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.


Amy Vince

It's seven miles long and offers some of the best shore fishing anywhere. Welcome to the Cape Cod Canal. 

Andy Nabreski

In the last few years, offshore fishermen from the Cape have started to adopt a technique more commonly used in southern waters. It's called deep dropping, and it means fishing more than a quarter-mile deep, using electric reels and as much as eight pounds of sinker weight.

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Set aside what you think you know about fly fishing. It doesn't always happen on mountain streams. There's plenty of saltwater fly fishing going on around the Cape, with anglers picking up bluefish and striped bass. 

S Junker

Lurking along sandy bottoms, ready to pounce on a passing baitfish or tasy morsel, is the summer flounder. Here's what you need to know about this great eating fish—where to search it out, and what kind of rig to use.  Plus, we've got a roundup of the week's fishing action.  

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Some days it seems like none of your old standby spots, or lures, or tricks are working. So what then? For fishermen, it's a serious question.

S Junker

You hear plenty of talk about tides, when people ask about fishing. But just as important—maybe more important—is the effect of current. Particularly in shoaling areas, the flow of current over rapidly shallowing bottom creates turbulence—what fishermen call "rips"—that can be just the spot to find stripers, bluefish, and even fluke.

Steve Junker

Perhaps the strangest fish you can pull out of our local waters is the sea robin. Maybe those aren't really wings, but they do look like them. And it has feelers. And for sure, it does croak.

Steve Junker

Black sea bass season opened on May 19th, and there have been reports of very good fishing. If you don’t know a sea bass from a striped bass, don’t worry—here’s what you need to know.


Birds aren’t the only species migrating in our area. Fish are also on the move. And around the Cape and Islands, there’s one particular fish whose whereabouts are a fixation for most anglers: striped bass. 

Steve Junker

Here's the launch of the Fishing News for 2018. It's mid-May, and many fishermen are looking for squid, which typically show up in our waters this time of year and are a harbinger of bigger fish to come.


September draws to a close with a spray of baitfish like silver coins flung across the surface of the water. We wrap up our broadcast season of The Fishing News looking back at the highlights and rhythms of a season marked by epic fishing at the Cape Cod Canal, anglers frothing at the mouth over false albacore, and, yes, all that bait. 

Drew Austin

It's the time of year when we often hear about unusual fish appearing in our waters, and this season is no exception. Anglers casting into false albacore have been coming up with an unexpected fish: juvenile king mackerel.

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Anyone who’s been walking down by the water these days along the south side of the Cape, or on the Vineyard, has probably noticed a lot of boat activity on the water and plenty of fish action. What's it all about? Most likely, it's false albacore.

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Forget for a moment those finicky, glamour fish species, those end-of-summer albies and bonito. Here's a primer on hooking up with a fish that's not picky, that's fun to catch, and makes great eating.

Steve Junker

Butterfish, peanut bunker, mackerel, adult menhaden, silversides, juvenile bay anchovies and butterfish. All this great bait in the water as we approach the end of summer, it almost makes you wish you were a striped bass. You would sure be eating well. And that's the idea behind the Fall Run.