Cannibalistic Bass | May 10 Report

Cape Cod fishing reports

It has been one heck of an incredible week here on Cape Cod!  If you haven't yet signed up for the MFCC newsletter, be sure to do so by the end of the day today.  This week's newsletter will recap this past week's fishing events and highlight the dramatic increase of big bass in the waters surrounding the Cape.

I'd also like to say thank you for helping to make this first week of reporting such a success.  I've been receiving a boat load of fishing tips and reports from blog members which is really awesome.  Your input is a huge help when it comes to finding and sticking with the fish.  Thank you!

Yesterday started off much in the same way as the day before.  I spent the morning soaked to the bone sitting on a rock waiting for the tide to turn - hoping it would bring with it the big bass of the day before.  The rain was incredible to say the least.

Unfortunately I waited and waited, but nothing was showing in the area I was fishing.  I saw a couple pops here and there but nothing major.  By 8:45AM I decided to call it quits and go home to dry up.

Well I hate to admit it but that decision came back to bite me in the butt.  Oddly enough it seemed that yesterday's best action did not happen early in the morning, as is usually the case.  Striped bass are unpredictable creatures when they want to be, and yesterday my predictions just didn't line up with what the bass had in mind.

You can't expect to win every battle!

I was able to at least scoot back out fishing later in the day just before sunset.  I wasn't expecting much from the last second-late in the day-trip but I ended up cashing in with a small keeper.  At least I avoided the skunk for the day which is always appreciated.

I don't think I have much of a future in cinematography but I did mange to snap a quick video of yesterday's small keeper.  If only I was able to get some video footage of yesterday's 36 pounder - oh well maybe next time.

As mentioned there was a good bite yesterday, it just happened while I was not fishing.

My friend Jeff (who is an incredible striped bass fishermen) texted me this photo yesterday.

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This bass regurgitated the smaller 7 inch bass after being caught yesterday morning.

Apparently bass are feeding on their own kind.  Once Jeff got his bass up onto the rocks it coughed up a 7 inch long baby striper.  I've heard stories about cannibalistic bass but this is the fist documented photo I have ever seen.  Pretty cool stuff to say the least, and I suppose that explains why juvenile stripers rarely travel with full grown adults.

Certain tides have been producing better than other tides as of late.  I think there is a great deal of potential for this weekend's fishing.  There are big bass around and they are feeding aggressively at certain times and in certain locations.  For more information on yesterday's events, productive tides and areas click here.





by Ryan Collins

Ryan Collins grew up on the beach, and has been fishing since he was 5. Ryan has great family, friends and fishing experiences to be grateful for. Just being there is enough...catching a few fish is always a bonus!

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