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Wingman Sportfishing 2020 Season-In-Review | Part #1

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steve leary

After adding a few more frisky mackerel to the live well, I punched in the GPS setting and turned Wingman east toward Billingsgate Shoal, located along the eastern side of Cape Cod Bay. 

It was a prefect early June day, with bright blue skies and a light breeze out of the south. Aboard for this season’s shakedown cruise were my mate Mark and his dad Chris. 

With our first charters of the season just days away, I wanted to ensure we were ready. As my boat the Wingman hopped up on plane and effortlessly cruised across the bay with engines humming in unison, I ran through a series of system checks with no issues noted.

All systems were go! As many Captains can relay, it felt like the boat and I were again tied together as one. Life was good!

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2019 in Review: A Cape Cod Bay Charter Captain’s Perspective

As I begin collecting my thoughts for this post, I am sitting at the helm of my charter boat the WINGMAN for the last time this season.

My fingers are shriveled, my jeans and boots are wet, and there are scents of wax and detergent in the air from the past several hours of cleaning.

I’ve just completed prepping my boat for winter. WINGMAN is currently tucked in beside my garage and the guys are on their way to begin shrink wrapping.

As I wait, I begin thumbing through my logbook, and I sense a smile creep across my face as I recall wonderful times and great folks I had aboard during the 2019 season while fishing Cape Cod Bay.

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How To Fish With Wire Line On Cape Cod

Captain Steve Leary
Wingman Sportfishing

There is no doubt each time I engage folks in conversation related to fishing with wire line, I brace myself for the standard onslaught of old or newer more “colorful” expletives related to using that “x*&%#>@” crap!

Sure, I’ll admit wire is not very forgiving if not handled properly. Wire can create some incredible birds nests, and then there is wire's ever present desire to kink, and wire's memory coils.

However, wire does bring with it a set of advantages and flexibility that other lines do not! In this post I would like to share with you the most important lessons I have learned in my time spent wire line fishing on Cape Cod.

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Keeping a Log & Networking – Key Steps to Consistently Improve Your Catch

 Steve Leary

I am sure we’d all agree that with the many miles of ocean surrounding Cape Cod it can be overwhelming at times sorting out where to fish and when. 

Keeping a log and networking are two of the best things you can do to consistently improve your catch.

There are many variables that effect game fish movement and when they feed. Recognizing these variables, tracking and logging them, is a key to success.

There are a number of fishing logbooks available for sale or as apps for your cell phone for logging fishing activity. Aboard my charter boat Wingman, I prefer to use a hand written log supplemented with screen shots of my GPS and sounder.

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Saltwater Fishing Reel Maintenance & Care

Steve Leary

Charter captain & MFCC member

Lets pretend for a moment that it's late June and the early morning bite has been on with big bass crushing surface plugs and inhaling slow trolled live baits.

It's predawn, conditions are prefect, with the moon sinking and the sun yet to crack the horizon. You have been up for hours anticipating this long-awaited trip. 

You arrive at your favorite spot either by walking up over the dune or slowly maneuvering your boat toward an inlet. The air is still, and the sea surface is like glass, only interrupted by the swirls of huge fish. 

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Simple Safety Tips For Boating & Fishing Off Cape Cod

Steve Leary

Charter captain & MFCC member

As I prepare Wingman for another charter season, my primary focus is on safety as it relates to the overall condition of safety gear, hull, propulsion, electronic and fuel systems.

I am a firm believer in preventive maintenance, and would like to share some of my tips.

My mate and I are in the process of completing a bow to stern, top to bottom inspection of Wingman.  Every raw and fresh water, fuel and oil interface (connections, clamps and hoses) are inspected and replaced if corrosion, deterioration or damage is found.

The same applies to the electric system where corroded or loose conections or chafed wires can lead to system anomalies or become a potential fire hazard.

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