The waters just offshore of Cape Cod can be split into three separate areas — the one north of Provincetown comprising primarily of Stellwagen Bank, the one east of Chatham containing places like the Regal Sword and Crab Ledge, and of course the fishery south of Martha’s Vineyard all the way to the Canyons.
South of MV
East of Chatham
North of Provincetown
Fishing Reports & News
In this video, Capt. Mike Hogan explains how he likes to deploy and troll his SI Squid Bulb Spreader Bars in the productive bluefin tuna grounds south of Martha’s Vineyard.
The giant bluefish fishing up around Stellwagen remains very good; although I was told that the October quota was filled, I couldn’t confirm that by checking the NMFS website. I did hear that some folks had to pay to have their fish shipped overseas, perhaps indicating a glut in the Japanese/Asian market.
Whether you're casting, jigging, trolling or sticking, there's nothing quite as exciting as tying into a bluefin tuna off the coast of Cape Cod & the Islands. As we look forward to the fall run, here are a few of our favorite highlights from summer 2017.
Capt. Mike Hogan and John Burns head to the Regal Sword in early August in search of a summertime cod bite after taking a quick look for bluefin tuna.
Filmed August 21, 2017
In late July, the Salty Cape crew joined Jamie Simmons of Buzzards Bay Outfitters to tackle white marlin and bluefin tuna on Hogy Bird Bars and Epoxy Jigs.
Filmed July 27, 2017
This past summer, the Salty Cape crew and PhD researcher Willy Goldsmith headed south of Martha’s Vineyard to deploy satellite tags on spin-caught bluefin tuna as part of Willy’s research project for the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. After collecting data on 16 of the 22 deployed tags, Willy shares a few insights into the viability of catch and release recreational bluefin tuna fishing with spinning gear.
Braving frigid conditions on an early November morning, Salty Cape's Capt. Mike Hogan and Capt. Cullen Lundholme of Cape Star Charters headed north from Sandwich Marina to the waters just off of Provincetown. Equipped with Shimano Stella 14000W reels and Hogy Pro Tails, Capt. Cullen and Capt. Mike successfully pitched topwater baits into schools of crashing bluefin, hooking up with a BFT well into the 100-pound range.
Filmed November 23, 2016
On November 1st, Capt. Mike and John Burns headed out from Sandwich Marina to chase reports of aggressive schools of bluefin tuna feeding on small butterfish, a great opportunity to catch 100+ pound fish on topwater spinning gear. Armed with Stella 14000Ws and Hogy Pro Tails, the crew aboard the Relentless have no problem finding, hooking up with and successfully landing large bluefin.
Filmed November 1, 2016
Capt. Cullen Lundholm of Cape Star Charters and Capt. Cullen Lundholm headed to the Dump, 40 miles south of Martha's Vineyard, to chase bluefin tuna on top with SI Harness Jigs in July of 2016.
Capt. Terry Nugent & co. troll for bluefin tuna 40 miles south of MV on a foggy day in July. Trolling natural-colored bars, machines and splash birds, the crew of Riptide was able to catch BFT from 45 to 100 pounds.
Filmed July 21, 2016
Capt. Terry Nugent of Riptide Charters & co. headed to The Dump, 40 miles south of Martha's Vineyard, on July 17th, 2016 to chase bluefin tuna feeding on sand eels.
Filmed July 17, 2016
Capt. Larry Backman and the crew aboard FV Skipjack headed to West Atlantis Canyon this past weekend, successfully deep-dropping for 4 swordfish and landing this 350-pound blue marlin, one of the most coveted offshore species in the world.
Capt. Larry describes an epic Canyon trip in his own words: “We just had a 5 billfish trip, 4 small swordfish and an estimated 350 pound blue marlin. We fished an aquarium full of iridescent pelagic fish, yellowfin tuna, mahi-mahi, skipjack and amberjack, catching till our arms were tired and we all mutually said “enough”. We took a 16 year old on his first trip to the wonderland of the New England offshore canyons and handed him a rod connected to a blue marlin and watched him release it boat side.”
Filmed July 20, 2015
Capt. Mike gives step-by-step instructions on how to rig the Hogy Bluemax Joe Shute head with a fresh ballyhoo, one of the Northeast's deadliest offshore lures.
Capt. Larry Backman of F/V Skipjack and crew catch white marlin on the troll at Atlantis Canyon.
Filmed July 7, 2016
Join Capt. Mike Hogan as he and Capt. Nat Chalkley explain how to catch school bluefin tuna trolling SI Squid Bulb Spreader Bars at The Claw, just 15 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard.
Filmed June 24, 2015
Join Capt. Mike Hogan and Capt. Nat Chalkley as they chase school bluefin tuna in mid June just south of The Claw, around 15 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard. Capt. Mike explains the technique he likes to use for finding fish in open water, gives a brief how-to on rigging and deploying the SI Harness jig, and details his suggested offshore rod and reel outfit.
Filmed May 15th, 2018