How to Rake for Sand Eels on Cape Cod

fresh sand eels for bait on cape cod

This past Friday morning I received a text message invitation from MFCC member "frankzappa" asking if I would be interested in raking up some sand eels.

I have always wanted learn how to rake sand eels so I jumped at the opportunity.

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Tube and Worming for Summer Slobs | Part #2 Strategy

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​This is part #2 of a series of posts about tube and worming for summer "slob" striped bass. Click here to check out part #1 about tackle.

This past week was hot and humid, and during this particular trip the wind was howling at 30 mph. The time was 1:15PM and the sun was beating down onto the surface of the ocean.

Generally speaking mid-afternoon during the middle of the summer is not the best time to be targeting big striped bass. However just as the thought passed through my mind the port side rod doubled over and line began ripping from the reel.

Fish on!​

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Tube and Worming for Summer Slobs | Part #1 Tackle

dad jake collins tube and worm keeper striped bass

Last week I was finally able to get out fishing with my Dad. The weather folks had predicted flat calm seas which would be ideal for a day of striped bass fishing.

Right now the bass are holding deep during the day in this summer heat. Our idea was to troll deep and cool water to see if we could entice a "slob" striper or two using the old reliable tube and worm.​

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Cape Cod Fluke Tactics Part #3 | The Finer Details

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This is part #3 of a series of posts about fluke fishing on Cape Cod. To read part #1 click here and to read part #2 click here.

If you really want to go all out for a potential trophy-size manhole cover, then you have to think big (as the old axiom says: big bait = big fish). Try live-lining small snapper bluefish or scup along the bottom.

Fluke are voracious feeders and will aggressively attack baitfish up to 8 to 10 inches in length. The largest fluke I have ever battled was hooked while using a live snapper (juvenile) bluefish for bait.

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Cape Cod Fluke Tactics Part #2 | Gear & Tackle

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This is part #2 of a series of fluke fishing on Cape Cod.
To read part #1 click here.

Gear and tackle for deepwater fluking starts with a stout, medium or medium-light spinning or bait-casting rod. The reel should have a smooth, dependable drag.

Large fluke can be tough to pull off the bottom as they stubbornly cling to the sea floor like a sunken truck tire. Once they are finally brought to the surface, that’s when the real battle begins.

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Cape Cod Fluke Tactics Part #1| Locations

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Thanks in part to sound management in recent years by state fishery agencies along the upper east coast, previously endangered summer flounder (fluke) stocks have made a rapid recovery.

Over the last two decades, tight commercial restrictions, stricter recreational limits and shorter fishing seasons have all contributed to help save these highly coveted ground fish from the brink of disaster.

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Giant Tuna In The Fog

bob hovey troll naked bluefin tuna cape cod

The morning began with my Dad and I launching my 26 foot Sea Vee. We started running out and began marking bait and were able to put a few macks in the live well.

Then we  headed east as the fog got heavier and heavier. By the time we got to our fishing spot visibility was about 100 yards. I idled down the boat for safety's sake and began listening for signs of life.

Then through the fog the life appeared. Tuna were crashing around us on the surface, but it was real difficult to get on the fish due to the fog. Instead of casting we decided to setup right there among the life.

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“Speed Trolling” Sebiles

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Trolling is often regarded as not an exciting way to catch fish. However, "speed trolling" for stripers is certainly an exception!

In this video filmed last week, 3yr MFCC member David Benoit and I are "speed trolling" Sebile Magic Swimmers on the surface.

I got lucky and just happened to have the camera rolling when a "pack" of aggressive stripers came by and whacked the plugs.

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June 17-20 My Fishing Cape Cod Surfcasting Trip

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This June is shaping up to be a terrific month for surfcasting on Cape Cod. Bass are here in bulk and they are swimming close to shore.

Of course things can change quickly in the fishing world! The fish are here now but who knows how long they will stick around for.

Nevertheless I want to organize a group surfcasting trip for sometime between June 17-20 to take advantage of this good bite while it lasts. 

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Exploring Off-Cape: Boston Harbor Flounder Fishing

Flounder Landing fishing Boston Harbor

I always like to take the day off from work each year during the 2nd week of May to go fishing on my birthday. Call it a present and a little psychological breather I like to give myself each spring.

This day in May often turns out to be one of the nicest weather days of the year, and often the trip ends up happening around Mother's Day. Of course the fishing part always had to be juggled around our national day of mother worshipping, especially when I became a married-with-children working guy.

But all in all, I was usually able to work things out one way or another. Once the kids became grown adults (and my own mom retired to Florida), Mother’s Day freed itself up along with all the rest of the days on the calendar.

I’ve never been one to filch out on my holiday gift-giving obligations, so a good deal of freedom and good will has been earned over the years.

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