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ASMFC Striped Bass Meeting: New Perspectives on Striped Bass Management

At a meeting in Boston yesterday morning, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commision did not approve Addendum III, which could have  reduced striped bass fishing mortality by up to 40%.  If the Addendum had passed, recreational and commercial striped bass fishermen could have seen changes in size limits, bag limits and a reduction in the commercial quota as early as the 2012 fishing season.

I was at yesterday's meeting and I have to say that I was very impressed by what I saw and heard.  The statistics, opinions and theories proposed by members of ASMFC, scientists and the public proved very intriguing.

The first half of the meeting consisted of a power point presentation regarding the overall health of the striped bass stock.  According to the science, striped bass are currently not overfished and are not being overfished.  In other words, as the members of the commission put it, striped bass is a "green light" fishery.

With all the data and statistics presented at the meeting, I found it very easy to get bogged down by the numbers.  This age group of stripers is declining, this age group has leveled off etc.  Viewing the striped bass biomass through a "microscope" of sorts was interesting, however I learned just how difficult it is to make any sense of the numbers.

The reasons behind why the data is how it is are unclear, complex and hard to define-even for the experts.

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Do you want to learn how to catch BIG striped bass? Are those pictures of big fish at the bait shop driving you a little crazy?  Have you watched in disbelief as one or two guys caught big bass after big bass, and wondered what the heck they were doing different?


It's a well known fact that 90% of the fish are caught by 10% of the fishermen.  The problem is that traditionally, in order to become part of that 10%, you had to spend years upon years on the water fishing.


On top of all that, with all the different techniques, strategies and expensive equipment, learning how to consistently catch big stripers is today more complex and confusing than ever before.


Yet through the years, one simple method, using a $2 piece of tubing, has earned the title of one of the #1 producers of big striped bass.  It's called tube and worm trolling, and it has long been regarded as one of the easiest ways to consistently catch big striped bass.


If you are looking for one of the simplest, easiest to learn, and most effective ways to catch big striped bass, then trolling the trolling the tube and worm is your answer.


However learning how to properly fish the tube and worm does not happen overnight.  Anyone can catch a fish or two trolling the tube and worm, but few fishermen can consistently boat 20, 30 and 40 plus pound striped bass on the tube.  It usually takes years upon years of trial and error before you can expect to boat big bass with consistency.


Wouldn't it be nice to shorten the learning curve from years into days?


What if I told you that it is very possible to become an expert with the tube in as little as one season.  That it is possible to consistently catch big bass with the tube and worm by making a few minor adjustments to the gear, strategy and technique you already use.


Wouldn't it be nice to take the wife and kids out fishing, knowing that you will return home with a few striper fillets for the grill?


With the right resources, you can learn how to consistently catch big striped bass on the tube and worm.  The only guide you will ever need is right here, and I promise it will help you understand everything you need to know in order to consistently catch big striped bass with the tube and worm.


Even if you are an absolute novice, you can learn how to catch big striped bass by trolling the tube and worm in as little as one season.  I should know, because I was once in your shoes.


Here is a sampling of some of the insider secrets you will learn:


  • The technique to using sonar, that will give you an advantage over everyone else on the water
  • What gear works best and why
  • How to get the most out of your gear for the least amount of money
  • The strategy to consistently finding big bass without any visual cues like birds
  • How to interpret striped bass behavior, and catch more big bass because of it
  • The one trick to maximizing the trolling efficiency of your boat
  • Why tipping the tube with a sandworm is so important
  • How to select the best tubes-and avoid the ineffective ones
  • How to develop a trolling pattern that will help you catch more fish than other boats trolling the same exact area
  • Techniques you can use to turn catching one big bass into catching 10 big bass
  • How to create double and triple hookups
  • How to troll the tube and worm using a light spinning setup
  • How to identify bass behavior, and quickly adjust your technique accordingly
  • Proper gaffing technique and how to minimize the amount of fish lost at boatside
  • Line to depth ratios and how they affect the amount of bass you will catch
  • 3 tricks for fooling finicky stripers
  • What you need to do before leaving home to set yourself up for success
  • How large schools of bass move, and what you can do to stay on top of the biomass
  • Why you should not spend your money on tubes longer than 24 inches
  • The importance of marking even just one individual striped bass
  • How to find bass in open water areas devoid of structure
  • An easy method that will allow you to continue actively fishing while you reel in a fish
  • How to make your own tubes for $2 a piece that will outfish the tubes folks buy in stores
  • Guidelines to developing a repeatable trolling pattern that will give you the upper hand when working a piece of structure
  • Why there is no need to purchase green, purple, pink, orange, and brown tubes
  • Important things to do in the moments immediately after hooking up, that will help catch more fish later in the trip
  • How to catch big bass with the tube and worm during the day, as well as during the night
  • What the tube and worm imitates in nature, and how you can catch more fish with this knowledge
  • The small details most anglers fail to recognize that can have a BIG impact on the amount of big striped bass you catch


And that's just the tip of iceberg.


Tube and Worm Trolling - "From the first knot to the gaff shot!" contains absolutely everything I know about catching striped bass with the tube and worm.  You can rest assured that I have left nothing out.


It took me over a decade of trolling the tube and worm to figure this stuff out.  It took me an entire season to get it all down in writing.


Now you can capitalize on my years of trial and error, mistakes and successes, all with one click of the mouse.


I've put together over 70 pages of content, including useful pictures and tactical diagrams in an effort to shape you into a tube and worm expert by the end of the 2012 season.  The knowledge, strategies and techniques are here for you in one guide-all you need to do is put them into action!


But again, this is just the tip of the iceberg.  If you purchase before Christmas, I will include a $100 coupon towards a Miss Loretta Fishing night charter for the 2012 season.  The coupon can be used during the week or on the weekend-whatever is most convenient for you.


This past season we caught hundreds of bass on the Miss Loretta between 15 and 42 pounds.  The average striper was over 25 pounds in weight, and over 20 people caught the biggest bass of their lives.  This is your chance to get in on the night bite!


You will own the most technical and informative tube and worm resource on the web, as well as receive a discount for one of Cape Cod Bay's most unique fishing experiences.




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On top of that, if you give Tube and Worm Trolling - "From the first knot to the gaff shot!" a serious chance, apply the techniques, and don't catch more big bass in 2012, then I will issue you a full refund, AND you still keep the $100 Miss Loretta Fishing charter coupon.








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Tight lines and take care,


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Captain Ryan Collins


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Catching Bluefin Tuna

Catching a tuna is an experience unlike any other.  It is quite literally like trying to reel in a freight train.

I've dreamed about catching tuna since I was a little kid.  Four years ago that dream finally became reality after a 5 hour (yes 5 hour!) battle on light spinning gear.

Since then I have learned a lot about tuna fishing.  More than anything else I have learned that I still have a lot of learning left to do!

Hopefully these posts will help you land that first tuna, or that giant tuna of your dreams.

Good luck tuna wishing and let me know if you catch one!


How to Remove Lead from Lead Core, Prior to Tying a Knot

It's important to remember to remove the lead from lead core prior to tying a knot.  This helps preserve the integrity of the knot.

It's only necessary to remove lead from the section of lead core you inted to tie the knot with.  In other words, removing a one foot section of lead from the lead core is usually sufficient.


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Hey folks!

Well "it" is here-the end of the striped bass season.  I'd say we realistically have another 2 weeks until the vast majority of bass have left our area for warmer waters.

Pretty hard to believe if you ask me.  It seems as if it was just Memorial Day.

The good news is that there are still plenty of big bass around.  Each trip has the potential to intercept one of the last big schools of big bass as they gorge themselves for their long journey south.  Trips during mid to late October can produce some of the biggest bass of the entire year.

Because I would like to get out onto the water as much as possible before it all ends, I am going to offer an end of the season special.

5 hour striped bass trip for $325 with the Keeper Guarantee. Early morning, afternoon or evening.

That's a savings of almost $200 compared to my typical trip, plus if your group does not go home with at least one keeper striped bass, you only cover the cost of bait and gas ($150).

So split amongst a group of 3, that's just over $100/person for a chance at catching 30 pound plus bass.

Anyone who's interested can give me a call at 774 313 8571 or send me an email at

Thanks and tight lines!

Captain Ryan

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There will still be plenty of these babies kicking around until Halloween.


What Does a Tube and Worm Imitate?

*This excerpt has been taken from Tube and Worm Trolling - From the first knot to the gaff shot!

There are quite a few theories floating around about what the tube and worm imitates.  It's pretty easy to understand why.  What on earth could a two foot long, gyrating piece of rubber, moving slowly through the water column actually resemble in the marine world?

Throughout the years folks have come up with some interesting explanations as to what the tube and worm resembles in nature.  One of my favorite theories is that the tube and worm mimics an eel swimming backwards with a worm in its mouth.

I wonder how many times striped bass encounter this scenario in their aquatic environment!

Of course who knows, it is possible that bass believe they are consuming an eel when they bite a tube, however I personally believe this to be rather unlikely.  Instead, I like to think that the tube and worm resembles the very creature we tip the tube with-a sandworm.

If we accept that the tube and worm does imitate a sandworm, then we can begin to explain all sorts of striped bass behaviors, which will in turn make us better fishermen and more adept tube and worm trollers.

Let's take a look at why it is reasonable to assume that the tube and worm imitates a sandworm, and how this can help us improve our level of success.

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Catching Bait

Using live bait usually results in more and bigger fish.  This rings true no matter what species of fish you are after-from fluke to giant bluefin tuna.

Problem is that catching and keeping quality bait alive and frisky is often the greatest challenge to overcome.  Sometimes finding the pogies is harder than finding the tuna!

This section, like all sections on the blog, will expand over time.  Use the tabs to navigate through the different species of baitfish and how best to find and catch them.

Catch 'em up!


The Hunt for Giant Tuna

A lot of effort goes into catching a tuna.  Especially when you are just starting out.

Even though we have caught numerous tuna in the 50-170 pound range, and one tuna over 670 pounds, I'd say we are still in the "starting out" phase-especially compared to some of the top tuna veterans in the Cape Cod area.

Believe it or not, there are some guys on Cape Cod who catch 20 or more giant tuna each season!  And that's just the tip of the iceberg. I'm sure there are some who catch way more than that.

The good news is that if we can catch a 600 plus pound giant tuna in our 21 foot boat, then you can too.  Catching a tuna from a small boat does take some effort, patience, and a lot of time, but it can, and will happen if you give it 110%.

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Cape Cod Bay Giants and Lessons Learned

 Click here for the latest Cape Cod tuna fishing report

It seems like the tuna bite is starting to turn on in the waters around Cape Cod.

From what I'm hearing the bite off Chatham is nothing short of stellar, and quite possibly the best it has been in  years.  This news is not all that surprising to folks who have been following the "fish news" of 2011.  Back in July and August an enormous biomass of striped bass set up shop off Chatham-gorging themselves on the plentiful foot long sand eels that inhabit the area.  It looks like the tuna have caught on and picked up right where the bass left off.

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Must Know Fishing Knots

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Hi Folks!

If you are just starting out in the fishing world, then learning a few knots is critical.  I'd say I tie around a dozen knots each time I go fishing (depending on how many bluefish are around.)  Often I'm tying these knots at night in a pitching boat.  The ability to twist up a good knot in under a minute is very important, especially when there is a big school of striped bass under the boat.

I don't know how to tie a lot of knots because I have no need to learn them.  Odds are that you probably do not need to worry about learning a ton of knots either.  Having a good grasp on the following 3 knots will easily cover you in almost any fishing situation Cape Cod (and anywhere else for that matter) has to offer.

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