Over the past 7 days I've made three separate trips for black sea bass and they have all been amazingly productive, with quick limits of sea bass as large as 24 inches in length.
In fact on May 31st, during a My Fishing Cape Cod group trip, we even encountered blitzing fish, with sea bass surface feeding under birds for as far as the eye could see!
These fish have moved in shallow to spawn and they won't be around for too much longer. If you want a chance at a "State Pin" size sea bass, then right now is the time to go.
May 29th | Scouting For Sea Bass
Kevin Collins (pictured above) is the host and producer of our weekly members-only podcast, which covers fishing reports for the Cape region. He's all business in these photos, but trust me he does smile from time to time.
Back on May 29th my cousin Kevin (pictured above - who is also the host of our podcast) and I headed out to do some scouting around for sea bass. I had a TV shoot scheduled for the next day, so I wanted to make sure I knew where the big sea bass were hiding.
Fortunately we found the motherload of 20 inch plus sea bass within an hour of leaving the dock. It took a little searching around, but the fishing was lights out once we reached the area shown in the map below.
Once we got on 'em, the keeper-size sea bass were quick to bite. I'd say we reached our limit of 5 keepers per person within 45 minutes of drifting over productive bottom.
I was feeling pretty confident about our TV shoot the next morning!
May 30th | TV Shoot With Goose Hummock Shops
Just before sunrise on May 30th I met MFCC TV director/produce Shane Uriot, our cameraman Evan Schneider, and Sam Brown, PJ and Tyler from the Goose Hummock Shops at the boat ramp pictured below.
We cruised to the exact same area that Kevin and I fished the previous day, and on PJ's first drop of the morning he hooked a nice keeper sea bass.
PJ works at the Goose Hummock and is a skilled boat builder. You might see his homemade boat the "Reel Obsession" on the water this season.
It was pretty much big sea bass after big sea bass for the entire morning.
You might recognize Sam Brown (left) of the Goose Hummock from our trout fishing episode in season #1 of My Fishing Cape Cod TV. Last week Sam wrote a great article for us about how to catch sea bass in Nantucket Sound, which you can read here.
The technique for catching these sea bass was extremely simple and effective. You can learn all about it in the section below.
Overall the TV shoot was very productive and you can expect to see this episode in season #2 of My Fishing Cape Cod TV, airing during January-March 2019!
May 31 Sea Bass Group Trip
My week of phenomenal black sea bass fishing peaked with a group fishing trip with captain Cullen of Cape Star Charters on May 31st.
Pictured here is Captain Cullen (left) and 2 year MFCC member Jacques Morin (right) with one of many keeper-size sea bass caught during this group trip.
During this trip we encountered acres of surface blitzing sea bass feeding beneath diving birds. In fact you probably could of caught these sea bass on a fly rod!
3 year My Fishing Cape Cod member Vinnie Freudenberger has fished with us during some incredible trips, including several striper trips where we caught bass as large as 40+ pounds on live mackerel and topwater plugs. Vinnie is good luck!
Everyone onboard was constantly hooking up, and we probably caught our limit of sea bass in less than one hour.
Ben Mahanna has had success with stripers of up to 39 inches from the canal, and this year he hopes to learn how to fish live eels from the beach. Ben has been a member of My Fishing Cape Cod since January of 2018.
Mark Polebaum had steady action with sea bass during this trip by using 1 and 2 ounce metal jigs. Mark has been a member of MFCC since May of 2016.
After we caught our limit of sea bass, I went to work filleting. It would end up taking me about 3 hours to fillet all the fish! However that was definitely a good problem to have and I honestly don't mind filleting at all.
While I worked on the fillets, Cullen worked on finding some stripers and bluefish for the crew to play around with. Thanks to Cullen's new radar, he was able to quickly locate a flock of birds working over busting bass and blues.
Bluefish have been hard to come by so far this season, but we landed around a half dozen of them up to 30 or so inches.
We have not seen many bluefish yet this season in Cape waters, so it was pretty exciting when we stumbled upon a school of bluefish marauding small baitfish on the surface. It was almost surreal as we found the birds and fish using radar, and the action seemingly just appeared out of the fog!
Black sea bass was the intended species for this trip, but we managed to land several stripers as well.
By 11:30am I had finished up filletting and the crew had their fill of catching fish. We decided to call it a day and returned back at the boat ramp with enough sea bass for us each to have quite a few nice dinners.
Sea bass for days!
In conclusion the sea bass fishing last week was nothing short of absolutely terrific. And based off what I heard this past weekend, the sea bass bite was still holding strong as of Sunday afternoon.
However these fish are here to spawn, and the real big sea bass will soon move back to deeper water. Plus it's anyone's guess as to how the big northeast winds of the past few days will affect the bite.
If you do head out, then I wish you the best of luck! Sea bass are delicious eating, fun fighters, and an abundant species worth targeting right now in Cape waters.
PS - for additional information on targeting sea bass right now on Cape Cod, be sure to check out this new article contributed by Sam Brown of the Goose Hummock Shops.