August 31 2022

Getting Kids Onto Fish During The First Peanut Bunker Bass Blitzes of the Season!

by Ryan Collins
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The afternoon of Friday August 26th was breezy and ominous. 

The wind was blowing about 20 miles per hour out of the southwest, and thunder and lightning was predicted for the afternoon and evening. Nevertheless, I decided we could give it a try, and attempt to squeeze a trip in before the storms hit the region.

We arrived at the marina at 4:00 PM and we launched without any issues. The marina was quiet, probably because everybody knew there was a chance of thunder and lightning.

However, you never really know what the weather is going to do until it happens. We decided that we would head out and just keep an eye on the sky, check the radar, and not venture far away from the harbor.

This is a sight that we all dream about! Hundreds of seagulls and terns were in the area picking off peanut bunker as stripers pinned the baitfish against the surface. 

Fortunately, we didn't have to go very far! As soon as we came out of the marina we started seeing birds everywhere off the coastline. We motored over to the birds and began a drift with bass blitzing on peanut bunker all around the boat.

*If you'd like to learn more about where we were fishing during this trip, then please visit https://myfishingcapecod.com/getting-kids-onto-fish-locations/

Cooper Mark, a longtime member of My Fishing Cape Cod and passionate young angler, started casting an amber gold Engage Twitshad and it wasn't long until he caught the interest of a solid striped bass.

The fish came flying up to the surface and smacked his lure for everybody to see.

Cooper Mark with his new personal best striped bass! Cooper has been a member of My Fishing Cape Cod for a long time and I've had fun watching him progress and develop as an angler.

The bass pulled plenty of line and put up a great fight. The fish ended up being the biggest striper that Cooper had ever caught! It was a healthy striper, which Cooper decided to release to fight another day. 

Cooper continued making casts and hooking up with fish, as I continued to fight the wind and try to keep the boat in a good position. His dad Brian kept an eye to the sky and continued checking the radar. 

The peanut bunker blitzes were really getting going good, and it was a lot of fun watching the fish come up to the surface chasing bait.

Cooper's cousin Jackson with a big striper surface hit right at the boat!

During this time of the year, peanut bunker are moving all along the coast of Cape Cod Bay, as well as along the Outer Cape, in Nantucket and Vineyard Sound, and Buzzard's Bay. 

Peanut bunker are one of the most prevalent bait fish and everything around here loves eating them, including stripers bluefish, fluke albies bonito and other species.

Cooper Mark making a cast towards surface feeding stripers.

As we continued fishing and moving along, I kept an eye on the sonar. Most of the bass were on the surface and I was not marking them on my machine. They were also not interested in any offerings that we fished on the bottom, including live eels and jigs.

The stripers wanted surface baits so that's what we decided to give them.

Jackson, Cooper's younger cousin, eventually figured out the code and started catching fish. He was casting the same Engage Twitshad, and was doing work on stripers all the way up to almost 30 inches.

Jackson with his new personal best striped bass!

It was a ton of fun and the kids were having a blast. This type of fishing is exactly what I loved to do most when I was their age.

In this same exact area, I would chase birds while fishing with my dad from our little 12 foot boat. Later we would do it from our 19 foot Carolina skiff and ultimately in the 21 foot Hydra Sport, the Miss Loretta, which we're currently fishing out of right now.

It was mostly all stripers for the majority of the trip, but towards the end we encountered some bluefish that we did not land because they snapped us off. Nevertheless, overall the blues were few and far between.

Cooper's dad Brian Mark (co-owner of CMS Landscape in Bourne) also managed to get in on the action!

By 7PM it seemed like the thunder and lightning were getting closer. We heard a few rumbles that were coming from not so far away so we decided to reel in the lines and make our way back home.

Overall it had been a fantastic trip and I was glad we were able to squeeze it in before the storms hit.

We played it safe and made it back to the dock about an hour before the storms hit.

Sure enough by 8:30 PM, when we were safe and sound back on land, the thunderstorms started up big time. We got a lot of rain and some serious lightning. The thunder booms were like nothing I had heard all summer long and I was glad we were back on land and not out on the water.

Thank you very much to Brian, Cooper, and Jackson for coming out and fishing with me on this trip. I had a ton of fun fishing with you guys, and I hope we can do it again sometime soon! 

Tight lines and take care! 🎣

*If you'd like to learn more about where we were fishing during this trip, then please visit https://myfishingcapecod.com/getting-kids-onto-fish-locations/

About the author 

Ryan Collins

I'm fortunate to have grown up on the beach, and I've been fishing since kindergarten. I have great family, friends and fishing experiences to be thankful for. Just being out there is enough-catching fish is just a bonus!


    • Definitely a great day! And I saw your message about photos from our trip together. I do have some and I’ll email them to you as soon as I can. I’m really looking forward to hearing about your Alaska trip. Have fun and good luck!

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