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Old 09-07-2019, 08:37 PM
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Tuna of all sizes are all over the tuna grounds right now, targeting a specific size however is more complicated
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Old 09-08-2019, 05:32 AM
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Originally Posted by StarsandStripers View Post
Tuna of all sizes are all over the tuna grounds right now, targeting a specific size however is more complicated
Makes sense. I just am not interested and neither do I have the equipment to hook an 8 footer and fight with it for 5 hours! Too bad it's not like a seasonal think where you know a certain time of year, you'll be getting smaller ones coming through and later the giants would follow. But it seems like most of them are really big fish.
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Old 09-09-2019, 02:03 AM
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First time giant fishing in a bit today let's see if we can smoke one
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Old 09-09-2019, 07:36 AM
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Nice. I'm not even looking for any of those big ones, just a football and I'll be happy but it seems like everyone who's catching is catching giants. Forgive the ignorance but I know they come through in schools and this time of year, are they all giants or huge like this?
No way to control what size fish hits a lure that I'm aware of. There are smaller fish mixed in but I've seen more real big fish than small. There are fish out there that I want no part of, we saw one jump that would've annihilated our spin gear. We were patient that day, and very lucky. We had the fish boat side and tied off in 20 minutes, good crew,good gear...
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Old 09-09-2019, 05:23 PM
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One line in and letting the other one out and we doubled up before the sun was even fully up, both maniacal fish.
lost the first one with in 2 minutes and the second we had the swivel almost on the reel and popped him off. 30 minutes later we hooked up again and the pulled the hook.
Bad luck on the boat today. But they are chewing like crazy.
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Old 09-10-2019, 07:54 AM
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I was pulling my Perch Pots yesterday and one of the traps had a 4 ft European EEL as thick around as a beer can. Scared the crap out of me as the thing was biting the wire mesh. He must of been eating the small crabs for the last 4-5 days. I wasn't gona wrestle that thing outa the trap so I turned the trap over and dumped him out. I know they are a delicacy but I didn't want that thing slithering around in the boat.
Any chance it looked lie this:




I was told this is a juvenile wolffish but I don't know for sure. Was also in one of my traps.
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Old 09-10-2019, 08:02 AM
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OMG that's the thing nightmares are made of. It if looked like that I wouldn't have touched it either.
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Old 09-10-2019, 09:38 AM
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I'm not certain but when I was a kid and fished with my father we used to catch conger eels fairly often. Pretty ugly fat eel with big teeth. Perhaps that is what that is.
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Old 09-10-2019, 12:43 PM
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There has been some debate here about what that eel is called.
Ive caught hundreds of them. They are now referred to as “ ocean pout”
growing up, everyone knew what they were and we called them conger eels.

I never even heard the term “ ocean pout” until several years ago when they decided to make them endangerd and off limits.

I looked them up and their official name is not in fact conger eel, but an entire northeast fishing community referred to them as that since I was a little kid.

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WHERE THE HELL DID ALL THE BASS GO?

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Old 09-10-2019, 01:41 PM
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WHERE THE HELL DID ALL THE BASS GO?
I thought it was just me. Caught skunk on Sunday. There was an insane amount of mackerel off Nahant. I dragged some to egg rock, broad sound, Boston channels and some inner harbor spots. Not a bite.
Is anyone catching?
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Old 09-10-2019, 05:01 PM
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Originally Posted by GH02050 View Post
Any chance it looked lie this:




I was told this is a juvenile wolffish but I don't know for sure. Was also in one of my traps.
That is crazy!! Never seen anything like that. I would've thought it was a moray eel or something in that family but look at those chompers! Great pics, BTW! Thanks for posting those for us who've never seen these. I think I've seen them caught on charters I've been on but can't be sure.
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Old 09-10-2019, 05:41 PM
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Originally Posted by GH02050 View Post
Any chance it looked lie this:




I was told this is a juvenile wolffish but I don't know for sure. Was also in one of my traps.
not a wolf fish... they look very different - more the face and teeth of a cat... so much so the russians actually call them “cat fish”...

that’s a conger (eel)

”cat fish”. caught in arctic norway where its legal (taste like lobster!)


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Old 09-10-2019, 06:31 PM
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Anyone having striper luck at night? Heading out overnight the next couple nights for stripers. Anyone seeing any cows out there ?

Any bets on the weekend on Stellwagen? I plan to grab any periods of good weather I can get.
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Old 09-10-2019, 10:18 PM
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Anyone having striper luck at night? Heading out overnight the next couple nights for stripers. Anyone seeing any cows out there ?

Any bets on the weekend on Stellwagen? I plan to grab any periods of good weather I can get.
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Old 09-11-2019, 02:57 AM
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Mine EEL was definitely not a Conger EEL or Wolffish. I thought The Eels that we use for Stripes were European Eels but they might be American Eels. I think they are the same. They can grow to 5 ft and 90 years old. Let me tell you any Bass would run from the one I caught.
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Old 09-11-2019, 06:40 AM
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Yeah I didn't think it was a wolffish but a "marine biologist" told me it was a Juvenile Wolfie so I took his word for it.

I caught the Wolffish below the day before they became a protected species (April 2010). When it hit the deck everyone who know what it was backed way the hell away from it. I didn't know it could turn a golf ball to powder with those chompers or I would have done the same. The biggest difference I can see is the Conger doesnt really have any upper teeth, a wolffish definitely does.

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looks like a wolffish and a cusk got a little freaky one lonely night and that was the outcome
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Old 09-11-2019, 10:05 AM
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Conger eel is in fact a conger eel.

What people call a conger eel is an ocean pout.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ocean_pout

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conger

Conger Eels are different than american eels. American eels and European eels are catadramous. Meaning they spawn in saltwater and live their lives in freshwater/estuarine. Euro and american eels differ by some physical shit. Number of veterbrae or something.

Conger eels do not do this I believe. Conger eels are found on deep wrecks. However I have heard some juvenile ones in shallow, in rivers but I do not know for sure.


As for the bass.. skinny water.. remember the herring are falling out now. Good luck.
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Caught a wolfie 2 fridays ago...



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Old 09-12-2019, 03:18 AM
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Originally Posted by GH02050 View Post
Yeah I didn't think it was a wolffish but a "marine biologist" told me it was a Juvenile Wolfie so I took his word for it.

I caught the Wolffish below the day before they became a protected species (April 2010). When it hit the deck everyone who know what it was backed way the hell away from it. I didn't know it could turn a golf ball to powder with those chompers or I would have done the same. The biggest difference I can see is the Conger doesnt really have any upper teeth, a wolffish definitely does.
I think the marine biologist was right.
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