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My First Keeper Tautog & Scup Of The Year

by Ryan Collins, May 18, 2020

This past weekend Cape Cod received a taste of summer with bright sunny skies, calm winds, and warm weather.

Right now a lot of life is flocking and swimming to the bays, beaches and offshore waters surrounding the Cape & Islands. There is an abundance of fishing opportunities right now on Cape Cod. Anglers are chasing haddock, tautog, scup, stripers, bluefish and flounder. Black sea bass season also opened up today.

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The video clip above was filmed on May 6th, and the tautog was my first of the 2020 season. Today I’m happy to report that tog are still biting well. The outgoing tide during the morning produced another half dozen keeper blackfish for me this past weekend.
Catching tautog is a blast, whether it be from shore or from a boat. However, I find the challenge of catching tautog from my kayak to be the most fun.

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Big Schools Of Scup

by Ryan Collins, May 15, 2020

This past Friday May 15th, I had an early morning opportunity to launch my “new-to-me” 12 foot tin boat with an 8hp Johnson.

Both the boat and motor are about 20 years old, but it was lightly used by my friend and is still in immaculate shape. 

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In fact, the engine only has about 25 hours of use on it.
This past Friday morning I hit the water at 8am. Just like last week in the kayak, my plan was to bottom fish in Buzzard’s Bay. I anchored up in about 25 feet of water.
Once again I used green crabs for bait. The action was not hot and heavy, but I did manage a tautog, some black sea bass, and a couple “jumbo” scup.
However, the most exciting moments were revealed in the underwater footage I was able to capture during this trip.

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A Taste Of Summer
On The Cape

by Ryan Collins, May 14, 2020

 The weather on Cape this past weekend was really phenomenal. Light winds and bright sunny skies had me dreaming about the summer days of July and August.

Thursday afternoon Lauren and our dog Rosie and I, decided to go for a walk along the flats of Cape Cod Bay in Brewster.t

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I am very excited and eager about all the fishing opportunities that exist right now on Cape Cod. For example, black sea bass season opens today and I am itching to get out there and give sea bass a try.

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Black Sea Bass Season Opens This Monday May 18th

by Ryan Collins, May 14, 2020


Black sea bass are a beautiful, hard fighting and delicious fish to catch. Here in Massachusetts the season opens up on Monday May 18th. Black sea bass must be at least 15 inches long to keep, and there is a 5 fish per person limit.

The fishing for black sea bass here on Cape Cod during the spring can be excellent. Right now these fish are moving in shallow to spawn which makes them easier to find and fool into biting.

Yesterday I actually caught a “monster” black sea bass in Buzzard’s Bay (which was of course released) and I saw several other big black sea bass in the underwater footage captured during the trip.

I’ll post that underwater footage soon, but in this post I just want to highlight some of the resources we have here on My Fishing Cape Cod for black sea bass fishing.



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How To Catch Squid On Cape Cod

by Ryan Collins, May 11, 2020

In this fishing report, I’d like to bring you with me on my latest Cape Cod squid fishing adventure. I’m no squid expert, but in this post I will give you some helpful tips and advice for catching squid on your own.

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Over the past week on Cape Cod we’ve enjoyed some sunny warm days, but we’ve also had some snow flurries!
Nevertheless the action with stripers, tautog, scup and squid has really picked up. I’ve even heard of there being a few bluefish caught.

Earlier in the week I was reading the latest squid updates from our members’ forum. Several of our members had been doing well with squid, and reading about their success gave me the boost of inspiration I needed to give squid a try.

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How To Catch Green Crabs For Bait!

by Ryan Collins, May 3, 2020

In this post, Ryan will bring you with him on a brand new fishing adventure into one of Cape Cod’s many scenic marshes.
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Over the next two weeks the bottom fishing in Vineyard Sound and Buzzard’s Bay should really start to heat up. 
Big tautog and scup will soon be here in good numbers, and I am chomping at the bit to target tog and scup from boat, kayak and shore.
One of the best baits for springtime tautog is the green crab. Green crabs are an invasive European species, which have taken up residence in many of Cape Cod’s estuaries and marshes.

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Watch My Fishing Cape Cod TV on ROKU!

by Ryan Collins, May 2, 2020

Today I’m happy to announce that select episodes of My Fishing Cape Cod TV are now available on Rokus worldwide, on the new Plymouth Rock TV Roku channel. It has been a pleasure working together with the team from Plymouth Rock TV to help make this possible.
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If you own a Roku, then simply do a search on your device for Plymouth Rock TV. Add the Plymouth Rock TV channel and you will see (as of May 2nd 2020) six episodes from season 3 of MFCC TV.
Big tautog and scup will soon be here in good numbers, and I am chomping at the bit to target tog and scup from boat, kayak and shore.
One of the best baits for springtime tautog is the green crab. Green crabs are an invasive European species, which have taken up residence in many of Cape Cod’s estuaries and marshes.

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My First Striper of the Spring | VIDEO

by Ryan Collins, April 30, 2020

Earlier in the week I published this written report about the adventure I went on while searching for my first striper of the spring.
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Today, I want to share with you a video which highlights the most exciting parts of that striper fishing adventure.
If you follow My Fishing Cape Cod on Instagram, then you might recognize some of these clips. These clips were part of my “Instagram Story” which I shared earlier in the week.

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My First Striper of the Spring

by Ryan Collins, April 27, 2020

For me, the Cape & Islands are like an adult playground. If you enjoy outdoor adventures, then Cape Cod is a good place to call home.
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This rings especially true during the early spring. During April and May, many different species of wildlife and fish are migrating into Cape waters. In this post I would like to share with you my latest Cape Cod fishing adventure, as I go hunting for my first striper of the spring.

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Underwater Video of a Striper Spitting Out a Chunk

by Ryan Collins, April 25, 2020

In this video clip, we’ll go underwater to watch stripers as they encircle, engulf, and spit out a frozen chunk of mackerel. 
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I filmed this clip during September of 2019. As mentioned above, I was using a chunk of frozen mackerel which had been in my kitchen freeze for about 4 weeks.
If you follow My Fishing Cape Cod on Instagram, then you might recognize some of these clips. These clips were part of my “Instagram Story” which I shared earlier in the week.

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Trout on the Attack | New Underwater Footage

by Ryan Collins, April 20, 2020

In this post we’ll go underwater to watch brown and rainbow trout as they chase down and attack a variety of lures.
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During these trips I was kayak fishing two different kettle ponds in the towns of Sandwich and Brewster.
I’ve found kayak fishing Cape Cod’s kettle ponds to be a peaceful experience – especially right now with everything going on in the world.

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My Fishing Cape Cod Chronicles: Bruno Demir

by Kevin Collins, April 18, 2020

Welcome to another edition of the My Fishing Cape Cod Chronicles podcast. I’m your host Kevin Collins (cousin of Ryan of MFCC).


Today we interview Bruno Demir-MFCC member and owner of Cape & Islands Mitsubishi. In fact you might recognize Bruno from his commercials during the 2020 season of My Fishing Cape Cod TV.

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Trolling For Trout On Cape Cod

by Ryan Collins, April 15, 2020

This week I launched my kayak for the first time this year. My plan was to troll the shoreline of Cape Cod’s kettle ponds in search of trout.
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Not only was I able to catch some nice fish, but I was also able to film trout underwater as they approached my lures!
In this post I’m excited to share with you new “breathtaking” underwater trout footage, as well as some tips and lessons I learned about trolling for trout here on Cape Cod.

On Easter, I launched the kayak at a kettle pond in the town of Sandwich. It was very exciting to be back on the water for the first time this season.

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