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Public Service Announcement: We Need to Learn How to Spell “Stripers”

Lauren Collins

This past year I have had the great opportunity to learn a lot about fishing (whether I wanted to or not).  If you've sent us an email over the past year, chances are it went to me first, because Ryan is literally never home in the summer.

I answered many of your questions, always by first asking Ryan what the answer is, and then responding to your emails as if I know everything there is to know about fishing.

You were probably very impressed, right??

All kidding aside, I can now tell you what setup to use at the canal, I can change your password for you, give you helpful advice on fishing around the Cape and refer you to the forum when I've run out of answers.

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Exploring Puerto Vallarta Mexico (and dorado tacos)

Lauren Collins

Even the locals will tell you that some parts of Mexico are not to be dealt with.  You hear all the stories, but just like everywhere else in the world, there are those hidden gems you just have to see to believe.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico is just that - a true gem nestled among mountains. The seaside city is so wonderful you just have to see it to believe it.

As usual, I found a great fishing spot for Ryan, even if I didn't mean to.  Nine years ago, my parents and I came here for a week and we all fell in love with the old town, known as Zona Romantica. We knew we had to someday come back.  

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My Fishing Cape Cod Holiday Gift Guide

Lauren Collins

I'd like to say I am very good at a lot of things, but most importantly, it would be shopping! I realize though that I am speaking to a "fisher people audience" who would probably prefer to never hear about nor speak about shopping.

But people, the holidays are coming.  Tis the season to give gifts to friends and family, and there is nothing worse than being in a crowded mall and waiting in lines. You will encounter crying children and frazzled adults!

And then all of a sudden you realize you forgot to buy wrapping paper, so back out you go into the apocalypse that is holiday shopping. So this year, instead of hitting the mall and big box stores, lets shop online at the MFCC website!

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New BoatUS Discount Code for MFCC Members

Lauren Collins

We are always looking for ways to make membership to My Fishing Cape Cod more valuable.

Today I am very excited to announce a new BoatUS discount code for existing and new MFCC members!

If you own a boat or have access to the use of a boat, then definitely take advantage of this deal! Please read on to learn more.

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MFCC Burgees Are Now In Stock!

Lauren Collins

Ryan and I are excited to now offer My Fishing Cape Cod burgees. These burgees are the newest addition to the line of products in our online store!

With a burgee, you will be able to recognize other members of the My Fishing Cape Cod community while you're boating out on the water.

Both sides of the MFCC burgee are printed with the MFCC logo in full color. The dimensions of the flag measure 12 inches by 18 inches.

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What Happens When You Bring Your Wife Tuna Fishing

Lauren Collins

I have been told numerous times over the past 7 years that giant bluefin tuna are difficult and timely to catch. Giant tunas are humongous, elusive creatures, capable of making grown men cry.

I'm very aware that you can spend an entire lifetime on the water and not get a single bite, but I had never experienced it for myself, until a trip I made with Ryan last season.

So join me as I take you through a nail-biting 10 hour giant bluefin tuna trip I spent with Ryan during the 2017 season, "on the hunt" for giant bluefin tuna.  

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Ahi Tuna Nachos with Firecracker Slaw

Lauren Collins

Today I want to share with you a new recipe I created using fresh tuna steaks and a throwback to my day's living and working in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

This recipe is perfect as an appetizer, or it can be made into the main event for a meal.  I used homemade pita chips, my own firecracker slaw, creamy avocado and spicy banana peppers to make the ultimate nachos.

When your husband is a fisherman, the summer season is all about fishing.  Every. Single. Day.  The good news though is that sometimes he brings home bags and bags of freshly caught sushi grade tuna steaks, and then life is really good.  I like to think I'm pretty lucky.

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The 4 Most Important Things I’ve Learned About Bonito Fishing on Cape Cod

Lauren Collins

There comes a time in a relationship when you just have to buckle down and go fishing with your spouse.  It's inevitable.

Especially for me, because my husband is Ryan Collins, and if you have not already noticed, he lives, breathes, sleeps, eats and dies for fishing.

I figured now would be a good time for me to share this post with you, because hopefully some of you My Fishing Cape Codders are encountering some bonito out there. Exactly one year ago today Buzzard's Bay was loaded with bonito - I know because I was there!

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The 7 Sacrifices of a Fishermans Wife

Lauren Collins

One morning about seven years ago when it was still early in my relationship with Ryan, I was awoken by the pungent smell of fish and salt water. 

I opened my eyes and there standing above me was Ryan, his face full of excitement and eagerness to tell me all about his morning of fishing.

All I could do was smile and then stuff my face back into my freshly laundered pillow, which smelled of nice shampoo and detergent, the way things should smell. 

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Mediterranean Inspired Cape Cod Bluefish

Lauren Collins

I'm not sure if I'm alone on this subject, but when the blues start to show up, my mind starts to scramble about all the ways I can cook it so as not to taste the strong flavor and oiliness of blues.

When prepared correctly, bluefish can make for a really delicious and nutritious meal, and today I have a brand new recipe to share that'll knock your socks off.

One thing I have learned about bluefish is that the smaller the fish, the lighter the flavor.  If you happen to catch a larger blue, then that's great!  But you might find yourself with a more intense fishy flavor.

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New MFCC Apparel: Now Available For Pre-Order

Lauren Collins

Hello MFCC!  Ryan and I are very excited to be launching our new line of My Fishing Cape Cod apparel this summer, and we want to share some of the items that are now available on pre-order!

We have updated the MFCC logo, and now the logo can be put on colors other than just white and grey. Also, we have been listening to your requests, and we are excited to now offer two new styles of camouflage MFCC hats.

We still have regular T-shirts, sweatshirts and long sleeve T's, but we are also excited to offer fleece apparel, tanks, shirts and sweatshirts for both men and women. All of these items are now available on pre-order, and you can learn more by clicking here or reading below.

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Help Erika Get Back to Fishing

Lauren Collins

Today I want to share with you a Go Fund Me page for a woman named Erika Johns who loves to fish.

In fact, Erika is a 25 year old Pro Staff member for JoeBaggs Tackle, an avid angler and hunter, registered nurse and fly fisher. However right now Erika has encountered some challenges with her health, which is why I'm writing to you today.

For the past 15 days Erika has been in the hospital suffering from intense pain. Doctors are trying to solve the issue and have determined she is suffering from spontaneous intracranial pressure, among other ailments.

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Tautog with Creamy Tomatoes and Cornmeal Fried Okra

Lauren Collins

Whew that's a big recipe name, huh? Well let me tell you, tautog with creamy tomatoes and cornmeal fried okra will be your new best friend this spring.  

If you are a fisherman yourself or you're married to one like I am, you know that this is tautog season here on Cape Cod. Thankfully for me, this means fresh caught fish!

Springtime in New England always brings a big sigh of relief.  The long winters we endure can seem to last a lifetime. When the sun shines, the birds start chirping, and flowers, plants and trees start to bud. You know winter is finally done and it couldn't be a better feeling!

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My Favorite Place on Cape Cod to Take My Dog For a Walk

Lauren Collins

This spring season has certainly tested our patience here in New England. There's been plenty of rain, wind and cold, and not so many warm sunny days.

On those rare days this spring when the sun has been out and the air feels warm, I feel you really owe it to yourself to get outside and soak it all in!

On this Cape Cod adventure my husband Ryan, our friends Debbie and Bobby, and our dogs Rosie and Piper trekked through some of the most impressive sand dunes and landscapes found anywhere on the Cape.

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An Early April “Escape To The Cape”

Lauren Collins

Greetings My Fishing Cape Codders!  Lauren here, bringing you another episode of living life as the wife of Ryan Collins.  Let's jump right in, shall we?

The day started with the sun shining, the birds chirping, a slight wind and a little nip in the air. Spring has sprung, and that means more time spent outside!

After a few days of rain and a snow day in April, I caught the itch to be outside again. It was time to plan an outing. Ryan and I had been watching the weather all week, and wouldn't you know it, this past Thursday there wasn't a cloud in the sky!

It seemed like the perfect day to head down Cape with Rosie and my "God-dog" Buddy, the miniature schnauzer, for some much needed hiking and fresh air.

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