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Online Registration Is Now Open For April Meetups

Ryan Collins

Spring is in the air! The freshwater bite on Cape Cod is great, holdover striped bass are stirring, and the saltwater scene will soon be heating up.

As we look forward to April, I am happy to announce that we will have two in-person meetups at the Fishermen's View Restaurant, on the banks of the Cape Cod Canal. 

Online registration for these two meetups is now open! Please make sure to register online because space is limited, and we need to know exactly how many members to expect. 

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How to Properly Release a Striped Bass

Ryan Collins

Yesterday I was going through our member forum, and I noticed a thread about the many poor catch and release practices witnessed last year at the Cape Cod Canal. 

If you were not already aware, a lot of the people who fished the canal during 2017 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 2018 season, I ask that you, your family and your fishing friends place an emphasis on releasing fish quickly and in good condition. To help aid in this goal, I decided to create the following video. 

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Win A Cape Cod Surfcasting Trip!

Ryan Collins

Start a membership before April 1st and get entered to win a Cape Cod surfcasting trip! The winner will explore a really cool area of the Cape with myself and another member from My Fishing Cape Cod.

I can't guarantee "trophy fish" but I can guarantee a memorable experience.

Last year I took several members from My Fishing Cape Cod surfcasting and we had a blast catching schoolies to small keepers in one of the most scenic spots I know of on Cape. 

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Fishing Off The Great Backside Beaches Of Cape Cod

Ryan Collins

My fascination with Cape Cod's great backside beaches started as a kid, when I was reading one of Frank Daignault’s books about surfcasting the Cape.

Frank’s stories about legendary nights spent catching jumbo striped bass definitely inspired me to fish more and fish harder. I even got the chance to tell him this during a phone call I had with him last winter.

While I’ve had some success fishing the backside beaches from shore, the majority of my catches in the area have happened while fishing from my 21ft fiberglass boat the Miss Loretta. Just about everyone agrees that the seals have negatively influenced the surfcasting in this area of the Cape.

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February 11 Meetup Group Discussion @ Fishermen’s View Restaurant

Ryan Collins

On Sunday February 11th we had our first meetup of the 2018 season in the new function room at Fishermen's View Restaurant. 

We packed the room (which overlooks the East End of the canal) with more than 35 members from My Fishing Cape Cod.

The first 45 minutes of the meeting included plenty of coffee and networking. We then introduced ourselves one-by-one, sharing our goals for the 2018 season, as well as our goals for the meetup. 

Once this concluded we jumped right into a group discussion ranging from topics such as bait movement in Cape Cod Bay, to fishing for stripers along the beach. 

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Fishing the Town of Mashpee

Ryan Collins

My connection to the town of Mashpee began when I was a kid playing sports. Throughout elementary school, middle school and high school, my sports teams would travel to Mashpee and face-off in baseball and basketball games.

Back then I wasn’t able to drive myself around, so any fishing I did in Mashpee would rely on a car ride from my dad. Fortunately I was pretty good at convincing him that the 30 minute drive from my childhood home in Bourne was worth the effort.

Sometimes all that effort pad off big. I remember one afternoon in particular when the bluefish were running in the surf at South Cape Beach. My dad and I arrived just as the blitz was getting started, and we enjoyed nonstop action until sunset, sometimes catching two bluefish on the same plug. It was that good!

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The Epic 2017 Fishing Season @ the Cape Cod Canal

Ryan Collins

The most epic Cape Cod Canal striped bass fishing season in recent memory began in 2017 during the second week of May.

It started with news of a mammoth 60+ pound striper which was caught somewhere in Buzzard’s Bay. Soon that school of trophy-size fish swam north, passing Mass Maritime Academy and entering the canal’s landcut.

It was difficult to keep the news from getting out. Members here on My Fishing Cape Cod may of gotten an early jump on the action, but it was just a matter of one or two days until photos of huge fish and crazy topwater blitzes filled the newsfeeds of people’s Facebook and Instagram accounts.

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Surfcasting Ft. Lauderdale | What I’ve Learned So Far

Ryan Collins

"Sir, you know you cannot fish here, right?" is what I heard coming from behind my left shoulder. I turned around to see a cute little old lady, who was quite adamant about enforcing the local fishing laws.

Apparently fishing from the beach here in Fort Lauderdale is only allowed before 8AM and after 6PM.

I'm not one to make a scene (especially when it involves little old ladies) so I kindly reeled in my lure and told her that I prefer fishing at night anyways, and would return later on in the evening.

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Surfcasting Ft. Lauderdale Beach During The Winter

Ryan Collins

Currently I am in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, visiting with my in-laws, working remotely on the computer and fishing in between. 

I came here with no big expectations fishing-wise, but after having some success this afternoon, I am feeling much more inspired and motivated to fish the surf. 

My first-ever Florida surfcasting adventure began today at 3PM, when I walked out of our AirBnB house, crossed a highway and walked several hundred more yards to Fort Lauderdale beach. 

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February Meetup at Fishermen’s View Restaurant

Ryan Collins

About one month ago I started this thread in our forum, asking members to share ideas about what they would like to see more of during 2018.

One idea that continues to be mentioned is creating more opportunities for members to meet one another and network. 

This makes perfect sense! After all there is no arguing that one of the most effective ways to catch more fish is to improve your personal fishing network. Plus it's always just fun to get together during the winter and talk fishing.

That's why I hope you will join me and dozens of members from My Fishing Cape Cod for our first meetup of the 2018 season, at the Fishermen's View Restaurant in Sandwich, MA.

Please login or start a My Fishing Cape Cod membership to access the rest of this post, and purchase a ticket to attend the meetup.

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