I wanted to share an update on the season so far in 2023 for Ortus while giving a preview of things to come for the rest of the summer. We hope you will be able to join us this season for a memorable trip around Cape Cod.
We are approx. 2 months into the season here on the Cape. Things really heated up for us in early May when the Striped Bass arrived in full force. Everything seems to be happening a little earlier than in seasons past. Cape Cod Bay as well as Nantucket Sound have been excellent for Striped Bass so far this season. Also encouraging are the large quantities of pogies and mackeral around. These are smaller fish that the Striped Bass, bluefish and bluefin tuna all like to eat.
Bluefin Tuna season opens tomorrow, June 1st, and we will conduct our first scouting trip on Friday. I expect the fish to arrive earlier as well. As the season is opening, more reports will come in from fellow Captains on what they are finding. We still have some key dates open in August for those interested.
Striped Bass, giant fluke and bluefish should stay strong through July depending on the heat.
We’ve had great success in catching Black Sea Bass since the season opening on May 20th. Mixed in have been scup and robin fish.
Overall, 2023 has started very strong and we expect it to continue for the rest of this summer.
On an equipment note, we have completed our repower of our boat with new Suzuki outboards. We’ve completed our 10 hour break-in period and our first oil change. So far, so good. The engines are performing very well and we have great confidence in the engine/boat combo.
We hope you will join us for a day on the water in 2023!