How's it going? Did you survive the storm?
Thankfully Irene lost some steam before hitting Cape Cod, but she still did pack a punch with some serious wind and waves. I hope all you ladies and gents are OK, and didn't suffer too much damage to your property. I heard there are some serious power outages to south of Cape Cod, so lets hope those folks get their electricity back sooner than later!
Aside from the hurricane, I've been receiving a lot of emails recently which is awesome. It's great receiving emails from you guys and gals, and I encourage everyone to leave comments at the end of blog posts. You're insight and perspective on fishing Cape Cod is much more valuable than anything I have to say believe me!
I wanted to share with you guys an email that I think a lot of us can relate to. It's from a gentlemen who loves fishing, and now finally has some time to pursue his passion-but doesn't really know where to start, which is A-OK!
Hey Ryan , hows it going?
I read a lot of your articles on line from time to time. I have a summer place in East Dennis and used to fish from shore when time permitted and always came up with squat. Granted it was usually spur of the moment fishing - I have 2 small kids and duty calls. I always use lures - slugos and swim baits with no success.....For years I stared from the beach while boaters a few hundred yards out would be catching fish and I was building sand castles and changing diapers .....
Well those days are over - I saved my loot and I just bought a 2006 parker 1801 cc and I seek advice on how to catch some fish and where to find them . I just got the boat and have had it in the bay getting used to it . I've fished only a few times for short durations because of time or I had my wife and kids on board. I've been afraid to go out far because the gps was broken and weather hasnt been great the few times I had the chance. I tried around quivet neck and over by sandy neck - saw alot of guys out there - I just replaced the gps/ff with an hds 7 and can't wait for good weather to install it.
Any advice for a beginner boat fisherman ? I'd be willing to come out on one of your charters even ....I fished fresh water my whole young life and did well, but the sea is another animal with a lot to learn . I appreciate any info .
Eric brings up a lot of good points in his email. It's tough to find the time to get on the water, and when we finally do, where do we start? Fishing in a boat on the ocean for the first time can definitely be nerve wrecking. How can we do it safely?
These are all concerns that I initially had getting into the sport too.
After sitting on his email for an afternoon, this is what I came up with for a response.
It's going great! Thanks for the email, it's always great to hear from blog readers. Thanks a lot for checking out the blog-much appreciated.
Nice to hear you have a place in East Dennis. What a great area. Fishing from shore can be tough at times, I can certainly empathize with you on that one.
Sounds like you've gotten yourself a nice boat-congrats! 18 feet is all you really need for fishing the Dennis, Barnstable, Sandwich area. Of course with a boat that size weather is the dominant factor. The good thing on the Bay is that most days the breeze is offshore, making it possible to at least fish some near-shore areas when the wind picks up. Of course anything out of the North can get a bit hairy.
Did you purchase the Lowrance HDS-7? If so, great purchase. The sooner you get that installed and functioning the better. Make sure whoever installs the unit knows what they are doing. Transducer placement is crucially important. If it is the unit I am thinking of you should have no problem marking bass while cruising at speeds of up to 25 mph, which is very important when fishing Cape Cod Bay.
I'd be happy to provide you with as much free advice as you would like. I love helping guys get involved in the sport. We have quite the fishery on Cape Cod Bay. There is a learning curve to it, but it is well worth the time and effort.
I'd say the most important thing you can do right now is get your sonar installed. Big bass will be around in the Bay for the next 2 months. The best Cape Cod Bay fishing happens during September and October. You definitely do not want to miss out on it!
I'd also be happy to have you onboard the Miss Loretta sometime if you'd like. No worries either way.
When you get the chance, let me know what type of gear you have, whether or not the sonar is installed, and what your fishing goals are.
I don't see any reason why you can't catch some nice bass before this season is over. The fish are out there.
Keep me posted, thanks for the email, and take care,
So far Eric and I have been going back and forth, talking fishing and strategies. I see no reason why he won't get into the fish before this season is over, as long as he finds the time to get on the water!
What questions do you guys have? I certainly do not have all the answers, but I'll do my absolute best to get you up off the ground and running. The best months of the year are ahead of us, how do you plan on taking advantage of them?
So send me an email at MissLorettaFishing@gmail.com or even easier, just leave a comment at the end articles and fishing reports.
Thanks for everything!
I’m fortunate to have grown up on the beach, and I’ve been fishing since kindergarten. I have great family, friends and fishing experiences to be thankful for. Just being out there is enough-catching fish is just a bonus!