A Bass On Every Cast | Fly Fishing Report

fly fishing lower cape cod

Ryan Collins

On Friday October 7th myself and MFCC intern Andrew Burke encountered fantastic fly fishing for schoolies and small keeper stripers.​

The bass were not large but they were present in astounding numbers. Hundreds of stripers were patrolling up and down the shoreline.

Fortunately for me the big schools were cruising a mere 20-30 feet off the beach. I am still very "green" with the fly rod, so this was the perfect situation for my limited fly-casting ability.

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Fly Fishing the “Fall Run” on Cape Cod

fly fishing the fall run on cape cod

Ryan Collins

I woke up this past Friday morning to the sound of crashing waves, howling wind and pelting rain.

In the dim morning light I watched powerful waves smash onto the shoreline, and felt the sting of the wind on my face.

All week I had enjoyed a fantastic "fall run" surfcasting bite. During those trips I was fishing right in the rough surf and strong northeast wind.

Yet this past Friday I decided to switch things up, by fishing more protected bays and harbors on the southside of Cape Cod, using the Sage fly rod and reel from Goose Hummock.

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Bass To 46 Pounds | Weekend Update

night time striped bass dark

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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Gator Bluefish in the Cape Cod Surf

Gator Bluefish Cape Cod Surfcasting

Ryan Collins

Some of the biggest bluefish of the entire season have showed up the past few days here on Cape Cod.

These are "gator" bluefish over the 10 pound mark with some specimens pushing 15+ pounds.

In this post I would like to share with you another drone surfcasting video filmed by my friend Zach Lesinski of 2020skysight.com

In this clip Dave Steeves of Goose Hummock and I catch huge blues in the whipping wind, and pounding surf of this past Sunday.

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Big Bass in the Cape Cod Surf

ryan collins dave steeves surfcasting

Ryan Collins

The much talked about "fall run" is certainly underway here on Cape Cod.

Yesterday I was fortunate to encounter stellar surfcasting despite very windy, and very rough conditions.

I had an entire crew of great people with me yesterday including my friend Dave Steeves from the Goose Hummock Shop in Orleans, and my drone-flying friend Zach Lesinski from 2020skysight.com.

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Cape Cod Weekend Surfcasting Report

night striped bass cape cod surfcasting late september

Ryan Collins

This past weekend I spent two nights surfcasting a specific type of area I feel is one of the most reliable places to find fish on Cape Cod.

On Friday night I fished with MFCC intern Andrew Burke and MFCC podcast host Kevin Collins.

On Saturday night I headed back to the same general area by myself. Final tally for me this weekend was about a dozen bass up to 35 inches. I did lose one fish about twenty feet from shore which was probably 40 inches.

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My First “Keeper” On The Fly Rod

cape cod fly rod keeper striper

Ryan Collins

After much trial and tribulation I was finally able to catch my first "keeper" striper on the fly rod. It was a terrific experience!

This coming week I hope to catch a serious striper on the fly. I know a few spots where quality 25+ pound fish are stacking up close to shore.

The rest of this post will recap my latest experience fly fishing for striped bass on Cape Cod, as well as update you on what I am finding right now, and what I hope to find this weekend.

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Handlining For Striped Bass On Cape Cod

handlining for striped bass on cape cod

Ryan Collins

When I was growing up, my father and I fished "blind"without sonar and GPS. We used very basic equipment and fished from a 12 foot boat powered by a 6 horsepower engine. 

We found fish by paying attention to the wind, tide and past experiences. Instinct, determination and sheer luck also played a major role.

Since that time, catching fish from boats has become much easier. Now my father and I fish from a 21 foot fiberglass boat powered by a 150 horsepower engine, with sidescan sonar and a top of the line GPS. 

My boat fishing success is now more reliant upon my ability to use my electronics, than my understanding of the winds and tides. This realization hit me like a bag of bricks when my friend Noah and I went handlining in Costa Rica.

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Monster Shore-Caught Bluefish

16.9 pound outer cape cod bluefish

Andrew Burke

I stepped outside around 8am and was greeted by a pleasantly cool morning. Instead of fishing, I felt like taking a beach day to enjoy the nice weather.

I quickly loaded up my car in an effort to beat the crowds that fill the backside beaches of the lower cape during peak summer months.

However, I had a feeling I should pack my go-to surf setup, a 9’ St. Croix Mojo Surf rod equipped with a Van Staal VS200X reel.

Typically if I’m just keeping a rod in my car for a sudden daytime blitz, it’ll be a lightweight 7 footer for convenience sake. However I had just purchased my new Van Staal from Goose Hummock a week earlier, and since have been fishing it every chance I get!

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Surfcasting Cape Cod With My Future Wife

Lauren Woman Surfcasting Cape Cod

Ryan Collins

This adventure with my future wife Lauren began on the morning of Saturday, July 16th.

However, before any fishing would take place, I had promised Lauren we would take care of some items she has been wanting to cross off her to-do list.​

So with that in mind, we woke up bright and early to wish my Mom a happy 65th birthday, before departing to Hokum Rock Farm in Dennis to pick blueberries.

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