The Fishing News


with Steve Junker

Each week during saltwater fishing season Steve Junker checks in with the folks at On the Water magazine and others to find out who's catching what where around the Cape and Islands—and how they're doing it.  

For a detailed weekly Fishing Forecast, check out On the Water.

Earlier seasons of The Fishing News are available on our archives page.

The Fishing News is made possible in part with support from Arey's Pond Boat Yard on Pleasant Bay in Orleans.


Cape fishermen are getting a summer gift: bonito are showing up 2-to-3 weeks ahead of their typical arrival.

Fishing for a Doormat

Jul 5, 2019

Fishermen have lots of peculiar nicknames for the fish they want to catch. If you hook a really big fluke – also known as summer flounder – you've caught a "doormat."

S Junker

Striped bass get a lot of attention from Cape Cod fishermen, but there's another bass around that's great to catch and eat. We're talking about black sea bass—and if you ever saw them together, you'd never confuse the two.

S Junker

Welcome to another season of the Fishing News! The only thing most Cape fishermen want to talk about at this time of year is striped bass. Where are the big ones? And is the size limit really going to jump next year?

S Junker

As September wraps up, so too does another season of the Fishing News. But for many local anglers, this moment brings the hope of one more wave of great fishing: the Fall Run.

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Last week the state Division of Marine Fisheries announced it would be expanding the commercial striped bass season for the remainder of the fishing year. It's a decision that's provoked a lot of conversation within the recreational and commercial fishing communities.

S Junker

They're speedy fish with good eyesight, and they're terribly picky. False albacore are back, to the delight of many local anglers. With their blitz-and-disappear behavior, they have fishermen on edge, waiting for the next eruption.

S. Junker

An unusual catch sparked interest this week: juvenile bonito were being taken in numbers at a few spots on Cape Cod Bay east of the Canal. We talk about it in this week's Fishing News, and look at the seasonal change that means good opportunities for shore fishermen.  

S Junker

Just one month ago, a lot of local fishermen were scratching their heads and wondering where the bluefish were. We had gone deep into the season without seeing these voracious fish in any numbers. Well, guess what. If you're heading out this weekend, you may be lucky if you don't run into bluefish. Now they seem to be everywhere. 

S Junker

There are a few fish that appear in Cape Cod waters that will, by a mere mention, get fishermen jabbering with enthusiasm. Bonito certainly fall into that class. They're easy to talk about and hard to catch. And delicious to eat.

Normally, this is prime time for bluefin tuna fishing, but so far it's been a bit quiet. There’s an idea that the phenomenal bluefin action happening this year off northern New Jersey may be related—that those fish are the ones we're missing.

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Last year king mackerel showed up in our waters, to the surprise of many anglers. Now, it looks like we're seeing them again this year. If you’ve got your sights set on catching a “smoker,” here’s a simple how-to.

S Junker

"Where are the bluefish?" It's a puzzler. Most years, blues are as plentiful as squirrels on the village green, popping up where they aren't wanted, a nuisance to fishermen targeting more glamorous species like striped bass.

Not this year.

Amy Vince

It's seven miles long and offers some of the best shore fishing anywhere. Welcome to the Cape Cod Canal. 

Andy Nabreski

In the last few years, offshore fishermen from the Cape have started to adopt a technique more commonly used in southern waters. It's called deep dropping, and it means fishing more than a quarter-mile deep, using electric reels and as much as eight pounds of sinker weight.