Did some fishing on Fathers Day yesterday. There are obviously differing philosophies on Mothers/Fathers Day, with some people saying you should spend time with your family, and others saying it's about the Mother/Father and they should have 'their day'. Or you do what I did, and do both. Cancelled mid afternoon golf and fished early, the hung with the family the rest of the day.
I had dreams of coming home with a slob over my shoulder, making fresh striper tacos for the family as they all cheered and wrote songs about me. Instead, we limped out to Race Point at 5 am out of Green Harbor (don't ask about the Plymouth ramp situation if you haven't heard about that disaster) and had a fairly slow day. But it was a good day. My first trip out this year, good weather, a few fish, and the one big one above that Headhunt veteran Mike B. caught. A nice 38 inches. There was some controversy as he bought his 2016 license while on the boat minutes before the fish, so one could argue he should have surrendered the fish. To me.
I thought the day was going to be legendary - Headhunt tourney Capt Marcus and I were driving to the harbor and saw the biggest shooting star - or meteor/alien invasion - that we'd ever seen. Crazy all the way across the bright morning sky. I thought it was a sign. We then cruised out and hammered the macks right out of the gate. Had a few engine hiccups but made it to the Race and entered the fray of boats. Things looked good.
The fishing was spotty at best. Big moon may have shut things off a bit since Marcus was out two days before and crushed it. We saw a few boats picking off fish here and there but no consistent action. We did have a 13 yr old kiddo next to us on a commercial boat bring in a nice 40 inch fish while they had a diver under the boat - in the middle of all the traffic - who came up with two monster bags of lobster. Not bad. Still can't believe the guy was diving in the midst of all of the boats, while his crew hovered literally over him, and also fished. Impressive.
I had one decent fish, that was controversially measured quickly and thrown over. With the 1 fish limit we were quick on the trigger since it was the first fish, although in retrospect my desperate ass would have taken it if was a hair over 28. Sad, yet true.
Cruised back late and and spent the rest of the day with the animals on the beach (below), so all in all a good day. Still looking for my first keeper so hope to get out this weekend. Let me know if anyone has any reports. I hear the tuna are lighting up so shoot me over any reports (and/or exact numbers).
Tourney is now almost 1 month away so get the registrations in. If you need any gear leading up to the big day - remember to hit Goose Hummock - best tackle shop on the Cape - with awesome url www.goose.com - and premiere sponsor of the Headhunt (another good url snag). They can hook you up with everything you need and Capt Austin Proudfoot (2nd place finisher last year) can help you find the fish.
Hope everyone had a great Father's Day.