Steve Junker

All Things Considered Host, Producer

Steve is a regular host of All Things Considered and Weekend Edition Saturday. He came to WCAI in 2007. In addition to hosting, he also produces The Fishing News, Weekend Outlook, and contributes to Creative Life. And he manages the website, too.

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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If you walk down by the water right now along almost any dock or jetty, it's likely you’ll see schools of tiny fish swimming around. Seems like they’re everywhere this time of year. As a category, they're called baitfish, and they have a big impact on our late-summer fishing.

A different kind of food buffet takes place at the Cape Cod Fairgrounds in Falmouth on Saturday, as more than 25 food trucks roll into town.

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Late August, the striper and bluefish bite has dwindled, the bonito are a rumor, the funny fish have not yet arrived... what's an inshore angler to do?

How about this: enjoy an evening going for blue crabs.

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You find periwinkles in almost every rocky nook of our tidal coastline: small snail-like creatures clinging onto boulders, lining tide pools. Pluck one off and roll it in your palm for a few seconds, then watch as the periwinkle pokes out from its shell as if to get its bearings.

Periwinkles - the common species is littorina littorea - also make good eating, and they are an often overlooking shellfishing resource.

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Just about every fisherman has a camera in his pocket now, thanks to the smart phone. But face it, that doesn't mean you know how to take a good picture of your catch.

Edward Gorey House

Fans of author and illustrator Edward Gorey can introduce a new generation to his work with an unusual children’s celebration Saturday at the Edward Gorey House in Yarmouth Port.

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We're blessed to have such great coastline to fish. From jetties, canal-side, backwater estuaries, or beaches, an angler can cast for a wide variety of fish. But some fishing is best - or only - done from the water. If you don't have a boat for that, booking a charter might be your next best option.

Scup don't get a lot of publicity. You can't even find them in most fish markets on the Cape and Islands. But scup - or "porgy," as they're also known - can be delicious to eat. And they sure are fun for kids to catch.

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As we arrive at what many consider the midway point of summer, there is no shortage of great activities to get out and enjoy.

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It's a fine pastime to stand in July's warm waters and root about for this evening's dinner. My wife insists the best way to hunt for quahogs is with the toes, ooching along the shallows on a likely beach. She has a knack for it that I don't. She also has strong and brave toes.

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