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
The right lenses: By Capt. Tim Egenrieder - Originally published July 2013, Coastal Angler of Boston
I have several friends that have $100,000+ boats, several
$1000 reels and titanium pliers in a custom leather holster - that wear $15
sunglasses. I don’t know about
you, but my eyes are far more important to me than a glorified hook
Whether you are looking to sight-cast to trout in a small
stream, stripers on the flats or trying to find a school of pogies in the
harbor - The right polarized sunglasses will make the difference between a
great day and tired eyes with a lot less fish.
What is Polarization?:
Sunlight is both refracted and reflected (polarized) when it
hits water. Refraction is the
bending of light into water. This
is why fish both appear smaller and higher in the water column than they actually
are. Reflection of light (glare)
is the mirror like effect that makes seeing into water difficult. Polarized lenses block this reflected
light with a special polymer film that has crystals electrically or
magnetically aligned to block light waves traveling parallel to the viewed
surface. This is why two polarized
lenses rotated perpendicular to each other will block all light.
Polarized sunglasses are an absolute must have tool in any
fishing situation. There are many
considerations for choosing the perfect pair for your intended use.
Sunglass frames should fit snugly on your nose and ears
without pinching or rubbing. Make sure that there is rubber on the nose and
ears to prevent sliding from sweat.
To prevent light from hitting your eyes from overhead, choose a pair
that fits close to your face around the brow area without making contact with
Gray: Great for
bright sun in offshore, clear water situations.
Brown/Copper: My preferred inshore lens color. They work equally well in clear and
stained water. Great for sight
fishing in most light conditions.
Rose: Great for
trout streams, driving, and low light inshore days
for target separation. Perfect for
shooting sports, terrible for your eyes while in bright sun and fishing
Mirrored lenses have a highly reflective coating on the
front, also known as flash coating. These reflective surfaces reduce the amount
of light that comes through the lens. Mirrored lenses help reduce eye fatigue
on a bright day on the water. These lenses are available in several different
colors. I prefer blue-mirrored
lenses offshore and on very bright days.
I wear green-mirrored lenses on 90% of all my fishing trips in Boston
Just as the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage skin,
they can also harm the lens and cornea of the eyes. Ultraviolet radiation is composed of three classes:
Ultraviolet A (UVA) 400 – 315 nm, Ultraviolet B (UVB) 315 – 280 nm, Ultraviolet
C (UVC) 280 – 100 nm. You should
look for lenses that are UV400 (to 400nm) certified. These lenses will block the vast majority of all harmful UV
radiation. Eye fatigue is best
prevented with lenses that block yellow light in the 580 nm wavelength. This is the wavelength of light that
makes you squint and generally hurts your eyes.
The only thing worse than paying $200 for sunglasses is
having to do it again from lack of care.
I keep mine in a rigid case with padding inside when they’re not being
worn. I also wear a lanyard around
my neck that attaches to the temple pieces. This is far from a fashion statement, but I have never
damaged sunglasses in any way by having them dangling from my neck. Always start with clean fresh water and
a microfiber cloth for cleaning.
If necessary, use a small amount of mild detergent soap (as always, Dawn
works great). Do not use windex or
ammonia (high ph) based cleaners
And of course cost:
Sunglasses are a lot like rods and reels. There are cheap versions that work fine
and often better than mid priced models.
The best in consistent clarity, preventing eye fatigue and blocking UV
light are also the most expensive and around $200.
I am now on my 4 year of wearing Costa Del Mar
Fathom 580’s daily. I have never
felt eye fatigue in over 500 days on the water with them. They are the best lenses that I have
ever worn and worth every penny.
See you out there…
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