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Cape Cod’s Early Season Striped Bass Fishing Hot Spots

Could the weather have been any better this winter?

I feel as if the winter never really happened here on Cape Cod, or really anywhere in New England for that matter.  As I write this I am enjoying a nice "spring-like" breeze that is blowing through many of the open windows in the house.  It's 50 plus degrees and sunny at the moment with tomorrow's temperatures expected to be in the mid 60's.  Unreal!

The warm winter weather has kept water temperatures well above normal.  From what I have heard Cape Cod Bay is about 2-3 degrees warmer than usual for this time of the year.  How this will affect the 2012 saltwater fishing season is yet to be determined.

Some folks believe that this year's fishing will be a little off due to the extraordinarily warm winter we have been having.  However all current signs seem to be pointing to the contrary.

I'm really looking forward to this season because it will be my first year of providing in-depth and detailed Cape Cod fishing reports for subscribers to the blog.  To access premium fishing reports during the 2012 season, considering becoming a member.  Right now you can sign up for just $1.

Click here to check it out.

I'm also looking forward to this season because I think the incredibly high amount of whale and dolphin activity this past winter in Cape Cod Bay bodes extremely well for the upcoming striped bass season.

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Snow Storm Striped Bass – a 2011 Reader Story

Well we have crossed the mid-way point of the winter, which means we only have around 2.5 months until the first stripers of 2012 will be trickling into Cape Cod's waters.  To help get through these tough last couple of months, here's a story from Captain Paul Peluso about a late October 2011 trip.

Hopefully we'll see plenty of bass like the one below in 2012!

If you have a story and photo from an awesome 2011 trip that you'd like to share, feel free to send it along to misslorettafishing@gmail.com.

Take care,

Ryan

Submitted by Captain Paul Peluso

With the pending Big Nor’easter coming I made the 5 AM call to try a sneak a trip in before the heavy rain and wind. Sent a few messages out, had Neil respond and Junior on standby. Junior, who just the other day landed a nice 26 lb striper was surf fishing from the East Jetty all night long with no luck.

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Yellowfin Tuna and Blue Marlin with Captain Paul Peluso

We all love fishing in the Northeast, but sometimes you just have to get away.  Of course getting away is a lot more exciting when big yellowfin tuna and blue marlin are in the mix.

Here's a quick recap of a phenomenal trip off Puerto Vallarta.  Brought to you by Captain Paul Peluso of MamaMia Charters-based out of Great South Bay, NY.

 

By Captain Paul Peluso

Fished on the Maximus out of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico on a 4 days tuna trip.

On the first morning we hooked into a 300lb Blue marlin right as we got to the Tres Marias Islands. The next fish on the troll was a YFT over 200.

We then decided to deploy the kites and flat lines. Over the next 2 days we had at least 1 fish on almost all day and at one point we had 4 or 5 on. Total to the boat was about 30 fish some close to if not over the 300lb mark. Most of the fish were over the 175 mark and a few were in the 60-70lb range. Everyone in our group had their personal best yellowfin tuna.

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Ugly Stick Tiger | for tube and worm trolling

I've used a variety of different trolling rods over the years. Some of these rods have cost well over $100, while other rods were less than $30. I used to justify the cost of the more expensive rods by telling myself they would last longer, or that I could use them with wire line if I ever chose to do that.

To be completely honest, I have had more success with my $30 Wal-Mart special than I have with any custom wrapped, carboloy guides, more expensive rod. Maybe I've just been lucky, but when trolling the tube and worm, choice of rod is not as important as choice of reel-at least for me.

I think it's more important to look for specific qualities in a tube and worm trolling rod, as opposed to the price tag. Actually, now that I think about it, there really are only a few pet peeves that drive me a bit crazy when it comes to trolling rods. So instead of me telling you what to buy, let me recommend what not to buy, when it comes to a tube and worm rod.

Listed below are some things to look for, and subsequently avoid purchasing, the next time you are shopping for a trolling rod.

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Penn 440ssg Spinning Reel

When trolling tubes via braided line, I like to experiment with spinning reels. Again, I purchase equipment that I can use to fulfill more than one purpose. In other words, the spinning reels I use to troll tubes are the same spinning reels I use to cast plugs and live eels.

Because of line capacity constraints, I will only troll tubes via braid on spinning reels when the fish are holding shallow. I don't feel comfortable having half a spool of braid in the water, especially when trolling with a light spinning setup. I will admit that it is a ton of fun catching big bass using these small spinning reels.

I use the Penn 440SSG spinning reel for casting lures, eels and trolling tubes via braid while on the boat. I'll also use it from shore unless I am fishing the Cape Cod Canal.

Here are a few reasons why I use this reel:

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Penn 113

My go to fishing reel for trolling tubes is the Penn 113 Special Senator High Speed Reel (Penn 113HSP for short). I like this reel for several reasons:

1) Durability

My father bought me a Penn 113 more than a decade ago, when I first started trolling tubes from my family's 19 foot Carolina Skiff. That Penn 113 has caught a ton of bass over the past decade, and continues to work flawlessly today. I’m not expecting this reel to last a lifetime, but I will not be surprised if it does.

2) Easy to Maintain

One of the reasons why the Penn 113 is so durable is that it is so simple to maintain. I am certainly no expert when it comes to cleaning and fixing reels. But after a little online research, I can now overhaul the Penn 113 in under an hour. The reel has saved me quite a bit of money over the long haul. There are some fantastic tutorials by Alan Tani on how to rebuild the Penn 113.

3) Versatility

An easy way to cut equipment costs is to purchase equipment that fulfills many needs. This is where the Penn 113 really shines. The reel is perfect for trolling lead core, but it's also spectacular for trolling wire. It's even possible to three-way eels using this reel, with the same lead core usually used for trolling. Bunker spoons, tubes, jigs, live bait, you name it-this reel can do it.

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Win Free Tickets to the New England Boat Show Feb. 11-19

Hi everyone!

One of the most highly anticipated winter events, The New England Boat Show will take place February 11-19 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.   The great folks at the Boat Show have offered My Fishing Cape Cod readers 3 pairs of free tickets.

I've added the free tickets to the prizes below.  If you're interested in winning free tickets to the biggest boat show around, free eBooks, memberships and discounts on a fishing charter simply submit your best 2011 fishing photo and quick story to misslorettafishing@gmail.com

Thanks!

Ryan

 

 

5th place - a free copy of Tube and Worm Trolling - from the first knot to the gaff shot!

 

4th place - a free copy of Tube and Worm Trolling - from the first knot to the gaff shot!

one month of free access to the membership section of MFCC

 

3rd place - a free copy of Tube and Worm Trolling - from the first knot to the gaff shot!

one month of free access to the membership section of MFCC

$50 off a 2012 Miss Loretta Fishing charter

a pair of free tickets to the New England Boat Show

 

2nd place - a free copy of Tube and Worm Trolling - from the first knot to the gaff shot!

one month of free access to the membership section of MFCC

$75 off a 2012 Miss Loretta Fishing charter

a pair of free tickets to the New England Boat Show

 

1st place - a free copy of Tube and Worm Trolling - from the first knot to the gaff shot!

one month of free access to the membership section of MFCC

$100 off a 2012 Miss Loretta Fishing charter

a pair of free tickets to the New England Boat Show

 

Send your photo entries to misslorettafishing@gmail.com

 

Can't wait to see the pics!

Ryan

Trolling Soft Plastics for Stellwagen Bluefins

 Click here for the latest Cape Cod tuna fishing report

Skipping work to go tuna fishing was pretty commonplace during my early twenties.  This rang especially true during September and October.  Fortunately I had a good fishing buddy, and supportive father who were also willing to drop everything to go tuna hunting whenever the weather allowed.

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Breaking Bass and Breaking Down on Cape Cod Bay

This is a guest report and photo contest entry from Brian Atchinson, local Cape Cod recreational fishermen.

Only 3 more months to go until the bass return!  Do you have an epic 2011 report or striped bass fishing story you'd like featured on the blog?  Send it over to misslorettafishing@gmail.com for your chance at free eBooks and charter fishing discounts.

Thanks!

Ryan

 

By Brian Atchinson

My most interesting day on the water this year was certainly not my best!  Early in June I had gotten on a hot striper bite in Cape Cod Bay.  The day before I had crushed them with my father and girlfriend.

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Brian with a beauty-moments before engine trouble cut his trip short.

My brother (not a big fisherman) had not been out on the water yet, so I convinced him that he had to get in on the action.  We got out there at first light, same spot we hammered them the day before, and of course…. there were no fish to be found.  We trolled around on top of Billingsgate, in the deep water off the north, over towards Wellfleet, and finally found them back where we started on the southern edge of the shoal.  After looking for several hours we had finally found the fish and the bite was amazing!

We were on the fish for all of 3 minutes and were doubled-up when the motor stalled.  I didn’t think too much of it as I was in the middle of battling my first striper of the day.  We both landed our fish and it was time to get back over on the breaking school of bass.   I went to start the motor and it only turned over.   I tried again…. just turning over.   Long story short, the fuel pump had seized up while we were fighting the bass and our day was over… just as soon as we found the fish.

The Sea Tow captain was great, and was out there in less than an hour to give us a pull back in.  However, bobbing helplessly in the ocean while watching breaking bass out of casting range was a pretty tough pill to swallow.  As you can see, my brother was not a happy camper on the tow back to Sesuit!

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The long tow in.

2012 Photo Contest – win free stuff !

Hi everyone!

With it being the middle of the winter and all, I figured now is a great time to break out our best photos from the 2011 fishing season.

The contest is simple.  Send in your best fishing photo from this past season with a brief description.

The 5 most amazing and interesting entries will be featured on the blog and receive the following:

 

5th place - a free copy of Tube and Worm Trolling - from the first knot to the gaff shot!

 

4th place - a free copy of Tube and Worm Trolling - from the first knot to the gaff shot!

one month of free access to the membership section of MFCC

 

3rd place - a free copy of Tube and Worm Trolling - from the first knot to the gaff shot!

one month of free access to the membership section of MFCC

$50 off a 2012 Miss Loretta Fishing charter

 

2nd place - a free copy of Tube and Worm Trolling - from the first knot to the gaff shot!

one month of free access to the membership section of MFCC

$75 off a 2012 Miss Loretta Fishing charter

 

1st place - a free copy of Tube and Worm Trolling - from the first knot to the gaff shot!

one month of free access to the membership section of MFCC

$100 off a 2012 Miss Loretta Fishing charter

 

Send your photo entries to misslorettafishing@gmail.com

 

Can't wait to see the pics!

Ryan

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