Ralph’s Crew Reports

With periods of warm weather in January, the ice was 6/8 inches – 10 inches in spots. Water was coming up though and seeping through in spots. Old holes are dangerous as they are wide enough for someone to fall in. As for the fish here in Massachusetts, the warm weather makes them bite a lot. Large mouth bass have been most active within a few feet of the hole. Pike continue to be caught on big dead bait, perch and crappies on jigs. I would advise anyone going out to check your local ice before you hit the hard water. Remember, safety  first. – Tim Keer 

Former Mate on the Odysea and long-time friend Jason Cardinalle called in from the charter operation Samana Charters in Jupiter, Fla. Jason reports the southerly breezes the last few weeks have yielded some good reef fishing for mutton snapper, dolphin and king fish. He is highly recommended by me, if you’re heading down that way for vacation this winter.  – Jason Cardinalle 

The former Odysea mate turned charter captain from Good ‘Ole Brooklyn, N.Y. Steve Fromm and the “Lady M” reports a good winter of tautog fishing. He’s reported fish up to 14 pounds. Some local inshore cod are also showing up, which we are all glad to hear with the recent decline of that species in other areas up the coast. – Steve Fromm