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How I Out-Fished My Husband

If that title doesn't draw you into this post, then I don't know what will! That's right, this girl out-fished the "one and only" Ryan Collins, fair and square.

Ryan has been meaning to publish this post for a long time. I wonder if the fact that I out-fished him has something to do with why it's taken him so long to share this? ๐Ÿ˜‚

In fact, this trip occurred last July, but Ryan has informed me that the lures and techniques we used will still work great right now for anyone who wants to surfcast the Cape's beaches at night. 


So with that in mind, I my target audiences for this blog post are:

  1. 1
    People who want to learn a simple technique for catching stripers from shore right now on Cape Cod.
  2. 2
    Spouses and significant others who can relate to my "predicament" of being married to a man who loves to fish. 

How It All Began

It all began on July 2nd of last year when Ryan asked if I'd like to go with him on an overnight surfcasting trip. It was difficult for me to find a reason to say no.

Ryan's eyes were full of hope, and I knew that one night on the beach wasn't going to kill me. Needless to say, Ryan was pumped!

A few hours before the trip, Ryan thought it would be a good idea to do some practice casts in the field near our house. I agreed since this fishing trip would be documented on film for television viewers across New England to watch (and judge me on) so off we went.

Little did Ryan know that I already knew how to cast pretty darn well ๐Ÿ˜‰

Ryan was gobsmacked when I wound-up and launched my first cast 100 feet straight out into the center of the field. Ryan then moved further back and asked me to try to hit him. He was shocked and extremely excited when the lure flew three feet over his head.

I knew I'd make him proud!

My Epic Night Begins

Two important facts worth mentioning include:

  • Before this trip I had never cast my own lure, or my own bait, and caught my own fish, 100% on my own
  • Before this trip, I had never gone fishing from shore at night.

It was a warm July evening, with the sky turning pink and orange, with a gorgeous sunset. I had a bag full of snacks and "all seemed right" in the world.  

With the camera crew on site, I felt there was a teensy bit of pressure on me to deliver - and deliver I did.

Fish On My First Cast

As we headed out to this general location on Cape Cod, I started to get myself pumped up, knowing that the "Fish Gods" would help me figure this whole surfcasting thing out.

It was an incoming tide, and high tide was about 2.5 hours away. I soon learned this would make for great fishing conditions along this particular streatch of beach.

Once we arrived at the spot, I noticed how long it was taking to get the cameras and lighting set up, so I decided to make a few practice casts.

Can you guess what happened  next?

On my very first cast, which must of sailed at least 100 feet from shore, I hooked up with my very first fish!  

It was a beautiful little striper.

Before reading any further, please note my correct spelling of the word striper. It's not spelled stripper (you can learn more here).  

I hooked the bass perfectly, ensuring he had a clean release, which Ryan assisted with. 

I then took my second cast and what do you know, I was on again!

The fish was another small schoolie striper, which I naturally assumed must be the same fish I had just caught and released.

Truthfully, I was convinced I was catching the same fish over and over again throughout the whole night. However, Ryan assured me with a smirk that no, in fact, I was not catching the same fish over and over.

Tackle & Equipment

For this trip, it was really helpful to have a lighter than usual surfcasting setup - I was using a 7ft spinning rod. 

I could certainly feel the difference between the setup I was using, and the larger 9ft rod which Ryan was using.

Ryan also informed me that a 7ft setup is really ideal in many situations around Cape Cod, especially when fishing back bays and beaches when you have the wind at your back.

It's also often easier and more fun to use a smaller setup, especially if you are mostly catching schoolies. 

Here is the tackle I was using during this trip. 

  • 7ft Shimano Teramar spinning rod (any similar 7ft rod will work)
  • Van Staal VR50 spinnig reel (less expensive option is the Tsunami Shield 4000 or anything similar)
  • 20lb moss green Power Pro braid
  • 20lb Seagur fluorocarbon leader
  • 75lb Tactical Angler clip
  • 6inch blurple Joe Baggs Swarter attached to Tactical Angler clip

We had crushed the barbs on the Joe Baggs Swarter's treble hooks to help make for easier releases. However, I would also recommend using a fish grip, and a pair of pliers, if you are going to use any lure with treble hooks. 

An energetic and feisty schoolie will thrash around as you try to remove the hooks, and it's very easy for the treble hooks to impale you in the hand. A fish grip and a pair of pliers will help with this big time.

You can also replace the treble hooks with single in-line hooks, but you will probably miss a few more fish than if you were using trebles.

Out-Fishing My Husband

As with many marriages, a little competition can be healthy.  So of course, I started to tally up my fish to Ryan's.  

I will admit that he spent more time releasing fish that I caught (and therefore didn't have as much time to do his own casting) but who's the real professional here?

No excuses, Ryan!

By the end of the evening, I tallied 10 fish (2 were "early releases", meaning they popped off early, but I'm counting them anyways). Ryan caught 6. Even with the early releasers, I still caught 8!

I believe Beyonce has a song with the lyric, "Who runs the world? Girls!"

To sum it up, this trip was definitely a night I won't forget. It was a lot of fun to be able to successfully fish from shore on my own, and spend quality time with Ryan.

It was a win win in my book! 

As we move into the month of August, I hope you will try some of the lures and techniques mentioned in this post. I also hope you will try to go fishing with your spourse, significant other, or friend who might love to fish more than you do.

What do you think? Please let me know by commenting below.

  1. My girlfriend will be joining me for the 3 hour ride up to the canal to try and catch her first striper. She decided she would finally go after reading this article. Thank you Lauren and Ryan!!!!! Tight Lines!!

    1. I love it!! Happy to help get her convinced ๐Ÿ˜‰ I hope you guys have a successful trip, and if the canal doesn’t have any life, there’s plenty of places nearby to try from shore!

    2. Wow! That’s epic! LOL. Good luck Kevin and LMK if I can help with anything. Also the guys in our canal forum are very helpful with regards to the canal, in case you haven’t already checked that out. Have fun and tight lines! ๐ŸŽฃ

  2. Great trip and story – Thatโ€™s cool !

    1. Thank you!

  3. My wife joined me tonight in Sandwich and caught her very first striper from her very own cast. This was after fishing for 3 hours in the dark with no bites. Great article and I hope you and my wife give it a try again.

    1. 3 hours without anything and she still stuck around and caught something?? She’s a keeper for sure ๐Ÿ˜‰ Glad she had a good time with it! Thanks so much for reading!

      1. She may have read a book for a big chunk of it…

        1. Ah yes that makes sense!

  4. Great story, Lauren, and I love seeing women out there doing their own thing after a little guidance, then out fishing their mentor! I took my girl friend, Nancy, fishing for sea bass from my canoe for the first time. She had never done any bottom fishing with jigs but with a few hints on my part, she was hooking sea bass and “dropping back” to tempt those that threw the hook, just like a pro. And Nancy landed the biggest sea bass of the day; I think I was prouder of her than she was! She is now hooked on fishing and I have a great new fishing partner, we cook our catch together, and she is a lot prettier than any of the guys I hang out with.

    1. That’s so awesome, go Nancy!! It’s great to have a good fishing partner, I’m glad you found yours!

  5. Great story Lauren. My granddaughter outfished me this
    summer on the Adirondack Lake we go to each year. Not
    only did she catch more bass, she caught the largest bass
    for the week by far–outfishing me, her Dad and two brothers!!

    1. Aw that is so awesome, I love that! It must be so beautiful up there too ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Awesome article!!! Hope you get out there more often. Theyโ€™ve said forever that women make better fly fishermen than men because they let the rod and line do their job as opposed to muscling the fly out there. Probably why youโ€™re doing so well with the casting. And me and my 12 year old daughter who is becoming a good little angler always keep score! Itโ€™s my hope she always catches more and bigger fish than me. Again awesome read!!

    1. That’s so great she’s fishing with you! And yes it’s just taking me some practice and I’ll keep figuring this whole thing out ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. Lauren thanks for a great post. One of the things I enjoy about MFCC, besides all the fishing knowledge, is the humor I come across. You made me chuckle, great post and nice job on the beach too.

    1. Glad you enjoyed it!!

  8. Fishing is vastly more difficult than it looks until you catch a bunch of fish. Then, you too are hooked.

    1. Absolutely!

  9. Great blog lauren and congrats on outfishing Ryan! In our household the opposite scenario has occurred many times! My husband Mike comes out to fish with me 1 out of very 15 times and many times out fishes me! It kills me because I am the fishing enthusiast! I am the one who tinkers with the lures and gets the gear ready! Mike just shows up! And does well! All that being said, I do love when he comes with me because when I’m out there in all that beauty it’s great to have him experience it with me instead of telling him all about it when I get home! Fish on! Thanks!

    1. Thanks Leslie! I think it’s the same when I take Ryan to the barn and convince him to ride a horse lol! But it is awesome to be out there on a beautiful evening and experience what Ryan does all the time. I hope all is well with you and you’re having a good summer!

      1. OMG, some day MFCC needs to see a picture of Ryan on a horse!

  10. Lauren that was AWSOME , I have never fished in the surf with my wife but she has always out fished me on the trout streams and rivers in C.T and N.Y. I hope You get really addicted to this fishing stuff and start a

    1. It was really fun! I just need perfect weather for it and I’ll go, lol – I’m a fair-weather fisherwoman!

  11. Sorry, Lauren, this won’t be popular, but I’m going to have to take Ryan’s side here.

    I take my nephews/nieces out often. I rig up their rods and reels, pick a lure, find a spot at the right time and tide, etc. Show them how and where to cast and how to retrieve. And then I spend my fishing time landing, dehooking their fish, untangling their wind knots, taking their pics for their moms.

    Then, when we get home they gloat about how they outfished me.

    Nice job, though!

    1. Oh have a little fun Jim! But also let’s be clear, I did all my own casts and we had a film crew taking our photos ๐Ÿ˜‰ Ryan had time to catch a few too!

      1. Oh, but I am having fun.

  12. Lauren, never a doubt – well done!

    1. Thanks Mike!


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