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Net Perfection

Erika Wastrom

For fishermen, there’s a magical tide that washes over Cape Cod and the Islands every year. The temperature notches up, and fish of all varieties rush into the warmer waters in bays, estuaries, and rivers around the Cape. There are cod, fluke, flounder, black sea bass, tautog, scup, and bluefish—and those are just some of the edible saltwater varieties—that swim in the waters around Cape Cod. But for thousands of anglers, the ultimate is the striped bass.

The pilgrims served it at the first Thanksgiving. Today, the striped bass is the most coveted recreational fish in the Commonwealth. “A striper can thrill an 8-year-old by eating a sandworm fished from a harbor jetty,” says Kevin Blinkoff, editor of the New England fishing magazine On The Water, “and do the same to an Orvis-clad adult by turning its nose up at a perfectly presented crab fly.”

Stripers, he says, “make you feel like nature has created a perfect fish, just for you.” Read more…

Big Air Time

Teton Gravity Research Steve and Todd Jones fondly remember growing up in Centerville. But more than Four Seas Ice Cream, they fondly remember the adventure—loading up their Boston Whaler and tearing out for the Vineyard. “We’d stop halfway, take a swim,” Todd says. “You know, load up the cooler, grab your friends, follow the compass heading on 240’. Even today, when I visit, I don’t take [Route] 28. I go on back roads so I can drive by Craigville Beach. That’s where it really started for us. That spirit of exploration.” Read more…

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