Small numbers of migratory striped bass reached Cape Cod last week, however I had no personally caught any, until this morning.
I woke up today expecting to try for tautog from my kayak. If you read this tautog report from a few days ago then you know the action has been pretty good.
However my kayak-tautog plans changed abruptly this morning just before sunrise when I was greeted with heavy dense fog.
Change Of Plans
Kayaking in dense fog is no fun, plus it can be dangerous. I prefer to be able to see where I am headed in a kayak, and I don't like the idea of another boat not being able to see me.
So much like the bird in the below photo, I decided I would instead fish on foot. The kayak would have to wait until another day.
Tautog were still on my mind as I walked through a small dune path towards a rocky shoreline. I have caught tautog from shore before on Cape, and I felt confident I might be able to find some hanging out around submerged boulders.
Yet that all changed once I walked out to the tip of a rock jetty. Down to the left I could easily see a school of at least a dozen stripers cruising through the crystal clear shallows.
Stripers Feeding Ontop
Since I was rigged up for tautog fishing (and because I had plenty of green crabs for bait) my initial thought was to quickly cast a live crab into the school of bass.
However, the bass were not interested in the crab. The fish were feeding aggressively on the surface, so I figured a topwater plug would be my best choice.
The 1 ounce yellow/white Gibbs pencil did the trick...
Gear & Equipment List
This was the best striper action I have experienced yet this month and there is little doubt in my mind that more bass are arriving in Cape waters by the hour.
Final tally was around a half dozen stripers, with the largest about 26 inches in length. I definitely could of caught more fish had I wanted to.
For more information about this trip, and to watch my full 8 minute video from this trip, then please click the download button below.
More information about the area on Cape Cod that I was fishing this morning + a full 8 minute video of the trip.
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!