2011 was a great year!
The striped bass this season in Cape Cod Bay averaged 40 inches in length and weighed 26 pounds. That’s one hefty average fish. We didn’t land the coveted 50 pounder this year, but we did catch numerous 40 plus pound bass. More than 20 people caught the biggest striped bass of their lives fishing aboard the Miss Loretta this season.
We had folks from all over the world fish Cape Cod Bay this year. We had Australians, Canadians and Americans from as far away as Pennsylvania and upstate New York. It was great meeting everyone!
Now it is time to look forward to the 2012 season.
Cape Cod Bay will see an influx of bass beginning in May. Charters will start May 10th.
Day time trips can be especially productive during May and June. Early in the season we will primarily be using live mackerel. Chunk mackerel, tube and worm, and plugs also produce well early in the year. Sunrise and sunset trips are best during May and June.
“Well I’m back to reality and just wanted to say thank you for a great fishing trip and a priceless memory. Then you iced the cake with a wonderful story on the internet. To update you, the pictures are enlarged waiting for a frame and prominent location to hang. The internet article is printed waiting to be laminated. Absolutely great!”
In May and June expect to leave the dock just before sunrise and fish through the morning, or leave the dock early in the afternoon and fish until just after dark.
The bite in the Bay begins to shift once July rolls around. During July and August our tactics will change to using the tube and worm and live eels at night and early in the morning. If you want to cash in on a big bass during July and August, then you will have to miss some sleep.
“Every time the crew gets together we smile and remember that mid September evening aboard the Miss Loretta. It simply was the best fishing trip I have ever had and I say that for the boys as well. We not only caught Big Fish, we caught close to 40 that evening. I appreciate your honesty in saying that we had an unusually good night. Thank you once again for the memories of a lifetime.”
Robert and the Adirondack Fishing Crew-NY State
September is the best month for fishing Cape Cod Bay. If you are hoping to fish during September then I recommend scheduling your trip as soon as possible. The best bite during September usually starts a coupe hours before sunset and runs through the early evening. Being on the water at sunrise is also a good bet this time of the year. Our primary tactic will be pitching live eels followed by the tube and worm.
The fall run is a bit hit or miss no matter where you fish in New England. If the bass decide to stage in Cape Cod Bay before migrating south through the Cape Cod Canal, we will have epic fishing. However if the bass opt for migrating around the outer arm of Cape Cod, then we may be out of luck.
During October your best bet is to schedule a trip early in the month-preferably sometime during the first week in October. Sunrise and sunset are typically the best times to go fishing. As the month progresses the fishing has the potential to be incredible, or quickly die off. Feel free to email me or call my cell for the latest reports.
“Captain Collins made it look easy!! Awsome night Ryan, thank you again for a trip to remember. We’ll be back same time next year and maybe before this season comes to a close.”
If you are looking to booze it up, then I’d recommend you consider hiring another one of Cape Cod’s many fine charter captains. However if you are looking for a no-nonsense approach to putting big bass in the boat, then give me a call or shoot me an email.
Another aspect of fishing aboard the Miss Loretta which I like to think separates us from the rest of the charter fishing “pack” is our Keeper Guarantee.
I understand that a charter can be a substantial investment. For full 8 hour trips, if your party does not catch at least 1 keeper striped bass I will offer you the option of a free trip later in the season, or just covering the cost of gas and bait ($150).
“Anyone who fishes knows you are not going to pull up the big one every time you throw a line in. My first trip with Ryan this past season resulted in a lot of rain, fog and to be honest-not a single fish. But later in the season Ryan asked if I’d be willing to give it another shot, at a reduced cost, which I happily agreed to do. We ended up reeling in 31 keepers in that single trip! I have never gone out with a more knowledgeable, professional, and enthusiastic captain than the one with this boat.”
Sean – Boston, MA
Full Day or Night Striped Bass Trip (8 hours) – $500 with the Keeper Guarantee
Half trip (4 hours) – $350
To schedule a trip, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Or contact Captain Ryan Collins at 774-313-8571
Depart and return to the Sandwich Marina
25 Ed Moffit Drive
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I bring?
All you need to bring is warm clothing, a good pair of sneakers/boots, a cooler full of snacks and drinks and most importantly-an optimistic attitude! All fishing equipment and bait is provided, so it is best if you leave your gear at home.
What if the weather is bad?
I keep a close eye on the weather at all times. We will never leave the dock in unsafe weather conditions, and we will immediately return to the dock if the weather takes a turn for the worse. I usually have an idea if a trip will have to be cancelled a day or two before the scheduled date, however I appreciate your flexibility with regards to the ever changing Cape Cod weather forecasts.
Do I have to fillet the fish?
I will happily fillet your catch for you upon return to the dock. It’s best to bring a spare cooler for the fillets.
Will we catch anything other than striped bass?
Depending on the time of the season, we may also catch bluefish. Some of the bluefish in Cape Cod Bay can be huge. This past season we caught numerous bluefish around the 15 pound mark.
Where will we be fishing?
We typically cover a lot of water. Sometimes we find the fish right by the east end of the Cape Cod Canal. Then a day later we find the fish off of Yarmouth or Dennis. We fish the entire stretch of water extending east from the Cape Cod Canal to Billingsgate Shoals. With that said most of our fishing occurs within 30 minutes from the dock.