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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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5 Ways To Fish Live Bait On Cape Cod

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Over the past several days I’ve noticed that live bait has worked better for me, and the guys I’ve been fishing with, than lures and other artificial baits. Whether you’re fishing for bass or tuna, live bait will probably be your best bet at catching a fish or two-especially the big ones.

However fishing live bait is not as simple as it sounds. In many scenarios, placing a live baitfish on a hook and letting him swim around is just not enough. I feel it’s best to be at least somewhat comfortable with a few different live bait techniques before heading out onto the water in pursuit of big stripers and giant tuna.

In this post I’ll share with you five ways I have found success fishing with live bait. I will also share with you a free eBook and a free video with more detailed information.

If you have any questions you can leave me a comment, or a voice mail (yes a voice mail!), at the bottom of this post.

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Getting Started Live-Lining Mackerel

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I usually live-line mackerel during May and June, however this year everything seems to be “running a bit behind.” Right now we are approaching mid-July, and live mackerel are still plentiful in many inshore waters throughout the Cape.

Bass in these areas are super susceptible to a properly presented live mack. Live-lining mackerel has been one of the most successful techniques the past few weeks here on Cape Cod, and I would expect live-lining to continue to work for as long as the macks decide to stick around.

In this post I’ll share with you the simple strategy I’ve been using this season for live-lining macks to striped bass.

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Getting Started With Trolling Bunker Spoons

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Bunker spoons catch the largest striped bass in any given area. If you want to target the cows, then consider trolling spoons-especially right now in the waters off Cape Cod.

I began trolling bunker spoons this past Monday and will continue trolling spoons periodically over the next few weeks. In this post I will share with you my super simple setup for bunker spoon trolling.

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