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Angler Education: Striped Bass Investigating Frozen Bait

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In this segment, we take a look at how striped bass sometimes react to frozen bait. 

The type of bait used in this video is 4 week old frozen mackerel. The bait was definitely not fresh by any means.

Striped bass will eat frozen bait, but you are much better off using fresh stuff. You'll see in this video how stripers often investigate and even smell the bait before biting.

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Amazing Underwater Footage of Striped Bass Chasing an Eel

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In this video, we go underwater for a unique view of a school of Cape Cod striped bass as they chase a live eel in shallow water.

I filmed this footage during the 2019 season, and it will air during this weekend's episode of My Fishing Cape Cod TV.

Striped bass love eating eels, however as you'll see in this video, sometimes dozens of stripers will follow the eel without biting!

Please click play below to watch. 👇

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2020 Block Island Surfcasting Trip Details & Information

This is the time of year I start thinking about the upcoming surfcasting season, and counting the days until the striped bass return. 

This season you are invited to join what has become a rapidly expanding family of dedicated surfcasters with a special bond to our sport and one another.

I have again rented Bluff House on Block Island for two weeks during the prime fishing season in 2020. I have one week at the end of June and another in the beginning of September. We are almost completely booked for the June 21-June 28 trip, but we still have openings for September 1-September 9.

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June 30th Cape Cod Surfcasting Trip: Signup Before April 1st For Your Chance to Win!

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Today I'd like to give two lucky anglers a chance to win a 2020 Cape Cod surfcasting trip with me.

This trip will happen on June 30th, from about 5pm-midnight. Together we'll travel to one of my favorite beaches on Cape Cod, hike out into the dunes, and hopefully catch some fish!

To be eligible to win, all you have to do is start a membership before April 1st. When you start your membership your name will be automatically included for a chance to win.

If you are already a member of My Fishing Cape Cod, then please click here to learn how to get your name entered. I will randomly select 2 winners on April 1st and contact you via email if you win.

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Cape Cod Trout Fishing You Can Bank On!

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Note from Ryan: This post from Steve was originally published on April 11, 2016. I figured now would be a good time to re-publish this post, because many of the Cape's ponds were recently stocked with trout.


by Stephen Madden

Trout stocking in Massachusetts began on March 7th this year. As of today, the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife has stocked most of the popular trout ponds in Southeastern Mass.

These stocking locations and updates will give you a listing of the ponds stocked, and when they were stocked. This schedule is updated every Friday at noon. All this info can help you target freshly stocked trout!

The best part is that most of these freshly stocked trout will eagerly bite with aggression. Casting lures from the banks of these ponds can be very effective.

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Angler Education: Pristine Striped Bass Habitats

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In this segment, we visit one of the Cape & Islands pristine coastline habitats. This clip originally aired during the March 14th episode of My Fishing Cape Cod TV.

Throughout Cape Cod and the Islands, there are places where nature is allowed to do her thing.

Pristine habitats like the one in this video are a sanctuary for striped bass and many other species. Places where the marine vegetation is allowed to grow freely, become hot spots for life.

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Angler Education: Pogie Schools in Cape Cod Bay

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In this segment, we chase down a school of adult pogies (also called bunker or menhaden). This footage was filmed in Cape Cod Bay during August of 2019, and originally aired during My Fishing Cape Cod TV.

Pogie schools can contain tens of thousands of individual fish. Here on Cape Cod, pogies are an important prey item for bluefin tuna, striped bass, bluefish, fluke, dolphins and many other species. 

Pogies are filter-feeders. They swim with their mouths open, filtering small organisms from the water. In one sense they are like a big vacuum cleaner for the ocean, and despite containing thousands of individuals, the pogie school moves through the water as if it's one single organism.

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Winter Largemouth Bass Fishing on Cape Cod | with MFCC member Dan Zunino

Dan Zunino

Cape Cod is well known for its beautiful landscape, beaches, and its amazing saltwater fishing. The fishing opportunities here aren’t just held to striped bass and bluefin tuna, but it’s also home to some great freshwater fishing as well.

In fact, there are hundreds of kettle ponds scattered across the Cape. Many of which, are stocked with trout in the spring and fall.

Not only are there trout in most of these ponds, but there’s also the mighty largemouth bass. The largemouth bass inhabits almost every pond on Cape Cod. They can be a fun fish to target for anyone of any age and level, plus it’s a great way to escape the normal day-to-day stresses we face.

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Inshore Boat Fishing Meetup | March 21st at Fishermen’s View

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Ryan Collins

Join dozens of anglers from My Fishing Cape Cod for the March 21 Inshore Boat Fishing Meetup, at the Fishermen's View Restaurant in Sandwich, right on the banks of the Cape Cod Canal.

The theme for this meetup is inshore boat fishing, with an emphasis on striped bass and bluefish in Cape Cod Bay. 

People who are interested in learning about fishing the Cape from boats are encouraged to attend. This will be a great opportunity to meet and network with other anglers from MFCC, while getting your questions answered by knowledgeable anglers and charter captains.

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Recap of the 2020 My Fishing Cape Cod Breakfast

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Ryan Collins

Yesterday morning more than 100 people from My Fishing Cape Cod met up at the Brookside Club in Bourne for our 2020 MFCC Breakfast.

The crowd consisted men, women and kids. Some of the people in attendance have been fishing on Cape Cod for many years, while other people were just starting out.

The vibe was really positive and the energy was flowing. Everyone seemed excited about the 2020 season! I had an amazing time talking with so many of you, and I can't thank you enough for making this event a success! 

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