Bunny Clark Deep Sea Fishing

Deep Sea Fishing Maine


The F/V Bunny Clark (edited May 16, 2014)
Map, Directions & Location (Edited Feb 1, 2007)
Captains & Crew (Revised Feb 1, 2007)
2017 Season Reservations, Rules & Info. (Revised Jan 11, 2017)
2017 Season Schedule & Rates (Revised Jan 11, 2017)
Fishing Update (edited February 20, 2017, 0630 EST)
Bunny Clark Guestletters (New Guestletter added Feb 14, 2017)
Bunny Clark World & State Records List (Edited June 27, 2008)
"Tim Reidsema, Lee Dykas, Jason Ridolfi & Dennis Pietro" Photo Gallery (May 20, 2006)
Short Bunny Clark Fishing Videos(New Mar 6, 1997)
2010 Moon Phases (Revised Jan 30, 2010)
The Best Charter Boat in the World!
The New England Herring Problem (Who is taking our baitfish?)
Federal, State & Private Fishery Regs & Links
Favorite Bunny Clark Weather Links
Current Month Tide Chart for Ogunquit
(The Portland tide is the closest match (within two minutes) to the Ogunquit tide schedule)

2007 Accommodations & Services In Ogunquit Area

Like the previous digital image on this home page, the shot on the right was taken on, November 1, 2016, the last Bunny Clark fishing trip of last season. The image shows Rachael Seitz (PA) holding her 10 pound cod that she caught that day. She epitomizes the fun that can be had on the open ocean, fishing for groundfish. The 2016 fishing season regulations gave us a window of opportunity in August & September where we could keep one cod per person. That opportunity didn't exist in October and November. So shortly after Rachael caught her fish, I took a quick picture with my iPhone and the fish was released alive. National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS ) believes that there is a fifteen percent mortality rate associated with released cod by recreational fishermen. If that indeed is true, that percentage is even lower if the fish is handled properly and the cod is between 8 and 15 pounds. I have found in my cod tagging studies over the years that the cod survival rate, with cod in that size range, is extremely good. Rachael's cod was the second largest cod caught that day; Donna Moran (NY) caught one a half pound larger later on that trip. But Rachael did lead the boat pool for the first half of the day with her fish. For the 2017 fishing season, the recreational angler in the Gulf of Maine (where we fish) is not going to be able to keep cod. We can catch them and weigh them or take a quick picture, as Rachael did. But we can't keep them. Since the Catch Share commercial fishing system was first implemented by the NMFS seven or eight years ago, the spawning stock biomass (SSB) of cod has declined dramatically. I believe there is a direct correlation between the Catch Share system and the cod SSB decline. It's simple if you think about it. Under the System , a sector of groundfish commercial boats is given a cod quota (the total pounds of landed cod) for that whole sector. When the system was first implemented the quota per sector was much too high. This allowed the bigger boats, capable of catching upwards of 50,000 pounds or more of fish a tow, to fish along the inshore pathway where the big cod migrate in and out of the GOM fishery for spawning purposes. Cod are like many other fish and usually swim with their own year class (size). Schools of spawning sized cod can be quite large and easily accessible to commercial dragging. So the big boats that normally were kept off shore with the rules prior to the Catch Share system, were now able to fish closer to home on the spawning population of cod (and cod in general). The NMFS promoted the targeting of cod with this system. It still does. The cod is still in trouble. The sector quotas are still too high. And, as a result, the cod population will be low for a while. The good news is that as long as the closed commercial fishing areas are left intact, we will still have a viable area where cod will be found. These cod are mostly residents, as seen in my tagging studies. And, as you would expect, these resident fish are getting bigger every year. Since the recreational angler is still able to fish in these closed areas, keeping cod would be a problem, as the NMFS sees it. And I agree, under the present system of management. For me, I just like to catch the bigger ones. I don't care to eat them; there are plenty of other fish we can keep and eat. Still the occasional big cod is exciting to catch and are still part of the boat pool on my boat. On February 1, we start taking reservations for the 2017 fishing season. Dispite the cod, we will still be able to catch many other species of fish to bring home. I am very much looking forward to the start of the Bunny Clark fishing season. Special fish like Rachael's are the kind of fish we like to see caught on the Bunny Clark .

Captain Tim Tower text & photo - unless otherwise noted

For information and reservations, telephone: 207-646-2214

For information and reservations:

Call: Bunny Clark, Corp. at - 207-646-2214
Write: Tim Tower, 50 Perkins Cove Road, P.O. Box 837F, Ogunquit, Maine 03907-0837
Or click here: bunnyclarkdsf@gmail.com

Schedule & Rates

Information & Boat Rules

For a Link To Our Favorite Restaurants, Please Click To Visit:
Barnacle Billy's and Barnacle Billy's etc.

Ogunquit, Maine.

Parts of all these Bunny Clark, Corp. web pages and, indeed, most of the innovations, means to ideas and tons of help came from Chamber Works, Inc. All rights reserved. If anybody in the world is interested in the internet, web pages or ideas for computer displays, kiosks and advertising, these are the companies to go with. Bank on it, baby! Best Fishes, Tim Tower.