On Saturday, 1/13/01, John Colson and friends from Forked River,NJ fished Stellwagen Bank for cod on one of B-FAST vessels, the DECISIVE. At that time, I was at the Sportsmen's show in Edison,NJ promoting the business. Capt. Scott headed the boat to the shoal water, 80-120 ft, on top of the Bank. The group was into fish immediately and continually throughout the day, using jigs and teasers. Most fo the cod were "market" or medium cod, however toward the end of the day, 10 cod came over the rails in the 20 pound class. Stellwagen is closed to all commercial fishing until May 1. Based on the numbers of fish around, the TAC will be filled in May or Early June, ostensively closing the Bank to commercial fishing for the year. If you would like to experience the best cod fishing in 20 years, head north to the place named for the cod. Weather permitting, we will be fishing throughout the winter.
Capt. Mike Bartlett B-Fast Charters www.bfastcharters.com