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Sunday December 29

Christmas Cod and Sea Bass

Capt. Steven Jr reports an overall very good day on the cod grounds although much different than Fridays trip.  Today the cod bite was slow for most of the day.  The dogs had moved in from yesterdays blow and the big cod we saw Friday must have had lockjaw…until about 130p when someone flicked a switch and the ferocious feed began. We picked all morning, many more shorts than keepers but thankfully there were plenty of Ling and a good handful of Sea Bass, jumbo Cunners and even some Jumbo Scup to keep anglers interested.  About a half hour before we were due to call it a day Jr. made a move that paid off big time. Our first drift was flat out insane!!  Gaffs being called for everywhere as 8-15lb cod were floating belly up all around the Starship.  That drift alone boated 100 plus Cod, plenty of double headers and nicer size fish than earlier in the day.    Joe Repp from Eastport nailed his pool fish of 20lbs on that drift as did second place winner Michael Dunne from Oyster Bay who was just a tick shy on the balance scale. We spent about 2 hours of Overtime and had a phenomenal ending to the day.  Eric, Ant and Justin were cutting to the Shagwong Buoy.  Honorable mention goes out to Chris Luke for high hook of a dozen cod averaging about 10lbs.  We apologize for the lack of photos but it was torrentially pouring on the ride home.  If anyone on the boat took some shots, please email them to [email protected] and we’ll get them up on the website.
Capt. Steven Jr. Capt. Ant, Capt. Eric and Mate Justin would like to wish everyone a very Happy, Healthy and Safe New Year!  Just a reminder we will be heading into our normal Local Block Island Cod season beginning this Friday.  Trips will depart at 3 AM from now on.