The Reliable & “Standard” Canyon Spread

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For beginner anglers trying to find a go to spread of lures for the canyons that can catch mostly tuna, mahi mahi, and a chance at a marlin, these are the lures that I would fish.

Depending on the size of your boat and experience of your crew 6-8 rods is very manageable. Starting on your flat lines, I almost always put out 2 spreader bars.

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Cape Cod Albie Fishing 101

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Below are lures I like to use for alibie fishing. There are of course, plenty of other options.

I love to use lightly or unweighted rubber, but you have to be close to the feed due to lack luster casting distance.

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Falmouth’s “Hidden Gem”

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We made a weekend out of it, and I can easily say this was the best weekend ever.

I would like to consider myself a foodie.  Any time I travel anywhere, my first thought is where to eat.  I love to try new places and find those hidden gems that not many people have heard about.

So today I wanted to share my favorite place in West Falmouth.

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Gearing Up To Kayak Fish The Cape

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The last time I splashed the kayak was back in June of this year. Back then I was fortunate to catch some beautiful fish, but most of all I enjoyed the quiet and simplicity of fishing from a kayak.

As we move toward the end of the summer, I am looking forward to ditching the big boat and spending more time on the yak.

In this post I'm going to share with you reasons why I'm so excited for kayak fishing, as well as some helpful tips for targeting big stripers from the kayak, as we approach late summer.

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Bait Fishing at the Cape Cod Canal | Part #2

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​This is part #2 of a two part series on bait fishing at the Cape Cod Canal.
Click here to read part #1.

Once you’ve identified a productive area to concentrate on, you must then provide the proper presentation to have success.

Don’t underestimate how important this is. You must position yourself so that you cast no more than 15 - 30 yards off shore and have the bait travel into the rip or hole and swirl around naturally.

Hint: sometimes even the biggest cows hug the shoreline, especially at night.

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The Life of a Fisherman’s Girlfriend

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If you know me at all, I'm not much of a fish person.  I squirm at the thought of touching a worm and really only would like to see a fish seasoned and grilled with a nice lemon wedge to garnish.

This other side of fishing, I will admit, threw me for a loop.  The first time I went fishing with Ryan and wrestled in a 25-pound fish, I'm pretty sure that was my "in" in this relationship. 

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Bait Fishing at the Cape Cod Canal | Part #1

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At the risk of sounding like an old-timer…ahem, years ago, the dominant fishing method among rock-hopping Canal rats was bait fishing.

Times change and with them came so many modern and effective ways to catch striped bass using artificial lures – soft plastic baits, jigs, surface & swimming plugs.

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I Never Liked Bluefish, Until I Tried This Simple Recipe

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Here's something to wrap your head around - bluefish that tastes delicious!

I've never been a big fan of bluefish - their sharp teeth and oily, fishy and worst of all blue meat, make them less than desirable (at least for me).

For a long time Ryan and I have tried to figure out a simple and delicious way to cook bluefish without using mayonnaise, which Ryan is not very fond of. [click to continue…]

23 Miles of Surfcasting the Beaches of Outer Cape Cod

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At the end of the 2014 fishing season, I read the book Cape Cod by Henry David Thoreau. The text recaps Thoreau's visit to the Cape during the mid 1800's, including his walk along the dunes from Nauset Inlet to Provincetown.

After reading the book I felt inspired to do the same, yet I would walk with a fishing pole in hand.​

This September, god willing, I am going to walk and fish the 23 mile stretch of sand from Nauset Inlet to Race Point, and share the experience with you here on My Fishing Cape Cod. 

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Time To Get Ready For False Albies [video]

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As we roll into mid-August I find myself starting to think about "funny fish." It won't be long now until bonito, false albacore and other more "tropical" species of fish begin trickling into Cape waters.

Last season I had a blast chasing false albies with my fishing buddy Jeff C. I learned a lot and I had a blast catching false albacore, and watching them bust and feed on the surface.

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