Last night I spent the hours of 7pm-10pm bouncing Al Gag's Whip-It-Fish along the bottom of an inlet.
In inlets on Cape Cod, striped bass often hug tight to the bottom, holding in shallow depressions waiting for a meal to be swept by.
A 1.5 ounce Whip-It-Fish or bucktail jig is the perfect lure for working the bottom of many inlets on Cape Cod and throughout New England.
On my very first cast with the Whip-It-Fish I got hit by a striped bass. Unfortunately I missed the hookset, but at least I knew the bass were around.
Three or four casts later I received another sudden jolt which meant a striper had just sucked down the jig.
The bass was very small but at least it was a fish! I hoped the fish would increase in size and numbers as the tide continued to drop.
Low tide last night along the southside of Cape Cod was around 10:30pm. So I was fishing the last part of the outgoing tide, which is probably my favorite tide for fishing inlets.
The action never really got crazy, but the bite was consistent enough to keep me interested. I ended the trip with 8 bass with the largest being a 30 inch fish which came off the hook right at my feet.
I was able to pin the 30 incher between my legs for a minute before he scooted off into the darkness. The video below recaps the trip, as well as provides some general information about how to jig inlets.
The only concern I have so far with the 1.5 ounce Whip-It-Fish is the strength of the hook. Unfortunately I feel the hook may bend under the pressure of a really big fish, and I would prefer a much stronger hook.
After the tide died out I decided to swing by Nobska Light for the start of the incoming. The wind was howling and waves were crashing onto the rocks. Conditions were too uncomfortable for me so I soon left to try some other areas in the town of Falmouth.
I stopped at numerous locations between Woods Hole and Old Silver Beach, fishing an eel among the many rocks and boulders which litter this coastline, without a single bump.
Apparently the boat guys did very this past Tuesday off Nauset, catching bass well into the 40 inch range right off the beach.
Who knows if those fish are still around, but that is by far the most promising striper action I have heard of as of late.
Of course the canal could turn back on at any moment. There are certainly big fish en route to the Ditch as we speak.
I always remember how my friend Bill (pictured above) caught a 60 pounder from the canal on Halloween night 15 years ago.
Best of luck if you make it out fishing this weekend!
Tight lines ?