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Bluefish in the Suds | June 12 Report

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Garet reeling in a bluefish that whacked a plug just yards off the beach.

I'm not usually a huge fan of catching bluefish, but when they are whacking top water plugs cast from shore I am 100% in.

Fortunately here on Cape Cod, we see a nice run of bluefish along the beachfront each spring.  May and June, in my experience, has always been prime time for targeting bluefish from shore.

Catching bluefish from the beach is pretty simple stuff for the most part.  To catch a blue from shore you really only need to focus on three things:

  1. Locate a beach that has been holding bluefish
  2. Go to the beach around sunrise/sunset with top water plugs
  3. Bomb the top water plug out as far as you can and work it quickly along the surface

If the bluefish are around you will soon find out!

To make life easier for yourself, remove the treble hooks from your plug and replace them with singles.  You may also want to tie on a wire leader to avoid getting bitten off.  If you haven't fished for bluefish before, be extra careful and keep your fingers away from their extremely sharp and powerful teeth.

I'd also recommend bringing along a sand spike.  This way when you land a bluefish, you can place your rod in the sand spike and have two hands free to corral the bluefish.

One of the primary baits that bluefish are chasing this time of the year is squid.  Squid are really athletic and quick prey items, so the bluefish has to exert some serious energy to catch them.  What this means is that the blues will be, for the most part, super aggressive and willing to put on quite the acrobatic show.

You'll have your best chance of finding blues if you locate a beach that has squid holding off it.  Then when the wind turns and blows towards the beach, the organisms at the bottom of the food chain are blown in towards shore.  Next come the small minnows to feed on the small organisms.  Chasing the minnows are the squid and chasing the squid are the blues.

Luckily this is the exact situation Garet and I found ourselves in yesterday.  The wind was howling and the bluefish were holding very close to shore.

It only took 3 casts to hook up with the first blue of the day.  Like I said before, I'm usually cursing bluefish when they are chopping up my live eels, but this guy put up one heck of a good fight and actually pulled some decent line from my light tackle setup.  How could I not find this fun?

Garet and I continued casting directly into a rather stiff breeze, and were able to elicit a strike every 5-10 casts.  The blues were going nuts on the plug and had no trouble whacking it completely out of the water which is always exciting.

We spent around 45 minutes on the sand and hooked and released 4 or 5 blues.  Most of the blues were on the smaller end of the spectrum.  These blues would have looked awesome underneath a kite out at Stellwagen!

I'm sure we could have continued catching but a handful of bluefish is really all it takes to keep Garet and I happy.  We opted for calling it quits early and grabbing a slice of pizza on the ride home.

Just another fun afternoon fishing Cape Cod.  I'd imagine the bluefish bite will remain strong for at least a few more days if not longer.  If you are looking to cash in on some fun top water action I'd highly recommend grabbing some poppers and hitting the suds.

Click here for more information on the best Cape Cod beaches to target bluefish over the next few days.

Tight lines, good luck and enjoy the rest of your week!

Ryan

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South Cape Beach

South Cape is a perennial bluefish hot spot.

I heard a couple days ago that there was a bluefish blitz right along the beach at around 4pm.  With the wind the way it was yesterday I had to go check it out.

I grabbed my buddy Garet and we headed down to South Cape.  The wind was absolutely howling but the blues were there.

It was not at all "all out blitz" status but the fish were out there.  All you needed to do was work the plug along the surface and the blues would come hurdling towards the top and crush the plug.

There are plenty of squid in the area so cross your fingers the action lasts well into next week!

For more info on fishing South Cape for bluefish check out this blog post.

Fishing the Rips from Shore | June 11 Report

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This guy hammered a pencil popper that was danced around boulders and through a big time rip.

Mazzola and I fished a really cool area yesterday that featured a prominent point with huge boulders and a swiftly moving current that produced some serious rip water very close to shore.

An area with big boulders and a fast moving current is really a one-two striped bass fishing punch.  Fortunately on Cape Cod there are numerous areas I can think of that feature this deadly combination.  Yesterday's destination was one such spot.

We arrived just as the tide began to drop.  We initially fished down to the west in a calm bay on the lee side of the wind and the waves.  After 45 minutes without any signs of life we decided to make a move to the east and work the exposed side of the point.

Once we rounded the point we were greeted by standing waves, a strong current, a slight breeze and some enormous boulders.  The area just wreaked of bass so we got to casting.

This was going to be a challenging area to land any fish over 15 pounds.  There were rocks around us that were bigger than trucks.  Even out in the distance we could see white water as waves broke over barely submerged, hull eating boulders.  This was not an area I would like to venture into with the Miss Loretta.

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I was chucking my go-to mackerel colored pencil popper around the rocks when WHACK! - a bass exploded on the pencil virtually as it was crossing on top of a big boulder!  Fish on!

To prevent the fish from burying itself in the rocks I locked down the drag on my Penn 440 and horsed the striper in towards shore.  The bass did not end up being a monster which was probably a good thing based on the terrain we were fishing.

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Not a monster but a fun fish nonetheless!

By now it was around 7PM and the current had really picked up a notch.  The wind had died but the waves in the area were between 1-3 feet.  The key to getting a strike was firing a popper way out into the standing waves and just dancing the pencil along on the surface as it tumbled down in the current.

Like usual the bass in the rip were really aggressive.  None of them were huge but they all smacked the plug with real vigor.  It only took a few more casts to hook up with another healthy looking schoolie.

By now it was obvious that Mazzola was eager to hook up with a fish so he took the initiative and waded out to a big rock and perched himself right on top of it.  He was casting a Storm Shad so being perched on the rock really helped him fire the shad out to where the bass were holding.

Because of all the boulders in the area he had a hard time distinguishing between a bass bite and rock.  Nonetheless after a few casts he was hooked up and managed to land a small bass of his own.

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Mazzola firing a cast out into the rips.

We continued working the area and registering hits on probably every third cast or so.  The fish continued to cruise up from the bottom and explode on my pencil popper.  If these bass were bigger I would have had one hell of a time getting them to shore amongst all the rocks.

By 8PM we were satisfied and decided to call it quits.  All in all another phenomenal Cape Cod surf casting trip.  Final tally was 7 bass between 20 and 26 inches and around 15 hits in total.

It was a gorgeous and fun night of fishing in one of the most picturesque of Cape Cod locales.  I'll be looking forward to trying this spot again during a different tide.  I am positive that at some point this season there will be some cows settling down in that near shore rip!

Click here for more information on the rips and the area fished.

I'm hearing some really positive bluefish reports from down Cape so I'll going for a little bit of a drive later today to hopefully cash in on the bite.  I'm not usually a huge fan of catching bluefish, but it's a real blast when they have squid pushed up on the shore.

Click here to learn about the best beaches to target bluefish over the next couple of days.

I'll be sure to keep you posted!

Tight lines and take care,

Ryan

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Nobska Point

This is one of the most picturesque spots I've fished all season.

Nobska Point is located on the southern side of Falmouth and faces out towards Vineyard Sound.  It's basically right next to Woods Hole and is a really great area for fishing, photography and just hanging out.

There is a small parking area in front of the lighthouse which we utilized during yesterday's trip.  Below the lighthouse is a rather steep and narrow path to the rocks.

This entire area is just littered with big boulders - which I'm realizing is a pretty common theme when fishing the Falmouth coastline.

This is definitely not a spot for anyone who is a little wobbly on their feet.  The rocks are jagged and slippery, so I'd recommend leaving the kids behind on this trip.  Be sure to remember that any rocks with sea weed, or rocks that have black coating on them are extremely slippery.  Just as slippery, if not more slippery than ice.

This entire area is ideal for live eels, top water plugs and soft plastics.  It is tough, at least at high tide, to find a spot where you can cast and not worry about hooked bass burying beneath the boulders.  There are some open areas, however landing a big bass here will certainly be quite the challenge.

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Epic Tinker Bass Bite | June 10 Report

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Hooked up! with another beautiful Cape Cod striper.

The epic live mackerel fishing continued yesterday for Chris, Al, Charlie and myself.

I met Chris last fall when he was still searching for his first ever striped bass.  Chris spent the winter reading up on anything and everything related to striped bass fishing and today he is hands down one of the most enthusiastic of My Fishing Cape Cod blog members.  Gotta love his passion!

Chris brought along Al a good co-worker of his, and Al brought along his son Charlie - an up and coming fishermen and baseball player.  Chris was looking to catch the biggest bass of his striper fishing career and Charlie was looking to catch his first striped bass ever.  Needless to say the stage was set for a memorable trip.

We met at 4AM and cruised out on flat calm seas.  The ocean would remain as smooth as a pane of glass for the entire trip which is always awesome.  Yesterday's weather could not be beat.

The hour before sunrise was spent jigging for live mackerel and hitting up a popular tube and worm spot.  Unfortunately we struck out with the live macks and failed to register any hits on the tube and worm.  No worries though, we reeled in the lines and made our way to new territory.

After a 25 minute cruised I eased the Miss Loretta into an area that has produced mackerel for us all season long.  It only took a few minutes for the guys to start hooking up.  We had found the bait!

These mackerel were perfect for live lining.  Just about all of them were on the small side - tinker mackerel as they are known on Cape Cod.  We spent maybe 30 minutes at the most loading up both live wells and then decided to make our way in closer to shore to look for bass.  I was secretly hoping and praying that the fish would be in the same spot that they have been all spring.

As we cruised in towards shallower water we began marking stripers.  I kept my mouth shut because I didn't want to get everyone's hopes up, but I had a feeling that these guys were in for something special.

I set up the drift, gave a quick lesson and put the crew to work.  Before we knew it line started peeling from one of the guys' setups - our first take of the day!

I think it was Charlie who hooked up first, and he did a great job bringing his first ever striped bass to the boat.  It's always exciting watching a first timer reel in his very first striper.

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Charlie with his ever striped bass. Congrats!

The solid fishing continued for the next few hours.  We got into a nice routine with the guys drifting macks and yours truly unhooking fish.  By 9AM I had a serious case of bass thumb developing.

Chris, Al and Charlie kept flicking tinkers out behind the boat and the bass kept on eating them up.  We had stripers coming right up to the surface and smacking the macks, as well as bass chasing the macks right to the boat.

Most of the bass during the morning tide were small keepers, but they were all fat as heck and put up a great fight.  Charlie got off to a quick start boating the first few bass, but Al and Chris managed to catch up by mid morning with some fine catches of their own.

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The bite really started to heat up around 9:30AM.  The bass filtered in as the tide dropped and we began getting multiple takes and double hook ups which is always a blast.

Most of the action was centered in one specific area.  We managed to at least get a good solid take each drift through this spot.  If Al wasn't hooked up then Chris was and if Chris wasn't hooked up then Charlie had a fish on.  The guys kept me busy!

Action like this only happens when the bass are stacked and virtually pave the bottom.  I managed to snap a few pics of the fish finder in between hook ups.

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As we approached our 25th fish of the day we had a BIG take on a tinker mackerel.  The bass engulfed the mack virtually as soon as the poor little fish hit the water.  Charlie settled in with what was going to be by far the biggest bass of the day.

The striper took a fair amount of line and gave Charlie a pretty good battle.  All the fish yesterday fought real well and were super aggressive.  After 10 or so minutes we had the bass next to the boat.

"Nice fish!" I remember saying.  It was a nice fish - a long and lean 25 pounder that was mixed in amongst all the small keepers.  Not a bad surprise at all!

Yesterday was just another awesome spring trip.  The live mackerel bite has been the best it has ever been for me, and I know the same goes for a lot of other folks that have been fishing the same area.

Things aren't showing any signs of slowing up!

Click here fore more information on the areas fished and  techniques used.

Tight lines and good luck fishing!

Ryan

 

 

Barnstable Harbor Main Channel

We continued catching bass yesterday as the tide dropped.  We eventually ran out of live macks and resorted to using fresh dead tinkers.  The dead mackerel continued to produce just as well as the livies.

If you haven't already guessed, we were again fishing Barnstable Harbor.  The action inside B-harbor this year has been outstanding.  There were just as many fish, if not more fish, in B-harbor yesterday as there were during May.

Most of the bass were on the slightly smaller end of the spectrum, however I have heard rumors of fish over 30 pounds being taken by some sharp anglers fishing in areas away from the crowds.

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Fishing Forecast for this Weekend | June 9-10

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Blog member and good friend Andrew Massard came out tuna fishing yesterday with Mazzola and myself. We didn't hook up with any giants, but we did find acres of mackerel and humpback whales.

For many Cape Cod fishermen this past week has been incredible.  The good news is that if you weren't able to cash in on this past week's phenomenal fishing, there is a fine chance that you can find some action this weekend.

The first week in June has historically (at least for the past few seasons) been one of the best striped bass fishing months of the entire year - at least on Cape Cod and in particular at the Cape Cod Canal.  As if on schedule, this past week featured some of the best striper fishing we have experienced thus far this season.

It all began last weekend with some fine catches of bass well over the 25 pound mark and even well into the 40 pound class.  I was not able to make it down to the Canal last weekend, but a few of my buddies did extremely well - even in the afternoon.  If you want to torment yourself, then become a Facebook friend of Canal Bait and Tackle.

Jeff is always posting pictures of the latest fish weighed in at the shop.  There have been some absolute monsters weighed in recently and the pictures on Canal Bait's facebook page tell it all.

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I'm sure more than one fifty pounder has swum through the Canal this past week.

The solid Canal fishing continued into Monday morning, with all out blitzes happening throughout the land cut.  Again, I completely missed the bite!  I heard about the fishing via email, text message and even a phone call from my Mom and Dad, who both saw fishermen dragging big stripers back to their trucks after the morning bite.

Finally, after hearing all these positive reports I woke up before 3AM on Tuesday and was rewarded with a beautiful fish.  The action on Tuesday at the Ditch wasn't as hot as on Monday, but were still some real nice fish to be had.

Well yesterday the Canal bite turned on big time again.  Again I missed it as I was out poking around Stellwagen Bank for tuna (not complaining!).  My father drove by one Canal hot spot and saw 10 guys all with nice bass in the 20-30 pound range.

Will these bass stick around for the weekend gang?  Your guess is as good as mine, but one thing is for sure - you just have to go and find out.

If you've never been part of an all out Canal blitz, then you may want to check out the Ditch this weekend.  Of course there are no guarantees, but historically this weekend fishes pretty well at the Canal.

Click here for more information on how to find big bass this weekend at the Canal.

Aside from the Canal, stripers are being caught all over Cape Cod.  There's been nice bass caught from Billingsgate to P-town and everywhere in between.

Now I'm not saying you are guaranteed to catch a striped bass.  But so far this spring has been pretty darn good as far as striped bass fishing is concerned.

I think the main reason is that there is a ton of bait around.

Yesterday I was out in 90-200 feet of water poking around for bluefin tuna.  The amount of sand eels, mackerel, whales and seals that we encountered was staggering.  Every 100-200 yards, for well over a mile, we found globs upon globs of mackerel.  We hooked up with macks virtually anywhere we dropped a sabiki rig.

Granted these particular macks, sand eels, whales and seals are a ways away from the beaches of Cape Cod, however it is just one example of how abundant our Cape Cod marine ecosystem is at the moment.  Much more abundant, in my opinion, than what I personally observed last year at this time.

Hopefully all this life sticks around through this weekend!  Fortunately I just received word that certain areas had some pretty good bass fishing this morning, which bodes well for the weekend crew.

Click here for more information on the best areas and techniques to target big stripers this weekend.

Tight lines, good luck and go get 'em!

Ryan

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Extended Fishing Forecast | June 9-10

It's nice to finally see the sun again, and I'm crossing my fingers that the good weather lasts right on through this weekend.  We are certainly due for some beach weather, so hopefully tomorrow and Sunday turn out to be just that.

If you head out fishing this weekend, you most certainly have plenty of options.  There are bass all over Cape Cod, and if you put in your time, there is a good chance you'll be rewarded with a nice fish.

Here's a few areas to consider checking out this weekend:

Cape Cod Canal

The Canal bite has been very good this past week and I would imagine there to be fish this weekend - knock on wood!

The best tide from my personal experience and from what I've been hearing from trusted fishing buddies, has been the east tide.  This is when the current is moving towards the east entrance of the Canal.

Bass have been taken on top during the east tide all week long.  This weekend, the east tide begins Saturday at 7:52AM and Sunday at 8:45AM.

If I was to head down to the Canal this weekend I would scope out a nice mussel bed and claim my territory for the east tide.  Pencil poppers would be my go-to.  Being able to launch a pencil popper around 200 feet into the middle of the Canal is usually pretty critical for this type of fishing, however bass can be caught on top closer to shore.

If you don't want to deal with the crowds at the Canal (which there will be plenty of this weekend) try jigging the Canal after dark.  My favorite tide to jig the Canal is the west tide - when the current is moving towards the west entrance of the Canal.

The west tide this weekend begins Saturday at 1:38AM and Sunday at 2:35AM.

I like to jig 9 inch black slug-go's along the bottom using a 4 ounce lead head.  There's a few articles on the blog under the Cape Cod Canal category that further explain jigging techniques if you are interested.

There's been a ton of bait in the Canal so cross your fingers the bait sticks around through this weekend.

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45.7 Pound Striped Bass | June 5 Cape Cod Canal Report

It has been one heck of a morning!

Today began at 2:45AM up in Boston.  I had spent the past few days in Brighton with Lauren, but after hearing about big bass in the Cape Cod Canal I knew I had to get back to the fish.

I was just about the only car on the highway all the way to the bridge which was definitely a nice change of pace.  Finally at around 4:40AM I settled down in my honey hole along the rocks of the Big Ditch.

It felt more like October this morning than June-that is for sure.  Of course after my second cast the sky opened up and began raining.  I watched as the brisk NE breeze blew sheets of rain from east to west down through the Canal.  Of course I had forgotten my rain coat at home.

A Pretty Tough Start To The Trip

After about 5 casts my braided line managed to tie itself into one heck of a killer wind knot.  I had to cut and retie and ended up losing a ton of line.

I completely emptied my spool on the next cast and only saved losing everything by quickly flipping the bail over at the last second.  It wasn't even 5:30AM and I was soaked to the bone, freezing and almost out of fishing line!

Instead of getting all ticked off I made a move, left the Canal and headed back to the barn to grab a coat, a hat and a new spool of line.  Fortunately I had a back up spool ready to go so I wasted minimal time re-rigging.  By 6:15AM I was back on the rocks, waiting for the fish to show.

Problem was there was really no life whatsoever.  No birds, no bait, no one hooked up and no bass on the surface.  I found myself a comfortable rock (if there is such a thing), snuggled into a crevice, and patiently waited for some sign of activity.

I sat there for about 15 minutes.  I remember thinking something along the lines of - "Well I'm guaranteed to not catch a thing with my hook out of the water, so I might as well take a couple casts."

So a couple casts is exactly what I decided to do.  And on my second cast something awesome happened.

A Giant Hole Opened Up And Sucked Down The Plug

I chucked my little homemade, absolutely horrendous looking pencil popper way out into the middle of the Ditch.  The current was running pretty good so I just popped the plug back and forth as it floated downstream.  I was looking at a seagull over to my left when I heard a deafening SMACK!

There was a huge bass on my plug!  The fish had completely missed the popper but I had seen a huge dorsal fin just behind the pencil. I kept twitching the lure back and forth in the current.  Not more than 2 seconds later he came back full force and absolutely engulfed the plug.

My rod doubled over and line began screaming from the reel.  Thank God I had changed out the spool with a full load of braid!  This bass was dumping yards upon yards of braid in an instant.  Without debate I began hustling down the rip-rap after the fish.

I passed by a couple really nice guys, Monty and Kevin on my trek after the fish.  They stopped what they were doing, moved out the way and let me do my thing which was really awesome.  After a couple of minutes the fish had peeled around 150 yards of 40 pound braid and began digging for the bottom in tight to the shore.

It was now or never so I buckled down the drag and began working the bass against the current.  This guy had some serious weight to him and I could feel the fish digging for the bottom.  With all the jagged rocks in the Canal, I figured my best shot was to just horse the striper in and tighten the drag down even more.

I'm not sure how long it took to get the bass in towards shore but I began to gain good line on the fish after buckling down the drag.  The bass surfaced about 15 yards off the shore and rolled on his side, showing Monty, Kevin and I his belly.  Like most of the fish I've seen this year, this bass had some good girth to him and had been feeding well to say the least.

I eased him up towards the rocks and could see the single live bait hook (the kind we use for tuna) embedded in his jaw.  I reached down, grabbed the bass and brought him ashore.

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Man oh man was this guy beefy!  All three of us stood there on the rocks, smiles from ear to ear, admiring this beauty of a bass.

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I think I was still in shock - good thing I got up off my butt and decided to take a couple casts!

What A Surprise!

The bass literally came out of nowhere.  None of us had seen any signs of life or seen any fish caught.  I must have just been lucky and by chance happened to plop my homemade 1-hook plug directly in front of the fish.

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The bass tipped the scales at 45.7 pounds and close to 47 inches long - hands down one of the biggest (if not the biggest) bass I have ever caught.

Just a few pounds away from the coveted 50!

Photo by John Doble

Photo by John Doble

I decided to give the fish to Monty and Kevin.  They seemed like two real nice guys, plus the bass was bleeding pretty good from the gills.

Big thanks to Monty for some awesome photography work.  Can't beat meeting new friends down on the rip-rap.

I'm still in a bit of shock as I write this.  What an absolutely crazy morning-I can't wait to get back down there.

What do you think? Let me know by commenting below.

Tight lines and take care,

Ryan

Mid-Canal Area

Well there are some really big bass in the Canal right now.

I heard that the fishing yesterday was absolutely incredible.  Just about everyone I have talked to had a banner day yesterday.  Many fish in the 20-40 pound range were caught.

I would confidently say that there is probably more than one 50 pound bass in the Canal right now.

The good news is that the bite has been lasting throughout the day.  The east tide has been most productive from what I have been hearing.

This morning I caught my fish around 6:30am.  The tide was already moving east at a fair clip by then.  I got word that the best bite has actually occurred during the last hour of the east.

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