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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.

Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk

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.

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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:

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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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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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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). 

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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:

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:

Kevin Bryant

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.


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.

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For anglers fixated on the arrival of striped bass, cool temperatures slowed the start of this year's fishing - especially when compared to the last few years with their above-average warm spring seasons. But the fish that's caught a lot of attention this spring is an unusual visitor to our waters - the weakfish. The Fishing News looks at the strange historical cycle of weakfish in Cape Cod waters.

Audio of the conversation posted above.

Here's a few weakfish facts: