Before I share some photos (further down the post) and my 2019 season recap, I have some thoughts I want to share...
I've noticed that there is a lack of discussion around saltwater fishing on the forums and facebook groups, and a lack of sportfishing boats on the ocean. I'm not sure if it is because the freshwater anglers are more active online or if people haven't discovered what the ocean has to offer.
The groundfish stocks are growing, and I'd like to see the saltwater angling community and online presence grow as well. The learning curve is steep on the ocean and it can be intimidating at times, so it would be nice to grow the online community to share our knowledge to make everyone more successful out on the big water.
There is a world class fishery out there waiting for us. I successfully caught groundfish last summer from 1 mile to 15 miles offshore, so you don't need a $50,000 boat to go fishing.
I'd like to see the saltwater angling community grow, along with the online presence so I am going to make an effort to be more active on the forums to share my experiences and information with fellow saltwater anglers, or anyone who is thinking about getting into it.
Now to my season recap...
I made 12-15 trips last summer between the end of May and the end of September in my 22' boat.
Hundreds of cod, haddock and pollock between 3 and 15 pounds we landed. There was also no shortage of legal sized mackerel out there. Even the odd hake made an appearance when we hit the muddy bottom.
When I was still leaning how to interpret my fishfinder, I would see marks suspended in the water column which turned out to be schools of pollock cruising under the boat.
At the end of August and throughout September, large schools of baitfish began showing up on the fishfinder which I later determined was herring.
The school of herring in the picture above had a hidden surprise with it being a small porbeagle shark that was caught on 30lb test while fishing for cod.
The boat has been put away for a few months now but I can't wait to get back out there four months from now for some big mackerel and monster cod when the water is still cold!
As for next year, I have a few personal goals I'm looking to reach...
1) Successfully target and catch redfish.
2) Catch a cod over 20lbs.
3) Find some stripers in SW corner of the province.
4) Catch some warm water fish vacationing off Nova Scotia next summer whether it be bluefish, atlantic bonita, triggerfish or black sea bass.
I hope you enjoyed my photos, and I hope to see those that fish the ocean get more active on here as I think we all have a lot to learn.
Until the spring,