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4 Little Known Secrets About Fishing Plymouth Bay

Ryan Collins

One can only imagine how good the fishing must of been in Plymouth Bay when the Pilgrims first arrived in 1620. In fact, General William Bradford even wrote that it was possible to walk across Plymouth Bay on the backs of striped bass. 

The early settlers even fed 3-4 foot long lobsters to their pigs. It’s my understanding the Pilgrims would walk the beach after storms and pluck huge lobsters (which would today fetch $36/pound)  from the sand and then feed them to livestock. 

Fortunately the fishing in Plymouth Bay is still very good. I’m sure the numbers of fish can’t compare to 400 years ago when the Pilgrims arrived, but overall the bay still presents a fantastic fishery with lots to offer the ambitious angler who is up for doing some exploring. 

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Win a “Fall Run” Cape Cod Surfcasting Trip!

Ryan Collins

Start a membership before September 1st and be automatically entered to win a fall run Cape Cod surfcasting trip with me! 

The winner will explore and fish a beautiful and remote section of beach here on Cape Cod with myself and another member from MFCC, during either September or October (whatever works best for your schedule).

I can't guarantee "trophy fish" but I can guarantee a memorable experience. Even if the fishing is slow, we will still be able to explore one of the Cape's most beautiful and wild places, and you will learn a lot.

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Fishing East Of Chatham During July

Ryan Collins

During the heat of summer on Cape Cod, the waters east of Chatham are deep and cold, especially compared to the shallow and warm waters of Nantucket and Vineyard Sound.

Not far offshore the bottom drops off considerably and depths of 100 feet are located within just a few miles of the beach. A strong and swift ocean current mixes cold water and nutrients, attracting a melting pot of different species of fish, mammals, sharks and birds. 

I first fished east of Chatham when I was in my early twenties, and compared to other areas of the Cape, the waters east of Chatham are still relatively new to me. However in the past decade I’ve learned a lot about the fishery (and the fog).

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60 Bass From The Beach

Ryan Collins

Nighttime is the right time for stripers during July! Back on July 1st, two members of MFCC and I experienced an epic bite fishing from shore here on Cape.

In this report I'll share with you the story of this trip, while also providing as many tips and details about the best tide, lures, and other advice for finding and catching stripers from shore this month on Cape Cod.

To view every little detail of this report, please make sure you are logged-in to the My Fishing Cape Cod website with your username and password. If you are not yet member, then you can still access a lot of this report (or you can sign up as a member and get full access).

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Striped Bass Fishing The Town Of Dennis, MA

Ryan Collins

My first experience striped bass fishing the town of Dennis occurred when I was a young teenager, maybe 13 or 14 years old.

My dad had purchased a 12ft tin boat powered by a 6hp Johnson engine, and he decided it would be fun to pile his family into the boat for an epic voyage. 

So my dad, my 10 year old sister Katelyn, my mom Kathy and yours truly packed into the 12 footer for the hour plus ride from Sagamore Beach to the flats off Chapin Beach on the northside of Dennis. 

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The Daddy Mac RD Bomb

Ryan Collins

The 2018 My Fishing Cape Cod Derby is underway and so far it is shaping up to be a great tournament! 

If you have not already noticed, one very cool addition to our prize packages is the new spook-style plug from Daddy Mac Lures. 

To create this plug, the team at Daddy Mac consulted with Bobby Rice of Reel Deal Fishing Charters in Truro, to help design a topwater lure that would elicit vicious surface strikes from stripers of all shapes and sizes.

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Fishing Barnstable Harbor During The Summer

Ryan Collins

Barnstable Harbor is a tropical paradise during the middle of the summer. On a bright sunny day the crystal clear waters take on a turquoise glow that can make you feel like you’re in the Caribbean. 

Just about everywhere you look in Barnstable Harbor feels as if it was a scene taken straight from a postcard. In particular the Sandy Neck Colony at Beach Point is one spot that has graced the cover of many Cape Cod calendars, and been the subject of many photographs and paintings. 

When I think about Barnstable Harbor during the summer, a calm, peaceful feeling descends upon me. It is awfully difficult to spend a day fishing, boating or just wandering around this area without feeling a refreshed and renewed sense of hope for this world. 

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Fly Fishing The Surf, To Live-Lining Macks to 40lb Bass | June 24 Report

Ryan Collins

Over the past four days I've fished with 12 members of My Fishing Cape Cod. We've fly fished, surf cast, and live-lined mackerel to stripers of up to 40lbs.

These trips are part of the limited number of custom guided trips I am offering this season to My Fishing Cape Cod members. These trips are a great opportunity to not just catch fish, but to also learn about different techniques and areas!

My latest batch of trips began extremely early on Wednesday morning (as in 12:45am early). MFCC member Aaron Perlmutter and I met up at 2am and hiked out in the pitch dark of the night to one of my favorite beaches on Cape Cod.

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How To Not Slip On The Rocks @ The Cape Cod Canal

Ryan Collins

The rocks along the banks of the Cape Cod Canal are notoriously slippery, and it is very easy to take a tumble if you are not careful.

In fact, I am honestly amazed that more people do not injure themselves when fishing at the Cape Cod Canal.

Wearing korkers is a great way to help ensure steady footing on the slipperly surface of the canal's rip-rap. However, korkers can be expensive and believe it or not there is a much less expensive solution.

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A Memorable Week Of Fishing With Members | June 12 Fishing Report

Ryan Collins

Over the past seven days I've fished with ten members of My Fishing Cape Cod. All of these trips have had the same goal - to catch fish and to learn about specific techniques and areas.

These trips are part of the limited number of custom guided trips I am offering this season to My Fishing Cape Cod members. These trips are a great opportunity to not just catch fish, but to also learn about different techniques and areas.

This weekend I had an amazing beach fishing trip with 15 year old Adam Walton and his granddad Rich. Adam caught his first ever "keeper" and the largest fish of his life!

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