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Ryan Collins

As we ease into the saltwater "off season" here on Cape Cod, I figured it would be fun to reminisce on some memorable trips of years past.

This particular trip happened way back in 2012 when I was pretty obsessed with fishing the Cape Cod Canal. This was certainly a morning I will never forget!

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A Last “Ditch” Effort

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MFCC member
Chris Goguen

I have spent the better part of my free time in or around Cape Cod and its waters since I was a young boy.

From digging clams and quahogs to fishing for Tautog off rock jetties...I love this place. I have traveled a good part of this country, but the Cape is where I come back to for both peace and adventure.

This year I was fortunate enough to buy my first boat. Nothing big or fancy, but it got me in the water. It was time to seek new species of fish, and to learn techniques on how to get them on my line and in my boat. We weren't able to get out there as much as I would like (which would be every day, to be honest) but we certainly made use of the new gear and boat.

I would take anyone out there that was willing, including my girlfriend, daughter, cousin, and every friend who was willing and able. And we all had a blast, and caught fish!

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Ditched: We’ve All Been There

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It was going to be a great trip. My buddy Pat and I had planned out a solid guys' weekend of golfing and fishing. Pat had yet to hook into a fish from the "Big Ditch" and I was anxious to help him land his first striper.

I am no Ryan Collins, but I have had a good year at the canal and felt pretty good about this trip, placed smack-dab in the middle of the fall run. We booked a room at a nearby motel for the night and planned to score some big bass during the sunset, and again around sun-up the next morning.

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What it was Like to Catch My First-Ever Cape Cod Canal Striper

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Hello My Fishing Cape Cod! Writing to you today is Richard Banks, MFCC member since March of 2013. The following is a report I have submitted as part of the Best Report category in the 2015 Derby. 

Living in South Yarmouth I don't get to the Cape Cod Canal very often, but I do always try to get there a few times each year. Having never caught a striper of any size from the Canal, I am ever hopeful every time I go.

Last week I reached out to some members of the Nauset Newcomers Surf Casting Group and suggested that when the weather finally cleared a little, we head to the Canal.

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October 8th Cape Cod Canal Fishing Report

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Jeff Miller Canal Bait & Tackle

In this 3 minute audio report I will cover...

  • The time of day when most of the big fish are being taken at the Canal
  • The areas of the Canal which are producing best
  • Lures and baits that have been catching bass to 38 pounds
  • Plus a whole bunch more, including the types of bait we are seeing and what I expect to happen over the next several days

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September 24th Cape Cod Canal Fishing Report

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In this audio report I will recap what happened this morning at the Cape Cod Canal. I will also recap what's been happening at night.

We'll cover the best lures and the best colors, as well as some good areas worth targeting. The mackerel are starting to show up heavy and bass have been on their tails.​

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What’s Happening Now at the Cape Cod Canal

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If you've been following along in the Canal forum or visiting the Big Ditch recently, then you know what has been going on. 

If you haven't visited the Canal or been following along in the forum, then this report will fill you in on the incredible events of the past few days.​

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Blitzing Bass and Acres of Bait, in the Pouring Rain

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The fishing over this past week has been nothing short of incredible, as has been well documented in our forum. Acres of bait are present in many areas, with bass in hot pursuit, creating some incredible fishing.

A majority of the bait is small, so the key can often times be ‘matching the hatch’ or at least mimicking the bait enough to draw a strike.

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