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Bunny Clark Fishing Update

Written & Edited by Tim Tower

September 2, 2014, 3:00 AM EDT



Two Special Fish during Our First Ultra Marathon

The pictures above show special fish and the anglers who caught them taken during the July 8, 2014 ultra marathon. The shot on the left is a digital image of Jeff Philbrick with his 36 pound Maine state trophy white hake. This is the largest fish of the Bunny Clark fishing season to date. It is also one of only ten white hake that have been landed on the Bunny Clark this season so far. Needless to say, Jeff won the boat pool handily with this fish. The shot on the right is a digital image of Bryan Lewer (FL) holding up his first Atlantic halibut. He snagged the fish in the side but knew right away what it was as he had never had a fish that fought quite like it. Well, actually, he did last year but lost the fish because his drag was too tight. But we won't talk about that episode! Bryan was very pleased with his catch as you can see in the shot. We caught three halibut on that trip, all of which were too small to keep and were released very much alive.




Tim Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Captain Ian Keniston and I ran the marathon trip today.

At 2:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 62F, the wind was blowing out of the south at less than ten knots, the sky was mostly cloudy and the visibility was good to very good over the ocean.

It wasn't a horrible ride to the fishing grounds. The weather wasn't nearly bad enough to alter the cruising speed for a more comfortable ride. The sea conditions averaged a little more than a foot or two in chops pushed by a southwest wind of ten knots or more. The sky was partly cloudy, the air temperature was warm and the visibility was good to very good in some haze. The seas had diminished to a foot or more by the time we got to the fishing grounds. But this was only because the tide was running with the wind. We had two foot chops most of the trip with three to four foot chops ahead of a fifteen to twenty knot southwest breeze on the ride back to Perkins Cove. The sky had cleared almost completely by 8:00 AM. We had sunny almost all the way back to the starting point. The air temperature was warm. The tide went from strong to moderate. The surface water temperature reached a high of 57.4F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 70F (with a low of 58F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 76F with a low of 57F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 77F (with a low of 55F).

The fishing was good to very good as was the catching of legal fish. For three or four hours the catching was excellent, a fish a cast for at least half of the anglers aboard. Most legal fish landed were pollock and cod, in that order with only seven less cod than pollock. Legal landings also included seventeen redfish, fourteen haddock and forty cusk. We released one wolffish and ten or so dogfish back to the ocean alive. We drift fished, used the sea anchor once and anchored once. Overall, drifting was by far the best. Jigs and cod flies caught the most fish.

Justin Philbrick (NH) was high hook with the most legal fish. His largest fish was the only wolffish of the trip. It weighed 10 pounds. Dana Ferrande (ME) was probably second hook. Dana won both boat pools for the largest fish and the second largest fish. He tied for the largest fish of the trip with Chris Galletta (NY), both anglers landing fish of 12 pounds each. Dana's was a pollock while Chris' was a cod. Dana also tied with Chris for the second largest fish at 11 pounds. They both had two 11 pounders. Chris has an 11 pound cod that was part of a double keeper catch with the 12 pound cod he caught. And Chris also caught an 11 pound pollock. Dana caught an 11 pound cod and an 11 pound pollock. Chris Galletta did not enter either boat pool!

Chris and his father, Steve, both on the Bunny Clark fishing together today, are some of the two best groundfishermen we take every year. They have the bait fishing expertise you get by growing up in the Long Island area and they have a lot of experience fishing off the New England coast. When Chris caught the double ( two cod of 11 & 12 pounds), I took a picture of Chris and Steve together with Chris holding the two cod. This digital image appears on the left.

Other Angler Highlights: Don Spencer (VT) would have given Ed Garrett (VT) a run for his money today. He did what I expect a solid fisherman to do; catch fish! I believe his biggest cod and pollock were both 9 pounds. John Baker (ME) caught a 10.5 pound pollock, his largest fish. George Knowles (VT) landed a 10 pound pollock as his biggest. Mark Girard (CA) boated a 10.5 pound cod, his largest fish of the trip. Lewis Hazelwood (MA) caught a 10 pound cod, his best fish. Larry Kabat (NH) also caught a 10 pound cod as his largest fish. Tim Rozan (ME) landed the hard luck award for catching the least number of legal fish, a count of nine. There was really no one who had bad luck today but I had to give it to someone!

Several anglers helped me with my cancer fund raising drive with the Pan-Mass Challenge today. These anglers and their donations included Chris Galletta for $25.00, Dana Ferrande for $50.00, Don Spencer for $50.00, Mark Girard for $50.00 and Tim Rozan for another gift of $20.00. Thank you all so very much for your kind support. I really do appreciate your help!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Captain Ian Keniston and Captain Jared Keniston ran the extreme day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 65F, the wind was blowing out of the southwest at ten knots with gusts to sixteen knots, the sky was mostly cloudy and the visibility was good to very good over the ocean. It was a beautiful day ashore. The morning was sunny and very warm. The air temperature hovered around in the 80s. The wind was puffy out of the southwest. Clouds started to move in during the mid afternoon. Ogunquit didn't get any rain (a little spritz at 6:30 PM is all). However, the surrounding towns (Sanford, Portsmouth, etc.) got thunder showers, heavy rain and strong winds.

On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the southwest at ten to fifteen knots. Seas were chops of two to three feet. After noon, the wind dropped to about ten knots with seas in chops over a foot. The air temperature was warm. The sky was clear. The tide (current) was moderate. The visibility ranged from ten to fifteen miles in haze. The surface water temperature reached a high of 60.5F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 82F (with a low of 62F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 89F with a low of 66F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 88F (with a low of 64F).

The fishing was excellent. All the physical conditions were perfect to tend bottom. However, the bite was off a bit. So the landings of legal fish was good for some and fair for others. Most legal fish landed were cod, by far. Legal landings also included fifteen haddock, five pollock and fifteen cusk. We also had our biggest dogfish day with approximately forty-five released. A big wolffish was also released. Drifting was the method. Jigs and cod flies caught the lions share of the fish.

Dave Harris (MA) was high hook with fifteen legal. I don't believe that Dave caught a fish of 10 pounds or better. Bill Pfau (OH) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 15 pound wolffish. This is the Bunny Clark's largest wolffish to date. Captain Ian didn't take a picture of it because he felt that handling it any more than he did might compromise the life of the fish. Nico Goeller (GDR) caught the second largest fish of the trip, an 11.5 pound pollock. Charlie Harris (MA) and Zach Freitas (MA) tied with the third largest fish at 9.25 pounds. Both fish were cod. Charlie also caught a 9 pound cod.

Other Angler Highlights: Dan Wescom (VT) caught his first ever monkfish today. It weighed 4 pounds. Although it wasn't a big one, Dan wanted to record the event so Ian took a good picture of him with his catch. The digital image appears on the right. It was a cute little thing! John Carter (ME) caught an 8.5 pound cod and an 8 pound cod, his two best fish. Andrew Butters (ME) landed the hard luck award for getting sea sick after the first five minutes on the fishing grounds, taking a bunk and never emerging again until the end of the trip! Ouch!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Captain Ian Keniston and I ran the marathon trip today.

At 2:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 62F, there was no wind, the sky was mostly overcast, a few drips of moisture were falling from the trees, the roads were wet and the visibility was good to very good over the ocean. Five minutes later it started to rain. It rained until we left the dock.

We felt our way out of the Perkins Cove in the dark this morning. The fog was black thick and we had heavy rain. I had to fine tune the radars to take out the rain clutter but still be able to distinguish vessels on the surface of the water. We found the south southwest wind about ten miles out. The wind speed averaged about fifteen knots with seas in chops of about three.feet. We took a bit of a pounding but it wasn't so bad that anglers were getting thrown around. It rained from the moment we left the dock until we arrived on the fishing grounds.

On the grounds, it was raining lightly with a ten to twelve knot south southwest wind with a two foot chop. An hour after arrival the rain stopped. It never rained again all day. It was foggy most of the morning with less than a quarter of a mile of visibility. The fog lifted during the late morning to give us about ten miles or more until we left the grounds. We had twenty miles of visibility for most of the trip back to Perkins Cove. The air temperature was warm in the morning but a bit less so in the afternoon. This was because the wind hauled out of the north around noon. The minor temperature drop was associated with the wind. We had fifteen knots of northerly wind when we left the grounds. But for most of the ride back, we had north northeast winds of ten knots with two foot seas (chops). The current was strong all day. The surface water temperature reached a high of 63.2F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 70F (with a low of 58F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 81F with a low of 60F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 75F (with a low of 58F).

The fishing only made it to the "fair" to "good" category because of the strong tide. Between the two to three foot chops, the hour of rain in the morning, the current and the wacky way the boat was drifting, it was a lot of work to keep your terminal gear fishing. For one half hour drift we covered 1.8 miles of bottom! I never did look on the GPS to see how fast we were moving. But I can tell you that that was the fastest drift I have seen this season.

The catching of legal fish was excellent, a fish a cast all day long. The only slower spot was in the morning when I stayed anchored a bit too long hoping we would get a larger fish over time. That didn't happen. And that was the last time I did that. Most of the day was spent drifting. Most legal fish landed were cod and pollock, in that order. There were very few sub-legal fish. Legal landings also included twenty-nine haddock and ten cusk. We released ten dogfish, seventeen sub-legal haddock and seven sub-legal cod back to the ocean alive. Jigs and flies were used exclusively.

I couldn't tell you exactly who was high hook but I would suspect it was either Steve Selmer (NH/ME) or Fred Kunz (NH). Regardless of who it really was, no one caught many more fish than anyone else. Ray Westermann (MA) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 16 pound pollock. Ray's second largest fish was a pollock of 11 pounds. Fred Kunz won the boat pool for the second largest fish with the second largest fish, a 15.25 pound pollock. Fred's two largest cod weighed 12 pounds and 11.5 pounds. The third largest fish was a 14 pound pollock caught by Steve Selmer. He caught this pollock as part of a double keeper catch with another pollock of 10 pounds, the best double of the day. I also weighed a 13 pound pollock and an 11.5 pound pollock for Steve.

Other Angler Highlights: Steve Linn (PA) caught the first two fish I could weigh, a 10 pound pollock and a pollock of 10.75 pounds. Everybody caught a lot of nice sized market cod. Steve was no exception. Yoshito Umaoka (MA) landed a 10.5 pound cod, the first fish of his over 10 pounds that I weighed. Later, he caught two pollock of 12 pounds each, his two largest fish. Paul Smegal (MA) caught an 11.25 pound pollock and two cod of 11 pounds each. Joe Dressner (NY) caught the largest haddock of the trip weighing 5 pounds. He also caught the best cod double. His double included a 10.5 pound cod and an 8 pound cod. Joe's two largest fish were both pollock. One weighed 13 pounds and the other weighed 12 pounds. Jon Griffin (MA) caught a 10.5 pound pollock and an 11 pound cod, his best two fish. Jeff Hughes (VT) boated a 12 pound pollock, a 10.5 pound pollock and an 11.5 pound cod. I weighed a 10.5 pound cod for John Kenger (NY). This was John's first trip aboard the Bunny Clark. Sam Hughes (VT) landed the hard luck award for no other reason than I thought he would appreciate the shirt. No one had any hard luck today.

Steve & Gail Linn (PA) donated a generous $50.00 to my Pan-Mass Challenge cancer fund raising efforts today. They have been very generous to my particular cause over the years. They are also intimately related to the cancer problem. They have given so much more over the years. It's so generous of them to also give to my cause as well. Troopers to the max! Thank you both so very much!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Captain Ian Keniston and Captain Jared Keniston ran the extreme day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 56F, there was no wind, the sky was clear and the visibility was excellent over the ocean. It was a beautiful sunny day in Ogunquit all day today. The winds were very light. The air temperature was warm but not too warm. The sky remained clear. The visibility was excellent.

On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the northeast at five knots in the morning, light and variable in direction in the afternoon. The ocean was as calm as a table for the trip. The sky was clear. The air temperature ranged from warm to hot. The tide was moderate. The visibility was excellent. The surface water temperature reached a high of 59.7F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 78F (with a low of 53F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 72F with a low of 59F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 82F (with a low of 54F).

The fishing and catching of legal fish was excellent today. It was one of the, if not the, best extreme day trips of the season. Most legal fish landed were cod and pollock with many more legal cod than pollock. Legal landings also included one redfish, six haddock and twelve cusk. They released eighteen dogfish back to the ocean. Drifting was the method. Jigs and cod flies caught the most fish.

There was no way to tell who was high hook. Justin Hopkins (RI) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 16 pound pollock. He caught a 9.5 pound pollock much earlier in the trip. The second largest fish was a 13.5 pound pollock caught by Jason Smith (NH). Mark Lavalliere (NH) caught the third largest fish, a 13 pound pollock. Mark also caught the largest haddock at 6.25 pounds, two pollock of 10 pounds each and a 12 pound pollock.

Other Angler Highlights: Ian Kiraly (NH) caught an 11 pound cod and a keeper double that included an 11 pound pollock and an 8 pound pollock, both fish caught on the same line at the same time. Joe Dressner (NY), who had an equally famous day yesterday, landed a 10 pound cod and a 12.5 pound pollock, his two best fish. At one point in the trip Joe hooked a double but lost one of the fish early in the fight. "Thank God", he said. "I don't think I could have reeled them both up!" I can't believe he even went fishing today after all the fish he caught yesterday. He told me he was going on today's regardless because he didn't want Jared to abuse him about it again when he came back in the fall! Roger Hopkins (RI) boated a 10 pound cod, his best fish of the trip. Mark Silk (NY) caught the largest cod of the day at 11.25 pounds. Garrett Caisse (NH) boated an 11 pound pollock. Kara Hopkins (RI) landed the hard luck award for being the sole hurler on the trip and for catching nary a single legal fish because of her malady. I guess the Hopkins family went home with all the prizes today!

"Jersey Tim" Hesselink (NJ) donated $25.00 to my cancer fund raising drive with the Pan-Mass Challenge today. Thank you, Tim. Always good to have you and Nancy up here in Ogunquit. All the best!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Captain Jared Keniston and Alec Levine ran the full day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 53F, there wasn't a breath of wind, the ocean was flat like a pancake, the sky was clear and the visibility was excellent over the ocean. It was another beautiful day ashore. There was little wind, if any, most of the day. The ocean was like a mill pond, very calm. I saw a high temperature of 82F. It was hot in the sun. And it was sunny all day.

On the fishing grounds, there was no wind. The ocean remained flat calm for the trip. The sky was sunny and clear. The air temperature was warm/hot. There was no tide (current). The visibility ranged to about twelve miles in haze. The surface water temperature reached a high of 62.1F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 85F (with a low of 52F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 80F with a low of 59F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 85F (with a low of 49F).

The fishing was very good to excellent all day. It was very easy to tend bottom and the weather was conducive to humans having a wonderful time on the ocean. No one was sea sick. The catching of legal fish was slow to start but did turn on around 11:00 AM. So the catching of legal fish was excellent at the end of the trip or in the last two hours. Most legal fish landed were cod, by far. Legal landings also included a redfish, eighteen pollock and nine cusk. They released seven dogfish. All seven haddock that were caught were sub-legal. They drift fished for the trip. Jigs and cod flies caught the most fish.

Norm Herrick (MA) was the fisherman of the day. He was high hook with twelve legal and he won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 16 pound cod. Charlie Turner (NY) landed the second largest fish, a 13 pound pollock. The third largest fish was a 12 pound pollock caught by Jim Olmsted (MA).

Other Angler Highlights: Connor Redden (NH) caught a 10 pound cod, his largest fish. Bill Murphy (NH) did one better with an 11 pound cod. Jerry Charron (ME) caught a 10.5 pound cod, his best fish. Forest "Butch" Hartford (NH) landed the hard luck award for getting a hook in his hand in a place where it couldn't be safely removed. Listening to him this morning about wanting a free t-shirt, I'm not so sure Butch didn't do it on purpose!

Norm Herrick donated a very generous $95.00 to my Pan-Mass Challenge cancer fund raising bike ride today. This is actually an event to support the Jimmy Fund that was founded in 1949 to help a young boy from Maine to beat cancer. In those days 85% of kids diagnosed with cancer died from it. Now only 15% of children with cancer die from it. I can't say enough good about the Jimmy Fund/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Thanks, Norm. I appreciate your support.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Captain Ian Keniston and Captain Jared Keniston ran the full day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 62F, there was no wind, the ocean was calm, the sky was clear and the visibility was good in haze over the ocean. Ashore, there was little wind and a bit more humidity than the last few days. The humidity was tolerable. The air temperature went to at least 83F. The sky was sunny all day. The visibility remained good, at least, all day.

On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the southwest at five knots or less. The ocean remained calm all day. The sky was mostly clear but always sunny. The air temperature was warm. The tide (current) was moderate. The visibility ranged to fifteen miles in haze. The surface water temperature reached a high of 61.3F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 83F (with a low of 57F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 86F with a low of 62F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 85F (with a low of 52F).

The fishing was very good to excellent. The conditions were perfect for humans fishing from the Bunny Clark platform. The catching of legal fish was very good in the morning, fair to good in the afternoon or "good" overall. Most legal fish landed were cod, by far. Legal landings also included twenty-nine pollock, five haddock and seven cusk. Fifteen sub-legal haddock and twenty-two dogfish were released. Drift fishing was the method. Jigs and cod flies caught the most fish.

Mark Doody (CT) was high hook with sixteen legal. He didn't land a fish of 10 pounds or better. But he did catch a world of shorts! Rodd Froebel, Jr. (NY) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 13 pound cod. The second largest fish was a 12.5 pound cod caught by Ken Ung (MA). Dennis Wilk (MA) landed the third largest fish, a 12 pound cod. Carol Fournier (NH) landed the hard luck award for being the only angler to not catch a single legal fish.

I received a $50.00 donation from Linda Hamel (NH) helping me to raise as much money as I can to support cancer research through the Pan-Mass Challenge, an 192 mile charity cycling event, and the Jimmy Fund. Thank you very much, Linda. I appreciate your generous donation very much.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Captain Ian Keniston and Captain Jared Keniston ran the extreme day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 66F, the wind was out of the southwest at ten knots, the sky was clear and the visibility was very good in some haze over the ocean. The day ashore was hot and humid with a bit of haze. The air temperature soared to a high of 90F at least. But it felt warmer than that. The sky was sunny. The visibility was good.

On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the southwest at ten knots in the morning. The wind increased to ten and fifteen knots out of the southwest in the afternoon. Seas were chops of two to three feet. The sky was sunny. The air temperature stayed just warm as the wind off the water provided its own air conditioning. The tide (current) was moderate. The visibility ranged from ten to fifteen knots. The surface water temperature reached a high of 60.4F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 84F (with a low of 62F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 89F with a low of 64F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 89F (with a low of 62F).

The fishing was good, only, as the conditions for fishing were not any better than that. And they caught a few more dogfish than normal (thirty-six total) - which solidified them into the "good" category. The catching of legal fish was poor all morning. It was excellent on the last two stops, a fish a cast. Those last two stops more than made up for the slow morning. Most legal fish landed were cod, by far. Legal landings also included forty-five pollock, three haddock, three redfish and four cusk. They released one wolffish back to the ocean alive. They drift fished and used the sea anchor. The sea anchor was the best by far. This is only the second time this season that the sea anchor has been the best choice. Jigs and cod flies caught the most fish.

Ian couldn't tell which angler was high hook. Chris Blow (VT) and David Martineau (NH) tied for the boat pool. Both anglers caught fish of 13.5 pounds and both fish were pollock. Chris caught his earlier in the trip and David caught his a little later. Chris also caught a pollock of 12.5 pounds, the third largest fish of the trip.

Other Angler Highlights: Steve LaPlante (CT) caught the Bunny Clark's second largest wolffish of the season to date. His fish was 11 pounds. Ray Fotion (VT) boated the largest cod of the trip at 12 pounds. His largest pollock weighed 12 pounds as well. Mark Thyng (NH) caught an 11 pound cod. Joe Martineau (MA) caught a 12 pound pollock, his largest fish. Our own Ken McLaughlin (ME) boated an 11.5 pound cod, his best fish. David Brown (MA) caught a 12 pound pollock, his best fish. Missie Reaineau (VT) landed the hard luck award for a condition that prevented her from fishing. And, yes, it's a common condition in rougher than normal seas.

Mark Thyng did me a great favor by donating to my Pan-Mass Challenge cause and doing his part to strike a blow against cancer. His donation was $40.00. Thank you so much for your support, Mark. I appreciate it.

Tim Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Alec Levine and I ran the full day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was a balmy 70F, the wind was out of the southwest at ten knots, the sky was clear and the visibility was good to very good in haze over the ocean. On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the southwest at ten to fifteen knots. Seas were chops of two to three feet. The air temperature was warm. The sky was clear in the morning. High thin clouds started to move in by mid morning. For the ride home we had milky skies, gray seas and fifteen knots of south southwest wind. The tide (current) was strong. The visibility ranged from seven to ten miles in haze. The surface water temperature reached a high of 60.8F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 83F (with a low of 68F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 89F with a low of 69F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 90F (with a low of 65F).

The fishing was poor mainly because of the tide conditions. But the seas played a small part as did the few dogfish we caught. There was just no way to keep the lines on bottom without a severe angle. Anchoring and drifting created the most line angle. Using the sea anchor worked the best but it certainly wasn't perfect. The catching of legal fish was fair to good - if you knew the ropes. Some anglers did poorly. Four were too sea sick to fish. Most legal fish landed were cod. Legal landings also included eight haddock, twelve pollock, four redfish and two cusk. Jigs and flies caught the most fish. Most anglers were using bait and a cod fly.

Russell Mott (ME) made me look as good as I could look under the circumstances. Without Russell it would have been tomatoes for Tim, I'm afraid. Russell was the fisherman of the day. He was high hook with ten legal. And he caught the largest fish of the trip, an 11 pound pollock. Russell does not enter the boat pool. John Gorski (MA) was second hook with seven legal. Brendan Parker (ME) was third hook with six legal. Brendan's two best fish included a 9 pound pollock, the third largest fish of the trip, and an 8 pound cod, the largest cod of the trip. Steve Levine (ME) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the second largest fish, a 9.5 pound pollock. He also caught a 6 pound cusk, the largest of the two that were caught.

Other Angler Highlights: Joe MacDonald (FL) won a side bet with his friends for the largest fish in the group. His fish was a 7 pound cod. Emile Manios (DE) was the high hurler of the trip. For this he earned the hard luck award t-shirt!

Alec Levine and I ran the afternoon half day (4PM - 8PM) trip. It felt like being in an oven ashore after being out on the ocean all day where the air temperature might have been as high as 70F. It had to be 90F ashore and very humid. We had the same weather on the fishing grounds as we did during the day trip. Seas, again, were two to three feet behind a wind of about fifteen knots from the south southwest that hauled more southwest before the trip was over. The air temperature was warm, perfect, with a nice mild breeze off the ocean. The sky was clearer than the day trip (with a nice sunset in the end). The visibility was ten miles max.

The fishing was excellent. The catching of legal fish was poor. I made a wrong move and ended up in an area where there hadn't been lobster gear last year only to find lobster gear today. Normally, we would expect to find quite a few cusk there. Not tonight. And I truly believe that the lobster gear has a lot to do with a decrease in local cusk populations. And, as is true with a short trip like the afternoon trip, I didn't have time to find another area. Still, I had high hopes. Those hopes didn't bring home the bacon this trip. We caught one cusk, lost another and released a sub-legal cod, two sub-legal pollock, three sub-legal redfish and a dogfish. We anchored for every stop. Only bait and cod flies were used.

Adam Boutin (CA) caught the largest and the only legal fish, a 9 pound cusk. Ken Boutin (MA) landed the hard luck award for easily reaching high hurler status. The conditions were perfect for his malady. It must have been contagious because we had a few others who were in the same boat, so to say! It was not my best afternoon trip. Nor was it the best weather.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Captain Ian Keniston and Captain Jared Keniston ran the full day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was a balmy 73F, the wind was out of the southwest at ten knots, the sky was clear and the visibility was good to very good in haze over the ocean. The day ashore was, again, hot, hazy and humid. The air temperature reached 90F justly slightly inland from the shore in the morning and 90F on the shore after noon. The wind blew from the southwest at fifteen knots or more most of the day. From about 2:00 PM on thunder showers to the west of us moved north. We avoided these thunder showers all afternoon until 6:00 PM, when the first rain drops started to fall. We had thunder and lightning but no really much of this. Mostly it was rain. It was still raining lightly when I left the Cove at 10:00 PM.

On the fishing grounds, for the morning trip, the wind blew out of the south southwest at ten to fifteen knots with seas in chops of two to three feet. The sky was sunny all day. The air temperature was warm, the sea water temperature keeping the air temperature down to reasonable levels. The tide (current) was moderate. The visibility ranged from seven to ten miles in haze. The surface water temperature reached a high of 63.0F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 84F (with a low of 67F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 91F with a low of 73F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 92F (with a low of 67F).

The fishing was good to very good with the conditions on hand. They didn't have the current we had yesterday. The catching of legal fish was fair to good. Most legal fish landed were cod. Legal landings also included twelve pollock and three haddock. They anchored for every stop. Jigs and cod flies caught the most fish but bait and cod flies were the system of choice.

John Meara (CO) was high hook with ten legal. His two largest fish were a 10 pound pollock and an 8.25 pound pollock, the second and third largest fish of the trip. John's largest cod weighed 7 pounds. Heidi Ahrberg (CO) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, an 11.5 pound pollock.

Other Angler Highlights: Dan Labrie (ME) caught the largest cod at 8 pounds. Chris Bentson (NJ) landed the hard luck award becoming the high hurler of the trip.

Captain Ian Keniston and Captain Jared Keniston ran the afternoon half day (4PM - 8PM) trip. Ashore, the wind had kicked with the advancing thunder showers headed in our direction. But it was still sunny over head. On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the southwest at ten knots with seas in chops of two to three feet. However, the wind shifted out of the northwest to twenty-five knots or more in gusts when a line of thunder showers moved over them and out to sea. The winds dropped to a light breeze after that. The air temperature was warm. The visibility remained in a range of seven to ten miles.

The fishing was good, all things considered. The catching of legal fish was poor until the thunder showers went by. After that they started to catch fish, ending up with a good evening. Legal landings included seven mackerel, two cod and three cusk. They also caught three sub-legal pollock and two sculpins. They anchored and drift fished. Everyone used bait.

Alex Reid (QC) landed the largest fish of the trip, a 7.5 pound cusk. He did not enter the boat pool. Richard McLaughlin (TN) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the second largest fish, a 5.5 pound cusk. Of course, Dick didn't tell me he won the boat pool by default. He just told me he won the pool when he got off the boat. Wait until I see him again at Barnacle Billy's! The third largest fish was a 4.5 pound cod caught by Brian Barker (MA).

Other Angler Highlights: Charles Reid (QC) caught a 3.5 pound cusk, his largest fish. Gino BiGioia (MA) caught a 3.5 pound cod, his best fish. Liam Dolan (NH) landed the hard luck award for "almost" getting sea sick and for catching nary a keeper.

I received some support for my Pan-Mass Challenge cancer fund raiser in the form of a $30.00 donation from John Meara. Thank you so much for your help. I appreciate it so much!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Captain Ian Keniston and Captain Jared Keniston ran the full day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 67F, the wind was blowing lightly out of the south, the sky was mostly clear and the visibility was good in haze over the ocean. At 8:00 AM, the air temperature rose into the 70s and the fog rolled in with it along the coast. It was foggy along the shore until noon when it backed off and remained as a fog bank about a mile off shore. After noon, the air temperature rose to 85F. It was hot, hazy and very humid for the rest of the day. The sky was mostly clear. The visibility was restricted to the fog bank over the ocean, a mile out.

On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the south southwest - barely. At most the wind blew five knots. The ocean surface was calm all day with rolling sea swells of two to three feet. The visibility ranged to a quarter of a mile but it was mostly much less than that. The sky seemed overcast because of the fog. The air temperature was warm in the morning and hot from noon on. The tide ranged from moderate to strong. The surface water temperature reached a high of 62.7F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 79F (with a low of 65F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 92F with a low of 69F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 84F (with a low of 66F).

The fishing and catching were good to very good overall. Most legal fish landed were cod, by far. Legal landings also included twenty-five pollock, seven haddock, one redfish and one cusk. They released four dogfish. Anchoring and drifting were the methods Ian employed. Jigs and flies caught the lions share of the fish.

Jon Pooley (MD) was the fisherman of the day. He was high hook with who knows how many legal fish. And he won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 14.5 pound pollock. The second largest fish was a 13 pound cod caught by Bill Socha (NH). Norm Herrick (MA) caught the third largest fish, an 11.25 pound pollock. His largest cod weighed 10 pounds, the second largest cod of the trip.

Other Angler Highlights: Sue Utterstrom (ME) landed a pollock of 10.75 pounds, her biggest fish and the only other fish of 10 pounds or better. Joe Karpio (NY) landed the hard luck award for being the only angler without a legal fish! Ouch!

Captain Ian Keniston and Captain Jared Keniston ran the afternoon half day (4PM - 8PM) trip. It was still hot ashore with barely a breeze. The sky was clear with much sun as they headed to the gate. On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the southeast at five knots or less. The ocean was calm over a rolling sea swell of two to three feet. The first part of the trip had light rain. The rain was never a bother. They also had thunder and lightning storms around them but not on them. The visibility ranged from three to five miles in fog. The air temperature was warm.

The fishing was very good. The catching of legal fish was fair. Legal landings included two redfish, one cod and one haddock. They released a few sub-legal pollock, one sub haddock, three dogfish and five cod. Drifting was the method. Jigs and cod flies caught the most fish.

Steve Martineau (MA) was high hook with two legal, a 2.5 pound haddock and a .75 pound redfish. Joe Martineau (MA) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 4 pound cod. Roger Masse (MA) landed the hard luck award for losing a jig.

I received two donations supporting me in my cancer fund raising cycling event with the Pan-Mass Challenge today. One was a very generous $250.00 from Pam & Herb Cook (NY). They were at Barnacle Billy's earlier this year but failed to find me. Maybe I was out fishing? Don't know. But they mailed me the check with a very touching letter as well. Bill Socha donated $30.00 to the cause. Thank you all so very much for your help. It does mean a lot, particularly for those who have the disease! And, most of all, it brings hope. Hope of a cure.

Independence Day, Friday, July 4, 2014

Captain Ian Keniston and Captain Jared Keniston were supposed to be running the full day trip today. Everyone canceled due to media hype about Hurricane Arthur south of us.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 68F, the wind was blowing out of the southwest at ten knots, the sky was partly clear and the visibility was good in haze over the ocean. The wind dropped to light by 8:00 AM. Clouds started to move in. By 9:30 AM, the sky was overcast with showers in evidence around the horizon. We didn't see any rain until 11:00 AM. Showers remained light and intermittent in the early afternoon. By 3:00 PM, the rain was here to stay. The rain was continuous throughout the rest of the afternoon and long into the night after I left the restaurant at 11:15 PM. The air temperature reached the mid 70s. The visibility was fair in haze and precipitation. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 73F (with a low of 63F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 76F with a low of 64F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 70F (with a low of 59F).

Hurrican Arthur was located ninety miles south southeast of Cape Cod by mid afternoon. The rain was a result of the bands coming from this system. Most of the wind on the coastal Cape associated with the hurricane was in the thirty to forty knot range.

It was an all restaurant day today. But I did spend some time on the Bunny Clark changing out sacrificial anodes (zincs) in the engine and a few filters. I had just changed the oil and crankcase filter the other night. Everything looks good for when we do eventually get off the dock!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Captain Ian Keniston and Captain Jared Keniston were supposed to be running the full day trip today. We canceled the trip because of the weather forecast for storm warnings associated with Hurricane Arthur.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 60F, the wind was blowing out of the north northwest at fifteen knots or better, the sky was overcast, it was raining and the visibility was fair to good in precipitation over the ocean. It stopped raining at about 7:00 AM. The wind increased to twenty-five knots out of the northwest in gusts. It may have blown harder at times. But it certainly wasn't the wind that was predicted. The wind started to let go during the late afternoon. By 8:00 PM, the ocean was flat calm. The air temperature was perfect. I don't believe we saw an air temperature higher than the 70s. They sky was sunny all day. The visibility was very good at least. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 77F (with a low of 59F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 80F with a low of 59F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 80F (with a low of 56F).

So both fishing trips were canceled. The fireworks trip was not. So at 8:00 PM, I left the restaurant, went home, got changed and came back down to get the Bunny Clark ready. We left the dock at a little after 8:30 PM. The evening was lovely. The ocean was flat calm with a light breeze from the west. The sky was clear. The visibility was perfect. And the fireworks were spectacular. We anchored up but I ran a breast line so that all the passengers could see the show equally well. I think Ogunquit puts on the best show. This is true year after year. We were back in Perkins Cove by 10:00 PM.

My brother, Court Tower, donated $50.00 to help me with my Pan-Mass Challenge cancer fundraiser. I never ask. He just does what he feels is right. And that's good enough for me. A good guy, my brother. Thanks, Court. Much appreciated.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Captain Jared Keniston and Alec Levine ran the full day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 65F, the wind was blowing out of the west at ten knots, the sky was clear and the visibility was very good over the ocean. The wind blew out of the west all day. We had sustained winds of fifteen knots with higher gusts. The air temperature warmed into the lower 80s. The sky held very few clouds and remained sunny and beautiful. The visibility was very good.

On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the west at ten to fifteen knots. Seas were chops of two to three feet. The sky was clear and sunny. The visibility was close to excellent. The air temperature was no better than warm because of the wind off a surface water temperature of 62.0F max, the high surface water temperature of the day. The current was moderate. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 85F (with a low of 67F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 85F with a low of 66F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 84F (with a low of 56F).

The fishing and catching of legal fish was good overall. The fish were of a larger average size today. Most legal fish landed were cod, by far. Legal landings also included twenty-four pollock, one haddock (eighteen sub-legal haddock), one redfish and two cusk. There were seventeen dogfish released. They drift fished for the trip. Jigs and cod flies caught the most fish.

Jared couldn't tell me who was high hook. It was a morning bite. And the fish came fast and furious. It was a bit slower during the late morning and afternoon. So the catching ranged from very good/excellent to fair or good overall. Tristan Winslow (MA) caught the largest fish, a 14.5 pound cod. He was not in the boat pool. Willard McIlwain (MO) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the second largest fish, a 14 pound cod. The third largest fish was a 13.5 pound pollock caught by Zach Freitas (MA). Zach's largest cod weighed 10 pounds.

Other Angler Highlights: Fred Cummings (ME) caught the first good fish to weigh, a 10 pound cod. Matt Freitas (MA) boated an 11.5 pound cod, his biggest fish. Porker McLean (NY) caught a 12 pound pollock, his best fish. Jim Talbot (MA) boated an 11.5 pound cod. This was Jim's largest fish. Steve Gerlach (ME) landed the hard luck award for being the sole hurler of the trip. And, I'm told, this was an all day affair.

Captain Jared Keniston and Alec Levine ran the afternoon (4PM - 8PM) half day trip. It was beautiful at the dock before they ventured out the gate. The sky was clear, the air temperature was warm, the visibility very good, there was very little wind and we had plenty of room on the boat for other anglers - plenty of room to fish. The Bunny Clark was only half full. Everyone seemed happy.

On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the west southwest at ten to fifteen knots with seas in chops of two feet, more or less. The visibility was very good. The sky was clear and very sunny. The air temperature was mild with the wind off the cooler than normal surface water temperature (59.6F).

The fishing was fair but it was the best afternoon trip of the year for catching fish. Of course, we have only had five half day trips so far. And those trips were not very productive. Legal landings included six cusk, one mackerel, three silver hake, a butter mullet and one cunner. Sub-legal fish returned included five cod, six pollock, three sculpins, three sea ravens and four redfish. So there was plenty of action. The drift fished for the evening. Everyone used bait.

Steve Levine (ME) and Bob Cheeseman (FL) tied for high hook with two legal fish each. Bob started fishing with me the year the Bunny Clark was launched in 1983. He came fishing with me so often in those days that I had a rod with his name on it! Bob's two fish included a 5.25 pound cusk and a 5.5 pound cusk. The larger cusk was the third largest fish of the trip. Steve was the fisherman of the evening as he also won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 6.5 pound cusk. His other fish was a 5 pound cusk. Chris Reilly (NH) landed the second largest fish of the trip, a 5.75 pound cusk.

Other Angler Highlights: George Giunta (MA) caught a 5 pound cusk, his largest fish and the last of the legal fish for the trip. Tyler Cascella (CT) landed the hard luck award for being named the high hurler of the evening.

And I know I push the cancer cure thing with my involvement in the Pan-Mass Challenge. And I know at times you are probably thinking that I sound like a broken record. But for good reason I am deeply involved in the fight. And with a program like the one I just mentioned it's hard to give up trying to get funding for research. One of the reasons that it is so important to me just occurred at 1:00 AM this morning. A good friend of mine passed away at that time. His name was John Taylor. He was the brother in law of one of my best friends and excellent harpoon tuna fisherman (possibly the best), Steve Weiner. John was married to Steve's sister, Abby, a wonderful person. John was diagnosed in October. At the time, he had been complaining of back aches. Turns out he had contracted the disease much earlier. Thoughts are that it started in the lungs and then metastasized to his spine, ribs and brain. The back aches were a result of the cancer being much further along than it should have been. And very worrisome at the time.

John was younger than I by a few years. He was a wonderful family man, a great husband, a great father, very well rounded with a ton of common sense, very intelligent and just a great guy. He was successful in everything he did. He earned that right. I believe his daughter, Brook, is 22 years old now but I could be off by a year. She too has turned out to be a wonderful individual. I remember one time he needed a striker for his harpoon tuna boat. It was after 1996 when I had first started hiring other captains to run the Bunny Clark. At that time I had a well established captain in place and my work at Barnacle Billy's hadn't been ramped up like it is today. So I offered my services. I remember the day very well because the wind was out of the northeast. And I told John that I had never seen fish run (tuna swimming on the surface) in northeast wind. As it so happens, John found a bunch of fish running into the wind fifteen minutes after I said that. He saw them before I did. We were five miles northeast of Boon Island Ledge. He said; "Is that fish?". I knew right away that it was and that we had to get behind them. It was a big bunch with some fish deeper to the back. So I threw at a deeper fish and missed it. The bunch never went down! We rode right up through the middle of the fish as I pulled back the harpoon to get ready again. The next time I waited until I got a good shot. This time we were able to put a buoy out (only one boat on the coast used an electric harpoon in those days) and get ready again. I might have missed the third shot. But we put another buoy out, the only other tuna line we had on the boat, on the fourth shot. The bunch never went down. And, as far as I know, they probably ran right into the sunset. But we got two fish out of it and had one of my best days on the ocean with a very special person. I will miss John, his good humor (he used to call me "Senator") and his representation of the way a human being should be and act. I'm sorry for his family and friends and I'm sorry for me.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Captain Ian Keniston and Captain Jared Keniston are running the extreme day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 67F, the wind was light out of the southwest, the sky was clear and the visibility was very good over the ocean. It was a perfect day ashore with warm temperatures up to 84F, light winds, clear skies and good visibility. We had a rain shower that started at 5:00 PM and lasted about an hour with no thunder or lightning. Afterward, the sky cleared and went back to weather we had before.

On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the southwest at ten or more knots in the morning with seas in chops of two to three feet. In the afternoon, the southwest wind picked up to fifteen knots or better with seas increasing to three and four feet. The sky was overcast all morning and sunny in the afternoon. The tide (current) was strong all day. The air temperature was warm, much cooler than ashore with the influence of the cooler surface water. The visibility ranged from five to eight miles in haze. The surface water temperature reached a high of 62.7F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 80F (with a low of 63F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 88F with a low of 69F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 85F (with a low of 61F).

The fishing/catching (of legal fish) was fair to good. This depended much on your fishing skill and fighting the conditions which included a strong tide, the chop and the dogfish. Most legal fish landed were pollock. Legal landings also included twenty-one cod, nine haddock, seven cusk and a cunner. They released three wolffish and thirty-eight dogfish. They drift fished and used the sea anchor. The sea anchor worked best - for the third time this season. All terminal gear worked about the same.

Leo Lamoureux (VT) was high hook with over twelve legal. His largest fish was a 12 pound pollock, the third largest fish of the trip. He also landed a double keeper catch that included an 11.5 pound pollock and an 8 pound pollock, both fish caught on the same line at the same time. Leo also caught the Bunny Clark's second largest wolffish of the season at 11.5 pounds. Ken McLaughlin (ME) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 13.5 pound cod. The second largest fish was a 12.75 pound pollock caught by Mike Broadbent (ME).

Other Angler Highlights: Jeff Lane (NH) caught a 9 pound wolffish, his largest. Nate Segedy (NH) landed an 11 pound pollock. Mark Veronesi (CT) boated a 10.5 pound pollock. He also landed the hard luck award for breaking his own pole. I didn't get the details. Jeff Guay (ME) caught an 11 pound pollock. Dick Lyle (PA) lost the first bluefin tuna of the year today. Of course, you can't lose what you didn't have. And Dick was certainly out-gunned by the size of the fish. In fact, Dick had almost been spooled when the fish broke off.

Tim Monday/Tuesday, July 7 & 8, 2014

Captain Bryan Lewer, Fred Kunz, Alec Levine and I ran the first of our two scheduled ultra marathon trips today.

At 10:00 PM EDT (July 7, 2014) the air temperature was 73F, the wind was out of the southwest at ten plus knots, it was raining, a thunder shower was commencing, the sky was overcast and the visibility was poor in precipitation over the ocean. When we left the dock at 11:00 PM, it was raining with very little thunder and lightning. Still, I had to adjust the radar so I could pick up objects on the ocean without the interference of the rain.

The trip to the fishing grounds was uneventful. Winds were out of the southwest at ten to fifteen knots with seas in chops of two to three feet. The rain stopped an hour after we left the dock and there wasn't enough wind to make the ride uncomfortable. On the grounds, the wind picked up to almost twenty knots. But this didn't last for more than two hours. Seas might have made it to four feet in that time but dropped when the wind backed off. The sky was sunny all day. The air temperature was warm (perfect for long pants and a t-shirt) but not too warm. The tide (current) was moderate. On the ride back to Perkins Cove the weather remained the same until we got half way back. At that point the wind hauled out of the south southwest (or maybe even south) and blew up to almost twenty knots with seas in chops of about four feet (more or less). We carried this stronger wind all the way to the dock. And it was still blowing like that when I got back home. The surface water temperature reached a high of 62.7F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 83F (with a low of 68F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 92F with a low of 73F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 88F (with a low of 66F).

The fishing was good to very good with a little more current than I would have liked. Also, we had our first blue shark attacks of the season losing three jigs in the process of trying to get the beasts close enough to the boat to retrieve the hardware. In all three cases we did get the sharks close enough to gaff the jig out. But all three tries amounted to futile attempts as best. The catching of legal fish was very good to excellent. Most legal fish landed were cod, by far. I was able to avoid the large schools of pollock that are so prevalent offshore. We still caught lots of pollock but not quite as many pollock as we caught haddock, including many many sub-legal haddock. Legal landings also included one cusk and seven white hake. We released three sub-legal halibut, forty-four dogfish and two wolffish. We drift fished and motor drifted. Jigs & flies caught the most fish.

Dan Killay (VT) or Bryan Lewer (FL) was high hook. I know how many fish Bryan caught but I don't know how many fish Dan caught. With Dan it was a fish a cast. It was the most legal fish he has ever caught on a trip in his life. And he caught the most legal haddock of anyone aboard. Justin Philbrick (NH) was second hook but so close to high hook as to almost share the honor. He had caught seventeen legal fish before he brother, Jeff had landed his first one. It does take Jeff a bit of time to wake up in the morning!

Jeff Philbrick (NH) did come on strong at the end including winning the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 36 pound Maine state trophy white hake. This is the largest fish of the Bunny Clark season to date. It is, of course, our only trophy hake of the season as well. There have only been ten white hake landed on the Bunny Clark this season so far. The only other fish of note that I recorded for Jeff was a 6.25 pound haddock that he caught. The second largest fish of the trip was a 23.5 pound white hake caught by Justin Philbrick. He would have won the boat pool for the second largest fish with this hake. But he lost the fish ten feet down. It floated to the surface and we were able to retrieve it. But he lost the second pool because of it. This is the Bunny Clark's second largest fish of the season to date. And he landed the hard luck award because of these circumstances! Bryan Lewer won the boat pool for the second largest fish with the third largest fish, a 21 pound white hake. Some of his other special fish included an 8 pound halibut (the first one he has ever caught), an 11 pound cod, a cod of 10.25 pounds, a 10 pound pollock, a 5 pound haddock and a 6 pound haddock. Dan Killay won the boat pool for the third largest fish with the fourth largest fish, a 15 pound pollock. His largest cod weighed 13.5 pounds.

Other Angler Highlights: On our first drift of the day, at sunrise, Tim Rozan (ME) hooked into a thresher shark that jumped twice right in front of all of us. It wasn't a big shark. It looked to be about 100 pounds or a little better. But it was fun to watch. After the acrobatics, the fish took a run and broke off, never to be seen again. Tim's largest fish was a 12 pound cod. He also caught the first halibut of his life (like Bryan) too. His halibut weighed 9 pounds. I didn't get a picture of it because he was most intent on making sure it had the best chance of staying alive. Wouldn't it be nice if Tim caught that halibut a couple years later at 100 pounds! Larry Kabat (NH) caught our largest cusk of the season, so far, with one of 11 pounds. Lewis Hazelwood (MA) caught an 11 pound pollock, a 10 pound cod and a pollock of 12.5 pounds, his three largest fish. Rick Lemieux (ME) boated a 10 pound pollock and the second largest pollock of the trip at 14 pounds. Fred Kunz (NH) caught a 12 pound cod. His largest fish was a 14 pound white hake.

Dave Symes (ME) and dory mate, Jim A. Hall (ME), had their best fishing trip of the season today. The both caught a lot of haddock. Dave's best fish included a 10 pound pollock, a 10.5 pound cod and an 11 pound cod. Jim caught a 5.25 pound haddock as his best fish. He may have caught a fish of 10 pounds but I was pretty busy at one period during the trip. It might have been at that time that he caught his big one. He did get a bit of a late start as he was a bit under the weather by the time we got to the grounds this morning. We won't go into that. Rafik Bishara (MA) boated an 11.5 pound pollock as his largest fish. Paul Pearson (NH), an angler noted for big cod landings, brought a 13 pound cod to gaff, our largest cod of the trip. Josh Pearson (NH) caught our largest halibut of the day at approximately 14 pounds. I didn't weigh the fish because we wanted to get a picture and we wanted to make sure the fish would survive. So he opted for the shot instead of the scale. This digital image with Josh hold the fish appears on the right. His largest cod weighed 12 pounds.

Dick Lyle (PA) caught quite a few fish, his largest a 12 pound cod. His best fish, in my opinion, was a 7 pound Maine state trophy haddock. This is only our third trophy haddock of the Bunny Clark fishing season to date. I took a nice picture of Dick which at present time resides on the index page of this site. The picture was that good. Steve LaPlante (CT) had his normal great day of fishing. And he lost one huge fish that I would have "given me right eye" to see. Alas, it was not to be. His best landed fish included a 6.5 pound haddock, a 12 pound cod and a 6 pound haddock. Steve Brown (ME) caught an 11 pound pollock as his largest fish. He caught a lot of short haddock as well as some keepers.

Special Note: Jeff McGuire (ME) put a treble hook into the palm of his hand before the trip yesterday. It was so deep that he might have had to go to the emergency room and miss the trip. He opted to yank the hook back out the way it went in. And, of course, it was messy. Despite the pain and the two dressings that had to be transfixed, he did very well and had a good time. He was dubbed "Ultra Trooper" by the crew for the trip. I, for one, would like to see how well he could do if he were healthy!

I received four donations supporting my cancer fund raising drive with the Pan-Mass Challenge today. Dave & Rebecca Symes gave a very generous (with all the other donations they have contributed this season already) $100.00, Jim & Linda Hargrove (ME) gave a very generous $250.00, I also received another donation from Tim Rozan for $25.00 and Dan Killay gave $25.00. Thank you all so very much for your help. I do so appreciate it.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Captain Ian Keniston and Captain Jared Keniston ran the full day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 71F, the wind was blowing out of the south southwest at eleven knots, the sky was mostly clear and the visibility was very good over the ocean. It was hot and humid today on the shore. But it was clear as well. And that was strange. I would have expected it to be hazy with all the heat this weather system gave us today. The air temperature got to 84F, at least. The sky was sunny.

On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the southwest at fifteen knots (more or less) with seas in chops of two to four feet, depending. The sky was sunny. The air temperature was warm, perfect. The tide (current) was moderate. The visibility was good at twenty miles in haze. The surface water temperature reached a high of 62.1F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 85F (with a low of 64F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 88F with a low of 73F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 85F (with a low of 65F).

The fishing/catching (of legal fish) was fair for most, good for those in the bow fishing with jig sticks. In fact, one individual caught as many legal fish as some of the anglers on the ultra marathon yesterday! But there were others who were sea sick and didn't fish at all. So landings could have been better. But it was all there for you if you had the know-how and fortitude to take advantage of it. Thankfully, there were some who did. Most legal fish landed were pollock, by far. Legal landings also included fifteen cod, two haddock, four redfish and two cusk. There were better than sixty-one dogfish released. I believe that is the most dogfish we have seen so far this season on a single trip. But there were many more dogfish there that followed the groundfish to the surface and didn't take a bite. They drift fished all day. Jigs and cod flies caught the most fish.

Justin Perry (ME) was, far and away, the high hook with the most legal fish. His largest fish was a 12 pound pollock, the second largest fish of the trip. Matt Villarreal (FL) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 13 pound pollock. Matt also caught a 10 pound cod, the largest cod of the trip. The third largest fish category was shared with two pollock of 11 pounds each. Our own Cam Bannister (ME) caught one while J.S.Francour (QC) caught the other. Cam also caught a 10 pound pollock.

Other Angler Highlights: Brian White (NE) caught a 10.5 pound pollock, his largest fish. Dylan Gavel (MA) was high hurler and landed the hard luck award for his condition.

Captain Ian Keniston and Captain Jared Keniston ran the afternoon half day (4PM - 8PM) trip. It was hot with very little wind when the Bunny Clark left the dock to head to the fishing grounds. On the grounds, the wind blew out of the south southeast at five to ten knots. Seas were chops over rolling sea swells of two to three feet. The sky was mostly clear. The tide was moderate. The visibility ranged to over fifteen miles.

The fishing was very good. The catching of legal fish was poor. Legal landings included two cod and two mackerel. They caught five sub-legal cod, a few sub-legal pollock and one redfish. They anchored for every stop. All terminal gear was used. Nothing worked particularly well.

Oliver Kenney (NH) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 3.5 pound cod. The second largest fish was a 3.25 pound cod caught by Anthony Terry (MA). A.J.Terry (MA) caught the third largest fish, a 2.25 pound sub-legal cod. He also landed the hard luck award being the closest to getting sea sick.

Thursday, July 10, 2014, Catherine & Courtland Tower's Birthday

Captain Ian Keniston and Captain Jared Keniston ran the full day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 66F, the wind was light out of the southwest, the sky was mostly clear and the visibility was good in haze over the ocean. It was a cooler day today than it has been with a high temperature just nipping at the 80F with much less humidity. It was sunny for the major part of the day with only a small period of clouds that disappeared before there was time to think about it. The visibility remained very good in some haze.

On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the west southwest at five to ten knots. The sea conditions included a one foot chop over a sea swell of two to three feet. On the ride home the wind flunked out altogether leaving a calm ocean with very light rolling swells. The air temperature was warm (not hot) with the light wind. The sky was a mix of overcast and sun. The tide (current) was moderate. The visibility ranged over twenty miles (very good) in some haze. The surface water temperature reached a high of 65.0F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 80F (with a low of 63F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 82F with a low of 66F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 80F (with a low of 55F).

The fishing/catching was excellent today. And part of the reason for this was the fact that we had only seven anglers today. And there were very few dogfish, the sea state couldn't have been better for drifting, the weather was perfect and the air temperature was just right. Everyone used a jig and a cod fly combination. For one angler, it was a fish a cast all day long. The other anglers were close. The average number of legal fish per person was higher that what most of those who attained high hook status had all week! It was just a great day. Most legal fish landed were cod followed by half as many pollock. Legal landings also included one haddock and two cusk. Twenty-five dogfish were released. They drift fished for the day.

Ralph DeSimone (NJ) was high hook with an incredible number of legal fish. He caught the only legal haddock, a 6 pounder. And his largest fish, a 12 pound pollock, was the second largest fish of the trip. Jim "Chip" Chiapponi (CT) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 13.5 pound cod. Doug Towle (NH) took third place with a cod of 11 pounds. Bill Hazlett (MA) landed the hard luck of the day award for catching the most short fish, by far, of any angler aboard. He said this didn't matter (although he did catch quite a few legal fish as well); "The catch of my life will be waiting at the dock when we get in." I don't know, maybe he thought someone was going to leave him a big bluefin tuna by his wife's car!

Captain Ian Keniston and Captain Jared Keniston ran the afternoon half day (4PM - 8PM) trip. The weather at the dock was beautiful. On the fishing grounds, the wind was out of the north but just barely. At most they had five knots. The ocean was calm. The visibility had improved to over twenty miles with not much sign of the haze that was present earlier. The air temperature was warm.

The fishing was excellent, the catching was good, the landings of legal fish was slow. They caught the most sub-legal cod we have caught in two years tonight. However, only three cod were of legal size. Legal landings also included twenty-six mackerel. Anglers also released fourteen sub-legal pollock, six sculpins and three sea ravens. Drifting was the method. Everyone used bait and cod flies.

Jeff Savage (NH) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 4.5 pound cod. Norm Savage (NH) caught the second largest fish, a 3 pound cod. The third largest fish was a cod of 2.75 pounds caught by Adrianna Hussey (ME). Brian Atkinson (VT) landed the hard luck award for getting a touch of the mal de mer.

Chip Chiapponi increased my donation total to the Pan-Mass Challenge by contributing $40.00 to the cause. Chip always helps me out. Every year. And I certainly appreciate it. Thanks so much!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Captain Ian Keniston and Captain Jared Keniston ran the full day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 62F, there was no wind, the ocean was calm, the sky was mostly clear and the visibility was very good over the ocean. It was a perfect day ashore. There was very little wind, the ocean was calm and the sky was sunny. Also, the air temperature was perfect. The highest temperature I saw was 77F. It was never too hot but it wasn't cool either. However, sunset did bring cooler air temperatures. The visibility over the ocean was excellent.

On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the north at five knots or less. The ocean remained calm all day. The sky was sunny, cloudless for a period. The air temperature was warm. The tide was moderate. The visibility was excellent. The surface water temperature reached a high of 66.3F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 76F (with a low of 57F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 73F with a low of 63F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 79F (with a low of 53F).

The fishing was excellent; the conditions were perfect for it. The catching of legal fish was good to very good. Most legal fish landed were cod, by far. Legal landings also included one haddock, fourteen pollock and six cusk. Forty dogfish were released. Drifting was the method employed. Jigs and cod flies caught the most fish but bait worked okay as well.

Ian could not tell who was high hook. Bill Riley (NY) and Ryan Kirkpatrick (MA) tied for boat pool for the largest fish with the largest two fish (both pollock) of exactly the same size, 10.5 pounds. The difference was that Bill caught his as a single fish while Ryan caught his as part of a double keeper catch that included the 10.5 pound pollock and a 9 pound pollock, both fish caught on the same line at the same time. The third largest fish was a 10 pound pollock caught by Gregg DeForge (ME). Bill Gonevill (ME) landed the hard luck award for getting the dreaded mal de mer.

Captain Ian Keniston and Alec Levine ran the afternoon half day (4PM - 8PM) trip. It was beautiful weather when they left Perkins Cove. There was no wind, the air temperature was perfect and the sun was shining. On the fishing grounds, there was no wind either. The ocean was flat calm. The sky was clear. The visibility was excellent. The air temperature was warm. The tide (current) was moderate.

The fishing was very good; the conditions were just about perfect for tending bottom. The catching of legal fish was lighter than last night. Again, three legal cod were caught. But no mackerel were seen or caught. And the number of sub-legal cod had dropped to fifteen. The also caught a few sub-legal pollock, eight sculpins and five sea ravens. They drift fished for the evening. Everyone used bait. Some used bait with cod flies.

Rob Myers (MI) was the fisherman of the evening. He was high hook with two legal cod and he won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 9 pound cod. His other cod was the third largest fish of the evening at 3.5 pounds. Mark Dennett (ME) came in second with a cod of 8.5 pounds. Matt Pease (GA) landed the hard award for his consistency in catching the bottom!

Billy Wright (NH) donated $17.00 to help me in my cancer fund raising charge with the Pan-Mass Challenge today. Billy, thank you very much for the support. I appreciate it.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Captain Ian Keniston and Captain Jared Keniston ran the full day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 59F, there was no wind, the ocean was calm, the sky was cloudless and the visibility was very good over the ocean. It was another perfect day with air temperatures just below 80F, very little wind, a very calm ocean along the shore and sunny skies all day. Vacationers ashore were very happy today.

On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the south at five knots or less. The ocean remained calm all day. The sky was sunny. The tide (current) was moderate (morning) to strong (afternoon). The visibility was about fifteen miles in haze. The surface water temperature reached a high of 67.0F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 77F (with a low of 56F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 80F with a low of 62F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 85F (with a low of 52F).

The fishing was very good, marred only by a stronger than normal current. There were very few dogfish to bother today. The catching of legal fish was very good overall. At times it was a fish a cast for those who knew how to swing a jig. At other times it wasn't quite that good. But a day just short of excellent? I'll take it every time. Most legal fish landed were cod followed closely by pollock. Legal landings also included one haddock and ten cusk. Eighteen dogfish were caught and released. Drifting was the method Ian employed. Jigs and cod flies caught the most fish.

Norm & Rob Herrick (MA) tied for high hook with sixteen legal each. And they each released eight legal cod (sixteen total) back to the ocean alive and unhurt. Rob didn't land a fish over 10 pounds. Norm's best fish included an 11 pound pollock, a 10 pound pollock and a pollock of 10.5 pounds. Chris Deschambault (ME) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 14.5 pound pollock. He caught this fish as part of a double keeper catch with another pollock of 8.5 pounds, both fish on the same line at the same time. The second largest fish was a pollock of 13 pounds caught by Ron Croteau (ME). Randy Libby (ME) caught the third largest fish, a 12 pound cod, the largest cod of the trip.

Other Angler Highlights: Ian Croteau (ME) caught a 10 pound pollock, his largest fish. Adam Croteau (ME) did one better by catching an 11.5 pound pollock. But then Ian landed the hard luck award by impaling himself deep in the hand with a hook! If it had been me I would have gone for the bigger fish. Each to his own.

Captain Ian Keniston and Alec Levine ran the afternoon half day (4PM - 8PM) trip. It was beautiful weather, again, when they left Perkins Cove. On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the south at five to ten knots. Seas were chops of about a foot over long rolling sea swells of two feet. The air temperature was warm. The sky was clear. The visibility ranged to about fifteen miles in haze. The tide (current) was moderate.

The fishing/catching was good to very good. Most legal fish landed were cusk, by far. Legal landings also included two cod and one mackerel. They drift fished and anchored. Everyone used bait. Some added a cod fly. No jigs were used.

Brian J. Bliss (MA) was high hook with five legal. His largest fish was a 7.25 pound cusk, the second largest fish of the trip. He also caught a cusk that weighed 5 pounds. Nelson Girard (ME) and Brian Bliss (MA) tied for second hook with three legal each. Nelson won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 7.5 pound cusk. Brian Bliss caught the third largest fish of the trip, a 6.5 pound cusk. Brian also caught a cusk that weighed 5 pounds.

Other Angler Highlights: Brian Kroker (MA) caught the first fish Ian could weigh, a 4.25 pound cusk. Wayne Alarie (ME) caught the second one, a 4.75 pound cusk. Todd Creel (MA) boated a 3.5 pound cusk, his largest fish. Nick Dussault (MA) caught a cusk of 5 pounds, his best. Joe "Big Foot" Heneghan (MA) caught the largest cod of evening weighing in at 4.5 pounds. Chris Bliss (MA) landed the hard luck award for attaining high hurler status and for catching nary a legal fish. He was also the bachelor of the bachelor party this evening!

Three anglers contributed to my cancer fund with the Pan-Mass Challenge today. These anglers and their donations included Richard Roode (ME) for $25.00, Ron Croteau for $25.00 and Bill Murphy (NH) for $30.00. Thank you all so very much for your support. It really means something. And it certainly helps a great cause.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Captain Jared Keniston and Alec Levine ran the full day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 66F, the wind was blowing out of the south at ten knots, the sky was mostly clear and the visibility was good in haze over the ocean. It was a beautiful sunny day all morning and into the afternoon. By early afternoon, the wind had increased from the south and was gusting up to twenty knots along the shore. Later in the afternoon, we lost the sun to overcast skies. This had to be around 6:00 PM. The sky stayed overcast as the threat of showers hung over us but the rain never materialized. The air temperature went up over 81F. And it felt muggy. The visibility was good in haze.

On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the south southwest at ten to twenty knots on the ride in. Seas were chops of two to four feet. The tide (current) was strong. The sky was mostly clear and sunny for the trip. The air temperature was warm. The visibility ranged over fifteen miles. The surface water temperature reached a high of 64.5F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 77F (with a low of 62F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 85F with a low of 68F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 85F (with a low of 64F).

The fishing was good with the harder than normal conditions (tide, wind & seas). The catching of legal fish was fair to good depending on your expertise. Most legal fish landed were cod, by far. Legal landings also included seventeen pollock and three cusk. There were no haddock caught today, a first for many trips. And there were only eight dogfish caught, a new low as of late. They anchored and drift fished. Jigs and cod flies caught the most fish.

Jared couldn't tell me who was high hook. Ann Marie Jezak (NH) won the boat pool in the last five minutes of the trip for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 10.5 pound cod. Jack Twomey (ME) had led the boat pool for most of the trip with a 10 pound cod. This fish ended up coming in second. The third largest fish was a 9.5 pound cod caught by Garrett Wood (NY).

Other Angler Highlights: Ernie Searles (NH) caught a 9 pound cod, the fourth largest fish of the trip. Brian Foss (NH) landed the hard luck award. He was the highest of hurlers today.

Captain Jared Keniston and Alec Levine ran the afternoon half day (4PM - 8PM) trip. It was still windy when the Bunny Clark left the dock to head to the fishing grounds. We had advised anglers of the potential for rough seas and sea sickness. And some decided not to take the trip because of it. On the fishing grounds, the wind had hauled out of the southwest but was blowing at fifteen to twenty knots. Seas had not increased from what it was on the ride in from the day trip. But seas were still around the four foot level in chops. The air temperature had dropped to mild with the wind. The visibility had dropped to around twelve miles. And it was overcast for the trip.

The fishing/catching of legal fish was fair. Legal landings included six cusk, four cunners and an eel pout. There were also fourteen sub-legal cod that were returned. They anchored for every stop. Everyone used bait except for Steve Levine (ME). He used a jig and caught six (or eight) short cod.

Tommy Petry (VT) was the fisherman of the day. He tied for high hook with Chris Petry (VT) - they both caught two legal fish each - and he won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, an 8 pound cusk. Tommy also caught the second largest fish, a cusk of 7.75 pounds. Chris caught the third largest fish, a 7 pound cusk.

Other Angler Highlights: Lily Bradshaw (VT) caught a 4.25 pound cusk. Lurenda Fuller (NY) caught a 6 pound cusk. Aurora Lamoureux (VT) caught a 3 pound ocean pout. She released the pout back to the ocean alive. Anthony Magaro (PA) was the high hurler of the evening and landed the hard luck award because of his condition.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Captain Ian Keniston and Captain Jared Keniston ran the extreme day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 68F, the wind was blowing out of the south southwest at ten knots, the sky was overcast, the ground was wet from where it had been raining much earlier in the morning and the visibility was poor in low lying fog over the ocean. The fog came in and out and finally left Ogunquit to hang offshore a couple of miles and sneer at us until the late afternoon. It remained foggy on Long Sands at York Beach at least until noon. The sky was sunny and mostly clear all day. It was hot and humid - muggy - with the highest air temperature that I noticed of 87F. The visibility was suspect because of the fog bank offshore.

On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the south at five to ten knots. Seas were rolling sea swells of two to three feet under a one foot chop. It was perfect weather. The tide was moderate. The sky was a mix of overcast and sunny. The air temperature was warm bordering on too warm. The visibility ranged from a quarter of a mile to three miles in haze and fog. The surface water temperature reached a high of 64.6F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 84F (with a low of 64F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 86F with a low of 71F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 87F (with a low of 67F).

The fishing/catching was very good to excellent. Not quite a fish a cast all day but close. The fish size average was much bigger than we has seen as of late. Most legal fish landed were cod, by far. Legal landings also included fifty-seven pollock, one haddock (fourteen sub-legal haddock were returned), four cusk and one redfish. There were seventeen dogfish released. Drifting was the method. Jigs and cod flies were a must if you wanted to catch fish.

Jim Feeney (MA) was the fisherman of the day. He was high hook with the most legal fish (just shy of twenty-six legal) and he won the boat pool for the largest fish with the second largest fish, a 15 pound pollock. Some of Jim's other good fish included an 11 pound pollock, a 10.5 pound pollock and a 10 pound cod. The largest fish of the trip was a 15.5 pound pollock caught by Kevin Holm-Hansen (VT). He did not enter the boat pool. Ken McLaughlin (ME) caught the third largest fish, a 14 pound pollock. He also caught a pollock of 10 pounds.

Other Angler Highlights: Chris Cole (ME) caught a 13 pound pollock, the first fish Ian could weigh. Bob Pine (NY) caught an 11.25 pound pollock, a 12 pound pollock, a 10 pound pollock and an 11 pound cod as his largest fish. He also landed the hard luck award for losing two jigs. Mark Cote (ME) caught a 13.5 pound pollock as his largest fish. Some of his other good fish included a 10.5 pound pollock, a 12 pound pollock, a 10.5 pound cod and another 12 pound pollock. Will Hubble (ME) landed an 11 pound pollock as his biggest fish. Ted Heidrich (FL) landed a 10.5 pound cod, a 12 pound cod, an 11.5 pound cod and a cod of 10.5 pounds. Ted was the cod king of the trip. Tom Atchley (TN) boated an 11.5 pound pollock, his best fish . He also caught a 10 pound pollock. Jake Pine (NY) caught a 10 pound pollock, his best fish. Wayne Statham (QC) boated a 10 pound cod. Dan Myrand (ME) landed an 11.5 pound pollock.

I had quite a few donations supporting me in my 192 mile bike ride f to help my cancer eradication cause with the Pan-Mass Challenge today. Those anglers and their donations included Jake Pine (NY) who donated $25.00, Dick Lyle (PA) for $25.00, Edward LaPlante (MA) for $25.00, Charles & Linda Nickerson (ME) for a generous $250.00 and Rick & Sue Towne (NH) for a generous $100.00. Thank you all so very much for believing that this is right thing to do and the support in my quest. I really appreciate your help.

Monday, July 14, 2014 & Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Captain Ian Keniston, Captain Jared Keniston, Jim Feeny and I ran the annual Ultra Marathon Invitational tonight and Tuesday.

At 10:30 PM EDT the air temperature was 74F, the wind was blowing out of the south southwest at ten knots, the sky was overcast, we had a light rain and the visibility was good in haze over the ocean.

I took the Bunny Clark out of the Perkins Cove and for the first half hour on our journey to the fishing grounds. Captain Ian Keniston took the boat from there to the grounds. The ride to the grounds was fine as the wind was not much more than ten knots and the seas were not much more than a two foot chop, if that. We encountered fog just outside the gate and all the way to the fishing grounds. The air temperature was warm and comfortable (not too warm - perfect). On the grounds, the wind blew out of the south or south southwest at fifteen with gusts to twenty knots. Seas were chops/seas of three to five feet for the most part. It was nice that the wind didn't increase until we got to the grounds. The fog stayed with us all day, giving us a visibility of less than a quarter of a mile to a mile, more late in the day and up to seven miles within twenty miles of home, on the way back to Perkins Cove. The sun broke through the fog at about 10:00 AM and remained with us until about 5:00 PM. At 6:30 PM, we went through a line of showers on the ride home. There was no wind with these and no lightning. The air temperature was perfect all day or slightly cooler than t-shirt weather. The tide was moderate. The surface water temperature reached a high of 65.2F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 80F (with a low of 67F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 85F with a low of 71F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 86F (with a low of 69F).

The fishing was good. The reasons it wasn't better than that included the large number of dogfish caught (over fifty released - too many to count), the sea conditions and the bite (plenty of fish but apathetic to eating jigs or anything). The catching of legal fish would have been fair at best had we not had the excellent anglers that we did have. Legal landings settled into the "good" category ( for the large amount of time spent fishing) with these guys. I'm privileged to have such wonderful anglers on an offshore trip like this with me. Most legal fish landed were cod, by far. I specifically avoided the large schools of pollock that are starting to set up to spawn offshore. The aim was not to get large quantities of fish. But the attempt to get "special fish" came off in the "variable success" category. Our attempt to get a halibut failed when a fairly large one was lost after it inhaled Steve LaPlante's B-2 squid. On the second run the mono chaffed on the teeth of the fish and was lost. Although we found larger haddock we never did get a trophy. And we did get some white hake but they were few and residential in quality. There were very few blue sharks. We may have lost one or two jigs to them. Legal landings also included fifty pollock, twenty-six haddock, four redfish, seven cusk and six white hake for ten anglers fishing. We drift fished, used the sea anchor and anchored. Anchoring probably worked the best. Jigs and cod flies caught the most fish.

Dick Lyle (PA) was high hook with the most legal fish. There was no question there. A couple of fish of his that I weighed included a 10 pound cod and a 10.5 pound cod. Bob Nixon (NH) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 31 pound Maine state trophy white hake. This is the Bunny Clark's second largest fish of the season to date and Bob's largest groundfish of the season so far. I took a picture of Bob with his prize. This digital image appears on the left. I believe Bob's largest cod weighed 9 pounds. Jim Feeney (MA) won the boat pool for the second largest fish with the second largest fish, a 17 pound white hake. Jim's largest cod weighed 12 pounds. Jon "Griff" Griffin (MA) won the boat pool for the third largest fish with the third largest fish, a 16.5 pound white hake.

Other Angler Highlights: Bryan Lewer (FL) released ten legal cod back to the ocean alive. I don't believe he boated a cod of 10 pounds or better. His largest fish was a pollock that weighed 11.5 pounds. Yoshito Umaoka (MA) may have been second hook. Yoshito is a very successful angler. His two largest fish included an 11 pound cod and a 14.5 pound white hake. Steve LaPlante (CT) boated an 11.5 pound cod and a 10.25 pound pollock, his two best fish. Ray Westermann (MA) caught our largest haddock of the day at 6 pounds. His largest fish was a pollock that weighed 15.5 pounds. All of the other anglers caught plenty of fish for the trip but nothing of 10 pounds or better.

And then there was David MacDonald (MA) who did not have the best of days. This mainly because of a malfunction with his insulin pump. It really wasn't a malfunction. It became detached from his body. He needs it attached as he is a type 1 diabetic. Reattaching it to his body wouldn't have been a problem except that he forgot the special tools he needed to do so. Besides this, the trip in the dark to the fishing grounds didn't help his equilibrium. This complicated things. As the day progressed his blood sugar level increased with no way to bring the level down. His attempt to drink water to maintain a better liquid balance failed. The water kept coming back up with his "other" condition. As we got closer to home David's blood started to become toxic. I called an ambulance to meet us at the dock, which was waiting when we arrived. So, once in Perkins Cove, priority number one was to get him off the boat for medical attention. He spent the night in the ICU at York Hospital in York, Maine, the next town over.

The next day I combined my daily bike ride with a visit to York Hospital to see David. In my shirt pocket was the hard luck award t-shirt I didn't feel appropriate to give him during yesterday's trip. So I did this in the ICU. He was disappointed in himself. But, as Ian and I agreed later, there is no other human being that we know of who would wait so long to get medical help. His actions were unselfish because he didn't want to compromise the trip because of his health issues. Part of my reason for going to see David in the ICU was to ask him if I acted responsibly in the situation. He told me that I did - which I still have doubts about. But, not knowing his condition well enough, I was following his direction. Oh, sure, I was asking him how he was doing all the time. But I couldn't do anything for him. And I could have waited too long for medical help. I guess we didn't. And I was told that this episode will have no long term effects. At any rate, it's behind us now. Next time we will both be better prepared. Of course, I hope there is no next time like this time.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Captain Ian Keniston and Alec Levine ran the full day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 70F, there was no wind, the sky was overcast and the visibility was poor in fog along the shore. With the fog and the overcast skies it was dark and dreary all morning. At 10:30 AM, it started to rain. This turned into a deluge of water that lasted about an hour. It sprinkled, rained hard and stopped for the rest of the morning and long into the afternoon. Sometimes the rain would be so hard that it seemed nothing would keep you dry. At other times it was just a light sprinkle. It was all over at 5:00 PM. We had not a drop of rain after that time. The air temperature was cool (mild) during the day, warmer after 6:00 PM. The wind blew on-shore all day.

On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the south at five to ten knots. Seas were a left over gurge of three to five footers that were a cross between a sea and a chop. It rained most of the time on the grounds. They also had thunder and lightning (which we didn't have ashore) with rain heavy at times. Most anglers weren't prepared and got soaked. The tide (current) was moderate. The visibility was fair to poor in fog. The visibility range was less than a quarter of a mile to two miles. This lasted until the Bunny Clark ended the trip in Perkins Cove. The surface water temperature reached a high of 61.6F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 72F (with a low of 64F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 76F with a low of 69F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 77F (with a low of 62F).

The fishing/catching (of legal fish) was good overall. Most legal fish landed were cod, by far. Legal landings also included thirty pollock, one haddock and one cusk. Twelve sub-legal haddock were released. There were only five dogfish caught and released today. Anchoring and drift fishing were the methods. Jigs and cod flies caught the most fish.

John Teehan (MA) was voted the high hook for the most legal fish. The crew is not completely sure but he looked to be the best of the top three. Some of his fish included an 11.25 pound pollock, a 13 pound pollock and a 13.5 pound pollock. His two largest fish were the second and third largest fish of the trip. Mark Konish (NC) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 14 pound pollock. He also caught a 12 pound cod that Ian weighed.

Other Angler Highlights: Jim Dillenbeck (NY) caught a 10.5 pound pollock, his largest fish. Helen Markham (ME) landed the hard luck award being the high hurler of the trip.

We were supposed to be running a half day trip at 4:00 PM, but all but four anglers bailed because of the weather.

My "second favorite" Democrat, Jim Sheeran (MA), donated $20.00 to help in my fund raising efforts with the Pan-Mass Challenge today. This is an 192 my cycling event to raise money with the Jimmy Fund for cancer, research mainly. Thank you so much, Jim, for your continued donations every year. I appreciate it very much and the idle banter that goes along with every donation. I wouldn't miss it for the world!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Captain Ian Keniston and Jared Keniston ran the full day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 64F, there was no wind, the ocean was calm, the sky was overcast and the visibility was good to very good along the shore. It was overcast for the first half of the morning, mostly sunny for the second half. The afternoon was a mix of sun and clouds. The air temperature got up to 80F but it felt nice with the humidity level down from where it had been a couple days before. There was very little wind, variable in direction in the afternoon but light from the northwest in the morning.

On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the northwest at five knots or less. The ocean surface was calm over long rolling sea swells of three to five feet. The air temperature was warm, the air temperature still controlled by the wind off the cooler than normal ocean surface temperature. There was very little tide (current) today. The sky was clear. The visibility ranged from fifteen to twenty miles in some haze. The surface water temperature reached a high of 64.3F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 77F (with a low of 61F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 81F with a low of 67F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 81F (with a low of 56F).

The fishing was very good, the catching (of legal fish) was good overall. Most legal fish landed were cod. Legal landings also included three haddock (fourteen sub-legal haddock were released), thirty-five pollock and eight cusk. Twenty-two dogfish were released. Drifting was the method. All terminal gear worked well.

Brian Tufts (VT) was high hook with thirteen legal. He had a few more sub-legal fish than that. His largest fish did not make the 10 pound mark. Len Rosberg (MA) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, an 11 pound pollock. The second largest fish was a 10.5 pound pollock caught by Ralph Small (NY). Dee Aleba (NY) landed the third largest fish, a 9 pound pollock. Meghan O'Connell (MA) landed the hard luck award for getting a touch of the mal de mer.

Captain Ian Keniston and Captain Jared Keniston ran the afternoon half day (4PM - 8PM) trip. The weather at the dock was perfect, light wind, warm temperatures, sunny sky and good visibility. On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the south at five to eight knots, the ocean was calm with a light chop on top. The tide (current) was moderate. The air temperature was warm. The sky was sunny. The visibility ranged from fifteen to twenty miles in some haze.

The fishing was very good. The catching of legal fish was fair. Legal landings included one cod and four cusk. Anchoring and drifting were the boating methods used. Everyone used bait.

Zach Rauch (MI) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 6 pound cusk. The second largest fish was a 5.25 pound cusk caught by Raphael Silva (QC). Twelve year old Giovanni Camejo (MA) landed the third largest fish, a 5 pound cusk.

Other Angler Highlights: Natalie Serrano (MA) caught a 3.75 pound cusk, her largest fish. James Rauch (MI) caught the only legal cod. It weighed 3 pounds. Dario Silva (QC) landed the hard luck award for getting sea sick. At least there is a cure for sea sickness!

I received several donations supporting my 192 cancer cure bike ride with the Pan-Mass Challenge today. Malcolm & Kathie Jepson (CA) gave a generous $50.00 in the form of an "egift" on line, Ralph & Eleanor Small (NY) donated another generous $50.00 and Mark Konish (NC) gave $25.00. Thank you all so very much for your help in the endeavor. I really do appreciate it!

Friday, July 18, 2014

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 60F, there was no wind, the ocean was calm, the sky was clear and the visibility was good to very good along the shore. The rest of the day was perfect. There remained very little wind. The sky was mostly sunny. The air temperature wasn't too warm or cool. The visbility was very good. The ocean remained calm (and cold - cold water complaints at the beach have been frequent this season). The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 79F (with a low of 55F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 76F with a low of 65F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 81F (with a low of 51F).

We canceled today's trip yesterday. After last night's trip, we pulled the engine hatches to find engine coolant in the pan under the engine, too much coolant to chance taking the boat to the fishing grounds today. Skip Dunning with NEDDA (Power Products) in Portland, Maine met me at the Bunny Clark this morning at 7:00 AM to assess the situation. It was the fresh water pump.

Maybe it's because I'm not on the boat as much as I used to be. Maybe it's "older" age. Maybe I just have too much on my mind. But, for some reason, I never thought the coolant problem would be the bearing in the fresh water pump. And it's so logical. And I've had it happen in four other engines over the years. I even adapted a Perkins fresh water pump for a Mercedes OM 314 diesel engine on a 57 foot sailboat I was running down in St. Thomas in the fall of 1980 just a week after John Lennon died. And yet the thought that the leak might be coming from the fresh water pump never entered my mind. Strange.

Skip Dunning came down to the boat at 7:00 AM, as promised. Within five minutes he had figured it out. And I noticed where the leak was coming from, generally, a week earlier. We had a coolant leak last year. It turned out to be a freezer plug that let go in the side of the head over the number 2 cylinder. I guess my mind wandered in that direction. That's no excuse. And those mistakes cost money. It cost us a few trips when I could have had the pump ordered and installed between trips. Live and learn? I think I keep re-learning the same things over and over. And I'm reminded of those who don't study history being doomed to repeat it.

The rest of the day was spent working at the restaurant and going back and forth between Skip and Power Products to get a pump air freighted to Perkins Cove tomorrow morning.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 60F, there was no wind, the ocean was flat calm, the sky was cloudless with a half moon hanging over head and the visibility was good to very good along the shore. The sky started to become occluded with high thin clouds at 9:00 AM. By noon, the sky was overcast. The sky remained overcast for the rest of the day. The cover was thinner than normal. And it never looked like it was going to rain. The ocean remained calm all day. The air temperature was perfect all day, a bit cooler after 7:00 PM. The visibility was good in some haze. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 77F (with a low of 56F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 72F with a low of 63F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 78F (with a low of 54F).

After all the morning business activities that I am involved in were completed, I started working on the Bunny Clark's engine. And by this I mean I started cleaning up around and under the engine. This to get a good look and to get a jump on getting something done that I wouldn't be able to do later. You know, the day job! At 11:00 AM, Ian Keniston showed up. He was there to help Skip Dunning (Power Products) replace the water pump. A half hour later, or so, Skip Dunning (much traffic coming from Portland) showed up. As I went back to the house to change into my other work clothes, Skip started to take the old pump off the engine with Ian's help.

The seals were gone in the old pump causing it to leak coolant into the engine pan. It was a longer than normal procedure as it's a gear driven fresh water pump involving pulley's, alternators and other little time wasting procedures. We never would have finished before the evening trip which we had canceled at noon. By 4:30 PM, we were able to sea trial the Bunny Clark on a flat calm ocean. We were ready to get back to fishing at 5:00 PM. Until tomorrow!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Captain Jared Keniston and Alec Levine ran the full day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 62F, there was no wind, the sky was mostly clear, the ocean was calm and the visibility was very good over the ocean. The ocean stayed calm all day. It seemed like the doldrums. The air was very still. It was mostly overcast all day, similar to yesterday. The air temperature was perfect. The visibility was good or better than that.

On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the east at about five knots most of the day. The ocean was calm. The air temperature was warm, cooler than it was ashore. The sky was overcast for the trip. There was no tide (current). The visibility ranged to six miles in fog and haze. The surface water temperature reached a high of 65.0F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 73F (with a low of 56F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 72F with a low of 61F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 78F (with a low of 56F).

The fishing was very good with no current, very few dogfish and nice weather. The catching of legal fish was good overall. They caught very few fish in the early part of the trip but did very well at the end. Most legal fish landed were cod. Legal landings also included twenty-two pollock, seventeen cusk, two whiting and one haddock. They drift fished for the trip. The conditions were such that there was no other method that could be used (no current). Jigs and cod flies caught the most fish.

Bill Murphy (NH) was high hook with ten legal. His largest fish was a pollock that weighed 10 pounds. David Archambault (NH) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 16 pound pollock. He also caught a pollock of 10.5 pounds. The second largest fish was a 14 pound pollock caught by Mike Atkins (VT). Mike also caught an 11 pound pollock. John Broome (NH) landed a 12 pound cod, the third largest fish of the trip.

Other Angler Highlights: Steve Clark (NH) caught a 10 pound pollock and an 11.5 pound pollock, his two largest fish. Kevin Miranda (MA) caught a 10.5 pound pollock. Amanda Davidson (MA) landed the hard luck award for not catching a single legal fish!

Captain Jared Keniston and Alec Levine ran the afternoon half day (4PM - 8PM) trip. At the dock, there was just a very light wind from the east, the sky was thinly overcast, the air temperature was perfect and the visibility was good at least. On the fishing grounds, the wind blew lightly out of the east. The ocean was calm. The sky was overcast. The air temperature had dropped into the mild category. The tide (current) was moderate. The visibility ranged to twelve miles.

The fishing was excellent. There was no physical reason (including dogfish) to keep anglers away from getting their best chance to hook a fish. Unfortunately, the catching of legal fish was poor. In fact, the only legal fish caught this evening were squirrel hake, two of them. Sub-legal fish included a redfish, a cod and a sculpin (sculpins are legal to keep, most anglers don't). They drift fished all evening. Everyone used bait.

Garett Van Schaick (NY) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a sub-legal cod weighing 1.25 pounds. He also caught a 1 pound squirrel hake, the second largest fish of the trip. David Darnell (CA) caught the third and fourth largest fish. These fish included squirrel hake weighing .5 pounds and a .25 pound redfish. Aaron Rice (MA) landed the hard luck award t-shirt for the most tangled lines.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Captain Ian Keniston and Jared Keniston ran the extreme day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 58F, the wind was light out of the northeast, the bell buoy could be heard plainly, the sky was nearly cloudless, a sliver of a moon was hanging over head and the visibility was very good over the ocean. It was a beautiful sunny day ashore today with very few clouds and perfect temperatures hovering around the 75F mark. We saw some fog roll in unexpectedly at 4:30 PM. But it never bothered before then and it didn't really settle in the Cove. The visibility was good until then. There was barely a breath of wind all day. The ocean remained flat calm.

On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the northeast at five to ten knots with seas in chops of a foot to flat calm over a rolling sea swell of about two feet. What wind there was in the afternoon was blowing out of the east. The sky was overcast all day (the system off shore just reaching the fishing grounds but no closer than that). The tide (current) was moderate. The visibility ranged from three to five miles in the morning to a quarter of a mile to a mile in fog in the afternoon. The surface water temperature reached a high of 65.0F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 76F (with a low of 54F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 73F with a low of 61F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 82F (with a low of 51F).

The fishing was excellent. The catching of legal fish was good and steady all day. Most legal fish landed were cod, by far. Legal landings also included thirty-eight pollock, six haddock, four cusk, five mackerel, three herring and two cunners. They released four dogfish and one wolffish back to the ocean alive. Drifting was the method. Jigs and cod flies caught the most fish.

Paul Dvoretsky (ME) was probably high hook with the most legal fish. Some of his better ones included a 10.5 pound pollock, a 10 pound pollock and an 11 pound pollock. Barbara Austin (VT) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 16 pound pollock. The second largest fish was a 12 pound pollock caught by Andrew Park (NJ). Shane Park (NJ) caught the third largest fish, an 11.5 pound pollock.

Other Angler Highlights: Our own Sarah Cannon (ME - she is one of our best waitresses at Barnacle Billy's, Etc.) landed the hard luck award for catching nary a single legal fish. Oh, she caught a few small ones. But she didn't put one in the boat. In fact, she was the only angler aboard who didn't catch a legal fish. Ouch!

I received a $25.00 donation from "Birthday Boy", Ralph Trotto (MA), two days ago supporting my cancer fund raising drive with the Pan-Mass Challenge. Ralph donates every year, mostly to add to his collection of PMC t-shirts that I have made up, a different one, every year. And each year the shirts represent a different motif. Thank you, Ralph, whatever the reason. I appreciate the support!

Tim Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Alec Levine and I ran the full day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 60F, there was no wind, the ocean was glass calm, the sky was mostly clear, a sliver of a moon was hanging eastern horizon and the visibility was very good over the ocean. On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the southwest at five to ten knots. Seas were chops of a foot at most. There were times when it was calm (the middle of the trip). The air temperature was mild in the morning and almost too warm in the afternoon. The sun was out all day in a hazy sky that was free of clouds. The tide (current) was strong. The visibility was fifteen miles at best in haze. The surface water temperature reached a high of 67.2F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 82F (with a low of 59F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 87F with a low of 63F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 88F (with a low of 57F).

The fishing only reached the "good" category because of the strong tide. It was hard to stay away from the tangles. It didn't matter if you drift fished or anchored, you couldn't get away from it. And the sea anchor was useless because the tide and the wind were both headed in the same direction. If it weren't for Ralph Small (NY), I would have said the fishing was fair. But by casting a jig, Ralph had no problems with the conditions. The catching of legal fish was fair overall, good in the morning and poor in the afternoon. Plenty of fish but no bite. Legal landings included nine cod, three haddock (there were twenty-four sub-legal haddock released), twenty-three pollock, two cusk and a sea raven. One 8 or 9 pound wolffish was released along with four dogfish. Anchoring proved to be the best method but we did drift a couple of times. Cod flies caught almost all the fish.

Matt Roche (NJ) was the fisherman of the day. He shared high hook with Ralph Small (they each caught four or five legal) and he won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 12.5 pound pollock. Russell Mott (ME) caught the second largest fish, an 11 pound cod. Brad Roche (NJ) and Donnie Mason (VT) tied for third place. They both caught pollock of 10 pounds each.

Other Angler Highlights: Kyle Brassard (NY) caught a 9 pound pollock, his largest fish. Zac Mason (VT) caught a 9 pound pollock as well. Thirteen year old Nathan Waldvillig (NY) landed a pollock of 9.5 pounds. Six year old Colin Smith (MA) landed the hard luck award for being the sole hurler of the trip! He was so quiet about it I never would have known had his father not called my attention to the matter.

Alec Levine and I ran the afternoon half day (4PM - 8PM) trip. It may have been warm out of the ocean during the first trip but it was down right hot and humid ashore. I couldn't wait to get back out on the ocean. On the fishing grounds, it was warmer than the day trip temperature but much better than being ashore. The wind had hauled out of the south and blowing at ten to fifteen knots with seas in chops of two feet more or less. The sky was clear, hazy and sunny. The visibility ranged to, maybe, ten miles.

The fishing was excellent. The catching was fair. Most fish caught were sub-legal in size including seven haddock, six cod, seven pollock and seven or so dogfish. The legal count included two cod and one whiting. We anchored for two spots. Bait and cod flies caught the most fish.

Dan Yochim (NJ) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 5 pound cod. He caught this fish just before we were about to head home, just about the last line in. The second largest fish was a 4 pound cod caught by Jeff Morgan (VT). Lesley Body (CT) and ten year old Sean Cherry (PA) tied for third place. They each caught a sub-legal haddock of 2.5 pounds.

Other Angler Highlights: Michael Waxman (MA) caught a 2 pound sub-legal cod. Sandrine Perrault (QC) landed the hard luck award for being a little under the weather. We had one other who presented his lunch to the ocean. But Sandrine was the first to drop. Captain's choice!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Captain Ian Keniston and Jared Keniston ran the full day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 72F, the wind was blowing out of the west at ten knots, the sky was mostly clear and the visibility was fair to good in thick haze. Ashore, it stayed hot, hazy and humid all day. It seemed to be the warmest day of the season to date. But that's just a guess. The wind blew out of the west southwest at about ten knots all morning. After noon, the wind blew out of the south up to twenty knots. The visibility was much reduced in haze. The sky was partly to mostly sunny all day.

On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the southwest at fifteen knots or more with seas in chops of two to three feet. The air temperature was warm - the wind off the cooler water kept the air temperature down to moderate levels. The sky was clear all day. The tide (current) was moderate to strong. The visibility ranged from three to five miles in a thick haze. The surface water temperature reached a high of 65.8F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 87F (with a low of 70F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 92F with a low of 71F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 91F (with a low of 67F).

The fishing was very similar to yesterdays trip. However, where yesterday's trip the tide was the biggest negative factor, today's trip had a combination of a fairly strong tide but a bigger sea state. The catching was fair to good overall depending on the anglers fishing prowess. The opportunity to catch fish was greater as we only had half the passengers. Still, the fishing overall was very similar to yesterdays fishing. There was not much of a bite even though there were plenty of fish there to catch. Legal landings included twenty-five pollock, twelve cod, three haddock and four cusk. Returns included eighty-five sub-legal pollock, twenty-six sub-legal haddock and three dogfish. There were very few sub-legal cod. Drifting was the method. Jigs and cod flies caught the most fish.

Dave Ingemi (NY) was high hook with the most legal fish. Ian did not get a count. Dave's largest fish was a 12.5 pound pollock, the third largest fish of the trip. Brian Foust (TX) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 13.5 pound pollock. The second largest fish was a 13 pound pollock caught by Casey Gallant (MA). Less Meyerhoff (ME) landed the hard luck award for not catching a single legal fish. Every other angler went home with at least one fish today.

Captain Ian Keniston and Captain Jared Keniston ran the afternoon half day (4PM - 8PM) trip. The air temperature was hot when they left Perkins Cove to head to the fishing grounds. On the grounds, the wind had hauled out of the south at ten to fifteen knots. Seas were chops of two to three feet or more. The air temperature was warm. The sky was clear and sunny. The visibility ranged from five to eight miles in thick haze. The tide was moderate.

The fishing/catching (of legal fish) was fair. The sea state made the fishing tougher than the day trip. And, again, the bite was off. Legal landings included three mackerel and one cusk. There were twelve sub-legal cod released. They anchored for every stop. All the anglers used bait.

James Warnock (GA) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 3.75 pound cusk. The second largest fish was a 2.75 pound sub-legal cod caught by Peggy Warnock (GA). Chris Coriaty (NH) caught the third largest fish, a 1.5 pound sub-legal cod. Tom Ulfelder (MA) landed the hard luck award for being the highest of hurlers.

Michael Mokrzycki (MA) donated a generous $100.00 via "egift" (through the PMC web site) sponsoring me in my 192 mile bike ride for cancer research with the Pan-Mass Challenge today. Thanks, Mike. I appreciate your donation. But I would really like to have your good luck on the Bunny Clark as well. Is that asking too much?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Captain Ian Keniston and Jared Keniston hosted the Mark Mixon Bachelor Party Charter today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 71F, there was no wind, the sky was overcast, it was raining lightly and the visibility was good in haze. It rained most of the morning, stopping for good around 11:00 AM. By noon, we had clear skies and bright sunshine. The air temperature was warm (70s for a high today in Ogunquit) but the air was not nearly as humid as it was yesterday. It was a perfect summer day. We saw northerly winds to fifteen knots until about 1:00 PM. After that the wind let go and the ocean calmed. The late afternoon saw little wind, perfect air temperatures and sunny skies.

It rained all the way to the fishing grounds. There was very little wind and a calm ocean. Once on the grounds, the rain stopped and the wind started to blow from the north northeast. Very quickly the wind picked up to fifteen knots. Seas increased from calm to three feet more or less. The sky remained overcast until it was time to head back to Perkins Cove. At that time the sun came out, the wind dropped (the ocean went calm half way back to Perkins Cove) and the clouds cleared away. The air temperature was mild (the wind was cooler than expected). The tide was moderate to strong. The visibility ranged from one to three miles in precipitation in the morning and as much as ten miles in the afternoon. The surface water temperature reached a high of 65.9F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 75F (with a low of 59F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 76F with a low of 63F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 81F (with a low of 54F).

The fishing/catching (of legal fish) was very good overall. They caught the fish the group needed early in the trip. They started releasing legal fish after 10:00 AM. The only legal fish they caught were cod and pollock. Although Ian tried to specialize in the afternoon and try for some haddock, there were no legal haddock to be found, only a pile of short haddock. Legal landings included mostly pollock and fourteen cod. Seven dogfish were released. Drifting was the only method employed. Everyone used jigs and cod flies.

Ian couldn't tell me who was high hook. Sean Love (MD) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, an 11 pound pollock. He caught this fish as part of a double keeper catch with another pollock of 6 pounds, both fish on the same line at the same time. The second largest fish was a pollock of 10.5 pounds caught by Jesse Betlyon (NY). Jesse also caught the largest cod of the trip at 10 pounds. And 10 pounds was also the size of the third largest fish of the trip. There were three. Jesse got the 10 pound cod, as mentioned, and Mark Mixon (PA) and Scott McCoullough (CA) each caught a 10 pound pollock. Seth Betlyon (MA) landed the hard luck award for being the sole hurler on the charter today.

Captain Ian Keniston and Captain Jared Keniston ran the afternoon half day (4PM - 8PM) trip. The weather was perfect when they left the dock at 4:00 PM. On the fishing grounds, the wind had dropped out of the day. The wind direction was variable. The wind was very light. The ocean remained calm for the evening. The air temperature was warm. The tide (current) was moderate. The visibility ranged to over fifteen miles.

The fishing was good as was the catching. However, most fish caught were not legal or were unwanted. Legal fish caught included two cusk, one cunner and twelve mackerel. Eight of the mackerel and the cunner weren't kept and were released alive. They also caught eight sub-legal cod, fifteen sub-legal pollock and a sculpin. Drifting was the method. Everyone used bait this evening.

Greg Sopolewski (MA) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 5 pound cusk. The second largest fish was a 4 pound cusk caught by Bill Clement (NH). The mackerel weren't weighed, although they were next heaviest fish after the cusk. Bruce Swain (NH) landed the hard luck award for being constantly stuck on bottom!

I received a couple donations supporting my cancer fund raising bike ride with the Pan-Mass Challenge. Jack Judge (CT/ME) gave $10.00 to the fund while Marty & Travis Nephew (NY) donated a generous $60.00. Thank you all so very much. And, yes, I will try to stay upright this time, Marty!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Captain Ian Keniston and Jared Keniston ran the full day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 60F, the wind was light out of the northwest, the sky was clear and the visibility was very good in much less haze. The air temperature started out on the cool side but warmed to 81F at least. There was little wind along the shore. The sky was sunny. The humidity increased as the day progressed but it never really got too humid. The visibility went from very good to good in haze.

On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the northwest lightly in the morning, flat calm after that and light southerly on the ride back to Perkins Cove. The sky was clear and sunny. The air temperature was warm, perfect. The visibility ranged to twenty miles or so, less later in the afternoon. The tide (current) was moderate. The surface water temperature reached a high of 66.8F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 80F (with a low of 55F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 83F with a low of 62F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 81F (with a low of 49F).

The fishing/catching (of legal fish) was good overall. Most legal fish landed were cod. Legal landings also included thirty-two pollock, six haddock, one redfish and six cusk. There were eleven dogfish caught and released today. They drift fished for the trip. Cod flies caught the most fish.

Ian couldn't tell me who was high hook. Steve Dickmann (MA) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 13 pound pollock. The second largest fish was an 11.5 pound pollock caught by Keith Ross (NY). Keith also landed the hard luck award for losing a jig. Jen Wentworth (ME) caught the third largest fish, a 10.5 pound pollock.

Other Angler Highlights: Bill Garrison (NY) boated a 10 pound pollock, his largest fish. Shawn Wentworth (ME) landed a 10 pound pollock as well.

Captain Ian Keniston and Alec Levine ran the afternoon half day (4PM - 8PM) trip. The weather was again perfect when they left the dock at 4:00 PM. The ride to the fishing grounds was showed some wind from the southwest. On the grounds, the wind blew out of the southwest at ten knots more or less. Seas were chops of one to two feet. The air temperature was warm. The sky was clear. The increased humidity pared down the visibility to a range of ten miles.

The fishing/catching was good overall. Legal landings included five cusk, three cod, a cunner and two sculpins. They had a few sub-legal pollock and quite a few sub-legal cod, the most sub-legal cod of any afternoon trip this season to date. Drifting was the method. Everyone used bait exclusively.

Ryan Barnes (VT) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the eighth largest fish, a 3 pound cod. Of the seven other anglers who caught larger legal fish, none of them entered the boat pool! The largest fish of the evening was an 8 pound cusk caught by Nick DuFour (NH). The second largest fish was a 7.75 pound cusk caught by Andrea Karpinski (NH). Dan Dorgan (NH) caught the third largest fish, a 7 pound cusk.

Other Angler Highlights: Tony Cesarini (NH) landed a 4.5 pound cod, the largest cod of the trip. Bob Knight (NH) caught a 5.5 pound cusk, his largest fish. Craig DuFour boated a 4 pound cod. Vito Tropiano (NH) caught a 6.5 pound cusk. Uncle Ron DeCola (NH) landed the hard luck award for getting into the most tangles and catching nary a single fish!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Captain Ian Keniston and Jared Keniston ran the full day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 60F, the wind was light out of the west southwest, the sky was clear and the visibility was good at best in thick haze. Although the air temperature seemed cool in the early part of the day it didn't take long for the air temperature to reach 80F. And the high hovered around that same value most of the day. It probably got up to 82 or 83F but I never noticed. It was certainly warm enough after noon. The sky was mostly clear and hazy with the sun available all day long. The wind was very light from the southwest. The visibility was good in haze.

On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the southwest lightly to ten knots in the morning. After noon, it piped up a skosch to fifteen knots in gust. Seas ranged from calm to a two foot chop. The sky was sunny all day. The tide (current) was moderate. The air temperature was warm - the breeze kept the air temperature at comfortable levels. The visibility ranged from ten to fifteen miles in haze. The surface water temperature reached a high of 65.6F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 80F (with a low of 57F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 85F with a low of 64F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 82F (with a low of 54F).

The fishing was good. The catching of legal fish was a little less than that. There were plenty of fish but the bite wasn't what it could have been. Legal landings included twenty-one cod, thirteen pollock, one haddock and sixteen cusk. Most fish were of a smaller size today. They released eleven dogfish and fifteen sub-legal haddock back to the ocean alive. Drifting was the method. All terminal gear worked about the same today.

Bill Murphy (NH) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 12 pound pollock. The second largest fish was a 10 pound pollock caught by Mike Tolman (MA). All the other groundfish caught today were less than 10 pounds. Thirteen year old Tyler Charest (MA) landed the hard luck award for losing the biggest fish of the trip.

Captain Ian Keniston and Alec Levine ran the afternoon half day (4PM - 8PM) trip. It was very warm and a bit humid when the Bunny Clark let go the wooden anchors to head for the fishing grounds. On the grounds, the wind blew out of the south southwest at ten to fifteen knots. Seas were chops of two to three feet. The air temperature was perfect. The sky was clear/sunny. The visibility ranged from ten to fifteen miles in haze. The tide (current) was moderate.

The fishing/catching (of legal fish) was good overall. All legal fish caught were cusk and one cunner. Plus, they released a few sub-legal redfish, cod and pollock. Anchoring was the method. Everyone used bait.

Marcos Casares (MA) was the fisherman of the evening. He was high hook with two legal and he won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 13 pound Maine state trophy cusk. This is the largest cusk of the Bunny Clark fishing season to date. And it's our first trophy cusk of the season as well. Captain Ian took a picture of Marcos and his special catch. This digital image appears on the left. Marcos also caught a 5.5 pound cusk. Elizebeth McGough (MI) caught the second largest fish, a 7 pound cusk. The third largest fish was a 5.75 pound cusk caught by Warren Barrett (MA).

Other Angler Highlights: Nico Ciolino (MA) caught a cusk of 4.5 pounds. Hazen Arthur (ME) caught a 5 pound cusk. Peter Messina (MA) landed the hard luck award for attaining high hurler status. Ouch!

I received three donations supporting my cancer cure fund raising bike ride with the Pan-Mass Challenge today. Jim Clark (NH) gave $10.00 to me the first thing this morning, Normand Viens & Linda Govone (MA) donated a generous $100.00 and Bill Murphy gave a much needed $30.00. Thank you all so very much for your support. It means a great deal to me. But it means more to those with the disease and those who will have the disease in the future. Thanks again!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Captain Jared Keniston and Alec Levine ran the full day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 64F, the wind was light out of the south southwest, the sky was mostly clear and the visibility was good at least. Clouds moved in at 7:00 AM. The sky was overcast by 8:30 AM. The sky remained overcast for the morning. It started to rain at 12:30 PM. The rain was hard at different periods. But mostly it just rained. The rain was over by 2:30 PM. It didn't rain again all day but the sky remained overcast for the rest of the day and into the night. The air temperature got as high as the mid 70s. There was about ten knots of wind from the southwest. The visibility was good in haze.

On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the south southwest at ten to fifteen knots. Seas were chops of two to three feet. The sky was overcast for the trip. It started to rain just after they left the fishing grounds to head back to Perkins Cove. The rain was over by the time they got back to the dock. The air temperature was warm. The visibility ranged to six miles in haze. The tide (current) was moderate. The surface water temperature reached a high of 65.9F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 73F (with a low of 60F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 80F with a low of 66F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 76F (with a low of 57F).

The fishing/catching (of legal fish) was good to very good overall. Most legal fish landed were pollock, by far. Legal landings also included twelve cod, one haddock, a cusk and three cunners. They released sixteen dogfish and one wolffish back to the ocean alive. Drifting and anchoring were the methods employed. Jigs and cod flies caught the most fish.

Mark Cote (ME) was high hook with fourteen legal. He had three fish worth weighing. They included a 10 pound cod, a 10 pound pollock and a pollock of 10.5 pounds. The 10.5 pound pollock shared the third largest fish designation with another 10.5 pound pollock caught by Ben Konarski (VT). Ben also caught a 10 pound pollock. Dave Archambault (NH) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 13 pound pollock. The second largest fish was an 11 pound pollock caught by Andy Cote (ME). Andy also caught a 10 pound pollock.

Other Angler Highlights: Harold Pike (ME) caught a 10 pound pollock, his largest fish. Leslie Manney (VT) landed the hard luck award because she had to pay for her son's jig and fly loses today. No one was sea sick today.

There was no evening trip today.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Captain Ian Keniston and Jared Keniston ran the extreme day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 66F, there was no wind, the sky was obscured by fog and the visibility was poor in dense fog along the shore. The fog stayed dense along the shore until at least 9:30 AM, maybe longer. But at 8:50 AM, it started to rain. And it rained hard for most of the morning after that. By noon, the rain was starting to let up. By 1:00 PM, the rain was over. We had sun and some blue sky by 3:00 PM. It stayed sunny and warm until about 6:30 PM when a minor front came through with the threat of rain. The sky clouded up. At 7:00 PM, we had heavy rain along with thunder storms and lightning (there was no lightning this morning that I saw). This event was over by 8:00 PM. The air temperature reached the high 70s after a fashion. But you never would have thought it would do so with the temperature drop in the fog around 8:00 AM. After the fog left, the visibility was good in haze over the ocean for most of the day.

On the way to the fishing grounds, there was little wind but it was from the south. On the grounds, the wind picked up out of the south to ten and fifteen knots. Seas ranged from one to a solid two feet. After noon, the wind increased to twenty knots with seas in chops of three to four feet, a solid four near the end of the trip. The sky was overcast in the morning, sunny in the afternoon. The visibility ranged, in the morning, from a quarter of a mile to two miles in precipitation and fog. After noon, the visibility ranged to ten miles in haze. The air temperature was warm. The tide (current) was strong. The surface water temperature reached a high of 63.4F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 73F (with a low of 64F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 84F with a low of 65F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 83F (with a low of 64F).

The fishing was good, no better than that with the sea state, the strong tide and the few dogfish. The catching of legal fish was good to very good overall. Most legal fish landed were pollock and cod, in that order. Legal landings also included nine haddock (along with forty-two sub-legal haddock), two cusk and one winter flounder. There were twenty-one dogfish released back to the ocean alive. Drifting was the boating method. All terminal gear worked well today.

There was no mention of high hook today. It was probably too much of a chore to find out. Mike Guskey (CT) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 13 pound pollock. He also caught the second largest fish, a 12 pound pollock. There was a tie for the third largest fish. Both Ed Merrill (ME) and Chris Ramage (NY) caught fish of 11.75 pounds. Ed caught an 11.75 pound pollock while Chris' was an 11.75 pound cod. Chris' largest pollock weighed 10 pounds.

Other Angler Highlights: Ray Clark (VT) caught a 10 pound pollock, his best fish. Bill Salisbury (NY) was there - finally! John Russell (ME) put a hook so deep in his hand that he had to go to the hospital after the trip to get it removed. He did it early in the trip. But this didn't keep him from fishing. And he could have been high hook. His two best fish included a 10.5 pound pollock and an 11 pound pollock! He did however also land the hard luck award!

I received three donations supporting my cancer fund raising drive with the Pan-Mass Challenge today. The donors and their donations included Chris Kirste (ME) for $25.00, Chuck MacDonald (ME) for a generous "egift" of $100.00 and Michele Peloquin (NH) for another generous donation of $100.00 via "egift" through the PMC site. Thank you so very much for your help on this project. It means a lot to me. And your support is wonderful.

Tim Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Alec Levine and I ran the full day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 62F, the wind was blowing out of the west at ten knots or more, the sky was clear and the visibility over the ocean was very good at least. On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the west at fifteen knots, more or less. Seas were chops of two feet or more over six or seven foot swells coming out of the southeast. This wind didn't last. By 10:00 AM, the wind was already half of what it was when we first arrived. By noon, the wind was light out of the northwest with a one foot chop over diminished sea swells. We had no wind for the ride home. The waters surface wasn't glassy. But there was no spray for the ride home. The air temperature was warm, perfect. The sky was nearly cloudless all day. The tide (current) was reasonable - light. The visibility ranged to over twenty-five miles. The surface water temperature reached a high of 66.8F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 75F (with a low of 62F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 79F with a low of 64F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 76F (with a low of 60F).

The fishing was excellent. There was very little current, there were no dogfish (almost), the sea state was fine and the weather was perfect. The catching of legal fish was very good on one spot but a little less than good on most of the others. I would call it good overall. Most legal fish landed were pollock. There were many more pollock (both legal and sub-legal) than any other fish. Legal landings also included nine cod, two haddock, four cunners and six cusk. We returned three dogfish and two big wolffish back to the ocean alive. We actually lost one of the wolffish on the surface, breaking the line trying to pull it aboard. The fish was caught by Angel Tracey (VT), the largest groundfish of her life. It would have been our largest wolffish of the year. I would guess that it was probably 18 pounds. But it could have been bigger or smaller. Of course, we would have gaffed the fish had it been legal to keep. We used the three boating disciplines for fishing; drifting, anchoring and drogue. Anchoring worked the best. Cod flies caught the most fish but jigs and bait also worked well.

Either Bob Mease (NY) or Brian Walsh (NJ) was high hook with about ten legal, maybe one more than that. Todd Aiken (NY) was third hook with eight or nine legal. Brian's largest fish was an 11 pound pollock. Bob caught more pollock than anyone on the boat. Some of his pollock weighed 11 pounds, 13 pounds and 10.5 pounds. The 13 pounder was the second largest fish on the boat today. Cecilia Gandolfo (MA) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish boated, a 14.5 pound wolffish. I was able to pull the fish over the side by the line, unhook it and weigh it before releasing. By the way, the two wolffish were caught at exactly the same time. The third largest fish was a 12 pound pollock caught by Dub Tracey (VT).

Other Angler Highlights: Brian Aiken (NY) caught the first fish I could weigh, an 11 pound pollock. He caught this pollock as a double keeper catch with another pollock of 7 pounds, both fish caught on the same line at the same time. It was one of three double legals that were caught today. Brian's second largest fish was a 9.5 pound pollock. Doug Fortin (VT) caught a 10 pound pollock, his largest fish. Bob Best (NH) landed a 10.5 pound pollock. James Miller (CT) caught a 10 pound pollock, his largest fish. Eleven year old Daniel Best (NH) boated an 11 pound pollock. It was his biggest of the two legal fish that he caught. Ed "Glen" Parrow (NY) managed to bury a fly hook in his middle finger. I had to surgically remove it. He did it while trying to take an 8 pound pollock off his bottom hook. For this, and a sundry other malfunctions, he landed the hard luck award. Ouch and ouch!

I received another three important donations for the Pan-Mass Challenge, my 192 mile bicycle ride to raise money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Jimmy Fund) to help find a cure for cancer. These donors and their monetary contributions included Brian Aiken (NY) for $25.00, Ed Parrow/Todd Aiken/Brian Aiken for $50.00 and Cecilia Gandolfo for $20.00. Thank you all so very much for your support and sentiment. It gives me stronger faith for the project and process!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Captain Ian Keniston and Jared Keniston ran the full day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 61F, the wind was light out of the north, the sky was mostly overcast and the visibility over the ocean was close to excellent. It stayed overcast all morning. It even looked like it was going to rain. But nary a drop fell to the ground in my realm. After noon, we had sunshine but not all the time. The air temperature was warm. I never looked at a thermometer but it had to be close to 80F at times. There was very little wind, if any. The visibility was very good at least.

On the fishing grounds, the wind was light and variable in direction. The ocean was calm over rolling sea swells of two to three feet. The sky was overcast for the trip. The air temperature was warm - perfect t-shirt weather. The tide (current) was moderate to strong. The visibility ranged from an eighth of a mile to a mile in patchy fog with a look at three miles occasionally. The surface water temperature reached a high of 68.0F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 74F (with a low of 59F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 78F with a low of 63F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 76F (with a low of 54F).

The fishing was excellent; there were no dogfish, the ocean was calm and the weather was beautiful. The catching of legal fish was just fair. All the legal fish were small today. Legal landings included twenty-three cod, two haddock, three pollock, two redfish and three cusk. They released one wolffish back to the ocean alive. Drifting was the only boating method available to them. All terminal gear worked about the same.

Ian weighed one of the first fish to come aboard today, an 8.5 pound pollock. He was waiting for a larger fish but that fish never materialized. So the pollock, caught by John Parson (MA), was the only fish weighed. John won the boat pool for the largest fish with this pollock. Dillan Bergethof (NY) landed the hard luck award for getting sea sick and losing one jig.

Captain Ian Keniston and Captain Jared Keniston ran the afternoon half day (4PM - 8PM) trip. The weather was perfect when they left the dock to head to the open sea. On the fishing grounds, the wind and sea state were the same as the morning trip; flat calm over two to three foot rolling sea swells with variable wind. The sky was clear and sunny. The air temperature was warm the visibility ranged to ten miles in haze. There was no tide (current).

The fishing/catching (of legal fish) was very good overall, probably our best afternoon trip of the season. Most legal fish landed were cusk, a pile of them. Legal landings also included three cod and four mackerel. Drifting was the method. Bait and cod flies caught all the fish but bait was best.

Clayton Koonz (CT) and Dean Caprini (IL) tied for high hook with three legal fish each (not including the mackerel). Dean won also won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 7.25 pound cusk. His second largest fish was a 6 pound cusk. Clayton caught two cusk of exactly 5.5 pounds, his two largest fish. There was a tie for the second largest fish of 7 pounds. Bill Sullivan (VA) caught a 7 pound cusk and Brennan Ruments (IL) caught a 7 pound cusk.

Other Angler Highlights: Scott Nai (CT) caught a cusk of 4.5 pounds. Meigan Sullivan (VA) caught a cusk of 3.5 pounds. Rick Koonz (CT) landed a cusk of 4.25 pounds. Isabel McCarthy (VT) boated a 4.5 pound cusk, her largest fish. Ginger Ruments (IL) caught a 4.5 pound cod. John McGuinness (MD) caught a 4.5 pound cusk, his largest fish. Sean McCarthy (VT) landed a cusk of 5.5 pounds. Seven year old Samantha Sullivan (VA) boated the largest cod of the evening (day?) at 5.75 pounds. Logan McCarthy (VT) landed the hard luck award for being the high (sole) hurler of the trip.

Four donations supporting my ride in the Pan-Mass Challenge, an 192 mile two day cycling event starting this coming Saturday at 5:30 AM. This is a ride that raises close to $40 million for the Dana-Farber Cancer Instititute through the Jimmy Fund. The donors and donations included Dean Caprini for a generous $63.00, Creid Johnson (VA) for $25.00, Andrew Barowsky (ME/FL) for a very generous $250.00 and Bill & Marie Pimley (NH) for a generous $75.00. Thank you all so much for helping me in this most important project. I very much appreciate it.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Captain Ian Keniston and Jared Keniston ran the full day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 57F, there was no wind, the ocean was flat mirror calm, the sky was cloudless and the visibility over the ocean was suspect with haze/fog. We had fog most of the morning, sometimes moving over the edge of the coast a quarter of a mile, sometimes backing off to remain just off the coast. By noon, the fog was gone for good. And the wind had picked up to ten knots from the south as well. It was sunny all day until rain showers started to move in at 2:30 PM. Most of these missed Ogunquit. But we got the edge of a few of the showers at 3:15 PM to about 4:00 PM before clearing. The air temperature was in the mid to high 70s all day.

On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the southwest. Light on the ride out, it was ten to fifteen knots on the grounds. Seas were chops of a foot over two to three foot rolling sea swells. They didn't have any of the fog we had along the shore. They stayed well outside it all day. The visibility ranged to fifteen miles, at least. The tide (current) was strong. The air temperature was warm. The surface water temperature reached a high of 67.9F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 73F (with a low of 59F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 81F with a low of 62F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 79F (with a low of 52F).

The fishing was tough with the strong current and the sea state. There were no dogfish, however. Not a one. The catching of legal fish was slow, one of the slowest trips of the year. Legal landings included nine cod, 2 haddock, three pollock, one redfish and four cusk. There were over forty-five sub-legal haddock released and even more sub-legal pollock released. All three boating disciplines were used: drifting, anchoring and sea anchoring. No one method worked better than another. No conclusions were drawn on effective terminal gear.

Bill Murphy (NH) might have been high hook with approximately four legal. But this couldn't be confirmed. Bill, himself, denied being high hook. But he would. Troy Kingsbury (VT) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 10.75 pound cod. The second largest fish was a 10 pound pollock caught by Sophia Perry (NY). Dave Harris (MA) caught the third largest fish of the trip, a 9.5 pound cod. Kyle Wilbur (ME) landed the hard luck award for not catching a single legal fish, losing a jig and being involved in the most tangled lines.

Captain Ian Keniston and Captain Jared Keniston ran the afternoon half day (4PM - 8PM) trip. It was raining at the dock just before they left to make the run to the fishing grounds. The air temperature was mild, about 70F. On the grounds, the wind blew out of the south at ten to fifteen knots. Seas were chops of two feet, more or less, with continuing sea swells of two to three feet. The sky was a mix of sun and clouds, although they had no rain. The tide (current) was strong. The visibility was very good at over fifteen miles.

The fishing/catching (of legal fish) was good overall. Most legal fish landed were cod, for a change. But there were many more on the bottom they were fishing that they didn't catch. Legal landings also included one cusk. Drifting was the method. Everyone used bait.

Kaitlyn Tursi (CT) was high hook with four legal cod. Her largest weighed 5.25 pounds, the second largest fish of the trip. Jim Tursi (CT) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 6.5 pound cusk. The third largest fish was a 5 pound cod caught by Joe Norton. Mike Swart (ME) landed the hard luck award for not catching a single fish, legal or otherwise. I hosted a trip like that once!

I received donation help for my 192 mile bike ride with the Pan-Mass Challenge from two sources today. One source wished to remain anonymous for $25.00. The other was a $50.00 donation from Perkin's Cove's harbor master, Fred Mayo. Thank you very much for your support in this project. I appreciate it so much.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Captain Ian Keniston and Jared Keniston ran the full day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 62F, the wind was blowing out of the south southwest at five knots, the sky was cloudless and the visibility over the ocean was good at least. The day ashore turned out warm, but not too warm, sunny with light southwest winds and good visibility around the ocean.

On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the southwest at five to ten knots with seas in chops of a foot or less over long rolling sea swells of two to three feet (average), from the southerly direction. The sky was sunny all day. The air temperature was warm, perfect. The tide was moderate. The visibility ranged to fifteen miles in haze. The surface water temperature reached a high of 65.7F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 78F (with a low of 61F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 82F with a low of 65F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 82F (with a low of 58F).

The fishing was very good. The conditions were great with few dogfish. The catching of legal fish was fair to good, depending on timing (some spots were better than that) and the expertise of the angler. Some anglers always do well anyway. And there were those aboard today. Most legal fish landed were cod, by far. Legal landings also included fourteen haddock, 9 pollock and sixteen cusk. Only five dogfish were caught. There were many sub-legal haddock released. Drifting was the only method employed. Jigs and cod flies worked slightly better than bait.

Ian couldn't tell me who was high hook or by how many. It was probably Matt or Zach Freitas (both MA) but that is purely a guess based on many previous performances. Paul Kostopoulos (CT) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 14.5 pound pollock. This was the last fish brought on board the boat during the trip! Matt Freitas caught the second largest fish, a 12 pound pollock. The third largest fish was a 10.5 pound cod caught by Zach Freitas. Blake Ofstein (FL) captured the hard luck award for being sea sick. Ouch!

We didn't have an afternoon half day trip today.

I received a parting donation helping me raise money to fight cancer with the Pan-Mass Challenge from John & Patricia Anderson (ME), who live right next door to me. John is a survivor of the disease and realizes full well how life changing this disease is. They contributed a generous $200.00 to the cause. Thanks so much for your support. I very much appreciate it!

Today was the start of my Pan-Mass Challenge. After 9:00 AM this morning, my great friend, Paul "Hez" Haseltine, picked me and my bicycle up and we drove to Boston. We had lunch under the towers of David MacDonald (World Trade Center). This is tradition or has been for the last eight years that I have been doing the ride. After lunch, we put our bikes in trailer trucks headed to Sturbridge, Massachusetts. We ourselves boarded a bus to Sturbridge shortly after. Once there we registered for the ride, got our room at the Sturbridge Host Hotel, got all our gear & bikes ready for the ride tomorrow and met friends at the dinner they provide for us at the same hotel under a huge tent on the property. I always go to bed early. This day I was asleep before 6:15 PM. Sound asleep.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Captain Ian Keniston and Jared Keniston ran the full day trip today.

The weather ashore was cloudy all day, overcast. The air temperature was warm, winds continued light out of the southwest. The ocean was calm along the shore. The visibility was good.

On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the southwest at five to ten knots with seas in chops of a foot or less over long rolling sea swells of two feet. The sky was overcast. There was no rain. The air temperature was warm, perfect. The tide was moderate. The visibility ranged over fifteen miles in haze. The surface water temperature reached a high of 66.2F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 76F (with a low of 59F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 72F with a low of 62F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 76F (with a low of 56F).

The fishing/catching (of legal fish) was good overall. However, on the catching side of things, you had to have a bit of expertise to do it. It wasn't jump on the hook day with the keeper fish population, certainly. Most legal fish landed were cod, by far. Legal landings also included twenty cusk, six haddock and eleven pollock. Nine dogfish and over forty haddock were released. Drifting was the method. All terminal gear worked about the same.

Dave Soucy (NY) was high hook with fifteen plus legal fish. His largest fish was a 9.5 pound cod, the third largest fish of the trip. Cory Madore (ME) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, an 11.5 pound pollock. The second largest fish was a 10 pound pollock caught by James Clifford (NH).

Other Angler Highlights: Luke Day (ME) caught a 9 pound cod, his best fish and the fourth largest fish of the trip. Dan Merrow (NH) had just a tough day today. On top of that he lost two jigs. He walked away with the hard luck award.

Captain Ian Keniston and Alec Levine ran the afternoon half day (4PM - 8PM) trip. The weather was perfect when they left the dock to head to the fishing grounds. On the grounds, the ocean was calm, the wind was light, the sky was clear and the air temperature was perfect - warm but not too warm. The visibility ranged to fifteen or more miles in haze.

The fishing was very good. The catching was okay. There were a few sub-legal cod and pollock. Legal landings included four cusk and one mackerel. Drifting was the method. Everyone used bait.

Mark LaJoy (NY) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 7 pound cusk. The second largest fish was a 5.5 pound cusk caught by Brian Latcham (ON). Tammy Bond (NY) landed the third largest fish, a 4.5 pound cusk.

Other Angler Highlights: Rick Hogan (OH) caught the only other cusk, a 4 pounder. Sandra Latcham (ON) landed the hardest luck award for fighting the bottom but all the time believing it was a big fish. I guess if it were a fish she certainly would have landed it for all the effort that was put out!

Pan-Massachusetts Challenge: The morning went well. Hez and I did everything we normally do to get ready. All worked fine. As soon as we walked out of the hotel room door, Steve LaPlante (CT) was waiting for us to, greet us, get a group photo and see us off. This is tradition. And to see him towering over the rest of the cycling humanity in the morning is a welcome sight indeed! Our group picture appears on the left. Steve is the one sporting this years Bunny Clark/PMC theme t-shirt while I am the one in the red glasses - in case you didn't know. The "kits" that Hez and I are wearing are this year's PMC issue.

The ride itself started out fine except for the fact that I was first in line and didn't clip in at the gun (there is no real gun). So the top line rode around me. But it didn't take long to get to the road. It was raining/drizzling slightly at the start. And we had a mixture of dry and wet roads for the first twenty miles. As the rain became more significant the roads got wet. It wasn't so bad that you couldn't draft behind someone but you had to be careful. I stayed near the front until a faster group passed me and I jumped on. It was a perfect speed for sitting in. And very much like the group I ride in on Sundays with the Maine Coast Cycling Club. This ride ended at the Franklin Water Stop (a PMC hosted stop). Or so I thought. We all rolled in, everyone went their separate ways, got something to eat/drink and used the "porta potties". I lost track of them but rolled out again when I was ready. Within ten feet of leaving I noticed I was with the same group again! Perfect! "Can I hook up with you guys again?", this to one of the riders. "If you do a pull this time." was his reply. "I didn't think you noticed", I said. He laughed at that one. "Oh, I noticed", he said.

This ride went along great and was even a bit faster than before. I had worked my way to the second position behind the leader, a guy on a fast time trial bike. After a few minutes I looked behind me and found that we had dropped everyone. It was just he and I alone on the road. He thought he was carrying the whole train but all he was really hearing was the sound of my bike behind him! Realizing he didn't know he had dropped his friends, I rode up beside him, put my hand on his shoulder and told him. So he backed off and I went on alone and hooked up with three other riders. We too were going at a reasonable clip. And I was very comfortable. When it was my turn to lead it was on a wet down hill with a hard right turn. We might have been going 30 mph. Or we were going 30 mph, slowing a bit for the turn. I took it wide as I had every other turn but my wheels went right out from underneath me. With fast riders in a line, a gap develops at turns. And, as it worked out, that was a good thing. I was the only one of the four that hit the pavement. And they all cleared me easily.

Of course, I wasn't wearing gloves. So my hands got pretty chaffed up including a big rent in the thumb of my left hand between the nail and the knuckle. I landed on my right side, shoulder and head (breaking the 6th helmet in eighteen years). My hip and right knee were bruised and cut. Somehow, I got my left hand involved as well. The worst was a gash in my forearm that wouldn't stop bleeding. I needed stitches there. That was very evident. Cyclists stopped to help initially but I waved them on. But I was concerned that I would leak out if I didn't stop the bleeding on my arm. So I rode to the next group of people cheering riders on. I wish I could have written something down so I could have thanked them. They wanted to take me to a hospital. I certainly didn't want to do that. But they did put a compress on my arm which got the wound to stop bleeding so I could continue riding. The bike was okay.

Ten miles later, I pulled into the PMC's sanctioned lunch stop, 70 miles into the ride. There I had my thumb checked out at the medical tent. I just wanted to make sure I wasn't doing any damage to it by riding. At the 90 mile mark, it started to rain. It was a heavy rain that didn't stop until I finished the ride 22 miles later in Bourne, Massachusetts. Until that point I looked a mess. The blood from my forearm had dripped all over my white handle bar tape, my legs, my clothes and my bike. But after riding an hour in the pouring rain, I cleaned up pretty well. And no one would have suspected that I crashed except for the bandage on my arm and left thumb. And the bandage on my thumb was red from the blood and the compress on my right arm was tied in with a red self adhering medical tape, both matching my riding kit!

[As a side note, I did stop to see Jim Feeney and family who were cheering riders on, helping with hypothermic riders and making everyone feel welcome on the road. East Wareham? Jim, of course, is one of the best anglers I have ever met. And his family is super. Just stopping and talking to Jim & Angela made me feel confident that I was doing the right thing. And I think Jim got a good chuckle out of the whole thing. And, oh, I am very aware that the damage from the crash could have been worse.]

So I crossed the finish line with no notice. I had arrived at noon and it was starting to get busy with riders finishing. I found my assigned room at Mass Maritime Academy, found my bag brought by the PMC from Sturbridge, got my bed ready, took a shower, threw away all the bandages, scrubbed the wounds as best I could, dried off, put on some clean clothes and walked to the medical tent - dry and ready. There, they examined me and told me I needed to go to the hospital to get stitches. This I already knew. I was driven to Toby Hospital in Wareham, Massachusetts, a few miles from MMA (Jim Feeney had offered to drive me there earlier). There they had a record of my crash in the PMC a few years ago - including all my insurance information, etc.

They were super nice at the hospital. I had to have five stitches in my left thumb. I had cut through just to the top of the tendons ahead of the knuckle. And I had to have six stitches in my forearm. I had gone through three layers of tissue. That's why it had bled so much. And there was quite a bit of scrubbing and washing to get the small pieces of road out of both wounds. A couple pictures above and right show the results of Andrea and Susan's good work at patching me up. Andrea, the doc, did a wonderful job. It was obvious to me that she had found her station in life years ago. A true professional with bedside manner skills that can't be taught.

I was out of there and back to MMA by 5:00 PM. A volunteer, Mike (didn't get his last name - I'm an idiot), brought me to the hospital, picked me up, brought me to CVS to get the antibiotic prescription and brought me back. Plus, he kept checking up on me on the campus, in the food tent, on the lawn and at a vendor tent. The word must have gone out that I could be a danger to someone! But, in all seriousness, Mike was so very kind and helpful that he just epitomizes this whole weekend and the reasons for doing it. I can't emphasize enough how petty my injuries were to those we ride for. And that was my duty; to ride for those we work for, hundreds of cancer patients along the road to our destination. And I can't deny that it was also a ride for me.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Captain Jared Keniston and Alec Levine ran the full day trip today.

The weather ashore was mostly cloudy all day with peeks of the sun every now and again. The air temperature was warm. There was no wind. The ocean was calm along the shore. The visibility was good.

On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the southwest at five to ten knots with seas in chops of a foot or less over long rolling sea swells of two feet. The sky was sunny all day. The air temperature was warm, perfect. The tide was moderate. The visibility ranged to fifteen miles in haze. The surface water temperature reached a high of 65.8F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 72F (with a low of 56F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 70F with a low of 62F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 76F (with a low of 54F).

The fishing was very good. The catching was good overall. Landings were good overall. Most legal fish landed were cusk, more than we have seen for a while. Landings also included nineteen cod, two haddock, ten pollock, one redfish and a cunner. There were quite a few sub-legal pollock released today. Drifting was the method. Jigs caught the most fish today.

Brian Murphy (NH) was high hook with nine legal. He did not boat a fish of 10 pounds or better. However, his most significant "other", Marian "Merv" Murphy (NH) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 10 pound pollock. Her largest cod weighed 8.5 pounds, the third largest fish of the trip. As I have mentioned many times in the past, these most wonderful fishermen also are very talented singer/song writers in contemporary folk. At least that's what I call their music. And they and their family teach music and voice (http://www.brianandgardnermurphy.com/).

Other Angler Highlights: Justin King (MA) caught the second largest fish, a 9.5 pound pollock. His largest cod weighed 7 pounds. Rick Ciejka (MA) caught an 8 pound pollock. Billy Mahoney (MA) landed a 7.5 pound pollock, his largest fish. Joe Ciejka (MA) landed the hard luck award for getting sea sick. The details of the event were not revealed to me.

About an hour after I had finished the last leg of the Pan-Mass Challenge, the finish at Provincetown, Massachusetts on the tip of Cape Cod, I got a text from my wife, Deb; "Call me!!!!!!!! Problem with BC". Of course, I conjured up all kinds of awful problems. I'm not going to go through the list of thoughts I had. So I found a spot away from the throngs of cycling humanity and called her back. She was a little upset. Apparently, Captain Jared had a hard time starting the engine, barely getting the engine turned over. In fear of stopping the engine and not being able to get it started again, Jared left the engine on for the rest of the day on the fishing grounds. But Deb didn't know how to proceed. This mainly because I always do all the boat stuff. Jared wasn't confident about taking the afternoon trip. I was standing in front of the Provincetown Inn when I told Deb to hang tight, I would call her back. The Bunny Clark still had an hour of fishing time yet. It was noon. Knowing that the starter was probably bad, I called Skip Dunning, the best road tech from Power Products (NEDDA) in Portland; "Skip, how would you like to make some extra money today?" He agreed to meet the boat when the Bunny Clark got back to Perkins Cove at 3:30 PM. Jared wasn't confident about changing the starter out as he had never done so with my engine. And I also had a faulty key switch that needed replacing anyway. Later that day, Skip found out that the starter was indeed broken (bendix, I believe) and now we also have a fully functional key switch. So disaster avoided - this time!

Pan-Massachusetts Challenge (Day 2): I woke up very sore in the morning. My right shoulder, which I didn't even notice yesterday, was sore, as were all my wounds and head. My thumb was throbbing. And I thought to myself; if it's pouring with rain, I am not riding again. But, in my heart, I knew I would ride regardless. But stitches have to stay dry for forty-eight hours. I peered at Hez's cell phone with the doppler radar image and rain cells trudging across the map of Cape Cod. It looked good.


On the second day of the event, the second ride, an 80 mile distance, almost everyone leaves early, when it's still dark. I don't have lights. And I don't have the confidence without the lights. And I had just crashed the day before. So I was the last of about fifteen riders who I have come to know and love over the last eight years whom I like to ride with on the last day. Actually, Hez and I headed out together. Or, rather, he started out and I caught up with him. And I took it easy for the first half of the ride, anyway. And I stopped at every sanctioned water stop. There are three before the finish. Forty miles in we caught up to most of our friends. They were just leaving Brewster, Massachusetts to move on when we were just arriving. We agreed to all meet at the Wellfleet, Massachusetts water stop. In the meantime, I met up with Dr. Ben Lowenstein (ME - he rides with his team "Lungstrong" at this event) who used to work with my cardiologist in York, Maine and is truly loved by my daughter, Halley. Halley used to babysit for his kids. It was her favorite family to babysit for. And he treated her like a special member of their family. So I had to have a picture taken with Ben, myself and Hez so I could text it to Halley who promptly put it up on her Facebook page before we had even started the next leg. The iPhone digital image appears above. Ben is the one in the middle. And I'm the one in red - blood red -, white & black.

I left Hez during the next leg as I ended up hooking on with a train of faster riders which brought me to Wellfleet much earlier than planned. This gave me time to talk to all my riding friends while we were waiting for Hez. When Hez got in, we got together in our own small groups and took off.

I had the unexpected pleasure to ride with Andy Carver and Mike Parent on their tandem. Andy used to be a professional rugby player in the UK. Mike started out as a physical trainer but is now more in administration and sales, I believe. Both are physical specimens. Both know how to ride. And both are very fit. I drafted off them for twenty miles, our average speed somewhere between 27 and 28 mph. It reminded me of motor pacing. For long periods we would be traveling the long flatter roads at about 35 mph. And we passed other cyclists at such a fast pace that no one could hook on the back. We did slow down near the end to allow two more Path to the Cure riders to hook on and draft behind me. But that was the only slower period.

The whole days ride was rain free with dry roads. The riding was perfect. There was zero wind but cool enough to make the ride better than normal. I managed to keep my wounds dry. However, to shower after the finish, I had to have Andy Carver tape plastic bags to both arms so I could hold the soap.

The rest of the day was uneventful and fun. We ate under the huge tent at the Provincetown Inn that the PMC provided for us. They fed us. We stayed until 1:00 PM and then walked to a bar at the base of the pier where the ferries depart. The ferry ride to Boston was over flat calm seas, overcast skies and perfect temperatures. I don't believe we had any rain. We were back in Ogunquit at 8:00 PM.

I want to thank those who support me, the cancer cure idea and the ride itself. For a guy like me who likes to ride his bike this event is a gift from you at a busy time of year where I can actually get a break for a bit. So I thank you for some time away and for the help your donation brings everyone with the disease or to those who fight to find a cure. Just wonderful.

I received many donations while I was gone this weekend supporting my cancer ride with the Pan-Mass Challenge. These individuals and their donations include: Roland Bastien (CT) for $20.00, Donald Johnsen (NY) for a generous $100.00 (egift), Richard Fox (CA) for a generous $100.00 (egift), another generous donation of $100.00 from Peter Bradley (CA) (egift), Robert S. Cary (MA) for a generous $200.00 (egift), Richard Jeffers (MA) for a generous $250.00, Thomas & Leslie Plante (FL) for a generous $100.00, Jon Freeman (ME) for $10.00 and, last & most, Dennis & Diane LaValley (MA) for a hugely generous $2,500.00 donation. Thank you all so very much for allowing me the opportunity to represent your cancer interests at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. You who are very special to me make me feel special in your support.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Captain Ian Keniston and Jared Keniston ran the extreme day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 61F, there was no wind, the sky was cloudless and the visibility over the ocean was poor in fog along the shore. It was sunny most of the morning with dense fog along the shore. The fog was around all day but only along the immediate shore until noon. You could see a fog bank just off shore all afternoon. The air temperature was mid 70s. Clouds moved in from the west during the early afternoon and brought light sprinkles. No wind or thunder was associated with the rain. From 2:30 until late the sky was overcast. There was very little wind anywhere.

On the fishing grounds, the wind was very light out of the southwest. The ocean was calm. The sky appeared overcast all day because they were in the fog from Perkins Cove to Perkins Cove. So it was impossible to know what was above the fog. The visibility ranged to a half mile maximum. And I'm not sure what part of the ocean or what time of day that was. I would suspect the sky was clear in the morning and overcast in the afternoon. The tide (current) was moderate to strong. The air temperature was warm, perfect. The surface water temperature reached a high of 67.1F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 76F (with a low of 58F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 80F with a low of 62F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 85F (with a low of 58F).

The fishing/catching (of legal fish) was good overall. Most legal fish landed were pollock, by far. Legal landings also included twenty-three cod, two haddock, eleven redfish and six cusk. Nine dogfish and thirty-eight sub-legal haddock were released. Drifting was the method. Jigs and cod flies caught the most fish.

Greg Colley (ON) was high hook with thirteen legal. He two largest fish were both pollock and both 10.5 pounds each, the second and third largest fish. He was not in the boat pool anyway. The largest fish was a 12 pound pollock caught by nine year old Luke Keniston, Captain Jared & Michelle Keniston's son. He caught this fish as part of a triple keeper catch with a cod of 6 pounds and another pollock of 7 pounds. One fish was caught on the fly above the jig, one fish was caught on the treble hook and the other fish was caught on the tube in the split ring above the jig. Captain Uncle Ian took a picture of father, Jared, and Luke holding the three fish. This digital image appears on the right. Luke was not in the boat pool. He caught a total of eight legal fish. Rick Brunelle (ME) and Buck Steeler (CT) tied for the boat pool for the largest fish with the fourth largest fish of the trip at 10 pounds each, the fish. Buck's was a 10 pound cod while Rick's was a 10 pound pollock. Roger Brunelle (ME) landed the hard luck award for catching the least number of legal fish today, one! Well, at least he got one!

Tim Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Alec Levine and I ran the full day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 64F, there was no wind, the sky was cloudless, the ocean was mirror calm and the visibility over the ocean was good in some haze. The ride to the fishing grounds was perfect. There was no wind for the whole ride there. On the grounds, the wind was very light from the north, dropped to zero by 11:00 AM and then hauled out of the southwest after noon. The ocean remained flat calm all day. The sky was clear and sunny. The air temperature was a little too warm for long pants and oilskins. The tide (current) was moderate. The visibility was very good or twenty miles at least. The surface water temperature reached a high of 71.0F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 81F (with a low of 61F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 82F with a low of 70F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 84F (with a low of 60F).

The fishing was excellent. There were no physical constraints to incur any difficulty to the most unseasoned of anglers. It was perfect weather to enjoy a day of fishing and the lines tended straight down for every drift, the only boating method employed today. The catching was very good. Landings fell into the category of "good". Most legal fish landed were cod, by far. In fact, even though there were plenty of good sized pollock around, we probably caught our last legal one at 10:00 AM. Legal landings also included twelve pollock, six haddock, two redfish, three cunners, five mackerel and sixteen cusk. Cod flies caught the most fish.

High hook could not be determined exactly. However, there were three anglers who caught ten or more legal fish each. Those anglers included Steve Hinkemeyer (MN), Chris Vossler (CT) and, Chris' son, Robb Vossler (CT). Steve won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 15 pound pollock. He also caught just about every species available including the only two legal redfish! The second largest fish was an 11 pound pollock caught by Steve Tessier (MA). John Ostrander (NY) caught the third largest fish, a 10 pound pollock. He also caught the largest lobster of the Bunny Clark fishing season. We have caught two so far this season. John's was a 2.5 pound egg bearing hard shell cull! I took a picture of his arthropod. The digital image appears on the left.

Other Angler Highlights: Chris Vossler, Robb Vossler and Dean Legg (MA) all fished with jig and jig stick up in the bow. Between them they released ten legal cod to 7.5 pounds back to the ocean alive. Robb's largest cod weighed 7.5 pounds. Chris caught a cod that weighed 9 pounds. Chris also caught a pollock of 8.5 pounds. Drew Hinkemeyer (MN) landed the largest cod of the trip at 9.5 pounds. Emily Ostrander (NY) landed the hard luck award t-shirt. I didn't give it to her for any hard luck. She actually had a good time and caught quite a few nice fish. The fact of the matter is that no one had any discernable hard luck on this trip. So I gave the shirt to Emily who was simply the youngest angler of the trip at 11 years old!

Alec Levine and I ran the afternoon half day (4PM - 8PM) trip. Winds were light out of the southeast (less than five knots) on the ride to the fishing grounds. We had small waves of less than a foot over some kind of a long low ground swell. On the fishing grounds, the wind was all around the clock. This because we had localized low pressure cells with rain that passed to the south and the north of us. We never saw any rain. The sky was mostly sunny but we got the clouds from the edges of these cells periodically. The wind remained light and the ocean was calmer than the ride out. The visibility dropped to about fifteen miles in haze. The air temperature was just a little bit too warm.

The fishing/catching was good overall. We had a slight current into the wind and we had the most dogfish we have seen on a trip in two weeks or more. And it was our first afternoon trip with more than a couple dogfish. We had several species of fish including twelve sub-legal haddock, a species of fish we haven't seen this close to shore in a long time. Landings included one haddock, two cod, two cusk and one pollock. We tried drifting but anchoring seemed to work the best. All terminal gear worked about the same.

We didn't have any angler catch more than one legal fish. Craig MacEwan (NY) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 7.5 pound cusk. The second largest fish was a 6 pound pollock caught by Christine Hofferberth (ME). Laurie Oakes (ME) came in third with a cusk of 5 pounds.

Other Angler Highlights: Bob Oakes (ME) lost a cod on the surface of about 5 or 6 pounds. It swam straight back to bottom! This while Alec was standing next to him with a gaff! I was on the other side of Bob involved in a tangle and was amazed how fast that fish took off! Jeff Valley (VT) caught a 4 pound haddock. Sean Dunton (VT) boated a 4 pound cod. Donna Kloss (NY) landed the hard luck award for being the sole hurler of the trip, the only person to get sea sick for the day. Hey, you never know!

Several anglers helped me with my cancer fund raising drive with the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) today. These anglers and their donations included Mark Coleman (NY) for $40.00 and, collectively, Chris Vossler, Robb Vossler, Dean Legg and Tom Daniels (CA) for $100.00. Of particular interest were the "Vossler Crew" who rode in the PMC over the weekend representing Team Lungstrong. I met them on the ferry back from Provincetown (on Sunday) saying that they had already booked a trip on the Bunny Clark for this day! Thank you all so very much for your kind support. I really do appreciate your help!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Captain Ian Keniston and Jared Keniston ran the full day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 67F, the wind was light out of the northwest, the sky was overcast, it had just been raining and the visibility over the ocean was good in haze. The sky remained overcast for the early part of the morning and then cleared. The sky remained clear for the rest of the day until thunder showers rolled in at about 6:30 or 7:00 PM. The rain lasted for a half hour or so. There was just a little lightning. The air temperature was warm but not nearly as warm as it was yesterday (upper 70s). The visibility good in haze.

On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the northwest at very light speeds. The ocean was calm for the whole trip. The sky was overcast in the morning, clear after noon. The tide (current) was strong. The visibility was good in haze. The surface water temperature reached a high of 68.1F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 80F (with a low of 61F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 83F with a low of 70F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 82F (with a low of 57F).

The fishing,catching and landings were on the bottom end of the curve today. The tide (current) was very strong creating lots of tangles, the ocean was too calm to produce a bite and the direction of the current with the wind made it very hard to keep the attitude of the boat correctly positioned. The boat constantly wanted to spin and drift. Not good. Landings included twelve cod, three pollock and one cusk. Eighteen sub-legal haddock and 8 dogfish were released. Drifting and anchoring were the boating methods. All terminal gear worked about the same.

Mike Murray (VT) was the fisherman of the day. He was high hook with almost half of the legal fish caught today. And he won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 19 pound pollock. And I believe this is also the Bunny Clark's largest pollock of the fishing season to date. We had two pollock earlier in the year that weighed 18+ but I don't believe we hit the 19 pound mark. And we certainly haven't caught a pollock of 20 pounds or better. Mike also caught the second largest fish, an 11 pound pollock. There wasn't another fish even close to 10 pounds to weigh today. Dan Zumpano (CT) landed the hard luck award for getting a touch of the mal de mer.

Captain Ian Keniston and Captain Jared Keniston ran the afternoon half day (4PM - 8PM) trip. The weather was beautiful at the dock before the trip and beautiful on the fishing grounds. The wind blew out of the northeast at five to ten knots producing a light chop of a foot or less. The sky was sunny until the ride home when it started to rain. It poured rain the whole ride back, ending just as they reached the gate at Perkins Cove. The air temperature was warm. The visibility ranged to fifteen miles in haze.

The fishing was very good but the catching was a little on the slow side this evening. Only one legal fish was landed, a cusk. Sub-legals only included twelve cod. They also caught four sculpins and a sea raven. Drifting was the method. Everyone used bait.

Sean Hurley (CT) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 4.5 pound cusk. The second largest fish was a 2 pound sub-legal cod caught by George Appleman (NY). Ryan Hurley (CT) and Todd LesPerance (ON) tied for third with fish of 1.5 pounds. Both were sub-legal cod. D. J. McCarthy (NH) landed the hard luck award for being constantly robbed of bait.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Captain Ian Keniston and Jared Keniston ran the full day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 60F, the wind was blowing out of the northwest at ten knots, the sky was mostly clear and the visibility over the ocean was very good at least. The sky was mostly sunny in the morning. After noon, thunder showers appeared and brought rain but very little rain. We had a dry slot between 1:30 PM and 3:00 PM and then more showers, lightning and thunder. Light showers were intermittent into the evening. The high air temperature was very comfortable at 76F today. Winds were very light, northwest in the morning and southwest in the afternoon. The ocean along the shore was calm. The visibility was good except in dense showers.

On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the northwest at very light speeds, calm and then southwest in the afternoon. The ocean was calm all day over short swells of two to three feet. The sky was a mix of sun and clouds. The tide was moderate. The air temperature was warm. The visibility ranged to fifteen miles. The surface water temperature reached a high of 70.2F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 75F (with a low of 57F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 79F with a low of 64F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 75F (with a low of 51F).

The fishing was very good. The catching was good or very good overall. Landings were good. Most legal fish landed were cod, by far. Legal landings also included two haddock, fourteen pollock, seven cusk and two mackerel. There were twenty-three sub-legal haddock and fourteen dogfish released. Drifting was the only boating method employed. Jigs and cod flies caught the most fish.

Ian couldn't determine who was high hook. Ken McLaughlin (ME) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 16 pound pollock. He caught this very early in the trip and it remained the biggest fish until the end. Geno Kilchewski (VT) caught the second largest fish, a 13.5 pound pollock. Robert Abbott (ON) landed the third largest fish, a 13 pound pollock. Moe Melville (NJ) landed the hard luck award for getting not a single fish out of those who attended the trip as anglers.

Captain Ian Keniston and Captain Jared Keniston ran the afternoon half day (4PM - 8PM) trip. It was pouring rain when they left the dock to head to the fishing grounds. We had a full boat of anglers who had planned to go but the thunder, rain and lightning reduced the POB count to less than half. There was no wind. On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the northwest at five to ten knots. Seas were chops of a foot or less. They never got another drop of rain after they left the dock. Small storm cells went by but not near enough to give them any precipitation. The sky, therefore, was a mix of sun and clouds. The current was moderate. The air temperature was mild/warm (a fallish feel to it). The visibility ranged around fifteen miles in haze.

The fishing was good, catching good and landings were fair but many didn't want to take fish home. So landings were actually perfect. The caught mostly sub-legal cod, pollock and redfish. Landings included six cusk, three cunners, a squirrel hake and six sculpins. One haddock was caught and released. Drifting was the method. All bait was used.

Rich Molczyk (MA) was high hook with two cusk. One weighed 4.5 pounds. The other weighed 4.25 pounds. Seven year old Matthew Barron (NY) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 6.75 pound cusk. The second largest fish was a 6.5 pound cusk caught by Larry Barron (NY). Jack O'Sullivan (NY) caught the third largest fish, a 5 pound cusk.

Other Angler Highlights: Ten year old Molly O'Sullivan (NY) caught a 4.5 pound cusk, her best fish. Fay Kun (PA) landed the hard luck award for getting the most tangled lines.

There were several people who gave donations supporting my cancer involvement with the Pan-Mass Challenge today. Those wonderful people and their donations included Matthew & Justine Riegel (NJ) for $50.00, Lou & Barb Carangelo (MA) for $25.00, Weston Lord at Greenland Cove Cabins (someday I will take a vacation up there) for a generous $100.00 and Andy Rice (VT) for $50.00. Thank you for helping me make someone's life better against cancer. I appreciate this help very much.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Captain Ian Keniston and Jared Keniston ran the full day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 56F, the wind was blowing out of the northwest at ten knots, the sky was cloudless and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. The sky remained cloudless until 11:00 AM. The deep blue sky was replaced with a few fair weather clouds after that. A rain shower hit Perkins Cove just before 4:00 PM. This was part of a string of showers that ran right over Ogunquit for the better part of an hour. Radar showed no rain to the northeast as far as Brunswick and no rain to the south as far as Gloucester, Massachusetts! It never rained again before 10:00 PM. I don't know what happened after that. The air temperature got up over 80F. There was very little wind of any direction. The visibility was very good over the ocean.

On the fishing grounds, the wind started out blowing out of the northwest at ten plus knots. Seas were chops of a foot or a bit more. The wind deceased all day leaving the ocean calm for the ride home. The air temperature was warm. The sky was clear and sunny for the trip. The tide (current) was moderate to strong. The visibility ranged to twenty or more miles. The surface water temperature reached a high of 68.4F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 81F (with a low of 55F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 85F with a low of 61F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 81F (with a low of 49F).

The fishing was not quite good; the current was a bit too strong and there were more dogfish than has been normal - just enough to be annoying. The catching/landings were good to very good. Most legal fish landed were cod, by far. Legal landings also included a few haddock, sixteen pollock, two cusk, a monkfish and a sculpin. Very few sub-legal haddock were caught today, which is a surprise. Eighteen dogfish were released. Drifting and anchoring were the boating methods. All terminal gear worked well as long as there was a cod fly involved.

Brian Miller (FL) or Evan Paghetti (MA) was high hook with over ten legal fish. Some of Brian's best fish included a 10 pound pollock, an 11 pound pollock and a 10 pound cod. Some of Evan's fish included a 12.25 pound pollock, the third largest fish of the trip, an 11 pound pollock and an 11.5 pound pollock. Evan also tied for the boat pool for the largest fish with a 13 pound pollock. Garrett Settle (ME) also caught a 13 pound pollock to share in the winnings.

Other Angler Highlights: Dan Sanderson (MA) caught a 10.5 pound cod. Linn Elko (VT) landed a 10.5 pound cod. Bruce Beaupre (NH) caught a 10 pound pollock. Caleb Nix (MA) caught one of the largest haddock we have seen in a while weighing in at 6 pounds. David Elko (VT) did the same thing with another haddock exactly the same size at 6 pounds! Mike Snay (NH) landed the hard luck award for being the sole angler to not catch a legal fish!

Captain Ian Keniston and Alec Levine ran the afternoon half day (4PM - 8PM) trip. It was raining again when they left the dock to head to the fishing grounds. But this time we didn't lose half our anglers. And it wasn't pouring rain. And it was evident that the rain was going to stop. On the grounds, it rained only briefly, once. The wind blew out of the south southwest at five knots or less. The ocean remained calm for the evening. The sky was sunny except for the short rain spell. The air temperature was warm (none of the cooling that was in place last evening). There was no tide (current). The visibility ranged to fifteen miles in haze except for the rain shower with about a half mile visibility.

The fishing/catching/landings were good to very good. And it was one of our best afternoon trips this season for legal fish. Most fish landed were cusk. Legal landings also included four cod and one mackerel. Many sub-legal pollock were released. Anchoring was the method. Everyone used bait.

Chet Krula (NY) was the fisherman of the evening. He was high hook with four legal. And he won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 7 pound cusk. His second largest fish, a 6.5 pound cusk, was the second largest fish of the trip. The third largest fish was a 6 pound cod caught by Jim Makhoul (MO).

Other Angler Highlights: Oliver Page (QC) caught the first fish to be weighed, a 4 pound cusk. Alan Makhoul (MO) caught a 3.5 pound cod, his only legal fish. Tim Kasper (MA) caught a 4 pound cod. Paul Bentley (MA) landed a 3.5 pound cusk. Richard Page (QC) caught a 4 pound cod. Drew Tammelin (MA) boated a cusk of 3.25 pounds. Cody Gibbons (MA) landed the hard luck award for getting the most hang-ups on the bottom!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Captain Ian Keniston and Jared Keniston ran the full day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 62F, there was no wind, the ocean was calm, the sky was cloudless and the visibility over the ocean was very good at least. Ashore, there was very little wind. The ocean was like a pond, very flat with wind patches here and there among the calm patches. The sky was cloudless most of the morning, mostly sunny in the afternoon. The air temperature hit the high 70s. The visibility over the water was very good.

On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the northwest at light speeds creating wavelets in the morning. There was zero wind in the afternoon. The ocean went flat calm. The sky was sunny for the trip. The air temperature went from warm to hot; being on the boat was like sitting on a mirror in the sun! The tide (current) was moderate. The visibility was better than twenty nautical miles. The surface water temperature reached a high of 69.1F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 81F (with a low of 59F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 78F with a low of 65F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 85F (with a low of 53F).

The fishing was good. But maybe it was too good. It was a perfect day for humans. But the bite was off and the fish were small. And the dogfish count was a little higher at nineteen. Most legal fish landed were small cod, not a one over 7.5 pounds. Landings also included six haddock, nine pollock, eleven cusk, two redfish and one squirrel hake. One wolffish was released. Drifting and anchoring were the boating methods. All terminal gear worked the same.

High hook was not discerned. Jon Whitney (ME) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, an 8.5 pound wolffish. The second largest fish was an 8 pound pollock caught by Ralph Whitney (ME). Cody McPhee (ME) landed the hard luck award for having two reel failures in a row. 'Tis that time of year.

Captain Ian Keniston and Alec Levine ran the afternoon half day (4PM - 8PM) trip. We had a light rain shower before the Bunny Clark left the dock. This was so brief as to have not even happened. It was perfect weather, other than the rain. On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the southwest at five to eight knots. Seas were chops of a foot or less. The sky was sunny. The air temperature was warm. The tide was moderate. The visibility was about fifteen miles in haze.

The fishing and catching was excellent this evening. Landings were light, good if you included the mackerel. This night we broke a Bunny Clark record for the most haddock ever caught on an evening trip. The count was sixty-eight, give or take a fish. There were probably six or seven haddock that were almost long enough to keep. Most of them were sixteen to eighteen inches long. Legal fish included one cusk, one haddock, one whiting and fifty-three mackerel. Anchoring was the boating method. Bait and cod flies caught the most fish. One jig was tried and failed.

Ian didn't tell me who was high hook. This probably because of the mackerel. Matt Gibbons (NH) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 4.5 pound cusk. Ryan Lawn (NH) caught the second largest fish, a 3.25 pound haddock. Jamie Corbett (NY) landed the hard luck award for getting hit in the head with a sinker. Don't ask.

Former President George & Barbara Bush dined at Barnacle Billy's for lunch today. It was the first time I have seen them since last season. Some of their other guests included their daughter, Doro, and former Senator Alan Simpson (R-Wyoming). There were nine in the party. It was a little tough for the former President, I do believe - my perception only. But he would never admit it if it was. Certainly in his state of health it was a bit more problematic to be as comfortable there as he used to be in the past. They came by boat except for the former First Lady, who came by vehicle. They sat out on the deck near the flag pole. It was very enjoyable for me and our other lunch guests. My brother, Court, took a picture of the former Senator and I (This digital image - taken with my iPhone - appears on the left. The President was too busy with other photos at the time so I didn't bother him. I have to say that Senator Simpson had a wonderful personality. You can see why these people become so popular.

David & Barbara Winstanley (MA/ME) donated a generous $200.00 to sponsor me in the Pan-Mass Challenge, an 192 mile bicycle ride for the cancer fight. Thank you both so very much for your continued support. I do very much appreciate it!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Captain Jared Keniston and Alec Levine ran the full day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 63F, the wind was blowing out of the north northwest at ten knots, the sky was cloudless (again) and the visibility over the ocean was very good at least. The day turned out to be gorgeous. We had very light wind along the shore, calm seas, sunny skies and air temperatures into the high 70s. The visibility was good.

On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the north northwest at five knots in the early part of the trip, less than that for the rest of the day. The ocean was flat calm. The sky was clear/sunny. The air temperature was warm (not too warm). The tide (current) was moderate. The visibility ranged from five miles in heavy haze in the morning to unlimited visibility in the afternoon. The surface water temperature reached a high of 66.8F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 79F (with a low of 59F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 80F with a low of 66F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 85F (with a low of 52F).

The fishing was very good. Catching was good. Landings were fair. Legal landings included three cod, twenty-one pollock, five haddock (out of twenty-three total) and three cusk. There were twelve dogfish caught and released. Drifting was the method. A jig & cod fly was the best combination for catching fish today.

High hook wasn't mentioned at the dock. Carly Callahan (CT) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 17 pound pollock. She caught this pollock as part of a double keeper catch with another pollock of 9 pounds, both fish caught on the same line at the same time. The double is the Bunny Clark's six largest double keeper catch of the season. Actually, Carly ties with Liam Fahey (VT) who caught a double that included a 15 pound pollock and an 11 pound pollock on a marathon trip in June. Captain Jared took a picture of Carly's prize. This digital image appears on the right. The guy in the background is Rich Callahan (CT), her father and veteran (excellent) Bunny Clark angler.

Lori Hogan (NH) caught the second largest fish, a 14 pound pollock. The third largest fish was 13 pound pollock caught by Brian Fernald (ME).

Other Angler Highlights: Rich Callahan caught a 10 pound pollock, his biggest fish. His best fish was a 5 pound haddock, the largest haddock of the trip. Matt Lauvauskas (ME) caught a 10 pound pollock as well. Ryan Hogan (NH) landed the largest cod at 10.5 pounds. Cody Reeves (ME) landed the hard luck award for not catching a single legal fish, the only angler with that kind of success!

Captain Ian Keniston and Alec Levine ran the afternoon half day (4PM - 8PM) trip. The weather on the fishing grounds was so similar to the day trip it doesn't deserve a repeat here. The only difference was the wind direction which as out of the south southwest, very light, with a calm ocean.

The fishing and catching was very good. Landings were okay but a bit on the light side. There were a lot of sub-legal fish including quite a few pollock, cod and haddock. Legal landings included one cod, four cusk, a redfish, two cunners and three sculpins. The cunners and sculpins were not kept. Drift fishing and anchoring were the two boating methods. Everyone used bait - I believe.

Eleven year old Dylan Tetreault (CT) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 7.5 pound cusk. The second largest fish was a 7 pound cusk caught by Earl Klein (NY). Thirteen year old Ally Dejana (CT) caught the third largest fish, a 6.5 pound cusk.

Other Angler Highlights: Mike Jackson (CT) caught a 5 pound cusk. Hannah Jackson (CT) caught the only legal cod. It weighed 3.25 pounds. Mara Loschiavo (TX) landed the hard luck award for getting into the most tangles on an otherwise fairly tangle free evening.

After all the anglers had left, Jared did the customary engine check and found coolant in the bilge. Closer inspection found a head bolt with the cap snapped off. I had another one at the house but no torque wrench to turn it. We left this job for tomorrow at 5:00 AM.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Captain Ian Keniston and Jared Keniston ran the extreme day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 62F, there was no wind, the ocean was flat calm, the sky was mostly clear and the visibility over the ocean was very good at least. Ashore, it was a "111" day, as my father would call it. The air temperature was a perfect upper 70s beach day. The sky was clear, cloudless all morning. There was no wind to speak of. And the visibility was good in haze. It was a day I will be thinking of come February.

On the fishing grounds it was perfect as well. The air temperature was warm to hot. This was because the wind was so light from the southwest that it was like sitting on a mirror. The ocean was flat calm all day. The tide (current) was strong to moderate. The visibility ranged to fifteen miles. The surface water temperature reached a high of 68.5F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 81F (with a low of 57F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 84F with a low of 65F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 86F (with a low of 59F).

The fishing was good; the current was really a bit too strong to call it any better than that. The catching (of all fish, legal or otherwise) was very good to excellent, the best day we have seen in a couple of weeks, at least. Most legal fish landed were cod and pollock, in that order. Landings also included thirteen haddock (out of a total of fifty-two caught) and ten cusk. Only two dogfish were caught. They drift fished and anchored. The jig and cod fly combination caught the most fish.

No one could say who was high hook. Steve LaPlante (CT) had over twenty legal, most of which he returned to the ocean alive and kicking. His largest fish was an 11.5 pound pollock. Ken McLaughlin (ME) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 14 pound pollock. The second largest fish weighed 13 pounds. A tie. Dave Yerke (NY) caught a 13 pound cod, the largest cod of the trip, while Marco Morin (ME) caught a 13 pound pollock. Marco also caught two pollock of 10 pounds each.

Other Angler Highlights: Will McKay (ME) caught an 11 pound pollock, his largest fish. Mike Mitchell (NH) also caught a pollock of 11 pounds as his best. Bob Ferguson (NY) did one better with a 12 pound pollock. Jack Judge (CT/ME) caught an 11.5 pound pollock. Don "Slim Zimm" Zimmerman (GA) boated a 10 pound pollock. He just couldn't catch Steve LaPlante in count or size. Ouch! Paul Huling (NH) landed an 11 pound pollock and an 11.5 pound pollock. He also landed the hard luck award after he got a hook in his arm. Captain Jared had to push the hook through and cut the barb off to get it out!

I received four donations supporting my cancer fund raising drive with the Pan-Mass Challenge. Those wonderful people and their donation amounts are as follows: Roberr Hunter (FL) for $25.00 in the form of an "egift" from the PMC web site, David C. Yerke (NY) for $30.00, Jack Judge (CT/ME) for $10.00 and Don "Slim Zimm" Zimmerman for $25.00. Yes, the event is over but cancer never sleeps and neither does the need to find new ways to cure it! Thank you all so much for your help.

Tim Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Alec Levine and I ran the full day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 63F, there was no wind, the ocean was flat calm, the sky was cloudless and the visibility over the ocean was very good. The fog rolled in around 6:00 AM. I was told that the fog hung around most of the morning before clearing out for good by early afternoon. The sky was a hazy overcast with some sun occasionally. The air temperature was warm but not as warm as it was on the Bunny Clark on the day trip.

The wind was light and variable on the ride to the fishing grounds. The ocean was calm. We went through a fog after leaving Perkins Cove. But we pushed out into the clear three miles later. The wind was light on the fishing grounds. After 10:00 AM, the wind left us altogether. The oceans surface was smooth as glass with what looked like a left over two foot chop from the southeast underneath. The tide (current) was very light, which surprised me with moon tides we have been having. The air temperature was very warm. The visibility ranged from ten to fifteen miles in haze. The sky was sunny until noon, mostly overcast after that. The surface water temperature reached a high of 69.8F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 73F (with a low of 62F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 82F with a low of 64F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 81F (with a low of 57F).

The fishing was good. We had a few more tangles than is normal. We had several blue shark attacks where we lost gear and incurred more tangles. The catching good. Landings were good as well. Most legal fishing landed were pollock, by far. No other fish species came close. Landings also included eight cod, fifteen haddock, one redfish and three cusk. We released five dogfish and one wolffish back to the ocean alive. Anchoring worked the best despite what seemed like a perfect drift. Cod flies caught the most fish.

Dave Yerke (NY) was high hook with nine or more legal. His largest fish was an 11 pound pollock. Eddie Moore (MD) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 15.5 pound pollock. He caught this as part of a double keeper catch with another pollock of 10 pounds, both fish caught on the same line at the same time! This is the Bunny Clark's eighth largest double of the season to date. Leo Vane (NY) caught the second and third largest fish. These fish included a 14 pound pollock and a 12.5 pound pollock. Leo also caught the largest haddock at 5 pounds.

Other Angler Highlights: Joe Pantrella (NJ) caught an 11 pound pollock, his best fish. Johan Halvorsen (ME) also boated an 11 pound pollock, his largest fish. Julia Fairbanks (NY) caught the only wolffish. It weighed 7 pounds just before release. Remington Walls (MD) landed an 11 pound pollock, his biggest fish. Derek Bedard (ME) caught a 10 pound pollock. Arne Halvorsen (ME) caught a 10 pound pollock as well. It was the largest fish of the eight legal fish than Arne landed. Gill Bolduc (VA) landed the hard luck award for tangling lines. And he really wasn't that badly tangled. But he didn't have much for fish until the next to last spot where he caught a pollock over 10 pounds. I got the pollock in the boat for him but it flipped along the deck until its nose found a scupper hole, popped out the hole and floated away just out of gaff reach. That last situation cemented my resolve as to whom I was going to give the shirt!

Alec Levine and I ran the afternoon half day (4PM - 8PM) trip. Winds were light out of the southeast (less than five knots) on the ride to the fishing grounds. Waves were small over a fairly flat ocean. On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the southeast to eight and ten knots leaving us with a one foot chop. The ride home saw southeast winds increase to almost fifteen knots sustained. Seas had increased to two feet by the time we reached the gate at Perkins Cove. The air temperature was warm, perfect. We had a very hazy sky with some sun but mostly a hazy overcast. The visibility might have been around ten miles or less.

The fishing was good at best with a moderate tide (current) running into the wind and more dogfish than we have seen on an evening trip in a while. These two factors promoted a higher degree of tangles than I had expected. The catching was good if you include dogfish and sub-legal haddock. We released thirty-two dogfish and twenty-three haddock. We also released four mackerel, fifteen small pollock, a sculpin, seven sub-legal cod and three sub-legal redfish. Landings included two haddock, a cod, one redfish and five mackerel. We anchored for two stops. Bait and cod flies caught all the fish.

Luke Dupuis (VT) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 4.25 pound cod. The second largest fish was a legal haddock caught by Darcy Clayton (NY) that was just shy of 3 pounds. There was a tie for third with two fish of 2.5 pounds each. One was a sub-legal cod caught by Shannon Toohey (RI). The other was a barely legal haddock caught by Jason Norman (ON). Incidentally, Bailey Norman (ON) had a legal cod that he brought to the surface and was in the process of "swinging it aboard" when it dropped off the hook, into the water and swam back to bottom unharmed. It looked to be around 4 pounds or so. Norm Dupuis (VT) landed the hard luck award for getting two backlashes of high quality. One was easy enough to remedy. The other I had to use the knife after ten minutes of minor frustration. All in good fun!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The trip today was canceled for lack of anglers. We had a few to start the week. But all bailed for this day when they heard the weather forecast. I certainly don't blame them.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 66F, the wind was out of the southeast at ten knots, we had a light rain falling, the sky was overcast and the visibility over the ocean was fair to poor in fog, haze and precipitation. It rained all day. This wasn't a steady rain. At times it stopped raining. But there were other times when it poured. Between 6:00 PM and 9:00 PM, we had torrential rains where streets became flooded and water rolled over side walks. By 10:30 PM, it was just about over for the day and following morning. The wind blew out of the southeast or east southeast at twenty to thirty knots, hardest after 6:00 PM. The air temperature may not have cracked the 70 mark. I didn't look at a thermometer. The visibility over the ocean was not very good. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 68F (with a low of 61F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 69F with a low of 64F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 66F (with a low of 60F).

I spent most of the day working at the restaurant. In the morning, I had to drive to Portland to drop off a starter at Kaza Autoelectric to have Mike rebuild it for me. This was the broken one that Skip Dunning removed from the Bunny Clark the Sunday that I was in Provincetown, Massachusetts with the Pan-Mass Challenge. I also picked up some head bolts that I had ordered from NEDDA (Power Products) while I was in Portland.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Captain Ian Keniston and Alec Levine ran the full day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 61F, the wind was blowing out of the west at fifteen knots, the sky was crystal clear and the visibility over the ocean was very good at least. The wind remained a bit breezy from the west or northwest all day. Wind speeds were probably no more than fifteen knots. But it seemed like more as every day (except yesterday, of course) has been so calm. The air temperature got up into the mid 70s. The visibility was very good.

On the fishing grounds, the salient feature was the larger than normal ground swell. Ian had sea readings of six to ten feet, big long rolling swells. These swells diminished to four and six feet by the time they were ready to leave the grounds. The wind blew out of the southwest at ten to fifteen knots with a one to two foot chop on top of the swells. It was not the most comfortable day but it wasn't bad for those who go often. The air temperature was warm. The sky was nearly cloudless all day. The tide (current) was strong. The visibility ranged over twenty miles or excellent. The surface water temperature reached a high of 61.2F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 75F (with a low of 57F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 77F with a low of 62F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 74F (with a low of 49F).

The fishing or the conditions for fishing were just fair. The strong tide, big seas and wind had to have a negative affect on the catch. And this could be seen by the low cod & haddock numbers. The catching was surprisingly good. Landings were good overall or better than that for certain anglers. Most legal fish landed were pollock, by far. Legal landings also included thirteen cod, two haddock and five cusk. No dogfish were caught and only eight sub-legal haddock were caught. They anchored and drift fished, drifting worked the best. The jig and fly combination worked the best today.

Ray Vallaincourt (OH) or David Yerke (NY) were high hook. It was one or the other and Ian couldn't tell me who. And if you asked one of them, he would tell you the other! Dave Yerke won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 19.5 pound pollock. This is the largest pollock that has been caught on the Bunny Clark this season to date. The second largest fish was a 12 pound pollock caught by Steve Segal (CA). Steve also caught a 10.25 pound pollock. Ken McLaughlin (ME) had the third largest fish, an 11.5 pound pollock. He landed seven legal in all today.

Other Angler Highlights: Ray Vallaincourt caught a 10.25 pound pollock and a 9 pound cod, his two best fish. Bill Socha (NH) also caught a 9 pound cod, the largest cod of the trip (with Ray's). Bill's largest fish was a 10 pound pollock. Cal Erickson (NH) succumbed to higher than normal swells and spent the day in the Hotel Bunny Clark. For this he was awarded "the shirt".

Captain Ian Keniston and Alec Levine ran the afternoon half day (4PM - 8PM) trip. The weather was perfect when they left the dock. On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the southwest at ten to, later, five knots. Seas were chops of a foot over sea swells ranging from two to four feet. The air temperature was warm. The sky was clear. The tide (current) was moderate. The visibility was excellent.

The fishing was much better than the morning trip. The surface water conditions very good and the current wasn't nearly as bad. The catching was very good overall. Landings were fair. Legal fish landed included three cusk, five mackerel and two cunners. There were many sub-legal pollock, nine sub-legal cod and ten sub-legal redfish caught. Drifting was the method. Everyone used bait.

Bailey Noel (NH) was the fisherman of the evening. He was high hook with two legal. And he won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 7 pound cusk. He also caught the second largest fish of the trip, a 6.25 pound cusk. The third largest fish was a 3.75 pound cusk caught by Brandon Jones (NY). Mike Pote (VA) and Luke Barcroft (NY) tied for the hardest luck of the trip. Both were equally sea sick.

I received a generous $150.00 donation from Marc & Claire St. Onge (ME) sponsoring me in my ride with the Pan-Mass Challenge today. Thank you both so very much for your continued support. I very much appreciate the help!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Captain Ian Keniston and Alec Levine ran the full day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 57F, there was no wind, the sky was overcast, the road was wet and the visibility over the ocean was very good at least. The morning remained overcast with peeks at the sun occasionally. To the south you could see blue sky. This blue sky eventually arrived after lunch. The air temperature hung around the low 70s. In fact, at 3:30 PM it was exactly 70F. The wind blew out of the west at ten knots along the shore. The visibility was very good.

On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the southwest at five knots or less. The ocean was calm for the whole trip under long sea swells of three to five feet. The intervals between swells ranged from eight to ten seconds. The sky was overcast in the morning and clear after noon. The tide (current) was very strong. The visibility was twenty-five miles or better. The air temperature was warm. The surface water temperature reached a high of 65.5F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 70F (with a low of 52F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 75F with a low of 60F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 70F (with a low of 50F).

The fishing was tough with the very strong current. However, not a single dogfish was seen. And, although the swells were a negative factor in the fishing, they were not nearly as big and bad as they were yesterday. The tide made up for it. The catching was good. Landings were good. Most legal fish landed were pollock. Legal landings also included eighteen cod, three haddock and one cusk. They drift fished and anchored. Drifting was the best. Jigs and cod flies (combination) worked the best for boating legal fish.

Mark Hesselink (NJ) was high hook with twelve legal. His largest fish was a 13.25 pound pollock, a tie for the third largest fish of the trip. He also caught the best double keeper catch of trip with 10.5 pound pollock and a 9 pound pollock, both fish caught on the same line at the same time. Peter Volkernick (ME) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 15 pound pollock. The second largest fish was a 13.5 pound pollock caught by Mike Parent (ME). Will LaRose (ME) tied with Mark Hesselink for third in size. Will's fish was also a pollock of 13.25 pounds.

Other Angler Highlights: Steve Giuffre (CT) caught a 12 pound pollock, his largest fish. Sean Piel (CT) landed an 11.5 pound pollock. Peter Grant (ME) caught a 12 pound pollock, his biggest fish of the trip. Martha Hesselink (NJ) caught an 11.5 pound pollock. This might be the biggest pollock she has ever caught. Matt Giuffre (CT) caught an 11 pound pollock. Larry Gill (ME) landed the hard luck award for getting the most tangled lines.

Captain Ian Keniston and Alec Levine ran the afternoon half day (4PM - 8PM) trip. The weather at the dock was a bit breezy from the west, fifteen knots or so. On the fishing grounds, the wind also blew out of the west but not as strong. Wind speeds never broached any more than ten knots. The seas were chops of a foot over a three foot long rolling sea swell. The sky was a mix of sun and clouds. The tide (current) was strong. The visibility ranged to fifteen miles in haze.

The fishing/catching was good. The current made the fishing no better than that. Landings depended on fish preference. Most legal fish caught were mackerel. Only six anglers were using cod flies. But those six anglers caught almost fifty-five mackerel, fifty of which were released alive. I love to eat mackerel. And I love to freeze them for bait when the dogfish aren't around. But it's customer preference first. And their preference was to let them go. Landings also included one cusk, a redfish and two squirrel hake. A few sub-legal cod, redfish and pollock were also caught. Anchoring was the method. A jig caught the largest fish, flies caught most of the mackerel and bait caught the rest.

Ken Meade (NJ) caught the largest fish, a 5.75 pound cusk. He did not get in the boat pool. Blake Alois (NY) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the second largest fish, a .75 pound mackerel. Cecilia Meade (NJ) caught a third largest fish, a .5 pound redfish. Ryan Egan (MA) landed the hard luck award with a pretty good backlash in his reel.

Dawn Beckwith (ME) contributed $50.00 to help sponsor me in my cancer ride with the Pan-Mass Challenge today. She is a peach, just a wonderful person. Both Dawn & Sally have supported me every year in my quest for a cancer free world. And this I appreciate very much. The belief, support and the hope is what drives this bus. And they are a true example of what keeps it "between the poles". Thanks so much.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Captain Ian Keniston and Captain Jared Keniston ran the full day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 59F, the wind was blowing out of the west at ten knots, the sky was mostly overcast and the visibility over the ocean was very good at least. The sky was mostly sunny today after a bit of overcast in the early morning. The wind blew out of the west at ten to fifteen knots in the morning, less in the afternoon. The air temperature was warm (mid 70s mostly). The visibility was very good.

On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the southwest at ten to fifteen knots in the morning. Seas were chops of two feet. After noon, the wind dropped to five to ten knots out of the southwest with a one foot chop. They did have a ground swell today. But it was only two to three feet. The air temperature was warm. The sky was sunny in the morning, overcast in the afternoon. The tide (current) was strong. The visibility was very good at least, over twenty miles. The surface water temperature reached a high of 61.2F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 74F (with a low of 55F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 78F with a low of 61F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 75F (with a low of 50F).

The fishing/catching was good. Landings were also good. Tangles kept the fishing from getting any better. And, of course, that also affected landings. This all caused by the stronger than normal current. Most legal fish landed were pollock, by far. legal landings also included eighteen cod, one haddock and one white hake. The white hake was our first "August hake" this season. They released one wolffish, seven dogfish and a few small cod, haddock and pollock. Drifting and anchoring were the methods. The jig and fly combo did the best.

Eddie Agoes (NH) was high hook with more fish than he could count. And I don't know what this means. His largest fish was a 14.5 pound pollock, the second largest fish of the trip. He also caught an 11.5 pound pollock before that. Andy White (VT) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 22 pound white hake. This hake was 3 pounds shy of making the weight for a Maine state trophy. Andy also caught the largest cod of the trip at 12.5 pounds. Bob Foley (MA) caught the third largest fish, a 13 pound pollock.

Other Angler Highlights: Andrew Martin (NH) caught two pollock of 10 pounds each. Ryan McCrea (VT) landed a pollock just a bit larger at 10.5 pounds, his largest fish. Andrew Evans (VT) caught an 11 pound pollock, his best. Tim Forrett (VT) landed a 10.5 pound pollock. Steve Collins (VT) caught a 12 pound pollock. Matt Sund (VT) boated an 11 pound pollock. Mike St. Amand (MA) landed the hard luck award for being the lone hurler.

Captain Ian Keniston and Captain Jared Keniston ran the afternoon half day (4PM - 8PM) trip. The weather at the dock was warm with the sun showing through a smurry sky. The wind was light, probably from the west. On the fishing grounds, the wind was very light out of the southwest at first. There was no wind after a while. The ocean was calm. The sky was a mix of sun and overcast. The air temperature was warm. The visibility ranged to fifteen miles in haze. The tide (current) was moderate.

The fishing was good as was the catching and landings. Most legal fish landed were cusk and mackerel, any amount of mackerel could have been caught this evening had they targeted them. Legal landings also included two cod. There were many sub-legal pollock returned to the ocean. Drifting was the method. Everyone used bait and cod flies exclusively.

Wally Lennox (ME) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 7.5 pound cusk. The second largest fish was a 6.5 pound cusk caught by Jeff Valley (VT). Wes LaPoint (PA) boated the third largest fish, a 6.25 pound cusk. He also caught a cusk of 4.5 pounds.

Other Angler Highlights: Tory Hanna (MA) caught the first fish to be weighed, a 3 pound cusk. She also was the only angler to succumb to the dreaded mal de mer. For this she also landed the hard luck award t-shirt! Thirteen year old Adam Driscoll (NH) caught the largest cod of the evening at 5 pounds. Sam Dufour (QC) caught a 4 pound cusk. David Slater (MA) caught the only other cod. It weighed 4 pounds. Travis Hopkins (MA) caught a 4 pound cusk, his best fish.

Deborah McDonnell (MA) sponsored me with a donation of $50.00 for my ride for a cancer cure with the Pan-Mass Challenge today. Thank you so much, Deb. I very much appreciate it! She too is an annual donor.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Captain Jared Keniston and Alec Levine ran the full day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 63F, there was no wind, the sky was partly cloudy and the visibility over the ocean was very good. Ashore, the sky was mostly cloudy today with sun about a third of the time. At 2:00 PM it rained for fifteen or twenty minutes. It didn't even look like it was going to rain. By 3:00 PM, most of the clouds had moved out to sea and the sky became sunny. It remained mostly sunny for the rest of the day. The air temperature hovered around the 70s but it felt much warmer in the sun. The wind was out of the west northwest most of the day. I don't believe it blew over ten knots. The visibility was good to very good all day except in the precipitation.

On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the southwest at five to eight knots. Seas were chops of a foot. The air temperature was mild, not as warm as it has been. The tide (current) was strong. The visibility was very good, over twenty miles. The sky was sunny and clear until they ran into the rain about half way back to Perkins Cove. The surface water temperature reached a high of 61.7F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 75F (with a low of 57F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 81F with a low of 54F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 76F (with a low of 53F).

The fishing was good, no better because of the current. Tangles certainly put a damper on the landings. Catching/landings were fair to good. Most legal fish landed were pollock. Landings also included twelve cod, eight cusk, three redfish and fourteen haddock. There were twenty-two sub-legal haddock, one wolffish and five dogfish released. They anchored and drift fished. Jigs and cod flies caught the most fish.

Doug Frazier (ME) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, an 11 pound pollock. The second largest fish was a 9 pound cod caught by Sonny Witham (ME). John Russell (ME) caught the third largest fish, an 8 pound pollock. Mike Sorrentino (NY) landed the hard luck award for getting tangled a little too often.

Captain Jared Keniston and Alec Levine ran the afternoon half day (4PM - 8PM) trip. The weather at the dock was beautiful with a westerly breeze blowing. On the fishing grounds, the wind blew lightly out of the north. The ocean was calm. The air temperature was warm. The visibility was very good.

The fishing was good. The catching was also good for a variety of species. Legal fish caught included a cod, a whiting, seven squirrel hake, three cunners and seven mackerel. The only species that were kept included a cod, a mackerel and the whiting. There were also a few sub-legal cod and sub-legal pollock caught. They drift fished and anchored. Mostly bait was used, some cod flies (mackerel killers).

Allen Cooper (NY) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 4.5 pound cod. He caught this as part of a double with another cod on the same line. The other cod was sub-legal. Jared didn't weigh any other fish this evening. James Brausag (MA) landed the hard luck award for getting the most tangled lines. It's a good thing when none of the passengers get sea sick!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Captain Ian Keniston and Captain Jared Keniston ran the extreme day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 62F, the wind was out of the west at ten knots, the sky was mostly cloudy and the visibility over the ocean was very good. Ashore, it turned out to be a beautiful sunny day. And for the first time in two weeks we didn't have a single rain shower at any point during the day. The clouds blew away early and left us a beautiful, warm (mid 70s), sunny and clear day. There was very little wind ashore today as well.

On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the west at ten to five knots in the morning and then hauled out of the northwest at ten to five knots. The ocean was left with a maximum chop of a foot or less. The sky was sunny all day. The air temperature was warm. The current had dropped to the moderate category. The visibility was very good or over twenty nautical miles. The surface water temperature reached a high of 64.5F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 74F (with a low of 55F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 79F with a low of 62F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 74F (with a low of 49F).

The fishing/catching (of legal fish) was very good today. It would have been excellent but you needed just that little bit of extra expertise. The fish weren't committing suicide but there were plenty around if you knew what you were doing. Most legal fish landed were cod, by far. Landings also included forty-one pollock, nine haddock, fourteen cusk and one mackerel. Twenty-six sub-legal haddock were released along with four dogfish. Drifting was the method. Jigs and cod flies as a combination worked the best by far.

Ray Westermann (MA) was high hook with the most legal fish any angler had caught on a Bunny Clark trip in a month or more. His largest fish was a 10 pound pollock. Ken Carter (ME) was second hook with four fish behind Ray. Matt Carter (ME) was one fish behind Ken for third hook. Matt caught the best double of the day, a 9 pound cod and a 9 pound pollock, both caught on the same line at the same time. His largest fish was a 10.25 pound pollock.

Caleb Carter (ME) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, an 11.5 pound pollock. Matt Austin (ME) and Jake Gardner (ME) tied for the second largest, both with 11 pound fish. Matt's was an 11 pound cod. Jakes was an 11 pound pollock. Tim Shorey (ME) landed the hard luck award for losing two jigs and for getting the most tangled lines.

I received two donations supporting my involvement in fund raising for cancer research with the Pan-Mass Challenge today. One was an early morning donation of $40.00 from an old friend, Joshua Tobey (PA), who has been fighting melanoma for years - and winning! The other was a generous $100.00 donation from Captain Ed Snell who owns a charter boat business that leaves out of Portland Harbor, Portland, Maine. And, yes, they go deep sea fishing as well. And Ed is a good voice for the angler on fishery management issues. Anyway, thank you both for believing as I do about the Jimmy Fund and the fight against cancer. And, of course, thank you very much for the support!

Tim Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Alec Levine and I ran the full day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 54F, there was no significant wind, the ocean was calm, the sky was clear and the visibility over the ocean was very good at least. The wind was light from the northwest as we rode to the fishing grounds. The ocean was calm, the sky was clear, the air temperature was warm and the visibility was very good. On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the north northwest. But it was hardly significant, only creating a wind slick on the surface. This wind died well before noon and left the ocean glassy. After noon, we had very light southwest wind, again, just a ripple on the calm ocean surface. The sky was nearly cloudless for the trip. The air temperature remained warm, almost too warm. The tide (current) was moderate or slightly more than that. The visibility was thirty miles or better. The surface water temperature reached a high of 65.8F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 73F (with a low of 49F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 74F with a low of 59F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 78F (with a low of 44F).

The fishing was good. There were very few dogfish (eight total), the lines had only a slight angle and the weather was perfect. The catching of legal fish was fair; certainly not one of my better trips. Most legal fish landed were cusk, by far. Legal landings also included five pollock, five cod and eight haddock. between sixteen and twenty-three sub-legal haddock were returned. We drift fished and anchored. Jigs and cod flies caught the most fish.

Angelo Sousa (ME) was high hook with eight legal. His largest fish was an 8.5 pound cusk, the largest cusk of the trip and the third largest fish of the trip. He also caught another cusk of 6.5 pounds. Benoit Poirier (QC) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish of the trip, a 13 pound pollock. He caught this as part of a double keeper catch with another pollock of 11 pounds, both fish caught on the same line at the same time. Not only that, his double included the first two fish landed on the boat this day and remained that way for at least ten minutes. The 11 pounder was the second largest fish of the trip. His double is the fourteenth largest double keeper catch of the Bunny Clark fishing season to date! He never caught another legal fish for the rest of the trip.

Other Angler Highlights: Kristine Anderson (IA) caught the fourth largest fish of the trip, a 7.5 pound cusk. Rachel Lavallee (VT) landed the hard luck award for attracting the most other lines around hers!

Alec Levine and I ran the afternoon half day (4PM - 8PM) trip. Winds were light out of the south southwest when we left the gate to head to the fishing grounds. On the grounds, the wind blew out of the south. The wind speed was eight knots or less with seas less than a foot. We couldn't discern a ground swell. The air temperature was warm. The sky was very clear; almost no clouds. The current was light. The visibility was better than twenty-five miles.

The fishing/catching was good overall. Landings were good. The legal count included a cod, five haddock, five redfish, a cusk and seven mackerel. We released a few mackerel, twenty sub-legal haddock, three sub-legal cod, two wolffish, twenty dogfish, a couple of redfish and a blue shark. Anchoring was the method. Everyone used bait and cod flies.

Brian Fudge (NV) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, an 8.5 pound wolffish. This was his first ever wolffish because it was his first deep sea fishing trip! It was the last fish to come over the rail. The second largest fish was a 6.5 pound wolffish caught by Brandon Yeager (PA - no relation to Chuck). Just before he was to pull it over the rail, it was hit by a blue shark that gutted it, effectively ending its life! Brandon also caught a 3.9 pound cusk. The third largest fish was a 4 pound cod caught by Andrew Thorson (MA).

Other Angler Highlights: Joe Meagher (NH) landed two legal haddock and quite a few small haddock. His two legals weighed 2.8 pounds and 3.6 pounds. Steve Bucciero (NY) caught a 2.5 pound legal haddock. Andrew Sullivan (MA) caught a haddock that was gutted by dogfish. Even without the guts it weighed 3 pounds! Seven year old Thomas Schlegel (NH) landed the hard luck award for being the only angler to lose a rig. He lost it to an 150 pound blue shark that he was inches from seeing before parting it off. It was the same blue shark that hit Brandon's wolffish. And the shark was wearing the jewelry (fly, hook & sinker) that was donated by Thomas!

Benoit Poirier (QC) contributed $25.00 to help me in the cancer fight with the Pan-Mass Challenge today. One hundred percent of his donation will go to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to fight cancer; none of it going to administrative costs. Thanks so much, Ben. It was nice having you all aboard!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Captain Ian Keniston and Captain Jared Keniston ran the full day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 56F, there was no wind, the ocean was calm, the sky was clear and the visibility over the ocean was very good. The ocean along the shore stayed flat calm all day. There wasn't a breath of wind. The air temperature was a pleasant 75F (more or less) all day. The sky was clear and sunny. The visibility was very good at least.

On the fishing grounds, there wasn't much wind. The ocean was flat as a pancake all day long. And this made the air temperature hot in the sun on this mirror of an ocean. The sky was clear all day and very sunny. The tide (current) was very light. The visibility ranged to over twenty-five miles. The surface water temperature reached a high of 65.8F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 77F (with a low of 52F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 74F with a low of 59F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 81F (with a low of 48F).

The fishing was good. There were still more tangles than they wanted. And there were a few more dogfish today than yesterday. The catching of legal fish was good, particularly for those who knew how to wield a jig stick and jig. Landings included mostly pollock, by far. Legal fish also included three cod, eight haddock and two white hake. Drifting was the only option today as there was no movement over the bottom. Cod flies caught the most fish.

Russell Mott (ME) was high hook with eight legal with Ken McLaughlin (ME) right behind him with nearly the same number of legal fish. Ken caught the largest haddock of the trip with a 6 pounder. Russell caught a 10 pound pollock and a 10.5 pound white hake. Elizabeth Fagan (CT) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 14 pound pollock. The second and third largest fish were both pollock of 12 pounds and both caught by Steve Maxfield (VT).

Other Angler Highlights: Alyssa Garvin (MA) caught an 11.5 pound pollock, her largest fish, the fourth largest fish of the trip. Greg Porcello (CT) caught a 10.5 pound pollock, his best. Sam Porcello (CT) caught one just a bit larger at 11 pounds. Travis Gilbert (ME) landed the hard luck award for not catching a single legal fish. And he also had his share of tangles (plural).

Captain Ian Keniston and Captain Jared Keniston ran the afternoon half day (4PM - 8PM) trip. The weather was perfect at the dock. On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the southwest at less than five knots. The ocean was calm. The sky was clear. The air temperature was warm to mild (the ride back). The tide was moderate to none. The visibility was about fifteen miles in haze.

The fishing was good as was the catching. Landings of groundfish were poor but there were plenty of mackerel that no one seemed to want. Legal groundfish landings included one cusk. Eleven sub-legal cod, six sub-legal redfish and fourteen sub-legal pollock were returned alive. Twelve mackerel were released. No dogfish were seen. Drifting was the method. Anglers used bait and cod flies.

Tom Villamaino (MA) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 7 pound cusk. The second largest fish was a 2.2 pound sub-legal cod caught by Pino Ragonese (NY). He also caught a 1.5 pound sub-legal cod. Scott Bishop (NY) and Brad Gould (NY) shared third place, each catching their own 2 pound sub-legal cod. Larinda Bishop (NY) captured the hard luck award for showing up on the Bunny Clark with all New York Yankees clothes. Ian thought that she needed a new shirt!

We entertained former President George H. W. Bush and his son, Marvin, Marvin's wife, Margaret, and friends (and Secret Service) at the restaurant today. It's always good to see the former President. And he was concerned about my mother. We talked about that for a while.

When the Bunny Clark showed up at the dock between trips, I changed out the starter solenoid. Turns out that that was another problem, the reason I had to change out the previous starter. By the time the season is done I should have the engine right where I want it!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Captain Ian Keniston and Captain Jared Keniston ran the full day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 52F, there was no wind, the ocean was calm, the sky was clear and the visibility over the ocean was very good. Ashore, the ocean was flat calm. There was very little wind, if any, all day. At dawn the sky started to cloud over. The sky was overcast by 7:00 AM. The sky remained overcast for the rest of the day. We had light spitting rain after 9:30 AM. But there wasn't even enough rain to notice it on the road. And it certainly wasn't enough for a rain jacket. At 2:00 PM, however, it did start to rain heavy enough to notice it on the road. The rain lasted ten minutes (more or less) and really wasn't much. The air temperature hovered above the 70F mark. The visibility was very good at least.

On the fishing grounds, the wind light and variable in direction. The ocean was flat calm. The sky showed them a mix of sun and clouds. And we could see the blue sky to the east from the shore but it never reached us. The air temperature was warm. The tide (current) was moderate. The visibility ranged to fifteen miles or more in haze. The surface water temperature reached a high of 68.3F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 72F (with a low of 54F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 72F with a low of 60F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 68F (with a low of 51F).

The fishing was good. The catching less so. It wasn't that there weren't fish. The bite just wasn't as good as it looked like it should have been for the numbers of fish showing on the sounding machine. But then calm weather in August has never really led me to believe the bite was going to be good. Just the opposite. And there are exceptions to every rule. Most legal fish landed were cusk. Legal landings also included three cod, nine pollock, eight mackerel and thirteen haddock. There were over a hundred haddock caught today, most sub-legal, of course. Eighteen dogfish and one wolffish were released alive. Drifting was the method; there wasn't enough current to do anything else. All terminal gear was equal in fish popularity today.

Ian didn't tell me who was high hook. This was probably because there was no one with eight legal today. But I don't know this for sure. Catie Lesniak (MA) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 16 pound pollock. The second and third largest fish were both caught by Alex Gedmintas (NY) as a double keeper catch. He fish included a 13.5 pound pollock and an 11 pound pollock, both fish caught on the same line at the same time. This is the Bunny Clark's fourteenth largest double keeper catch of the season to date.

Other Angler Highlights: Steven Marra (CT) boated a 9 pound pollock, his largest fish. Bob Retzke (IL) landed the hard luck award for being involved in the most tangled lines.

Captain Ian Keniston and Captain Jared Keniston ran the afternoon half day (4PM - 8PM) trip. The weather was as it had been with no wind, flat calm along the shore, overcast skies, no rain and an air temperature of 70F. On the fishing grounds, the wind was light and variable in direction. The ocean was flat calm. The air temperature was warm. There was no current. The sky was partly overcast. The visibility was very good.

The fishing was very good because of the conditions and the lack of dogfish. The catching was good but it was mostly sub-legal fish including ten cod and eight pollock. Nearly one hundred mackerel were caught with over seventy-five released. Landings included fifteen mackerel and one cusk. Drifting was the method. Only bait and cod flies were used.

Scott Wescott (NY) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 6.5 pound cusk. Rick Pickard (ON) and Jeff Macey (NY) tied for the second largest fish of the evening, both with sub-legal cod of 1.5 pounds each. Fred Brooks (MA) landed the hard luck of the evening award for losing a cusk a foot from the surface. That's half of all the legal groundfish gone at the turn of a hook!

Kevin Andros (CT) contributed $25.00 to help my fund raising efforts with the Pan-Mass Challenge today. Thanks so much, Kevin. I appreciate the support!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Captain Ian Keniston and Captain Jared Keniston are running the full day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 62F, the wind was light out of the northeast, the sky was overcast and the visibility over the ocean seemed very good. Ashore, except for a couple brief peeks at the sun, it was overcast all day. It never did rain. The wind blew out of the northeast at ten to twelve knots. The wind off the water right directly on the shore made it cooler in the coastal areas than it was five or six miles inland. There was almost a ten degree difference between the two areas. The air temperature stayed right around 67F. The visibility was very good.

On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the east northeast at ten or twelve knots. Seas were chops of two to three feet, three feet after noon. The air temperature was mild. The sky was overcast. The tide (current) was moderate. The visibility was about fifteen miles in haze. The surface water temperature reached a high of 64.9F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 68F (with a low of 56F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 72F with a low of 63F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 69F (with a low of 56F).

The fishing/catching (landings) was good overall, maybe better than that. Most legal fish landed were pollock. Legal landings also included two haddock, thirteen cod and two mackerel. They didn't have nearly the number of sub-legal haddock that they had yesterday. Drifting and anchoring was the method. Anchoring worked the best. Cod flies caught the most fish.

Thirteen year old John Keniston (ME) was the fisherman of the day. He probably tied for high hook with Jim Higgins (ME); they both caught a lot of legal fish. And John caught the largest fish of the trip, a 16 pound pollock. Ian took a picture of John's fish. The digital image appears on the left. This is the largest pollock that John has ever caught. It may also be the largest fish that John has ever caught. He was not in the boat pool. John also caught a pollock of 12 pounds. Jim caught two pollock of 12 pounds each, his two largest fish. Christine Munsey (ME) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the second largest fish, a 15 pound pollock. She caught this fish as part of a double keeper catch with another pollock of 5 pounds, both fish caught on the same line at the same time! The third largest fish was a 14 pound pollock caught by Jared Keniston.

Other Angler Highlights: Terence Keating (VT) caught an 11 pound pollock, his largest fish. Tracey Higgins (ME) landed the hard luck award for being the highest of a few hurlers.

Captain Ian Keniston and Alec Levine ran the afternoon half day (4PM - 8PM) trip. The weather was still overcast but the wind had dropped since the morning when they left the dock. There was still a bit of a larger than normal sea that they had to contend with on the way to the fishing grounds. That got some anglers started on the road to the dreaded mal de mer. On the grounds, the wind blew out of the northeast at 10 knots to five knots and then calm. The sea state started at two foot chops but ended up smoothing out somewhat before they got back through the gate into Perkins Cove. The air temperature was mild. The sky remained overcast. The current was moderate. The visibility was over fifteen miles in some haze.

The fishing/catching (landings) was good overall. Most legal fish landed were cusk. Legal landings also included nineteen mackerel and two cunners. They released a few mackerel besides and a lot of sub-legal pollock. Anchoring was the method. And the meaning of the method was clear. (Take that Nietzsche!) Everyone used bait. Some added a cod fly to the mix. The mackerel were savage on the cod flies.

Alain LaFerriere (QC) was high hook with three legal including two cusk of 5 pounds each. His two larger cusk tied for the third largest fish of the trip. Zack Havens (NY) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 6.25 pound cusk. The second largest fish was a 6 pound cusk caught by A. J. Havens (NY). Andy Havens (NY) tied Alain with a 5 pound cusk for the third largest fish.

Other Angler Highlights: Chris Parks (NY) caught a cusk of 4.5 pounds. Tim Habernig (NY) caught the largest cunner we have seen in a while weighing in at 1.5 pounds. Chad Havens (NY) earned high hurler status for the hard luck award. More than half of the anglers aboard this evening were sea sick.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Captain Ian Keniston and Captain Jared Keniston hosted the Louis DiLeo (NJ) full day trip charter today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 58F, the wind was light out of the north, the sky was clear and the visibility over the ocean was excellent. Ashore it was cloudy most of the morning, clear and sunny in the afternoon. The wind blew out of the northeast at ten to twelve or more knots in the early part of the daylight hours. It hauled out of the east late morning. The wind died out after 2:00 PM. The air temperature was in the 60s most of the day. It could have been higher than that in the afternoon. The visibility was very good at least.

On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the northeast at ten knots minimum with seas in chops of two to three feet. The wind dropped all day to the point where there was no wind when they got back to Perkins Cove. The sky was overcast in the morning, clear in the afternoon. The air temperature was warm. The tide (current) was moderate. The visibility was excellent. The surface water temperature reached a high of 64.0F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 71F (with a low of 55F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 72F with a low of 61F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 73F (with a low of 54F).

The fishing was good as was the catching of legal fish. Most legal fish landed were cod, by far. Legal landings also included a haddock, eleven pollock, two redfish, two mackerel and three cusk. Only eleven sub-legal haddock were caught. Eight dogfish were released. Drifting and anchoring were the methods. All terminal gear worked well.

Park Smith (NJ) was the fisherman of the day. He was high hook with over ten legal. And he won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, an 11 pound pollock. His second largest fish was a 10 pound cod. The second and third largest fish were both caught by Anthony Maiorana (NJ) as a double keeper catch. His catch included two pollock, both exactly 10.25 pounds each, caught on the same line at the same time!

Other Angler Highlights: Mike DiLeo (NJ) was the bachelor for whom this party was thrown. His largest fish was an 8.5 pound cod, the second largest cod of the trip (most of the cod were small markets today). Ian presented him with the hard luck award to help him into his new life as a married man!

Captain Ian Keniston and Alec Levine ran the afternoon half day (4PM - 8PM) trip. The weather was beautiful and calm when they left the dock to head for the fishing grounds. On the grounds, the wind was light and variable in direction. The ocean was calm. The sky was clear. The air temperature was warm turning to mild. The visibility was a little hazier than the morning giving them a max of fifteen miles. The current was moderate to none.

The fishing/catching of legal fish was good, probably our best afternoon trip of the season. Most legal fish landed were cusk, by far. Legal landings also included sixteen mackerel (a few were released), four whiting, one squirrel hake and three redfish. Nine sub-legal cod and eighteen sub-legal pollock were released. Drifting was the method. Everyone used bait and cod flies. No jigs were used.

Louie Koulouris (NY) and Dan Mussen (NY) tied for high hook with three or more legal fish each. Dan was really the fisherman of the evening as he also won the boat pool for the largest fish with either of his two largest fish, a 7 pound cusk and a 6.5 pound cusk. Louie caught the third largest fish, a 6.25 pound cusk.

Other Angler Highlights: Avery Mussen (NY) caught a 6 pound cusk. Noelle Mussen (NY) landed a 5.5 pound cusk, her largest fish. Dan Nowell (ME) caught a 4.5 pound cusk. Ken Wachowicz (NY) also caught a 4.5 pound cusk. Bill LaVoie (ME) caught a 4 pound cusk. All the other cusk that were caught weighed in at 4 pounds or less. Mike Geller (ME) landed the hard luck award getting hung on bottom, getting a hell of a backlash by releasing the eccentric lever, losing his gear and getting sea sick. Ouch! Not Mike's best fishing trip!

Part of my training for the Pan-Mass Challenge involves riding all year round. One of the best rides I do is the "Annual K-Port to Massachusetts Labor Day Century". This I do with friends who I have known over the years. Today was the day. I rode to Kennebunkport, met the rest of the riders and we all headed south. The ride stops twice at Barnacle Billy's, once on the way down and at the end. I end up doing a bit more than 100 miles. This day my total was 119 miles. It is the most enjoyable ride of the year as we enjoy a comfortable pace, make various stops (breakfast and lunch included) and talk. Believe it or not, this tends to be one of my best workouts of the year as well. And it's not so much the miles we log as it is the spinning characteristics of the ride. At right is a shot of the five of us (from left to right: Ben, Brian, Howard, Andy and I). The shot was taken at 7:30 AM at Barnacle Billy's restaurant. I had put 31 miles on the bike at that point.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Captain Jared Keniston and Alec Levine ran the full day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 56F, there was just a skosch of wind out of the northwest, the ocean was flat, the sky was clear and the visibility over the ocean was very good to excellent. Ashore, the air temperature was cool during the early daylight hours. The air temperature started to really warm up after noon. And by 2:00 PM it was over 80F. The sky was clear and sunny. The wind was very light. The ocean was calm. The visibility was very good to excellent.

On the fishing grounds, the wind blew lightly out of the northwest. The ocean was calm. The visibility was "unlimited". The sky was clear. The air temperature was warm. The tide (current) was moderate. The surface water temperature reached a high of 64.0F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 81F (with a low of 53F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 75F with a low of 63F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 82F (with a low of 53F).

The fishing/catching of legal fish was good to very good. Landings were very good for one third of the anglers. It was good for most. Most legal fish landed were pollock, by far. Legal landings also included sixteen cod, two haddock and two cusk. There were only seventeen sub-legal haddock returned. And eighteen dogfish were released as well. Drifting was the method. The jig and fly combination worked the best for catching fish.

Matt Freitas (MA) or one Bill Murphy's (NH) crew (Bill Murphy?) was probably high hook today. There was no way to know for sure except by the bags of fillets they brought off the boat. And that would only give you an idea. There was also another angler in the stern who could have been high hook but he was keeping his fish with a group. Regardless, it was very good for these anglers who caught the lion's share of the fish. Charlie McGee (ME) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 14 pound pollock. The second largest fish was a 13.5 pound pollock caught by Jason McGee (ME). Patrick Kelley (CA) caught the third largest fish, a 13 pound pollock.

Other Angler Highlights: Jeremy Huston (ME) caught the largest cod of the day at 10 pounds. Marian "Merv" Murphy (NH) caught a 12 pound pollock and an 11.5 pound pollock, her two biggest fish. And she caught quite a few legal fish. I did not get the count from her. And she would have known right down to the fish! Brian Murphy (NH), Merv's dory mate, didn't do as well with only three legal to his credit. It was the first time in two years, on all the trips he has attended on the Bunny Clark, that he hasn't been high hook. He just didn't have the mojo (He could have bought two for a buck but I guess he didn't think of that!). God does help those who help themselves! Brian's biggest fish was a respectable 10.5 pound pollock. Matt Freitas caught a 12 pound pollock and a 10.5 pound pollock, his two biggest fish. Bill Murphy landed a 12 pound pollock, his best. Don Russell (NH) caught a 12 pound pollock. And Zach Freitas (MA) boated a 12 pound pollock as well. Tom "That Guy" Barden (ME) landed the hard luck award for being the most tangled. It got to the point when someone was asked who they were tangled with the reply was "That Guy"!

Captain Jared Keniston and Alec Levine ran the afternoon half day (4PM - 8PM) trip. The weather at the dock was beautiful with a very light westerly breeze blowing. On the fishing grounds, the wind blew lightly out of the southwest. The ocean was calm. The air temperature was warm. The visibility was better than ten miles in haze. The tide was light. The sky was clear and sunny.

The fishing was very good. Landings were poor. The catching of fish was fair overall. Most fish caught were sub-legal and no traditional groundfish were landed. Legal landings included three cunners and one mackerel (even the mackerel didn't bite). They did catch a few sub-legal pollock and four sub-legal cod. Drifting was the method. Bait only was used.

Cameron Clegg (CT) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 1.5 pound cunner. Devin Cronin (CT) and Viny Bushee (VT) tied for the second largest fish with a 1 pound fish each. Devin's fish was a 1 pound pollock. Viny's was a 1 pound cunner. Viny also caught a cunner that weighed .75 pounds. Fourteen year old Dmitri Dutkewych (MA) landed the hard luck award for getting the most tangled.

I received some very thoughtful donations from three sources today supporting my cancer fund raising drive with the Pan-Mass Challenge. Those people & their donations included Bill Murphy for $25.00, Brian & Marian Murphy for a generous $100.00 and Bill & Barbara Finkle (ME) for $25.00. Thank you all so very much for your contributions to the cause. I very much appreciate your kindness and generosity!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Captain Ian Keniston and Captain Jared Keniston ran the extreme day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 65F, there was just a skosch of wind out of the northwest, the ocean was flat, the sky was cloudless and the visibility over the ocean was very good in some haze. Ashore, the weather was perfect, a perfect summer day. There was no wind all day. There was surf along the shore but just outside the surf was a very calm peaceful sea. The air temperature got up to 85F and yet didn't feel that warm in the shade along the coast. The sky was almost cloudless all day. The visibility was good to very good over the ocean.

On the fishing grounds, the wind was very light and variable in direction. The ocean was flat calm all day. Ken McLaughlin (ME) said it was almost too hot to fish in the afternoon. And I can believe it with the ocean like a mirror and air temperatures in the 80s. Ian said the air temperature was warm in the morning and hot after noon. The visibility ranged to twenty miles in some haze. The tide (current) was moderate. The sky was nearly cloudless as it was ashore. The surface water temperature reached a high of 67.4F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 85F (with a low of 62F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 81F with a low of 67F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 88F (with a low of 53F).

The fishing was good. It was no better than that even though the weather conditions were excellent. This was mainly because they caught quite a few dogfish. The "dogs" created more tangles than normal and, of course, take the place of a nice eating groundfish. Landings were lighter than normal as a result. I would put the catching of legal fish in the fair to good category. Some anglers did well today while others did not. One angler only caught one legal fish. Most legal fish landed were pollock by far. Legal landings also included twenty-five cod, one haddock, six redfish, eleven cusk and a monkfish. Fifty-five sub-legal haddock were released and fifty-five dogfish were released as well. Drifting was the only method employed. All terminal gear worked equally well.

Rich Warner (ME) was high hook with eleven legal. His largest fish was a 10.25 pound pollock, the third largest fish of the trip. Tim Collins (NY) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, an 11 pound pollock. He also caught the second largest fish, a 10.5 pound pollock.

Other Angler Highlights: Kevin Weisher (ME) caught a 10 pound pollock, his best fish. Dean Wolf (NJ) also caught a 10 pound pollock as his largest fish. Gail Bergeron (MA) - I like anyone with the last name of Bergeron (It's a Bruins thing.) - landed the hard luck award for getting quite a few tangles. She was tangled but always "Just minding my own business". Actually, the shirt looked good on her!

Jim LeMay (ME) was on the boat today but Sparkling Jig Feather, from the northern tribe, was not.

Tim Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Alec Levine and I ran the full day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 63F, there was no wind, the ocean was flat, the sky was cloudless and the visibility over the ocean was good to very good. We carried about eight knots of southerly wind on the ride to the fishing grounds. The wind was just rolling over a one foot chop. On the grounds, the wind hauled more out of the south southwest. The wind speed might have gotten up to fifteen knots. Seas were chops averaging two feet, this mainly because we had a tide (current) running up into the wind. The tide was moderate. The sky was cloudless (except over land) for the trip. The air temperature was warm (perfect with the wind). The visibility ran to almost exactly ten miles in haze. The surface water temperature reached a high of 68.1F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 81F (with a low of 59F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 85F with a low of 64F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 87F (with a low of 56F).

The fishing/catching (of legal fish) was good overall Most legal fish landed were pollock, by far. Legal landings also included two squirrel hake, six cod, a dogfish, eight haddock, three mackerel, five redfish and nine cusk. Forty-six sub-legal haddock were released along with twenty-five dogfish. We anchored on every spot. Cod flies caught the most fish.

I could not tell you who was high hook. But I don't believe anyone caught more than eight legal. Everybody seemed to catch two or three which got us into the "good" category, success on a collective basis. I do know that Mike Hayes (NY) caught the most dogfish. His count might have been as high as fifteen fish. No one else seemed to be bothered much by them, not like Mike!

Don Cheney (NY) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 15 pound pollock. He also caught a pollock that weighed 10.5 pounds. Scott Wheeler (CT) caught the second and third largest fish of the trip. His largest was a 14 pound pollock, with which he had the boat pool lead for most of the day. His second largest fish was a pollock of 13.5 pounds. He also caught a pollock that weighed 10 pounds and another that weighed 10.5 pounds.

Other Angler Highlights: Ray Gilcris (VT) caught three nice fish including a 10 pound pollock, an 8.5 pound cusk and a 10.5 pound cusk. Mike Barton (NY) landed the best double keeper catch of the trip. His double included a 9.5 pound pollock and a 10 pound pollock, both fish caught on the same line at the same time. Patrick Kelley (CA) landed a 12 pound pollock, his biggest fish. Russ O'Connell (NJ) caught a 10.5 pound pollock, his largest fish. He caught his pollock as part of a double with another pollock of 8.5 pounds. Dan Calcaterra (ME) landed a 12.5 pound pollock, the largest groundfish he has ever caught. Kris Guastamachio (NY) caught a 10.5 pound pollock. Jimmy Bradley (VT) landed a 10.5 pound cusk, a tie with Ray and one of our biggest eight cusk of the Bunny Clark season to date. Scott Adams (CT) caught our largest cod of the day at 10 pounds. Zack Van Derminden (NY) landed the hard luck award for being the first of two anglers to hurl today. He fished like a mad man all day, to his credit!

Alec Levine and I ran the afternoon half day (4PM - 8PM) trip. Winds were light out of the south southwest and the air temperature was hot when we left the gate to head to the fishing grounds. On the grounds, the wind blew out of the south southwest to almost fifteen knots, maybe less. It was hard to say. Seas were chops of two feet with the occasional larger swell added to the mix. Whatever it was, mal de mer was prevalent throughout the Bunny Clark this evening because of the uneven seas. The air temperature was perfect with the breeze blowing, just warm. The sky was mostly clear and sunny. The visibility ranged to about ten miles in haze. The current was moderate.

The fishing was very good; line tended perfectly, the current was perfect on anchor and there were no dogfish. Landings were poor, the second worst afternoon trip I have probably ever taken. But, to my credit, the bluefish arrived yesterday and scared the mackerel away from the inshore area. When they do this, my experience has been that the groundfish bite shuts down as well. It couldn't be me, could it? For whatever reason, we could not tease a legal desirable groundfish off the bottom this evening. Legal landings included two squirrel hake. Sub-legal fish included two redfish, one cod and one pollock. Ouch! We anchored for three spots. No terminal gear held the answer I was looking for.

Holly Leonard (MA) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the second largest fish, a .5 pound squirrel hake. The largest fish was caught by Leonardo and, his son, 8.25 year old Julian Jafet (NY). Unfortunately, Julian hooked it but his father, who wasn't in the boat pool, reeled it in, disqualifying the two for the winnings. Their fish was a sub-legal cod of 1.5 pounds. The third largest fish was a .49 pound squirrel hake caught by Eric Jeffries (CT). Mark Hager (MA) caught the only other two fish (except for a tiny redfish) this evening. One was a bigger redfish than the tiny one and the other was a .25 pound pollock. The hook was bigger than the pollock! Ouch! Jessie Jafet (NY) landed the hard luck award for being the first one to hurl. And she was also the high hurler of the evening as well. I hope she got over her malady shortly after landing!

I received two donations supporting my addiction to fighting cancer with the Pan-Mass Challenge today. One was a generous $70.00 contribution from Mike "Dogman" Hayes (NY) and the other was a donation of $25.00 from George & Janice Thaler (NJ). Thank you all so very much for feeding my habit. I hope to keep helping the Jimmy Fund for as long as I am able. I appreciate the sponsorship.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Captain Ian Keniston and Captain Jared Keniston ran the full day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 64F, the wind was blowing out of the southwest at ten knots, the sky was clear and the visibility over the ocean was good at least. Ashore, the wind blew out of the southwest at ten to fifteen knots. The sky was clear and sunny, the air temperature reached a high of 89F in Ogunquit and the visibility was good in haze. It was one of the warmest days of the summer.

On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the southwest at ten knots in the morning but increased to over fifteen knots in the afternoon. Seas were chops of two to three feet (more at times). The sky was hazy clear and sunny all day. The tide (current) was moderate. The visibility ranged to over fifteen miles in haze. The air temperature was warm, perfect with the wind. The surface water temperature reached a high of 64.9F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 88F (with a low of 66F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 91F with a low of 67F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 87F (with a low of 63F).

The fishing/catching (of legal fish) was good to very good overall. They had a slow start but a great finish. Most legal fish landed were cod, by far. Legal landings also included twenty-three pollock, one haddock, one redfish and eight cusk. All the largest fish were pollock. Thirty dogfish were released but only fourteen sub-legal haddock were released as well. They drift fished for the trip. The jig and fly combo worked the best.

Steve Levine (ME) was high hook with seventeen legal, most of which he released back to the ocean alive (the cod) or gave away. He didn't catch a fish of 10 pounds or better. Ken McLaughlin (ME) caught thirteen legal, mostly cod. There were other anglers who caught numbers between Steve and Ken. Max Macias, Jr. (NY) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 14 pound pollock. He also tied for second/third place with a 12 pound pollock. Frank Wolfgang (ME) also caught a 12 pound pollock to tie with Max for second/third.

Other Angler Highlights: Marie Harding (ME) caught a 10 pound pollock, her largest fish. John LaBrecque (ME) landed a 10.5 pound pollock. Justin Vaillancourt (NY) boated a 10.5 pound pollock, his largest fish. Ed Gschrey (NY) landed the hard luck award for attaining high/sole hurler status.

We didn't run an evening trip today.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Captain Ian Keniston and I ran our first fall marathon trip today.

At 3:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 72F, there was no wind at the house but the buoys were giving light northerly winds, the sky was clear and the visibility over the ocean was good at least. The wind was light from the north, the ocean was calm and the visibility was very good on the ride to the fishing grounds. On the grounds, the wind blew from the north at about eight knots, at most, died out around noon and came on from the northwest at very light speeds (one or two knots?). The ocean was calm all day. The air temperature started out mild/warm, moved to warm and then to too warm. The tide (current) was a little bit stronger than moderate. The sky was mostly sunny. The visibility ranged to twenty-five miles in haze. The surface water temperature reached a high of 67.6F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 78F (with a low of 56F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 82F with a low of 64F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 78F (with a low of 56F).

The fishing was good only. We had a stronger than normal tide and we caught over one hundred dogfish. We even had some places where all we caught were dogfish. Catching was excellent. Landings were very good overall. Size of fish was excellent except for the haddock. We caught so many sub-legal haddock that I lost count after one-hundred and fifty. I suspect we caught over two hundred sub haddock. Most legal fish landed were hake, cod, pollock and haddock, in that order. In fact, we caught hake everywhere we went. Legal landings also included seven redfish, twenty-three cusk and six whiting. We had minor problems with blue sharks, losing three or four rigs to them. We drift fished all day and tried anchoring once. All terminal gear worked well.

I could not tell you who was high hook by an exact fish count. But it had to be Yoshito Umaoka (MA). His legal haddock count was ten, he caught the most hake and he tied with Fred Kunz (NH) for the largest cod at 12 pounds. He caught one of the largest cusk at 9.5 pounds. Yoshito's three largest fish included a 23.5 pound white hake, a 25.5 pound Maine state trophy white hake and a 28 pound Maine state trophy white hake. Eric Grove (ME) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 32 pound Maine state trophy white hake. This is the Bunny Clark's second largest fish and hake of the season to date. Erik also landed the third largest fish of the trip, a 30 pound Maine state trophy white hake. Fred Kunz won the boat pool for the second largest fish with the second largest fish, a 31 pound Maine state trophy white hake. This is the largest groundfish Fred has caught in three seasons. Fred had nineteen legal including the largest haddock at 5.5 pounds, a tie for the largest cod at 12 pounds, five other white hake between 16 and 21 pounds and several pollock. I took a picture of Fred's biggest hake (this shot appears on the left) and his biggest cod (the shot on the right).

Other Angler Highlights: Chuck Lennon (MA) caught the first fish of the trip, a 15 pound white hake. His largest fish was a 27 pound Maine state trophy white hake. His largest pollock weighed 10 pounds. Guy Hesketh (CT) caught a pile of fish. His largest was a 22 pound white hake. His two best pollock weighed 10.5 pounds each. Wobby Barnes (MA) landed a 21 pound white hake, his biggest fish. Jon Griffin (MA) boated a 22 pound white hake, his best fish. I suspect he will get bigger fish later if it's any kind of fall season at all. Mike "dogman" Hayes (NY) did better than his reputation. He just about every species including dogfish (again) and one 25 pound Maine state trophy white hake. Kleanthe "Bubby" Caryofilles (MA) landed our largest pollock of the season today at 23.5 pounds. It was the last fish in the boat. His largest fish of the trip was a 24 pound white hake.

Ray Westermann (MA) caught the second largest haddock of the trip at 5.25 pounds. His two best fish were both Maine state trophy white hake of 26 pounds each. Cameron Fournier (ME) landed the largest groundfish of this life today, a 29 pound Maine state trophy white hake. He also caught a nice double today that included an 11 pound pollock and a 6 pound pollock, both fish caught on the same line at the same time. Travis Cropley (ME) caught a 23 pound white hake and a 21 pound white hake, his two largest fish. Spencer Patton (OR) caught the largest cusk at 11 pounds, the Bunny Clark's third largest cusk of the fishing season to date. Spencer's largest fish was a 25 pound Maine state trophy white hake. He also caught five legal haddock. Al Fournier (ME) landed the second biggest pollock of the trip at 15.5 pounds. Howard Lorenz (MA) boated an 18 pound white hake and a 21 pound white hake, his two best. Chris Porter (MA) landed a 21 pound white hake and a 20 pound white hake. His largest cod was the third largest cod of the trip at 8.5 pounds. Rich Knauer (NJ) landed the hard luck award for catching the least number of legal fish with a count of two! Ouch!

I received a anonymous $20.00 donation helping me raise money to fight cancer with the Pan-Mass Challenge today. I appreciate anything I can get to help the Jimmy Fund. Thank you so very much!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Captain Ian Keniston and Captain Jared Keniston ran the full day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 57F, the wind was light out of the northwest, the sky was clear and the visibility over the ocean was very good. The wind blew out of the northwest to ten knots until sometime after 10:00 AM when the wind hauled out of the east or southeast. The air temperature hovered around 70F until the wind shift. Then the air temperature dropped a couple of degrees. The sky was sunny with some clouds. The visibility was very good at least.

On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the northeast at fifteen to ten knots in the morning. After noon the northeast wind blew from ten to five knots. Seas were chops of two feet or more with a three foot sea in the morning. Seas were much less than that for the ride home. The air temperature was warm. The sky was sunny. The tide (current) was moderate. The visibility was very good, over twenty miles. The surface water temperature reached a high of 64.7F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 70F (with a low of 52F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 71F with a low of 59F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 77F (with a low of 47F).

The fishing/catching (of legal fish) was good overall, better than that for one angler, at least. Most legal fish landed were pollock, by far. Legal landings also included twenty-two cod and four cusk. No dogfish were caught. No legal haddock were caught either but they did release thirty-five sub-legal haddock. Anchoring and drift fishing were both used. The jig and fly combo worked the best.

Mark Cote (ME) was the fisherman of the day. He was high hook with about fifteen legal (more or less). And he won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, an 18.5 pound pollock. Krista Cote (ME) landed the second and third largest fish. They were an 11.5 pound pollock and the largest cod at 10.5 pounds.

Other Angler Highlights: Moe Carrier (NY) caught a 10 pound pollock, his largest fish. Tom Currie (NY) landed the hard luck award for being sea sick.

Captain Ian Keniston and Alec Levine ran the afternoon half day (4PM - 8PM) trip. The weather was beautiful, clear, mild and quiet when they left the dock to head for the fishing grounds. On the grounds, the wind blew out of the southeast at five to ten knots. Seas were chops of a foot over a two foot sea. The air temperature was mild. The tide (current) was light. The visibility was excellent. The sky was clear and sunny.

The fishing/catching was good. Landings were fair to good. Most fish caught were sub-legal pollock (over 100). They also caught eleven sub-legal cod and a sub-legal redfish. Legal landings included seven cusk and two cunners. Anchoring was the method. Everyone used bait and cod flies.

Rob Faulkner (CT) caught the largest fish, a 6.75 pound cusk. He was not in the boat pool. Kellie Tabernia (NY) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the second largest fish, a 6.5 pound cusk. The third largest fish was a 6 pound cusk caught by Sara Faulkner (CT).

Other Angler Highlights: Brady Evans (ME) caught a 3 pound cusk, his best fish and the first fish to be weighed. Mike Santoro (NH) boated a 4.5 pound cusk. Chris Anna Rogers (MA) also caught a 4.5 pound cusk. Glenn Tabernia (NY) caught a 3.75 pound cusk. Megan Tabernia (NY) landed the hard luck award for being the sole hurler of the trip.

The Conservation Law Foundation came out with a short video about keeping the Cashes Ledge closed area closed instead of opening it up to commercial dragging as is the plan right now. I had a short part in the video. I am very supportive of keeping the Cashes Ledge area closed and keeping the status quo on the Georges Bank closed areas number 1 & 2. Some on the New England Fishery Management Council want to see Georges Bank, particularly, opened to dragging. This is where our haddock are coming from, the biggest groundfish success story of the modern era. And they want to open it up? It's selfish and crazy. There is a petition to sign at the video link I just gave you. I would appreciate it if you signed your name in support of keeping the Cashes Ledge area closed. The closed areas have been a very important part of the rebuilding of the groundfish stocks in New England. Without the closed areas I am certain you will be kissing your fish goodbye. This isn't the only thing that needs to be done, of course, but it's a good start. Thank you.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Captain Jared Keniston and Alec Levine ran the full day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 57F, the wind was blowing out of the southwest at ten knots, the sky was clear and the visibility over the ocean was very good at least. Ashore, the wind blew out of the southwest at fifteen knots or better for most of the day. The air temperature was perfect (70F or a little warmer than that). The sky was sunny with few clouds. The visibility was very good at least.

On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the southwest at twelve to fifteen knots. Seas were chops of two to three feet. The air temperature was mild. The visibility ranged to twenty miles or more. The sky was sunny and mostly clear. The tide (current) was strong. The surface water temperature reached a high of 64.0F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 70F (with a low of 51F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 79F with a low of 59F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 78F (with a low of 52F).

The fishing was good but the under-current made the fishing lines tangle more than is normal. Dogfish didn't play too much of a factor as there were only seven caught. Landings were good overall, better than that for guys like Jason Peters (MA) who weilded a jig stick for the trip. Most legal fish landed were pollock, by far. Legal landings also included fourteen cod, five cusk, two redfish, two haddock and three mackerel. Anchoring was the only method employed. Cod flies caught most of the fish today.

As you might have guessed from the allusion, Jason Peters was high hook with the most legal fish. He held court in the pulpit all day. Others did well around him but he was the man. His largest fish was a 14 pound pollock, the second largest fish of the trip. He also caught pollock of 10 pounds and 11 pounds. Scott Matteson (ME) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 15 pound pollock. His second largest fish was a pollock of 10.25 pounds. And, for the first time, he caught more fish and bigger fish than his father, Fran! Rick Lemieux (ME) caught the third largest fish, a 13 pound pollock.

Other Angler Highlights: Sean Kelly (ME) caught a 12.5 pound pollock, the fourth largest fish of the trip. Nicki Frazier (ME) was high hurler and landed the shirt for her efforts! She was in good spirits when I saw her at the dock.

Captain Jared Keniston and Alec Levine ran the afternoon half day (4PM - 8PM) trip. The weather was mild, sunny and breezy from the south before they left the dock to head to the fishing grounds. On the grounds, the wind blew out of the south southwest at fifteen knots or more. Seas were chops of three feet, more or less. The sky was clear and sunny. The air temperature was mild. The visibility ranged to twleve miles in haze along the shore.

The fishing was fair as was the catching of legal fish. They did catch a few small fish including quite a few pollock and redfish and three cod. Legal landings included two cusk, six squirrel hake and four cunners. They anchored for the evening. Bait and cod flies were used. No jigs.

Dave Holmes (MA) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 5.25 pound cusk. Josh Reed (MA) caught the second largest fish, a 5 pound cusk. The Lowenstein family (ME) were out with us this evening, all of whom were sea sick. This including Dr. Ben who I ride with in the Pan-Mass Challenge every year. So four out of five were eflicted with the dreaded mal de mer. The only one who wasn't was Ellie Lowenstein. As you might imagine, Beth Lowenstein landed the hard luck award for being the annointed high hurler of the evening. But the shirt ended up fitting Ben. This isn't what I would call a good introduction to the Bunny Clark!

I received three donations toward my involvement in cancer research with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts through the Pan-Mass Challenge today. Those donors and their contributions included Jeff McGuire (ME) for $25.00, Greg Holt (ME) for $25.00 and Jack Henke (NY) for $45.00. Thank you all so very much for your support. I appreciate it so very much.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Captain Ian Keniston and Captain Jared Keniston ran the extreme day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 64F, the wind was blowing out of the south southwest at fifteen knots, the sky was clear and the visibility over the ocean was very good at least. Ashore, the wind was breezy from the southwest to west. It was enough that we couldn't use the awnings over the deck at Barnacle Billy's restaurant for fear of breaking something. The wind dropped off as the day progressed. The sky was clear and sunny most of the morning with encroaching high clouds. By 2:00 PM those clouds had thickened creating overcast conditions. By 6:00 PM, there was a sprinkle or two of rain. These conditions remained until 8:30 PM when we started to get a steady light rain. It rained lightly on and off through the night. It was hazy, with a high air temperature around 80F+ and humid all day.

On the fishing grounds, the wind blew out of the southwest at fifteen to ten knots or, later, less. Seas were a chop/short swell combination of two to three feet and less as the day progressed. The sky was clear to begin and progressively overcast later. The air temperature was warm. The tide (current) was moderate. The visibility ranged to ten miles in haze. The surface water temperature reached a high of 64.0F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 85F (with a low of 62F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 85F with a low of 67F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 84F (with a low of 62F).

The fishing was good. The weather conditions weren't perfect for catching fish and the blue sharks took many jigs today making anglers lose fish and jigs too! The catching (of legal fish) was very good to excellent (for some), despite the conditions. Most legal fish landed were pollock, by far. Legal landings also included thirty-eight cod, one haddock, seven cusk and one white hake. Drifting was the method. The jig & fly combo caught the most fish.

High hook could not be determined today. Randy Clark (VT) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 23 pound barn door skate. This is the first barn door skate of the Bunny Clark season and one of only seven ever caught aboard the Bunny Clark in over thirty years. This is primarily due to the fact that these fish have been able to make a come-back with the advent of the closed commercial fishing areas. And this is also a testament to why we have areas that are closed to commercial bottom trawling. Captain Ian took a picture of Randy with his catch. This digital image appears on the right. The skate was promptly released alive after the picture was taken.

The second largest fish was a 19 pound pollock caught by Roger Hopkins (RI). This is one of the largest pollock of the fishing Bunny Clark fishing season. We have caught a couple of pollock weighing 19 pounds and two pollock of 19.5 pounds (plus the 23.5 pounder we caught on Tuesday). Roger also caught a 10 pound pollock and an 11 pound pollock. Justin Grenier (RI) caught the third largest fish, a 15.5 pound pollock. Justin also caught an 11 pound pollock and a pollock of 11.5 pounds.

Other Angler Highlights: Bill Grenier (RI) landed a 14 pound pollock, an 11 pound pollock and a pollock of 11.5 pounds, his three largest fish. Krystal Burns (NY) boated a 10.5 pound pollock. Pap Papliosas (RI) caught the largest cod of the trip weighing 11.5 pounds. Jeff Ross (NY) caught a 13 pound pollock, his best fish. Gene Schwab (RI) landed a 12 pound pollock, his best. Steven Scardace (RI) boated a 15 pound pollock, the fourth largest fish of the trip. He also caught another pollock of 12 pounds. Bill Durning (RI) landed a pollock of 11.5 pounds, his biggest fish of the day. Kevin Reph (RI) landed the hard luck award for getting a touch of the mal de mer. A touch, I said.

I received some well needed donations today helping me in my quest with the Pan-Mass Challenge to eradicate cancer. Katie Graichen (LA), one of our best reservationists at Bunny Clark Deep Sea Fishing a couple of years ago and before, gave $25.00 in the form of an "egift" on line through the PMC site. The Roger Hopkins Party (all Rhode Island) gave $40.00. Thank you all so very much for your support. Many really appreciate it!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Captain Ian Keniston and Captain Jared Keniston ran the extreme day trip today.

At 5:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 71F, the wind was blowing out of the west at five knots, the sky was clear except for the clouds in the eastern horizon and the visibility over the ocean was good in haze. Ashore, it was muggy and very warm. The mercury reached the 80F mark, at least, today. There was very little wind. The ocean was calm all day. The sky was cloudless for most of the daylight hours. The visibility was good, at least, in haze over the ocean.

On the fishing grounds, the wind blew from the southwest. But you would hardly know this as it was so light as to just leave a ripple on the surface. The surface of the ocean was calm all day. A dead sea, you might say. The air temperature was warm to hot. The sky was clear and sunny. There was no tide (current). The visibility ranged to ten miles in haze. The surface water temperature reached a high of 66.0F on the fishing grounds. The high air temperature at the Portland International Jetport, Portland, Maine was 83F (with a low of 67F). In Boston, Massachusetts the high was 85F with a low of 72F). Concord, New Hampshire's high temperature was 88F (with a low of 64F).

The fishing was excellent all day. Only two dogfish were caught, the ocean was flat, there was no current and I didn't hear of a single blue shark. The catching of legal fish was poor in the morning, fair to good in the afternoon. Most legal fish landed were pollock. In fact, almost everything they landed were pollock. They could have kept twenty-five cod if it were legal to do so. Legal landings also included one redfish and two cusk. Drifting was the method. All terminal gear worked about the same.

Ryan Keniston could have been high hook with four pollock and five cod over twenty-one inches. But there were others who also could have had nine legal including more pollock than Ryan caught. Ian was just not sure. Personally, I would doubt anyone caught more than Ryan. But that's me. John Baker (ME) won the boat pool for the largest fish with the largest fish, a 13 pound pollock. The second largest fish was an 11 pound pollock caught by Brian McCormick (VT). He also caught a 10 pound cusk and a pollock of 10 pounds as well. Louise White (NY) caught a 10.25 pound pollock. Dee Guimond (ME) landed the hard luck award for getting sea sick. I'm not sure that this is the boat for her on such a calm day!

I received a $25.00 donation from Frank Wertheim (ME) and the Maine Coast Cycling Club sponsoring me in my cycling event with the Pan-Mass Challenge, a fund raiser to fight cancer with the Jimmy Fund/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts. These people from the Maine Coast Cycling Club are just wonderful individuals. I feel so grateful that Breeze Keller brought me up there one fine day for a ride with the Club. I was hooked after that. I spend every Sunday morning that I can with them. They are generous to a person and socially conscious as well. Thanks so much for the kind support!

Tim Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Captain Ian Keniston and I are hosting the Lighthouse Fishing Club (MA) marathon trip charter today.

At 3:00 AM EDT the air temperature was 68F, there was no wind at all, the sky was clear and the visibility over the ocean was fair in what appeared to be ground level fog in the Cove. More later.

As of September 1, 2014, possession of cod and haddock is prohibited while fishing in federal waters. That means that we can't bring cod or haddock fillets back to Perkins Cove. This moratorium cod & haddock possession is supposed to last for September & October. Things change. If they do with this regulation, I will let you know.

The Conservation Law Foundation came out with a short video about keeping the Cashes Ledge closed area closed instead of opening it up to commercial dragging as is the plan right now. I had a short part in the video. I am very supportive of keeping the Cashes Ledge area closed and keeping the status quo on the Georges Bank closed areas numbers 1 & 2. Some on the New England Fishery Management Council want to see Georges Bank, particularly, opened to dragging. This is where our haddock are coming from, the biggest groundfish success story of the modern era. And they want to open it up? It's selfish and crazy. There is a petition to sign at the video link I just gave you. I would appreciate it if you signed your name in support of keeping the Cashes Ledge area closed. The closed areas have been a very important part of the rebuilding process of the groundfish stocks in New England. Without the closed areas I am certain you will be kissing your fish goodbye. This isn't the only thing that needs to be done, of course, but it's a good start. Thank you.









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