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.

 

Kevin Bryant goo.gl/oVnoVb / goo.gl/lrxVf4

Around the Cape and Islands there’s no shortage of great fish to go for, but there's one fish that doesn’t get a lot of respect. It’s the sea robin.  Maybe that's because it's the only local fish that makes a croak of protest when you pull it from the water (we've got the audio).

"It's a very cool looking fish," says Kevin Blinkoff, of On The Water magazine. "It's reddish-brown, yellow, and orange. And probably most remarkable, they have these huge, wing-like pectoral fins." 

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Fishing is one of those activities that sounds appealing to plenty of people, but doesn’t seem so easy to approach. What’s the deal with the gear?  Where do you go to look for fish? Now I'm here, how come I'm not catching anything?

Steve Junker

It’s still early, we’re just getting into June, but so far this has been proving to be a great year for striped bass fishing. And there’s a way in which this is not totally unexpected. For many fishermen, there was a sense it might be coming.

Biodiversity Heritage Library goo.gl/6ex4hW / goo.gl/sZ7V7x

Sometimes it seems as if black sea bass are a little overlooked around Cape Cod, with all the talk that happens about striped bass fishing. But if you've ever eaten black sea bass, you know this is a real injustice.

WCAI

Just as many local fishermen were brushing the winter cobwebs from their rods, readying for that first trip to the water in 2017, word comes that a pair of anglers out of Falmouth landed a 64lb striped bass.

That's not how it's supposed to work.

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This is our last Fishing News of the 2016 season – but that doesn't mean the fishing season is over. Not by a long shot. Between now and the end of November, you can find plenty to keep your reel in action.

This week, Kevin Blinkoff of On The Water magazine serves up a menu of fishing options for fall weather, including:

Sven Atema

The thermometer may say "Summer," but fishermen watching the calendar know the season is changing, and it's time for The Fall Run.

Yes, it deserves capitals. For local anglers, this is Important. Some of the best fishing of the year happens in the fall.  

www.onthewater.com/kayak-albies/

Local fishermen will tell you two things about false albacore: they're thrilling to fish for, and they taste terrible.

The first is indisputable.  But the second has long been a lingering question. 

Brian Gratwicke bit.ly/2cpuOd7 / bit.ly/1mhaR6e

Menhaden may have a bit of an identity problem. Most of the Northeast refers to them as "bunker." But around Massachusetts they're often known as "pogies." Whatever you decide to call them, they're great bait this time of year for fishing big stripers.

Menhaden are a member of the herring family. They migrate into our waters seasonally, arriving from the south each spring. They grow out to a couple of pounds and about a foot long. They're schooling fish, typically swimming in big schools.

Paul Goodman bit.ly/2clpvKL / bit.ly/OJZNiI

There are fishermen who wait all fishing season, it seems, for just this time of year. The end of August and beginning of September mean it's time for the arrival of false albacore - also known as the funny fish.

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