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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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