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Striped Bass Sensory Perception As It Applies To Anglers

Brian McCarty
MFCC member

With all the different variables in fishing, how do we know what techniques or tackle works best? To produce better results, we must first understand how the striped bass views the underwater world. By understanding its’ sensory perception, we can fine tune our fishing to be more successful on the water.

Sensory perception of the striped bass can be examined in three categories; vision, sound detection, and smell/taste. Before going any further, it is important to explain that “sound detection” is used loosely to characterize vibrations the striped bass can detect in addition to touch/feel (i.e. water temperature). Smell and taste are unanimous by anatomical design.

Striped Bass function primarily on instinct - reactive to stimuli - due to a complex nervous system and simple brain. They have nostrils which are used for smell rather than breathing, and an abundance of internal/external receptors, which integrate both smell and taste, among other things. The nerve tract for smell, taste and sound detection are well developed, yet their visual cortex is relatively small. For this reason, striped bass rely heavily on their smell, taste, and sound detection - more so than their vision.

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7 Tips To Help You Catch More False Albacore

Brian McCarty

This is the perfect time of year to start thinking about false albacore. Now is the time to do your research! I refer to research in the “official” sense - reading scientific data. 

It’s a wonderful way to build fishing knowledge, develop a better game plan for the upcoming albie season, and educate yourself on environmental factors that are key to successful outings. 

As a rule, any data collection will also spell out the exact methods used by researchers to catch fish (to be sampled). On the downside, these methods don’t typically get into the techniques used by hook & line surveys.

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Noman’s Land Island: A Brief History, and One Man’s Effort to Preserve It

Brian McCarty
MFCC member

Approximately three miles off the southwest coast of Martha’s Vineyard, lies the 628 acre island of Noman’s Land. It had once been inhabited by the Wampanoag Tribe and numerous settlers, but is now desolate and overgrown.

Many visible clues of past inhabitants have already disappeared, since the island has been off-limits to the public for the past 76 years. As time continues to pass, so does the opportunity to record the history first-hand through tangible evidence. 

Through the decades, there have been unusual occurrences reported on or around Noman’s Land. Among other fascinating tales, many believe Norsemen traveled to Noman’s Land (est. 1000 A.D), which may of served them as a seasonal hunting and fishing camp.

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Surfcasting Cuttyhunk with My Fishing Cape Cod

Brian McCarty

On July 26th, MFCC members Dex Chadsey, Ned Bean, Alberto Pina, Alex Ben David, and I, Brian McCarty made a pilgrimage to "fishing Mecca" - Cuttyhunk Island.

Located between Buzzards Bay and the Vineyard Sound, Cuttyhunk is the southernmost of the Elizabeth Islands.

Cuttyhunk is about a mile and a half long by three-quarters of a mile wide, with a large natural harbor located along the eastern side.

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