A bit delayed in posting my Striperheads trip report but I’ve been trying to catch up on stuff at home after spending nearly all summer working away. During the weeks before the trip I had heard that the Great White Shark numbers were up this year with some anglers losing fish on the line to them. The Sunday before I was due to travel I heard on the news that a second attack this year had sadly resulted in a death. This issue seemed to prompt the appearance of new signs.
I have one issue with this sign, I want the schools of fish to catch them!
My actual trip to Cape Cod USA started on the 19th September when I left old Blighty and arrived sometime later in the day, in the dark at the yurt (a nice park ranger gave me a lift to the yurt from the entrance to the park a mile away) and the for the first time found myself the first to arrive with Splinta arriving very late. As always the trip itself had began a few months before with the booking of flights, etc followed nearer the time with the tying of flies and last minute packing, all part of the adventure.
The first full day was spent getting the living quarters and kitchen area set up and grills, etc cleaned. The afternoon involved a road trip to the store and a visit to one or two of the old haunts. Herring river seemed to have changed with the channel slightly diverted. Brewser flats had once again changed with the main channel although deeper and still in place was noticeably deeper (still a long walk) with new channels seen to be running across the flats diagonally before the main channel was reached. A new parking area was found mid way between Saints Landing and the other place I cann’t remember the name of. We also paid a visit to the Goose Hammock for information on the fishing but this proved not very helpful but they did say the bay side flats where good (Brewser Flats among them).
The following day saw Bill arrive and a trip to Herring river to fish, this saw my first Striped Bass of the trip on a clouser from one of the low water pools. The trick here is to treat the location as river and fish the features. The most productive areas being where the river dropped from the shallows in to deeper water where the fish were waiting for food. The general rule of thumb seemed to stay each time I visited this location although as the days went by fewer fish could be found here as well as else where. The start of the Autumn run had started. Also the same day a trip to Chatham habour for a look see with some fishing from the causeway to Morris Island had produced nothing, possibly due to pesky seal swimming about.
The next place was Hardings beach, I was dropped off to fish and as usual walking to the outlet. I spoke to another fisher on the way to the end and told that the a few Albies? had been seen feeding beyond casting range but no Stripers. Once at the end I saw one fish, a large Striper close to the edge but too quick to cast to. Someone reported that a couple of schools of Albie had swam past them on the ocean side of the outlet close in but each time his lure had been to far out.
This was followed by a couple trips to Forest beach with Wayne (Ron and Bill joining us at times). One day in particular proving frustrating as the bluefish were seen to be feeding but uncatchable. Wayne, however found he could get them by trolling but due to the wind he had to row in and beach the fish otherwise he would have drifted off into the distance.
After the first fish on a clouser was more or less down to just fishing a white beastmasterhas this seemed to be the fly that the fish wanted. One fly week?
Early morning raids on Brewser Flats with Wayne also seemed to be a key to getting fish from the far channel, despite the long walk out in knee deep water. The first morning at this location was the most successful with fish swirling behind us but the catchable ones being within the main channel itself. The first morning had also been eventful with large numbers of Turns feeding on bait, sandeels? Fish had been seen feeding underneath which had not been the case a couple of days before when we entered the area from a parking area a little further to the west. The bait was seen on during the last visit to this location, sandeels. The last time I fished the channel I managed to get my biggest fish of the trip.
The last couple of days that were fishable proved to be a bit windy and wet but we still got out, only fishing where there was shelter.
This trip was not just about the fishing (I lost count of the fish), it was about seeing my friends, the food and chilling out. Mostly the company though, its always good to see the rest of the Striperhead crew.
Where to next?
Suggestions ranged during this trip of a trip to Montana, a June trip to the Catskills and an Autumn Striperheads.