Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Bluefin are Back!

They are back...!

Good news and bad news...The good news is that the bluefin tuna are back! Lots of fish, in lots of places. The bad news is that they won't bite. The stick boats are getting nice fish...500 lbs +, but only a few rod and reel bites so far.

I am told that it is like it was years ago...big fish early in the season. Hopefully they stick around!

 Good luck!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

2014 Bluefin Tuna season

Hello all! We are 11 days into the 2014 bluefin tuna season, and I haven't heard much of anything going on. As soon as i do hear that the fish are around, we will post on a daily basis. The good news is that the commercial limit for the summer is four fish a day...

While waiting for the fish to show up, take a look at Offshore Pursuits Premium Tackle for all you tackle and gear needs!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Offshore Pursuits Bluefin Tuna News: Re: Comments on Herring Amendment 5 NOA and Propos...

Offshore Pursuits Bluefin Tuna News: Re: Comments on Herring Amendment 5 NOA and Propos...: Please read the below sample letter that needs to be submitted by 5:00 pm tomorrow (Friday June 21st, 2013). You can download the Word fil...

Re: Comments on Herring Amendment 5 NOA and Proposed Rule

Please read the below sample letter that needs to be submitted by 5:00 pm tomorrow (Friday June 21st, 2013).

You can download the Word file at Offshore Pursuits below the sample letter (change the signature before you post it). There is also a link below that with instructions on how to submit the letter.

This matter is very important to all of us. It affects the commercial fisheries and the recreational fisheries, as well as all the support industries that rely on the above for the very existence. Please read and respond. Thanks. Dave

June 17th, 2013

John K. Bullard, Regional Administrator
NMFS Northeast Regional Office
55 Great Republic Drive
Gloucester, MA 01930

Re: Comments on Herring Amendment 5 NOA and Proposed Rule

Dear John,

I am writing today to urge you to fully approve Herring Amendment 5 and then implement these regulations as outlined in the Proposed Rule (PR). I would put specific emphasis on the need to move forward with the preferred alternatives chosen by the Council that would put in place 100% observer coverage and a cap on slippage (dumping).

As a fisherman, I rely heavily on the health of the herring resource. Proper management of the Atlantic herring fishery is therefore essential to me. For too many years, the herring fleet—in particular the midwater trawl portion of it—has been managed poorly.

Amendment 5 was developed in order to address the problems in the herring plan. While there are many important components to the amendment, the cap on slippage and 100% observer coverage are the two pieces that make everything else possible. These two measures, voted in by a large margin by the Council, are absolutely essential in order to get a handle on what is happening in this fishery.

As you know, herring is the cornerstone of the ecosystem off our coast, and it drives all of the other fisheries in the region, from striped bass, to the giant bluefin tuna. It is essential that NMFS fully approves Amendment 5 and then implements the new regulations as set forth in the PR. This resource is far too important and the resulting economic impact far too valuable to the region to be managed inadequately.

Thanks for your time,

David Dodsworth
Offshore Pursuits

Saturday, June 15, 2013

June 15, 2013

The bite is on! Capt Brett Wilson of Hindsight Sportfishing landed 9 commercial fish in 5 days off Stellwagen. The largest measured at 90". The bite off Chatham is hit or miss, but with the amount of bait, whales, etc that is present, it is expected to go off at any time!

The weather this weekend is questionable at best. Time will tell.

Preliminary 2013 BFT Commercial Landings

As of June 14, 2013, preliminary commercial landings for the 2013 fishing year are as follows: The General category has landed 8.5 mt since June 1 and 40.9 mt overall for 2013; The Harpoon category has landed 0.2 mt; Longline South has landed 31.2 mt and Longline North has landed 19.2 mt. Landing updates will be made as necessary.

Check back often, as we are ramping up to make daily changes. Thanks! Dave

Sunday, May 20, 2012

The fish are here....! Stick boats from the Gulf of Maine  and south to Chatham are chomping at the bit. Thr rod and real guys will be scouting next week. It should be an interesting year! NOAA say 3 fish a day!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Offshore Pursuits, Offshore Pursuits Premium Tackle, and the newly formed East of Chatham Lures are proud to announce that Capt. Brett Wilson of Hindsight Sportfishing is an intregal part of our Pro Staff. 

Through his knowledge of many fisheries, in many locations, he will test, tweak and make or break the number of new products we have ready to build.

His vast knowledge of the bluefin tuna, their habits, and what it takes to tail rope them will certainly influence the direction and make-up of Offshore Pursuits. Through Capt. Brett we intend to put together a core group of the best of the best with the end goal of having Offshore Pursuits be the best of the best.

Pay close attention as to how Offshore Pursuits evolves over this coming season. No drama, no BS, and as you will soon see, near realtime fishing reports, as they are happening.

To do this right we are going to give Offshore Pursuits a "working makeover"...meaning there will be changes that you may or may not see right away, but by the end of the season, a new Offshore Pursuits will have emerged. Look for a lot of technology to be interspersed throughout Offshore Pursuits making things happen for the visitor that will be unique for sure. Lots of changes, access to a ton of information, and answers to any question you could imagine.

The best I can tell you right now is that it will all be good. Watch it happen, and as always, your comments, good, bad, or otherwise, are always welcomed and encouraged.

Capt. Brett's full bio will be up on Pro Staff page early next week.

In the meantime you can check out Captain Brett Wilson at Hindsight Sportfishing.