Morone saxatilis are everywhere! Striped Bass that is, for those of you not versed in fish binomial names (we aren’t really either, but it is the scientifically correct name.) Stripers are being caught just about anywhere on Cape, with large fish making early appearances last week. Schoolies have been plentiful, and this Spring has has shown positive indications with tremendous amounts of baitfish and very healthy looking fish.
The Sound, Cape Cod Bay, and Buzzards Bay have all been producing, and big fish up to 50 lbs have been landed on Cape shores. Particularly in the mid-cape area, South facing beaches and estuaries have been on fire! This is most likely due to the enormous amount of baitfish present. Bass River reportedly has been echoing at night with fish large and small smacking the surface.
Mike Carr caught what might be the largest striped bass of the season this week while fishing an undisclosed location with Black Eel’s own Randy Dennis. The fish was estimated at 51 lbs before being released! (photo above)
If someone would shut the fan off, fishing (especially fly casting) could be amazing. The wind has been relentless the past couple days, however it should shut off for a short time this weekend. Any of the usual spots are a good bet for stripers this weekend, so make sure you get out there!
Black Eel Outfitters is also proud to be a sponsor of the Cheeky Schoolie tournament this Saturday, which will have 71 teams of 2 anglers. This Catch & Release tournament is a true grassroots event which will be fly fishing only and restricted strictly to shore. 142 anglers will duel it out from 6am to 3pm and there are some excellent prize packages for the winners and plenty of raffle-off items as well. If you are in the area stop by the Sand Bar in West Dennis to cheer on the competition and have a beer with the guys from Cheeky Fly Fishing. Good luck to all anglers this weekend!