To watch striped bass flooding into the Cape Cod Canal and busting on bait, with anglers lined up chucking lures at them, and all the talk of an incredible start to their season, well on the one hand it’s bloody amazing, but on the other hand it makes me so sad for what we could have back in the UK with our bass fishing. Sure, our own fishing can get really good sometimes, but then you see what serious numbers of better fish does for (sport) fishing and its anglers, it’s just hugely impressive. Somewhat of a wrench to leave that sort of quality behind………
There was one two hour session on the Canal when to be honest it was more fun just to sit back and watch and take it all in - I managed a “small” fish around 15lbs off the top, and dropped a couple more, but to be honest I am not geared up to properly get at the bass when they are feeding on bait at the sort of range they were. It’s the same all over the world - you can see the better anglers who are geared up and skillful enough to do what’s needed to catch more fish than the other guys around them. Holy cow there were some fish landed.
Watching an angler put a 4oz surface lure out I don’t know how far - and specifically casting at feeding fish remember - well it’s quite something to watch, and whilst there is of course a lifetime’s worth of shore fishing to discover out here, the Canal “scene” amazes me, and sure as hell it’s a place to go and fish if you want a chance at a 40lb plus striped bass from the shore. It’s not remotely easy, but it’s some experience to fish it and see it fire. While we have been here there have been a bunch of fish of that size landed from the Canal, so the time has come to stop messing around and actually come out here on a proper shore fishing trip. It’s a blast working with the Fiiish people, but I need to come out here and spend proper time shore fishing for these magnificent fish. Roll on 2018.
And then we were out on a boat off the back of Martha’s Vineyard yesterday and that was just as incredible - loads of boats fishing a bunch of rips, with stripers busting all over the place as they chased small squid clean out of the water. Some of the top water hits I had were just amazing. The amount of water, the numbers of predators and baitfish, the tuna fishery out here that so many people are waiting for it to kick off in the next few weeks, I love the buzz you get when you spend time around the anglers and the fishing out here on Cape Cod. I’m flying home this evening for a few days at home, and then off out to Ireland for a couple of weeks of co-guiding work down in Kerry. It’s been too long away from the magical part of the world and I can’t wait to get back down there………..