November 24, 2021

This post was originally published in November of 2015.John D. Silva - MFCC memberI’m always surprised by the number of people who believe that the annual trout fishing season runs for only five or six months a year.  I’m often asked if I’m “anxious” to get back out on the ...

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Top 4 Techniques for Cape Cod Trout
July 22, 2020

Note from Ryan: This post from MFCC member John D. Silva was originally published in August of 2015. I figured now would be a good time to re-publish this post, because fluke fishing in the canal is a great option for anglers right now.John D. SilvaFor the shore bound angler ...

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Fluke Fishing in the Cape Cod Canal – Part #1 Recommended Bait & Tackle
July 22, 2020

This is part #2 of a two part series on fluke fishing in the Canal. Click here to view part #1 about the best bait & tackle.In the Cape Cod Canal fluke are often found holding on sand bars in areas with a very slow current, or in eddies adjacent ...

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Fluke Fishing in the Cape Cod Canal – Part #2 Best Locations
July 3, 2020

If you’re idea of fluke fishing is the embodiment of playing tug-o-war with a living, angry manhole cover, then you may find that you have to go deep to find those big-shouldered bruisers.Casual anglers are often bunched up on the flats competing for their share of “just–legal” shallow-water adolescents.For those ...

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Going Deep for Monster Fluke on Cape Cod
May 9, 2019

John D. Silva The arrival of Mother’s Day each year brings about a challenging set of circumstances for the devoted outdoorsman. Mother’s Day traditionally falls on the second Sunday in May, an otherwise valuable, carefree day of outdoor recreation.  With hungry, all-to-willing trout rising in the streams, actively feeding largemouth ...

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Fishing on Mother’s Day?
June 11, 2018

John D. SilvaMember since 2012Many folks get their first experience fishing using a tiny rod and a closed face, push-button reel. They're easy to use, inexpensive, and a great way to get started fishing. Their ease of use can also benefit the elderly. Specifically, they benefit the senior citizens of Sacred Heart Nursing ...

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Donate Some Of Your Fishing Tackle To This Good Cause
April 4, 2018

John D. Silva It was the third Sunday in April (several years ago) and the weather was warm and pleasant. I arrived at the usual spot near the usual gate in Sterling, Massachusetts for my annual rendezvous with friend and colleague Ron Powers.But the timing was far from usual. After ...

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Get Ready For Wachusett Reservoir Opening Day
May 17, 2016

John D. Silva We transited out of the marina and began heading east. The sun had already crested the horizon on this brisk spring morning.For mid-May the conditions were pristine. The eventual target would be migrating striped bass, but first we had to secure live bait. As salty veterans know, mid-May ...

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Fifteen Bass To 37 Inches
November 19, 2015

John D. Silva Kettle ponds are one of the great natural treasures of Cape Cod. With so many cold, clear, pristine habitats—all within a reasonable travel distance from each other—quality trout fishing possibilities are plentiful on the Cape. Among the lakes and ponds that receive seasonal stockings, there are but ...

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Top 4 Trout Fishing Destinations on Cape Cod
August 21, 2015

​This is part #2 of a two part series on bait fishing at the Cape Cod Canal. Click here to read part #1. Once you’ve identified a productive area to concentrate on, you must then provide the proper presentation to have success. Don’t underestimate how important this is. You must position ...

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Bait Fishing at the Cape Cod Canal | Part #2
August 19, 2015

At the risk of sounding like an old-timer…ahem, years ago, the dominant fishing method among rock-hopping Canal rats was bait fishing. Times change and with them came so many modern and effective ways to catch striped bass using artificial lures – soft plastic baits, jigs, surface & swimming plugs. ...

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Bait Fishing at the Cape Cod Canal | Part #1
July 24, 2015

This is part #3 of a series of posts about fluke fishing on Cape Cod. To read part #1 click here and to read part #2 click here.John D. SilvaIf you really want to go all out for a potential trophy-size manhole cover, then you have to think big (as the old axiom ...

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Cape Cod Fluke Tactics Part #3 | The Finer Details