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Fishing on Mother’s Day?

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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 & smallmouth bass fattening up for the coming spawn, and striped bass and bluefish making their annual, frenzied run up the coastline, the month of May is a coming-out party of sorts for winter-weary anglers.

But just as we slowly begin to shake out the cobwebs from another long winter’s slumber, WHAM!! Obligation jumps up and whacks us in the back of the head with a two-by-four, stopping us cold in our muddy tracks. This is when beleaguered, outdoor-loving fathers and sons suddenly find themselves in one hell of a dilemma.

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Donate Some Of Your Fishing Tackle To This Good Cause

John D. Silva
Member since 2012

Many 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 Home and Rehab Center, who take part in an annual saltwater fishing trip. 

Once a year,  Marc Folco of The New Bedford Standard Times and I work in conjunction with Sacred Heart Nursing Home. Together, we take senior citizens on an annual saltwater fishing trip - day away from the facility, out in the sun, and on the shoreline. 

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Get Ready For Wachusett Reservoir Opening Day

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 several years of clandestine, wee-hour meetings on Wachusett Reservoir, it became somewhat of a Patriots Day holiday tradition for us.

We would hike in to our favorite, most productive hotspot and do a little long-range horizontal jigging for lake trout and landlocked salmon. The difference this year, however, is that rather than meeting in the pre-dawn darkness, we instead greeted each other under a bright, sunny sky and warm spring temperatures.

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Fifteen Bass To 37 Inches

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 can be a crapshoot for striper fishing on Cape Cod. Many factors combine to determine the migration’s progress -- water temperature, length of daylight, and available forage (such as menhaden/pogies, mackerel, squid, and herring) among other things.

So securing live bait (and keeping it active in a live well) is an insurance policy for success. Then all we needed to do is find the bass. The Cape Star (a 27-foot Conch) glided through the currents like a swan on a calm lake.

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Top 4 Techniques for Cape Cod Trout

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John D. Silva

I’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 water during the winter months.

What these folks don’t realize is that there is no beginning or end to the fishing season, just ongoing adaptation 12 months a year. 

No matter the tackle or the techniques involved, the important thing is to just get out there and enjoy.

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Top 4 Trout Fishing Destinations on Cape Cod

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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 a select few that stand above the rest. Need proof?

Just check the annual Massachusetts Sportfishing Awards and you’ll see the same premier coldwater fisheries listed year after year. Among these, in no particular order, are my top 4 trout waters on Cape Cod.

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Bait Fishing at the Cape Cod Canal | Part #2

​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 yourself so that you cast no more than 15 - 30 yards off shore and have the bait travel into the rip or hole and swirl around naturally.

Hint: sometimes even the biggest cows hug the shoreline, especially at night.

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Bait Fishing at the Cape Cod Canal | Part #1

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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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Fluke Fishing in the Cape Cod Canal – Part #2 Best Locations

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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 to swifter moving currents.

Some of the best locations to find fluke begin with some of the most well-known and easily accessible areas.

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Fluke Fishing in the Cape Cod Canal – Part #1 Bait & Tackle

Landing Fluke at the Cape Cod Canal

This is part #1 of a two part series on fluke fishing in the Canal. Check out part #2 about the best locations by clicking here.

For the shore bound angler on the Cape Cod Canal, one alternative to summer’s annual dog-day fishing doldrums is fluke fishing.

Given the right set of conditions, fluke fishing from shore can be an enjoyable and productive fair-weather summertime activity.

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Cape Cod Fluke Tactics Part #3 | The Finer Details

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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. Silva

If you really want to go all out for a potential trophy-size manhole cover, then you have to think big (as the old axiom says: big bait = big fish).

Try live-lining small snapper bluefish or scup along the bottom.

Fluke are voracious feeders and will aggressively attack baitfish up to 8 to 10 inches in length. The largest fluke I have ever battled was hooked while using a live snapper (juvenile) bluefish for bait.

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Cape Cod Fluke Tactics Part #2 | Gear & Tackle

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This is part #2 of a series of fluke fishing on Cape Cod.
To read part #1 about locations click here and to read part #3 about the finer details click here.

John D. Silva

Gear and tackle for deepwater fluking starts with a stout, medium or medium-light spinning or bait-casting rod. The reel should have a smooth, dependable drag.

Large fluke can be tough to pull off the bottom as they stubbornly cling to the sea floor like a sunken truck tire.

Once they are finally brought to the surface, that’s when the real battle begins.

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Cape Cod Fluke Tactics Part #1| Locations

This is part #1 of a three part series on fluke fishing Cape Cod via boat. Make sure to also check out Part #2 Gear & Tackle as well as Part #3 The Finer Details

John D. Silva

Thanks in part to sound management in recent years by state fishery agencies along the upper east coast, previously endangered summer flounder (fluke) stocks have made a rapid recovery.

Over the last two decades, tight commercial restrictions, stricter recreational limits and shorter fishing seasons have all contributed to help save these highly coveted ground fish from the brink of disaster.

Buoyed by these results, there is every reason to believe that this success will continue this season and into the future.

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Exploring Off-Cape: Boston Harbor Flounder Fishing

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I always like to take the day off from work each year during the 2nd week of May to go fishing on my birthday. Call it a present and a little psychological breather I like to give myself each spring.

This day in May often turns out to be one of the nicest weather days of the year, and often the trip ends up happening around Mother's Day. Of course the fishing part always had to be juggled around our national day of mother worshipping, especially when I became a married-with-children working guy.

But all in all, I was usually able to work things out one way or another. Once the kids became grown adults (and my own mom retired to Florida), Mother’s Day freed itself up along with all the rest of the days on the calendar.

I’ve never been one to filch out on my holiday gift-giving obligations, so a good deal of freedom and good will has been earned over the years.

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The Perils (and Benefits) of Posting about Fishing on the Internet

Today I am in search of sea-lice laden striped bass. I am hearing rumors of fresh migratory fish so perhaps today I will find some. In the meantime enjoy this guest post from John D. Silva, a great local outdoors writer who will be contributing regularly to MFCC throughout 2015!

I think if you’re here on MFCC in the first place, this may resonate with your own line of thinking.

​I first started posting and sharing useful information on fishing websites back in the mid-1990s when they were still fairly basic, single-page, HTML formatted pages.

Soon I started writing pro-bono online fishing articles for some of these websites as a way to get my foot in the door in the outdoor publishing industry.

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