I'm still pretty shocked by the 25+ pound holdover striper which I was fortunate to catch last week.
It just goes to show that you never know what you may find when you "get out there" and do some exploring.
Right now is also a fantastic time to scout new fishing areas before the migratory stripers arrive. In particular, I have recently felt inspired to try fly fishing for stripers, so I now need to find spots ideal for the fly.
With the wintry weather of the past few days, I figured now would be a good time to share a report with you which I have been meaning to post for several weeks now.
During this unique reconnaissance experience, I cross country skied my way through some of the Cape's dunes and marshes, and ended up discovering a spot that could give me a great chance to catch a huge striper on the fly.
Scouting New Spots
It was a sunny day in early February, and warmer than usual.
The Cape had recently been smacked by a winter Nor' Easter, which dumped six inches of snow onto the region.
Yet the snow was melting quickly, and I would have to act fast if I wanted to cross country ski to the spot I had found using Google Earth.
I wanted to check out a brand new areas which I have never before fished from shore, and try to gauge how well the area might fish come spring.
However, accessing this spot requires a 6 mile round trip walk/ski, and I wanted to make sure the effort would be worth it.
As previously mentioned, I am now inspired to try fly fishing for striped bass. I had a dream about wrestling a 30 pounder from shallow water on the fly.
Pulling that off will require an enormous effort, especially considering I have never before tried fly fishing.
However I want to give fly fishing a try, and I want to skip the small fish and jump right into catching cows. This could be the spot to do it.