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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Fishing News
2:26 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Every Now and Then... Strange Fish Appear in Cape Cod Waters

Captain Nat Chalkley, of Get the Net Charters, with the 36-inch cobia he caught while striper fishing this week.
Credit Nat Chalkley / gtncharters.com

Every now and then a local angler happily pulls up a fish, only to discover that what's on the hook was not what was expected. 

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Weekend Outlook
11:01 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Circus Smirkus Brings the Big Top to Sandwich, & more: Best Bets for Going Out

Circus Smirkus sets up the Big Top Tent in Sandwich for three days, from the 21st to the 23rd, presenting its new program, Anchors Away for Atlantis.

The whitewater rapids of summer keep racing us forward, swooshing from one great event to the next fun activity. In Centerville this weekend you can eat your fill of baklava and souvlaki, plus get your dance on, with the Grecian Festival. Falmouth presents the Cultural Survival Bazaar, with great food and cultural crafts from around the world.

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Weekend Outlook
10:47 am
Sat July 12, 2014

Old Time Days of Sail Return to Provincetown, & more: Best Bets for the Weekend

The restored whaleship Charles W. Morgan under sail.
Credit Glenn Burgess/Debra Heimerdinger

Provincetown Harbor is going to look like another century this weekend - and that means plenty of fun activities. Not only is the restored whaleship Charles W. Morgan visiting, but also a Tall Ship of Delaware, the Kalmar Nyckel, and many events are programmed around the boats' visits.

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The Fishing News
6:16 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

A Sure Way to Improve Your Fishing Skills? Go Fishing at Night.

Credit Alistair Nicol / flickr

Night Fishing, The Fishing News, Steve Junker and Kevin Blinkoff

There are plenty of reasons to fish at night. Yes, you're more likely to land bigger bass after dark. But it's also a great way to sharpen all your fishing senses.

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The Fishing News
11:06 am
Sat July 5, 2014

July Fishermen Turn Their Attentions to Fluke

Credit Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk/Flickr

As July brings warming waters to the Cape and Islands, the fluke fishing heats up. Also known a Summer Flounder, fluke are a flatfish, and very tasty. Oddly, fluke begin life looking much like a "regular" fish, but as they mature, one eye migrates around to join the other on the "up" side of the body. Ambush predators, fluke lie on the bottom waiting for something tasty to get swept along in front of them. It's a feeding strategy that can help you target them.

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Weekend Outlook
3:24 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Blessing the Fleet in Provincetown & more: Best Bets for the Weekend

The vessel Blue Skies receives the blessing of Bishop George Coleman at last year's event in Provincetown.
Credit Christine Hochkeppel / Cape Cod Times

Festivals again highlight weekend events across the Cape and the Islands - and the weather looks like it will cooperate to make them memorable.

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The Fishing News
8:35 am
Fri June 27, 2014

What You Can Do When You're Not Catching Fish

Credit Chris Bentley / flickr

What to Do When You're Not Catching Fish, The Fishing News, Steve Junker and Kevin Blinkoff

All right, yes, that's a headline that begs endless snarky suggestions. But really, for fishermen, it's a serious question.

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Weekend Outlook
11:09 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Festivals Abound on the First Weekend of Summer

Arts Alive is free 3-day celebration of the arts in Falmouth and the Upper Cape. Friday, June 20, 5 to 9pm; Saturday, June 21, 10am to 9pm; Sunday, June 22, 11am to 5pm
Credit artsfalmouth.org

  Among the signs that summer is upon us, the weekend calendar is filled with many festivals. The question is, how to get to them all in 48 hours! The Arts Alive Festival happens in Falmouth, on Nantucket it's the Book Festival, and Provincetown hosts its International Film Festival.

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The Fishing News
12:03 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

An Unexpected Fishing Skill to Master: Catch-and-Release

Credit AP photo

The Fishing News, June 20, 2014, Steve Junker and Kevin Blinkoff

Wait, you're going to catch a fish and throw it back? For non-fishermen, it's counterintuitive.

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Fishing News
12:22 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Healthy Black Sea Bass Population Makes for Good Fishing and Good Eating

Yes, this colorful specimen is a Black Sea Bass (juvenile). These are perhaps the most tropical-looking of our local fish.
Credit Kevin Bryant

If you're looking for a "best bet" for Father's Day fishing, Black Sea Bass might be your winning pick. The fish are around in good numbers and seem to be extending their range northward in recent years. 

Black Sea Bass are a bottom fish. You want to look for them where there is bottom structure such as rockpiles, wrecks, ledges, or dropoffs. They are a schooling fish, so where you find one, you're likely to find more. They do like squid - a good set-up is to bait a weighted hook or jig with a piece of squid. 

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