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10 Reasons Why I Live For Hiking & Fishing Cape Cod’s Beaches

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More than 150 years ago, Henry David Thoreau walked for 25 miles, from Nauset Inlet to Provincetown. I would like to do the same thing-but with a fishing rod in hand.

So far this season, I have on numerous occasions, hiked long stretches of sandy beach, meandered through forests of scrub pines, traversed wild cranberry bogs and climbed atop high dunes and vertical cliffs, fishing and capturing the occasional striped bass and bluefish along the way.

My past excursions have not yet surpassed Thoreau’s 25 mile trek. In fact, my longest hiking and fishing trip this season has been a mere 6 miles.

I will surely have my work cut out for me when I attempt to hike and fish Thoreau’s 25 mile jaunt! Yet I know the effort will not be in vain, and here’s why…

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2014 MFCC Cuttyhunk Island Trip

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More so this season than ever before, folks have been expressing how much they’d like to fish with me and other MFCC members. This is terrific and I am excited so many people are interested!

Due to the demand I decided to organize the first ever MFCC Cuttyhunk Island Trip.

On October 3-5 myself and a limited number of MFCC members will travel to Cuttyhunk Island off the coast of Cape Cod to surfcast for striped bass. If you’re a MFCC member and are interested in coming, then definitely read on.

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September Full Moon Could = Big Fish

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Are you ready for the September full moon?

Yesterday I shared a video on the My Fishing Cape Cod Facebook page that caught the attention of a lot of people. The video (which you can watch below) was about the upcoming September full moon and how it may impact the fishing here on Cape Cod.

In this post I want to share you with my game plan for making the most of the upcoming September 8th full moon. At the end of this post I’d like to hear your game plan, questions thoughts and comments.

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10 Reasons Why September Is My Favorite Month For Fishing Cape Cod

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During September mornings are cooler, but the fishing can be hot.

September is a special month for fishing on Cape Cod. The seasons begin to change and in many areas, the fishing begins to improve.

September is the start of my favorite time of the year. I feel an exciting energy permeating through me.

Call me crazy but I love September, and here’s why.

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5 Places To Fish & Explore Via Kayak On Cape Cod

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This past Friday I met with John, Tommy and Matt from Sturgis Boat Works in West Yarmouth. Right off the bat I could tell that these guys know their stuff with regards to kayaks, especially the Hobie Kayak line, which are designed with the fisherman in mind.

If all goes well I will be fishing from a Sturgis Boat Works kayak very soon, and sharing the experience here with you on MFCC. This fall I was planning on fishing numerous nooks and crannies throughout the Cape in my row boat, but now with a Hobie kayak at my disposal, the sky is the limit.

In this post I will share with you 5 places I feel will be great to fish and explore via kayak. You may even catch me at one of these spots over the next several weeks.

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8 Steps To Fishing The Cape Cod Canal With Young Children

New saltwater fisherman Kyle Connors caught this small sea bass while fishing the Canal with me a couple weeks ago.

One way my Dad got me hooked on fishing was by taking me to the Cape Cod Canal on Sunday evenings when I was between the ages of 6 and 10 years old.

No we did not jig or plug for big stripers, but we did catch a ton of small bottom fish that kept me occupied and very engaged, despite my young age.

In this post I want to share with you 8 steps for fishing the Canal with young children. However be careful because you just may get the young kids in your life hopelessly addicted to fishing – which is exactly what happened to me!

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Ask Ryan Podcast

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This week I’d like to try out something new, and if you’re interested in participating, I want to hear from you!

I am going to publish a podcast that features actual questions submitted by MFCC members, fans and readers. If you have something in mind that you’d like to ask me, then this is your chance.

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3 Ways To Catch A Big Striper This Week At The Cape Cod Canal

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As a teenager my most productive Canal trips happened during the night in July.

It’s the end of July and often the striped bass fishing action at the Cape Cod Canal slows way down. However this has been an interesting season so far at the Big Ditch and there’s reason to believe the fishing might actually get better as August approaches.

Right now I feel you will have an excellent chance of hooking a good fish at the Canal, granted you put in the time and effort. There’s been some good fish taken recently and at odd hours too, like smack dab during the middle of the day, when the sun is high in the sky.

In this post I’ll share with you three ways you can catch a big striper this week fishing the Cape Cod Canal.

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How To Use Sidescan Sonar 101

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A part of me wishes that sonar did not exist. I feel that we would not have to be concerned with bag limits and regulations, if sonar was not around.

I also feel that “old school” fishing knowledge that was centered around wind, tides, weather, and a certain kind of “instinct” is no longer as important as it once was, prior to sonar coming onto the scene.

Sonar makes catching fish much, much easier. Yet as we discussed in Understanding Your Sonar 101, just having a sonar on your boat is no guarantee that you’ll find and catch fish. There’s a lot more to it.

In this post I will share with you some more advanced ideas and techniques for finding and catching fish using sidescan sonar.

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Understanding Your Sonar 101

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Having sonar (AKA “fish-finder”) on your boat is no guarantee that you’ll actually find fish! Like anything else, sonar is a tool and the more expertise you have with sonar, the better you’ll be at using it to find and catch fish.

In this post I will use sonar snapshots from this season and the 2013 season to help share what I know about using sonar effectively. This post should be of value to you if you have sonar but am not 100% confident using it.

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