Cape Cod is blessed with some wonderful freshwater fishing! This rings especially true now that it's December. With the busy summer season behind us, most of the ponds on the Cape are deserted of people.
The scene is very peaceful, with few people, plenty of animals, and hungry fish! Right now is a great time to be fishing these ponds, especially if you like fishing from shore.
I don't know if it's true, but I have been told by "old timers" that Cape Cod has as many freshwater ponds as days of the year. Some of the largemouth bass in these ponds can reach 10 pounds!
Largemouth Fishing On Cape Cod During December
The other day I set off with my dog Rosie to one of these 365 ponds, hoping to catch largemouths using one of the most reliable lures around, the Gary Yamamoto Yamasenko soft plastic worm.
After a cool and refreshing walk through the woods, I found myself standing ontop of a downed tree. The pine tree was half submerged in the pond and extended about 50 feet out into the depths.
Submerged timber is usually a very good place to find largemouth bass. I always make sure to stop and make at least a few casts around trees which have fallen into the water. Sometimes the bass are holed up in tight to the tree, basically in the branches. However the area around the tree can be good too.
The technique I used recently while fishing with Rosie was very simple. All I really did was cast the worm out and slowly twitch it back in.
My friend and MFCC member Kevin Walsh explains it like this - "When a worm falls into the pond it is drowning, so it tries to lift its head back to the surface". This is exactly what you are trying to mimic when fishing the senko worm "whacky style."
Please click play below to watch!
0:25 - introduction to the lure, tackle, and rod and reel
2:10 - example of how to fish the Senko
3:43 - first largemouth bass of the trip
5:18 - second demonstration of how to fish the Senko
5:49 - second largemouth bass of the trip
6:40 - closing comments
Gear and equipment used in this video:
Shimano Nasci 2500
Temple Fork Professional TFG PSS 662-1 rod
10 pound moss green Power Pro braid
10 pound Seaguar Blue Label Fluorocarbon leader
GoPro Hero 4 (refurbished)
GoPro battery pack life extender
Flexible camera tripod attachment
How To Fish The Senko Worm "Whacky Style"
There's a million different ways to catch largemouth bass on Cape Cod, but one of the most reliable is by fishing with the Gary Yamamoto "Senko" worm.
There are many different colors and sizes, but I honestly don't think it matters all that much what size or color you choose. I usually end up fishing with a 4 or 6 inch Senko that is dark in color.
I like fishing these worms "whacky style" with the hook pierced through the middle of the worm, as shown in the photo above and below.
If you want to get super professional about your rigging, then you could use a small bait elastic with a weedless worm hook, as shown below.
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!