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Wild Topwater Bluefin Tuna Feeds | August 17th, 2019

Ryan Collins

This past Saturday August 17 myself, captain Cullen of Cape Star and MFCC members Jim Murphy and Cal Wheaton met at 5AM to go hunting for bluefin tuna off Cape Cod.

The plan was to hopefully locate some wild topwater feeds and cast swimming lures to school bluefin tuna in the 50-65 inch range.

The trip was fast-paced and pretty intense. The tunas were busting like crazy on the surface chasing bait but they were incredibly finicky and difficult to fool. 

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Upcoming Tuna Fishing & Shark Viewing Trips

Ryan Collins

The 2019 season is flying by and I honestly cannot believe that late summer and fall is right around the corner!

Late August through September is quite possibly my favorite time of the year. The weather is good, the crowds have thinned out, and the fishing is usually productive.

In this post I want to let you know about some new upcoming group fishing trips, as well as great white shark viewing trips

As always, it would be awesome to have you and your friends onboard for one of these memorable adventures. 👇

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86in Bluefin Tuna | July 22 Report

Ryan Collins

Yesterday morning I met captain Cullen of Cape Star Charters, and MFCC members Darren Jacobs, Steve Gopoyan and Mike Hawthorne for a morning of tuna fishing off Cape Cod.

Originally for this group trip we were supposed to be going for stripers, but with the bite for big bass being on the slow side, Cullen recommended we switch tactics and try for tuna instead.

Everyone onboard was excited about the chance to hopefully not just hook into a tuna, but to also play witness to the amazing marine life which is abundant right now off the Cape. What ensued was one of the most memorable group fishing trips of the year.

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How to Vertical Jig for Bluefin Tuna off Cape Cod

Ryan Collins

Vertical jigging for tuna is a highly effective technique off Cape Cod, especially when tuna are feeding down below in deep water.

Jigging for tuna is also something you can do when drifting live bait or casting other lures.

A lot of times all you need to do is drop your jig down to where the fish are feeding, and just let the motion of the boat impart action to the lure. There is often not much "jigging" done at all. 

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“Run and Gun” Bluefin Tuna Fishing with Team GOOSE

Ryan Collins

In this video I am fishing with the team from the Goose Hummock Shops in Orleans and Dennis. We are on Phil Howarth's 39 foot Contender fishing for "football" size bluefin tuna off Cape Cod.

The day started flat calm with beautiful conditions. About an hour in we were hailed on the VHF radio and needed to assist a boat in distress! 

We towed the boat, passed them off to the Coast Guard, and then managed to catch 2 hard fighting bluefin tunas before a gale started blowing over Cape Cod. The ride home was rough, plowing through 6 foot seas into a 30knot wind. 

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Chasing Football Tuna Off Cape Cod With “Team Goose”

Ryan Collins

This past Monday my day got off to an early start. My alarm sounded at 3:45am and I hopped out of bed without too much trouble. 

There would be no "snoozing" the alarm today because I needed to hustle my way down the mid-Cape highway to Orleans where I would meet Phil Howarth of the Goose Hummock Shops and The Mighty Fish.

The plan was to take advantage of a brief weather window Monday morning, before an all out gale was predicted to hit Cape Cod in the afternoon. Also onboard for this "run and gun" tuna trip was videographer Tyler Adams and Viktar and Passah from Edged Up Fishing.

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4hr Battle with Cape Cod Bluefin Tuna on Spinning Rod Ends in Heartbreak

Ryan Collins

This past Sunday I found myself miles offshore, surrounded by bluefin tuna, as I fished with captain Cullen Lundholm of Cape Star Charters and two year MFCC member Aaron Permlutter.

We had numerous shots at big fish throughout the morning, but the tunas were being finicky, and were not easily fooled. In addition, dense fog was at times making it difficult to find and stay on the fish. 

Yet whenever the fog cleared, we saw tunas crashing and jumping out of the water. Seeing fish of this size busting on the surface as they chased bait at max speed really got the adrenaline pumping!

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My First Giant Bluefin Tuna Of 2018

Ryan Collins

The morning of August 25th began with a trip in search of live bluefish for bait. Catching live bait is arguably the most important step of the giant bluefin tuna fishing experience, and I hoped I would find bluefish quickly and easily.

Unfortunately striped bass were getting in the way. In addition, there were bonito wreaking havoc on peanut bunker. Finally however, a school of 1-2 pound bluefish moved in, and I was able to catch three of them using a Rebel Jumping Minnow.

If you are member of My Fishing Cape Cod, then you can view the area where I found the bluefish (as well as the stripers and bonito) by viewing this map. You can also read this forum thread which has hourly updates for where the bluefish have been feeding in the early morning.

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Everything You Need To Catch Tuna Off Cape Cod

Ryan Collins

Earlier this year myself and a group of 40 members from My Fishing Cape Cod got together at the Fishermen's View Restaurant for an in-person meetup about tuna fishing off Cape Cod.

In attendance were Chris Nashville from the Goose Hummock Shops and Cullen Lundholm from Cape Star Charters. Both of these guys have a lot of tuna fishing experience.

The goal of the meetup was to provide a forum where members of MFCC could ask Chris and Cullen detailed questions about the best baits, areas, equipment and techniques for catching tuna off the Cape.

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How To Make The Most Of Your 2018 Cape Cod Fishing Season

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