Top 4 Techniques for Cape Cod Trout

Casting and retrieving while wading around the circumference of a pond is a terrific way of exploring new areas (and of course catching trout).
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John D. Silva

I’m always surprised by the number of people who believe that the annual trout fishing season runs for only five or six months a year. 

I’m often asked if I’m “anxious” to get back out on the water during the winter months.

What these folks don’t realize is that there is no beginning or end to the fishing season, just ongoing adaptation 12 months a year. 

No matter the tackle or the techniques involved, the important thing is to just get out there and enjoy.

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Top 4 Trout Fishing Destinations on Cape Cod

At Cliff Pond you'll find plenty of shoreline to explore and wade. You may also find a variety of fish, including brown trout such as this.
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John D. Silva

Kettle ponds are one of the great natural treasures of Cape Cod.

With so many cold, clear, pristine habitats—all within a reasonable travel distance from each other—quality trout fishing possibilities are plentiful on the Cape.

Among the lakes and ponds that receive seasonal stockings, there are but a select few that stand above the rest. Need proof?

Just check the annual Massachusetts Sportfishing Awards and you’ll see the same premier coldwater fisheries listed year after year. Among these, in no particular order, are my top 4 trout waters on Cape Cod.

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My 5 Best Cape Cod Kayak Fishing Trips Of All Time

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2015 was my second year ever fishing from a kayak. I learned a lot, caught some fish and explored unique areas only accessible via kayak or shallow draft boat. 

I still have no electronics whatsoever installed on the kayak. I am tempted to outfit the boat with the latest gadgets because I know my catch rates would increase.

Yet when fishing from the kayak it's the hunt which I enjoy the most, and with no sonar or GPS, finding and catching fish is much more of a challenge. 

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Reminiscing About Big Yellowfin Tuna

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The following occurred way back on August 28th of this year.

Time flies wouldn't you agree?

For me, a tough trip usually entails miles upon miles of 6 knot trolling while trying everything to work up the fish. However, on this special trip I experienced a different kind of challenge.

As soon as we reached our destination, near the West Atlantis canyon, fish were immediately spotted under the boat. Mahi mahi, small yellowfin, and an assortment of tropical fish (many of which we had difficulty identifying) were all over our transom.

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6 Secrets Of Fishing Live Mackerel For Giant Tuna

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Nearly all of the giant tuna I have heard about being caught during 2015 have been taken on live mackerel. If you check out this year's tuna reports then you'll see what I mean.

Last week while tuna fishing we hooked and lost what was most likely a pretty good size tuna, and of course that fish also bit a live mackerel. There are still plenty of big tuna around the Cape Cod area.

In this post I want to share with you 6 "secrets" to successfully fishing live mackerel for giant bluefin tuna.

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A Look Back at the Final Leg of my 27 Mile Journey

I only saw my own footprints on this lonely stretch of beach.

This is the final installment in a series of posts and videos about my 27 mile surfcasting journey along Cape Cod's Great Beach. Click here to read part #3, click here to read part #2 and click here to read part #1.

Ryan Collins

The sky was pitch black and I had never seen the Atlantic so calm. It lapped against the shoreline as if it were a gentle trout pond.

Things are much different in this spot during hurricanes and winter Nor ‘Easters. Monstrous waves and ice cold winds regularly pound this section of beach.

Could there be some fish out there? So far it had been an uneventful trip fishing-wise.

My only action had been a few missed hits several miles to the south earlier in the morning while fishing somewhere in Truro.

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Derby Winners + Nov. 15 Year End Breakfast

Rick Handman and Ryan Collins with striped bass

The first ever My Fishing Cape Cod Derby ended 48 hours ago. I'm happy to report that the Derby was a success!

In this post I will share with you the winners.​

I will also provide you with a link to where you can sign up to join us at the November 15th Year End Breakfast. This ought to be a fantastic get-together and I hope you are able to attend!​

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The “Wildest” Place to Fish on Cape Cod

Fortunately I had calm conditions during this portion of the hike. Waves during storms in this area can reach amazing heights.

This is part #3 of a series of posts and videos about my 27 mile surfcasting journey along Cape Cod's Great Beach. Click here to read part #2 and
click here to read part #1.

The warm sun coupled with the potential of striped bass feeding in the shallows jolted my body into action. Newfound energy coursed through my veins, despite virtually no sleep for the past 36 hours!

The sandbars in this section of the Cape are dramatic. They run perpendicular to the beach and waves crash alongside them. If there were stripers here I figured they would be close to shore and in between the bars.​

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Sharks Have Surrounded Cape Cod

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During our last several tuna trips we have been seeing and catching mako sharks, blue sharks and a crazy amount of thresher sharks. My father actually had a thresher shark jump into his boat!

Thank God my Dad didn't get hurt, because that thresher was close to 400 pounds. Fortunately the thresher stunned himself immediately upon hitting the deck of his boat.

During one of my last trips I watched what I believe to be a big mako chasing a small tuna on the surface. I have also heard of several great white sharks being spotted in the area.

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The 1st Ever My Fishing Cape Cod Derby


Throughout this season many folks from MFCC have been asking when we are going to have our own tournament. Well, I am happy to report that the time has come!

The first ever "My Fishing Cape Cod Derby" will start today and end at 11:59PM on October 31st​. This derby ought to be a fun way of competing with other MFCC folks for bragging rights and some pretty unique prizes.

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