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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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Inches from Giant Tuna

If you are planning on going tuna fishing this week, but don't want to spend the gas or time getting to P-town or Stellwagen Bank, considering heading out on Cape Cod Bay.

Over the past few days a friend of mine, my father and now myself have found tuna of all sizes just a few miles off the Bay's north facing beaches.  My father actually waved down a stick boat to bring the captain's attention to the giants that were pushing water all around him.  My friend, Todd (who's becoming more addicted to tuna fishing as the days go by) watched in awe as dozens of bluefins-footballs to 400 pounders-surfaced all around him Sunday morning.

With the all these reports of tuna so close to home Mazzola and I decided we had to give the Bay a shot.  We told ourselves it would be stupid for us not to go-further rationalizing our obsession with catching one of these huge fish.

I broke the news to a disappointed girlfriend, as Mazzola called out of work. A couple hours later at 11pm we were on the water in search of tuna bait.  I'm pleased to report that there are still plenty of pogies around the South Shore.  After a few hours we had 20 live baits and plenty of dead pogies to use as chum.

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Giant Tuna, Sharks and Plenty of Pogies

This is going to be a short post, because I don't want to sound repetitive.  Also, I'm starving and about to eat dinner!

Anyways, we were able to squeeze in a giant tuna trip yesterday.   I went straight from a Cape Cod striped bass fishing adventure into a late night pogie catching and all day giant tuna fishing marathon.  Bottom line is that myself, and the crew, stayed awake for about 40 hours.  Needless to say we all slept soundly last night.

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The past day and a half has been nuts!

It all began with a bluefish surfcasting tuna bait run Wednesday evening.  We're pretty sure we've found a spot down Cape that will consistently produce small bluefish from shore-which is a rarity.  The spot offers easy access to a deep, dredged out channel that is currently holding a ton of baby pogies.

Only problem was the tide was slacking when Mazzola and I arrived at the spot.  Like usual, there were a ton of juvenile menhaden, but really not much life at all in the form of bluefish.  We saw a few blues break the surface here and there, but ended up getting skunked.  I think things will be different if we hit up this shorebound spot half way into the incoming tide.

The weatherman was calling for southwest winds of 5-10 mph for Thursday, so we decided to make our first giant tuna trip of the fall yesterday morning.  Hopefully the blues we had stowed away in our bait pen were still alive and kicking, and ready to be fed to some tuna.

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