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An Emotional Night of Fishing for MFCC Member Matt McGillveary

This is a guest report from MFCC member Matt Gilveary, who joined My Fishing Cape Cod during the spring of 2015. We are happy to have Matt onboard MFCC!

My uncle Matt and I had plans to head out at 11:30pm. Matt often needs some convincing to go fishing, so I read him every fishing report I could find to help motivate him to go.

​We were ready for whatever the night would throw at us. The moon was bright and we did not even need the flashlights which we had on our head.


Unfortunately the place we planned on fishing was jammed with guys, so we moved a bit farther down the shoreline than expected.

On my first cast of the night my line breaks. I strip some line from the reel and make another cast, and the line breaks again. I wasn't sure what was going on but I continued fishing anyways.

4 hours later I get my first bite of the night, the big fish strips some line and boom!...the line snaps again.

Something strange was going on with my line/reel so I decided to grab my old reel from the car which was spooled with 20 pound test monofilament line.​

On my very next cast boom! I get a take from a big fish and the line is screaming. The fish took at least a hundred yards of line and I'm screaming "it's a tuna!"​

​I work this fish hard and my uncle Matt rushes over to help. I'm horsing this fish back in, thinking that the line is definitely not going to hold. Finally I see the fish on the surface and I was amazed at how big it was!

I hand my uncle the rod and I run into the water, jam my hand into the bass' gill and pull the fish out of the water.

Now whenever I go fishing I think of my other uncle...Uncle Michael...who died in the September 11th terrorist attacks. Uncle Mike taught me everything I know about fishing.

I held this fish above my head, under the moonlight and just started crying. It was the most amazing feeling in the world.​

Fishermen from hundreds of yards away rushed over to see what was going on. Nobody had seen a fish like this all night, and everyone was amazed-they couldn't believe it!

Even though we were out of bait we were so exhilarated that we decided to stay. Finally towards sunrise schools of bass began moving in. These were small fish but they were fun to watch breaking on the surface. ​

Around 6:30am my uncle Matt caught a fish. Thank god because he started complaining at 12:05am that there were no fish around! LOL

We caught just one keeper all night but man was it fun.

I'll never forget it.​

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MFCC Member Matt McGilveary 35 pound striper cape cod canal
MFCC Member Matt McGilveary 35 pound striper cape cod canal

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  1. Nice work…Great story! Congrats

    1. Thanks again everyone amazing fish story also i still need two guysfor a charter trip aug22 so lmk 8574170043 thanks

      1. Matt- Its Mike- I met you at the Canal this morning- Any luck finding the phone?

  2. You were right great story Matt

  3. Great story Matt those are the ones you remember during the long winter months that keep you going until spring time ??

  4. Great job Matt, congrats!

    1. thanks alot 33.9lbs best fish of the season so far. Amazing catch

  5. Awesome history…. great job… I am sure your uncle from up there was watching how well you were doing…
    Keep fishing, never give up.


    1. Thanks iev been putten in alot of work fishing but its been paying off some nice fish this season alot of my success i owe to this site iev been fishing cape cod all my life id do it every day if i could I got fish on the brain

  6. Wow Thanks guys ya one night i will never forget love this site feel like home ☺

  7. Congrats. Memories for a lifetime.

  8. Definitely a nice tribute to your uncle Michael. Great work Matt.

  9. Great story…great fish… Well done.


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