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Old 06-17-2019, 01:53 PM
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Default Humpbacks on Stellwagen

Wondering if there has been any whale action on the NWC? Thinking of taking a ride out there end of week if they are around. Thanks in advance!
Old 06-17-2019, 05:11 PM
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Whales have been thin on the northern end this year, the bait is not there as usual.
im sure they’re on the bank somewhere but I’ve been out there a mess of times. I don’t believe I’ve seen a single humpback.
there are some smaller whales around but not the big humpbacks.
Lots of seals, lot of dolphins.
Old 06-17-2019, 05:13 PM
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It's hit or miss.If they're not on one end they'll be on the other for the most part.I'd start at NWC and slide down the middle of the bank towards the SWC,Easy run home from anywhere on the bank back to Boston anywhere you are.
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Keep an eye on the whale watch AIS boat locations using an app such as Find Ship for several days. I did that 2 years ago and were surrounded by breaching humpbacks for 2 1/2 hours.
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Thanks everyone. I'll AIS one of the whale watching boats.
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FWIW, my FIL crews with the Dolphin Fleet. He said they had a lot of humpbacks on the southern end today.
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I've been out several times in the last 4 weeks. Saw whales 3 out of 4 trips. Small guys, no dramatic behavior, but still worth it. Just head north from Race Point, after 5 miles or so you will be in binocular range of 2 or three whale watch boats. Dolphin fleet goes out at 9:30 and 12:30 and one more time, boston and other boats showing up too. Last trip they were about 13 miles from the point. They have words to describe us that are less flattering than "trailers", so behave out there!
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Originally Posted by jmcqueen View Post
I've been out several times in the last 4 weeks. Saw whales 3 out of 4 trips. Small guys, no dramatic behavior, but still worth it. Just head north from Race Point, after 5 miles or so you will be in binocular range of 2 or three whale watch boats. Dolphin fleet goes out at 9:30 and 12:30 and one more time, boston and other boats showing up too. Last trip they were about 13 miles from the point. They have words to describe us that are less flattering than "trailers", so behave out there!
Not to start a flame war, but I've watched those boats do absolutely egregious and illegal maneuvers (not to mention rude) such as steaming at full speed straight for the whales until they were basically spitting distance in violation of the federal rules (and completely cutting off the view of the private boats that were obeying the rules).

So I don't feel the least bit bad about tracking them on AIS.
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Saw 4 small ones in NWC yesterday. What I did not see was any haddock, fished 80 to 300 feet.....nothing. Only saw about 6 boats out.
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Default Same Story as Old Hooker

Was out on the NWC on Sunday. Saw one small whale but no haddock. Hit some of the humps further to the east....no haddock, just sculpins. Where have the fish gone to?
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Originally Posted by jmdregs View Post
Was out on the NWC on Sunday. Saw one small whale but no haddock. Hit some of the humps further to the east....no haddock, just sculpins. Where have the fish gone to?
ask the fleet of draggers that have been pounding the shit out of the bank all winter .
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Just checked AIS. There are 2 whale watch boats directly North of Race point about 5-10 miles and stationary. Must be watching something.

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