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Getting Started With Trolling Bunker Spoons

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Bunker spoons often catch the largest striped bass in a given area. If you want to target the cows, then consider trolling spoons.

I first trolled bunker spoons off Cape Cod when I was 18 or 19 years old. Most of the stripers I have caught trolling bunker spoons have weighed at least 25 pounds, with the largest 43 pounds.

In this post I will share with you my super simple approach for getting started trolling bunker spoons off Cape Cod.

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5 Side Dishes for Your Next Fish Dinner

Hello My Fishing Cape Cod! As many of you know, I have a serious passion for food and cooking.

Of course since I am married to a fisherman, it's pretty common that I'm cooking something involving haddock, tautog, sea bass or some other fish.

However, if you're not careful, fish can get boring real quick.

So with that in mind, today I am sharing 5 of my all time favorite side dishes, which you can use to pair with your own fish dinners.

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Sight Fishing for Striped Bass on Cape Cod with the Hyperlastics Dart Spin Pro

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Back in early June of the 2019 Cape Cod fishing season, I headed out to a beach in this general area of the Cape, during the middle of the afternoon to catch the high tide. 

Striped bass had been coming extremely close to shore before and after high tide, which created a pretty cool sight-fishing for stripers opportunity.

For a lure I was casting what's become an "old reliable" striper lure for me. The 5.5 inch white ghost Dart Spin lure from A Band of Anglers proved to be a very effective bait for sight casting to these shallow water striped bass. 

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Ice Fishing on Cape Cod | January Fishing Report

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Note from Ryan: This ice fishing report is from January 3rd of 2018. I figured now would be a good time to re-publish this post because winter is upon us, and maybe if it gets cold enough we'll be able to ice fish on Cape!

We drilled through 6 inches of ice and set our traps rigged with live shiners. Minutes later we started catching jumbo pickerel, perch and largemouth bass.

That was last Wednesday January 3rd, under bright blue clear skies, before today's slightly milder temperatures settled into the region. 

For this trip I joined my good friend Jeff and three of his good buddies, Billy, Greg and Dan. Billy, Greg and Dan are brothers, and they have been fishing with my friend Jeff for years, so I knew it would be a fun trip. The moon was still hovering above the frozen surface of the pond when we arrived on the ice.

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Cape Cod Brown Trout Fishing with MFCC Member Tim Mugherini

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Cape Cod brown trout fishing is at its best during the colder weather months. Therefore fishing for brown trout on Cape Cod can be a great way to have fun during the offseason.

Brown trout can be caught using various methods, including bait fishing, fly fishing and casting artificial lures. Brown trout are an aggressive fish which commonly feed best at night.

Over the past couple of years I have watched inside our forum as our members share their own Cape Cod brown trout fishing reports, tips, tricks and words of advice. Today I am excited to share with you a brand new podcast all about Cape Cod brown trout fishing, with none other than MFCC member Tim Mugherini.

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Youth Angler Holiday Giveaways | New Winners!

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All MFCC anglers 18 years of age and younger are welcome to enter our 2020 Holiday Season giveaway series!

So far we've given away a rod and reel, lures, plugs bags, free MFCC memberships and other tackle. Plus I have more exciting things in store for the rest of the month.

If you are 18 years of age or younger, then please leave a comment at the bottom of this post to be automatically entered for a chance to win! 

Please scroll below to learn more about the items and winners of our giveaways so far this Holiday Season.

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Spicy Thai Coconut Fish Soup

Hello MFCC and happy holidays!  Today I wanted to share my recipe for Spicy Thai Fish Soup.  

It's a delicious blend of Thai flavors, with sweet coconut milk and perfectly tender fish, with the optional addition of egg noodles at the end for the ultimate cold weather comfort food.

In this recipe I used halibut, but you can sub it for another firm white fish like striped bass, or even use shrimp or chicken in place of the fish.  

It's a great cold weather recipe that's easy to make and tastes even better the next day (as do most soups!).

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Tuna Fishing Q&A with Captain Phil Howarth

Several months ago the crew from the Goose Hummock Shop in Orleans released an Intro to Tuna Fishing video on their YouTube channel.

Today they released another video which I feel will be very helpful for anyone interested in targeting tuna during the upcoming 2021 fishing season.

Earlier in the week, Jake from the Goose collected a bunch of tuna fishing questions from those who follow the Goose's Instagram page. Today the guys published an extensive 30 minute Q&A video with captain Phil answering many of the questions that were submitted.

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How to Catch Striped Bass when Everyone Else is Getting Skunked

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Note from Ryan: This post was originally published in March of 2013. Today I've gone ahead and re-published this article with updated information, videos, photos and links to additional helpful resources here on My Fishing Cape Cod.

In many Cape Cod fishing spots, you know if striped bass are being caught. That's because during the summer, certain Cape Cod fishing areas get so busy that a crowd of anglers (or a fleet of boats) can develop.

In these instances, you can easily see when someone's rod bends over.  If the fish are aggressive, you can learn how to catch striped bass by simply observing what other folks are doing.  

Yet often times just one or two boats catch fish, while everyone else in the fleet gets skunked.  The question then is, what in the world are those one or two boats doing differently than everyone else?

The rest of this post will help to answer that question. I've also included some personal stories and additional resources to help you become a better striped bass angler. 

Please read below to discover more! 👇

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3 Simple Tips For Catching Stripers From Shore On A Bucktail Jig

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I have fished for striped bass from shore using bucktail jigs for as long as I can remember. When I was a kid, I would often cast bucktail jigs from the beaches of Cape Cod Bay before and after school.

Bucktail jigging is a technique that's been used on Cape Cod (and all around the world) for many years. The bucktail jig has literally been a staple "go-to" striper technique for generations.

This article was originally published here on My Fishing Cape Cod way back on May 28th of 2014, immediately after I returned home from this striper fishing trip. Today I wanted to re-publish this article with new information, videos, and links to other helpful resources about catching stripers from shore with bucktail jigs.

I really recommend always having at least one bucktail jig in your striper arsenal at all times! In this post I will share with you 3 simple tips for catching stripers from shore on an old classic - the bucktail jig.

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