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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


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


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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The Simplest Way To Catch A Striper At The Cape Cod Canal

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From jigging to eeling, fishing cut bait and plugging, there is certainly no shortage of different ways to catch a striped bass at the Cape Cod Canal. So many ways actually, that it can be rather intimidating if you’re new to fishing the Big Ditch.

Whether in fishing or life, I feel it is best to keep things as simple as possible. In this post I am going to share with you a simple, and what I believe is the easiest, way to catch a striper at the Cape Cod Canal.

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My 5 Most Frustrating Fishing Trips Of All Time

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This past Monday I spent nearly 24 hours on my boat. I searched far and wide, finally found fish, and then watched as the guy next to me caught them. I unfortunately could not catch a darn thing.

I then proceeded to slice my finger on the anchor and embed a hook in my left butt cheek. I burned so much fuel I may need to get a second job. By the end of the trip I was ready to sell the boat and downgrade to a canoe.

I understand I am not the only one who has frustrating days of fishing. Despite having  a fancy website, I do not always catch the fish.  I hope this post helps you feel “less alone” the next time you encounter frustration on the water.

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Getting Started Trolling With Leadcore Line

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Summer is finally here on the Cape!  Flat calm, hot, humid days are right around the corner.

One of the most reliable ways of catching big striped bass from a boat during the dog days of summer, is via trolling leadcore line. Leadcore lines makes it easy to present a lure to big stripers, holding deep in the water column.

In this MFCC member video I will share with you:

  • The concept behind leadcore line trolling and why it works
  • How to use leadcore line to present a bait or lure at precisely the correct depth
  • My personal setup for trolling leadcore line

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The 10 Most-Stunning Things I’ve Experienced While Fishing Cape Cod

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Yesterday I took some friends from Minnesota out on my boat. We did some fishing and explored numerous sand bars, tidal pools and other areas that essentially feel like home to me.

The surprise, excitement and curiosity that this experience sparked in these people from Minnesota really struck me, and I realized that not many people get the opportunity to see and experience the side of Cape Cod that I often take for granted.

In this post I want to share with you 10 of the most-stunning things I have experienced while fishing Cape Cod, because I would like for more people to realize and understand just how incredible this environment truly is.

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