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“Pre-Fishing” The 2019 Cheeky Schoolie Tournament

Ryan Collins

This Saturday May 18 marks the 8th annual Cheeky Schoolie Tournament. The Cheeky Tournament is held on Cape Cod, and it's the largest fly fishing tournament in the world!

I will be fly fishing Cheeky with my buddy and MFCC member Doug Blanchard. This will be our third year in a row fishing the Cheeky Tournament.

Doug and I caught fish during the 2017 and 2018 Cheeky Tournaments, but they were too small to get us on the leaderboard.

That's why this year I decided to devote some time to "pre-fishing" in an effort to find some bigger fish!

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5 Tips for Catching Black Sea Bass on Cape Cod

Ryan Collins

Black sea bass season opens this Saturday May 18th. I know many of you have been waiting all year for the start of sea bass season, and I'm pumped it's finally here!

Not only are black sea bass some of the best tasting fish we have here on Cape, but they are also a very fun fish to catch when using light tackle.

Whether you are looking to put fresh fish on the table, or just want to get your kids into some fast action, then black sea bass is for you. In this article I'll share with you 5 tips for catching sea bass when the season opens up this Sunday.

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“Monster” Scup Have Arrived On Cape Cod

Ryan Collins

Some awfully big scup have arrived on Cape Cod! Back on Thursday May 9th my good friend Jason Mazzola and I had a blast catching keeper-size scup and tautog.

Yes it's true that most anglers right now have striped bass fever, but scup and tautog fishing is a great change of pace, and a ton of fun once you get into a hot bite!

In this post I'll recap my latest fishing experience targeting scup and tog. In addition I'll share with you helpful tips and advice, plus a 15 minute long video about catching big scup and blackfish right now on Cape.

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2019 Cape Cod Fishing “Season Kick Off” Podcast

Kevin Collins

Weekly Podcast Host

Hello and welcome to the inaugural episode of the 2019 My Fishing Cape Cod podcast.

Each week throughout the rest of the fishing season, we will be publishing a new weekly fishing report podcast here on the website.

My goal will be to have these podcasts ready for you on Friday afternoons, just in time for the weekend. The goal of today's podcast is to introduce you to our lineup of guests for the 2019 season. 

We have a great crew for this year's podcast who will be sharing updates on the fishing from the canal to Provincetown, and many places in between.

Please click here to download this podcast, or scroll below to learn more about what to expect.

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Prosciutto Wrapped Cod with Lemon Rosemary Sauce

Lauren Collins

Salty prosciutto, flakey wild-caught cod, fresh lemon juice and fresh rosemary sprigs come together to make this Prosciutto Wrapped Cod an absolutely irresistible and easy dish to make.  

Worthy of restaurant status, this whole recipe comes together in about 20 minutes!  If you're bored with the usual baked fish with breadcrumbs and butter (like me), then this is what you need.

Cod is locally caught here on Cape and is available all year, especially in April and May.  Codfish used to "pave the bottom" when the pilgrims arrived, and for centuries Cape Cod was #1 in the world for codfish.

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Fishing on Mother’s Day?

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John D. Silva

The arrival of Mother’s Day each year brings about a challenging set of circumstances for the devoted outdoorsman.

Mother’s Day traditionally falls on the second Sunday in May, an otherwise valuable, carefree day of outdoor recreation. 

With hungry, all-to-willing trout rising in the streams, actively feeding largemouth & smallmouth bass fattening up for the coming spawn, and striped bass and bluefish making their annual, frenzied run up the coastline, the month of May is a coming-out party of sorts for winter-weary anglers.

But just as we slowly begin to shake out the cobwebs from another long winter’s slumber, WHAM!! Obligation jumps up and whacks us in the back of the head with a two-by-four, stopping us cold in our muddy tracks. This is when beleaguered, outdoor-loving fathers and sons suddenly find themselves in one hell of a dilemma.

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Bluefish Have Reached Cape Cod

Ryan Collins

I was quite surprised to find out that My Fishing Cape Cod member Jordan Brainson had caught a bluefish this past Saturday afternoon on May 4!

Earlier in the day I had chatted with Jordan at the MFCC meetup at Fishermen's View Restaurant, before he left to go fishing. I figured he would have a good chance with stripers - I definitely didn't expect to hear about bluefish.

Then on Monday May 5th I received a photo of another bluefish, this one caught by Trevor Anderson. So while there may not yet be huge schools of bluefish around, a few have already arrived.

The rest of this post will provide more information about the bluefish, as well as a recap of what our members have been catching and encountering this week here on Cape Cod.

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Surfcasting Cape Cod: Best Spinning Reels For The Beach

Ryan Collins

Hey MFCC 👋 This is Sam Brown of the Goose Hummock Shop in Orleans, MA. In this video I will share with you an array of different spinning reels (at different price points) that work well for surfcasting on Cape Cod. 

Throughout the video I also mention an article here on MFCC about surfcasting the spring run. Here's a link to the article which is all about spring surfcasting on Cape Cod's Outer Beach. 

Below this video is an itemized list of surfcasting reels, as well as the time at which I discuss each item. Please let me know if you have any questions by posting them in the comments below. 🎣

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Big Blackfish Have Arrived On Cape Cod

Steve Kwietniak

Member since 2015

I arrived at the dock at 5:45 as my fellow MFCC crew members were strolling toward Capt. Cullen’s boat. I also saw Ryan getting ready to launch his kayak. He wouldn’t be joining us today, but it was good seeing him after a long winter.

After the customary greetings, all were on board and our Tautog trip began. 

We cleared the dock and went full throttle into the early morning mist. The cool temperatures of early May on Cape Cod were evident as everyone pulled up their hoods and bundled up tight in the 40-degree temps. With wind and sea spray stinging our faces, Cullen guided the boat to his chosen spot.

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Haddock Florentine

Lauren Collins

I don't want to toot my own horn, but we've got a real winner on our hands here.  This is freshly caught, local haddock, served with a lightened up florentine sauce that is seriously restaurant-worthy.

Mother's Day is right around the corner, and this could very well be the answer to "What should I make her for Mother's Day?!" 

Today's recipe is a super creamy, rich and totally delicious florentine sauce, full of fresh spinach and sun dried tomatoes, that only looks and tastes like it has tons of butter and cream in it!  In this healthier version, I used light whipped cream cheese and a few other goodies to create a cheesy, rich yet healthier sauce for the haddock.

This all may sound like a long, complicated recipe that will take you hours, but I promise you, this will take about 20 minutes from start to finish and most of the ingredients you probably already have in your fridge!

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