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Tuna Hook Up & Sightings Map

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Over the past several seasons we have consistently found and hooked up with tuna in certain areas around Stellwagen and Cape Cod Bay.  Without a doubt some spots have consistently produced action and sightings, while other regions seem for the most part devoid of tuna life.

Take this with a grain of salt and remember that we typically fish the same general areas-which of course restricts our ability to find tuna in areas not highlighted on the map.

Red dots indicate a tuna hookup.

Yellow dots indicate a tuna sighting.

Each dot represents a single trip.

Tight lines and good luck tuna wishing!

Captain Ryan

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How Division Amongst Anglers Puts the Striped Bass Fishery at Risk

Summary: These days it seems like just about everyone has their own theory as to the best way to manage striped bass. Division amongst the striped bass fishing community runs rampant. Ironically, these differing viewpoints over commercial fishing and game fish status may be doing more harm than good to the fish striped bass anglers are hoping to preserve.

The striped bass is one of the Atlantic Ocean’s most popular and important fishes. Charter captains, commercial fishermen, bait shops, restaurants, boat dealers, magazines, websites and countless other businesses and individuals benefit from the striped bass fishery. Striped bass are one of the most fun fish to catch in the ocean, and many people enjoy the recreational pursuit of the fish. The striper has certainly earned “celebrity status” amongst the East Coast fishing community.

With all that the fishery has been through, there is no shortage of personalities, perspectives, groups and associations preaching what they believe to be the best management strategy for the future. Yet more often than not these differing perspectives and heated debates do more damage than good, for the very fishery they are intended to preserve.

Most striped bass related groups routinely cause division within the striped bass fishing community-albeit most likely without even realizing it. Preserving the longevity of the species, and making sure that stripers are around for generations to come is a common goal for all of these groups. However, beliefs as to the best way to approach preserving the species for future generations differ greatly. These different beliefs often pit striper anglers against one another.

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Schoolies and Keepers at Sagamore Beach


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I began fishing Sagamore Beach when I was around 10 years old.  When I was 12 my family moved to a house located walking distance from Saggy Beach.  Needless to say from that day onward I spent a great deal of time combing the beachfront.

Sagamore Beach is definitely not a well known striped bass hot spot.  One or two guys fishing along the entire beach is a "crowd."  Most folks choose to fish Scusset Beach to the east, or concentrate their efforts at the Cape Cod Canal.

This is one beac h where a lack of angler activity has no correlation to the abundance of fish.  Growing up I would typically be the only person fishing the beach, however on a good day I would catch 20 or more schoolies with a small keeper bass or two mixed in.  It was pretty darn good fishing, especially considering some of the best surfcasting occurred during the middle of July, when many shore bound spots dry up.

Sagamore Beach is unique in that it features three different environments.  A small boulder field is strewn out to the west.  To the east is a long stretch of sandbars.  The in between area is usually a mix of both sandbars and small rocks.  Winter storms change the dynamics of the beach each year-keeping things interesting for the fishermen and the fish.

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My Fishing Cape Cod Holiday Deal Specials

Happy Holidays!

I hope everyone has recovered from their turkey comas.  Thank goodness Black Friday is behind us.  I had to go to Target that day and am very relieved I wasn't pepper sprayed.  What a crazy tradition that has turned into.

In the spirit of the Holidays I am offering a few special deals on fishing charters and eBooks.  These deals will be available from December 1st thru Christmas Eve.  Believe me, nothing beats giving the wife or girlfriend a striped bass night fishing charter, or an eBook about fishing the Cape Cod Canal or trolling the tube and worm.

OK these may not be the best ideas for the women in your life, however for anyone who enjoys fishing and would like to learn a bit more about catching striped bass, then a fishing charter or eBook may be worth your while.

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Live Eeling Big Stripers

Live eels produced a lot of big bass throughout the 2011 season.  The night bite was spectacular during August and September.  We also had a few awesome nights in October before the fish moved south.

This first video was taken during early September.  The bass moved up tight into 8-15 feet of water under a bright late summer full moon.  It was one of those nights I'll remember all winter.  Be sure to check out the full report by clicking here.

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Miss Loretta Videos

Here is a collection of videos from the past few seasons.  I'm hoping to improve video capabilities for 2012.  I'm thinking underwater cameras will be nice!

Until then I hope you enjoy these vids.  Just select a category from the drop down menu.  Be sure to check out accompanying fishing reports from when the videos were taken.

Tight lines,


Live Bait Fishing

Whether you are targeting stripers or tuna, fluke or bluefish, using live bait will almost always outproduce the fake stuff.  Enjoy browsing through these categories of live bait fishing, accessible via the drop down menu above.

As with each and every category on this blog, more posts and content will be added as time goes by.  If you'd like to see something in particular, then shoot me on over an email and I'll do my best to address your needs.

Good luck live baiting!


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!