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Codfish & Other Species | Bottomfish Report

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Captain Jason Colby

I was a bit worried this past Sunday because the wind had been blowing out of the southwest for 24 hours and the seas had a chance to really build.

However at around 2am the wind died out and the seas calmed down to a point where it was quite comfortable.

Even so, three out of four people onboard got sea sick, however the fishing was great! From the first drop the fishing was pretty much lock and load with Jerry (the only one of the group that did not turn green) being the high hook by far.

He even had a few double headers and many fish into the 7 pound range. Between hurling chunks and dry heaving, Rich (pictured below) nailed a 10 plus pound fish.

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Exploring & Surfcasting Buzzard’s Bay

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Ryan Collins

This October I've been chasing stripers as they migrate south through the weed beds, ledges and rock piles of Buzzard's Bay.

Surfcasting here is very different than surfcasting in other areas throughout Cape Cod.

Aside from the swift currents and huge rocks, private property and no trespassing signs are posted all over creation. Buzzard's Bay is a challenging place to fish.

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My Fishing Cape Cod Derby Striper

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Ryan Collins

Early yesterday morning, while fishing a rock ledge covered with eel grass, I hooked and landed my first striper for the MFCC Derby.

The fish was caught in one of the coolest spots my cousin Kevin (host of the podcast) and I have ever fished for striped bass. 

I never would of caught the fish had it not been for the excellent intel I received from my high school friends Todd, Jay and Jared. The guys had just caught several bass between 30 and 46 inches from their boat.

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Big Buzzard’s Bay Tautog | October Report

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Jason Colby

Tautog (also called Blackfish) are tough fish! They live in a very harsh, rocky environment with sharp ledges all around them.

They spend their days looking for lobsters and crabs. They also like to munch on mussels, clams and barnacles.

Their front teeth are like chisels that can cut shellfish in half, and their back teeth are like rock pulverizing presses that turn the chunks of crab into little pieces.

In this report I will share with you the latest on the lower Buzzard's Bay tautog and striper bite. I will also share a quick 3-part Tautog Fishing Tutorial just for MFCC members.

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School Tuna | Bass To 46 Pounds


Kevin Collins

Welcome to 25th edition of the MFCC Podcast. This is your host Kevin Collins and it's a pleasure to be back with you for another week.

The weather is wet and wild right now on Cape Cod, but we still have an action packed show for you this week.

The fall run is definitely underway with stripers, albies, school tuna and true giant bluefin tuna biting in the canal and off the coast of the Cape. However who knows how these near gale force winds will affect the bite...

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Chasing The Migration


Ryan Collins

The places I have fished all summer long are completely devoid of striped bass right now.

The bass schools were in their usual spots as recent as Thursday morning, but by Thursday night they were gone.

I was expecting this to happen, because I believe these schools of striped bass have begun their migration south. To find the fish this weekend I've also been forced to travel south in order to keep up with the schools.

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Fishing The “Bad Daddy” On Buzzard’s Bay

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Stephen Madden

On Saturday, June 11th 2016, I had the pleasure to be invited on the boat of Mimi and Russ Diamaro to fish the 2nd annual Bad Daddy Fishing Tournament in Buzzards Bay.

There were some great prizes to be won for the largest Black Seabass, Scup, and Tatoug.

Also onboard for this trip was Tom Heath, the President of Buzzards Bay Anglers Club. Mimi, Russ, Tom and myself are all members of BBAC and we decided to represent the club in this tournament.

At 5:00 am Tom and I were picked up at Besse Park on the Wareham River, which has a nice floating dock and access to Wareham Center. The weather for the day was warm and seas calm, so off we went to fish Buzzards Bay.

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Boulder Bass | Part #2

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Ryan Collins

I thought my coffee tasted a little strange, so I asked Jack Bosch if his cup of Joe tasted a little salty.

He replied that yes, his coffee was indeed quite salty. That is when it dawned on us that we had been adding salt, not sugar, to our coffees.

That was just the start to what would be a very interesting day. We had worked very hard during Part #1 of this fishing adventure for several schoolies and one small keeper.

I had a feeling we would still have to work pretty hard to find the fish, but I also knew that conditions could change at any moment. Things happen quick in the ocean, and big fish can show up just when you least expect it.

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Fifteen Bass To 37 Inches

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John D. Silva

We transited out of the marina and began heading east. The sun had already crested the horizon on this brisk spring morning.

For mid-May the conditions were pristine. The eventual target would be migrating striped bass, but first we had to secure live bait.

As salty veterans know, mid-May can be a crapshoot for striper fishing on Cape Cod. Many factors combine to determine the migration’s progress -- water temperature, length of daylight, and available forage (such as menhaden/pogies, mackerel, squid, and herring) among other things.

So securing live bait (and keeping it active in a live well) is an insurance policy for success. Then all we needed to do is find the bass. The Cape Star (a 27-foot Conch) glided through the currents like a swan on a calm lake.

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Boulder Bass | Part #1

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Ryan Collins

Our group of ambitious My Fishing Cape Codders had taken hundreds of casts, and covered miles of boulder strewn coastline.

I had two schoolies under my belt and Dex Chadsey had caught one. Yet despite our best efforts, the fishing had been very slow.

The morning for me had begun bright and early at 4AM. I brewed a pot of coffee and by 4:45AM MFCC members Dex Chadsey, Albert Carey, Steve Churchill and Jack Bosch were ready to fish. 

But now it was 6AM and there was little to no sign of life. No bait, no birds and no bass...but that was going to change soon.

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