2019 was a record setting year for Sweet Dream Sport Fishing in many dimensions. We ran more charters, caught more giant bluefin tuna and landed more haddock than any previous season. Our season started in April with solid haddock fishing but unlike recent years the fish never moved up into the shallow water on Stellwagon bank. Instead we pursued them in the deeper waters of Tillies Bank from April through the entire season. Boat limits were the rule on most trips plus healthy numbers of short haddock, wolf fish and cod caught and released, plus pollock, cusk and red fish added to fillet count. In all, 200-300 fish over the gunnels was typical. We haddock fished throughout the year as the haddock season in now basically year-round due to the abundant stocks and removal of closures. For those less adventurous. we ran near shore 6-hour haddock trips that yielded good numbers of keepers while staying close to home. Starting in late May, we ran Iron Man Trips to Fippennies Ledge finding limits of large haddock and unlimited numbers of 5-15-pound pollock with some over 20 pounds. Unfortunately, Halibut eluded us as the sheer numbers of haddock, cod and pollock just piled on the jigs on nearly every drop with double headers common.
Our giant tuna season was the best ever with bites on most trips and a record number of fish hooked and sent to market plus a number of tagged and released during commercial closures. We also tagged a number of school tuna and kept a few for the table. We landed giant tuna in every month from June through November but a December fish eluded us this year. The largest fish was 107” and over 700 pounds and the majority of the fish were mid 90’s and in the 400-pound class. We also combined Tuna fishing with haddock fishing on a number of trips to send our customers home with memories of a life time after catching a giant tuna plus several meals’ worth of tasty haddock fillets.
Looking ahead to 2020, we will start the year with a 15 haddock per person bag limit so there will be plenty of fillets going home. I expect a cod opening at some point but I have no clue as to when or what the bag limit might be. I expect tuna fishing to continue to get better as it has the last 3 seasons. Once they show up, it is getting pretty close to a guarantee that we are going to get a bite on nearly every trip.
Thanks again to all of you that fished with us to make these memories. Everyone, enjoy the video and we hope you will be part of the 2020 video!
The following short video captures some of the action in 2018. 2018 was an outstanding season from end to end. We caught boat limits of Haddock on every Stellwagon Bank trip in April, May and June. Our giant tuna season was the best ever with bites on most trips and a record number of fish hooked and sent to market. Giant tuna were landed in every month from July through December. This included 4 fish over 100 inches and 600 pounds. We set a new boat record with a monster fish that was 118 inches long and over 960 pounds. Striped Bass fishing provided consistent inshore action in the summer for those less adventurous. We even added a few family flounder trips in June that yielded good numbers of the tasty critters. As a result of strong conservation measures we are expecting more abundant fish stocks and larger bag limits and quotas for 2019 for both Tuna and Groundfish. Enjoy the video and we hope you will be part of the 2019 sport fishing video!
The following short video captures a lot of the catching we did in 2017. In short, 2017 was a season filled with Haddock limits on nearly every trip we targeted them from April through August. Our giant season was the best ever with bites on most trips including one amazing day with 7 giant tuna hook ups. Striped Bass fishing provided consistent inshore action in the summer for those less adventurous. As a result of strong conservation measures we are expecting more abundant fish stocks and larger bag limits and quotas for 2018 for both Tuna and Groundfish. Enjoy the video and we hope you will be part of the 2018 sport fishing video!