1,000's of Bass !!!
Southeast Cape Cod Inshore Wade Saltwater Fly/Spin Fishing Report's and Ramblings:
I hope you find my reports and articles entertainingly informative and mildly educational
I'll be posting daily fishing reports w/ photo's of the S.E. part of the Cape from a wade angler's perspective after May 21.
Sight Fishing the Outer Cape Cod Beaches
May 1, 2002 it was sunny and the surf was forecast to be 1 to 3 feet. As I walked out towards the open ocean on this cold blustery morning, memories of past surf sight fishing adventures filled my mind. Seeing thousands of Bass in a tide, watching them run almost between your feet. Fish (20-28 inch?s today) eager to inhale my almost perfectly cast fly or sluggo. It was all almost too easy.
What would today bring? All of the above.
If you?re the type of angler that loves to sight fish to some of the dumbest fish of the season than read on. Most flats anglers believe that sight fishing is a summer game, which can be done only on the flats. They say, May 1, the waters to cold, not on the flats yet, can?t sight fish until end of May. If I was to tell you all that presently there is a major migration of bass moving up the New England beaches that can be easily sight cast too with flies and lures would you believe me? This is some of the finest, easiest, world class sight fishing and it?s happening NOW, in your own backyard. Need a guide, nope. Need a boat, nope. Need to cast 60 feet, nope. Even Ray Charles could sight cast to these fish. So there?s even hope for Juro, Todd and the rest of you. (he-he)
First off, if you enjoy crowds, this is not for you. I walked about 3 miles that day and saw 1 person who was out for a long jog. I owned that beach! My only steady companion?s were the shimmer of the sun on these crystal clear water?s, the light colored sand beneath my feet, sound of the surf, a strong West wind that was being blocked by the high sand dunes, the adrenaline that kept racing up my back and over a 1,000 striped bass that passed me by during my tide.
If you have heart problems, than I would forego this type of fishing. It?s so peaceful and serene that when all of a sudden you sight 500 bass 100 yards down the beach and slowly approaching, your heart will start to race with the anticipation of what?s about to happen. The closer they get, the more your heart reminds you why you love this sport. For many years I?'ve experienced this reoccurring migration and my heart still races. Will this be a school of all keepers? Well they be blues? Will they come with in casting range? Will I flub up my first cast due to the excitement and have to go racing down the beach to get back in front of the school to present my fly again?
Here are a few helpful tips to help you along the path to hooking up in paradise
One of the simplest tips I could give you is if you don?t see them, don?t cast. They are simply not there. One of the best parts of this type of fishing is it?s a great time to stand up high on the dunes and chat with your friends. Keeping a watchful eye down the beach. When you see a large black blob moving slowly towards you, its time to walk to the shoreline and prepare to cast. Simply throw it out in front of or even right on their heads and get ready. It?s that simple. Any type of retrieve, at any speed, with any fly, lure will produce some action. There are NO smart or spooky fish in this bunch. It?s like taking candy from a baby. The best part is being able to see the follow, take, head shakes and then the run.
What direction should you be looking? Hmmmm lets see, that?s a tuff one. 100% of the fish are migrating up the coast line towards the North presently. I look in one direction only and that?s to the South. All of the outer Cape beaches either run North or South so you?ve got a 50-50 shot of getting it right. (he-he)
The 2 main ingredients you need to enjoy this banquet are sun and fairly calm seas for best results. What fly should you use? I find the ones that are beat up, falling apart; old ones that are gathering dust or the ones you tied and are too embarrassed to show to your friends work the best. Why use your nice ones when it does not make a difference to these fish. Big, small, bright or natural colors all work. Save your nicer ones for later in the season when you HAVE to match the hatch. Save your fluorocarbon for those educated resident bass in July and August. 9 foot - tapered to 16 lb. test works fine for me if I'm fly fishing or for spinning I'll go 12 lb. (The lighter your mono, the further you can cast your lures)
If you love to sight fish your quarry. Then its prime time to hit any outer Cape Cod beach for some of the finest and easiest sight fishing known to man.
5/5 Fishing Report and Ramblings:
Sunday morning caught myself surfing the Saltwater Web sites, sipping coffee, day dreaming of surf, blue bird skies, crystal clear water over light colored sand flats,
girls in bikinis (see photo- www.yankeeangler.com - fishing reports) - errrr I mean, cruising blues and bass on the shallow flat's.
5 fish - 2 o'clock! , throw it 12 O'clock, 50 feet ! O.K. , let it sit there, dont move it, stay low, here they come, get ready, Now strip it, strip it! faster, 2 fish just broke from the school, strip it - strip it, their nose is on it, there on it, keep stripping, their on it, He ate it! Ye-haa!! What a honk'a!!!
(John Halnon Photo's)
Some keepers are on Nantucket and a few select Cape area's.. Some lucky anglers are hitting 20-30 fish (schoolies) per hour of fishing in some Cape Cod locations.
Squid are presently making there migration around the Cape. Blues are showing up also. Whenever you have squid and schoolies the Blues are always close behind. Guess what fly I'd be throwing.
Lots of bait around. Look for a few pods of mackerel and shad to be present also.
(John Halnon Photo)
It's good to be back!
Andrew and (nine year old) brother Matt catches a keeper. It takes two to hold it up for the photo.
4/25 Early Saltwater Striper Report: Some keepers have been caught South of Cape Cod. Schoolies are arriving daily on the Cape. South side best. Tidal rivers, creeks, mud bottom preferred habitat. If you can find some warm water (55 degree's is best) then that's the spot to fish. Sinking line with a slow retrieve works best. Then throw on any old bright fly. If the slow retrieve dose not get them, then try a quick 1-1/2 foot strip. Bass need to be 28 inch's or better to keep them. The migration has started earlier than most anyone can remember. These are new, fresh fish.
Stay tuned for more important lessons learned on this never-ending virtual fishing trip with your host Randy "The Yankee Angler" and friends.
Thanks for your continued sponsorship of the FORUM and your entertaining reports. I hear Ray Charles is one heck of a fisherman, he just casts toward the vibes! :cool:
Those late summer bass are my absolute favorite. You might not have them stumbling to hook themselves but each fish you hook is very satisfying indeed.
After a long winter we deserve May fishing!
Thanks Juro, It's good to be back and a big "Hello" to everyone else I had the pleasure meeting at Nickersons!
I'd agree with you 100% about the satisfaction of catching those smart, educated resident Bass in July and August.
No easy fish in that group.
I think the reason most of us love those guys is because we are challenging our ability level as an angler against the tuffest fish of the season. And to fool just one is an achievement.
P.S. This is not the best photo, but it shows a pod of them in the center of the picture, cruiseing the beach.
Oooooppps, I hit the wrong key.
Welcome back and looking forward to your reports.. I will look for you on South Beach this spring.
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