Staying in Form...
Capt. Hap Farrell
Practice makes perfect is an old saying but is true. To stay good at something you must practice. That was all the excuse Miss Anne MacDonald needed to come down to Cape Cod to fish. That and to check on her mother's cottage in Eastham.
Anne loves bluefish and likes catching them even more. So, I took her to one of the areas that is producing a lot of these fish. That is off Great Island on the Bay side out in 20 feet of water. Hootchies work very well or a umbrella rig on 150 feet of wire. I prefer the hootchie on mono or I also use lead core line. In this case I used 12 lb. test lead core line. The other area that is producing bluefish is off the Eastham shore in the shallow water, under 15 feet. The hootchie on mono works in this area. Anne has been at this for a number of years now having been a fill in mate on the charter boats in Rock Harbor back in the mid 80's.
A new angler has come on the scene. She is much like Anne was when she was young. Brook Reese, who is 12 ish and from California, is new to this sport but is taking to it like a duck to water. I had her out this last Wednesday, the 2nd of September, and put out some of the lighter tackle. It was not long before Brook was fighting these hard fighting bluefish standing up using a belt and taking on these fish with 12 lb test line. By the end of the trip she was showing her father how it is done.
About The Author: Captain Hap Farrell
Company: Stunmai II Charters
Area Reporting: Cape Cod Bay - Rock Harbor, Orleans
Bio: Captain Hap Farrell has been fishing the waters of Cape Cod Bay for 27 years. His intimate knowledge of the Bay and all it's idiosyncrasies guarantees that your day on the water will be an enjoyable one. Whether a novice angler, or a seasoned pro, the captain and crew of the Stunmai II will do what it takes to get you "tight" on a big striped bass or bluefish!