It may be November and it's no doubt getting late in the Cape Cod fishing season, but schoolie striped bass are still present on Cape in strong numbers.
On Wednesday morning November 1st, I decided to do some surfcasting for stripers. It was the first time I had been on the beach in a couple weeks.
The air was a nippy 38 degrees but the ocean water was probably around 60 degrees. The early morning light was shining through a misty veil of "sea smoke" which was rising from the water's surface.
Dozens of terns were plucking baitfish from the shallows, as schoolie striped bass corralled minnows up against the shoreline. A pair of seals were cruising 100 yards offshore and there seemed to be a lot of life in the area.
There were larger schools with bigger flocks of birds further down the beach, but I didn't have the time or motivation to chase them down. I fished for about an hour, caught 4 healthy schoolies and had several missed hits.
The Joe Baggs Albie Chaser worked very well and is becoming one of my "go-to" jigs for schoolie stripers.
I am friends with Joe D'Agostino (the owner of Joe Baggs Tackle) and I am happy to announce that Joe and his company have hopped onboard as an official sponsor 2018 of My Fishing Cape Cod TV!
Last year the schoolie striper action during November was phenomenal and it seems like we might have a similar run of fish this year.
For more information about where I have been finding all these schoolies, please check out this forum thread which contains all the details. Also be sure to keep tabs on our forum over the next few days and weeks for more updates about stripers, tuna and trout being posted by our members.
As always - tight lines and take care!
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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!