Hello MFCC! It's your favorite fisherman again, and yes I am talking about myself - Garet Suomala. For those of you who don't know me, here is a link to a little bit about myself.
Today I will be talking about a fishing trip Ryan and I took along a Cape Cod Bay beach. I am sorry but I don't remember the name of the exact beach 😉
It all began when Ryan picked me up at my house in Sandwich at 4:30AM.
Yes folks you heard me right! However I like getting up early like that, especially when it's for fishing.
Fresh Cut Mackerel
We did not have time for breakfast so we decided to cook these guys up to snack on.
Just kidding! During this trip we would use fresh mackerel for bait.
This is what a mackerel looks like for those of you who are new to saltwater fishing and the MFCC site.
Now I used Mackerel the whole morning. Ryan switched it up between mackerel and plugs. Whatever it takes to get them to bite, right?
Quick tip #1
Looking to learn more about how to catch mackerel on Cape Cod? Check out this video for more details about mackerel fishing.
Cape Cod Mornings
As we drove to the fishing spot we were treated to a very nice sunrise. That beautiful ball off yellow in the sky was such a beautiful sight.
And just look at that flat calm ocean. It would pretty much stay this nice for the whole morning.
Quick tip #2
Even during the summer months, gauging an accurate wind forecast can be challenging on Cape Cod. We recommend diversifying your approach by checking weather.com, the NOAA marine weather forecast, and the Sailflow app. Use all three forecasts (they'll often be different) to make any wind-related decision.
Chunking Mackerel 101
Now the real fun begins!
Ryan and I were "chunking mackerel" during this trip.
I guess one reason we decided to chunk was to make our limited bait supply last for as long as we could.
Now this diagram will give you guys (and ladies!) an example of the setup we were using.
Above image courtesy of this helpful article from On The Water Magazine.
This is a very simple but very effective rig.
Quick tip #3
Set the hook quickly when chunking mackerel, especially if small fish are around! You don't want to wait too long to set the hook, because you may end up gut-hooking a schoolie striper. This is definitely something you want to avoid doing at all costs.
A Great Morning On
All of the fish we caught on this day were little schoolies. They were not very big at all, but still so much fun to catch.
It was a good sign of bigger fish to come...
That's going to do it for my writing for today.
I will now let you watch the video.
I hope you enjoyed my chunking mackerel report!
I had fun putting it together.
So until next time, this is Garet signing off.
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My name is Garet Suomala. I’ve had to overcome a lot of things in life, but I have a strong faith, and loving friends and family. I’m also a happy graduate of “Project Forward” at Cape Cod Community College.