltwater fishing than flounder. I will never forget those days of my
youth spent fishing with my family.
Lastly, they are
delicious. Fresh crab stuffed
flounder with Old Bay hollandaise sauce may very well be the most delicious
thing you ever eat.
I run flounder charters from
late April through early July and begin flounder / bass combo trips mid
May. I hope to see you aboard this
Originally Published in Coastal Angler Boston August 2012: Atlantic Menhaden – The most important fish in the Atlantic.
By: Capt. Tim Egenrieder
Most of us have been lucky enough to experience it – Whether
in search of it or stumbled upon the telltale “flip” on a nice calm summer’s
day. A noticeable school of pogies
has made their presence known.
They may just be actively feeding or they’re could be giant bluefish and
huge striped bass hounding them.
The Atlantic Menhaden (Brevoortia tyrannus) is a member of the Family Clupeidae that consists
of all the herrings, shads, sardines and other menhaden. Their range is from the southeastern
coast of Florida to Nova Scotia.
It is one of the few of its family members to breed in near coastal
waters. Adult females produce huge
numbers of eggs from 30,000 to over 1/3 of a million per spawn. The eggs hatch within a few days and
drift into fertile estuaries where they will spend the first year of their
life. Juvenile (peanut bunker) and
adult menhaden are omnivorous filter feeders that swim open-mouthed often in
tightly packed schools where they feed on phytoplankton, plankton and
Atlantic Menhaden are easily distinguished with a large
Humerel spot just back of the gill plate and several smaller spots behind. They have large scales over a bright
silverfish white belly with a yellow tinted back and fins.
The Atlantic Menhaden has developed many nicknames over
time, several of which allude to their historical and regional significance. The
word Menhaden’s most common believed derivation is from the Native American
word Munnawhatteaug that roughly translates into “that which enriches,” a
reference to their broad use as fertilizer. The common northern New England use of “Pogy” comes from
Native Americans in Maine that referred to them as Pauhagen or Pookagan. New Yorker’s and surrounding areas
common use of “Bunker” or “Mossbunker” dates back to the days of New
Amsterdam. The Dutch name of
marsbunker is used for horse mackerel, a similar looking fish native to their
home waters. “Bug Fish” or “Bug
Head” is a reference to the parasitic isopod (Cymothoa pregustator) that
resides in the mouth of many pogies.
There has been considerable political and environmental
pressure placed on the Omega Protein Corporation. This one company is believed to harvest several hundred
million individuals of the species each year. They are then baked and ground to make Omega 3 oils,
additives for things such as lipstick and fishmeal. The only state on the East Coast that they are permitted to
operate is Virginia. The problem
is that the vast majority of the breeding stock uses the Chesapeake as its
The ecological importance of this species cannot be
overstated. Their abundance, range, feeding methods and forage provided make
the Atlantic Menhaden arguably the most important fish of the Atlantic
coast. It is estimated that each
pogy can filter 4-6 gallons of water each minute. That math becomes daunting when you consider the size of
schools they swim in over the range they inhabit. Almost every fish in the Atlantic feeds on menhaden at some
point of their lifecycle. They can
clean entire water systems while serving as one of the principal forage for
nearly every fish of the Atlantic seaboard – (they’re pretty good to use as
bait too). It certainly seems like
a fish worth protecting?