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How to Properly Release a Striped Bass [VIDEO]

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A couple of years ago I was going through our member forum, and I noticed a thread about the many poor catch and release practices witnessed during that year at the Cape Cod Canal

If you were not already aware, a lot of the people who fished the canal, especially during the 2017 season, did not know how to properly release a striped bass, resulting in dozens of dead fish floating in the canal's swift current. 

As we look forward to the 2021 season, I thought it would be good to share a quick video I created about how to properly release a striped bass. In this video I don't touch on everything you can do to ensure a good release, but I do mention a few of the most important things to keep in mind. 

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How To Keep Your SP Minnow From Damaging Small Fish

*This post from 8-year MFCC member Dex Chadsey was originally published in December of 2016. We figured now would be a good time to re-publish this post, because all the information is still very relevant to striper fishing in 2021. 


I'd been hearing about how successful Daiwa SP Minnows could be when fishing for striped bass. In particular, fellow MFCC member Jim Murphy had caught some great fish while using SPs.

There was also this MFCC report by Andrew Burke, published during the spring of 2016, about a big striped bass he caught on a blurple SP Minnow.

However, until recently the SP Minnow had never worked for me. I probably had not been using them the right way or in the right situations. I always brought them along in my plug bag, but used them for only a short time, or not at all.

Overall I had very little confidence in the plug.

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Striped Bass Fishing on the South Shore of Massachusetts | 2020 Season-in-Review

As the middle of winter settles onto Cape Cod and New England, I find that myself and many other anglers are already looking forward to new fishing possibilities in 2021!

Although the past year has been long and tumultuous at times, many of us in the angling community (from welcomed newcomers to even the most experienced fisherman) have found ourselves a silver lining as we re-discover and expand upon our love of fishing. 

As I look back onto my 2020 fishing season, there is one particular fish species, one of the striped variety, that encompassed the bulk of my fishing journey this year on the South Shore of Massachusetts.

Indeed, as the seasons changed, as did the behavioral patterns of our beloved striped bass. However, in a year unlike any other, many were able to stretch their striper season longer than ever. Some of us were still catching stripers while the beaches lay barren, and the ponds began to ice over.

I assure you, the fishing never needs to end! So, in the hopes of spreading some early inspiration for 2021, without further adieu, here is my recap of the 2020 striper fishing season on the South Shore.

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Getting Started With Trolling Bunker Spoons

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Bunker spoons often catch the largest striped bass in a given area. If you want to target the cows, then consider trolling spoons.

I first trolled bunker spoons off Cape Cod when I was 18 or 19 years old. Most of the stripers I have caught trolling bunker spoons have weighed at least 25 pounds, with the largest 43 pounds.

In this post I will share with you my super simple approach for getting started trolling bunker spoons off Cape Cod.

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5 Side Dishes for Your Next Fish Dinner

Hello My Fishing Cape Cod! As many of you know, I have a serious passion for food and cooking.

Of course since I am married to a fisherman, it's pretty common that I'm cooking something involving haddock, tautog, sea bass or some other fish.

However, if you're not careful, fish can get boring real quick.

So with that in mind, today I am sharing 5 of my all time favorite side dishes, which you can use to pair with your own fish dinners.

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Sight Fishing for Striped Bass on Cape Cod with the Hyperlastics Dart Spin Pro

Ryan Collins

Back in early June of the 2019 Cape Cod fishing season, I headed out to a beach in this general area of the Cape, during the middle of the afternoon to catch the high tide. 

Striped bass had been coming extremely close to shore before and after high tide, which created a pretty cool sight-fishing for stripers opportunity.

For a lure I was casting what's become an "old reliable" striper lure for me. The 5.5 inch white ghost Dart Spin lure from A Band of Anglers proved to be a very effective bait for sight casting to these shallow water striped bass. 

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Ice Fishing on Cape Cod | January Fishing Report

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Note from Ryan: This ice fishing report is from January 3rd of 2018. I figured now would be a good time to re-publish this post because winter is upon us, and maybe if it gets cold enough we'll be able to ice fish on Cape!

We drilled through 6 inches of ice and set our traps rigged with live shiners. Minutes later we started catching jumbo pickerel, perch and largemouth bass.

That was last Wednesday January 3rd, under bright blue clear skies, before today's slightly milder temperatures settled into the region. 

For this trip I joined my good friend Jeff and three of his good buddies, Billy, Greg and Dan. Billy, Greg and Dan are brothers, and they have been fishing with my friend Jeff for years, so I knew it would be a fun trip. The moon was still hovering above the frozen surface of the pond when we arrived on the ice.

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Cape Cod Brown Trout Fishing with MFCC Member Tim Mugherini

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Ryan Collins

Cape Cod brown trout fishing is at its best during the colder weather months. Therefore fishing for brown trout on Cape Cod can be a great way to have fun during the offseason.

Brown trout can be caught using various methods, including bait fishing, fly fishing and casting artificial lures. Brown trout are an aggressive fish which commonly feed best at night.

Over the past couple of years I have watched inside our forum as our members share their own Cape Cod brown trout fishing reports, tips, tricks and words of advice. Today I am excited to share with you a brand new podcast all about Cape Cod brown trout fishing, with none other than MFCC member Tim Mugherini.

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Youth Angler Holiday Giveaways | New Winners!

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All MFCC anglers 18 years of age and younger are welcome to enter our 2020 Holiday Season giveaway series!

So far we've given away a rod and reel, lures, plugs bags, free MFCC memberships and other tackle. Plus I have more exciting things in store for the rest of the month.

If you are 18 years of age or younger, then please leave a comment at the bottom of this post to be automatically entered for a chance to win! 

Please scroll below to learn more about the items and winners of our giveaways so far this Holiday Season.

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Spicy Thai Coconut Fish Soup

Hello MFCC and happy holidays!  Today I wanted to share my recipe for Spicy Thai Fish Soup.  

It's a delicious blend of Thai flavors, with sweet coconut milk and perfectly tender fish, with the optional addition of egg noodles at the end for the ultimate cold weather comfort food.

In this recipe I used halibut, but you can sub it for another firm white fish like striped bass, or even use shrimp or chicken in place of the fish.  

It's a great cold weather recipe that's easy to make and tastes even better the next day (as do most soups!).

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