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How To: Target Bigger Stripers Under The Smaller Ones

How To: Target Bigger Stripers Under The Smaller Ones

Filmed: May 16,2024

In this video, Capt. Mike and crew join Capt. Diogo Godoi of Gorilla Tactics Sportfishing, for a day of targeting early season striped bass in upper Buzzards Bay. The name of the game on this trip was locating piles of birds by using a combination of our eyes and radar, and fishing under those bird piles with a moderately heavy swimbait to get down deeper. With an abundance of bait and smaller sized fish, the crew opted to fish their swimbaits deeper under the life to try and entice a larger size class fish! Tight lines everyone!

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Cape Cod Fishing Report: 5/15/2024

Cape Cod Fishing Report: 5/15/2024

I finally managed to find the motivation to get the boat in the water for the first time this season and enjoyed what can best be described as an interesting day of fishing in Woods Hole and Naushon, along with a couple of brief detours to the rip off Nobska and over Middle Ground way.

Phil Stanton was good enough to send me some photos of quality bass taken from what I can presume were the waters of the Hole and perhaps down the Elizabeths since he and his guests spend a lot of time fishing these waters. Although snapping wire is a common early season technique used around these parts, Phil mentioned that they were casting; along with bucktails and topwater plugs, one of Phil’s favorite lures is a large plastic Finnish style swimmer in what some folks call clown and others label Wonderbread, but basically it is pearl with splotches of red, blue, and yellow. This color pattern is used both by smaller custom wood plug makers and the large manufacturers of plastic lures and it should be noted that the level of brightness of the three colors mentioned above can vary widely from one builder to another, with the one Phil uses tends towards more a faded look on a white pearl background.

I had no illusions that I would have the same success that Phil and company enjoyed, mainly because we are in the midst of the migration and a school of fish can move in on one tide and be gone the other, especially in the Hole.

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Cape Cod Fishing Report: 5/10/2024 Vineyard and Nantucket Sounds

Cape Cod Fishing Report: 5/10/2024 Vineyard and Nantucket Sounds

It only makes sense that if you can catch good numbers of quality fish close to where you dock or launch your boat, meaning protected, backwater locations, there would be no reason to venture out into the sounds and that’s exactly what has been happening the last couple of days. As Christian Cook at the Sports Port in Hyannis said, the Three Bays area has lots of bass feeding on a variety of bait, including pogies, herring, and small bait such as silversides. Along with the Cotuit/Osterville area, the southside of the Cape is characterized by myriad locations that match this areas characteristics: shallower water close to shore dropping off into deeper channels and darker bottom sections – including shellfish beds and marshy shorelines – that warm more quickly.

Of course, the subject of warmth is relative at this time of year, with even the shallowest stretches that are easily fished by shore anglers have water in the low to mid 50-degree range at this time of year and these temperatures are typically considered numbers where bass begin to feed more actively unlike the 70 degrees of high summer which create low oxygen levels and accompanying algae/weed blooms that hamper the efforts of shorebound anglers.

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