The past 7 days have been a lot of fun for yours truly and I am already chomping at the bit for this weekend! The fish are here and the weather's been cooperating, so I can't ask for much more than that.
In this post I will recap what I have found this past week fishing on Cape Cod, and I will share with you some "best guesses" of what to expect this weekend.
Mico Schoolies Are Here, How About The First Small Keepers?
I spent well over 100 hours this spring, combing through estuaries, before finally encountering consistent "micro" schoolie striper fishing. Once the bass showed up for me, they began showing up for many other anglers throughout the Cape Cod region as well.
It was as if someone flipped the switch and the fish just appeared. To my surprise, I even found stripers feeding aggressively on the surface, in certain estuarine areas.
From what I have been gathering there are plenty of big prey items here for the taking, for whenever the first small keepers decide to show up. Herring, pogies and mackerel (we'll talk more about mackerel below) are here and ready to be eaten.
I would imagine that someone on Cape will catch a small keeper this weekend, probably in an area that has plenty of these larger prey items.
Right Now Is The Perfect Time To Get Out And Explore
If you've been following the MFCC blog for a few years now, you may have noticed that my primary objective with each fishing trip is to simply "be out there." Catching a few fish is really just a bonus.
This past week I enjoyed one of the most breathtakingly scenic fishing trips all season. The weather was picturesque and the scenery could not have been any better.
Again I found stripers feeding on the surface, but to be honest I was so enveloped by the total experience that I almost didn't even care about the fish. Contrary to what many folks believe, I spend a lot of time behind a computer screen, so I cherish each and every second of my outdoor experiences.
The particular trip I am alluding to here was this surfcasting expedition along the Nantucket Sound shoreline.
Right now is a wonderful time to get outside on Cape Cod before the summer crowds settle in. Many of the nooks and crannies that I have been visiting and fishing, will become much more challenging to access once summer sets in.
How Things Are Shaping Up At The Cape Cod Canal
Based on what I have been seeing and hearing, the stage is set at the Big Ditch, but so far the switch has not been flipped.
I was down at the Canal earlier this week just poking around, and aside from a few seals chasing mackerel, there was not much fishing going on.
Due to the intense interest that folks have with regards to fishing the Cape Cod Canal, I won't be sharing any Canal information openly on the MFCC Facebook page or here on the blog.
The last thing I want to personally do is feel responsible for sending droves of hopeful people to the Canal, as the result of me posting a Canal fish pic etc.
Based on what I am seeing in the forum, we have a really friendly and ambitious group of folks that will be fishing the Canal hard this weekend and the following week, and I feel they will be your best source for credible and recent Canal information.
Mackerel, Squid And The First Bluefish Of The Season
I have not personally been out yet for mackerel but I expect that to change very soon. So while I have not personally caught any macks yet, I would be willing to bet that they are out there in good numbers.
While fishing the Cape's southside this past week I did see plenty of trawlers working Nantucket and Vineyard Sounds in search of squid.
It appears that the squid are there and I have heard some rumors of folks catching them from southside docks at night under the lights.
When I start seeing squid I can't help but think bluefish. Plus with the forecast SW winds for this weekend I can't help but imagine those schools of squid being pushed in close to shore by the breeze.
Will the bluefish show up in Nantucket and Vineyard Sound this week? Obviously I don't know for sure, but I feel like there is a good chance. The stage is most certainly set!
The 2014 Quick Start Guide To Fishing Cape Cod
With the 2014 Cape Cod fishing season just getting underway, I wanted to share with you a new quick start guide I have created specifically for people who are new to fishing the Cape Cod area.
This easy-to-consume guide will provide you with basic Cape Cod fishing information as well as information about licenses, common fishing courtesy and a variety of other topics.
If you are new to fishing the Cape, then I feel this guide will be extremely valuable to you.
You can download the guide right now for free by clicking here or on the image below.
In Conclusion And Looking Forward
I feel we are in for a great weekend of fishing on Cape Cod. The weathermen are predicting near 70 degree temperatures...can you believe that!? LOL
Best of luck if you are able to get out this weekend. I hope you have a great time!
Tight lines and take care,
What do you think? Let me know by commenting below.