Striped Bass season has arrived on Cape Cod! Schoolies have moved into Nantucket Sound and are beginning to show up on the Southside. As of Thursday, the fishing has been good throughout Falmouth, and schoolies have begun to fill in Popponesset, Waquoit and Cotuit Bay. Black Eel staff member, Randy Dennis, landed this fresh schoolie over the weekend (photo above) and sighted a large number of pogies being harassed by hungry bass throughout Falmouth waters. The numbers of Herring showing up in the runs this spring is a promising sign and hungry bass will no doubt be close behind.
Schoolies should continue East into Mid-Cape waters as we approach the weekend with the help of SW winds and warming water temps. Bass River would be a good bet to try your luck at landing your first striper of the season as would any of the beaches adjacent to the local herring runs. The Largemouth Bass fishing in the local ponds has also been outstanding this week, and would be a good target for the weekend. The stocked trout are starting to wise up but they can still be fooled by matching the hatch with some small midge flies, although a bugger is always tempting.
We are now open for the season Thursdays – Mondays until June, so come by the shop and check out some of the new gear that we have in stock and don’t forget that Mother’s Day gift!