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Stripers Attacking da ‘Squid | An Underwater Perspective

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This past Tuesday July 7th, I headed out fishing with four members from My Fishing Cape Cod and captain Cullen of Cape Star Charters.

It was a memorable trip with a great crew of US  veterans! The group trip was paid for by anonymous donors from MFCC, who jumped at the opportunity to sponsor a trip for veterans.

Today I wanted to share with you some of my favorite underwater images and underwater video footage from this memorable trip! 🎣


The image above captures two striped bass as they zone in on my da 'Squid soft plastic made by the Fish Snax Lures company. 

Most of the stripers we caught during this trip were between 24-36 inches in length. I estimate the striped bass in this next image to be about 33 inches long.

The bass were holding along a rip off Monomoy Island. The fish would readily come to the surface to investigate and attack our lures.

At one point during the trip, a school of bass and bluefish pinned a group of squid against the surface.

The water around the boat turned black with ink as the squid made  desperate attempt to escape being eaten!

Various different lures produced bites on this trip, and the action was pretty steady during the course of the tide. 

Please click play below to check out the underwater video action from this trip! 👇

Thank you to captain Cullen of Cape Star Charters as well as the members from MFCC who attended this trip!

  •  Alex Cadete - 6 years Army National Guard. Afghanistan 2014
  • Jack Bosch - Army Signal Corps from 1964-1967 with duty in two locations in the US, plus 2 years radio maintenance and repair at installations throughout SW France. Jack had monthly courier assignments at outposts in Germany and Belgium.
  • Jeff Richard - 1st LT USAR, 443d Civil Affairs Co, Warwick, RI, 1981to 1988.
  • Anthony Besaw - Navy Fleet Marine Force Corpsman Vet. Anthony served for 7 years, with one deployment to Afghanistan in 2011-2012.

In conclusion, I'd like to wish you the best of luck if you are able to make it out fishing this weekend. Be safe and have fun out there on the water, beach or at the canal. 

Tight lines! 🎣

What do you think?

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  1. Fantastic stuff. I have been surprised when watching your previous videos at how visible the leader is, even though I assume you use fluorocarbon. In this video you can easily see the hook and the clip as well. Shows the importance of tying directly from your leader and using a lighter leader when fishing for Albies.
    From your videos and other line visibility videos it seems that sunlight near the surface makes the line more visible. Use a lighter leader when fishing near the surface?

    1. Yes the leader does look very visible in the videos. I’m not sure if it’s just something to do with the camera or what. The leader in this video is 30lb Seagur Premier fluorocarbon. Like you mention, it goes to show how important it can be to keep leader size in mind when targeting finicky fish.

  2. Ryan, you keep outdone yourself with your excellent video footage. Maybe we will see you video tuna one day soon?

    1. Glad you enjoy the content Ron. I am hoping to film some tuna this Thursday actually! We will see what happens…

  3. Great video! Glad the Veterans had a great trip! Thank You for your service guys!

    1. We definitely had a great trip with an awesome crew!

  4. Great video! I’ve never seen underwater footage quite like that. Thanks!

    1. Glad you liked the footage. Thanks for checking it out!


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