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.



Fishing News
7:28 am
Fri August 1, 2014

How to Make the Most of Fishing While on Your Vacation

This guy knows where to head for great local fishing action.
Credit Denise Pichirallo / flickr


Lucky you, you are in this beautiful part of the world for a few precious days or weeks of vacation. And you've got an itch to go fishing. Maybe you want to get the whole family involved (great idea!). You've got just one question: "Where do I start?"

Kevin Blinkoff, editor of On The Water magazine, says it's a question he hears a lot. So he's got a high-level-bullet list of suggestions to get you where you want to go. That is, catching fish while enjoying your vacation.

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The Fishing News
6:18 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Use Your Smartphone to Weigh a Striped Bass, and Other Innovations for Fishing

Okay, I know that's not a striped bass. But it's the picture provided by the company that makes the Measure It FishScale. They sell the device, you supply the striper.

The pressures of constant innovation extend even to the timeless pleasure of fishing.  

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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 /

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

What You Can Do When You're Not Catching Fish

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

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

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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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The Fishing News
3:25 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Smoking Bluefish in the Backyard: A Beginner's Guide


For thousands of years smoking fish was a go-to method for food preservation. So now we have refrigeration and flash-freezing - but something in your ancestral genes still calls out for that smoky flavor, right? (Think bacon.) Smoking your catch in the backyard is not difficult to do, and it can add new color to the flavor palette of your summer. Here's what you need to know to get started.

At its most basic, hot-smoking is just slow-cooking with heat while infusing the fish with great smoky flavor. 

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The Fishing News
5:36 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Here Come Great Opportunities for Surfcasting

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As we turn the corner into June, opportunities for surfcasting along Cape Cod and the Islands really pick up. Warming water temperatures draw striped bass close to shore to feed. But don't wait too long. By early/mid summer - as water temperatures continue to rise - those bigger bass will back off to deeper and cooler water.

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