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Top 3 “Wildlife Moments” from My Week of Fishing on Cape Cod

Ryan Collins

The month of July has been busy and fun! I have been attending weddings, cookouts, and a baby's first-ever birthday party. 😎

I also needed to change the wires and plugs on my Evinrude Etech 150hp engine. The engine has nearly 5,000 hours, but it still works well!

On Tuesday my friend Rich fixed my engine, and yesterday I was able to launch my boat for the first time since the handle on my trailer winch popped off and smacked me in the face, resulting in 3 chipped teeth!

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Fortunately my boat and my teeth are now fixed, and on Monday I got back to filming stripers (and other species) underwater.

On Wednesday I traveled 100 miles offshore to fish the canyons, and yesterday I caught bass on topwater plugs inside Cape Cod Bay.

So with all that in mind, here are my top 3 moments from this past week of fishing on Cape Cod. πŸ‘‡


#3) Topwater Tuna Bite


On Wednesday I traveled 100 miles to this offshore canyon with MFCC members Ted and Kurt Saraceno, and their friend Rob, who is also a member of My Fishing Cape Cod. 

We encountered flying fish, turtles, various offshore seabirds, whales and dolphins.

But the best part of this trip occurred when a 50-70 pound yellowfin tuna exploded on our green spreader bar!

Watch for the hit at the 9 second mark, in the upper right hand portion of the video below. πŸ‘‡

Members of My Fishing Cape Cod can learn more about this canyons trip by reading the full report, which you can access by clicking here.


#2) Bunker Galore


I first learned about the big schools of bunker off Cape Cod when I visited the Beachcomber in Wellfleet back on July 8th. On that day I saw vast schools of pogies up and down the beach.

Whales were feeding on the pogies just offshore of the Beachcomber, and it felt like a big bluefish or striper blitz could erupt at any moment.

These schools of pogies are numerous and contain thousands of individual fish, which move as one large organism.

This past Monday I was able to film one such school underwater, and I found the movement of the fish to be not just mesmerizing, but also quite beautiful and artistic...

Believe it or not, minutes before I filmed the above video, an 8ft 300 pound bluefin tuna came crashing through the school in less than 10 feet of water!

Unfortunately I wasn't quick enough to capture that moment on video. 😞😒😫

Members of My Fishing Cape Cod can learn more about these vast pogie schools by clicking here.


#1 Bass Lurking Around Rocks


This July I have been having a surreal time filming striped bass underwater in their natural habitat.

My first encounter occurred on July 10 when I stumbled across bass up to 20 pounds holding near rocks and boulders.

This past week, calm conditions and bright sunny skies created more optimal underwater filming opportunities. 

One of my coolest underwater encounters this week included surprising a "sleeping" striper which was lurking around a rock...

Another super cool surprise was a tautog which was cruising through weeds and nibbling on barnacles...

Members of My Fishing Cape Cod can watch more underwater footage from my past week's snorkeling adventures by clicking here.


What Have You Seen?


In addition, I also saw a coyote at 2:30am this past Wednesday morning, and there are deer tracks in my backyard!

Cape Cod is certainly blessed with abundant marine and terrestrial wildlife.

What wildlife have you seen recently? 

Please LMK by commenting below. πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡

Tight lines! 🎣

What do you think?

Let me know by commenting below.

  1. spectacular underwater footage! feels very tropical in a way, with the seaweed behaving a little like coral.

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    1. It definitely does have a tropical feel to it. The area is pristine! Thanks for watching Todd πŸ‘

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