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Spring Trout On The Fly Targeting Largemouth Fishing the Tournaments Options for Small Boats Dredging Nauset Harbor New Gear Reviews

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sit here writing the intro for another year. It’s April 9 and we have enjoyed our first beautiful spring day, bright sunshine from dawn till dusk. The early herring are starting to run, and I saw my first Osprey swoop into Town Cove and carry off what looked like a striped bass! I think back and note that for two years in a row we were blessed with a wonderful year on Cape Cod and also at the Goose; the summer was one long sunny day after another!

THIS YEAR’S COVER PHOTO Elena Rice of Reel Deal Fishing Charters ( helps 10 year old Devin Yaworsky land his first keeper.

The striped bass fishing was an epic adventure last year. It is a long time since we have seen bass chasing the masses of pogies up the outer beaches, which led to some stellar live-bait fishing from the beach. Even the boat anglers were casting onto the beach along Nauset, dragging their lures into the surf and landing fish. The tuna showed up early, before heading farther north, which led to some frustration during the summer months. Then they came back in style with huge fish being caught within a few miles of the shore. The smaller fish also obliged, giving anglers casting Strategic Anglers, RONZ and other topwater lures some fantastic sport. Our marine business has expanded and we now guarantee to look at your boat within 24 hours if you have an issue whilst here on vacation. The newly installed fuel pump on our dock makes us the only place in Nauset Harbor to fuel your boat!

Hello and welcome...

To the 2017 Goose Hummock Guide.

Our rental fleet now includes six small outboard motor powered skiffs, a popular way to explore the Nauset Estuary. We will have a full fleet of brand-new kayaks and SUP’s ready for daily and longterm rental. We even offer a delivery service if you want to explore other waterways. We have a number of events this year, ranging from demo days on the water where you can test drive the latest SUP’s and kayaks, to our Summer Open House where you will get the opportunity to see our new ‘Test Tank’ in action and watch the staff cast and swim lures down our 30-foot tank. Check out to keep up with the latest outdoor news, local fishing reports and more. While you’re there, check out our online store at! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the latest updates, pictures and stories. Be sure and send us your pix and videos and we will get them up as well. As always, thanks to our contributors and advertisers. We encourage you to shop local while you’re on the Cape, and be sure to mention that you saw their ad in the Goose Hummock Guide! If you have any comments, questions, or need some advice from the experts at the Goose, stop by our store in Orleans for a chat. We would love to see you!

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CLAMMING 12 CLAMMING & CRABBING & OYSTERS, OH MY! Dinner is waiting just below the surface 18 SCRATCHING THE SURFACE The R.A. Ribb Rake Company is a Family Affair

FISHING 21 CAPE COD, A FISHING WONDERLAND 22 LOOKING FOR LARRY What to Use to Catch Largemouth Bass 26 FISHING THE RIPS 101 Taking Advantage of the Shoals Off Monomoy 28 MIMICKING THE SAND EEL It Can Be the Key to Your Catch


PADDELING 59 PADDLE SPORTS Discover the Cape From your own Kayak or SUP 61 TOURING NAUSET MARSH Guided Kayak Tours in Nauset Marsh 64 PADDLING THE ROCKY COAST A Multi-day SUP on the Maine Island Trail 66 KEEPING YOUR KAYAK IN SUSPENZ® Safe and Easy Storage for Your Kayak or SUP 67 KAYAK FISHING? CONSIDER A TRAILER Transport Solutions for Heavier Boats

30 AN INTRODUCTION TO SLOW PITCH JIGGING What to use to get the most out of this exciting method of fishing 32 THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS Cape Cod Striper and Tuna Fishing 34 NEW TECH: Tsunami & Maxel have new gear to help you kill it on the water


36 SPRING ON THE FLY Fishing for Trout on Cape Cod 38 STEP UP TO THE PODIUM Are Offshore Big Game Fishing Tournaments For You? 42 TAKING TO THE AIR Using Kites to Fish for Tuna 44 BOATING THE BAY Fishing Options for a Small Boats on Cape Cod Bay 48 CLEAR SAILING? The Proposed Dredging of Nauset Estuary

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THE GOOSE HUMMOCK SHOPS The Cape’s premier outdoor outfitters since 1946 B Y T H E G O O S E H U M M O C K S TA F F he Goose Hummock Shop, or “The Goose” as it is affectionately known locally, has been the headquarters for all of your sporting needs since Francis Sergeant and Willis Gould started the business in 1946. The stores are situated strategically at the center of the Lower Cape Cod fishing and outdoor action. The main store is at 15 Route 6A in Orleans, Massachusetts, just off the Orleans/Eastham rotary. The second store is located at the corner of Route 6A and Route 134 in Dennis, providing access to Sesuit Harbor and many of the bayside fishing spots. At the very doorstep of the Orleans location, is the vast Nauset Harbor estuary, the waters of the Orleans Town Cove, Mill Pond, Eastham’s Salt Pond, Nauset Inlet and immediate open access to the Atlantic Ocean. Just a bit south is the appropriately named Pleasant Bay estuary and into Chatham. There are public boat ramps at the Orleans Town Cove and several locations in Pleasant Bay, namely at Paw Wah Pond, Quanset Pond, Meetinghouse Pond and River Road landings. The Town of Chatham has public launch sites in both Ryders Cove and Stage Harbor, and there are also Goose Hummock-en-

dorsed and recommended charter businesses located here. The Stage Harbor estuary provides the closest access point to the famed Monomoy Island Rips and flats fishing areas.

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Just about one mile to the west of the shop is access to Cape Cod Bay at Rock Harbor; a door to some of the best spring and fall striped bass fishing Cape Cod has to offer. Rock Harbor, Sesuit Harbor, Wellfleet and Provincetown harbors all offer public boat launch sites and a large selection of Goose Hummock- endorsed charter boats for the great fishing in Cape Cod Bay has. Looking north from the Goose shops toward the tip of Cape Cod’s “arm” are the towns of Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro and Provincetown; home to 20 miles or so of the most famed surf fishing beaches on the Atlantic Coast. Being centrally located as such, the Goose Hummock shops are especially situated to be your sole source for fishing, boating, paddling, archery, shooting and outdoor activities on Cape Cod. The Goose Hummock Shop’s staff is expertly qualified to answer any of your questions about outdoor activities on Cape Cod or exploring its many wonderful waterways.

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Not into Cape Cod’s salt-water and boat fishing? There are some 367 freshwater ponds on Cape Cod; enough to fish a different one on every day of the year! Many of these ponds are stocked twice annually (normally in March and again in early October) by the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game. Species stocked are brook, rainbow, tiger and brown trout. Some of the better stocked ponds are Cliff, Sheep, Flax, Higgins, Baker’s, Gull, Herring and Crystal Lake. Other quality sweet water ponds abound on the Cape and offer both largemouth and smallmouth bass, pickerel, perch and sunfish. By exploring, one can always find a “honey hole” where you can have it all to yourself. A full supply of bait, tackle, licenses and free information is available from the knowledgeable staff at the Goose Hummock Shops. In addition to the exceptional assistance provided in the fishing and shooting sports store, the Goose Hummock Marine Center offers a full-service marina with 44 moorings, 8 slips and a full line of boat- handling services. Located right at the water’s edge of Town Cove, expert marine staff Joshua, Glen, Alex, Nick and Doug offer full repair and regular maintenance services for your vessel; including hauling, launching, engine repair, shrink wrapping, winterizing and mooring. Goose Hummock Marine is a certified Suzuki engine dealer and authorized repair facility, as well as a fully authorized YBBA boat brokerage. This year, the Marine location offers a newly installed fuel supply facility, which allows boaters to refuel their vessels at dockside or on their trailers at the side of the Outdoor Center. With the largest fleet of brand-new-for-2017 kayaks, stand up paddle boards (SUP), and small outboard- powered skiff rentals on Cape Cod, the Goose Hummock Outdoor Center can get you on the water even if you don’t own a vessel of your own! The store offers rentals on an hourly, half-daily, daily and weekly basis. In addition, the center offers instruction and tours for both kayak and SUP enthusiasts. Come visit us this summer and see just how great our Cape Cod fishing and boating water sports can be! Look us up online at: “Like” us on Facebook.



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GOOSE HUMMOCK MARINE SALE & SERVICE We’ll Evaluate Your Boat Within 24 Hours, Don’t Wait On Someone Else’s List B Y T H E G O O S E H U M M O C K S TA F F boat is a big investment. As such, you will want to do everything you can to protect your investment. This means more then simply keeping a check on the oil and giving the old girl a wash and wax once in a while. To truly protect your boat, a yearly maintenance schedule should be followed. These steps can run from spring commissioning to winterization and storage, with a range of spot repairs and preventative maintenance that can take place over the summer. The Goose Hummock Marine Sales and Service department is a year round, full service operation. We are an authorized Suzuki sales and service representative, but we also work on all makes and models of engines. We do a full range of hull work including fiberglass, bottom painting and gelcoat repair. We can also install your electronics and navigation systems. Start your season off right with our spring commissioning. This annual service replaces all engine fluids, oils and filters. We make sure that your engine-manufacturer’s maintenance schedule is adhered to and we will also inspect and lube your prop and drive system. All cables, pumps, filters, hoses, wiring and connections will be inspected and and if necessary repaired.

During the summer, we are proud to stand by our guarantee, “We will look at your boat within 24 hours,” ensuring you are back out on the water as soon as possible. Summers on Cape Cod are fleeting enough, and you don’t want spend the time waiting on someone else’s list for repairs. As the season draws to a close, it is time to think about putting your boat away for the winter. Our winterization program is second to none. Whether you have an inboard, outboard or stern drive, we will thoroughly inspect all drive systems. We can flush your freshwater systems and fill them with non-toxic antifreeze. We will inspect your electrical systems before pulling your battery for storage in our heated shop. We change all the fuel filters and separators, filling your tank with fuel and stabilizer to prevent condensation. After all systems are checked and repaired, we can then power wash and shrink wrap your boat. If you are looking to step things up, as a Suzuki authorized dealer, we can help you select a new engine that will fit your boat perfectly with the best warranty in the country. Whether you are looking for 2.5 hp for a jonboat or looking to put triple 350’s on your Contender, we can make it happen.

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Family Fun - With a family recreational license, the whole family can take part in the fun of clamming.

Dinner is waiting just below the surface B Y T H E G O O S E H U M M O C K S TA F F CLAMMING Recreational clam digging on Cape Cod is a fun family activity that offers the added benefit of a tasty meal as a reward for success! The Cape is renowned for its abundance of hard shell (quahogs), soft shell (steamers), oysters and razor clams. ​ ecreational clam digging, in comparison to fishing, requires R relatively little gear to be able to successfully harvest a legal limit. Here is what you will need to get started: ​ ) A permit from the town in which you will be clamming. Permits 1 can be secured at the town hall of the location you wish to clam. Fees and regulations vary by the town. When you pay for your permit, you will be given a copy of the town regulations and likely a map or list of open areas in that town. Follow these regulations carefully...a run in with the shellfish warden over an infraction is likely not the happiest ending to a good days clamming! Most towns maintain and update their websites with all the information you will need regarding permitting and regulations. ​ ) Boots/ Waders /Hip Boots. ​ 2 Depending on which body of water you choose to clam, the footwear you require will vary by the prevailing conditions found in the bodies of water open to recreational clamming. I​n towns that offer long expanses of very low water (flats) with easy access, rubber boots will suffice during the summer months.​ In some towns, the best spots to clam have deeper water-even at dead low tide. In these areas, it would be wise and much more comfortable to wear hip boots or even chest waders. ​ ) Rake. Be wary of cheap imitations! Both the environment and 3 activity put a tremendous stress on the rake. If you buy a cheap one, it will rust out almost immediately and rake teeth will be prone to breakage. With our decades of experience at the Goose, we choose not to stock cheap rakes due to the high incidence of breakage and warranty. Used as intended, all rakes eventually

wear out...The rakes we do stock, however have long track records of durability and reliability. ​ n the exposed sand flats, digging for soft-shelled clams is O usually done with a short handled clam rake or a spading fork with its short handle bent perpendicularly away from the fork’s head. A digger typically uses the rake by digging down into the mud, clay, or sand and then pull it up and towards him/herself. This digging action, done in close proximity to the tell tale siphon holes of the clams, opens up the soil to expose the clams. The digger then gently removes the clam by hand . ​ ecreational clamming for the larger surf and quahog clams (soup R clams) is primarily done with a basket style rake. ​ he head of these rakes have long tines attached to a “basket-like” T cage in which the clams are collected as the digger rakes through the sand or mud. There is a tell tale sound/ vibration produced when the rake tines run across the shell of a quahog. ​ ) Legal Limit Basket and Clam Gauge. ​Most towns on the Cape 4 use the 10 quart wire basket as their legal limit and recognize the size limits of the commercially available clam gauge. To meet the legal size limit, a clam must be large enough to not be able to pass through the opening in the gauge. ​ ost towns have strict regulations on how sub legal size clams M must be returned to the water...In many towns, when the air temperature goes below freezing, clamming is not sure to follow these regulations to help insure the future of this abundant Cape fishery.

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Aw Shucks - Cape Cod Oysters are revered world wide for the sweet briney flavor. To shuck an oyster, hold in your hand with a glove or wrapped in a towel. Wedge the tip of an oyster knife into the back hinge and wiggle until you hear a pop, then slide the knife inside the shell to release the meat of the oyster.

Some special tips to remember when shellfishing: •

Keep your shellfish permit with you. A sealable plastic bag will keep it dry.

Carry your shellfish gauge with you. Most folks tie them to their clam baskets.

Leave the shovels at home. You can only dig with rakes or your hands.

3 doz. Little Neck Clams

2 cups Dry White Wine

Re-bury any undersized shellfish. Let them grow to be enjoyed another day.

2 cups water

6 Ripe Plum Tomatoes,

Don’t forget bug-spray! No see-ums and greenhead flies love the tidal flats.


2 Cloves Garlic, Minced

Wear boots or old sneakers to prevent cuts from broken shells.

2 Tbsp Olive Oil

1 1/2 Cups Water

1/4 cup Fresh Basil,


1 Bay Leaf

Sea Salt & Black Pepper

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CRABBING ​In late Summer, once the water surrounding the Cape is warm enough, Blue Crab mating season begins. While not as famous as their cousin the lobster, Blue Crabs are considered a delicacy and are a great family fun activity. Blue Crabs usually appear on the Sound side first but have been known to work their way into Pleasant Bay and Nauset Marsh. Any of the estuaries that feed into these areas are perfect for crabbing, and with no permit required it is one of the easiest ways to include the entire family in the fun. The simplest method of catching Blue Crab is the “chicken neck” technique, which is simply tying a raw chicken neck to your line as bait-seriously, this works! You will need a long-handled, wide mesh dip net (available at the Goose), a commercially produced crab line with a weight or several yards of heavy twine, a few short sticks to secure your bait lines, and a five gallon bucket, preferably with a lid. Start by securing your bait to the end of the weighted line. Next, drop it into the water and let it sink to the bottom. The crabs will be on your bait the moment it hits the water, so secure the other end of your line to one of the sticks to prevent the crabs from running away with it. When the crab grasps the bait with its powerful claws and begins to move away with it, gently pick up the line and begin a steady hand over hand retrieval. As the crab comes into sight, slowly raise it off the bottom and swing it towards your dip net.

In a medium sauce pan or skillet, heat 2 Tbs. olive oil over med. heat. Add the chopped garlic and sauté until transparent. Do not brown. Add the clams and toss once or twice. Then add the white wine and water, cover and bring to a boil. When clams just start to open, add the chopped tomatoes and half of the basil. Cover and continue to steam until all of the clams are opened. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Remove from heat and serve immediately in large bowls. Garnish with remaining basil and serve.

Crabs are a super aggressive and tenacious predator. Be very cautious when releasing the crabs into the bucket, as they are quick to lash out and they have extremely powerful claws. Make sure to instruct any children you have with you to stay clear of the claws. If there are a lot of crabs in the area you are fishing, you should have action until your bait runs out or you reach the legal limit of 25 crabs. Remember: any blue crabs you keep must be five inches long from spike to spike and must be male (females have distinct red tips on their claws and are easy to identify, see below). Crabs will keep well in your bucket for hours as long as they are kept out of the sun.

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WHERE TO CRAB The Cape’s coastline along Nantucket Sound is a prime spot for Blue Crab in the late Summer. Some of the most productive spots also offer the easiest access: the Bass River Bridge in Yarmouth, Herring River Bridge in Harwich and the Swan River Bridge in Dennis are great places to start. As stated earlier, blue crabs have been known to show up all the way into the Pleasant Bay and Nauset Estuaries. OYSTERS As with clamming, all towns have their own regulations and seasons for harvesting oysters. Be sure and check with your local shellfish constable for the rules. There are many oyster grants around Cape Cod and you are prohibited from shellfishing in those areas. If you see the baskets in the water, look for another location. These aquaculturists are making a living with these grants, which, in addition to putting food on their tables, are helping to filter the waters around us. Oysters are a little easier to get as the do not bury themselves in the sand the way clams do. You can either visually search with polarized sunglasses or a glass bottomed bucket, or use a rake to just scratch the surface of the seafloor. You will most likely need waders for this as they tend to be in deeper water then other shellfish. A oyster gauge, like a clam gauge, should always be with you. These are set to the states measurement requirements and can be purchased at a number of sporting goods stores.

The following is a list of the various town’s on the Cape and their Shellfish Departments. Please contact them for further information concerning regulations and how to purchase a license. ORLEANS: 139 Main Street, (lower level), Orleans, MA (508) 240-3755

MASHPEE: 16 Great Neck Road North, Mashpee, MA (508) 539-1439

BARNSTABLE: 1189 Phinney’s Lane, Centerville, MA (508) 790-6272

PROVINCETOWN: 260 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA (508) 246-5756

BOURNE: 24 Perry Ave., Room 102, Buzzards Bay, MA (508) 759-0600 Ext. 1504

SANDWICH: 145 Main Street, Sandwich, MA (508) 790-6272

CHATHAM: 283 George Ryder Rd., Chatham, MA (508) 945-5184

TRURO: 24 Town Hall Road, Truro, MA (508) 349-7004

DENNIS: 685 Rte. 134, Dennis, MA (508) 760-6123

WELLFLEET: 39 Kendrick Avenue, Wellfleet, MA (508) 349-0325

EASTHAM: 555 Old Orchard Road, Eastham, MA (508) 240-5972

YARMOUTH: 1146 Route 28, South Yarmouth, MA (508) 398-2231

HARWICH: 715 Main Street, Harwich, MA (508) 430-7532

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The R.A. Ribb Rake Company is a Family Affair BY DAV I D A. BA I L E Y s

a washashore of nearly 20 years now, I have come to enjoy just about everything about the Cape Cod outdoors, and I have to say there is no activity more family friendly than clamming. Nothing beats rolling up your pant legs and digging around the flats for fresh tasty clams. Seeing your kids’ faces as they enjoy a meal of steamed shellfish they helped harvest and put on the table is priceless. With a few simple tools and a license from your town shellfish constable, anyone can hit the beds and start scratching up dinner. One of the lessons my father taught me, and I later learned for myself as a chef, was to always use the right tool for the job. When it comes to clamming, most of the tools are not that crucial. You can get a basket and a nice float ring or you can just use a five-gallon bucket or empty onion sack. You can invest in nice waders or you can just go in shorts and bare feet. That’s what makes this activity so fun and easy for everyone to enjoy. That being said, if your really want to be a successful clammer, there is one tool that you want to make sure you don’t skimp on—the rake. There are many rakes out there, decent rakes from a few small companies up and down the East Coast to cheap foreign knockoffs. But the gold standard of rake is the one produced by a small family-run shop in East Harwich called the R.A. Ribb Company. Ribb Rakes have been the first choice for professional shellfishermen on Cape Cod for nearly 40 years, and they are still being produced one rake at a time, by hand, in a quaint little shop tucked away off Route 137 in East Harwich. The shop is run by Maggie Ribb, whose husband, Ron, started it back in 1978. Since her husband’s passing in 1996, Maggie has kept the shop going with the help of her two daughters, Greta and Kersti, and a few very talented helpers. She has seen to it that the same high standards of quality Ron set all those years ago are still reflected in every rake that bears the Ribb brand. Rob Ribb started making rakes in his little blacksmith shop nearly four decades ago, welding the steel wires together and hand-bending them around an old press that looks a bit like an

Sparks Flying – Longtime employee Grant Grenier welds a custom basket.

iron hitching post. The old rig still sits in the shop as a reminder of their beginnings. He had developed quite a good reputation among commercial fishermen when, in 1983, Ron heard of a manufacturer in Port Jefferson, Long Island, going out of business and selling their equipment, most of it dating back to the 1920s and ‘30s. With the purchase of the used hydraulic presses, punches and benders, Ron was able to take his shop to the next level. With the invention of his own jigs and the new presses, Ron developed the variety of rakes still being made in the shop today. Ribb Rakes, already a favorite among commercial fishermen was now able to make all kinds of rakes. One of his ideas was to make smaller rakes for the recreational clammer. These new presses and benders allowed him to expand the line with a variety of styles and sizes. After Ron’s passing, Maggie and her daughters, only 15 and 13 at the time, made the hard decision to keep the business going. It wasn’t easy, but one look in Maggie’s eyes as she talks about

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the business and you can see how much it means to her. Since taking the helm she oversees all aspects of the business from receiving the raw materials, to coordinating deliveries, and dealing with both commercial and recreational customers. “I take every account personally. If a customer has a problem or special request, I see that it gets taken care of,” Maggie says with pride.



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Even with daughters Greta and Kersti retuning home to the family business, Maggie couldn’t have succeeded without a little more help. Grant Grenier of Harwich started with Ron decades ago and stayed on, continuing to produce great quality rakes. “Grant makes some of the best rakes in the world.” Maggie boasts. As Maggie shows me around the shop, Grant, supervised by his lovable black lab, April, is busy welding a custom rake for a commercial clammer. “Many of the fishermen have their own designs that they come in with, and we are able to take their ideas and produce a rake that they are happy with,” Maggie says. “Many times, they will bring the same basket back to be repaired or have a new handle put back on so they can keep using it.” “You name it and we can build it,” Grant chimes in. Shortly after Maggie took over, unforeseen health issues almost closed the shop. “John Linnell, one of the original bullrakers, came in to tell me not to give up. He said that Cape Cod needed Ribb Rakes,” relates Maggie. Touched by the support of the shellfishermen, Ribb Rakes gives back to that community by supplying rakes for BARS (Barnstable Association for Recreational Shellfishing) and the Wampanoag Summer kids programs.

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In another corner of the shop I heard the pop of an arc welder. I was then introduced to Shaun Hennion, the newbie of the team, having been with Ribb for just a few years. He was tacking together the basket for a Turtleback rake, one of their most popular recreational

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rakes due to its small basket that makes it easy for anyone to use. With amazing precision, Shawn spun the basket around the brace, popping quick welds at all the joints and snipping off the ends. After a little filing, the rakes were ready for their handles, made from Maine northern ash. Using USA-made materials is very important to Ribb and always has been. When I asked why they didn’t make a stainless steel rake, Maggie replied, “Because we could not find the quality of steel we wanted that was produced in the US. End of story.” It goes beyond the lumber used for the handles. All of the steel is made in the States. The final touch is to put a little “Made in USA” sticker on the finished rakes. Maggie informed me that she “likes to know how the rakes are displayed so that we can make sure the sticker is right-side-up.” That’s how much attention is paid to even the smallest details.

Pictured are Maggie Ribb, Grant Grenier, Kersti Ribb, Maggie’s youngest of two daughters, Shaun Hennion and April, the shop mascot.

New Kid on the Block – Shaun Hennion tacking together a recreational rake.

After saying goodbye and thank you to Maggie and her “family,” and giving April a quick pat on the head, I stepped out the shop door and back into the age of smartphones, computers and robotic mass production, already feeling nostalgic for the simpler way of doing things. Ribb Rakes is not in any hurry to jump into the 21st century if it means sacrificing the quality standards that Ron Ribb set nearly 40 years ago. Ribb Rakes are available year round at the Goose Hummock. In addition to the ever-popular Turtleback Scratcher, there are the 7-, 9- and 11-tooth Recreational Rakes, the Widemouth Basket Rake, the Snappin’ Turtle, which boasts longer teeth, the Baby-Back, the Mini-Mini Bullrake, the Chatham Scratchers and a Sand Eel Rake. For custom commercial rakes, you can reach out to Ribb for more information at 508-430-5225 or visit


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Cape Cod, A Fishing


he Cape was formed as a result of glacier movement more than 20,000 years ago. Cape Cod itself is considered a peninsula, formed from the terminal moraine, meaning advance and retreat, of the Laurentian ice sheet. In 1909, the construction of the Cape Cod Canal began, leaving the small strip of land an island thus creating access to the water on all sides. The waters surrounding Cape Cod can be some of the most diverse and rich waters one may ever see, teaming with an abundance of life. As a result of the glacial activity, the Cape is peppered with kettle ponds. Most of these freshwater bodies are filled with Perch, Bluegill, Smallmouth & Largemouth Bass. Many are even stock seasonally with Rainbow and even Brook Trout. They provide a great opportunity for some family fun, a little kayak fishing or to finally try your hand with a fly rod. In the winter, they tend to freeze over and offer up some exciting ice fishing. Fishing the waters of the pristine, protected Cape Cod Bay produces primarily Striped Bass and Bluefish however the ground fishing has been

quite productive in recent years. Billingsgate Shoal, which was once home to the Nauset Indians but now lies fathoms below, provides a prime location to fish for Striped Bass with wire line and lead jigs. Schools of ferocious Bluefish can be found peppered thought the Bay. Scup, Sea Bass, Tautog, Flounder and other bottom fish can be found lingering close to submerged structures. Many honey holes are hidden by the phytoplankton rich waters that only the most seasoned local charter Captains are privy to. The Brewster Flats hold all sized Striped Bass and is a great area to sight cast! Live bait as well as flies or swimming baits such as the SP Minnow work well in this area. Cape Cod Canal sees ripping tides that lunker Striped bass love to hold up in, awaiting baitfish to be washed by in the current. Fishermen line the shores from early spring into late fall in hopes to bring home dinner. Buzzards Bay produced monster Fluke and Sea Bass this year. Fishing the Tire Reef as well as Bishops and Clerks were a fishermen’s favorite. Be sure and read Jack Houghton’s piece on jigging for Sea Bass. False Albacore and Bonitas made a great show on the south shore as well! The white sandy beaches off Chatham, Orleans, all the way up to Provincetown have seen an increase in seals in the last few years. They flip and flounder putting on quite the show for beach going folks. If you are up for the excitement of dodging these critters, try your hand with some chunk bait or live bait at a chance to

land a keeper. If you see bluefish, turn to the hard baits in your tackle box and cast to the middle of busting schools. Pound for pound, Bluefish offer one of the best fights there are! The rip fishing as well as the vertical jigging off of Chatham has exploded in the last three or four years! The technique needed to fish these areas is like no other, however once you learn it, you will be hooking up left and right! The A17 with the chartreuse tails and the sandeel, or herring colored Daddy Mac’s were the go to jig of choice to the East, during the late season bite, live eels drifted through the rips at Handkerchief Shoal was particularly effective. The tuna grounds off of Provincetown, Chatham and Orleans have been productive early spring and late fall for a number of years. Fish from football size up to giant commercial keepers have been taken with a great showing off Stellwagen. The Whale activity out East was outstanding as well. If you are knowledgeable and lucky enough to have your own boat (or even better, a friend with a boat) be sure to check for an up-to-date fishing report as well as the ability to purchase gear on-line and shipped right to your house through out e-commerce site Come in to the shop to speak to one of Team Goose Pro Staff for hints and tips on what is currently hot. We are stocked with bait, tackle, knowledge, and good stories! .



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LOOKING FOR LARRY What to Use to Catch Largemouth Bass B Y D A N I E L P. J O N E S nother crazy summer on Cape Cod is upon us. Spring was typical for the Cape—cold, windy and wet. With each day warming more and more, the Cape’s freshwater ponds are also gradually warming, which will get largemouth bass, or Larrys, moving into shallower water, preparing to spawn. This can be an awesome time to fish. Herring will also start showing up in the runs and move into freshwater to spawn. Bass will gorge on these nutrient-rich androgynous fish. Weeds and lily pads will start to grow and provide plenty of cover for spawning and ambushing bait fish, frogs, snakes and all types of insects. Fishing for largemouth can be extremely productive during early morning and evening, just before dusk. When fishing for Larry, I will sometimes cast the shorelines either wading or from my jonboat. The boat gives me more of an advantage by allowing me, first, to cover more area and, second, the electric motor provides stealth. Bass can

sometimes be in only a few inches of water just waiting for a tasty snack to come by. Typically, I will fish with a 6 ½ to 7 foot spinning rod with a reel in the 3000 to 4000 size loaded with 15 to 20 lb. braided line. The braided line fishes well in heavy cover because of the thin diameter; it can cut through vegetation to pull fish out of the weeds. Also, I will attach an 18 to 24 inch fluorocarbon leader. The fluorocarbon is not only transparent but also abrasion-resistant, which will help toothy pickerel from cutting your line. For tackle, I mainly use rubber baits such as the Gary Yamamoto’s Yamasenko or Goose Hummock brand soft plastics. These are easy baits to use and can be rigged a multitude of ways. They can be rigged Carolina or wacky style. Gamakatsu makes finesse wide gape hooks in regular, weedless and offset hook for Carolina style. The Goose has plenty of these in stock. Also, if targeting really large bass, I prefer to cast big swim baits, either in a herring or bluegill style. Savage Gear, Jackall, and Gantia lures are some of the brands to look for. Largemouth bass are opportunistic fish and will feed on almost anything that swims their way. If fishing with children and the size of the fish does not matter, using live bait can yield big results. You can use shiners or night-crawlers, either on the bottom or suspended under a bobber. Having a bobber makes it easy for the kids to see the strike as well. Largemouth must be at least 12 inches long to possess with a daily bag limit of 5. They are not the best table fair, so I do encourage catch and release. So while you’re wondering what to do this summer after work, or a day at the beach, head out to one of the hundreds of freshwater ponds and catch some bass! Largemouth bass can be very aggressive and just a blast to catch.

Making Friends With Larry – Danny Jones shows off an example of the largemouth bass the freshwater ponds on the Cape hold. (Capt. Richard Haight Photo)

Do the Worm – The Gary Yamamoto Yamasenko lures come in a variety of colors to attract Larry.



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Fig. 1 – A few of the shoals off Momonoy Island that produce rips.


enerally, a rip edge forms when the tide, running over a shallow flat, hits deeper water and forms an edge. Fish hold on the deep side of the rip edge, waiting to feed on bait coming down tide, across the flat. Many rips, such as Handkerchief, Point, Bearse and Stone Horse, can be found just a short ride from the southern tip of Monomoy Island. (Fig. 1) The Rip – With Monomoy Island in the background, happy anglers work the edge of the rip.

As the bait hits the edge, fish come up to the edge and feed. Boat placement plays a large role in deciding what type of fishing gear to use (light tackle, jigs, plugs, soft baits, etc.) Here are a few ideas: Begin by placing the boat 30 to 100 feet up current, ahead of the rip, and holding. Fig. 2 – How to fish the rips with jigs and plugs.

All Smiles - With the abundance of fish attracted to the rips, customers of Monomoy Fishing Charters always leave happy.


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Plugging: Casting parallel to the edge, 5 to 10 feet in front, and working the plug along the edge, till it sweeps behind the boat. Retrieve and re-cast. (Fig. 2)

Fig. 3 – How to fish the rips with flies and live bait.

Jig Heads, Soft Baits and Hardware: With the boat up current 30 to 100 feet, holding, stemming the tide, cast perpendicular to the boat, opening bale and letting it sink till jig head hits rip edge. Begin jigging and retrieving, back to the boat. (Fig. 2) Fly Fishing: Pulling the boat up current, 50 to 100 feet, stemming the tide, make your cast perpendicular to the boat, mending the flyline helping the line to sink, pull the boat out of gear, drifting back, letting the line sink, begin retrieving just ahead of the rip edge and be ready for the strike as you retrieve. (Fig. 3) Live Bait: Pulling the boat 30-100 feet up current, drop the bait or short cast perpendicular to the boat, opening bale till you get a sense of bait on the bottom, pulling the boat out of gear, and drifting back through the rip edge, for best results. (Fig. 3) Of course, if the fish are on the surface, have at ‘em! Sight casting, drifting and retrieving work well. Tight Lines!.

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SAND EEL It Can Be the Key to Your Catch


Head First – Seeing eye to eye with the Bill Hurley Green Sand Eel Rat Tail with a 4 oz. jig head.

ccording to the National Marine Sanctuaries, sand eels, also known as sand lance, are a favorite food for stripers and bluefin tuna. Sand eels average 3-7 inches in length, their diet consists of zooplankton, and they burrow into the sand at night. As fishing season approaches, the angler has many options to imitate sand eels. Things to take into consideration: the size of the sand eels in your area, the species of fish you are targeting, and the water depth you are fishing in. At Goose Hummock there are numerous lures that imitate sand eels. With the arrival of spring stripers, the gold standard in years past has been the 6” Arkansas Shiner Sluggo rigged on a half-ounce ball jig, which is still sold in the store. The evolution of soft plastics on jig heads has transitioned to more lifelike lures. One lure that mimics scent, appearance and motion is the Cape Cod Sand Eel Lure 7” and 7.5” rigged on a 3xxx owner jig head. Another line of lures is the Needlefish

The Cape Way – Bill’s Cape Cod Sand Eels come in many sizes like these 4 oz. heads with the 9 inch tail and the Cape Cod Sand Eel 8 Pack which comes with a 3/4 oz. jig head and eight 7-inch rat tails.

Bill’s Wall – Soft baits now come in a wide variety of sizes and colors.

wooden lure, which can sustain many strikes from bluefish, made by numerous manufacturers to mimic the sand eel. In the fall, with the arrival of bluefin tuna, the need to match the hatch of the sand eel can be accomplished by using RonZ lures rigged on a 4xxxx jig head, and 9” Cape Cod sand eel rat tail with a 4xxxx jig head. The good fisherman will have a ready supply of fresh sand eels, if available, which can be purchased at Goose Hummock Shop and to be fished on a high low rig with a sinker depending on water depth and current. Warming water can affect zooplankton bloom, according to NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and may have an adverse effect on the feeding cycles of sand eels. Without food, the sand eels will go hungry, having an effect that will ripple up the food chain. The National Marine Sanctuaries is studying the sand eel and the effects of warming water to work on understanding and protecting our ecosystems.

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SLOW PITCH JIGGING What to use to get the most out of this exciting method of fishing B Y A N T H O N Y D I L L O N , H A N TA R O D S & L U R E S his modern and innovative jigging technique was developed by Norihiro Sato in Japan. Recognizing that speed jigging techniques worked effectively at certain times but not at others, he set about developing and refining a new technique. Based on the principle that predatory fish are always looking for injured or easy prey, his method closely mimicks this action. The actions of crippled fish entice reaction strikes, which this method replicates. Widely used in Japan for several years, it is now spreading globally due to its effectiveness. Slow pitch jigging is not slow reeling. It is a continuous sequence of stops and goes with each pitch of the rod. It’s basically one pitch per second. That tempo is very slow compared to the conventional style of speed jigging. With this method the rod bends upwards after a partial turn of the reel handle, full turn, ½ turn or a ¼ turn, which

Norihiro Sato, the creator of slow pitch jigging

imparts the action to the jig. After the pitch of the rod, it springs back up, releasing due to the whip action and the jig is tossed to the side. The center-balanced jig slides to the side and moves in the horizontal position. It is when the jig is on its side that the reaction strike is triggered. By lifting the rod and reeling a partial turn and then dropping the rod, the jig free falls with its own built-in action eliciting the strike as it drops. Various actions of the rod work well and it helps to experiment with rhythm and timing of the pitch until the angler has dialed in on what works for that particular day and conditions. This method has achieved tremendous results with all kinds of fish. With speed jigging, the bottom dwellers are seldom caught, but with slow pitch they are the main target and readily attack the jig. All the pelagics, including tuna, wahoo, kingfish, amberjacks, yellowtail and stripped bass,


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A Great Jigging Rod: The Hanta TAI 54S Blank

readily take a slow pitch jig, often as it is worked up through the water column or on the drop. The one essential part of this technique is the vertical alignment with your jig. A fast current or a fast drift will impact the effectiveness of this technique.

REELS Conventional reels are best for slow pitch Jigging as they provide more information to the angler whilst fishing. A conventional reel has the axis of the rotation perpendicular to the line, linking the angler more directly with the line. You can feel the layers of currents, a fish chasing your jig, your split-ring clicking, and you can tell if it’s sand or rock when the jig touches the bottom. You can’t feel these things with spinning reels. Gathering information is at the heart of slow pitch Jigging.

RODS Slow pitch rods have very specific actions. They are thin in diameter, highly resilient blanks. Their guides and reel seats are designed for maximum sensitivity. They have a slow, tapered parabolic action that easily bends deep through the whole length whilst jerking and reeling. Then when you hold it up it springs back slowly and strongly, accelerating and releasing the jig to swim on its side. These rods are designed so that even when you give a small pitch like 1/2, 1/4 or 1/8 turn, only 8” to 14” in length, the rod responds to spring up nicely, slow and long. The rod picks up a lot of information from the line and delivers it to your hands. It also means that your little actions and different tones do change the behaviors of the jig. Slow pitch is a game of listening. In hi-speed jigging you do a lot of talking, meaning that you are influencing the jig movements most of the time. In slow pitch jigging, you talk just a little. You only pitch the jig. And then while you let it swim and fall on its own, you do all the listening. We don’t worry about the rod strength to fight with a big fish. It’s not our rod’s job. The rod’s job is to dance the jig, invite fish bites and hook them. As soon as you hook a fish, that’s when your rod finishes its job. Now it’s your reel’s job, with its power and the tight, smooth drag, to bring the fish home. We don’t pump the rod. Just keep your rod straight down and reel in steady and calm. Like Sato Sensei says, “Don’t p%&s off the fish.”

LINE Braided line is essential for slow pitch jigging. Nylon monofilament is no use as it is too thick in diameter and stretches too much. The line is so important in delivering the angler’s subtle actions to the jig, and also to deliver all the information back to the angler. The characteristics are very strong to the weight. This reduces diameter, reducing current influence. In addition, by not stretching you have direct control of what’s on the other end. 40# to 60# is the standard range as the thicker the line the greater the water resistance, thus reducing feedback to the angler. This creates a dilemma, either the finesse for picking up more bites, or the strength for catching big fish. The feedback is critical to this method of angling, and thinner lines are the preference for precise feedback to the angler.

LEADER It’s common to have 5 to 8 yards of leader of Fluorocarbon. The lead-

er is knotted to a solid ring, which is connected to a split ring that holds the jig and another solid ring with assist hooks. We don’t use swivels. They create unnecessary water resistance. Like Sato Sensei says, “The less metal parts in your system, the more contacts you get. The leader is there to prevent the braid from touching the bottom edges, to keep strong knot to the ring, and to absorb shocks from the fish fight by stretching.

JIGS There are a growing number of specialized jigs for slow pitch jigging on the market. They come in all shapes and colors but one thing they have in common is that they are center-balanced. The key factor of slow pitch jigging is to get the jig in horizontal position. Usually a leafy shape and non-symmetrical, one side is flat and one side is fat and shaped. Very popular is luminous paint in a zebra pattern. This mimics many types of juvenile fish, hence its effectiveness. Thanks to Totos from Japanese Anglers Secrets for his guidance and interpretation of these techniques and equipment.



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The Best of Both Worlds Cape Cod Striper and Tuna Fishing B Y C A P TA I N B O B B Y R I C E , REEL DEAL FISHING CHARTERS

ruising slowly through the fog off the tip of Cape Cod in June, instinct tells me to stop and listen, which wisely confirms close by top water splashes! One dense patch away looms striped bass busting in a blitz like we dream about as our plugs anxiously fly into the bent rod zone soon followed by strike after strike and a chorus of peeling drags. Another early morning begins in the best way possible! Light tackle striped bass fishing in Cape Cod waters yields high excitement and activity whether you are fortunate enough to experience one of the legendary whitewater surface shows off Race Point in June or if your catch comes from the depths on a hot summer day vertically jigging. Either way, an excellent battle awaits! When the striped bass show at the surface, which is more likely in the earlier morning hours during late spring into the first month of summer, the Gibbs pencil poppers or needlefish in olive, yellow or purple/black, depending on the surrounding baitfish, provide exceptional options for luring in a big fish. This tackle paired with a Van Staal VM or VSB150 on a medium action rod offers great fight. Hanta rods, in particular, market a notable hybrid model for this type of action, which I look forward to using this season. As the temperatures rise and the fish dive to the deeper cooler waters, the time arrives for switching gear over to vertical jigging. The same rod and reel combinations stay close at hand but now rigged with Daddy Mac jigs favoring the Elite series or Ronz lures in silver, black or green, choosing a weight based on the current and depth. The weeks of memorable striped bass fishing euphorically unfold while summer brightly progresses, with the Reel Deal fleet staying in close communication. The striped bass will travel, therefore, having multiple boats and eyes on various areas keeps us dialed

Doubled Up - When things go off, they can happen fast. Capt. Bobby is pictured grabbing two rods at once as fish hit both.

in for highly increasing success ratios. Life is good, lines are tight and then ‌ bluefin tuna season begins! The calendar flips to August and the itch grows. Tuna fishing shimmers in the back of my mind pretty much all year, but it currently dominates my thoughts as the peak of the season comes into view. I love striped bass fishing, but fighting a bluefin tuna on spinning gear holds a favored status for sure and, amazingly, Cape Cod provides epic activity for both fisheries. This clever and elusive apex predator demands a higher level of preparedness and agility (and strength!) from the enthusiastic angler, but the reward of landing one of these renowned fish is well worth the extra effort. Maximize your odds of hooking a tuna by being ready for live bait fishing, as well as vertically jigging and casting. The prevailing fish behavior and bait presence guide your decision on gear and technique choice. Mackerel often exists as an optimal live bait option should you choose to set up a drift factoring in any marks on the sonar or previous days’ activity when determining depth of deployment. Once the baits are out, the opportunity to simultaneously jig with Ronzs or metals arises, augmenting the chances of a favorable outcome. The Van Staal VSB reels stay on the scene although now at the 250 model generally coupled with a VS 325-gram rod. Should the whitewater blitz erupt yet again, but this time with much larger fins and tails, may the casting fun commence! Typically leaning towards a longer rod with various size and pattern lures from Siren or Strategic Angler. If the fish continuously appear finicky or spooked, try the smaller lures to better mimic the bait for which they are targeting. And when that glorious moment transpires of being hooked into a tuna, brace yourself for a potentially long yet magnificent battle

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that likely relays through multiple anglers. Remember to hand over the rod when a break is needed to keep fresh arms on what undoubtedly is a very strong fish. Days like this make dreams of a lifetime, so enjoy every moment! Bestowing such extraordinary conditions for multiple species, Cape Cod truly earns its reputation as the ideal fisherman’s paradise. I give immense thanks for every day that I spend on these waters and appreciably look forward to sharing this remarkable experience with all!


Top Water Action - There is nothing like seeing a big fish break the surface.



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go o s e .co m A Full Creel - Nothing like spring fishing the kettle ponds of Cape Cod.

Fishing for Trout on Cape Cod B Y C A P TA I N D AV E S T E E V E S he best-kept secret on Cape Cod is its freshwater trout fishery. It has been overshadowed by saltwater for years, and now it’s time to give it the credit it deserves. There are over 360 ponds on Cape Cod—each unique. These “kettle ponds” were carved and deposited by glaciers thousands of years ago. Many of the ponds are deep, keeping the water cold and creating the perfect habitat for rainbow, brown, brook and tiger trout year round. In spring and fall, the state stocks ponds with all sizes of trout from a local hatchery in Sandwich. The Cape’s ponds offer great opportunities for both novice and expert fly fishermen. The fishing action can be challenging at times but rewarding, with very little fishing pressure. Spring is the time to experience trout fishing on Cape Cod, before the stripers and blues steal their thunder! Spring marks the beginning of trout fishing season. The state likes to have all the ponds stocked by the end of March. Spring also brings a dramatic shift in the water layers. Cold water sinks down from the surface and warm water rises to the top. Trout activity during this time is centered along the shoreline and in shallow shoals. Insect activity starts to increase as the air temperature gets warmer and the days get longer. The trout cruise on or near the surface to feed.

weight. A six weight is ideal for casting weighted woolly buggers into the wind, yet still capable of delivering a tiny midge pattern delicately to a finicky trout. This versatility alone makes this rod the right choice. A good composite or machined reel with a disc drag balanced to the rod is all you need. Basically, the reel stores the line and backing. There’s no need to spend a fortune on the reel unless you have the money to spend. But it’s important to have a smooth drag just in case you hook into one of the huge brood stocked fish. You never want to be under gunned. The fly line is the most critical choice of tackle for this type of fishing. You’ll need at least two or more types of lines to target the trout in both shallow and deep water. The fly line is your only means of getting the fly to where the trout live and feed. You’ll need a floating and sinking line.

For most fly fishermen, the challenge Match the Hatch - The adult midge fly. When you get to a pond, always spend a of casting to a rising trout in stillwater few minutes observing the water before is as good as it gets. There’s nothing you start fishing. You will want to identify more rewarding than to cast to a rising structure and keep an eye open for any surface activity. Try to trout and watch it slowly rise to the surface with an open mouth. establish where the fish will hold and where they will feed. In these situations you need a good weight forward floating line. Structure is very important as it offers protection for the fish and Floating lines are most often used for fishing dries, emergers and habitat for the bait. Rock formations, inlets, shallow flats and bays streamers in early spring when the fish are feeding close to shore are the most common forms of structure in a stillwater pond. It’s or near the water’s surface. in these areas that you want to start targeting the trout. You’ll not always find trout feeding on the surface. In fact, most Early in the season, you won’t see much evidence of aquatic of the time the trout will be feeding sub surface. That’s why insects. Therefore, you don’t have to imitate a lot of small stuff. it’s important to have a sinking line. In the spring, try using an Buggers, streamers and leaches are really the best fly patterns intermediate sinking line. These lines sink approximately 1-2 to use. For the most part, you should be able to get by with them inches per second. They’re ideal for targeting trout feeding on all day. As the temperature starts to warm up, you’ll have to focus nymphs and emergers before they reach the surface. As the water more of your attention on the emergence of the rich chironomid temps warm up, the trout head to deeper water. Try using a type (midge) population. This, the Cape’s most prominent hatch, 5 fast sinking line (4-5 inches per second) to reach them. Fishing is one of the trout’s preferred food source all season. Imitating a sinking line requires a lot of blind casting and retrieving. This these tiny insects that look similar to mosquitos can be very method can be very effective. However, you need to stay focused challenging and frustrating. It will give any discerning fly and tuned in to every retrieve. Cover as much of the water column fisherman a run for their money. Tip: Try using a 10-12 foot 7x as you can while trying to locate the fish. Experiment with the tapered leader in these situations. retrieve until you find the right combination of depth and speed. Tip: Try using a shorter 7.5 foot leader to keep the fly at the right The time to use specific types of flies, such as buggers, terrestrials depth and in strike zone longer. and dries, is always relative to the conditions and time of the year. Remember to match the hatch. Don’t be too set in your ways. You can approach pond fishing from shore or by boat. A good Experiment and be observant at all times. pair of waders, polarized glasses and a few tools are all you need. Take time to get out in the early spring and experience the joy of To fish these waters you need the right equipment. The fly fishing for trout on Cape Cod. You won’t be sorry! recommended fly rod for stillwater fishing is a nine foot six


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Trashy Thought In the Money Again – The crew takes first place in the Nantucket Big Game Battle.

B Y C A P T. E R I C S T E W A R T, T E A M G O O S E

have always loved competition. When I was kid in school I played baseball and golf and I always enjoyed the big games and tournaments. The added pressure that these tournaments bring can be very exciting. In the big game fishing world every bite is exciting but when that bite could be worth a year’s salary or six figures or even more, that can really get the juices flowing! The thrill of victory is very sweet but the agony of defeat can be awful. I have had some success in the Offshore Big Game Tournament scene, but I have also watched $50,000 break off and swim away. It’s not for everyone, but with the right crew and the right attitude you can really have some fun. The offshore tournament scene in the Northeast starts in June and can run through September\October. A few of these are invitational only, with most of them open to anyone who wishes to step up and pay the entrance fees. The invitational format is used to keep a set number of boats and keep a control on the total number of participants. Many of these tournaments are limited by slips in the host marinas, and some of them just want to keep it to a manageable number of boats. Also with this format, if you don’t behave you won’t get invited back next year. Once you have selected a tournament and signed up, you should immediately arrange for your dockage. One of the limits in offshore tournaments is the available dockage. Most tournaments require that you leave

from the same port, with a few exceptions. This is done to keep everyone on the same level playing field. Usually the entrance fees will be your smallest expense as fuel, bait, ice, dockage, food and the Calcuttas can far exceed that cost by three times or more. Do not kid yourself; offshore tournaments are not a cheap endeavor. And once you sign up you are committed and have to fish no matter what kind of weather comes your way. FORMATS There are several formats to offshore tournaments. One of the keys to being successful is understanding the different strategies that each format presents. Developing a plan that will give you the best percentage to put you in the money is key. Many tournaments combine these formats and give you and your team multiple ways to win or place in a category. But remember, the fish gods play the biggest role in determining who will be the winner. Some days the best prepared crews with the most perfect baits fishing the best waters will still not get the bite. And sometimes you are just in the right place at the right time and that winning fish comes up and puts you in the money. Remember, anyone can get the lucky bite but you’ve still got to put him in the boat!! That is what separates the winners from the losers. At the end of the day, it is still just fishing.


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MULTI SPECIES POINTS AND HEAVIEST FISH A combination of the first two formats, this format awards points per fish caught per species. This format, most commonly used in canyon fishing tournaments, gives you and your team the most chances at scoring in the money. Most of these types of tournaments will give you daily catch limits on most of the meat fish like tuna, wahoo, mahi, etc. and usually unlimited release points on billfish. These are high paced and require a lot of thought and planning to get into the leader circle. Most of these tournaments also award prizes for the biggest individual species and they are weighed in at the dock. I love fishing these, as you can really get into the strategy and planning. Sometimes you and your team will target a certain species and try and focus your efforts on winning that specific division. VIDEOTAPING\PHOTOGRAPHING Nowadays, most tournaments require that you videotape the landing and release of the fish in order to count the points. The golden rule is to make sure you have a time and date stamp. All ties in most tournaments are decided by time. First-landed wins the tie breaker. Cell phones work very well but you must make sure you have enough memory left to record and save your videos. I would not use Go-Pros as they can be hard to review and they are not time-stamped. If you use them, take screen shots of your GPS screen showing time and date. Make sure you can clearly identify the species. Identifying the species in the video is one of the most important things you do while filming.

Capt. Eric, right, holds the trophy as the rest of the crew of Trashy Thoughts, Shawn Delude’s vessel, (pictured next to Eric) with a big payday for the 2015 Hyannis TunaFest.

BIG FISH TOURNAMENTS This type of fishing tournament awards the points to the biggest fish caught and landed. Usually these fish are killed and weighed in on a tournament-certified scale. Most of the time these types of tournaments target one specific species of fish. In recent years there has been some movement toward measuring the fish alive and videotaping the catch, measure and release. But this is not a perfect system and when fish are close in length the video can be open to interpretation from the judges. This format is my least favorite as the “lucky” bite factor can be very high. Just one big fish can win it all. TOTAL NUMBER OF FISH This format awards points based on each fish caught and released. This is how most sailfish tournaments are run. Many of these have you call in your hook-ups and releases to a tournament boat. This format rewards the boat that catches the most fish throughout the tournament. This can be used for one specific species or spread to other fish. I like this format a lot, as the winning boat clearly had the best performance by catching the most fish instead of just landing one fish. In my opinion, the skill in this format is a step above at this level and is a better way to measure a team’s true abilities and performance.

RULES Many tournaments comply with IGFA rules. You must spend the time to learn them in advance. Most tournaments will have exceptions or will have their own set of rules. The fewer rules, the better. Some of the biggest disputes focus on the rod in and out of the rod holders and the first person who touches the rod. IGFA rules state that the angler has to move the rod from the rod holder and either get into the chair or stand up harness-unassisted. No one can touch the rod in any way. The other area of the rules that becomes problematic is boundaries, start and finish times, and fishing licenses and permits. Make sure you stay on top of the details of the rules. Any of the big money tournaments will require the captains to take a polygraph test. And you don’t want to be “that guy” who fails the test. CALCUTTAS OR ADDED ENTRY DIVISIONS Calcuttas is a series of side bets or what is now being commonly referred to as Added Entry Divisions. This is where the big money is won in tournaments. “You have to be in it, to win it!” has become one of my favorite sayings. It has always confused me that you would enter a tournament and not get in the Calcuttas at least on some level. I have watched some good friends enter these events for the first time with the plan to gain some experience and enjoy themselves, and then having some great luck and not getting the payday. I always encourage you to get in on the side bets on some level. This is where you have to pick and choose where you think your best bet will be that will give you the best odds of placing in the money. It can get difficult, and this is where you have to have developed a clear strategy for the event. Oftentimes the biggest payouts go to the teams who might not have actually won the tournament but rather played the most money. If the added entry levels are $250, $500, $1000 and $2500, the odds get better and you compete against fewer boats in the higher brackets. Most boats will get in the $250, but only a small percentage will get in the top two levels. At the end of the day, you can only play what you can


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This is where you can lose a big fish and watch your dreams swim away. Anglers need to be prepared for a lengthy battle and when that rod goes off they need to be ready and willing for the task. Most tournaments do not allow the switching of anglers in the middle of a fight. Teamwork is the key to success. You need to have a team filled with positive energy and attitudes. Everyone needs to have confidence in the decisions and tactics. The captain is ultimately the one who has to drive over the fish, and positive people in the cockpit will help him make better decisions. There is nothing worse than having negative comments coming from the team when you are trying your best at the helm. Many teams share the helm time so everyone gets a turn in the barrel. Dissension from the ranks will kill your chances quicker than bad crimping.

To Tell the Truth – Capt. Eric taking a polygraph to verify his entries. These guys mean business.

afford to lose. In the multiple species tournaments it’s important to come up with a clear plan and get into the divisions that match up to your style of fishing. If your style of fishing is more on the tuna side than on the billfish side then don’t get in the billfish division. Many teams make the mistake of throwing money in there ”just in case” they get lucky to catch some billfish. Trust me, in a multiple species tourney there will be plenty of billfisherman in that division targeting those fish. STRATEGIES You have to figure out the best way to maximize your chances given the format and the potential fishing availability. Pre-fishing or having good solid intel and fishing reports is the first step to planning your tournament. I do not like to pre-fish the day before a tournament. I believe that those fish that you catch will not bite the next day. I like to pre-fish several days of the week before the event, and I prefer to rest and prep the boat the day before the tourney starts. Multipleday offshore tournaments can be a grind and very physically demanding on both captain and crew. You need to be on your A game and rested. Be careful at the captain’s meeting and don’t let the crew get caught up with the “festive” atmosphere. There’s plenty of time for that at the awards ceremony. Weather can be a huge factor and you have to be ready to fish in conditions that you might not normally fish in. It really can affect were you want to fish, and sometimes you have to choose waters that you would not want to fish in because you can’t get to the waters you really want to fish. Most tournaments do not have a weather committee, so you are basically fishing at your own risk. I have seen where starting or ending times have been modified, and I have seen tournaments cancelled for hurricanes and big storms. This has always been one of the negative factors of tournament fishing; when you get tough weather you still have to go. This is the number one reason I hear from friends why they do not fish tournaments. I have found that you need to have a really good team with some clear leadership and determination to have success in fishing tournaments. Every crewmember has to have a role and assigned duties. Everyone needs to know who is doing what when that rod goes off. I will always put my most experienced crewmembers on the gaff and the leader.

The gear and tackle need to be in tip-top shape. I like to have everything fresh for tournaments, with fresh gear and new knots and crimps. I also like to have one person in charge of the rigging and prepping of the lures and rigs. Usually I’m the one to get the crimping and make the new trolling bait rigs. I like having one person in charge. That way, there is only one person to take the hit, not the whole team. There’s nothing worse than four guys blaming each other for a pulled crimp. If you know how to rig properly, this responsibility is not stressful. You will pull hooks, but losing a fish because something wasn’t rigged right really hurts and is unacceptable. In multiple-species tournaments you have to come up with a strategy to gain the most points to get you on the leader board. I always try to target the species that will give me the highest probability of catching while maximizing the most points. Many of these tourneys will give you a daily catch limit on the “meat” fish, like tuna, mahi and wahoo. I always try and catch those limits and then switch over to a more dedicated billfish spread. That’s because I am more of tuna fisherman. I know many of my fellow captains might disagree with this approach and many do the opposite. It does depend on the point system and amounts, but this approach has worked for me. I always try and “win” the tournament versus catching the biggest fish. Many times you can get yourself knocked out of a lead if you get tangled up with a huge fish and spend hours fighting it. I have watched this happen many times. Deciding whether to kill a fish or let it go can also be a big decision. Most tournaments will only allow you to kill one fish per day, depending on the format. When fishing in bluefin tuna tournaments it’s always so hard to make the call because the sizes can vary so much. I always try and play the probability, and if there have not been a lot of giants around then anything close to 200 lbs. can usually get you on the board. You also have restrictions based on your Federal Tuna Permit category. I have been very fortunate to have fished on several different boats that have placed and won several tournaments in the Northeast. I have fished with some awesome crews, anglers and captains and they all played a valuable role in our victories. It’s always a team win in a tournament. If you can get the right team together and go at it with a positive attitude, you too might have some success in the offshore tournament scene. The camaraderie and atmosphere of fishing tournaments both on the water and at the docks is always so exciting. Win, place or not, the experience and the stories and memories will last a lifetime. Good luck and tight lines. Remember, if I can’t win, then I hope it’s you!

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TAKING TO THE AIR Using Kites to Fish for Tuna B Y C A P T. B R E T T W I L S O N , H I N D S I G H T S P O R T F I S H I N G

sing a kite when fishing is nothing new, but in the last 10 years it has become very popular as a technique to catch Bluefin Tuna in the Northeast. Watching a mackerel or bluefish splashing on the surface under a kite is quite transfixing, second only to the epic explosion when a tuna hits the bait, often going completely airborne! It is important when using a kite to make sure that you have the appropriate one for the wind conditions. Too heavy and you won’t be able to keep it flying during light wind conditions; too light and you risk losing it in a stronger wind. When the wind is in the 8 to 15 knot bracket, I would suggest using an ultralight wind kite, and when the wind is between 15 and 22 knots, use a standard SFE kite. For winds of 22 knots and above, you want to use an SFE 40 kite. The kite line runs off a separate rod and reel on your boat. Some of the big boats use high speed electric reels to get kits in quickly, but most people will be fine with a level wind reel such as the Penn Squall 20 or 30 and a purpose built short kite rod, which are available at the Goose. You will want to load your kite reel with 50-80 lb. braided line for less resistance to help the kite fly higher. You can see from the pictures (fig. 1 & 2) you’ll have some options for clips. If you choose to use a stainless ring on

M2 Clip.

your main line, the M2 clip from R&R Tackle is a lightweight alternative for kite fishing. The lightweight design helps keep the kite line elevated in light wind conditions. Although you can use them in a heavier wind, it is the light wind that is optimal for the M2. The R2 clip is a nice solution for kite fishing with no ring. You can put as much as 20 pounds of pressure on this clip, so if there’s plenty of wind you can get a nice hook set through the kite line. The arm is also perpendicular to the travel of your fishing line, which is unlike most clips. You can use kites whether you’re anchored or on a draft. Just keep in mind which way the tide is going because when the tide changes you might find you have swung tight off the bow. If you’re going to use two kites, take a few split shots and clamp them to either the top left or the top right of your kite. The more weight you put on it, the more a kite is willing to fly to the side. This way you get two kites to fly out to each side of the boat. You will have to play with it a little until you get the kites tweaked to fly the way you want them to. You can fish multiple baits off of one kite but that can get tricky. For most of you starting out, you will only fish one bait off a kite. Nothing is more exciting than watching your bait struggle on the surface, sending out all the noise for attention. It is like ringing the dinner bell. Once you watch a tuna strike a kite bait you will be hooked for life. Gear up and put your time in to learn this new technique that will certainly help you put more fish in your boat..

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Fishing Options for a Small Boats on Cape Cod Bay B Y C A P T. P H I L H O W A R T H

ape Cod Bay is blessed with many options for safe fishing from a small (sub 18’) boat. Striped Bass, Bluefish, Sea Bass, Scup, Flounder and even giant Bluefin Tuna can be found within the bay at certain times of year.

Morning Light at Pamet - Many of the parking areas a the launch sites can fill up quickly. The earlier you can get on the water the better, tide permitting.

There are 5 launch points into Cape Cod Bay, these are:


Great access for fishing in the harbor, the fingers and around the entrance to the canal. Parking is restricted and it can get very crowded during the high season.


Fantastic launch point giving access to most of the bay, ample parking, new ramps and great facilities.


Beautiful location but with limited parking and access to bay is severely restricted at hours before and after low tide.

SP Minnows also work well. Look to move the boat along the edges of the flats and cast into the deeper holes.


The fingers is a patch of water due north of Barnstable Harbor, easily seen on the chart as it marks the drop off onto deeper water, it is only a short run from Barnstable and Sesuit. This location can be fished using several techniques. If you see the birds working and fish moving on the surface then throw unweighted soft plastics such as Sluggo and GotStryper, surface poppers from Gibbs, Guppy and Tsunami can lead to frantic crashing onto lures as stripers ‘tail slap’ baits to stun them before turning to strike again.


Great access to the Harbor, but can be very busy in the summer months, good ramp. Be careful as there are many very shallow parts of the harbor at low water.


Another scenic beauty on the Cape, if you are looking to fish around Race Point in Provincetown, this is the location. Get there early as the lot fills up quickly. To overlap the potential launch locations, let’s take a look at some of the fishing grounds that they serve best.


This is a great spring spot (May thru early July) for Stripers as they rest up from their journey through the Canal into the bay, they will be feasting on sand eels, mackerel and other bait fish washing out on the falling tides. Try catching mackerel at the one mile can outside the harbor, then live line them for explosive action as stripers chase them all round the boat. Lures such as RONZ and Daiwa

MAP - Cape Cod Harbors, Launch Sites and Fishing Ground.

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Sometimes the fish are deeper at this spot and you will be a need a vertical jig to get down to the fish, try Daddy Mac and Jetty Ghost jigs as well as the old favorite, the A series. If the fish are proving elusive try using lead core line with the ‘tube and worm’ technique to slowly troll around the area to tempt the finicky fish.


Situated between Barnstable and Sesuit and identified by the buoys dotted around its location, you will find a patch of rough ground which can produce some great action for Sea Bass. These extremely tasty and sporting fish are great fun to catch with the family, a simple rig consisting of a jig at the bottom and HiLo hooks further up baited with strips of squid is all you need. Bounce the jig on the bottom and wait for the fish to pounce on the squid.


Situated just NE of Sesuit, the flats are an iconic Cape Cod Bay fishing location, from May till mid July when the water heats up and the fish head to deeper water, the flats provide fantastic top water action and give you the ability to hunt for the

fish and ‘sight cast’ to them using unweighted soft plastics, surface hard plastics and wooden plugs. The flats are also an excellent place to cast a fly, with clousers and sand eel patterns being the flies of choice.


The shoal is good all summer long as a destination for boat anglers in the bay and is easily accessible from Sesuit, Rock Harbor and Wellfleet. Tube and worm, wire line jigging and trolling Hoochies and diving plugs are popular and productive techniques. Troll along the edges and on the drop offs of the shoal. At times the Bass and Bluefish will be smashing sand eels on the surface, moving quickly over the top of the shoal to provide bursts of activity before they run deeper to chase the next pod of sand eels to the surface to gorge again. In this instance, try and work out which way they are running then position your boat in front of them, cast RONZ, pencil poppers and even try casting a fly to them if you have a rod on board.


The path is located just north of Wellfleet, and provides some of the best fishing for monster Bluefish in the Bay. If you want to try and catch these toothy critters that fight like demons, use a heavy fluorocarbon leader (60#+) or wire to tie to your bait; they will cut through mono in an instant. While you can loose fish with Fluorocarbon, you still have the chance to catch Striped Bass which are line shy and do not often take a lure attached to wire. Trolling diving plugs such as Bombers, or Hoochies work well also. If you see a slick on the water or smell fish oil, that’s a great sign that Bluefish are feeding in the area, break out hard plastic and wooden plugs and test cast a few times, if the Bluefish are in the mood they will aggressively attack your lure. Finally handle Bluefish carefully, use a net or fish grip to help land your catch and use long nose pliers to remove hooks from their mouths!!



The race can provide some incredible fishing but please be very careful when fishing from a small boat, the rips around the point can be very strong and rise and fall considerably depending on the state of the tide. Live lining mackerel can be very productive, fresh bait can often be found tight to the beach near the Wood End lighthouse. Vertical jigging is also very popular.


So there you go, a whistle stop tour of some of the places to fish in Cape Cod Bay, it’s a great summer fishery. If you want more details come in and speak to the team at the stores in Orleans and Dennis, keep an eye on our Facebook and for our regular fishing report all summer long. Tight Lines!! Capt. Phil Always wear a USCG-Approved flotation device and read your owners manual. ©2017 Suzuki Motor of America, Inc.

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CLEAR SAILING? Bird’s Eye View - Looking at the Nauset Inlet from offshore. Town Cove, Phase 1 of the project, can be seen in the upper right portion of the picture. Spencer Kennard Photo

The Proposed Dredging of Nauset Estuary

auset Harbor is not what it used to be, and the Town of Orleans is taking steps to do something about it. In February of last year they received the feasibility assessment from the Woods Hole Group (WHG), a consulting group hired by the town, on the dredging of the Nauset Estuary. This article only scratches the surface of this lengthy report and those of you interested in the proposal can read the entirety of it by going to the link posted at the end of this article. Here are some of they key points addressed and what the Town of Orleans plans to do as a result of the report. A group of local commercial fishermen brought the issue up at a recent Orleans town meeting asking voters to commit money for a study on the health and existing condition of the estuary. From there the WHG study was commissioned. Eastham has supported the effort, but at the first joint meeting between the two towns, made it clear they could not at this time, contribute money to the project. Orleans Harbormaster Nate Sears said, “This was spearheaded by the commercial fishermen at the Orleans Town Meeting. If Eastham is going to participate in the funding for this, it will have to be the fishermen from that town to put legs under this and move it forward.” Orleans Selectman Jon Fuller went on to say “I don’t speak for the board, but I think we are ready to start the permitting process. I would recommend that anyone wanting this to go forward should write the town board and convey that.” Like any public works endeavor, there are pros and cons. The main objection to the dredging effort is the cost. Does the town need to spend the money? If we dredge it, will it simply fill back in within a year or two, requiring more dredging? Valid points, but as far as Sears is concerned, there is a need. Not only will the


dredging help the financial sustainability of commercial fishermen in the area, but it addresses the safety concerns of commercial and recreational boaters in the area. Sears went on to say, “for us, it is basically needed for the commercial fishing industry of Orleans to thrive, and it is a public safety issue. The last thing we ever want to get is a distress call from the inlet.” If you agree with these two points, then the time to proceed is now. The price tag for these types of undertakings never goes down. The proposed dredging (fig. 1) is broken down into two phases. Phase one dredges from the mouth of Town Cove to Hopkins Island, and will be the first to take place since it is outside the boundaries of the Cape Cod National Seashore, which should make the permitting process quicker and easier. When asked if he thought the permits would be in place by the end of 2018, Sears said he thought that time line was “a bit optimistic.” Selectman Fuller stated that “The permitting process could take a while with all of the players involved. Permits will be required from the Cape Cod National Seashore, the Commission of Marine Fisheries, the Army Corp of Engineers and the Department of Environmental Protection.” Phase two would start at the inlet, follow the channel down the back side of the barrier beach, turn toward the Hole-inthe-Wall, and then north to the opening of Town Cove. A southern branch would go from the Hole-in-the-Wall south to Pricilla Landing. This permitting process could take longer should the Cape Cod National Seashore choose to require a National Policy Act review.

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permitting process. In a nutshell, this project would first dismantle the buildings at the public beach, and replace them with portable structures, at which point the town proposes to build a new dune wall 25 feet high and running the length of the parking lot. The spoils from the dredging could be used to replenish, or “nourish” the dunes at Nauset and prevent us from having to purchase usable sand from off Cape if it is approved an “legal spoils’ by the DEP. The dredged material could also be used to nourish Skaket Beach, offsetting some of this yearly cost. There are several other upland and coastal reuse options which helps support the financial viability of the project. The WHG report has surmised that no endangered species would be effected by the project and there are no significant eel grass beds in the proposed dredging area. The area is home to many shellfish species indigenous to the area. Bay Scallops, Blue Mussels, Quahogs, Razor Clams, Little Necks and Soft-Shelled clams can all be found in the Nauset Estuary. Both Eastham and Orleans shellfish constables have stated that none of the local shellfish beds would be affected due to the fact that established beds are well outside the areas of concern.

The proposed dredging phases and related boundary lines.

The reason for the proposed dredging is that the health of the estuary has been degraded over the years as too much sand has been deposited through the inlet and from storm wash overs. For the past 75 years the inlet has migrated from the base of Nauset Heights to where it is now, a little over 2 miles. The elongation of the channel has given the sand carried in and out by the tides more time to precipitate out in the form of shoals. The more shoals that are created the more the currents slow, reducing their hydraulic efficiency, dumping more sediment and creating more shoals. The result has made the inlet virtually unnavigable most of the time. The dredging would make the channel safer and easier for boaters to navigate, and help improve the health of the estuary. The dredged material, or “spoils,” could then be used for a variety of projects in town to help offset the costs of the project. The retreat of the Nauset Beach barrier dune is also undergoing the

Phase two of the project, the main channel and the southern branch, may be a few years down the road. There is concern with this portion of the project being short lived with the possibility of the channel filling back in quickly due to the same reasons the problem is being created now. Jon Fuller added “If we get a new break, we will have to start some of the permitting process over again. Hopefully the DEP report will be out by then and cover the new break, and save some time. As far as the dredged are filling back in, we just don’t know if that is going to happen or not.” If it does proceed as planned, the higher concentration of sand in the spoils as opposed to silt and clay, makes it more desirable for Nauset Beach replenishment. It is not going to happen overnight, but a healthier, safer Nauset Estuary is in our future.

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B Y T H E G O O S E H U M M O C K S TA F F The sport of shooting is quickly growing in popularity as not only an individual activity but one for the whole family as well. Whether it’s hand guns, long guns or archery, shooting instills discipline, builds confidence, and challenges each person at their individual level while allowing competition and camaraderie. Goose Hummock offers instruction at all levels for both firearms and archery. Not yet licensed in Massachusetts to own a firearm? No problem! The Goose offers a firearms safety class where you will earn the MA State Police Certificate needed to apply for your firearms permit. Once you obtain a permit, come visit Goose Hummock’s recently renovated and expanded Shooting Sports room located in the basement of the main shop. Goose Pro Staff will gladly help you with any of your shooting needs. From targets to cases, ammunition and range equipment, we’ve got you covered! Your firearms are an investment not only for your lifetime, but for generations to come, so be sure to maintain them. The Goose boasts the largest selection of cleaning equipment on the Cape. Check out the fantastic selection of both new and used handguns, shotguns and rifles. We welcome special requests and are always willing to accommodate special orders. To further hone your skills or to familiarize yourself with a new gun, we offer one-on-one or small-group instruction. The Goose Hummock is a bonded storage facility. Bring your firearms in and we will keep them safe for any length of time. If you are looking to sell or consign any of your collection, allow the Goose Firearms Pro Staff to value your gun. We will walk you through the process of selling a gun and take care of all the paperwork, too. We also specialize in estate planning. Whether it’s storage, transferring or shipping of a firearm, or selling of a collection, the Goose Pro Staff is happy to assist you. We are a proud dealer of G5 archery equipment. G5’s PRIME bow has been reviewed as having “created a great shooting bow with some useful technologies not geared toward gimmicks, but true functionality.” We love these bows so much that each of us on the Goose Pro Staff has purchased and shoots G5 as their personal bow! The Goose Archery Department is fully stocked with accessories and is ready to tune up or fix your bow as needed. Archery is a fantastic lifetime sport to get young children involved in. Get the youngster in your life started with lessons held at the Goose Hummock indoor range. We offer bows in all ability levels and price ranges as well as targets for in-theyard shooting. The shooting department is open seven days a week. We look forward to assisting you with all of your shooting needs!



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Keeping Your Home and Family Safe

Practice Makes Perfect - In addition to the training one receives with your FID or LTC course, additional instruction can usually be found at some of the area ranges.


ith owning firearms, comes great responsibility. When it comes down to it, firearm safety is the most important thing in the firearms world. Safety is paramount, practicing safety with firearms should be done often enough, that it becomes second nature. There are four important firearm rules that must be followed at all times, whether you are at home, at the range, in a gun shop, or anywhere a firearm is present. These are 4 rules are essential to follow at all times, however responsible gun handlers can take further steps to ensure their safety and those around them . For example, whenever someone hands you a firearm, the best thing to do is both physically and visually inspect that the firearm is clear, and safe, now look away and then check again. The mind can play tricks on us so taking the step of looking away and rechecking helps prevent the minds tendency to see things as they should be rather than what they actually are. Therefore the best thing to do is check, look away to reset your mind and eyes, and check again. Never take somebody’s word that a firearm is unloaded and safe. Always check for yourself that the firearm is in fact unloaded. Pretend there is a continuous laser beam coming out of the firearm at all times, this will help you keep it pointed in a safe direction, the number 1 rule when it comes to firearm safety. Never point a firearm at something you are not willing to destroy. Many accidents involving firearms can be avoided by following those four rules. None of this is intended to scare anyone away from firearms. Shooting a firearm in a safe way, can be a fun, adrenaline fueled, team building experience. The gun world is an amazing place when you get into it. The most important thing is to remember if you own it, to respect it and follow those safety rules. With firearm safety comes the responsibility of safe firearm storage. According to MA


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Always Keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction.

Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.

general law, Chapter 140 section 131L, the firearm must be kept in a secured locked container or with a tamper resistant safety device. There are several types of safes, lockable containers, and trigger locks on the market today. Using these devices properly gives you piece of mind knowing that your firearm is secured. An important thing to remember is you want to keep your firearm in a safe and secure spot at all times, so that someone who is unauthorized to use it cannot gain access to it. However be sure to keep you gun in a safe place, obeying the 4 cardinal safety rules, that is easily accessible to you, the responsible gun owner, should an emergency situation arise. Be sure to stop by the Goose Hummock for any questions regarding firearm safety laws, or to shop for accessories or firearms!

Safe Keeping – One of the best ways of securing your firearms is with a safe. Options start with small, single handgun safes to full size, freestanding safes like this one from Stack-On.

Always keep the firearm unloaded until ready to use.

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How to Get Your LTC BY DANA GRIM

ere in Massachusetts, you are required to have proper licensing in order to possess a firearm. There are two licenses in the state of MA, a Firearms Identification card (FID), and a License to Carry (LTC).  A Firearms Identification Card (FID) is designed for the recreational hunter and allows you to buy Rifles and Shotguns, non large capacity, and rifle and shotgun ammunition. A License to Carry (LTC) is for those who own or are looking to purchase a handgun.  When applying for your license, if you intend to own a handgun, it is best to apply for your LTC. The LTC does not cost any more than the FID and covers all the same requirements for rifles in addition to handguns. This will give you greater flexibility if you should choose to purchase

Taking Aim - The mussel flashes as Dana fires off some rounds to keep the skills honed. Once you get your LTC, you can then apply for membership to one of the area ranges.

a handgun at some point and prevent you from having to obtain an additional license. The first step to obtaining your LTC is to take a Firearms safety course, a requirement when applying for any license. Here at the Goose, we offer these classes throughout the year. Whether you are an experienced shooter, or a complete novice, Goose Hummock’s safety course meets all the necessary requirements to allow you to waiting game beings. Typically there is a obtain whichever license you are applying waiting period of 4-8 weeks. When your license comes back, it will be followed by for. a quick meeting at your local police station, Upon passing the safety course, your after which you will be a licensed firearm next step will be to go to your local police owner in the state of Massachusetts! You department and obtain the application for next step is simply to come and see the a firearms license. Fill out the forms and guy’s at The Goose Hummock and pick out bring it back to your local PD, and then the what firearm suits your needs best! 

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Cape Outdoorsmen Do More Than Fish BY CHRIS NASHVILLE

urkeys, deer, pheasant and quail are probably animals that you wouldn’t expect to see on Cape Cod while vacationing. However, you may be driving down Route 6 early in the morning and see flocks of turkeys and groups of deer trying to cross the highway. Most people think about fishing, not hunting, on the Cape, but in fact there are many hunting opportunities readily available. Waterfowl hunting on Cape Cod is probably the most prominent type of hunting due to the amount of sea ducks and other transient visitors to our area in the fall and winter. There are guided sea duck hunts from people such as Cape Cod Sea Duck, which is run by Sam and Max Lucarelli. Both have been hunting and fishing on Cape Cod for years and know when and where to go so you come back with a big smile on your face. Turkey and deer hunting are next on the list of things to hunt on Cape Cod. This type of

hunting can be very difficult since the land is private and posted, which means you may not hunt on it unless you have the landowner’s permission. Be sure to check with the environmental police and local police to ensure you are within guidelines and are allowed to hunt an area. Each town has different restrictions when it comes to hunting on private, public or conservation land. You are strictly forbidden to hunt on any state park land, such as Nickerson. Turkeys were introduced to the Cape back in the 1980s during a state-run program to transfer them to other suitable habitat around the state. This program was very successful and now the population has grown to look as if it was here all along. Every year there are two turkey seasons statewide when hunters get about a month in the spring and a week or two in the fall to harvest two birds per year. The hunting abstracts released every year from Mass


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Talking Turkey – Flocks of these great birds are becoming more and more common on Cape Cod.


Venison with Port Wine & Shiitake Mushrooms

Passing Through – Common Eider Duck

Wildlife have all the rules and regulations regarding hunting hours, bag limits and season times (see table). Typically, they do not change from year to year but it is a good idea to check regularly to make sure changes have not occurred. Deer is probably one of the harder animals to hunt on Cape Cod due to their broad range and issues with finding productive land to hunt legally. Deer on the Cape love the swampy secluded areas and can even be found roaming the outer beaches with coyotes and fox. Take an early-morning trip to Nauset Beach and you may see footprints and feces in the dunes and shrubbery, signs that deer have been there. On the Cape, pheasants are stocked annually and can be hunted in some areas. To find a list of these stocked areas, visit Mass Wildlife’s website, eea/angencies/dfg/licensing. This will give you a better understanding of where and when they will be stocked as well as hunting regulations. In Wellfleet, Dennis and Barnstable the majority are stocked on state land. Again, be sure to follow all rules and regulations when hunting for all game. Good luck! At the store, we provide all of the equipment, ammunition and accessories you need for a successful hunting trip on the Cape. We can also help bow hunters with arrows, fletching, new strings and sighting in on our range at the store.

2 lbs. Venison Tenderloin

1 cup Port Wine

1 small Shallot, Sliced

¼ lb. Sliced Shiitake


2 tbs. Veal/Beef


Olive Oil for Sautéing

Flour for Dredging

Sea Salt & Black Pepper

Slice tenderloin in ½ inch thick slices and place on plastic wrap, cover with another piece of plastic wrap, and pound meat with a kitchen mallet or a rolling pin until ¼ inch thick, or doubled in size. Heat oil in a heavy bottomed skillet over med-high heat. Dredge cutlets in flour and place in pan, you will only be able to do a few pieces at a time depending on the size of your pan, if the pan begins to look dry a bit more oil so the meat, which gives off little fat, doesn’t stick. Cook each side for 2-3 mins. Venison is very lean and cooks rather quickly. Remove venison from pan and set aside. In the same pan toss in your shallots and mushrooms and give it a quick stir. Pour in the Port Wine and stir in the demi-glace. Simmer mixture until the wine is reduced in half.

Taking Aim – Hunting with bow and arrow is very popular on the Cape and a safer way for younger hunters to take part. The Goose’s archery department has everything you’ll need to get started.

Place Venison cutlets in sauce. Adjust seasoning with S&P and heat for five minutes before serving. If you use dried mushrooms, slice and soak in warm water for 1 hour prior to use. ** Demi-Glaze is a stock reduction that can be found in more meat departments.


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Discover the Cape From your own Kayak or SUP B Y T H E G O O S E H U M M O C K S TA F F ayaking and paddleboarding both offer a great opportunity to gain a whole new perspective on the Cape. All over, there are spectacular beaches, bluffs, marshes and harbors where one can view the water that defines Cape Cod. How about getting out on the water to view those beaches, bluffs, marshes and harbors from the other side? From the water side. Most of the Cape’s ponds, lakes and tidal estuaries are easily accessible (and navigable) by kayak or paddleboard. In fact many of these waterways can be explored only by kayak or SUP. The Cape’s myriad small freshwater ponds are generally off-limits to motor boat traffic, and many of the tidal estuaries are so shallow at low tide that they cannot be safely navigated by larger boats. A kayak or paddleboard can easily pass through the shallows— as long as you don’t pack a lunch so large that it weighs you down! A kayak or SUP trip can open up a whole new world for the entire family. While out on the water, the kids can be introduced to the marine world of shore birds, horseshoe crabs and mollusks. The rules are set by the wind and tide, not by summer traffic or who holds the TV remote. For an added bonus on warmer days, any paddling trip can be converted into a swimming session by pulling up on a beach or sandbar. Traveling across the water in a kayak stimulates a sense of adventure in all children (and most adults too). As opposed to the road or sidewalk, there are very few restrictions on where your journey can take you. If you notice a small feeder stream while paddling through the salt marsh, just point your kayak into the stream and start exploring. These small, intimate microcosms of the marine world provide a protected, child-scale laboratory for exploration and observation. The small tidal pools contain periwinkles, mummichogs, killifish and green crabs, all protected by a wall of cordgrass. Certainly terns and gulls will be overhead, and you may spot heron or osprey fishing for dinner. Usually a little less windy and certainly unaffected by tidal currents, the Cape’s freshwater ponds provide a more serene environment than the salt marsh. There are literally hundreds of kettle ponds across the Cape. These ponds got this descriptive name from the process of their formation thousands of years ago. As the glacial Laurentide ice sheet retreated, large deposits of ice left behind formed depressions in the terrain. As these large deposits gradually melted, the depressions remained filled with water— today’s kettle ponds. And don’t worry; although these ponds return to a glacial state in the winter, they warm up nicely in the summer. Kayaking with the family does take a little planning, and the right equipment. If you are a complete novice, there are several options for lessons and tours at the Goose Hummock Outdoor Center that can provide the knowledge, expertise and instruction you will need. The Goose Hummock has expanded its slate of offerings for kayak and stand up paddleboard lessons and tours for the 2017 summer season as well as added all new kayaks and paddleboards! From SUP tours to beginner kayak lessons for the kids, we have something for everyone interested in getting on the water and having a blast in a safe, fun and structured environment. If you have some experience, you can just rent a boat or board and head out on your own in Town Cove and Nauset Marsh or take them with you for a full day of exploring the waters of Cape Cod.




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Outward Bound – Melyssa taking a group out for a Marsh Tour.

TOURING NAUSET MARSH Guided Kayak Tours in Nauset Marsh B Y M E LY S S A M I L L E T T t’s 8 a.m. and there is no wind. Later on, it’ll be a gorgeous beach day, but for now, everything is calm. In a few hours, Town Cove will be busy with people enjoying the summer day on the water—SUPS, kayaks, powerboats, and sailboats. But for now, it’s only your small group and your tour guide, gearing up to head out on the water. There’s nothing quite like a morning tour of Nauset Marsh. Four hours of paddling is a great workout and well worth getting up for. Only small boats can explore Nauset Marsh, as the tides make for some extremely shallow waters. This is to our advantage, as it preserves the serenity and beauty of the area. Approaching the backside of Nauset Beach, the cove opens up to a full panorama of Nauset Light, the marsh, and the Outer Beach. From there, we paddle through the marsh to Salt Pond before returning to the cove or heading over toward Mill Pond or Priscilla Landing. On our return trip, we stop to stretch our legs on Hopkins

Island, where a family of osprey has made its home. In all, the tour offers an alternative view of popular Orleans tourist destinations, and gives visitors and locals a chance to interact more closely with wildlife and the beauty of Cape Cod. Our tour guides are very knowledgeable, giving guests a full explanation of the area, as well as identifying the wildlife. The area hosts a large range of wildlife, from cormorants and osprey, to gray seals and harbor seals. The cove is also home to a variety of fish species. If your family or group is looking for an active way to explore the beauty of Cape Cod, I can think of no better way than to embark on a Nauset Marsh Tour here at Goose Hummock’s very own dock. If you are looking for a shorter tour, we operate a 2-hour Town Cove Tour, which takes us to and around Hopkins Island. This tour is not tide-dependent so we can leave our dock at any time of the day.




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Follow the Leader - Paddling leisurely around the scenic Maine Island Trail.

PADDLING THE ROCKY COAST A Multi-day SUP on the Maine Island Trail BY CHRISTIAN EDIE ’ve always wanted to go to Maine, so when I got a phone call from Todd Caranto, founder of Pau Hana Surf Supply, about doing a multi-day paddling trip through the Maine Island Trail, I knew I couldn’t miss it! He was telling me about a touring board he had made for 2017 that is built to hold 150 lbs. of gear and still glide smoothly in rough currents and chop. He even designed the deck pad to be a sleeping platform that accommodates a bivy sack. The board sounded awesome, and I couldn’t wait to test it out. Driving up to Maine with the Pau Hana Crew the scenery was spectacular. The rocky coastlines, 12 foot tides and giant pines immediately had me feeling like I was on a rugged adventure. On our way to base camp at the southern tip of Deer Isle we stopped at a lobster pound shack and enjoyed some of the best seafood I’ve ever had. The next morning we loaded up our boards with gear to test out how much weight these boards could hold. We brought along our Kialoa Insanity Paddles for their perfect combination of high performance, lightweight and durability. We each needed to bring a gallon of water per day so there were three gallons total on each board, along with food, cookware, sleeping gear, fishing gear, maps, compass, Russian mules and camera equipment. Stepping on the board, I was surprised by how stable it was. We started paddling toward Green Island Quarry, where we heard of a scenic hike and fresh water swim. Todd was the lead navigator with his sweet nautical compass mounted to the board. As we passed a few kayakers and boaters, everyone seemed to be in awe of five people paddling on stand-up boards with all that gear. Everyone we met said we got lucky with the weather. It was sunny with a slight breeze pushing us toward our destination. We passed thousands of lobster crates and weaved in and out of multiple islands. When we reached Green Island we had to anchor our boards along the granite cliffs and climb up a steep wooden ladder to get to the trailhead. The hike was green and lush and felt like a fairyland. When we got to the Quarry I went for a swim that was so tranquil and refreshing after a few hours of paddling. We then headed toward Steve Island, our camp for the

Birds Eye View - One of the little islands that pepper the Maine coastline where we camped for a night.

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night, and on the way I was trolling for some dinner but had no luck. Around sunset we reached Steve Island and beached our boards. We found the perfect campsite and started to cook dinner and enjoy some Russian mules. Todd turned one of the boards into a table/cutting board. He designed the boards with a Ricochet technology that made it extremely durable, enough to slice an onion on. Since we didn’t catch any fish, it was rice and beans for dinner. Our bellies full, we sat high up on a boulder to stargaze. None of us had ever seen the stars so clear and bright. The next morning it was low tide and the beach we had the previous night was now 100 yards out and covered in seaweed boulders. In the small tidal pools were loads of mussels. I started hunting immediately, and Todd started boiling white wine and garlic. I never liked mussels until that day. There is something about catching your own food that makes it taste so much better! Our next destination was Isle au Haut. Everyone told us it was an extremely long paddle, but we were all up for the challenge. Before we headed out we wanted to fuel up with a good lunch. Todd fashioned an earthen oven under a large rock and we made pizza. The wind started to pick up and the tide began to change—not ideal conditions for this long paddle, but we took off anyway. We were paddling against the wind and tide but made it to Isle au Haut in a few hours. The channel to get to town was beautiful with granite cliffs, a lighthouse and some really cool coastal homes. We explored for a bit before hopping back on our boards to return to Steve’s Island, luckily with the wind at our back. It was a chilly night with high winds. I found a space on the south side of the island where I was protected from the winds and got a decent night’s rest before the long paddle back to Deer Isle the next day.

Early Mornings Light - Packed and ready to start a new day.

The last day of the trip we had 16-knot winds gusting 20. It was an extremely difficult paddle back, and we were all tested at the end. Trying to reach our base camp was so hard. You couldn’t stop paddling for a second or you would overshoot your destination point. The winds were pushing so hard I wasn’t sure if we were going to be able to make the takeout. Once I saw it I paddled my hardest across a channel, but behind me one of the guys capsized and I wanted to make sure he was okay. Luckily, he was wearing his Kokatat Centurion life vest and had a leash on. He was able to tip his board over and get back on. With the strong currents and high wind, by the time he was on his board the wind had pushed us so far back I knew we were going to miss the takeout. We paddled across the channel until we finally reached the granite cliffs on the other side. The closer we got to the cliffs, the more shelter we had from the wind and we were able to paddle upwind a bit to make it back to the takeout. I felt so good after the challenge, I couldn’t wait to reward myself with some fish and chips and lobster rolls! Multi-day paddling trips are now my favorite. I love the feeling of having everything you need to survive right there with you as you paddle along with new scenery around every corner. It’s such a freeing feeling. I can’t wait for the next one.



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Keeping Your Kayak in

paddler who wants to store his PFDs and paddles in one convenient place. The Suspenz Free-Standing Storage System gives you the flexibility of keeping your watercraft anywhere, from the garage to the backyard, or even out on the dock!



Safe and Easy Storage for Your Kayak or SUP B Y S U S P E N Z K AYA KCA NOW-SU P S TOR AG E & TRANSPORT ®

Free-Standing: The Suspenz Free-Standing Racks come in a variety of sizes for either one-sided or two-sided storage. The configurations can be set up for easy storage of multiple boats and boards.

id you know that even if you paddle two hours a day, every day of the year, your kayak, canoe or SUP will still be in storage 90% of the time? Purchasing your watercraft is an investment of your time, money and energy so why not make sure that you’re protecting that investment the best way possible? Industry experts agree that a suspension strap system is the ideal way to store a watercraft since the straps conform to the hull, eliminating damaging pressure points and keeping your watercraft from ever touching a hard surface. Suspenz is the industry leader in premium suspension strap systems. Once you decide on a suspension strap system, the next step in storing your kayak, canoe or SUP is to look at what space you’ll be utilizing. Suspenz offers a complete line of storage solutions to suit every location, the possibilities are endless and sometimes it’s worth thinking outside of the box—and your garage! WALL STORAGE is the most common form of storage because it’s so simple yet incredibly versatile. Like the name suggests, wall storage is a rack that gets attached directly onto a wall, post, fence or any other sturdy vertical surface available. Once you’ve found the perfect location for your wall rack, you’ll need to choose which type is best for you. There are several options to choose from. The Suspenz Deluxe Rack is the top-of-the-line storage rack with a suspension strap system as well as a convenient pivot arm that allows for easy one-person loading! These are made from high-quality powder-coated steel frames suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, providing you even more storage location possibilities.



FREE-STANDING STORAGE is a great “anywhere” storage solution since you’re not limited by the need for a wall. Suspenz Free-Standing Racks are modular and can be modified or expanded upon to suit your changing needs. There are two main components to these racks: the frame and the rack. These frames can store between one and six boats or SUPs and can even have casters added, offering the flexibility of a mobile rack. The racks themselves, which easily attach to the frame using bolts or brackets, are the same as the wall storage options, including the superior design of the Deluxe Rack. Suspenz Free-Standing Racks are the perfect organizational system for both the paddler with many boats to store and the


CEILING STORAGE is a great option for the paddler who’s short on space. It’s a fantastic way to stow your kayak, canoe or SUP up and out of harm’s way when wall storage and free-standing racks aren’t options. Suspenz’ line of ceiling hoists offers a top-quality suspension pulley system that keeps your watercraft protected from any damaging pressure points or hard surfaces while still remaining close to the ceiling and out of the way. Ceiling storage is perfect for those who don’t have a traditional storage space like a garage since you can utilize the often overlooked space under a deck, on a covered patio or even in a basement or hallway. Whether you’ve just made your first purchase of an SUP, kayak or canoe or you’re a seasoned owner, every paddler has one thing in common—the need to store their watercraft in a way that protects their investment while still working within any space and budgetary limitations. The Suspenz line of superior storage options offers something to fit every need with ease.

Wall Storage: The Suspenz Deluxe Rack is a great way to store your kayak either outside or in a garage.




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Kayak Fishing? Consider a Trailer Transport Solutions for Heavier Boats B Y S C O T T F I N L AY S O N, M A L O N E A U T O R A C K S

few years ago I was representing a well-known manufacturer of kayaks and canoes when they introduced a game-changing fishing kayak. I got one of the early samples and brought it home from the factory. Rigging it up in my barn, I soon realized that this boat weighed significantly more than any other boat in my demo fleet and was awkward to handle. In the driveway, my long-suffering partner, Karen, watched as I struggled to find the balance point and snatch and jerk the boat up into the Malone DownLoaders on the roof of my sport wagon. Needless to say, I lost control of the boat and it came down hard, denting one of the doors and luckily missing my rear-view mirror and me. Karen cringed and said, “You’ve already had three hernias repaired, let’s not go for a fourth.” She had a point. Flash forward a couple of years and the proliferation of fishing kayaks in the category has grown, as have options like pedal drives, integrated electric trolling motors, and a whole range of rigging and accessories. All this adds significant weight, with some models now topping 200 pounds. This is a challenge for traditional kayak rooftop transport. To meet these

challenges, Malone Auto Racks has stepped up and now offers a range of trailers and trailer packages that allow you to tailor the trailer to your needs. Malone has had two models of trailers available for a number of years: the smaller Xtralight and the versatile Microsport. Both are marinegrade trailers that can transport one or more kayaks or canoes and are easy to load and store when not in use. However, for 2017 Malone introduces a new trailer specifically designed for the fishing kayak category: the heavy-duty half-ton load capacity MegaSport. The MegaSport can handle up to four large fishing kayaks with the optional 2nd Tier load bar system as well as large tandem kayaks and canoes up to 20 feet. All Malone trailers are light and easy to manoeuver both on and off the vehicle. Another nice feature is that a trailer acts as a temporary storage unit during the season. Leave the boats on board and simply hook up and go. Kayak fishing is a gear-intensive sport, and the MegaSport offers a complete range of accessory options to help manage tackle and rod storage, the organization and transport of both wet and dry gear, flood lighting for pre-dawn rigging at the boat ramp, and even USB and 12-volt integrated recharging for GPS, fish finders, cameras and batteries. The MegaSport has all the stuff

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necessary for the kayak fisherman to conveniently transport everything to the water. Except, now that you’ve trailered your big boat and gear to the put in, sometimes it can be an overland haul to get to the water. Malone has you covered. The new Yak Hauler and Beach Hauler fishing kayak carts are big, stable and rugged 250-pound capacity carts. The choice of 15” airless all terrain wheels or 12” low-pressure high flotation beach wheels works great for all conditions. Strap the boat to one of these carts, load up all your gear on the kayak, and easily make your way to the waters’ edge. Back at home, Malone offers a variety of storage options for your fishing kayaks. The new EleVate large-boat portable stands fold up and stow away easily yet allow you to store your kayak off the ground. They are also very handy for supporting your boat when you are working on your rigging or doing repairs. Malone’s wall-mount J-Hoops and “Free Standing” FS rack are other great ways to store all styles of kayaks. Malone strives to offer simple, durable products that enhance your experience, and they cover your needs with more products for the paddle sports enthusiast than any other manufacturer.

Goose Hummock Outdoor Guide 2017  
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