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.

 

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One hundred miles off the coast of Cape Cod, the Gulf Stream sweeps into the edge of the continental shelf in an area known as "The Canyons." It's a habitat rich with whales, sharks, and big fish more commonly thought of as tropical, such as mahi, big-eyed tuna and blue marlin. For some Cape Cod fisherman, heading to The Canyons is the highlight of a fishing season.

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For fishing excitement and pleasure, it's hard to imagine what beats picking up a keeper-size striper or big bluefish on a topwater lure. So here's a quick guide to topwater fishing.

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With high summer on Cape Cod, we see plenty of people visiting who would like to enjoy a little fishing while they’re here, but may feel unsure how to get started. This week on the Fishing News we've got tips for vacation fishing, and how to make it a great experience.

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The bluefin tuna bite south of Martha's Vineyard has a lot of fishermen talking. Last Saturday, by one account, there were upward of 200 fishing boats in the area. Plentiful bait seems to be holding tuna in the 60-90 pound range.

Most of the action is centered about 20-30 miles south of the Vineyard. Andy Nabreski of On The Water magazine was out there on Sunday, and he joins us for this week's Fishing News to give us a feel for the fishing and explain the trolling strategy.

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It's a peculiar proposition: You walk into the tackle shop and walk out with something living, or that was once living. Or something rubbery and artificial that smells like it died a while ago.

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A state record fish was landed last week–and it wasn’t one of the fish that we typically think of when we talk about fishing around the Cape and Islands. It was a wahoo.

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There are plenty of fish that fishermen set out to catch–and then there are the ones that fishermen end up catching without meaning to. Fishermen have a name for these kinds of fish, the ones we don’t want to catch. We call them "trash fish."

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It's that time of year when our local waters are warming, which is nice if you like to swim. If you're a fisherman, however, it means that finding larger striped bass becomes more difficult. 

Last week brought the opening of commercial fishing season for striped bass in Massachusetts. That's good news for people who don't fish, or who may not know a fisherman.

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The tidal rips in Vineyard Sound and Nantucket Sound are channeling plenty of bait, offering anglers good access to a variety of fish, including keeper-size striped bass, bluefish, and abundant bottom fish.

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