Yesterday at 12:30pm I drove to the town of Sandwich where I picked up my friend Garet for an afternoon fishing trip aboard my 21 foot Hydra Sport the Miss Loretta.
Some of you might recognize Garet from the articles he's contributed over the years to My Fishing Cape Cod. Garet also joins me on occasion at fishing expos and seminars throughout New England.
There was a moderate breeze from the north yesterday afternoon, but it was predicted to die down. I expected to have an enjoyable and calm evening on the water.
Finding some fish would be a bonus!
By 2pm we had the boat and gear ready. We launched at this marina and began searching for birds and fish.
Over the past few days I really enjoyed reading all the bluefish reports that were being shared inside the MFCC forum.
Those reports help inspire me to put Garet onto a big blue, which was our goal for this trip!
Searching For Schools of Bluefish
Suddenly we saw a huge whitewater explosion off the port side of the boat. We did not see the animal, but based on the splash I figured it was probably a large gray seal.
Perhaps the seal was feeding on the baitfish the bluefish were feeding on. Or maybe the seal was feeding on the bluefish?
Garet and I kept our eyes peeled for more signs of life as we continued working our way down the coast, and about an hour later we began seeing birds diving and fish breaking.
Based off the splashes there was little doubt in my mind that we were dealing with bluefish! I motored the Miss Loretta over to the action for a closer look.
By this time the seas had calmed down significantly and the water's surface was smooth and slick. I glanced down off the starboard side and could clearly see big blues cruising by.
We had definitely found the fish!
I’m fortunate to have grown up on the beach, and I’ve been fishing since kindergarten. I have great family, friends and fishing experiences to be thankful for. Just being out there is enough-catching fish is just a bonus!