This morning from 3:30am until sunrise I encountered surface feeding holdover striped bass here on Cape Cod. These fish were hammering bait and acting as if it was summer!
The water temperature was still a chilly 44 degrees Fahrenheit, but that did not deter these fish one bit from aggressively attacking just about anything I threw at them.
Yes the striped bass migration may still be a couple weeks away from reaching Cape Cod, but the holdover stripers which have spent the winter here on Cape are most definitely getting more active now that the weather is slowly warming up.
Early this morning the action was literally a fish on every cast. Sure this may sound unrealistic considering the time of year, however remember that holdover stripers often group together in tight schools. If you can find them, you may enjoy very consistent action.
Nevertheless, encountering aggressive, surface feeding striped bass at this time of the year is extremely rare. In fact I have only experienced it a handful of times in my entire life!
I am not sure what the bass were feeding on, but whatever it was the stripers were not being shy about gobbling them down. The pitch black, deafening, windless silence of the morning was constantly disturbed by sudden POPS and SMACKS as 15-25 inch stripers fed with abandon.
In total I landed 15 stripers before deciding to call it quits. I also had many more bites (probably at least 20) that I missed the hook on.
As promised, I had crushed the barbs on all my hooks, and I am happy to report that every single striper swam away in good condition!
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