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Amazing Underwater Footage of Striped Bass Chasing an Eel

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In this video, we go underwater for a unique view of a school of Cape Cod striped bass as they chase a live eel in shallow water.

I filmed this footage during the 2019 season, and it will air during this weekend's episode of My Fishing Cape Cod TV.

Striped bass love eating eels, however as you'll see in this video, sometimes dozens of stripers will follow the eel without biting!

Please click play below to watch. 👇


Striped bass need time to rest, and I believe that could be a contributing factor as to why I could not get these fish to bite. In fact, these bass had been feeding all morning on peanut bunker.

Regardless, watching this footage for the first time nearly gave me chills! I really enjoy observing striped bass in their natural habitat.

You can watch more footage like this in the final episode of season 3 of My Fishing Cape Cod TV, this Saturday at 9:30am on NBC Sports Boston.

If you haven't been able to watch the episodes on tv, then you can tune-in online over at 👉 

Right now all episodes from seasons 1 and 2 are online, and I will probably be able to add episodes from season 3 to the website this April.

Tight lines! 🎣

What do you think?

Let me know by commenting below.

  1. I was always under the impression Bass have a target bait, if they were feeding on peanut bunker they probably weren’t interested in a white lure.????

  2. Hey Ryan,
    In addition to the bass simply not being hungry after gorging on peanuts, they may have been leader shy as your leader appears fairly heavy and the water is quite clear. Also the eel doesn’t seem very frisky and seems to be pulled through the water in a somewhat unnatural manner. Lastly this may be a simple case of not matching the hatch. Not trying to be critical-just observations. I love all your video footage. Keep up the good work! Rick

  3. Loved the Costa Rica episode. A couple questions.. was a license required down there and did bring all of your own gear? A saw that 3 piece rod and assumed you packed it in your luggage.

    1. I’m pumped you enjoyed that episode Mike! It’s my understanding that a license is “required” if you aren’t fishing aboard a charter boat (and I got a license the first year I went down there) however there is no enforcement and I haven’t bothered getting a license the past 3 trips. I do usually pack two 3-piece travel rods. Here is a link to the gear I like to bring.

  4. I am glad that I am not an eel.

    1. Yes, and I’m also glad I’m not a sea worm on the end of a tube and worm.

  5. Super cool video! And great show this past weekend! Thanks Ryan

    1. Glad you enjoyed it! I really enjoy seeing the fish from these new perspectives. Say hi to Mike for me!


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