This adventure began well before dark, at the leisurely hour of 3pm.
I had initially planned on using the kayak, but high winds convinced me to fish from shore.
It was now after midnight, and after hours of casting, I was yet to catch a fish.
During my last trip I had been extremely lucky and fortunate to have stumbled across a school of holdover stripers feeding on the surface.
But the fish tonight were proving more difficult to find.
However, that was all about to change as I approached the dark back corner of an estuary here on Cape.
25+ Pound Holdover?
My cast landed with a "plop" that echoed throughout the dark marsh. The icy cold wind of earlier in the evening had died off, and it was now flat calm.
I could feel the plug slithering from side to side as I began a painfully slow retrieve. Thoughts began to sweep into my mind.
Is it possible the fish left the estuary for open water? I asked myself.
Or are the fish here, but they just aren't biting? I further pondered.
Regardless, it was now past midnight and I was nearing the end of this trip. If I didn't turn back soon the sun might rise before I got to bed.
The plug was now less than 40 feet from my rod tip.
I could feel the lure wobbling back and forth through the coffee colored water, when it was suddenly engulfed...
Growing up I had heard rumors of 40+ inch holdover stripers on Cape Cod, but I had never actually seen or caught one.
Now here was one of those elusive monsters.
The rumors had been true all along...
I don't carry a scale, but I figured she weighed at least 25 pounds.
Finally I eased her back into the water, and watched as she calmly pumped water through her big red gills.
Thank you fish is what I recall thinking, before watching the bass swim away into the inky darkness of the night.
What a gift of an experience this had been. I packed up my gear and began the long trek back home.
MFCC members can click below to download a Google Earth video about the area fished, and 6 additional HD photos taken during this trip.
Google Earth video about
the area fished
An additional 6 HD photos
taken during this trip
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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!