This year we have our Cape week now, mid-summer and about the predictably worst time to fish. Our week started with my son, his partner and their child coming down. Their time here, for 4 days was noted by a steady 15 – 20 knot off shore breeze with intermittent rain making fishing difficult. Considering the minimal chance of catching I chose to spend my mornings with the grandson rather than the rod. The highlight was going hunting for crabs in the tidal areas of Pamet. Many crabs were caught and a good time was had by all. Our evenings were highlighted by oyster fests with Wellfleet oysters being the stars of the show.
This afternoon they left and my wife and I were here alone. The sky cleared off this afternoon, the wind died down and we decided to take our kayaks and paddle out in the bay. This year, has followed a series of years of increasing seals and now great whites are here. Stripers eat the bait fish, seals eat the Stripers and great whites eat the seals. All fun to note, but the shark watches just add to the mix. They say beware in more than 15 feet of water.
We went out, and I went beyond the 15 foot depth area, to find the end of the flats and where I expect to see the Stripers looking for food. We saw plenty of sheer waters and other pelagic birds skimming the water. All this was great, but the rod did not get a bend in it. Coming back in we decided to paddle a bit further before turning around and as we approached our destination I saw birds gathering, hovering and diving. On closer inspection there were fish bursting on the surface. So off I went. The fish were active, several schools in the area gathering the bait fish and then attacking. What a wonderful sight. Casting and catching, consistently bringing in 14 – 20 inch fish on every other cast. No hero casts needed, no great skill required but plenty of fun. After about a dozen fish things quieted down for a bit and so I turned around and headed into shore. Along the way we saw another school of bursting fish and I paused to pick up one or two more.
We went into the cabin and made dinner, sitting down to eat looking out at the water. Now, 3 hours later we are still seeing schools of bait fish jumping out of the water and being followed by the large splashes of striped bass. This kind of display is what I expect in October. I know I could walk away from the keyboard and go to the edge of the shore and catch more fish but the beauty is in seeing the entire coastline with schools of bursting fish all within a few hundred feet of shore. I choose to enjoy the site of it all over the catching of a few.
Tomorrow morning I’ll see if this phenomenon continues and if it does you will see me in the kayak casting to schoolies and enjoying the fact that the Striper population is doing well in spite of the seals.
As for photos, google Striped Bass if you want to see what I was catching.
"Get off the water you dumb asses…there is a shit storm coming." -Pancho Rancho
"Fucker compared my small stream trout weenie cast to an epileptic with Tourette’s Syndrome." -Carpe Tructa
Yeah, part2 will be out August 2018.
You know what they say about revenge? Dig three graves. - Porno Mike
This is part of the cape's magic, the beach, the water, fish when you don't expect them. sunrises and sunsets that you can't help but take photos of.
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