All animals need rest, and striped bass on Cape Cod are no different. In fact, I think stripers, tuna and other fish species probably spend a lot of time resting and relaxing-just like people!
This past Friday I filmed 20-30 inch stripers as they were "sleeping". Some of the bass were barely moving - you could even say they were "sitting" or "laying" on the bottom.
The fish were basically motionless, until I got too close and spooked them into motion. After a brief swim away from me, the schools of stripers would once again settle back down and "go back to sleep" on the bottom.
Please click play below to watch!
Over the years I've observed "sleeping stripers" in different environments. Sometimes the bass will be finning on the surface. Other times they will be balled-up into tight schools suspended in deep water.
Yet my experience on Friday was unique because the fish were "sleeping" in water that was less than 10 feet deep. I think one of the main reasons the stripers chose this particular spot to rest and relax, is because there is very little boat traffic in this area.
It's a quiet oasis that is undisturbed by people and boats.
This past weekend I did not catch many fish. However, I really enjoyed swimming and observing the bass as they slept - even more so than hooking and catching them!
I hope you were able to learn something new by watching today's wildlife video clip. Good luck if you make it out fishing this week! As always, please LMK what you think by commenting below.