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New Member Promotion: Tautog Trip Giveaway!

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Today I just wanted to post a quick reminder about the tautog fishing trip giveaway which is happening this week on My Fishing Cape Cod.

For this promotion I am giving away one free spot onboard a 2021 MFCC group fishing trip for tautog.

All you have to do to get your name entered is start a MFCC membership before Saturday February 20th. If you've been thinking about joining as a member then maybe now is the time to hop onboard! 

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Season 4 of My Fishing Cape Cod TV Begins This Saturday February 13 at 9:30am

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I just figured I would publish a quick post to remind anyone who is interested that the first episode of season 4 of MFCC TV will air this Saturday at 9:30am on NBC Sports Boston.

There will also be a replay of the episode on Sunday at 10:30am, immediately following the 10am episode of On The Water TV.

This Saturday's episode will focus on early spring saltwater fishing opportunities on Cape Cod. That's all I'm going to say. The rest will be a surprise!

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Fishing in Provincetown, Massachusetts

This post was originally published in November of 2013. Today I wanted to re-publish this post with updated information about fishing the waters and shorelines of Provincetown, MA.

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Fishing in Provincetown, Massachusetts goes back centuries, well before the Pilgrims arrived on the Cape's sandy shores.

In fact, ancient fishermen once landed mammoth 100 plus pound codfish, door-size halibut, haddock, and a variety of other valuable fish species right off the P-town coast.

The fishing today may not be as incredible, but it's still pretty darn good. Just a few years ago there were several 1,000 pound giant bluefin tuna caught within sight of Provincetown's Race Point Beach. Large schools of striped bass and bluefish also show up at Provincetown throughout the course of spring, summer and fall.

As with most Cape Cod fishing spots, Provincetown fishing changes from season to season.

I recall one year where the bass schools were so dense that my sonar began to malfunction. The next summer I couldn't find a fish anywhere. I guess that is what keeps fishing in this area so interesting and exciting.

In this article, I would like to share with you my experiences and knowledge of fishing the Provincetown area for striped bass, bluefin tuna and other species. Please scroll below to continue reading. 👇

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5 Picturesque Cape Cod Summer Scenes To Help You Through The Winter

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During this cooler time of year, it can be fun to spend a moment or two daydreaming about the warm summer days which lay ahead.

For a moment, simply imagine the sound of waves lapping on your favorite Cape Cod beach, with bright sunshine beaming down from above.

Just the thought of such a scene causes feelings of peace and warmth to well up inside. For me, daydreaming inspires a flood of melancholic memories from days spent at the beach or on the boat.

If you can relate to what I'm talking about, then the video clips in this post are for you! Here are 5 picturesque Cape Cod scenes to help you through the winter. 👇

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How to Properly Release a Striped Bass [VIDEO]

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A couple of years ago I was going through our member forum, and I noticed a thread about the many poor catch and release practices witnessed during that year at the Cape Cod Canal

If you were not already aware, a lot of the people who fished the canal, especially during the 2017 season, did not know how to properly release a striped bass, resulting in dozens of dead fish floating in the canal's swift current. 

As we look forward to the 2021 season, I thought it would be good to share a quick video I created about how to properly release a striped bass. In this video I don't touch on everything you can do to ensure a good release, but I do mention a few of the most important things to keep in mind. 

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Getting Started With Trolling Bunker Spoons

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Bunker spoons often catch the largest striped bass in a given area. If you want to target the cows, then consider trolling spoons.

I first trolled bunker spoons off Cape Cod when I was 18 or 19 years old. Most of the stripers I have caught trolling bunker spoons have weighed at least 25 pounds, with the largest 43 pounds.

In this post I will share with you my super simple approach for getting started trolling bunker spoons off Cape Cod.

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Sight Fishing for Striped Bass on Cape Cod with the Hyperlastics Dart Spin Pro

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Back in early June of the 2019 Cape Cod fishing season, I headed out to a beach in this general area of the Cape, during the middle of the afternoon to catch the high tide. 

Striped bass had been coming extremely close to shore before and after high tide, which created a pretty cool sight-fishing for stripers opportunity.

For a lure I was casting what's become an "old reliable" striper lure for me. The 5.5 inch white ghost Dart Spin lure from A Band of Anglers proved to be a very effective bait for sight casting to these shallow water striped bass. 

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Ice Fishing on Cape Cod | January Fishing Report

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Note from Ryan: This ice fishing report is from January 3rd of 2018. I figured now would be a good time to re-publish this post because winter is upon us, and maybe if it gets cold enough we'll be able to ice fish on Cape!

We drilled through 6 inches of ice and set our traps rigged with live shiners. Minutes later we started catching jumbo pickerel, perch and largemouth bass.

That was last Wednesday January 3rd, under bright blue clear skies, before today's slightly milder temperatures settled into the region. 

For this trip I joined my good friend Jeff and three of his good buddies, Billy, Greg and Dan. Billy, Greg and Dan are brothers, and they have been fishing with my friend Jeff for years, so I knew it would be a fun trip. The moon was still hovering above the frozen surface of the pond when we arrived on the ice.

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Cape Cod Brown Trout Fishing with MFCC Member Tim Mugherini

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Cape Cod brown trout fishing is at its best during the colder weather months. Therefore fishing for brown trout on Cape Cod can be a great way to have fun during the offseason.

Brown trout can be caught using various methods, including bait fishing, fly fishing and casting artificial lures. Brown trout are an aggressive fish which commonly feed best at night.

Over the past couple of years I have watched inside our forum as our members share their own Cape Cod brown trout fishing reports, tips, tricks and words of advice. Today I am excited to share with you a brand new podcast all about Cape Cod brown trout fishing, with none other than MFCC member Tim Mugherini.

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Youth Angler Holiday Giveaways | New Winners!

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All MFCC anglers 18 years of age and younger are welcome to enter our 2020 Holiday Season giveaway series!

So far we've given away a rod and reel, lures, plugs bags, free MFCC memberships and other tackle. Plus I have more exciting things in store for the rest of the month.

If you are 18 years of age or younger, then please leave a comment at the bottom of this post to be automatically entered for a chance to win! 

Please scroll below to learn more about the items and winners of our giveaways so far this Holiday Season.

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Tuna Fishing Q&A with Captain Phil Howarth

Several months ago the crew from the Goose Hummock Shop in Orleans released an Intro to Tuna Fishing video on their YouTube channel.

Today they released another video which I feel will be very helpful for anyone interested in targeting tuna during the upcoming 2021 fishing season.

Earlier in the week, Jake from the Goose collected a bunch of tuna fishing questions from those who follow the Goose's Instagram page. Today the guys published an extensive 30 minute Q&A video with captain Phil answering many of the questions that were submitted.

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How to Catch Striped Bass when Everyone Else is Getting Skunked

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Note from Ryan: This post was originally published in March of 2013. Today I've gone ahead and re-published this article with updated information, videos, photos and links to additional helpful resources here on My Fishing Cape Cod.

In many Cape Cod fishing spots, you know if striped bass are being caught. That's because during the summer, certain Cape Cod fishing areas get so busy that a crowd of anglers (or a fleet of boats) can develop.

In these instances, you can easily see when someone's rod bends over.  If the fish are aggressive, you can learn how to catch striped bass by simply observing what other folks are doing.  

Yet often times just one or two boats catch fish, while everyone else in the fleet gets skunked.  The question then is, what in the world are those one or two boats doing differently than everyone else?

The rest of this post will help to answer that question. I've also included some personal stories and additional resources to help you become a better striped bass angler. 

Please read below to discover more! 👇

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3 Simple Tips For Catching Stripers From Shore On A Bucktail Jig

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I have fished for striped bass from shore using bucktail jigs for as long as I can remember. When I was a kid, I would often cast bucktail jigs from the beaches of Cape Cod Bay before and after school.

Bucktail jigging is a technique that's been used on Cape Cod (and all around the world) for many years. The bucktail jig has literally been a staple "go-to" striper technique for generations.

This article was originally published here on My Fishing Cape Cod way back on May 28th of 2014, immediately after I returned home from this striper fishing trip. Today I wanted to re-publish this article with new information, videos, and links to other helpful resources about catching stripers from shore with bucktail jigs.

I really recommend always having at least one bucktail jig in your striper arsenal at all times! In this post I will share with you 3 simple tips for catching stripers from shore on an old classic - the bucktail jig.

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Tube & Worm Trolling for Big Stripers with My Mom

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Back in September of 2018, my mom Kathy and I headed out onto Cape Cod Bay for a morning of tube and worm trolling.

During this trip I used my sonar to locate the schools, and then I trolled one tube and worm fished on lead core directly through the center of each school.

The majority of MFCC TV episodes are only available to members of My Fishing Cape Cod, but today I wanted to publicly share this episode so people who are not yet members could check it out.

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Fishing for Cod & Haddock with Bruno Demir

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About one month ago I was browsing through the My Fishing Cape Cod members' forum when I came across a post from MFCC member and Cape & Islands Mitsubishi owner, Bruno Demir.

Bruno had just gotten in from a trip out east for cod and haddock. Bruno and his crew had done very well with steady action throughout the trip.

Seeing Bruno's post inspired me, so I decided to ask Bruno if he would be willing to share some details about fishing for cod and haddock in a new podcast. As I expected, Bruno was happy to share info and he jumped at the opportunity.

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