The black sea bass has become one of the most prolific fish species on Cape Cod, providing anglers with great sport and delicious table fare.
Black sea bass are relatively simple and easy to catch. They can be caught in Buzzard's Bay, Nantucket Sound, Vineyard Sound and Cape Cod Bay.
In this "behind the scenes" blog post, I'll share with you the locations and strategies Sam Brown and I used during the filming of episode #5 to catch big, beautiful, hard fighting and delicious black sea bass.
Heading Out To The Black Sea Bass Grounds
The morning of May 30th 2018 was perfectly clear with no wind at all. I remember pulling into the marina and looking up into the sky at a bright full moon, which hung just above the horizon.
A few minutes after I arrived our film crew consisting of Evan from Hop Top Films, MFCC TV producer Shane Uriot, and Tyler from the Goose Hummock pulled into the parking lot.
I had chosen a boat ramp and marina that would give us quick and easy access to the most productive black sea bass spots. Fortunately this ramp also has plenty of parking, which made it the ideal place for us to launch from.
You can view the boat ramp in the map below.
The guys wasted no time getting all their fancy equipment setup and ready to go!
PJ from the Goose Hummock would be our buddy boat for the day.
Since this was our first shoot of the season, it took us all a little time to get organized and formulate our plan for filming. Nevertheless by 6AM we had everything and everyone loaded onto the boats, en route to the black sea bass grounds.
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Ryan from @myfishingcapecod and Sam and PJ of team goose catching some black sea bass on Cape Cod. Follow the link below to see the full video and how they cooked their catch. https://youtu.be/J2w5QwMbgM8 #capecod #fishing #saltwaterfishing #explore #outdoors #fishinglife #bassfishing #blackseabass #capecod #goosehummock #newengland #offshorefishing #offshore #shimano #grundens #cooking #cookingvideo #fish #fishfry #canon #canon5dmarkiii
Locations & Lures
During the filming of episode #5 we used Joe Baggs Flukies in various colors, in the 1oz-2oz range. If the wind and current was stronger, then we probably would of used Flukies in the 3oz-5oz range.
To further entice the sea bass, we added a piece of Gulp Swimming Mullet to the Flukies. This gave the lure a bit more "wiggle" and also put some scent into the water.
There are many great areas throughout Cape Cod to fish for black sea bass. However during the filming of episode #5 we decided to fish one very reliable area of bottom.
The map below highlights the area of the rock piles we fished. For the most part we fished depths between 16-28 feet.
Sea conditions could not of been nicer for the third week of May! We enjoyed perfectly flat calm conditions for the entire day. It was a beautiful day to be on the water, and fortunately for us the sea bass bite was nonstop.
Even PJ, the captain of our buddy boat, found plenty of time to catch his limit of big black sea bass!
During this trip we caught nearly all of our keeper sea bass right on the bottom. The bite was good from start to finish, and was still going strong when we left. We quickly caught our limit of 5 sea bass per person, and then continued to catch and release until we acquired enough footage.
Towards the end of the day, just as I was starting to fillet the sea bass, a Massachusetts Environmental Police boat pulled up alongside us. The police officers were super cool and were actually super pumped to get involved with the filming!
All in all it was a fantastic day of fishing and filming. The boats ran well, the weather was perfect, and the fish cooperated.
As always thank you for tuning-in to My Fishing Cape Cod TV! I am really excited to see the positive response that this season has so far generated, and I'm already chomping at the bit for spring!