After releasing the fifth schoolie bass of this the trip, I decided that was enough for me.
When I was younger I would have continued fishing and catching to my heart's delight. I vividly remember one trip 15 years ago when I caught 85 schoolie stripers in just 3-4 hours of fishing.
That's what you do when you're a kid. You catch as many as you can. Then you try to catch the biggest that you can. Finally you get to the point where I feel I am at now, which is to catch a few, and then leave the rest alone.
Plenty Of Topwater Action And Bass Feeding On The Surface
I feel the warm sun this week really sparked the striped bass fishing on Cape Cod. Last week you couldn't find a fish anywhere, but now I am seeing plenty.
I am also seeing lots of bait. If you've read the full version of this fishing report published yesterday, you would have seen this video of dozens of mummichogs just hanging out in a tidal pool.
I came across all this bait while walking through a marsh earlier in the week. Small bait like mummichogs are a favorite prey item of the schoolie bass that have invaded Cape Cod over the past several days.
I couldn't tell for sure what the stripers in front of me were feeding on during this particular outing, but if I had to guess it would be mummichogs. Whatever they were eating, the stripers were pursuing it with vigor.
The bass were consistently splashing around on the surface and it was by far the best action I've encountered so far this season.