Cape Cod Fishing
I managed to wake up on time this morning (at 2:30AM!) and thank goodness I did.
I met up with the father-son duo from earlier in the week, Jon and Zach. In addition we also had Kate joining us this morning. We were all eager to put some big bass in the boat and figured that today would be our day.
It was as flat as it gets early this morning as we cruised out to our first fishing spot. My plan was to make a few passes with the tube and worm and then head east down the Cape Cod shoreline. I almost just buzzed by this first spot, but thank goodness I didn’t because we would end up spending the entire trip working the same 400 yard stretch of ocean.
Ten minutes after departing from the dock Kate and Zach were putting the lead core in the water. We went with 4 colors and two 24 inch red tubes which I had just made up the night before. New line and new gear that was just begging to be broken in!
On the very first pass Kate’s starboard side rod doubled over under the strain of a heavy striper. I couldn’t believe it! This fish pulled two colors of line from the Penn 113 in a heartbeat.
Kate got settled in and did a good job of quickly acquainting herself with how to operate a conventional style reel. The Ugly Stick was bent in half at moments as she eased the big bass towards the boat. The fish made numerous runs for the bottom, peeling off more lead core each time.
Finally, after a lot of pulling, Kate had the bass next to the boat. I reached down and lifted the big boy over the gunnel. When I flopped him on the deck I couldn’t believe it – what a start! This fish was easily 30 pounds with a huge gut.
Without hesitation the lines went back in the water. We made the same exact pass over the same exact bottom and got the same exact result. Instead of Kate being on the rod it was Zach’s turn. Of course Zach’s fish was not quite as big as Kate’s, but he was not complaining when his 25 pounder hit the deck.
We were off to a great start with the tube and worm. 2 passes and 2 keepers. We would actually end up making 6 passes and landing 6 bass before finally making a pass without a bump. If only every morning could be this productive.[flagallery gid=3 name=Gallery]
Slack tide was around 6:45AM this morning, so I figured that would be a good time to go look for mackerel. Tube and worming is great, but fishing with live macks is even better.
Unfortunately we were only able to scrounge up 2 live macks and then that brisk NW wind blew in from across the Bay. Once again time to play it safe and head back in tighter to the beach.
We fished those two macks and quickly boated two more nice stripers. For the next couple of hours we pounded away with the tube and worm rigs and continued to pick of a bass every now and again.
Around 10:30AM the wind backed off and we made a last second run out to deeper water for more live macks. This time we found a few and managed to put 8 in the live well. Back in towards shore we went, ready to feed the macks to some more big bass.
It only took a couple of minutes for the first mack to get slurped down…then the second…the third, and so on. We went through the macks in about an hour, called it quits and headed for the dock.
It was an ideal ending to a great day on the water. BIG thanks to Jon, Zach and Kate for coming out today, I had a blast.
I’ll be sure to elaborate more on the techniques we used and areas we fished in the extended report.
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I have a busy day tomorrow but I will try to get a fishing forecast up by Saturday AM at the latest. Lots to report on this week!
Tight lines and have a great weekend,