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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.  

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June 6th '13 Boston Fishing for Striped Bass
6/6/13 Striped Bass Fishing Charter highlights with AnglerFish Guides. www.anglerfishguides.com


2nd place in the annual Thompson Island Fly Fishing tournament

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




3rd place in the BOMA Boston 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



Early June, Striped Bass and Flounder Fishing Charters

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!



2nd Place in The Zobo Flounder Tournament

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.

May 2013 report

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:




Boston Harbor Flounder Fishing

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 World:
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 season.

Atlantic Menhaden

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 zooplankton. 
 
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 nursery waters.
 
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?

June Striped Bass Fishing in Boston Harbor

Originally Published June 2012:  June Stripers – Primetime for Light Tackle. – by, Capt. Tim Egenrieder
 
June is here!  The long processes of prepping the gear and boat, the anticipation through the long winter all culminate in June with some of the best fishing of the year.  It doesn’t matter if you fish from shore or boat, June is prime time for the light tackle angler.
 
The striped bass long migration has brought them to Boston, and they’re hungry!  June is also the month that the main herring swims - alewife, bluebacks and menhaden (pogies) have either completed their journeys and are falling back into the harbor or are just arriving.  These factors combined with 60+ degree water temperatures and all of the increased activity of other baitfish leads to some of the most spectacular visible feeds of the season – perfect conditions!
 
What to look for:
The worst kept secret in coastal fishing is that diving birds = actively feeding fish.  If they’re going to make it easy for me to find large schools of bass, I always say, why fight it.  These feeds, when paired with appropriate sized light tackle, can be the most exciting moments ever spent on the water, at least until someone trolls through it…
 
There are over 20 different species of gulls, 14 species of terns, 6 species of shearwaters, 4 species of storm petrels, 2 species of cormorants and then the gannets around our waters.  All of these birds have better eyesight than you, a better vantage point for viewing and have a more pressing need to catch fish than even the most crazed angler.  If they’re not very good at it, they don’t last very long.
 
Observing and understanding the differences between the above bird species can tell you everything from the size and species of bait the bass are on, the direction the school of fish is moving and even where the fish were half an hour ago. 
 
Where to go:
There is no set answer to this question.  There are structures that coincide with strong currents at stages of particular tides that hold fish more frequently, but it is far from every tide in every weather pattern.  You need to trust your sounder and make note of both schools of fish that you mark and active feeds.  If you go to the same place at the same tide a day or two later, you will often find them.  One of the best things that can happen in a day of fishing is finding a big school of active fish without any birds or other boats on them.
 
What to use:
I have long used DAIWA Coastal Series rods and reels for my light spin tackle. They are the perfect balance of finesse and power for fishing the harbor for striped bass.  The feel of these rods makes fighting barely year and a half old schoolie bass enjoyable and I’ve landed 40#+ cows on the very same setup.
 
My standard rigging is comprised of 30# FINS braid tied via a 12 wrap Yucatan knot to 30# fluorocarbon which is then tied directly to a 50# Tactical Anglers fishing clip.  30# test is more than necessary but loops can be easily picked out of a reel and the line holds up to the punishment that charter after charter can bring.  The Tactical Anglers clips give each lure more action and make quick changes of lures a breeze.
 
I always start each charter with the 2 lures that worked best yesterday and 2 rods rigged with a surface popper and a lure that can get down deep.  One of the 2 lures that worked best yesterday almost always includes a RonZ or Hogy soft plastic, usually white.
 
It is not at all uncommon to have every cast from every angler on the boat hook into a striper in the month of June.  If you’ve been longing to get on the water but work, life etc. have been stopping you – this is the time to blow them off and get out there.  I absolutely love June in Boston Harbor! 

Boat Ownership Costs

Originally published in Coastal Angler Boston February 2012: 
The Not-So Hidden Costs of Boat Ownership   - by Capt. Tim Egenrieder
 
 
I’m not sure if it’s a sign that the economy is improving, boat shows are advertising or simply that many are sick of winter and ready for the joys of summer, but the itch of getting out on the water is again beginning to spread.  It seems with steadying frequency that I am being asked questions on how much it truly costs to own a boat.  Would be first time boat buyers are often shocked by the long list of not so hidden costs associated with boat upkeep.
 
We’ve all heard “the best 2 days of a boat owners life are the day you buy it and the day you sell it”, “B.O.A.T. – Break Out Another Thousand” and “BOAT – the hole on the water you throw money into.”  Unfortunately, they are all true.
 
Once you’ve found that make and model that best suits you, be sure to have enough left in the boat kitty to provide for all of the associated annual costs.  There are 3 main categories of annual expenses: Fixed, Usage and Maintenance.  Understanding and preparing for these expenses can be the difference of joy and misery of boat ownership.
 
Fixed Costs:  According to the Massachusetts Recreational Boater Survey of 2010, of the 10,000 or so boats registered in the greater Boston area, more than 60% are kept at a dock or mooring.  The annual expenses can add up to almost 10% of the original purchase price every year.
Docking, Mooring or Trailer:  There are many options available.  Even if you have suitable space in your yard and a suitable vehicle, Boston is awful for boats on trailers.  Ramps are few and far between.  There are many different mooring areas, yacht clubs and marinas to choose from.  Costs range from $50 to over $200 per ft per season. 
Financing & Depreciation:  Facts of life and two of the biggest costs of ownership. 
Winter Storage:  Many yards offer package deals that will haul, wash, winterize, shrink-wrap and store your boat.  This will add up to at least $1000 each year. 
Insurance:  Boat insurance is relatively inexpensive – about $400 each year
Licensing / Registration / Taxes: These fees depend on how you will use your boat but will easily add up to over $100.
SeaTow / BoatUS:  The worst thing to have happen is a breakdown on the water.  Seatow or BoatUS will tow you back to your dock or provide fuel.  It is basically “get you back to safety” insurance.
 
Usage:  The most variable of all of the expense groups.  Frequency and type of use makes a dramatic difference on the type of electronics, amount of fishing gear and fuel you will consume.  Next to docking, this is easily where I spend the most money.
Fuel, Fuel and Fuel:  You will use a lot of it and best of all, gas and diesel on the water can be 30% more expensive than on land.  A very efficient boat will get 6 miles per gallon, most are in the 1-3 mpg range.
Gear: Electronics, Fishing Equipment, Flares, Life preservers, Bumpers, Dock Lines, Foul weather clothing, etc.  If you are anything like me, this is a never-ending pursuit, not just an expense.
Launch Fees:  At the boat ramp you can expect a nominal fee, usually about $15.  The travel lift at your marina is much more.
 
Maintenance:  Saltwater may be the most destructive environment to keep anything you care about.  Proper and frequent maintenance is essential to keep your boat running smoothly. 
Oil Changes:  Most manufactures recommend an oil change every 100 hours.  Doing it yourself is still 3X the cost of the oil change on your car.
Bottom Paint:  If you keep your boat in water for the season, you will need to paint the bottom with an anti-fouling paint.  This will inhibit the growth on the bottom that would otherwise increase drag and operating expenses.
Cleaning:  Seems benign, but specialty soap, vinyl and bilge cleaners, waxes and polish add up.
Zincs:  Sacrificial metals that are placed at strategic points around your boat to mitigate corrosion.
Tools:  Boats are where tools go to die.  Corrosion or dropping overboard will happen. 
Repairs:  Boats Break.  Wires and connections get corroded.  Pounding across the waves loosens screws, canvas and damages just about everything else over time. 
 
Now that you’ve seen all of the costs and pitfalls, is it worth it?  That is up to you.  I know that I have never woken up on a November morning and said, “I wish I had spent less time on my boat.”
 
 
Conservative Estimate of Highly Variable Costs of Boat Ownership
Based on 25’ boat kept in Boston Harbor maintained and stored by a boat yard –
Excluding purchase price, depreciation and financing
 
 
 
Expense
Cost Breakdown
Est. Annual Cost
 
 
 
Docking / Mooring
$90 – $200 / ft
$3200
Launch / Haul
$0 to $250 ea
$250
Winter Storage and Prep
Approx $30 per ft
$750
Licensing
$30 to $200 per yr
$100
Registration
$50 every 2 years
$25
Fuel
1 – 6 miles per gallon
$600
SeaTow / BoatUS
$175 per yr
$175
Oil Change
$200 per 100 hrs
$200
Additional Maintenance
Approx $500 per yr
$500
Bottom Paint
$200 - $500 per yr
$300
Zincs
$100 per yr
$100
Safety Equip/ Misc Gear
Minimum $200 per yr
$200
Insurance
$300 – 500 yr
$400
Taxes
Approx $100
$100
 
 
 
 
Total:
$6900
 
Avg of 15 times on water
$460 per trip
        For comparison: 4 hr fishing charter in Boston Harbor - $425
 
*****According to the Massachusetts Recreational Boater Survey of 2010, over 60% of the 10,000+ boats in the greater Boston area are cared for as above and are operated less that 65hrs.  Your experience can vary greatly from this estimate.  You can, for example, easily save thousands by trailering your boat and with do-it-yourself maintenance.*****(for under table)