Fishing December?

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  1. Bobby

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    I've never had the opportunity or desire to fish for BFT in December, but this year I'm hoping to give it a shot. I usually fish out of NH/Southern ME but am wondering if there is any history that suggests that there will still be fish North of Cape Ann. I've heard rumors of guys getting bites last year at everyone's favorite hump (Outside Flag), but most would suggest Stellwagen. I'd rather fish where I know, but not if there is no bait or target species present.

    Just looking for information if anyone is willing to discuss. From all the boats being pulled I'm guessing that most aren't planning any effort. Seems like there will be decent quota available with far less boats....
     
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    We got tight on the 2nd last year and had plenty of marks on the 3rd thinking the full moon that week had the bite a bit off. However seemed to be a lot more herring around last fall than Ive been seeing this year. Planning on hitting though as its a long time till june 1st
     
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    We got one on dec 1 and lost one on the second last year.. i think those were the dates. Cold in an open lobster boat

    Got chewed up pretty good by big poor beagles.. We were on Northern Jeffrey’s
     
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    The weather has been so shitty. I hope we get a break.
     
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    50 ton of blue gold out there. Looking like a mill pond for the opener, little dust up early Sunday but maybe laying down for the am slack. Monday not so much.
     
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    I'm going
     
  7. tuna_fan

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    I'm willing to bet there will be fish in all the popular spots...plenty of bait still around, plenty warm enough...and the fish are suicidal right now :) See u out there
     
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    Post got me fired up, now i just gotta find a ride! All the lobstermen im friends with say they just want to go skiing now.
     
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    I'm just glad they are going to give us (a little) shot at the fish down here in the south. As usual they didn't save us much quota so it will most likely close quickly.
     
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    The total US quota and sub quotas are not geographically specific with the exception of the angling category. If someone wants to catch fish they just have to travel to where the fish are. Boats that are south for instance must travel north at certain times of the year and vessels that are north must travel south. There was December quota that was transferred into January this year which geographically gave the southern boats a better shot at the fish with potentially less travel. There was not a lot of opposition to that from the boats up here for the most part. They were just going to go where they had to go to get on the fish. When and where they became available. There should/would have been slightly less than 60MT available for December-January. Slightly less this year due to a 14T overage for Oct-Nov sub quota. I'm willing to bet that the sub quota for January-March of 29.5T will be over caught. perhaps by as much as 100%. Things have been done to accommodate those boats that don't want to travel. Good luck fishing this year and be safe.

    For what its worth North Carolinas non resident license to sell fish costs almost 150% more than it does in Massachusetts.
     
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    Me heading down the dock in about 5 hours for the last rodeo

     
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    Should have known better than to believe a 5-10kt nrly forecast. That c/c I saw fueling up at cumbies last evening must have had a real fun night in these “1-2” footers
     
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    A different song but it reminds me of Elaine dancing on a Seinfeld episode; gutsy move to not wear a mask and post this Cdux!
     
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    Shit just got real A379DBAE-6288-420D-A4F4-220698BB9689.jpeg
    Updates to come
     
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    Your dancing worked!
     

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    Agreed Xbskt and must have been the tuna tango; a dance step I need to learn.
     
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    Parted off 2 hours in 60’ under the boat:mad:
    Now 0 for 2 on fishing dec 1st
     
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    at least you were still out there and fishing; if you landed Charlie you could have used the $ to take winter dance lessons! Nice effort :)
     
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    Did you part ways, leader or main line?
     
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    At the hook crimp. Completely my fault stepped up to 180# leader and “h” crimps but out of habit used the middle hole on the pilers, crushing the line.

    Held up for 2 hours but needed another 15-20 minutes; we were into the end game. Probably didn’t help that I had drag up higher than normal, trying steer him thru a slalom course of lobster gear.

    And he was gift too, we’d given up & were clearing lines to head west; while reeling the deep mack in it came tight....

    Oh well it’s not like I got 6+ months to dwell on it or anything
     
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