In late May 2013 I fished with Capt. Steve Kirk of Capt. Kirk Enterprises aboard his 27’ Grady-White center console.
We launched in Sandwich and made a bee-line for the mouth of Barnstable Harbor on Cape Cod, where the stripers were reported to be thick. We immediately found schoolies feeding on sand eels just off Sandy Neck, and had a blast catching them on light gear. Then all hell broke loose!
Capt. Steve Kirk of Capt. Kirk Enterprises
Steve noticed a flock of gannets farther offshore in 50’ to 60’ of water, and it led us to the mother lode of bass! These fish were bigger, averaging 15 pounds or so, and they were feeding on a smorgasbord of bait—mackerel, sand eels, herring. Big gannets and gulls were dive-bombing all around us for hours as the stripers drove bait to the surface. It was one of the craziest blitzes I’d ever seen! We caught fish on umbrella rigs, diving plugs, soft-plastic swimbaits—you name it. Definitely an epic day on the water, and a great start to the season.
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Tom Richardson is the director and host of New England Boating. Before that he served as the editor of Northeast Boating from 2005 to 2009, and as managing editor of Salt Water Sportsman magazine from 1995 to 2004. He lives, boats and fishes in southeastern Massachusetts with his wife and three kids.