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Sight Fishing For Stripers At Night | Cape Cod Fishing Report October 30

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Photo by Andrew Massard

Last night around 8PM I found myself meandering down a beach path. I hadn’t surfcasted the beach since my trip to outer Cape Cod – it felt good to smell the salt air again.

The wind yesterday evening was calm and the skies overcast. It was going to be a dark night on the beach, which I enjoy.

I was quite amazed at what transpired next.

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Sight Fishing For Stripers At Night | EXTENDED Cape Cod Fishing Report October 30

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Photo by Andrew Massard

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Seeing that bass, and the phosphorescence which it caused to light up and glow, got my blood pumping. At this time of the season I never know when my last good fish from shore will bite, and here I was with a school of fish directly in front of me in a mere 2-3 feet of water.

Suddenly the school spooked, and the water in front of me went from a deep dark, to a bright neon green. The bio-luminescence fluttered there in the water, much like small shreds of glitter would in the air.

How many more schools of stripers were looming in the darkness on this shallow sandbar?

It was then that it dawned on me that I could walk the bar, and sight cast to fish. It might of been night time, but the bio-luminescence created a sight fishing opportunity similar to fishing during the day.

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Cape Cod Canal Report | 10-26-14

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The bass are still around after this latest storm.

There’s been a whole lot of schoolies, but some big bass are mixed in.

Click below to read.

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Cape Cod Striped Bass Fishing Report for October 20



Before I dive into this post, I want to let you know that I am thinking of hosting an in-person fishing class before the weather turns too cold. Topics covered would include how to work certain plugs like pencil poppers, how to fish a live eel and virtually anything you may personally be interested in learning.

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Surfcasting Cape Cod’s Backside Beaches | Day 2

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I watched as a set of breakers rolled in from the Atlantic Ocean towards one of the outer sandbars which ran parallel to the coast, about 50 yards offshore. The third wave in the set, which was the largest, curled at its top and fell forward, pounding hundreds, if not thousands of gallons of water into the sand of the bar.

The crashing breaker produced a sound which bellowed into the evening air and echoed off the dune behind me. The ground on which I stood shook. The process repeated itself, time and time again, for as far as I could see down the beach.

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EXTENDED VIDEO REPORT Surfcasting Cape Cod’s Backside Beaches | Day 2

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In this video report I’ll share with you the scenery and experience of fishing one of Cape Cod’s most famous backside beaches.

A few things you’ll see include:

  • Stunning vistas of Outer Cape Cod’s impressive landscapes
  • The tackle and lures I used for fishing this wild area
  • An explanation of the areas fished and why I feel fishing the backside beaches right now is worth the effort
  • Helpful tips for finding and catching bass along these beaches
  • And some more stuff I am undoubtedly forgetting to include in this list LOL

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Outer Cape Cod Fishing Report | October 16

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A view from the edge of America.

I was feeling restless and I think Lauren could tell. Sometimes I feel an odd, uneasy feeling which permeates through my torso.

Through past experience I’ve learned the feeling diminishes once I see the ocean and begin walking on the beach.

Lauren understands, so without too much discussion I embarked on a 36 hour, overnight striped bass surfcasting excursion, to the famed beaches of Outer Cape Cod.

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My idea was to intercept one of the large migrating schools of stripers that swim south along the great beach of Outer Cape Cod during October. Huge bass to more than 70 pounds have been caught along this stretch of shoreline during the Octobers of years past.

The fish are there, it is just a matter of finding them, which can be quite challenging, considering the vastness of the beach and the so few people fishing it.

My dream of “hitting the mother load” while fishing this desolate beach, alone, at night, under a sky full of stars, would fuel my legs for the miles of walking and casting which lay ahead.

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“Big Bass Territory” | Part #2 of the MFCC Fishing Trip

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The entire MFCC crew and I had arrived at the previous evening’s hot spot just as the sun crept above the horizon. As a group we had walked 45 minutes in darkness, through woods and along a cliff, to get to this spot at this very moment.

I could see several birds hovering over water no deeper than two feet. The birds were quite adamant about diving and grabbing one of the small fish trapped in shallow. Based on their actions I figured peanut bunker were still in the area.

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EXTENDED REPORT “Big Bass Territory” | Part #2 of the MFCC Fishing Trip


During the day time when fishing among boulders I’ve found that pencil poppers and large swimming plugs work pretty well. I wanted to cast far out and reach some of the boulders and rocks that were holding farther offshore.

So instead of donning a wet suit and swimming out to those boulders, I tied on a 6 inch Guppy Pencil Popper, which casts like a missile. Because this lure darts left and right across the surface, the hits from striped bass are very dramatic.

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