April 20, 2013
Black Sea Bass - 13" - June 15 to Aug 31 - 3 fish per person per day, Sep 1 to Dec 31 - 4 fish per person per day.
Bluefish - No minimum size - 15 fish per person per day
Cod - 22" No Closed Season - 10 fish per person per day
Summer Flounder (Fluke) - 18" - May 1 to Dec 31 - 8 fish per person per day
Scup - 10" - May 1 to Dec 31 - 30 fish per person per day
Striped Bass - 28" - No Closed Season - 2 fish per person per day
Tautog - 16" - April 15 to May 31 - 3 fish per person per day; June & July - Closed; Aug 1 to Oct 14 - 3 fish per person per day; Oct 15 to Dec 15 - 6 fish per person per day.
Last year we threw back 18" Fluke trip after trip...this year they'll stay in the fish box to reappear in the fish fry....
What a fishing season this is shaping up to be.....
WE'RE READY TO FISH.....ARE YOU?
Call us to book your fishing charter - (401) 258-2157......
LET'S GO FISHING!!!
Captain Duane Sousa and Family - Big Boy Sport Fishing Charters
WE'RE READY TO FISH...............ARE YOU?
Big Boy Sport Fishing Charters has been family owned and operated for over 30 years. We pride ourselves on giving our fellow anglers the ultimate fishing charter. Captain Duane Sousa, Jr. has been deep sea fishing Rhode Island Sound and Block Island Sound for Striped Bass and Blues, Tuna, Shark, Black Sea Bass, Scup, Flounder, and Cod and specializes in customized Deep Sea Fishing Charters. We have full and half day trips, and offer inshore and offshore fishing charters. Big Boy Charters proudly offers Military Discounts, and Police and Fire Discounts. We are glad to accommodate Corporate Charters, Bachelor Parties, Family Fishing Trips, and much more, and are able to handle most any size group, including parties larger than six people. We are fully licensed, insured, and Coast Guard Inspected.
We take pride in our vessels and equipment and have all safety equipment on board. Our trips are all inclusive - we provide rods, reels, bait, tackle, licenses, etc. - just bring your food and drink and we take care of everything else. Our First Mates will look after your fishing needs all day - then clean and filet your catch at the end of the day. They gladly pass on their knowledge of fishing techniques to you- whether trolling for Striped Bass or bottom fishing for Summer Flounder, Scup and Sea Bass - and the Captain and Mate will keep you on the fish and make sure your time on the water with us is a memorable one.
Although we realize that our first priority is your safety and well-being, as well as a cooler full of fish by the end of your trip, we have long believed that our job is also to impart our love of the waters of Block Island Sound - our passion for fishing, and our realization that nothing else besides time on the water can help you regroup and soothe you soul like a day of fishing - we learned a long time ago that "Old School" works and that "Water is Life". Nothing beats a day on the water with family and friends - and seeing that rod bend over, with line peeling and the Captain yelling "Fish On"!
We are conveniently located in Narragansett Rhode Island in the Port of Galilee. Parking for you and your crew is free. Call us so we can help customize a fishing Charter aboard the Big Boy II - a 30 foot Chris Craft complete with a full cabin, private head and large cockpit for plenty of fishing in comfort - and get to the fishing grounds quickly with our twin turbo Penninsular diesel engines - so you spend your time on the water fishing, and not just taking a boat ride.
Captain Duane Sousa, Jr.
(401) 258-2157 (941) 773-7246
JANUARY 27, 2013
GETTING READY TO GO FISHING!!!
There are only a few more months before we officially kick-off the 2013 summer fishing season and we can't wait!!! Captain Duane Sousa, Jr. is actively taking bookings for the spring and summer season, and gearing up for a great season.......we're rigging tackle for Striped Bass and Blues fishing, as well as Tuna and Shark trips....don't forget Flounder, Black Sea Bass, Scup and much more. The Big Boy II is ready to go....she'll be splashed the first week of May.....We can't wait to see you all again and look forward to another great summer of fishing the waters of Block Island Sound......
Call us to help you book your trip...(401) 258-2157 or (941) 773-7246
LET'S GO FISHING!!!
CAPTAIN W. DUANE SOUSA, JR. AND FAMILY
BIG BOY SPORT FISHING CHARTERS
January 26, 2013
MEET YOUR CAPTAIN - A NOTE FROM THE CAPTAIN'S WIFE
These days most people find all the information they need through the internet – including what charter boat captain they decide to book their fishing trip with. Many times your first introduction to your Captain and crew is the day you board our boat to go fishing, and the Captain has provided a First Mate for you, so you may not get to spend a lot of time with the man running the boat. You know the Captain did his job if he kept you on the fish all day – and if you came back with a cooler full of the days catch. But who are these men that take you out on our waters of Block Island Sound day after day…good weather and bad, flat calm seas or washing machine days…why do they do what they do? The amount of responsibility that goes along with their jobs is not that apparent to most people who board the boat – for our customers it’s all about having a good day on the water – just as it should be – but whether you realize it or not – your life and the lives of your crew is his responsibility – for the time you spend on the water with your Captain your safety and well-being are in his hands. The operation and maintenance of the boat is on his list – you need to get where you’re fishing and then get back home safe and sound, without incidence. Weather is out of his control – but a huge part of the puzzle – are the instruments in the bridge working properly – because when the pea soup fog rolls in those instruments are his eyes. The guests aboard our boats don’t need to worry about any of this – and that’s okay – your job is to enjoy a day on the water, regroup from the daily grind we call life, and have fun.
But as a Captain’s wife, I want you to really know your Captain. They are really incredible men – a group of the hardest working guys I know. And even if their job can be a stressful one – they do what they do for a reason. After your day on the water is done, you leave our boats with fish, memories of a good day on the water, pictures and fish tales that get bigger and bigger as you keep on telling them.
The Captain’s day is not done. The boat needs to be cleaned, rods, reels and tackle washed, and many times repaired, engines need to be checked, the boat needs to be fueled up for the next day, and the list goes on. When they finally get home, there are reports to be filed on the days fishing and other bookwork required by the government, a game plan made for the next day’s trip, new tackle rigged, and again the list goes on. Most nights are early ones, because our Captains are up before the sun to get back to the boat and wait for the crew to arrive – and go out and do it all over again. All this transpires on a daily basis, but if the Captain is doing his job, you never know about the time before the day begins or time after the boat pulls into her slip. You’ll get on board our vessels and probably see an “Old Salt” Sea Captain with a contagious smile on his face waiting to share his secret with you about what a day on the water does for your soul.
Many years ago I asked my husband why he did what he did – the long hours, the bone weary tired at the end of the day, the aches and pains that come from a life spent on the water. His answer came without hesitation – “Water is Life”.
I don’t think I fully understood what he meant at the time, but I do now. Although the Captain’s job is to keep you safe while you are putting fish in the cockpit – it is so much more than that. A day on the water with our Captains affords you the gift of getting away from the crazy hustle and bustle of this thing we call life. While you’re reeling in the 50 pound Striper you’re probably not thinking of bills on the kitchen counter at home. When you watch your son pull in his very first fish ever – you’ll have a memory seared on your soul for a lifetime – and most likely not worrying about the “Inbox” on your desk at work. A “moment” to clear your head, the gift of spending time with your family, memories that will last for a very long time to come – this is really what your charter boat captain is all about. A very dear friend of ours, a fellow Captain, who has been fishing for decades told me once that the water is the best medicine that money can’t buy. I thought then and still believe now that these men are right on – they have figured out what most of will take a lifetime looking for.
So next time you fish with us – look up in the bridge every once in a while and see more than a Captain running his boat – see the man who is willing to share what he learned a long time ago with you – that nothing else more than time on the water will soothe your soul – and indeed that Water is Life.
August 18, 2012
Big Boy II has been off the dock since last Sunday - 8 days straight and the Striped Bass fishing around Block Island has been phenomenal. Many thanks to each crew that came aboard - Richard Inglis and friends, Matthew Wilson and crew, Jay Aldea and crew, Bill Holzel and friends, Tom Rosedale and crew, Emily Horvitz and family, and Dusty Raiffe and crew. They all did a great job - and brought some awesome Bass to the boat - many of them more then 45 pounds each. We look forward to fishing with them all again soon.
July 29, 2012
Big Boy Sport Fishing Charters was off the dock from Thursday through Sunday - including double down trips. What a weekend! Congratulations to each crew who boarded Big Boy II - The Pattersons, The Normanton Crew, The Katzman Family, and Carlos Lopes and crew. Everyone fished hard - and the rewards show! The Stripers were on the bite all weekend, and although the water was a little bumpy on Saturday, the boys didn't give up and we limited out almost every trip. The Striped Bass were all good size and the few Blues we hauled up were monsters. We look forward to fishing with you all again.
Captain W. Duane Sousa, Jr. and Family
July 21, 2012
Big Boy II was off the dock at 6:00 AM with the Enos crew on board headed for the Striper grounds. The fish cooperated but the weather did not - seas were 5 to 6 feet with NorthEast and Easterly winds gusting up to 20 - really sloppy. The crew didn't give up and still managed to put some 30 and 40 pounders in the boat. We were back at the dock by 2:00 and got ready for our second trip with the Woods crew - a Twilight Trip. The weather didn't get any better, but again - the guys kept fishing and put some great Striped Bass in the boat. We look forward to fishing with all of these guys again soon.
July 8, 2012
Every day on the water has its own uniqueness - and Sunday July 8, 2012 was no exception. Pauline Cella and her boys boarded Big Boy II at 6 AM prepared for a day of Striper and Blues fishing around Block Island. Her sons fished hard all day long - and their efforts more then paid off - they limited out by 10:30 AM, but not before they brought a couple of 40 Plus pound Striped Bass, as well as a 50 Plus Pounder!! Great Job Guys - we look forward to fishing with you again soon.
Captain W. Duane Sousa, Jr.
June 29 through July 4, 2012
Big Boy Sport Fishing Charters has been off the dock for five days straight Bass and Blues fishing....Many thanks to all the guys who boarded the Big Boy II - Kyle Peterson and crew, Mike Miles and crew, Rob McAuliffe and crew, Tom from TJW Contracting and crew, Steven Marsh and crew, and Dennis Kelly and his sons - we enjoyed fishing with all of them - and they all brought great keeper Stripers to the boat - not to mention several 40 plus pounders! Block Island is hot right now and the fish are stacked and racked.
Call us to help you customize a fishing charter for you - Let's go fishing!!
JULY 1, 2012
Many thanks to Rob Fernandes and crew for having their Bachelor Party aboard the Big Boy II - a great day of Striped Bass and Blues fishing...water conditions were great, and so was the fishing. We look forward to another day on the water with them again soon! Great Job Guys!!
Captain W. Duane Sousa, Jr.
JUNE 30, 2012
JUNE 18, 2012
Many thanks to Jim Masters and his family for allowing us to spend a great day on the water with them....can't wait to do it again. And special thanks to Jason Sousa, First Mate, for all his hard work.....we are proud to be a Family Owned and Operated business.
June 9, 2012
Brian Alexander and crew boarded Big Boy II at 6:00 AM and off with First Mate Jason Sousa for the Striper grounds. The guys worked hard all day trolling wire line and jigging - and the hard work paid off - they put Keeper Stripers and Blues in the boat - we really enjoyed having them on the boat and look forward to fishing with them again soon.
June 6 & 7, 2012
Captain Duane Sousa was honored to have aboard the Big Boy II the film crew from The Animal Planet for two days to film a documentary about "Skishing". The Captain and crew put in 14 and 15 hour days and fished Newport, Jamestown, and Block Island Sound - the shoot was successful and we will let everyone know when the documentary will air. Thank you Cat, Peter, Ed, and crew for allowing us to be a part of this very special honor.
May 19, 2012
Big Boy II was off the dock at 6:00 AM with Senad Ahmetovic and crew and headed for the Striper grounds. They had 2 to 4 foot seas, and the day turned out sunny and beautiful. The guys had a good time targeting Bass and Blues, and they all did a great job bringing six keeper Bass to the boat as well as five Blues.
Our afternoon trip left the dock at 2:30 with Brian Rosenberg and crew aboard - seas picked up to 6 to 8 foot swells, but the guys held their own, and had a good four hours on the water fishing Stripers and Blues. Good job guys!
May 6, 2012 - SUNDAY
We had a good morning on the water bottom fishing for Flounder off the beach - some really good bites, but water temperature still needs to come up a little bit more. Also the Supermoon has most likely had an impact on fishing. Wind picked up as the day went on. All in all it was great to be back out on the water.....Let's Go Fishing!!!
Captain W. Duane Sousa, Jr.
MAY 2, 2012
It's official - Big Boy Sport Fishing Charters is ready to fish - both of our boats are in the water and ready to go...we are still taking up to a six man crew on our 30' Chris Craft (with special accomodations for larger groups) and are excited to announce new rates for smaller groups of 2 or 3 people aboard our other vessel - our 24' SeaPro. Call us for details.
Some updated fishing regulations are as follows:
Summer Flounder is open
Scup is open - up to 20 fish per person per day
Striped Bass is open - up to two fish per person per day
Tautog is open - through the month of May - 3 fish per person per day
Black Sea Bass will open June 15th.
Tall Ships will be visiting our Rhode Island waters July 6 to 9, 2012 - call us to book your sightseeing cruise for an unforgettable day on the water!!!
(401) 258-2157 or (941) 773-7246.
Come fish Block Island Sound aboard the Big Boy II or the Big Boy Two - let's kick off the 2012 Fishing Season with a bang.........
Captain W. Duane Sousa, Jr. and Family
APRIL 25, 2012
Squid is showing up on the beach and there have already been some reports of anglers using squid as bait for Stripers with great results...it's that time...Let's Go Fishing!!!
Ask us about our special rates for smaller charters aboard our second boat - the BIG BOY TWO - a 24' SeaPro Center Console - as well as our 6 pack crews aboard the BIG BOY II - a 30' Chris Craft - let us customize a fishing charter for you! Call us at (401) 258-2157 for details.
Captain Duane Sousa
APRIL 5, 2012
The Summer of 2012 is fast upon us, and as summers go - will be gone before we know it. Make the most of your summertime family fun - let Big Boy Sport Fishing Charters customize a fishing charter for you and your crew.
Important Dates To Remember!!!
Memorial Day - Monday - May 28th, 2012
Father's Day - Sunday - June 17th, 2012
Independence Day - Wednesday - July 4th, 2012
Labor Day - Monday - September 3rd, 2012
These dates book quickly, as do weekends - so call us early to ensure availability of dates.
Ask us about accomodations for parties larger than 6, Bachelor Parties, Birthdays, Tall Ship Cruises and Gift Certificates...
LET'S GO FISHING!!!
Captain W. Duane Sousa & Family
MARCH 25, 2012
BIG BOY SPORT FISHING - A NOTE FROM THE CAPTAIN’S WIFE
Every Spring for the past several years, Captain Duane sends a note off to all of our faithful customers, who have ultimately become our friends, who return to fish with Big Boy Sport Fishing Charters every season. This year we will do the same, but along with that, because you are our friends, I wanted to share with you a little bit about the Sousa family.
We have always proudly let all of you know that we are a family owned and operated business - whether on our website, when we sign our emails to you, or when you call us on the telephone for the first time to book a charter. Captain Duane has always believed in his family, put us first, worked hard to provide for us, and has never complained about the long days, or hard work. He instilled the same values in his children, which I’m sure is evident when you board the Big Boy II in Galilee, and see his son and First Mate, Jason, work as hard as his Dad. What you don’t see, nor do you need to, are the hours before and after each trip. The boys arrive early to get the boat ready for the crew coming aboard that morning, and stay late to get it cleaned up and checked up for the next days trip, so that the crew coming aboard tomorrow will have as good a day as the crew that got off the boat that afternoon. When they finally get home, my kitchen table, coffee table or both (usually both) got stockpiled with fishing line, hooks, crimps, pliers, and a host of all kinds of parachutes, lures and whatever else they think will get the fish to bite. Not to mention the fishing poles that come out of the spare room, two by two by two - some nights there is a little path that leads to the stove amid the fishing tackle - dinner is usually late, and finally they call it a night, to get up before the sun and do it all again.
Some would ask why do this - I used to myself - but have finally figured it out - I believe you have also..otherwise you wouldn‘t board our boat each year with your sons...Amidst the craziness of this life we lead - the rising cost of living, the fear of losing a job, the uncertainty of our futures - one thing stands true - Family. I believe the Captain has no greater joy in life than to get on his boat each day with his son, and spend time fishing with you - for he knows, as do I now, that there is no greater peace or serenity that we can experience than being out on the water. Somehow we leave the problems behind for a little while, we are able to put things in perspective, and know for sure that our families are truly the most valuable possession we have - not the house, not the car, or anything else for that matter. Out on the water it’s okay to be a “blue collar” worker, and to that end - something to be proud of. A long time ago, Duane told me his secret - that “Water is Life”. As each of you spend time with him, I know that you must finish your day believing the same, and carrying your memories of a day on the ocean for a very long time to come.
So - Schoolie Stripers are everywhere, the water is getting to that magical 50 degree mark that he talks about often, Tuna is already showing up, the Big Boy II is in the water and will be ready to fish mid-May. We are already booking trips and weekends are filling up quick. We hope you all withstood the winter, and that you are ready for a great 2012 Fishing Season. Call us to help you book your charter - or just to say and get a fishing report.
And as always,
The Sousa Family - Captain Duane, Elizabeth and Jason
Big Boy Sport Fishing Charters
(401) 258-2157 or (941) 773-7246
June 9, 2012Brian Alexander and crew boarded Big Boy II at 6:00 AM and off with First Mate Jason Sousa for the Striper grounds. The guys worked hard all day trolling wire line and jigging - and the hard work paid off - they put Keeper Stripers and Blues in the boat - we really enjoyed having them on the boat and look forward to fishing with them again soon.June 6 & 7, 2012Captain Duane Sousa was honored to have aboard the Big Boy II the film crew from The Animal Planet for two days to film a documentary about "Skishing". The Captain and crew put in 14 and 15 hour days and fished Newport, Jamestown, and Block Island Sound - the shoot was successful and we will let everyone know when the documentary will air. Thank you Cat, Peter, Ed, and crew for allowing us to be a part of this very special honor.May 19, 2012Big Boy II was off the dock at 6:00 AM with Senad Ahmetovic and crew and headed for the Striper grounds. They had 2 to 4 foot seas, and the day turned out sunny and beautiful. The guys had a good time targeting Bass and Blues, and they all did a great job bringing six keeper Bass to the boat as well as five Blues.Our afternoon trip left the dock at 2:30 with Brian Rosenberg and crew aboard - seas picked up to 6 to 8 foot swells, but the guys held their own, and had a good four hours on the water fishing Stripers and Blues. Good job guys!May 6, 2012 - SUNDAYWe had a good morning on the water bottom fishing for Flounder off the beach - some really good bites, but water temperature still needs to come up a little bit more. Also the Supermoon has most likely had an impact on fishing. Wind picked up as the day went on. All in all it was great to be back out on the water.....Let's Go Fishing!!!Captain W. Duane Sousa, Jr.MAY 2, 2012It's official - Big Boy Sport Fishing Charters is ready to fish - both of our boats are in the water and ready to go...we are still taking up to a six man crew on our 30' Chris Craft (with special accomodations for larger groups) and are excited to announce new rates for smaller groups of 2 or 3 people aboard our other vessel - our 24' SeaPro. Call us for details.Some updated fishing regulations are as follows:Summer Flounder is openScup is open - up to 20 fish per person per dayStriped Bass is open - up to two fish per person per dayTautog is open - through the month of May - 3 fish per person per dayBlack Sea Bass will open June 15th.Tall Ships will be visiting our Rhode Island waters July 6 to 9, 2012 - call us to book your sightseeing cruise for an unforgettable day on the water!!! (401) 258-2157 or (941) 773-7246.Come fish Block Island Sound aboard the Big Boy II or the Big Boy Two - let's kick off the 2012 Fishing Season with a bang.........Fish On!!!Captain W. Duane Sousa, Jr. and FamilyAPRIL 25, 2012Squid is showing up on the beach and there have already been some reports of anglers using squid as bait for Stripers with great results...it's that time...Let's Go Fishing!!! Ask us about our special rates for smaller charters aboard our second boat - the BIG BOY TWO - a 24' SeaPro Center Console - as well as our 6 pack crews aboard the BIG BOY II - a 30' Chris Craft - let us customize a fishing charter for you! Call us at (401) 258-2157 for details.Captain Duane SousaAPRIL 5, 2012The Summer of 2012 is fast upon us, and as summers go - will be gone before we know it. Make the most of your summertime family fun - let Big Boy Sport Fishing Charters customize a fishing charter for you and your crew.Important Dates To Remember!!!Memorial Day - Monday - May 28th, 2012Father's Day - Sunday - June 17th, 2012Independence Day - Wednesday - July 4th, 2012Labor Day - Monday - September 3rd, 2012These dates book quickly, as do weekends - so call us early to ensure availability of dates.Ask us about accomodations for parties larger than 6, Bachelor Parties, Birthdays, Tall Ship Cruises and Gift Certificates...LET'S GO FISHING!!!Captain W. Duane Sousa & Family(401) 258-2157MARCH 25, 2012
March 20, 2012
After a long winter, we can't wait to get back on the water and load the cockpit with some Stripers and Blues. But seasoned fishermen know that the water temperature has to cooperate in order to be able to do that. Earlier this week the bay was hovering around 45 degrees - so if the Spring weather conditions continue to rise, it won't be long before we're at that magic 50 degree water temperature - and the Stripers are running. We are also taking reservations for full and half day Sea Bass and Flounder fishing beginning in May...the Flounder limit is still 7 fish per person. What a great way to kick off the summer fishing season. Call us to book your fishing charter - (401) 258-2157 or (941) 773-7246
LET'S GO FISHING!!!
CAPTAIN W. DUANE SOUSA, JR. AND FAMILY
2012 FISHING SEASON
IT'S THAT TIME AGAIN - TIME TO TURN THE CLOCKS BACK - AND TIME TO GEAR UP FOR THE 2012 FISHING SEASON. BY MID-MAY 2012 BIG BOY SPORTFISHING CHARTERS WILL BE READY TO GO - OFF THE DOCK AND HEADING STRAIGHT FOR THE STRIPER GROUNDS. BOOK EARLY FOR THE 2012 STRIPER AND SHARK TOURNAMENTS - CALL US WITH ANY QUESTIONS - OR TO LET US HELP YOU BOOK YOUR FISHING CHARTER - (401) 258-2157 OR (941) 773-7246.
CAPTAIN W. DUANE SOUSA, JR. AND FAMILY.
BIG BOY SPORT FISHING CHARTERS NOW TAKING RESERVATIONS FOR COD FISHING CHARTERS AND TAUTOG TRIPS. CALL US TO BOOK YOUR TRIP TODAY (401) 258-2157.
AUGUST 11, 2011
AUGUST 11, 2011 - BIG BOY II WAS OFF THE DOCK BY 5:00 AM - GREAT WEATHER CONDITIONS AND FLAT CALM SEAS.....THE CREW PUT BLUEFIN TUNA IN THE COCKPIT AS WELL AS SOME GREAT MAHI-MAHI. GREAT JOB GUYS!!
MARCH 24, 2011
The Big Boy II is just about ready to go fishing. My son and First Mate Jason Sousa will be firing up the engines this weekend, and doing a little maintenance on the boat to get ready for some Cod Fishing. We are hearing very good reports about Cod fishing on the back side of Block Island, and we will be poking around in a week or so to do a little investigating of our own. We are ready for Striper and Blue fishing which should get going in May/June, along with Fluke. Tautog opens up April 15...We are taking reservations, so please feel free to call us for any other information, or so that we may customize a charter for you. It was a long winter, and Spring is here, so.....LET'S GO FISHING!!!
February 18, 2011
The 2011 Rhode Island Fishing Season is almost here! Big Boy Sport Fishing Charters is now taking reservations for the spring and summer season. Also, reservations for Cod Fishing Trips are now being taken for April 2011, weather permitting. Also new and exciting - we now have special rates for parties of 3 or less. Call us for more details (401) 258-2157. After the winter we all have had...LET'S GO FISHING!!!
THE 2010 SEASON
September 25, 2010
EVEN THOUGH IT WAS BUMPY NEAR THE ISLAND, TIM GRAY AND CREW MANAGED TO PUT SOME BEAUTIFUL STRIPED BASS IN THE BOAT...WE WRAPPED UP EARLY BUT WERE STILL ABLE TO PUT 35 AND 40 POUND FISH ON BOARD.
Monday - August 9, 2010
Matt Schilling and family left the dock on the Big Boy II and spent the day hammering the Stripers and Blues - what an incredible day!!! Thanks to Jason Sousa, First Mate, who helped the crew load the boat with jumbo keepers. Great job guys!
August 6 & 7, 2010
Big Boy Sport Fishing Charters had another great week of fishing. Dan White and crew caught plenty of Bass Friday with First Mate Norm Bardell, and our longtime friend Warren Coachman fished up Bass and Blues, and some huge Scup and Black Sea Bass on Saturday.
Friday, July 23, 2010
TUNA & SHARK TRIP
WE HAD AN UNBELIEVEABLE DAY ON THE WATER. BROUGHT A 40+ POUND BLUE FIN TUNA BACK TO THE DOCK, AS WELL AS A MAKO PUP THAT WE PLAYED WITH FOR A WHILE THEN RELEASED. Sometimes you are in the right place at the right time...thanks to our First Mate Jason Sousa, and crew - Richard Inglis & friends. Great job guys!!!
Sunday July 18
Big Boy Sport Fishing Charters doubled down - our morning crew boarded at 7:00 AM and headed off to the Island. Katilynn Silva and friends spent four hours fishing, and nearly limited out - the Bass were all keepers, fat and heavy. Good job guys!
At 1:00 PM Mike and Karen Stearns and crew left the dock from more Bassing at the Island. Water and wind had picked up, but the fish were still there biting, and the trip was certainly a success.
Many thanks to our Mates and Customers who made this past week an incredible success.
Saturday July 17
First Mate Jason Sousa, Captain Duane Sousa, and Christopher Bencivengo headed off the dock at 5:00 AM for a 10 hour day of Shark and Tuna fishing. It was a little bumpy in the AM but water flattened out soon, and not long after the slick was set, and chum was being dumped big Blue "Dogs" were chasing the boat. After all was said and done, the crew brought four huge Blue Sharks to the back of the boat - over ten feet long and weighing over 300 pounds each. What an awesome day.
Friday July 16
Brian Ellison and friends from North Carolina booked Big Boy II for a day of Bass fishing off the Island - the water was mostly calm, and little wind - First Mate Zach Harvey helped them fill the cockpit with fat keeper Stripers. Job well done!
Thursday July 15
Joseph Allen and family - left the dock for a day of Striper and Blues fishing. The weather turned somewhat uncooperative later in the afternoon, but the crew fished them up anyway. Thanks guys for a great day.
Tuesday July 13
John Wadlegger, Jr. and friends, a great bunch of guys, left the dock at 6:00 AM and headed for Block Island for a full day of Striper fishing. They fished hard all day, trolling some line as well as jigging around the Island, and their efforts paid off. The crew went home with plenty of keeper Striper filets.
Monday July 12
Margaret Pankhurst and crew from Texas boarded the Big Boy II and headed for a full day of Bass & Blues off Block Island. First Mate Jason Sousa helped them with the art of jigging and limited out by the end of the day bringing home beautiful keeper Stripers - big fat fish.
Friday - July 9
Brett Young and crew left the dock at 6:00 AM for a full day of Bass and Blues. The weather got a little bumpy in the early afternoon, but the fish cooperated and they limited out, going home with some great striper filets. Good job Guys!
Thursday - July 8
Thomas Rosedale and crew spent an afternoon aboard the Big Boy II and did a great job bringing keeper striper - one after the other - to the boat. First Mate Zach Harvey did a great job helping the guys bring in their fish and we look forward to fishing with them again soon.
Tuesday - July 6
Captain Duane Sousa and First Mate Gary Briere headed off the dock at 5:00 AM with Armand Armenia and his wife, and Chris Schultz for an offshore trip looking for shark and Tuna. The weather could not have been more beautiful, flat calm water, and it wasn't long before big Blue Sharks were following the chum - the crew wrestled with a couple of 250 pounders, saw whales, and had an incredible day on the water.
Sunday June 27, 2010 -
Saturday June 26, 2010 -
2010 Annual Bass Tournament
SUNDAY JUNE 20, 2010
Mike Nicoletti and crew headed off the dock with First Mate Jason Sousa at 6:00 AM and headed to the North Rip for a full day of Striper fishing. The catch was incredible - hauling up three big bass at a time on an umbrella rig. Weather cooperated, only having to troll around 1 and a half knots, winds kicking up later in the day. The crew got a good workout, and we look forward to fishing with them again soon.
SATURDAY JUNE 19, 2010
John Tranghese and crew got aboard with First Mate Jason Sousa and headed to Block Island for a day of Striper and Blue Fishing. They jigged and trolled wire line, put some great keeper Striper in the boat, some Blues that went back in the water for another day of swimming, and Tuna were spotted busting off the Southwest Ledge. They worked a little for the fish, but it was well worth it. Thanks for a great day guys!
June 9, 2010
Our Dock Master, Ray Pena and his crew got aboard Big Boy II at 6:00 AM, along with Mike Comerford, First Mate, and headed off to fish off Block Island for an eight hour Bass and Blues day. It truly was a "Bluebird" day - they hammered the fish and limited out, bringing in Stripers at least 39 inches. They all did a great job, and we look forward to fishing with them again soon!
June 7, 2010
Ray Monteiro boarded Big Boy II at 7:00 AM and headed for Flounder off the beach. The fishing was outstanding - First Mate Jason Sousa and Ray Monteiro brought up several mediums and a lot more larges - the bite was great, the water calm and wind cooperative for a great drift. They also pulled in some good keeper Black Sea Bass. Thanks Ray for a great day!
JUNE 1, 2010
Josh Rebman joined us for a half day of inshore Flounder fishing. We fished off the beach from 7:00 AM until about 11:00 AM and had an awesome time bringing beautiful keeper Flounder to the boat - they are here and already "Jumbo" size. Everyone went home with bags of filets, and look forward to fishing with Josh again soon.
MAY 31, 2010
Greg and Jeff Miner and crew left Galilee at 6:00 AM and headed to Block Island looking for Bass and Blues. Weather cooperated - seas were 2 to 3 feet, and winds were 5 to 10 knots - a beautiful day on the water. The crew and First Mate, Gary Briere worked the rods for several hoursw, and the crew only took the number of fish they could eat - Stripers came on board upwards of 39". They were back at the dock by 2:00 PM - great job guys - we look forward to fishing with you again soon!!
SATURDAY, MAY 22, 2010
Jay Mahoney and Kyle Birkenfeld along with Captain Duane Sousa, Jr. left the dock at Galilee on Saturday and headed to Block Island. The water was 51 degrees, winds were 5-10 knots, and only 2 to 3 foot seas. Striper were not hard to find, and we limited out early, heading back to the dock mid-afternoon with beautiful keeper fish, 20 to 25 pounds.
2009 SEASON WRAP UP IN RHODE ISLAND
Big Boy II Sport Fishing Charters had an incredible summer of fishing, more than we could have possibly expected, and we know that we didn't accomplish this alone!!! None of what we do would be possible without our faithful customers and friends - some of who fished with us for the first time this summer, some who traveled from half way across the country to see us, and our faithful friends who return every year to fish our waters of Rhode Island Sound. Many thanks to each and everyone of you who board the Big Boy II and made our summer the success that it was!!! We look forward to seeing you soon - whether in Southwest Florida this winter or back in Rhode Island next spring.
We would also like to give a special thanks to our Mates, Mike Comerford, John Ogozalek, Gary Brierre and Norm Bardell. They made each fishing trip special for our crews, and brought some incredible fish to the boat this summer, while at the same time freely sharing their years of experience along with their love of the water to each person who boarded the Big Boy II.
A very heartfelt thank you must be given to our "brothers" - Gary "the Sponge" Brierre, Jay "Bird" Mahoney, and Kyle Birkenfeld, all of whom affectionately refer to the Captain as the "Professor". They boarded the boat early this spring, diesel tools in hand, and carefully rebuilt the Starboard engine - getting her to run better than she ever has before. This they did after they had worked all day turning wrenches, and before they would go home to their familes. They would show up at the boat and work for hours - sometimes late into the night so that we could meet our charter deadlines. They have become as close to us as any family member could be, they taught us lessons this summer that we thought were too late to learn, they always have the Captain's back, and we will be forever grateful for all their hard work, friendship, love and loyalty.
CAPTAIN WILLIAM DUANE SOUSA, JR.
THE 2009 SEASON STARTS OFF WITH A BANG!!!!!
Big Boy Sport Fishing Charters had a full week of quality fishing. Monday June 15th we were out with Rich Clark and friends for Bass and Blues off Block Island. We limited out by 9:45, bringing quality keepers to the boat.
On June 16, Paul Perrucci and friends spent the day with us, again fishing up Bass and and an occasional Blue. Weather was a little bumpy, but that didn't stop the crew from limiting out early and we all had a great time and look forward to fishing with them again soon.
We fished a twilight trip with our long time friend Louie Figueroa on Wednesday evening, June 17. We left the dock at 3:00 PM and had an awesome evening, bringing in Bass that were over 44" long! What a great trip.
We fished half a day Thursday, June 18 with Jonathan Flanders and buddies - weather did not cooperate at all, but we managed to bring keeper Bass to the boat.
The Moonlight Madness Bass Tournament began on Friday, June 19 at 6:00 PM and continued through Sunday, June 21. Our Team - Captain Duane Sousa, Jr., Gary Brierre, Jay Mahoney and Kyle Birkenfeld fished them hard, and brought some quality fish in; unfortunately not large enough to weigh in at the end of the Tournament. "A" for effort guys!! We spent the last part of Saturday off the beach getting some good size Black Sea Bass, Scup and Flounder.
Let's Go Fishing!!!
Captain W. Duane Sousa, Jr.
Sunday, June 28, 2009 - SHARK FISHING
Big Boy II left the dock at 5:00 AM with a full crew, a cooler full of Mackeral and started trolling for Blues around the Island for chunking, then headed for the 40 fathom line looking for sharks. We hooked up 3 Blue Sharks - at least 150 pounds each, while 6 more were at the back of the boat. Weather cooperated all day, and there were plenty of whales with their calfs everywhere. We finished off the day back at the Island, limiting out on Stripers. We had a great day with Dan Palladino and his friends and look forward to fishing with them again soon.
Captain Duane Sousa, Jr.
July 17, 2009
Big Boy II headed to Block Island for a Twilight Trip at 3:00 PM. We had live eels and chunk bait on board to start off with, and did this for a couple of hours. The Striper were there at the Rip, but not interested in either one. We pulled out the umbrella rigs and trolled for a while, bringing some keeper bass to the boat. The bite was slow, and around 7:30 the crew decided to make one more run at Captain Sousa's urging, and then call it a day. Without warning the port pole was hit like a freight train, bending the rod all the way to the gunnel, and a fight followed between fish and fisherman to bring whatever had hit the rig to the boat. The pictures we have posted do not do this "monster" justice - over 48" long, and 50 pounds or better.
LET'S GO FISHING!!!!!!!!!!
Captain W. Duane Sousa, Jr.
July 25, 2009
Saturday July 25, 2009 was a relaxing day on the water aboard the Big Boy II with Jake and Terrie Jacklin, Pete and Geri Cifaldi, and Captain Duane Sousa and Elizabeth. We had no agenda for the day except to enjoy each others company and spend a great day on the water with friends. We headed off the dock late - around 8:00 AM to look for some Stripers and Blues; spent about 3 hours catching keepers, and then started fishing for "Doormat" Flounder, big Black Sea Bass, and Scup that weighed in at a little over 3 pounds. The ladies had the lucky rods, and outfished the guys hands down. We took a ride into Old Harbour, had a late lunch, then started back for the dock around 3:00 PM, while Jake Jacklin cleaned and filted a box full of fish all the way back to Galilee. It was just one of those days that you remember for a long time, and we look forward to doing it again soon.
August 8, 2009 - ANOTHER 50 POUNDER!!
Big Boy II headed off to the Southwest Corner, starting the day at 6:00 AM, with Bill Thurman and friends on board. Seas were only 1 to 2 feet, and winds 5 to 10 MPH. Around 10:00 AM one of the trolling rods hit the gunnel, and the fight was on. A monster 50 pound Striper was finally hauled over the side of the boat, measuring in at approximately 48". Thanks to Bill and friends for a great day.
August 17, 2009
Captain Duane Sousa, Jr. and his good friends, Gary Brierre, Jay Mahoney, Kyle Birkenfeld, Mike Comerford, and Mike Jr. left the dock at 4:00 AM and headed offshore looking for Tuna and Shark. It was a day on the water that will be remembered for a long time. We arrived at the Dump 2 hours later - approximately 50 miles out, and all the heavy artillary went into the water. As soon as the lines hit the water we had 6 knockdowns, and the commotion didn't stop until we were ready to head back to the dock. We put four Yellowfin Tuna in the boat, as well as False Albacore and Green Bonita. The water was beautiful - "like a bottle", warm and sunny, with very little wind.
We headed back around 3:00 PM, and by 6:00, once the boat was tied up and getting washed down by a tired by happy crew, were eating Sushi, and getting ready for Tuna steaks on the grill.
Many thanks to Gary, Kyle, JayBird, Mike and Mike for all their hard work this summer, their loyalty and most of all their friendship.......see all you guys in Florida soon!!!
Captain W. Duane Sousa, Jr.
August 31, 2009
Jeremy Rogers traveled from Southwest Florida to fish with Big Boy Charters on Monday August 31, 2009. We headed out to the Southwest Corner of Block Island to show Jeremy the Rhode Island way of fishing. Weather was great - sunny with small seas and very little wind and our agenda was Stipers, Blues, and then some bottom fishing. It was a multi-species trip - landing some good size keeper Stripers, some awesome Black Sea Bass and a really nice Green Bonita. Jeremy enjoyed our Rhode Island waters and adapted well to our way of fishing really quickly - we look forward to seeing him again soon!
Captain W. Duane Sousa, Jr.
September 5, 2009
Warren Coachman and friends boarded Big Boy II for a half day trip at 6:00 AM and headed off the dock looking for Stripers and Blues. Seas were calm, between 2 and 3 feet, with only 5 to 10 knot winds. The fish were everywhere, and we met our Striper limit by 10:00 AM, along with some big Blues. We all had a great time - Warren fishes with us every summer - and we look forward to doing it again soon!!
Captain W. Duane Sousa, Jr.
June 24th - 26th, 2008
June 24th through June 26th, 2008 found Big Boy Sport Fishing Charters filming with Dan Gapen, Sr., and "Bobber Anne" from Gapen Industries along with their crew. The movie segment was focused on Striper and Blues fishing in Block Island Sound. The shoot was a successful one, bringing Stripers and Blues to the cockpit in large numbers. The weather cooperated for most of the shoot, with some fog and chop out in Block Island Sound. First mate, Mike Cummerford, helped both Dan Gapen, Sr. and Bobber Anne drag multiple Blues to the boat, big keeper Stripers, and finally wrapped up the shoot with some Flounder fishing. A good time was had by all, and the movie will air sometime in mid-February.
July 26, 2008
Big Boy II left the dock at 6:00 AM and headed 30 miles south of Block Island to the our favorite shark grounds. When we arrived, we found the water temperature ideal for sharks. Also, we found our deep holes. The chum buckets were set up hanging over the side scenting the waters while we set up the fishing rods. We were fishing with 130 Penn Internationals, 300 pound test mono looking for the "Big Boy". An hour and a half into fishing we had our first Mako show up in the slick. We threw bait at him, but he just wasn't interested; he was on a mission going somewhere. Then it happened. Out of no where all hell broke loose. One of the 130s was screaming - we had a fish on. Not knowing what we had, we played with him for an hour. After jumping several times - 15 to 20 feet out of the water, we finally got him to the boat. By this time, the angler was totally exhausted. We had a big one. He was approximately 100 pounds. What a great day fishing!
August 16, 2008
On August 16, 2008 Big Boy II left the dock with one of our loyal customers - Louie, and his friends. Louie fishes with Big Boy Sport Fishing Charters five or six times a season, looking for anything from Bass and Blues, Flounder to Shark and Tuna. This day we were on a mission to bring back Tuna. Tuna fishing is risky business -- you have a fifty/fifty shot of even finding them, but when you do, it's "lock and load".
We headed 20 miles offshore to the Mud Hole. We had one rod go off early then nothing. We trolled the same area, back and forth, zig-zagging. Birds were working the water and we knew the Tuna were there, but we just couldn't get them to bite. Then it was like somebody threw a light switch. We had all 8 rods go off at the same time - FISH ON!! They only seemed to like one color - green. That was the magic color for the day. We are limited by Federal Regulations to keep one Schoolie, two mediums, and one Giant per day. We came back to the dock with one Schoolie, and two mediums.
What a great day. We just happened to be at the right place at the right time - that's what we call fishing.
August 30, 2008
After sharking all day Saturday August 30, 2008, we came back to the dock, ready to steak our catch, and clean the boat. The Catain and crew were tired and ready to call it a day. While getting our customers ready for their trip home, a couple walked down SS Dock and stopped at the cockpit of Big Boy II inquiring about a spur of the moment Cod trip for the next day. They were visiting from New Jersey, and hadn't made prior arrangements with any of the Charter Captains to charter a boat. Captain Sousa let the gentleman know that the Cod were just not biting that time of year, and if he took Bruce, the New Jersey native, out for a day of Cod fishing, he would just be taking him for a boat ride. This kind of honesty is what has made Big Boy Sport Fishing Charters the honest success that it is, but as Bruce and his wife thanked Captain Sousa and started to walk away, a strange thing happened. Bruce turned around after not getting 10 feet back up the dock, and asked Captain Sousa what else was biting in Rhode Island Sound, and if he could fit him in for a half day trip.
Arrangements were made, and Bruce showed up at the boat the next morning at 6:00. We left the dock before the sun came up, and headed out to Block Island Sound. This day, unlike so many other days before, became one of our most memorable ones. We helped Bruce bring the ever famous Rhode Island "Door Mats", Flounder, to the back of the boat, and added to that catch Black Sea Bass, and Scup, to mention just a few of the species we fished up. It was a day just like any other one, but we had stood by our reputation, were honest, and put the customer's expectations first, and the money quotient second. Bruce left us that day seemingly happy, and Big Boy Sport Fishing was proud that it had made another angler happy.
Bruce and his family came back several times thereafter, fishing Block Island Sound for giant stripers and blue fish with his sons. When one of his boys pulled up the biggest fish he ever caught, one of the crew was watching Bruce's face, and realized when the father told the Captain that "this was what being a father was all about", that we had done our job, and had grabbed a little bit of happiness that the father himself felt. When they returned again to fish with us, and had packed a lunch to feed Kings for the Captain and the crew, we knew that we had done our job, and made a friend.
Bruce and his crew will be following Big Boy Sport Fishing Charters to Southwest Florida in March looking for Grouper, Sheeps Head or early Tarpon. Whatever we catch, the best catch will be the friends we made.
Our thanks to our many loyal customers who make our business a success, and a reason to get up and go to "work" every day that we pull the boat off the dock.
Captain William Duane Sousa, Jr.