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MASSACHUSETTS: Cape Cod Bay – Striped Bass Fishing

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

It’s hard to believe that it is already August. It seems like yesterday when I was staring at an eight foot snow drift, trying to conjure up the best way to shovel my car out of a jam packed, iced over street in Boston.

Fortunately that snow drift did eventually melt as Spring slowly made its way into New England. May and June coughed up some phenomenal fishing. The Cape Cod Canal did exceptionally well, along with some areas relatively close to shore.

July proved to be a bit more fickle. One trip would produce well, while the very next trip was a struggle. The bass were here one day and gone the next. Certain schools crushed baits we threw at them, and then magically shut off as they settled into “lockjaw” mode. Nevertheless we managed to land some beautiful bass up to the 39 pound mark.

And now it’s August, my second favorite month (next to September) to go fishing on Cape Cod Bay. If history repeats itself we should have some fantastic weather over the course of the next 31 days, and some phenomenal fishing as well. I’ll be pretty happy if last night is a sign of the good things to come.

I had the Pennsylvania crew onboard this past trip. Brett, Austin and Ed were up for vacation and hoping to bag a few nice bass for the grill. They had plenty of freshwater fishing experience, and even a little time logged in at Montauk-the “Mecca” of the striped bass fishing world.

Captain Ryan Collins
Miss Loretta Fishing
p: 774.313.8571


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MASSACHUSETTS: Large Striped Bass are Converging on Cape Cod

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Well after a long winter, large striped bass are once again converging on Cape Cod. The sandy spit of land protruding eastward into the Atlantic should again play host to world class striper fishing starting in June and running through October.

The fishing now is just starting to pick up, with fish last night ranging between 26-35 inches.

Over the next few weeks much larger striped bass specimens will make thier way northward through the Cape Cod Canal into the Bay. I’m looking forward to their arrival.

To get an idea of what we are in for, here is a recap of a trip we made last year with Mark and Mike from Missouri.

Well it’s been almost a week since the tuna bonanza and I’m finally starting to calm down. Someone 20,000 miles away in Japan is enjoying some Cape Cod sushi right about now and I couldn’t be any happier.

Friday’s weather was one for the ducks, with a strong NW wind and pelting rain. We managed some fish and a few small keepers during a day time trip with Mark and Mike from Missouri (and of course Bob our lucky charm)-but nothing to write home about. It was time to do it right and head out for a nocturnal expedition.

I made an afternoon run to Maco’s Bait and Tackle and picked up 100 eels and a fresh flat of FATTY seaworms for the upcoming two nights. Had I known how good the fishing would be I would have bought another 100 eels, but unfortunately I’m not very good at predicting the future so I would find myself back at Maco’s a mere 24 hours later (which is A-OK with me).

The guys met me at 7pm at the Sandwich docks with a not-as-optimistic-as-yesterday attitude of sorts which is understandable. Mark and Mike (not Bob’s brother Mike) had flown in basically spur of the moment after hearing about Bob’s numerous 40 plus pound fish from the week before and they were eager to put some weight in the boat. They promised me that if they landed a fish over 30 pounds it was going up on the wall back at their midwestern home. After Friday’s dismal weather even I felt a little uneasy with the pressure mounting.

We cruised along for a while, tight to shore, as I glued my eyes to the sonar. It didn’t take long before I thought we had some solid bass marks on the screen. Unfortunately after beating the fish over the head with tubes and eels for an hour we still had nothing to show. Something weird was going on and I prayed that the guys’ thick southern drawl wasn’t scaring away the fish. We reeled up and began cruising east at around 15 knots, eyes peeled on the sonar for signs of life.

Again it didn’t take long until we marked fish, this time in real tight, only in 22 feet of water. The tubes went out and BANG! we were on with a nice fish! Mike eased the fish in as I scrambled around the boat, quickly rigging up the spinning setups with fresh snakes. One glance back at the sonar and I knew we were in business. Solid red and orange from 15 feet down to the bottom-we had a big school of aggressive bass under the Miss Loretta.

As soon as I sunk the gaff into Mike’s 25 pounder Bob was on with an eel, followed by a swing and miss from Mark. Bob’s fish was screaming line off the light setup. Everyone was smiling. What a difference a few nice fish make!

As Bob eased his striper towards the starboard side of the boat, Mark sank his Gamagaktsu 8/0 hook into the jaw of a cow. I lipped and released Bob’s fish, a solid 25 pounder and hustled to get Mike eeled up with his own spinning setup, while Mark’s fish burned line from his reel-reminding me of last week’s initial run from the giant tuna.

The sonar was still lit up as Mark eased his fish towards the boat. It was a big boy with an aggressive attitude. Just as I went for a lip job the bass made another bolt for the sandy bottom, peeling off another 20 feet of the 50lb braid. A couple quick pumps of the rod and Mark had him back at boatside, and I quickly hauled him aboard.

I put a quick weight on the bass and we officially had our first 30 pounder of the trip onboard and the guys were all fired up. They had striper fished for over a decade without catching anything over 25 pounds and I couldn’t of been more happy for them. I had no idea the action would only improve as the night waned on.

We followed the fish as they slowly moved east and pushed closer in towards shore. By 11pm we had boated 20 fish up to 34 pounds in water as shallow as 7 feet. It was flat calm with a nearly full moon. In between drag screams we could actually hear the bass slapping on the surface.

By 2AM we had caught 40 fish, with 12 of them over the 30 pound mark. I’m not going to lie, I DEFINITELY DID NOT EXPECT THIS sort of action. I was really hoping for a few nice quality fish to make the guys’ long plane ride worth it-this was certainly a bonus.

The guys were gassed by now and ready to head home, five hours earlier than expected, to get some rest. It had been a perfect night, with a TON of fish, a bright moon, and calm winds. The ride back was all smiles.

We departed at the dock and agreed to meet back up at 7pm later that day to see if we could do it all over again.

Catch em’ up,

Captain Ryan Collins
Miss Loretta Fishing
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MASSACHUSETTS: Fishing Various Hot Spots

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

I am not sure what else to say other than we have had a great run of striper fishing the last 2 weeks and we started the day today with great weather and some awesome striper action again. Brad and Dan met me at Brewers Plymouth Marine around 5am for the early start today. Another bass trip was on tap for us today and yes, off to the Race Point area again. As we pulled from the slip, we were greeted to an amazing sunrise with flat calm seas. It was a quick ride across the bay for us today running at 35mph. As we made our way across the bay, we hit some pretty low visibility fog banks which kept us from spotting tuna today. I know they were there because they have been sitting in the same spot every time we have made our trip across the bay for the last 10 trips. We just could not see them today.

Anyway, when we hit the race point area, there was a light fog which was perfect for getting those fish to come up to the surface. The last few trips, we had bright sun with little to no wind and with those conditions, the fish usually go deep and stay right on the bottom. Today, I was also surprised with the water temperature running near 75 degrees at the surface, that is usually another sign that the fish will stay deep in the cooler water. That is exactly where they were today, deep and it meant we were going to have to run the wire line to get them.

Within minutes of getting our line out, Brad was onto a fish. Not a big fish, not a small fish, right around the 34 inch mark. The second pass through, Dan hooked up, then Brad. Two more fish over the rails. Next pass, Brad nailed a nice fish. As soon as the fish hit, it just stripped line from the reel. Thats when you know you have a good bass on the other end. Every time Bard would crank in 10 feet of line, the fish would strip off about 10 feet. After about 10 minutes, Brad had the fish to the boat. I warned Brad that as soon as the fish get’s close, it is going to make another run, so get ready. Sure enough, that big bass made one final run stripping 20-30 feet of line off the reel again. As Brad worked the fish back up, I grabbed the leader and pulled it into the boat. Brad landed a 44 inch bass that was fat and pushing 40lbs. That was the trophy fish for the day.

We made several other passes catching and releasing 20-25lb bass for most of the morning. Right around slack tide is when we lost the bite, it was like someone turned the lights off. We picked up a couple of small fish here and there but that was it. All in all, we caught about 20 fish for the morning, all were legal size with the exception of 2. Not bad for a few hours of early morning fishing. It was time to head for home so we packed up the gear and made a path for Plymouth. Back at the dock, I filleted the fish and bagged them for Brad. Just another great day on the water with some trophy bass being caught. The bass fishing has been the best this year than I have seen in the last 5 years or so. This is a great fishery here in the Northeast so now is the time to get out on the water and try your luck for a trophy striped bass, tuna or monster bluefish!!!

Tight lines to everyone!!!.


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