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Monday July 27th Cape Cod Fishing Report


Kevin Collins

Weekly Podcast Host

Welcome to another episode of our weekly My Fishing Cape Cod fishing report podcast. From all of us here at MFCC, we hope you had a great weekend!

Today's show covers a lot of recent information, from giant halibut east of Chatham, to striped bass at the legendary Cape Cod Canal (plus much more).

As always, you can scroll below for an overview of today's show and to read the podcast transcript, or you can click here to start listening now.

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Veatch Canyon | Offshore Fishing Report

My dad and I had a great day-trip to the canyons this past Wednesday July 22nd. We left the Nantucket Boat Basin at 4:30 am and headed straight for the tip of Veatch Canyon.

We chose Veatch due to some fresh intel we gathered a day or two prior to the trip. The ride out was very calm, with little to no wind, but we did run into 10 miles of fog which slowed us down a bit. 

At 7:30 am we arrived at the tip of Veatch, and started setting out the spread into the 78 degree blue water; deploying 4 bars from the outriggers, 1 bullet down the center, a braid bigeye rocket chain on the flat, and a Nomad DTX Minnow (pictured below) on the other flat.

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How To Use Side-Scan Sonar

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Sonar has helped me tremendously, and it's definitely made finding and catching fish much easier. However, a part of me wishes that sonar did not exist.

I feel that the “old school” fishing knowledge that was centered around wind, tides, weather, and a certain kind of “instinct” is no longer as important as it once was, prior to sonar coming onto the scene.

Sonar makes catching fish much, much easier. Yet as we discussed in Understanding Your Sonar 101, just having a sonar on your boat is no guarantee that you’ll find and catch fish. There’s a lot more to it.

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Fluke Fishing in the Cape Cod Canal – Recommended Bait & Tackle

Landing Fluke at the Cape Cod Canal
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Note from Ryan: This post from MFCC member John D. Silva was originally published in August of 2015. I figured now would be a good time to re-publish this post, because fluke fishing in the canal is a great option for anglers right now.

John D. Silva

For the shore bound angler on the Cape Cod Canal, one alternative to summer’s annual dog-day fishing doldrums is fluke fishing.

Given the right set of conditions, fluke fishing from shore can be an enjoyable and productive fair-weather summertime activity.

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A Summertime Freshwater Paradise

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Yesterday I took a break from saltwater, and went snorkeling at a local freshwater pond. The abundant sunshine and crystal clear water made it feel almost tropical! 🏝

Cape Cod is famous for its saltwater beaches and saltwater fishing, but it's also home to more than 300 beautiful ponds-most of which were formed thousands of years ago by receding glaciers.  

The first fish I saw during yesterday's snorkeling adventure were baby largemouth bass. This school of tiny fish were congregated near the shoreline, in less than three feet of water.

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Weekly Cape Cod Fishing Report Podcast | Monday July 20th


Kevin Collins

Weekly Podcast Host

Welcome to a new episode of our weekly My Fishing Cape Cod fishing report podcast. Over the past week, MFCC founder Ryan Collins received a lot of messages from people who are really missing the weekly podcast. 

We have listened to your feedback, and we are planning to ramp back up the podcasting. The format might be different (without Canal Bait etc.) but we feel the podcasts will end up being even better than what we were offering before.

In today's podcast we provide you with a full update on what's happening in the waters surrounding Cape Cod & the Islands. You'll hear about striper fishing, bluefin tuna fishing, fluke fishing and much more. Please scroll below for an overview, or click here to start listening now.

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Striped Bass Attacks Tube | Never Before Seen Images

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The tube and worm is a highly effective striper fishing technique, especially on Cape Cod during the heat of the summer.

All my life I have enjoyed trolling tubes throughout Cape Cod, both during the day and during the night.

Over the years I've had success with the tube and worm in Cape Cod Bay, Buzzard's Bay, Vineyard Sound and off the Outer Cape. It's a technique that probably works almost everywhere stripers swim.

However, up until the other day I had never before seen exactly how striped bass attack tubes. Today I'm excited to share with you a series of images that capture the tube and worm bite.

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How to Rake for Sand Eels on Cape Cod

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Note from Ryan: This post was originally published on August 4th of 2015. I figured now would be a good time to re-publish this post, because there has been growing interest in the forum about raking your own sand eels.

This past Friday morning I received a text message invitation from MFCC member "frankzappa" asking if I would be interested in raking up some sand eels.

I have always wanted learn how to rake sand eels so I jumped at the opportunity.

We launched Frank's 14 foot tin boat at 4:30PM.

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Exploring the Wilderness of Truro

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This past Saturday I braved the traffic (fortunately there wasn't much!) and headed down to Truro for some hiking and photography.

Considering it was midday I decided to leave the fishing rod behind, which is always a difficult decision. Fortunately I didn't encounter any blitzes. 😂 

However, I did get to experience the peace and quiet of the dramatic Truro shoreline. On the way down I also stopped at Fort Hill in Eastham where there is currently a vast amount of wildflowers. 

The only thing better than experiencing the Cape's scenic and peaceful areas, is hooking into a fish while you're at one of these special places. In this post, I'd like to share with you some of the sights and scenes from this beautiful area of Cape Cod.

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Locating Prime Jigging Spots at the Cape Cod Canal

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*This article was originally published during September of 2012. Today I've updated the article and have decided to re-publish. I hope you find this article helpful. Please let me know what you think!

Without a doubt nothing beats the excitement of watching a large striped bass crush a top-water plug at the Cape Cod Canal.  

However when it comes to consistently catching large striped bass from the "Big Ditch," concentrating on working the bottom of the land cut can pay off in a big way.

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