Usually starting sometime in early or mid-August, peanut bunker arrive along the Cape Cod and Massachusetts coastlines.
The peanut bunker schools will remain plentiful in the region throughout September, and often well into October and November.
Last week I shared this report about shallow-water peanut bunker blitzes. In today's report, I would like to share with you information and video about peanut bunker blitzes out deep.
Fishing With My Dad
Back on August 28th, I picked my dad up at 5:15am for a morning trip in our little 12 foot boat. Not long after launching, we spotted birds working in about 30 feet of water, so we headed over for a closer look.
My dad loves fishing and being on the water. When I was a little kid, my dad would take me fishing all the time on our 12 foot boat (pictured below) so this trip brought back good memories for both of us.
Pictured above is my dad with our original 12 foot boat. The boat is beached on the east bar in Barnstable Harbor during low tide.
On the morning of August 28th we enjoyed flat calm conditions with bass and bluefish feeding on peanut bunker all around us. I had a lot of fun during this trip capturing underwater and aerial images of the feeds.
You can get a preview of the action by clicking play below!
*Members of MFCC can watch an additional 6 minutes of deep-water striper blitz footage by clicking here.
Some interesting observations I made during the trip with my dad include:
Because we were in a boat, I did not pay too close attention to the tide. The feeds pretty much lasted all day long, again probably because it takes so much effort and energy on the stripers' part to catch enough peanut bunker to "get full".
We were using white Albie Snax soft plastics when casting to surface feeding fish. We also used live eels in hopes of enticing a bigger bass from the bottom. The eels worked well but unfortunately we did not catch any monster bass as we had hoped.
I had a great time this past August filming peanut bunker blitzes, and I learned a lot about how bass and bluefish like to hunt. Even better, I was able to fish with my dad, as well as other friends and family members.
What do you think? Have you made it out fishing recently? What are you seeing out there right during now? Please let me know by commenting below!
*PS-Members of MFCC can watch an additional 6 minutes of deep-water striper blitz footage by clicking here.