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Steve Junker

Managing Editor of News

Steve is Managing Editor of News. He came to WCAI in 2007. He also hosts the weekly News Roundup on Friday mornings, and produces The Fishing News and Weekend Outlook.

A writer, a fisherman, an occasional boat builder, a recovering musician, a longtime chicken rancher, a beekeeper... Steve keeps busy in Woods Hole, where he lives with his wife and two children.


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August is here, and there are plenty of events to enjoy this weekend. Book lovers will want to be on the Vineyard for the Martha's Vineyard Book Festival.

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Fluke are a flatfish. They're also known as Summer Flounder. As the waters warm around the Cape and Islands, it's a great moment to go for fluke, and Jimmy Fee of On The Water magazine shares tips in this week's Fishing News.

Yes, it's been awfully hot this week, with temperatures in the mid 80s and touching 90 in places. But for the Cape and Islands, according to meteorologist Phil Burt of, the weather hasn't met the technical definition for a heat wave. 

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As the water temperature rises, those larger striped bass that have not gone offshore are likely to be hunkering down in cooler, deeper spots. One way to entice them is to fish with live eels. But if you've never fished eels before, the prospect can seem intimidating - just take a look into the bait tank at those writhing critters... On The Fishing News, Kevin Blinkoff of On the Water magazine, gives a primer for getting started with eels. Here are the bullet points:


Trying to keep track of Who's Who when it comes to New England's Fisheries can be very confusing. In an attempt to clear up some of the confusion, here is your 4-minute Video Guide to the Players. It's a high-speed, information-packed chalkboard illustration - check it out.

Explore all of our fisheries coverage, including original reporting and our Online Survey.


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Sunrise was half-an-hour off, the sky was brightening, and already fishermen were stationed along the Cape Cod Canal every ten or twenty yards: each a solitary figure, casting, retrieving, and casting again.

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Heading out this weekend? There's plenty happening across the Cape and Islands. Try these: In Mashpee, it's 3 days of fun around pirate activities for kids and grown-ups at the Pirate Palooza. The Cahoon Museum of Art in Cotuit hosts its 23 annual Great Brush-Off on Saturday, with an auction of artworks all created on that day. And vintage cars and motorcycles are coming to the Cape Cod Mall.

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Hard clams, quahogs, cherrystones, littlenecks, chowders... call them what you will, these clams are delicious and not difficult to harvest. Here's a quick rundown of quahog pursuit.


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These are challenging times for New England’s fisheries: there’s a history of overfishing to overcome; climate change is impacting habitat; many fishermen don’t trust the science which attempts to quantify the fish stocks; and government regulators, who rely on the science, are hard-pressed to chart a path forward to a sustainable fishery.

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Yes, it was windy this week - too windy for many fishermen to get out casting in the surf or on a boat. But wait, there's more to Cape Cod fishing than saltwater! Consider your freshwater options.    

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Many fun choices if you're heading out this weekend. The 92nd annual Mashpee Wampanoag Powwow takes over the Barnstable County Fairgrounds from Friday through Sunday.

The weekend leading up July 4th has plenty to offer.

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Getting out on the water to fish may be easier than you imagine, thanks to the great number of charter boat options available across Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket. If you've never taken a fishing charter, and aren't sure how it works, or how to find the right charter, here's a rundown for you.

The Choices

Fishing charters come in many configurations.  There are 2-person charters on small boats, 6-pack charters (six people or less), and party boats on which fishermen pay per head (sometimes called head boats). 

This is a great weekend for events and activities. On the Upper Cape, Arts Alive brings on more than 60 performances - great music, poetry, theater and more. In Yarmouth, the Summer Celebration includes giant sand sculptures and kite dancing. The Provincetown Film Festival brings Matt Dillon to town, along with a slew of great films.

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Every striped bass fishermen imagines landing The Big One. Recently, from New Jersey to Boston Harbor come reports of catches of 50+ lb striped bass, with a few 60 pounders in Connecticut. For Cape Cod anglers, this means the big fish have finished their spawn down south in the Chesapeake and have migrated north. They are out there.

So you want to catch one of those Big Fish? There are no hard rules to follow (this is fishing, right?) - but here's how you can increase your odds:

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Introducing children to fishing can be more tricky than you might expect. What if you don't catch fish? What if a child gets frustrated with the complications of rods and reels and hooks? What if it's icky?

One key to making fishing with children fun is to adjust your expectations. Children are ready to enjoy the experience in its entirety, without the need to focus on catching fish as the "goal." Here are some ideas to keep in mind:

Lots to do this weekend on Cape Cod and the Islands. At the Payomet Performing Arts Center in Truro, the Jumpin Jambalaya Jam brings music, dance and food on Saturday, with an afternoon program geared for children and evening events for adults. The Martha’s Vineyard Film Society is sponsoring a three-day festival of music-related films and fun activities.

Put away that heavy trolling gear. A new generation of spinning reels make it possible to fish for tuna similar to fishing for striped bass, by casting lures. The place to head to do it right now is the backside of Cape Cod, from Monomy up to Chatham, where large groups of 200 - 300lb tuna have been sighted. More info in the audio posted above.

Also this week:

Last week's holiday weekend was mostly a washout, with temperatures in upper 50s - chilly and raw, plenty of rain and wind. Now, what a difference a week makes! Thanks to a stable and relatively uniform air mass, our above-average warm weather of Thursday and Friday should continue through the weekend. Meteorologist Phil Burt of notes rain heading our way for Monday, then by mid-week a return to fine weather.

Audio of the complete weather forecast discussion posted above.

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While striped bass garner most of the sportsfishing glory this time of year, there is another bass in Cape Cod waters which ought not to be overlooked: the black sea bass. It is a type of grouper - and doesn't it look like it, with its stout body and large mouth? Still, the black sea bass is not without beauty, acquiring bright coloring lines and long tail filaments as it ages. A bottom dweller, it's not hard to catch; try fishing around structure with a bucktail baited with squid.

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This weekend is busy with great events to explore. The Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis offers "Swept Away: Translucence, Transparence and Transcendence in Contemporary Encaustic," featuring of 31 contemporary artists working in encaustic. Two Cape libraries team up to present "History Along Route 6A," a 10-day event.

The good news? The Cape and Islands will not be catching the 40-degree daytime temperatures coming to other parts of Massachusetts. Still, one remembers other Memorial Day weekends, sunny and warm... Not this time! Meteorologist Phil Burt of says weather forecasters have been watching the unseasonably cold system, caused by a dip in the jet stream, making its way toward us, and it's been tricky to gauge just what it means for our weekend forecast. 

Audio of Talking Weather posted above.


No really. If you've got a houseful of guests arriving for the Memorial Day weekend, bluefish may be the way to go. Consider these reasons: this time of year (as opposed to later in the summer) bluefish can be caught from beaches; if you hook up with one, there's likely to be plenty more nearby; and won't your guests be pleased to be eating fish fresh-caught from Cape Cod waters.


Let the holiday weekend begin! Here's a sampling of what's happening: the 9th annual "Troops in the Spotlight - billed as the largest Memorial Day event in New England - starts Sunday morning at Kmart Plaza in Hyannis and goes for 24 hours. Summer concert season is getting started, and the Cape Cod Melody Tent is opening its box office with a line-up of acts from Buddy Guy to Lily Tomlin and more.