We managed quite a few fish in short order this afternoon during torrential rain coupled with a stiff NE breeze.
After 3 epic fishing trips in a row I knew I was due for a slow outing. Well I received that slow outing this morning. We put in a bunch of hours earlier today, and were rewarded with just a couple of keeper bass and bunch of small bluefish.
But things change quickly in the world of Cape Cod fishing, so we headed back out onto the water this evening during a torrential rain storm. The strengthening north east breeze only made conditions that much more un-enjoyable.
However the fish don’t care if its raining and man oh man were they feeding! Miles of ocean that were virtually empty earlier today were chock full of life. It was as if a switch had been flipped and all the bass in the area were now on the hunt.
The fish were big and extremely aggressive. We had no trouble hooking up and managed a handful of 30 pounders and quite a few bass in the 20 pound range.
Dave with one of multiple 40 pound bass caught during this trip.
This morning was absolutely epic!
I had the Adirondack crew of Dave, Robert and newcomer Andy with me today. Dave and Robert were part of last year’s incredible September bite. They were not expecting today’s fishing to equate to last year’s trip, but I’m happy to say that today may have actually surpassed last September’s incredible bite.
We hit the water at 3:30AM and on Andy’s first ever cast on Cape Cod he hooked up with a fat 25 pounder. What a start!
The day only improved as the sun poked its head above the horizon. We found bass in just about every spot we ventured into. Fortunately for the guys the bass were on the feed this morning and were very aggressive.
These were seriously big schools of very aggressive bass which is ideal for pitching live bait with light spinning setups. We could have trolled tubes but I figured we might as well take advantage of the situation and stick with the light tackle.
There were a few cows mixed into the masses today. I know of at least one 50 pounder that was caught.
We did not catch any 50′s today but we did manage at least 3 bass that were over 40 pounds. All in all the final tally was around 30 -40 bass between 15 and 43 pounds.
The guys were even nice enough to let me catch a fish or two!
Hopefully the solid action will continue throughout this coming week. Based on what I’m seeing I think it will – knock on wood.
Click here for more information on this trip and techniques used.
This morning was picture perfect with flat calm conditions, sunny skies and a bunch of bass popping on the surface.
This morning felt more like mid-August than late May. Believe me I am not complaining one bit. I will take flat calm conditions, sunny skies and 70 degrees at sunrise any day.
I decided to get out and do some exploring today. I’m really enjoying finding new areas throughout the Cape Cod region that I have never fished before. For me at least, it is a lot more fun than continually hitting the same old spots.
The trail curved through the woods for about .25 of a mile before opening up to a picturesque beach.
I grabbed my lucky combo of a medium iced coffee and a reduced fat blueberry muffin this morning around 4:15AM and made the 40 minute drive to the spot. After parking I embarked down a nicely wooded trail that meandered through untouched Cape Cod woodlands. It was a unique experience and I really enjoyed the walk.
After 5-10 minutes of walking I could hear the waves lapping against the shoreline. I rounded a corner, passed by a few more bushes and was greeted by a glass calm ocean. Not a bad way to spend a Thursday morning.
I immediately noticed a few terns working the water and then, as if on cue, a bass broke the surface not more than 25 feet from shore.
I chucked my old reliable pencil popper right on the fish and was able to coax him into following the plug right up to my feet. My second cast produced an explosive top water strike from a bass in the 25-30 inch range. My third cast produced a half-hearted swipe and my fourth another follow. It was quite the start!
As I looked up and down the beach I could see bass slurping bait off the surface in every direction. There were stripers in tight to the beach and there were bass breaking a few hundred yards off shore. It was so calm that it was even easy to see the bait fish skimming the surface.
Despite the abundance of stripers I was having trouble getting a solid hook set. Most of the bass were on the smaller end of the spectrum so they were struggling to suck down the pencil popper. After around 10 hits and misses I decided it was time for a change.
The old reliable Red Gill teaser was given the nod. I quickly tied the Red Gill (which imitates a small sand eel) to a barrel swivel in front of the pencil popper. This allowed me to chuck the pencil popper and the Red Gill out to where the fish were feeding. When retrieved the pencil popper danced back and forth on the surface while the Red Gill swam a foot in front of it.
The rig looked real nice in the water and on my second cast I was hooked up! Sure enough the bass had sucked down the Red Gill and was firmly hooked right in the top of the mouth.
Red Gill teasers work great, especially when the bass are on the fussy side.
The bass were still feeding all over the surface. Fish were slurping down small bait to the left and to the right. The main bulk of bass was out of casting range, however there were enough in close to shore to keep me busy.
If I had a kayak or small boat at my disposal things would have been real interesting.
The pencil popper and Red Gill continued to produce good action as the sun rose in the sky. It was a ton of fun catching all of the bass on top, even though the majority of the bass were schoolies.
This area had a lot of really cool features to say the least. A rocky coastline chock full of car sized boulders extended as far as I could see to my right. To my left was a rocky point and right in front of me was a sandy beach. Around the corner was a harbor. There was a lot going on as far as structure is concerned, which may of explained why there was so much bait and bass in the vicinity.
By 6:15AM I was satisfied. No keepers today but I did catch a bucket load of small guys and watched 20 or more bass crush the pencil popper/Red Gill rig right on the surface – which is always a ton of fun.
If you happen to be a big kayak fishermen I would highly recommend this area. There’s a parking lot nearby and a harbor area that I imagine would be ideal for launching the yak. The whole area is rather protected from the wind, with plenty of nooks and crannies to explore.
With the amount of bait and bass in the area this morning I would imagine these fish will be here tomorrow. Bass were breaking on the surface from the time I arrived until I left. All in all a great trip.
If only every trip could be this fun and productive!
I met Anthony, Tom and Adrian this morning at 4AM. The guys were all fired up and so was I. We had picturesque, flat calm, crystal clear conditions. Needless to say the morning had a ton of potential.
Both Tom and Adrian were looking for their first ever striped bass. I had a good feeling that today may be their day, but I held back from saying anything because you just never know with fish. Thankfully the bass cooperated!
We cruised out to this past week’s mackerel hot spot and I gave the guys a quick lesson on jigging macks. It took us a little bit to zone in on the mackerel but we were eventually able to load up the live well with big macks and a sea herring or two.
As the sun rose we eased into our first striper spot of the day. I gave the guys a quick run down on how to fish the macks on light spinning gear and put them to work.
A very productive 1st drift of the day! If only it was like this every day!
I could ramble on for hours about this report so I’ll just cut to the chase. Within 5 minutes the guys had 4 keepers, all between 36 and 38 inches flopping around on deck-amazing!
The bass were coming right up to the surface and smacking the mackerel. Some of the macks would speed along on top, with a bass in close pursuit. It was quite the show to say the least.
Both Tom and Adrian had caught their first ever striped bass (and nice size ones at that) and it was only 6AM. Great start!
We continued drifting along, pitching live macks to the left and to the right. All three guys quickly became accustomed to the technique and had no problem hooking bass.
Before we knew it we were almost in double digits, as far as keeper bass were concerned. We had quite a few double hook ups which is always exciting.
Around 7:00AM we decided to make a big move and load up on more live bait.
The mackerel fishing this year has been stellar and I’m happy to say that it continued today. We found macks way out deep beyond the fleet and had about 40-50 in no time. With a chock full live well we headed back to the bite, hoping the fish were still around.
Adrian with a beauty.
The tide had changed and the bass had moved but we were fortunately able to find them again in no time. If only things worked out this well on every trip!
We had a much better class of fish to work with today-the average bass before 9AM was 35-38 inches. The fish continued to put on quite the top water show, slamming and running with the macks, pulling line from the reels and putting bends in the rods.
The action began to slow mid morning until we made a move in tighter to shore. By chance we happened to stumble upon a shoal that was absolutely paved with fish.
By now we had just dead baits but the stripers did not care one bit. We bounced dead mackerel along the bottom and had pick ups during each drift.
Due to equipment failure I rigged Adrian up with a light freshwater setup that is better suited for large mouths than stripers. Sure enough the ultra-light setup produced, and Adrian had one hell of a time battling bass up to 20 pounds on the flimsy rod.
A school of bass holding tight to the bottom in shallow water.
By 11:30AM we had landed somewhere in the vicinity of 25 keeper bass between 28 and 38 inches. All of these fish were incredibly FAT with huge stomachs and good shoulders. It was obvious that these fish had been feeding extremely well.
Today was hands down the best day we’ve had so far in 2012. I can’t wait to get back out there!
The great spring fishing on Cape Cod is showing no signs of slowing up. Hopefully the bite will continue right on into summer. For more information on today’s hot spots and techniques, click here for the extended report.
Big thanks to Adrian, Tom and Anthony for making the long drive from Worcester. I’m looking forward to getting back out there again with you guys soon.