05-23-2005, 05:23 PM
Friday and Saturday went down to Chatham light and Morris island in the morning didn't see anybody from the forum or clave ,I must of just missed everybody ,so I went to Nauset and fished from the parking lot north to the inlet ,plenty of fish, micros to several 30 inchers. Sorry I missed everyone as I was looking forward to casting and catching with the clave crew.
Did you see the huge shoals of bait with hundreds of gannets dive bombing? We saw that going on for hours at Chatham Inlet and they headed north. According to some reports, it's possible that they were on tinker macs, although Sean thought he saw 8-10" herring.
I recall a giant blitz of big bass I experienced in Truro one year with tinker macs on the beach, and have heard similar stories from Sean Fields and Harry Koons on Nauset.
Eventually that bait will make a forced landing at the merciless pounding of big cow bass, and if there was an angler there at the right time / right place he'd just as soon hit the lottery.
05-23-2005, 06:57 PM
Adrian and I got into the birds Friday night on the incoming after dinner at the Squire. No Herring, it looked like the birds might have been snacking on the micros :frown: .
I doubt they were eating micros because they were stationary for hours over their victims. Bass wouldn't sit in one spot getting dive bombed, or at least not by any evidence I've ever seen. Even the smallest twinkies move deliberately in groups and with few exceptions in the predictable course during the migration, whether spring or fall.
Of course there is always room for something new but I heard of folks catching tinker macs, squid were in the area, and herring. Most of the time where bait could not flee successfully there was a combination of underwater and airborne threats creating the bait ball (common term on the west coast for herring rounded up by salmon and birds working together). There would not be an underwater complement predator working to keep schoolies in one spot with the birds, they would be free to move. However, if they were another forage species the stripers would hold them in place.
Just my gut feel, based on a lot of watching over the years but I could be wrong.