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eCourse 5 | Understanding Tides

The Cape Cod Canal has some of the strongest tides on all of Cape Cod.

During extreme weather situations the current inside the Canal can get cranking to almost scary speeds. It’s always important to remain cautious when moving around on the Canal rocks when the tide is cranking-especially if you are wearing boots or waders.

The strong current is the result of differences in water table levels between Cape Cod Bay and Buzzard’s Bay. If the water level is lower in Buzzard’s Bay, then the Canal’s current will move westward. If the water level is lower in Cape Cod Bay, then the Canal’s current will move eastward.

When both levels are equal, the current in the Canal will be slack.

Having a firm understanding of the tides will help you locate more stripers, fish areas with more efficiency and ultimately catch a lot more fish.

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eCourse part 4 | Tips on Targeting 40 Plus Pound Bass at the Big Ditch

I'd be lying if I told you that catching a 40 plus pound striper from the Canal happens regularly. For me at least, any bass over 40 pounds is something special.

Catching a 40 pound bass on a plug or jig casting from shore is no doubt much more difficult, than wrangling the same fish from a boat.

And yes I am still waiting on that coveted 50 pounder! Maybe this will be the year it happens for me, we'll see.

Catching a 40 pound bass from the Canal is very challenging. Hooking a 40 pounder in the fist place is pretty rare. Being able to land a 40 pounder at the Canal (a place with jagged rocks, snags and a powerful current) is even rarer.

Yet there are few ways to improve your odds of catching "The Big One" at the Big Ditch.

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Thank you and Good Luck Fishing in 2012!

Hello everyone!

I just wanted to take a second to thank you all for what has been a great experience and a great past year for me.

Since starting this blog 10 months ago I have met and fished with many incredible people.  My charter bookings are up and new opportunities are continuously knocking at my door.

The membership side of the blog is also off to a great start, which is a HUGE help - especially with gas prices at the fuel dock expected to be over $4 this season!  (could it be time to buy a sail boat?)

None of this would have happened had I not had a great base of readers.  You guys (and hopefully a few ladies as well) have been great.  At first I wasn't really sure how this whole "blogging thing" would turn out, however the positive feedback I receive each day from you has really been a huge boost to my self confidence-thank you for that!

I'm really looking forward to doing all I can this summer to help you find and catch some really nice fish.  And please know that in the process you folks will end up helping me as well-probably a lot more than I am able to help you.

If there is anything in particular you would like to see more of on the blog, please just ask.

I have one more busy week ahead of me and then I will be able to start posting fishing reports daily.  I also have some exciting ideas for eCourses and videos, as well as special deals for members of the blog.

I think 2012 will be a great summer for everyone.

Best of luck with your fishing this season!  Be sure to keep me posted on how things are going.

Tight lines and take care,

Ryan

 

 

 

eCourse 3 | Bass Blitz Breakdown

Over the past few decades the Canal has become famous for it's bass blitzes. These are the days when thousands of fish invade the land cut, and feed aggressively on prey such as mackerel, menhaden and herring.

If you are fortunate to get lucky, and happen upon such a blitz, you probably will never forget it.

In recent years during a blitz I won't even fish. Instead I put the rod down and just watch nature do its thing. On these days it can feel as if you are witnessing a Discovery Channel or Planet Earth episode.

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First Keeper Striped Bass of Season Caught at Cape Cod Canal

Many Cape Cod fishermen said the bass would be back early this year.  This past winter was more of an elongated cool start to spring than anything else.  Water temps have been way above normal.   Right now some areas around Cape Cod have water that is in the mid to high 50's.  I'm happy to report that all of those fishermen who predicted an early run of striped bass seem to so far be 100% correct!

I recall past seasons when we caught plenty of small striped bass up in creeks, estuaries and way back in harbors.  Most of these fish were extremely tiny, with a few under 12 inches in length.  Catching micro-schoolies (as we referred t them) was and still is pretty common for the month of April.

On Cape Cod you usually have to wait until May to see any stripers with real size.  The first few keepers are generally on the small side, barely eclipsing the 28 inch recreational limit.

I personally have never caught a keeper striped bass prior to May 1st.  I do know some slick fishermen who have been able to catch fresh migratory keepers in April, however they are generally pretty hard to come by.

That's why I was extremely surprised to hear that a 32 inch keeper striper had been caught this past week in the Cape Cod Canal.

Usually a fish tale like this would bring out the skeptic in me, however the report came from as reliable a source as any-Jeff Miller from Canal Bait and Tackle.

For those who don't know Jeff, he helps to run his family's bait shop - Canal Bait and Tackle.  Needless to say if something interesting happens at the Canal, Jeff usually knows about it.

According to Jeff a young angler managed to wrestle a 32 incher from the Big Ditch just a couple of days ago on April 18th.  Some of the regulars at the shop said the earliest they had ever heard of a keeper taken from the Canal was April 10th, which occurred many decades ago.

There was plenty of mackerel in Cape Cod Bay not too long ago and pogies and herring have all been spotted inside the Canal.  With the latest report of this keeper it seems that the stage is now set for something special to occur at the Canal.  Could we see a pre-May striped bass blitz?

Of course only time will tell for sure.  I think we may be in for a very interesting, and very fun spring fishing season!

If you are new to the blog and want to learn more about catching spring time striped bass at the Canal, be sure to check out this post.

Tight lines and take care,

Ryan

eCourse part 2 | An Overview of the Cape Cod Canal

The Cape Cod Canal is a very interesting place to wet a line. Actually, I really cannot think of a more unique place to fish, especially from shore.

In this section I am going to share with you an overview of the Canal.

We'll take a look at the Canal's structure and life. At the end we'll talk about how striped bass use the Canal for migration and feeding purposes.

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Canal eCourse part 1 | Must Know Cape Cod Canal Lingo

If you are serious about learning how to catch striped bass at the Cape Cod Canal, then it's important to understand at least some Canal lingo.  On top of that, if you are hoping to blend in well with the regular Canal fishing crowd, then learning proper Canal etiquette is a must.

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First Striped Bass of the Year Reported off Cape Cod

Update - My Fishing Cape Cod will be expanding this season by offering in-depth, detailed and accurate Cape Cod fishing reports to subscribed member.  To become a member today for $1, click here.  As always, thank you for the great support!

They're here!

Rumors have been flying around for a few days now about fresh, migratory schoolie striped bass being caught at specific locations off the southern side of Cape Cod.  I'm usually pretty skeptical with regards to these first reports, especially considering the latest bluefish report  (which I believe was an April Fool's joke).

However these latest striped bass reports are no joke.

For the past few weeks good striped bass fishing has been reported off Connecticut and Rhode Island.  Apparently over the past few days the most adventurous of these bass have decided to head even further north and are now within reach of Cape Cod anglers.

The news isn't terribly surprising, considering how warm this past winter was.  Water temperatures are way above normal and have been for months.  Could these warmer than usual water temps spark an earlier than typical spring migration for striped bass?

So far it appear so.

Click here for the full report.

Man does it feel good to be writing fishing reports again!

Tight lines and best of luck with these early season micro-schoolies,

Ryan

Stellwagen Bank’s Incredible Fishery

Ryan Collins

Stellwagen Bank is one of the coolest places to wet a line on Cape Cod. You never know what you might encounter!

The Bank is located about 19 miles from Plymouth, 27 miles from the Cape Cod Canal and 6 or so miles from Provincetown.  That is relatively close to shore as far as tuna fishing is concerned.

For example where I fish in Costa Rica, boats regularly make runs of 50-80 miles offshore to find tuna.

According to NOAA, Stellwagen is the result of the retreat of the last great ice sheet - the Laurentide Ice Sheet.  Odds are that the same ice sheet is responsible for the formation of Cape Cod.  

The Stellwagen Bank of today is the result of 25,000 years of geological activity.

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Spring Time at the Cape Cod Canal


The spring-time arrival of the striped bass at the Cape Cod Canal is one of the most highly anticipated fishing events of the entire season. Six long months of no striped bass is quickly replaced by top water blitzes, beautiful mornings and fantastic striped bass fishing.

The first striped bass of the year at the Canal generally arrive early in May and are typically on the smaller side.

A lot of guys do pretty well on these small fish which is great. However I usually find myself fishing estuaries and the beachfront during the first week of May. I tend to wait and fish the Canal when the bigger bass begin to filter though.

These much larger striped bass pass through the Canal beginning at some point in mid-May. By the end of the month a steady stream of 15-60 pound striped bass are filtering into and out of the land cut.

Most of these schools of striped bass are using the Canal for feeding and migration purposes. Over the past few springs the Canal has boasted astounding amounts of mackerel, herring and menhaden during the spring. Couple these forage fish with the lobsters, crabs and other Canal creatures roaming the bottom and the table is set for epic striped bass fishing. In addition to great feeding opportunities the Cape Cod Canal also significantly reduces the overall mileage that these fish need to log in order to reach their summer feeding grounds. To put it simply, the Cape Cod Canal is a food-filled shortcut that large schools of striped bass find very alluring.

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