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
3:24 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Why Fishermen Love (and Hate) Fishing with Eels

Credit Clinton & Charles Robertson / flickr

A live eel can be the very best thing to put on the end of your line, if you're searching for a big late-season striped bass. But it can also make your life miserable.

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Weekend Outlook
10:57 am
Sat September 13, 2014

Vintage Planes Touch Down in Hyannis, & more: Best Bets for Going Out

Wings of Freedom bring vintage military airplanes to Hyannis from Wednesday to Friday, September 17-19.
Credit http://www.air-and-space.com

There are plenty of great events to get involved with this weekend. If you're in the mood for a parade, Sandwich has a big, BIG one planned to mark the grand finale of its town-wide 375th anniversary.

Harwich has a unusual music festival on Saturday and Sunday - it involves a mysterious piano found deep in the woods.

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Music
5:43 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Chris Isaak: Rocker, Crooner, Sketch Artist

Chris Isaak has had plenty of careers already - moody crooner of the multi-platinum hit Wicked Game, actor in his own TV show, 50's revivalist rocker. So is there a chance one day he'll be publishing a book of his original cartoons? Maybe. When I spoke with him for All Things Considered, I asked Chris what he likes to do while touring.

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Fishing News
3:16 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

A Few Words in Praise of Snapper Blues

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They are not rod-bending behemoths, they are not chrome-plated speedsters. That is, they are not glamour fish like stripers and albies. Snapper blues? They're... well, they're just fun to catch. And they're good eating too.

Think of all the things that make fall a special time of year - you have tomatoes, cucumbers, low humidity, empty beaches - and you have snapper blues. So nice. 

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Fishing News
11:16 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Anglers Rejoice: Albies Here, There, and (Seems Like) Darn Near Everywhere

This year false albacore have shown up in great numbers, creating feverish excitement among local fishermen.
Credit On The Water/ onthewater.com

When false albacore feed, they "erupt" from the water in a violent tumult, members of the school leaping full-body from the water. The sight incites within the fisherman a corresponding frenzy, a heart-palpitating desperate urgency to race to the blitz, to cast and pray and cast again.

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Weekend Outlook
10:22 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Eastham Celebrates Windmill Weekend, & more: Best Bets for Going Out

Windmill Weekend, a townwide celebration in Eastham, marks its 37th anniversary this year.
Credit CHRISTINE HOCHKEPPEL/CAPE COD TIMES

Our late-season surge of summery weather sets the stage for another event-filled weekend. Eastham launches its 37th annual Windmill Weekend, featuring a vehicle show, a pancake breakfast, a tricycle race, the Windmill Weekend Parade, and more.

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The Fishing News
7:30 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Assessment of the Striped Bass Population Likely to Result in Tightened Regulations

Credit Jenny Junker

If you fish, then you have surely noticed: there just aren't as many striped bass around as there were eight or ten years ago. And the most recent stock assessment by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission confirms this fact. While it asserts that overfishing is not yet occurring, the science indicates that the spawning biomass of striped bass has been steadily declining and is now approaching a critical level.

What's to be done? To protect striped bass, regulators are considering cutting back on the recreational allowance. The three approaches under consideration are 1) a 25% cutback in the 2015 harvest, or: 2) a "3-year plan" that calls only for a 17% cut the first year and no cuts the following 2 years, or 3) a 3-year plan calling for a 7% cut each year for 3 consecutive years starting in 2015. Within these 3 approaches, "specific options to be considered include bag, size, slot and trophy size limits for the recreational fishery and quota reductions for the commercial fishery."

What does that mean for the recreational angler? In Massachusetts, the current limit is two bass per day with a 28-inch minimum. It seems likely that this limit will be reduced, perhaps to one bass at 28-inches, or one bass at 32-inches.

The good news is that striped bass are considered one of the better managed species in the fishery. Because they spawn in inshore waters, scientists have been able to amass good data on their habitats and spawning stock. And this proposed intervention seems to be coming enough in advance to head-off a major stock collapse like what was seen in the 1980s, when keeper-sized bass became scarce along the Massachusetts coast. 

As the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission weighs its options, it is seeking public input. Two public hearings are being held in our region, both on Tuesday, September 2nd. Here the location details:

September 2 at 10 AM
Nantucket Community Room
4 Fairgrounds Road
Nantucket, Massachusetts

September 2 at 6 PMMassachusetts Maritime AcademyAdmiral’s Hall, 101 Academy DriveBuzzards Bay, Massachusetts  

Written public comment will be accepted until 5:00 PM (EST) on September 30, 2014 and should be forwarded to Mike Waine, ASMFC, 1050 N. Highland St., Suite 200 A-N, Arlington, VA 22201; 703.842.0741 (FAX) or mwaine@asmfc.org.

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Weekend Outlook
9:56 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Fireworks Over Barnstable & more: Best Bets for the Weekend

Credit Wikimedia Commons / Ian Kluf

Labor Day was first made a holiday by the state of Oregon in 1887. By 1894, thirty states had recognized Labor Day, and it became a national holiday. That's a little bit of history. But the Town of Barnstable is using a lot of history to commemorate this year's Labor Day weekend, as it continues marking its 375th anniversary year, this time with a fireworks display on Saturday night.

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The Fishing News
1:13 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

3 Bonito Hotspots Lure Anglers South of the Cape

The sandy shoal known as Hedge Fence, just north of Oak Bluffs, is a popular spot to fish bonito.
Credit https://saltycape.com/hedge-fence/

"Have you heard about bonito? Are they here yet?"

That's the refrain passing between fishermen as August enters its final weeks. Bonito are a passion for many anglers, and they only arrive at this time of the season.

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Weekend Outlook
5:09 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Scrawl on the Wall at the Provincetown Library, and other Best Bets for the Weekend

Artist Terry Catalano continues an art project in interactive graffiti at the Provincetown Library on Friday.

Who says summer's end is within sight? Plenty of great outdoor events continue across the Cape and Islands this weekend. The Cape Cod Five Pops in the Park celebrates its 25th anniversary concert this Saturday with maestro Jung Ho Pak, and vocal contributions from, among others, Dennis-Yarmouth grad Fred Inkley. As part of an art project, visitors to the Provincetown Library will be encouraged to do something unusual – scrawl some graffiti!

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