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Video Course Part #1 – How To Fish A Pencil Popper


This is part #1 of a video course I am creating about how to catch striped bass from shore. This 9 minute video is free for MFCC members (if you’re not a member you can download this video here for $5).

Over the past few months quite a few folks have inquired about exactly how to fish a pencil popper. I feel that this video will do a good job of explaining the technique in detail.

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Smuggler’s Beach Fish Pier, West Yarmouth

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(This post was authored by MFCC contributor Garet Suomala)

Hello again! It’s me Garet.

I recently went out fishing with Ryan, and this time we went to the Smugglers Beach Fish Pier in West Yarmouth.

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MFCC Fishing Classes

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This past Saturday morning I met up with 20 fishing enthusiasts for a fun and educational in-person fishing class. I had a terrific time meeting those who attended and I enjoyed sharing some of the fishing knowledge I've been fortunate to accumulate over the years.

Hosting in-person fishing classes is definitely something I will be doing again soon. In this brief blog post I want to share what we covered during this past Saturday's class, and also discuss future classes.

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5 “Kid Friendly” Cape Cod Fishing Trips

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Cape Cod has tons of “kid-friendly” fishing opportunities. When I fished as a kid I really only cared about:

  1. Catching anything and everything. Small fish, big fish…tadpoles…didn’t matter!
  2. Exploring outside and getting dirty, seeing cool creatures and having fun.

And my parents cared about:

  1. Easy access, where they could park the car and enjoy the experience without any hassles.
  2. Finding a little time to kick back and relax.

This is simple fishing – no big boats or expensive gear required! So based off the above criteria I decided to produce this post about 5 kid-friendly Cape Cod fishing trips I feel are definitely worth the time and effort.

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How Do Tide Changes Affect Fishing On Cape Cod?

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Tide changes can have a dramatic impact on fishing. One must think that a tide change is quite the big deal, at least from a fish’s perspective.

This week Rick McNeil left me a voice mail asking the question how do tide changes affect fishing? 

I do my best to provide an answer in this 5 minute mini-podcast.

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Receive Information About The Areas You Most Like To Fish

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I am happy to announce that getting information about the Cape Cod fishing areas which interest you the most, just got a bunch easier.

Follow the below 2 steps and you will be well on your way.

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2 Places To Find A Keeper Striper From Shore This Week On Cape Cod


As of right now the weather for this week is looking pretty reasonable. Unless the forecast changes (as it often does!) we might receive a day or two of “balmy” southwest winds.

If you want to catch at least one more keeper striper from shore on Cape Cod, then I feel this is the week to do it. In this post I’ll share with you a few places worth checking out over the next several days.

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Dowses Beach Fish Pier, Osterville

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This is a guest post written by MFCC contributor Garet Suomala

I went fishing at Dowses Beach with Ryan a couple weeks ago before work. We fished on the fish pier instead of the nearby jetty, because the pier is a flat surface, which is much safer for me, compared to the slippery rocks of the jetty.

The second reason I like fishing from a pier is because when we caught fish, it was much easier for me to take them off the hook. For example, my balance is not so good and it would not have been safe for me to try to unhook the fish while my feet were slipping all over the place.

Also, casting was much easier for me on the solid surface of the pier compared to the slippery surface of a jetty, or the rocks along the Cape Cod Canal. So I guess that’s why I like fishing on piers and in this report I’ll tell you more about fishing at the Dowses Beach fish pier.

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2 Easy Access Surfcasting Spots In Provincetown


A common request I received throughout the 2014 season was to provide information about easy-to-access fishing spots. Many people here on MFCC wanted to fish spots where parking was free, simple and easy.

In Provincetown two particular places come to mind. I feel comfortable sharing these productive spots here online because there is plenty of parking, no private property involved and tons of space, so crowding is not an issue.

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Our Super Simple Strategy For Fishing Hydrographer’s Canyon

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The technique we used at Hydrographer’s Canyon incorporated a simple trolling spread which consisted of spreader bars, single lures, and skirted ballyhoos.

On Mike’s center console we are able to run a 7 rod spread with a long and short outrigger, two flatlines close to the boat, and a long line down the middle.

In this post I will dive into greater detail and share with you the specifics of how we were able to catch yellowfin tuna and mahi on the troll at Hydro.

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