This year I went with Thomas, Jacob, Frank and Kim to fish for stripers at Cape Cod. As this was my fourth consecutive year I knew more or less what I was in for but three of the guys were rookies and it is always a pleasure to show new fish and places to other fishermen.
The first day we fished nothing happened the first hour or two but then I hooked a good fish and everyone were excited
The first striper turned out to be a keeper (28 inches) but just barely and it was released
Later the same day we hit some very nice sight fishing where the fish were smaller but it was very good fun and everyone caught fish. Here Kim presents one of the fish.
When a school of stripers passed we several times had a double or a treble hook up.
The fish were all (minus one) released
There were a lot of horse shoes crabs and they were in the mood for love
Due to the tide and the wind we fished quite a lot at night time. The first night we went out Jacob got this 32 inch keeper.
This was the only fish during the trip that was killed. We made a very nice dinner out of it. We tried it fried on the pan and oven baked and we must say that it is an excellent fish to eat.
We had a schedule with fishing both at night and during the day time and we got many fish, most of shoolies but despite this is not a keeper it is a very nice fish to catch.
We fish primarely with sand eel patterns and that was for a reason as there was an abundance of sand eels.
One day we rented kayaks and went out with Bruce and Scott as guides. We had two extra memorable spots on this trip. The first was a sand flat with 1½ feet deep water and we could cast to hunting and tailing fish. Especially Frank had succes here and it was nice sized fish.
Later Bruce, Thomas and I went to another spot where really big fish cruised around us. They were not eager to take the fly but Bruce hooked up a very strong fish.
It was not only strong but it was also a big fish
and he was very content when he could present this 39 inch striper
15 minutes later I hooked a similar sized fish which was a new personal best for me but soon after we had to leave as the tide was rising.
Franks camera had a dramatic effect switch and that could presents som very interesting photos.
Here Jacob presents a keeper in dramatic mode
One morning we met a couple fishing with the Linekurv and it turned out to be an italian couple. They were as most fly fishers very nice to talk with and I had a blast fishing in the States meeting italians with my basket.
We were cut off by bluefish several times but Jacob and Frank each managed to land a bluefish.
We caught a lot of fish mainly schoolies actually Thomas the last day got 11 fish in 11 casts so there were many fish. We got 5 keepers but many just below the 28 inch mark and as I had two keepers and a new PB despite my left hand casting I was very happy. As always it is nice to meet our American fishing friends whom ¨we can not thank enough and everyone would love to com back next year for another round of striperfishing.
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