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How To Catch Striped Bass With Live Eels At Inlets

Ryan Collins

Nighttime fishing for striped bass on Cape Cod during late October can be a dark and cold experience, and there are no guarantees you will find fish. The bass can be here one day and gone the next as they migrate south.

However one of the most reliable late season spots for me are Cape Cod's numerous inlets. And without a doubt one of the most effective baits to use at these inlets are live eels.

In this video I'll teach you how to catch striped bass (stripers) by using live eels at inlets. This video was filmed this October in the middle of the night on Cape Cod. I will include more information about the location in the members download.


Gear and equipment used in this video:

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Additional information about the location fished

  1. Always great videos. If you are going fishing at 1:00 am when do you get your eels and how do you keep them fresh?

    1. During the fishing season I keep a large tank of eels outside in a shady spot. I fill the tank with freshwater and keep two aerators going nonstop. Every few days I change the water when it starts looking dirty. ✌🏻

  2. Nice video Ryan! We are heading to the cape tomorrow! Fishing is on the agenda! Happy Anniversary to you and Lauren!

    1. Great! Beautiful day out there today. Gluck and have fun!

  3. thanks for sharing, Ryan. was that before or after that big blow last weekend?

    1. That was after the big blow. I know you must recognize the spot. You caught a bunch of schoolies there on the fly rod this past spring before the Cheeky Tournament.

  4. Ryan, You always keep it interesting, thanks. I hope you took a day off to celebrate your anniversary with Lauren.

    1. We actually went up to Woodstock Vermont! Had a great time hiking around with the dog. Hope things are well with you too Ron. I’m sure you’ve put your boat away by now, which is always sad, but spring will be here before we know it!


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