Video: Cape Cod Bay Spring Striper Blitz

A few years ago, I fished with Capt. Steve Kirk aboard his 27-foot Grady-White center console.

It was late May, and we made a bee-line for the mouth of Barnstable Harbor on Cape Cod, where we immediately found schoolies feeding on sand eels just off Sandy Neck.

Then all hell broke loose!

Steve noticed a flock of gannets farther offshore in 50 to 60 feet 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.