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SWEET DREAM

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GLOUCESTER MA

​Captain Bruce Sweet
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August 7 2014 - Lights out Fippennies Ledge trips, solid day trips, first tuna of the year

We have been firing on all cylinders the past month. We have run several more Iron Man Trips to Fippennies ledge that have resulted in Cod limits of big fish and loads of slammer pollock. Additionally we wrestled with two large Halibut which unfortunatly fell victim to Blue Shark attacks. These trips are always an adventure, the last trip yielded a delicious monk fish and we have caught several large wolf fish too. The day trips to Tillies Bank have been solid as well with an equal mix of cod and haddock and not too many dog fish. This past weekend we scored our first tuna of the year, a nice round 67" large school fish that the party was able to take home and enjoy sashimi and tuna steaks.

 5/28/12 It is all coming together nicely!

The last two weeks the fishing has been very good. Cod and Haddock catching has improved with a limit of cod today plus a dozen nice haddock. We are seeing more and larger fish on the grounds. The are plenty of Mackerel inshore and some very large striped bass are chasing them. We are live lining the mackerel and catching striped bass over 30lbs. This is great time to get out and catch your trophy fish. There is also a lot of bait offshore and we expect the Tuna to start returning in catchable numbers very soon. 

We are fishing in 2013!!!

My crew and I took our 2013 shake down and prospecting trip on Sunday 4/14 in search of haddock since cod does not open until the 16th. We had a very successful trip bringing over 3 dozen tasty haddock over the rail plus releasing over a dozen keeper sized cod. We topped off the box with numerous jumbo redfish and 4 cusk. Below is a picture of the happy captain and a video for your enjoyment. We hope to see you soon!!! 

12/23/09 Happy Holidays

It has been pretty hectic leading up to the holidays with fishing into November, getting two boats put away and starting in on the gear, not to mention a few snow storms and cold weather. Our last trip was November 8th and we took a nice 62" tuna to close the season. I just wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a merry Christmas and happy holidays and a peaceful and happy New Year. Thank you for your business this year and I look forward to fishing with you in 2010.

School Bluefin Tuna Fishing can be very rewarding

4/08/2011 Season Opener - We are Fishing!

5/6/2013 Solid Cod and Haddock fishing  We are fishing in 2013!!!2012 Wrap Up5/28/12 It is all coming together nicely!5/12/2012 Solid Cod and Haddock Fishing4/14/2012 We are fishing!12/26/11 2011 Wrap Up6/6/11 Groundfishing remains solid, tuna moving in5/14/11 Cod Limits plus haddock and pollockWe have kicked off 2011 and it was a great start! I took a combination of 3 of my mates and friends with me for a shakedown cruise and haddock exploration and we once we got it going it was non stop catching. We hit a favorite area on Tillies Bank and found plenty of cod willing to bite (but you can't keep them until next week) and then zeroed in on the haddock. It started as bailing 5 cod to find 1 haddock and then the haddock musseled their way in and it was more haddock than cod. We ended up leaving the fish biting with 40 haddock for the 4 us and releasing dozens of keeper sized cod and also releasing the tooth critter below (wolffish). Well the fish are here, we are ready to fish, April is pretty full but their are weekend dates in May to get in on the groundfish action.

5/12/2012 Solid Cod and Haddock Fishing

We are well into our groundfishing season and ran four trips this week. The fishing is different this year, causing us to work harder. We have been mostly fishing Tillies Bank but we are dialed in and putting together good catches of Cod and Haddock with a few pollock, cusk and redfish added to the mix. Give me a call to get in on the action. I expect the tuna to show up in the next two weeks and we already have some early June trips scheduled. 

8/8/2010 Some unders showing up and the tackle busters are still around

There are new fish moving in and they include younger fish which fall below the 59" slot, meaning you can keep them. Here's Charlie with 52 inches of fresh sashimi! Of course there are still are the north of 200lb brutes out there that either bust up the tacke or the angler. 2 hours of hell before this 3X strong hook on a RONZ let go. The best season is upon us, give me call!

January 2016 - 2015 in review and looking forward to 2016

We launched a brand new custom built boat in 2015. The F/V SWEET DREAM had been in the works for two years and in mid May it finally was sea trialed and brought home to Gloucester. It took a good part of the season to get all the minor bugs worked out, learning as we went. The end result is a magnificent platform to fish from; she is a beast in rough weather, dry, warm and stable. At the polar opposite of the spectrum of the high of the new boat was the reality that the NMFS put severe restrictions in place on fishing for cod and haddock in the gulf of Maine. Cod was closed to us completely and haddock was reduced to only a 3 fish per person per day bag limit. As a result we ran fewer trips than prior years, understandably because most of our customers are coming for catch and fillet trips. Despite that, those that did come were rewarded with really good fishing in most cases with limits of haddock and 100’s of throwback cod and haddock. There was no lack of catching as we rounded out the catch with cusk, pollock and redfish. Looking ahead to 2016 we will be getting a 15 per person bag limit of haddock starting May 1st and running through the fall. As of this time, it looks like we will get a 2 month opening on cod in August and September with 1 24" fish per person. With the numbers of haddock on the grounds the past 3 years we expect full coolers on return to the dock this year.  Despite the regulations, we made a couple of Iron Man trips to Fippennies ledge and experienced all out Pollock slam fests in addition to limits of jumbo haddock. 10-15 pound pollock coming over the rail 2 at a time was the rule and mate Eric was in fillet hell from the start. The inescapable pollock prevented us from getting our Halibut but we will be back this year. The bitter winter temperatures delayed the arrival of both striped bass and Bluefin tuna. This year could be just the opposite with a mild winter and warmer than normal water temperatures I expect to see tuna in May. 2015 was the year of the bait fish. Mackerel arrived in May and never left making it easy to load up on prime tuna bait. In addition, large schools of blue back herring were present from August into November and those are tuna candy. Striped bass made a brief appearance in late June and July out front of Gloucester harbor with sizable fish feeding on the abundant schools of mackerel. The bait also attracted more sharks to our waters than is normal with an exceptional number of large thresher sharks present and caught. We wrestled one to the boat that was easily 400lbs and released it as there was simply no reason to kill one that large (sometime there is such a thing as too much fish).  Large Blue sharks were a common pest during tuna trips and a welcome competitor for those that wanted to go toe to fin with one on standup tackle.  It was late June before giant bluefin tuna made their presence known. Tuna fishing was all about large fish with many in the 100” range busting up tackle, pulling hooks, chaffing leaders and leaving heart break in their wake.  We had our share of wins and losses and the fishing heated up in September and lasted into November when we finally called it a season. School tuna did not make a meaningful appearance north of Cape Cod in 2015. We did make a 165NM trip to West Atlantis Canyon in September where we bested 4 large big eye tuna in the 150-200 pound size range and had encounters with both Blue Marlin and a Sword fish.
You will notice less pictures and reports in this section from last year, not a result of less fish or fishing only because it is so quick and easy to post them on Facebook and other social media. For this year I have added Instagram in addition to Facebook so please follow us to stay up to date. We also have added a couple of Go Pro video cameras to the mix so we should have more video to share with you. We did actually have a video camera rolling as we bested and 480lb giant tuna last October check that out on the video page.
With the new haddock regulations I hope to see more of you in 2016. Science has proved that Tuna stocks are increasing and we will have a larger quota this year. That coupled with more abundant bait and I am already chomping at the bit to get out the big rods.  Come on spring!

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9/13/09 Fall Bite is On!

The fall bite is happening! In the past couple of weeks we have caught tuna from 48" to 67" and lost some bigger. Too much NE wind and tropical storms have caused us to lose too many days but when we do get out the fish are making up for it. We will be running into November and the fish will be here. Groundfish are back on the bank also.

January 2017 - 2016 in review and looking forward to 2017

We launched a brand new custom built boat in 2015, worked all the bugs out of it over the course of the first season and we took full advantage of all its benefits in 2016. We got more fishing days and caught more fish as a result and were more comfortable and safe doing so.

With good bag limits again, last year haddock fishing was over the top, off the charts, killer, pick your superlative, it was that good. Most trips yielded haddock limits of up to 120 keeper fish. In May we fished in the shallow (105') shoal water of Stellwagon bank for easy fishing. In addition to the haddock, we caught many (many) cod and even baby Halibut and to add to the fish box we rounded out the catch with cusk, pollock and redfish.

In June, we added Our Iron Man trips out to Fippennies Ledge and those were also lights out with full 120 large fish haddock limits plus hundreds of pounds of pollock fillets on top of that! Every trip to Fippennies was an all-out slamfest of 10-15lb pollock with some 20’s too.  June and early July is prime time to go to Fipps!

With the mild winter, we had mackerel on the grounds from mid May right through November. For us Mackerel was the prime Bluefin tuna bait in 2016. While we saw plenty of herring, the mackerel did most of the catching.  Striped bass made a brief appearance in late June and July out front of Gloucester harbor with sizable fish feeding on the abundant schools of mackerel. The bait also attracted more sharks to our waters than is normal and we saw and caught more large Porbeagle sharks than prior years. We wrestled a number of them to the boat that were easily 400lbs and released them to fight and breed in the future.  Large Blue sharks were numerous in 2016, a common pest during tuna trips and a welcome competitor for those that wanted to go toe to fin with one on standup tackle.  It was late June before giant bluefin tuna made their presence known. The tuna stocks are improving and we marked, hooked up and caught more of them to prove it. Tuna fishing was all about giants from 73” to fish over 100” long weighing from 200 to over 600 pounds.  As typical, we had our share of wins and losses and the fishing heated up in September and lasted into November when the quota was caught and we had to stop fishing.  The best tuna fishing is from mid-September, through October and into November. While the weather may be cold, the day light short and the wind nasty, the fishing bite gets red hot! We ended the season with fish on our last 3 trips in row including a double header! School tuna did not make a meaningful appearance north of Cape Cod in 2016.

Again, you will notice less pictures and reports in this section from prior years, not a result of less fish or fishing only because it is so quick and easy to post them on Facebook and Instagram social media. Follow us on social media to keep up with the latest reports. Haddock fishing should be excellent again in 2017 and I hope to see more of you again as the fishing continues to improve. Science has proved that Tuna stocks are increasing and we will have a larger quota this year. That coupled with more abundant bait and I am already chomping at the bit to get out the big rods.  Come on spring!

With the new haddock regulations I hope to see more of you in 2016. Science has proved that Tuna stocks are increasing and we will have a larger quota this year. That coupled with more abundant bait and I am already chomping at the bit to get out the big rods.  Come on spring!

3/21/10 Spring is here and we are almost ready to launch

Finally a break in the weather and we have made great progress getting the SWEET DREAM III ready to go fishing. We expect to launch the first week of April and run a few haddock trips out to Tillies bank before cod season opens. Recreational Cod season opens on April 16th. Reports from the commercial boats is there are loads of bait and cod on Stellwagen bank already, so we expect to have excellent fishing right off the bat. We shot a quick video of the boat as we were getting her ready this week so check that out here! Give me a call to book your groundfishing trips now, especially for May when no gillnets are allowed on Stellwagen resulting in most exellent cod fishing. 

6/26/2010 Great White Shark - tagged and released!

Today the crew of the SWEET DREAM III tagged and released a 7' Great White Shark on Stellwagen bank. We were tuna fishing with live mackerel when the shark came along to check out our baits. It was in no hurry to eat but after 10 minutes of terrorzing the pair of mackerel it finally could not resist and ate one and Jon Land fought it standup style on a PENN 70. Once we had it boat side we were pretty sure what we had and decided to put one of our tuna tags in it so it could be tracked in the future. We got some great video is now posted here. The shark was really a beautiful creature and we are fortunate to have seen one up close and personal. The identity of the shark was confirm by Dr. Greg Skomal.

6/23/2010 Honey Moon Delight

Exellent fishing continues for both Tuna and groundfish. Recently we had honey-mooners from Wyoming and they had a trip of lifetime which included tagging and releasing a 70" 180lb tuna, a limit of cod and a bonus 20lb striper caught inshore while making bait. Give me a call to get in on the action!

5/20/2013 Excellent groundfishing continues

This past Friday and Saturday we had two great groups from upstate NY. There was a friendly rivalry between the two parties as to who would catch the most fish. Both groups left the boat with over 70 keepers of mostly cod with a mix of haddock, pollock and cusk to round out the catch. First mate Eric declared the Greg N party the victor with a slight edge in volume of fillets. Needless to say both groups left with heavy coolers and tired arms as the catching was pretty much day long. There are now schools of mackerel inshore and the first stripers showing up. We have seen increasing numbers of whales and schools of bait offshore and we will be starting some tuna prospecting in the next few weeks!! 

4/12/10 Haddock Slamfest

Wow! The haddock fishing has been fantastic. Because cod is closed until the 16th, we have had to target Haddock and what fun it has been. We have been finding loads of them in the deep water of south eastern Tillies. The fish are the largest I seen with an average of 6-8lbs. We are also catching and releasing plenty of legal cod and a few 10lb cusk for good measure.  Check out this fat boy and couple of pleased anglers!

June 22 2014 - Stellar Iron Man trip to Fippennies Ledge - 46 pound Halibut

We ran our first Iron Man trip to Fippennies Ledge and had a fantastic trip. The weather was perfect and we ran 25 knots both ways and had lines in 2 hours and 50 minutes from the time we left the dock. The trip high light was a 48", 46 pound Halibut but we also had a boat limit of 72 cod averaging 24-28", a near limit of haddock, more pollock that the mate cared to clean and a number of jumbo cusk. Also we released 3 wolf fish and a Torpedo ray that was almost as big as the halibut. We also had a 16' class Great White Shark grab a hooked fish and then launch itself clear out of the water, what a spectacular sight!! Add in a good whale show and an excellent crew and it was a memorable trip. The video below gives

2013 Wrap Up

2013 was a mixed season on the SWEET DREAM III. Cod and haddock fishing was consistently good throughout the entire year. When we needed to find them, we always did.  In early spring we found large haddock and market cod on Jeffries Ledge to the north. Later in spring we fished the deep waters of Tillies right into the summer and found good numbers of haddock and cod.  The numbers of bait eating small haddock on the grounds (and an increased minimum size limit) was a blessing for the future but often had us running away from them to find legal sized fish. Then it was back to Jeffries in the fall for some arm busting Pollock trips. From mid-May there were mackerel everywhere and they stayed around most of the summer and fall. In fact, they were almost always present offshore.  We had a nice run of large Striped Bass in June and early July close to home before the water got too warm and bluefish showed up. 2013 was definitely the year of large sharks. This was a two edge sword as I will explain shortly. On the down side Bluefin tuna fishing was way off from prior years. School tuna did not show up north of Chatham and giants where inconsistent and difficult to commit charters around. As a result we turned a lot of tuna trips into combination ground fish and sharking trips with great results. Fish for the coolers and bruised arms, shoulders and ego’s from standing up to many sharks measuring 8-13 feet. Most were large blue sharks but we had a few quality Porbeagles mixed in which are great table fare. In some cases if the charter really wanted tuna we gave it our best efforts or we agreed to postpone the trip; I just can’t take people for boat rides and it is this attitude (and my great mates) that I know keeps my customers coming back. For 2014, I expect the cod and especially the numbers of keeper haddock to continue to improve. We had more bait (mackerel, herring and whiting) on the offshore banks in 2013 than in recent history, the tuna just never came and settled in on them, I hope that will change for 2014, time will tell. As always, I appreciate my returning customers and making new friends as we bend the rods.  April 2014 can’t come too soon.

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7/20/2010 Solid fishing continues

7/20/2010 Solid fishing continuesI have been a bit busy so I have not posted recently but in short, the fishing is getting red hot! There are a lot of tuna around and they are tough customers with bad attitudes. This past weekend, on Ron T's trip, Kevin went toe to fin with a 68" tuna for an hour and half on a 50 with the drag cranked to full. It was an all out slug fest which Kevin eventually won. In addition to tuna, the cod fishing on Tillies has been silly good. We have been drifting live baits for tuna and jigging 5-15lb white belly cod as we drift with handful of hadock and pollock mixed in. Fishing is very good now and it should only get better as the tuna settle in and really start to feed, give me a call and we will do our best to get you hooked up to a fish of a lifetime!

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SWEET DREAM Sport fishing - Gloucester MA

6/9/10 A GIANT TUNA DOUBLE!!

Tuna fishing has started out about as good as it possibly could be this year. Yesterday I took a couple of friends and we targeted big fish and it was a trip that will be remembered for a long time. It was the second tuna trip of the year and by noon time we had done the following:
1. Caught and tagged and released a 63" tuna.
2. Caught and harvested a 77" (~240lbs) commercial tuna.
3. Caught and harvested a 82" (~270lbs) commercial tuna.
The pictures speak for themselves! All fish were taken on the troll. Our 35' Henriques is just an awesome fish raiser, she is one of the best around bar none! The is nothing like seeing a giant tuna crash a surface bait, the release of the outrigger and the sweet song the reel makes as line melts off it. Come give it a try you will be hooked!

5/16/10

We have been continuing to have an excellent spring groundfishing season. Cod have been cooperting in great numbers on Stellwagen with limits being the rule and Tillies continues to yield haddock in addition to cod. There is a lot of life on the banks with great whale and dolpin shows spicing up the fishing. Mackerel are around and plenty of sand eels and herring are present on the banks, it is only a matter of days before the tuna show up with water temps just cresting 50 degrees. Here is Tim L with a 25lb cod taken on Tillies, a sunrise that was just too good not to capture on the way to Stellwagen and a full fish box at days end. Also I am pleased to announce that I have been added to Cortland's Pro-Staff and the Cortland C16 and Masterbraid will be the official braided lines on the SWEET DREAM III. Cortland makes nothing but premium products and their C16 is the most splicable braid I have encounters.

12/26/11 2011 Wrap Up

The boats are put away, I am working hard at servicing reels and catching up on some web site maintinance. I hope everyone had a great Christmas. I know Santa left some new gold bling (tuna reels) under the tree for team SWEET DREAM III. 2011 started cold and blustery on the heels of a nasty winter but in June the pattern changed and we were graced by good weather, warm right into November, for the balance of the season. Spring groundfishing started off in early April with some excellent haddock trips and when cod season opened on April 16th there were plenty of cod, haddock and pollock to caught on Stellwagen Bank, just as it should be. Solid groundfishing continued right through June. The tuna were a bit late to show this year as the water remained cold until mid June but they flooded into the south end of the bank in late June with many fish running in the 70-75" range.  July saw a mix of everything including groundfish, tuna and sharks offshore and striped bass inshore. One thing different this year was we had mackerel around from mid May until we pulled the boat in November, the bluefish stayed to the south and left the mackerel alone and we were happy to turn them into tuna baits. In August some very large tuna (true giants pushing 1000lbs) arrived and were present in better numbers than we had seen in years for the balance of the year. We got to wrestle a few of these and more often than not,  the tuna won as is often the case with these class of fish. In addition, smaller fish arrived further south around Chatham and then found there way onto middlebank in the fall. These were perfect table size fish running in the 45"-59" range and 70-120 pounds.  We fished until mid November when the tuna finally vacated for points south. Below are few pictures from the fall. It's time to book those spring groundfish trips so give me a call to book your preferred date.

4/25/10

Just a fantastic day of fishing on Stellwagen today. Many quality sized cod to 25lbs were taken in some hot fishing. The pollock were unbelievable, there were large schools pushing the bait to the surface and they were busting underneth with hundred of birds working over head. I have never seen this before in over 35 years of fishing the bank. My crew today spanned in age from 11 to 80 and everyone caught fish till the box overloaded and they more than had their fill.

May 19 2014 - Very good cod and haddock fishing

Cod and Haddock fishing is in full swing. We are seeing more and better sized fish on grounds. There is a lot of catching going on with many just undersized fish keeping everyone busy while at the end of the day we are able to find enough keepers to reasonably fill the coolers.  We are mostly bait fishing on anchor as the weather has been tough but it is getting better and the water is warming up. We saw our first basking shark yesterday which is good sign of the warmer water. Mackerel have invaded the north shore inshore water and Striped Bass are showing up. The tuna should make a showing in the next 2-3 weeks. June is a great month to fish as we can target almost anything both offshore and inshore. Please give me a call and we can get you catching too.

Fishing for school sized fish was best starting in late July and through August. This year we caught tuna from 39” to 101” and pretty much everything in between. We had a single trip that we caught and released tuna measuring 39”, 44”, 55” and 66”, each representing a different year class of tuna. There were large numbers of low 40” class fish that spent most of the summer south of us of Chatham. We expect those fish to return next year and be around 48”-50” (about 80lbs) and hopefully they will make their way a bit further north to Stellwagen Bank. Giant Tuna fishing was very good in September with good numbers of fish present both to our north in Ipswich Bay and to the south on the northwest corner of Stellwagen. This continued into October but the weather got stormy and limited our trips. As I write this, I have just learned that a tuna we tagged back in 2010 was recaptured this fall off Nova Scotia!! When I get the full details I will post that up here but that is really cool to be helping us learn more about these very important fish. All in all, no regrets, lots of full coolers, bent rods and we saw many returning friends and made new ones in 2012. Looking forward to April 2013!

7/20/2010 Solid fishing continues

7/20/2010 Solid fishing continuesI have been a bit busy so I have not posted recently but in short, the fishing is getting red hot! There are a lot of tuna around and they are tough customers with bad attitudes. This past weekend, on Ron T's trip, Kevin went toe to fin with a 68" tuna for an hour and half on a 50 with the drag cranked to full. It was an all out slug fest which Kevin eventually won. In addition to tuna, the cod fishing on Tillies has been silly good. We have been drifting live baits for tuna and jigging 5-15lb white belly cod as we drift with handful of hadock and pollock mixed in. Fishing is very good now and it should only get better as the tuna settle in and really start to feed, give me a call and we will do our best to get you hooked up to a fish of a lifetime!

5/14/11 Cod Limits plus haddock and pollock

Cod fishing on Stellwagen bank has been excellent. Limits are common plus a mix of pollock and haddock to go with them. This past week we had to endure a large ocean storm but we got back on them today on the south end of the bank with a 60 cod limit and plenty of polllock to go with them. Also recently, Capt Jeff Smith fished with us and wrote this great article for boatinglocal.com.

4/3/10 The season has begun! First Haddock Trip

We launched the boat Thursday and made our first run today. Since cod is closed until April 16th, we were looking for haddock and we found them on the east side of Tillies in deep water. We had a solid bite from late morning into the afternoon and ended up with a couple of boxes of haddock and threw back many cod including a dozen keepers. All in all a great start to the season. We shot some fun video, check that out here. I have some weekend openings in April and May, the best groundfishing of the year is now, give me call. 

6/6/11 Groundfishing remains solid, tuna moving in

We had a outstanding groundfish trip with the Ted Smith party yesterday finding a 70 cod limit of large markets close to home plus a dozen nice Haddock and a handful of pollock on a picture perfect weather day. We have done some tuna exploration and had a few good shots at fish on Saturday but could not close the deal. Last week we had a two boat trip and Capt. Bill on the Bounty Hunter broke the ice with a 71" tuna released. More fish are showing up daily and there are some good concentrations of bait in different areas so good things should happen soon.

8/7/09 Tuna, Tuna, Tuna (and bass)

More tuna have moved on the grounds, mostly on the middle and south end of the bank. These fish are brutes and when we can find live baits these larger fish will fall for them. We also had another awesome 3 fish day on the Reel Sweet off of Chatham last week. The best tuna fishing is still ahead off us, remember these fish hang around until November! A few of the larger stripers have moved in shore and can be caught on live Mackerel also and chunk baits when the dogfish let us.

4/25/10 1/17/10 Web site updates

Welcome to 2010 from the crew of SWEET DREAM III Sportfishing. We are very excited about the coming year based on the great fishing in 2009.  Even though it is cold and snowy outside we are already preparing for the 2010 season which will start with Cod and Haddock in April. It is not too early to start reserving the dates you want as the prime weekends go quick. I plan to keep my prices the same for 2010 and will always honor the rate you booked at even if the fuel prices go crazy again. In addition, to make it easy on your cash flow we will only require a $100 booking deposit up through May to hold your date (the balance of the deposit will be due then). 

For 2010 I expect great groundfishing as soon as we can get out in April. In 2009 the keeper to short ratio was much improved and I expect Cod over the 24" minimum to be easy to find this year. The conservation efforts are clearly paying off for us! As for Tuna, hold on tight and start working out now! Those mid to high 60" fish will come back well over 70'" and pushing over 250lbs. More good news is in October, we saw (and caught) a large number of a new younger class of 50" (80-90lbs) fish. We are adding some new very high end Tuna spinning gear (Shimano Stella's) to our arsenal this year for these fish. We are truly very lucky to be experiencing a world class Tuna fishery less than a hour from our dock and are thrilled to share it with you!

We are in the process of bringing the web site up to date adding new pictures and most exciting, adding video to the site. Now that we have the tools (brand new iMAC and camera) we plan to shoot plenty of video on your trips to help add to your memories and experience. We hope to see you staring in your own toe to fin battle with a hot Bluefin tuna this year!

2012 Wrap Up

2012 was a good year of fishing on the SWEET DREAM III. We knew going into the spring that due to NMFS mismanaging our fishery that cod stocks had been hit hard by large commercial draggers fishing on Stellwagen bank during the winter. That meant a different approach would be needed and the answer was Tillies Bank just to our east. Once we got in the zone, spring and early summer fishing for cod and haddock was consistent with solid catches in the waters east of Tillies. In mid-summer east of [Capt Bruce and Mate Eric with a October Giant Tuna] Stellwagen bank in 260-280 feet of water brought similar good results as we had to fish around the dogfish. Often large haddock dominated the catch. The numbers and large size of the haddock is a sure sign this fishery has recovered and we expect great haddock fishing in 2013. Further evidence of this recovery included catching (and releasing) large numbers of juvenile haddock while making bait for tuna fishing. In June there were mackerel everywhere.  We had a nice run of large Striped Bass in June and early July close to home before the water got too warm. The basic venue was to grind up and chum some mackerel, then the mackerel would show up, we would catch a few and live line them for the Stripers which were sure to follow. The tuna were a bit late showing up this year with the usual June bite not materializing but they made up for that in August, September and October. 

4/14/2012 We are fishing!

We made a prospecting trip out to Tillies today with good results on Haddock. We found them in some of usual spots and some new ones. We put some nice red fish and cusk in the box and did find some keeper cod which will be legal next week when the season opens. We have trips scheduled the next few weeks, hopefully we will see more weather like we had today! Give us a call if you are ready to go catching!

4/22/11 Cod fishing is hot on Stellwagen Bank

The cod season is now open and the cod have returned to the shallow waters of Stellwagen Bank. When the weather lets us fish we expect to limit out as the Mark Beal party did today with 60 cod plus pollock for their 4 man team.

5/6/2013 Solid Cod and Haddock fishing 

All of our trips so far have yielded solid numbers of keeper sized cod, haddock and a few pollock mixed in. This past weekend the east wind made for some rough seas but the fish chewed pretty good and everyone went home with plenty of fillets. Now is the time to go catch your fill cod and haddock. Striped bass and tuna will be here in less than a month so start planning. The weather and fishing are heating up. You can't catch them sitting at the dock, give me a call and go catching.

10/15/09 October at its best and worst!

The weather has been terrible to say the least. One storm and windy day after another. As I sit here, 2 nor'easters are on our doorstep to wipe out the weekend. When we do get a short window the fishing has been excellent. There are more tuna around now than a good part of the summer and they are feeding on abundant bait! Ground fishing is also very good and we can combine tuna and groundfish on most trips. We will be fishing into November so give me call for some late season action (and yes the boat does have heat).

1/7/2011 Happy New Year - 2010 Season in review

Happy New Year to all my customers and friends! My most heartfelt thanks for your business in 2010. It's mid winter and I am getting caught up on web site updates. I notice I was a bit too busy during the fall run to post here.  Too be honest, it was very easy to update our Facebook page so I was doing that.  Please "Like" our Facebook page and you will be kept up to date in near real time. I have added a lot of new pictures from 2010 and done some site restructuring to add more information. Also we have added several new videos with more on the way. New for 2011 by popular demand, we have printed SWEET DREAM III SportFishing long and short sleeve Tee shirts and those are available on our Apparel page and on the boat. We are booking for 2011 and those choice April and May groundfish weekend dates are filling up fast so please reserve soon to get the dates you want. 

2010 was highlighted by consistently good Cod and Haddock fishing from March right to the end of October. July and August were surprisingly good East of Stellwagen and around Tillies bank in both numbers and size of fish. Also the shark fishing was awesome from Mid July through September and we were able to combine the sharks with Cod, Haddock and Pollock to both fill the coolers and put anglers to the test on the stand up gear. Tuna fishing was excellent in June and early July with a good run of commercial size fish right off the bat. We saw a slower bite in Mid August when the bait disapeared and then it got very good in Mid September and October. The Tuna averaged 70-80 inches (200-300lbs) with some much larger fish in the mix. For those that can handle the October weather, we have not had a tuna skunk in October in the past 5 years. We caught tuna using every method available to us this year: Trolling, live baits, kite fishing, popping with spinning rods and jigging. It's all good! I expect 2011 to be more of the same but even better. The fisheries management continues to pay off each year.  We are seeing the groundfishing like the "old days" and the tuna are getting bigger and more plentiful. 

7/13/09 Tuna Fishing getting hot - awesome week of fishing on the Reel Sweet

Took a break from fishing on the SWEET DREAM III to do some fun fishing on the Reel Sweet off the back side of the cape. We got into some awesome tuna fishing on the 3 days the weather let us fish. Best day was the 11th when we got 3 fish and tagged 2 all 62-68". Just awesome fishing on a 20' boat. On the 7th we got into a great surface feed and we got one on a popper on a spinning rod, just an unbelievable take on a top water plug! Tuna fishing is going into it's prime now, give me a call to book on either boat.