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2020 Block Island Surfcasting Trip Details & Information

This is the time of year I start thinking about the upcoming surfcasting season, and counting the days until the striped bass return. 

This season you are invited to join what has become a rapidly expanding family of dedicated surfcasters with a special bond to our sport and one another.

I have again rented Bluff House on Block Island for two weeks during the prime fishing season in 2020. I have one week at the end of June and another in the beginning of September. We are almost completely booked for the June 21-June 28 trip, but we still have openings for September 1-September 9.

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Block Island Surfcasting and Vacation Opportunities for the Upcoming 2019 Season

Dex Chadsey

Block Island, Rhode Island is one of the premier and most famous surfcasting areas on the Striper Coast.

The “Pork Chop” as it is known, sits 9 miles off the Rhode Island coast and 14 miles northeast of Montauk.

Surfcasting on Block Island has been well documented in this amazing book by Dennis Zambrotta which tells of the epic fishing for huge Striped Bass in the 1980’s.

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Putting Together the Pieces of the Block Island Puzzle

Dex Chadsey

On May 24th 2018, MFCC members Ned Bean, Gary Routenberg and myself were on the Block Island ferry, bound for five days of fishing on Block Island.

This was the third trip to Block for Ned and I. Gary has been to the island before, but this would be his first time fishing and he was eager to get started.

Soon after unloading at our rental house, we all geared up and went off to fish Ballard’s Beach and the Jetty affectionately known as “The Poop Chute” from it’s previous use as an outflow pipe.  This area is on the Northeast side of the island.

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What Is The YOY Index And What Does It Mean For Me?

Dex Chadsey

The Young of the Year Index has always fascinated me. This is also known as the YOY Index or the Juvenile Striped Bass Index.

The index is the result of an annual survey done by the Maryland DNR to determine the spawning success of Striped Bass in the Chesapeake Bay area. 

This survey has been done every year since 1954.  Maryland DNR biologists survey 22 sites in the four major spawning systems ─ the Choptank, Nanticoke, and Potomac rivers, as well as the Upper Bay of the Chesapeake.  

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MFCC Block Island Surfcasting Trip

Dex Chadsey
MFCC member

Hello My Fishing Cape Codders. Today I wanted to let you know about a unique opportunity to fish Block Island this October.

There are currently 2 unfilled openings for our upcoming trip to Block Island this October. We have a very cool house with an amazing location already booked from Thursday, October 4 to Monday, October 8. 

This trip is sandwiched around Columbus Day weekend. We have the house for 4 nights. Cost of the trip is $430 for each person for lodging. As of this writing My Fishing Cape Cod members Ned Bean, Tom Simpson, Jane Simpson and myself will be going.

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Bluefish CAN Taste Delicious!

Dex Chadsey

A lifetime ago, I would spend two weeks each August on the Jersey Shore. It consisted of beautiful white sand beaches, tropical blue water, and bluefish. Lots of bluefish!

Striped bass pass along the Jersey coast in the spring, and again in the fall during their north and south migrations. We are very fortunate that they spend the summer here in the waters off Cape Cod.

With the abundance of blues during the summer months, I've learned that they can in fact make excellent table fare. How you care for bluefish after catching will make all the difference come dinner time!

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My Fishing Cape Cod: Beyond the Website

Dex Chadsey

Even though I have been fishing on the Cape since I was 8 years old, My Fishing Cape Cod has changed my fishing experience dramatically in many different ways.

For example, I can remember being on Cape without a clue of where to fish, at least anywhere beyond my childhood fishing spots in Chatham.

I can still feel the frustration of my first cast at the Canal, as I saw my lure being swept against the rocks down current in a matter of seconds. It left me wondering how I was ever going to have a chance to catch a fish.

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The 2017 Spring Migration

Blog post design by Ryan Collins

Dex Chadsey

In the spring, timing and location are key factors.  As the magic 50 to 55 degree water temperature reaches Cape Cod, so do the migratory fish.

Places along the Cape's southside and inside Buzzard's Bay usually see the first schoolies (and then the first bigger fish) before places like Race Point in Provincetown.

I've written this quick blog post to help you understand the factors which can affect the migration, and when striped bass arrive on Cape Cod. 

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My Canal Jigging Epiphany

*Featured canal sunset image for this blog post courtesy of johndoblephotography.com*

Dex Chadsey

When I first started fishing the Cape Cod Canal I did a lot of watching, trying to figure out how to even have a chance to catch a fish.

I heard about jigging, but had no idea how to go about it, until I saw a guy catch a very large fish on a crippled herring at the East End.

This man caught the huge striper by jigging violently, with large upward yanks with his rod. I remember writing down everything I saw him do, and I tried to exactly copy his jigging technique during my next Cape Cod Canal fishing excursion.

As I began to spend more time at the Canal, I noticed a lot of people doing what I now recognized as "violent jigging." These people would yank the rod violently upwards into the air, every 5 seconds or so, as they slowly reeled-in their line.

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Salt Water Fly Fishing 101

Dex Chadsey

Fly fishing is a great way to catch fish on Cape Cod. However, fly fishing is about much more than just catching fish.

Fly fishing allows an angler to be one with nature, enjoy tranquility, and experience the thrill of catching fish in a simple and enjoyable fashion. ​

For these reasons, many would argue that there is no better way to catch a fish on Cape Cod, than on the fly. ​I cover the essentials of getting started with fly fishing in the video presentation below.

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Fishing Westport | The East Branch

Dex Chadsey

MFCC member since 2013

The Westport River is an excellent place to explore and fish. I enjoy surfcasting with spinning gear, as well as fly fishing at Westport.

In my last report we discussed the West Branch of the Westport River. In this report I will take you for a tour of the Westport River's East Branch.​

The Westport River is just east of Newport, Rhode Island and west of Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

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Fishing Westport | The West Branch

Westport River fishing farm

Dex Chadsey

MFCC member since 2013

Westport, located on the western side of Buzzards Bay, is a hidden gem for fishing. Westport may not technically be on Cape Cod, but the area is close enough (and fishy enough!) to warrant investigation.

Westport supports a wide variety of fishing environments. One moment you think you’re at Cuttyhunk, the next you’re wading through an estuary surrounded by egrets and ospreys.

Then you round a corner and you’re on a sandy beach with beautiful blue water. Westport is a great place to explore, and most people are unaware of the wide variety of fishing opportunities this area offers.

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Best Dry Tops For Surfcasting In Stormy Weather

Dex Chadsey

MFCC member since 2013

I couldn't be happier with my two dry tops. High quality gear is really important to me, as it lets me go out in any situation. No matter the weather, I know I will be comfortable and safe.

I wear a Simms dry top during the summer, whenever I feel the need for a spray top or rain gear. The Simms gives great protection, is nice and light, and is made of breathable Goretex.

At night during the Spring and Fall, I like to wear a fleece underneath the Simms dry top. I am very comfortable when wearing the fleece/dry top combo. The Simms comes with elastic cords in the hood and waist. Velcro straps are located at the cuffs of the arms. 

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How To Keep Your SP Minnow From Damaging Small Fish

Dex Chadsey

MFCC member since 2013

I kept hearing how successful Daiwa SP Minnows can be. In particular, fellow MFCC member Jim Murphy has caught some great fish while using SPs.

There was also this MFCC report by MFCC intern Andrew Burke during the spring of 2016 about a big fish he caught on a blurple SP.

However until this past season, the SP Minnow never worked for me. I probably had not been using them the right way or in the right situations.

I have always brought them along in my plug bag but used them for only a short time, or not at all. Overall I had very little confidence in the plug.

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Matching The Hatch & “Lollipops” In The Dark

A few weeks ago Ryan Turcotte published a report about a fishing trip he took with fellow MFCC members Ryan Collins and Kris Magnotti. The title: “60 Bass In The Middle Of The Night, From Shore” quickly got my attention.

As I read the report I thought, “I know where that place is.”

One of my favorite pastimes on MFCC is playing the “Where’s Waldo” game by following the breadcrumbs that Ryan Collins leaves in his reports. Having spent many years exploring and fishing the Cape, I can more often than not figure out where Ryan is talking about, and this was no exception.

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