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  1. Took the yak out for my first sea bass trip of the year this morning. A little choppy but the drift speed was good. Took a half hour to find a pile of them then limited out on 19”+ knobheads in no time. Trolled up a few 6-8 lb blues on the way in. Water temps ranged from 56 to over 60. Sea bass found in 23 to 40 ft. Blues were spitting up big squid.
  2. Went searching for fresh weakfish arrivals in the backwaters of the upper bay. No weakfish but fresh schoolies kept me busy. Stripers from 20” to just shy of slot. I’m confident there were a few keepers in the mix. Jumpin minnow did the most damage. Spring skinny water topwater fish is a fun little fishery.
  3. The area will get busier with the opening of sea bass. Groups gathering early in the morning, with many people not knowing how to be quiet. This threatens many of our smaller access points as waterfront residents won’t have it. Not that I’m trying to block you from enjoying the ocean but folks blabbing online about spots, even access spots, have contributed to lost access. Research, explore, wear a life vest
  4. All good stuff above. I’ll add that cape cod bay is dominated by the cold Labrador current. Which means it’s not a great early season area. Mid to late May it will start seeing more and better sized fish. It can fish well all summer into fall. Early season fish should be hitting the south facing beaches now. Sandeels and mackerel are the predominant bait in CCB but squid and pogies can also fuel bites here. Tube n worm may be your best bet when the sun is higher and fish are less likely to be chasing bait. Also, not to dissuade you, but there is a fair amount of great white activity in this area through out the season. It seems the 8-12’ “juvenile” sharks frequent this area and often make meals out of hooked bass. Still the greatest risk to life and limb will be boaters but great whites are something to keep in mind in that area.
  5. Usually in open water, they might check you out but won’t bother you. However, near rocky points or little shallow sandy patches around islands, I’ve had them ask me to leave. They’ll make a big splash, sometimes alarming close. Once I was hoping to have lunch on nice little patch of sand until a big grey let me know it was his beach. He escorted me all the way out of his little cove.
  6. Wish I had the chance to find out. Struck out on cod on my only outing. But something tells me if I ever brought one up from 70+ ft with a seal around, it’s probably not making it to the boat
  7. I took an early April cod kayak trip on the north shore. My first 3 spots were inhabited by big territorial grey seals.
  8. I have found this method to work best for me. First, get an electrical chord wrapper thing. Tie and wrap 150’ of anchor line. Attach the other end to a swivel. Then a 3’ piece of thinner rope/ parachord to the other end of the swivel. Then put a bunch 10 lb zip ties on the top eye hole of a 3.5 lb grapple anchor. Feed that thinner rope through a zip tie and tie it to the bottom of the anchor. Attach a float to the electric chord wrapper. Tie on ~15’ of parachord to the end of the float. I also incorporate a piece of pool noodle to wrap this line when stored. This completes the anchor unit Once you’ve dropped the anchor and let out the appropriate length of anchor line, secure the line on the electric chord wrapper. Thread the line through the anchor trolley eye. Throw the float in while holding the end of the line. Pulley the eye to the front of the yak. Secure the line using a clam cleat. I have two cleats set up in both directions in case I’m feeling dangerous or want to tow something. This set up is quick release and almost snag proof. I like it the chord wrapper better than anchor reels but it is a little bit bulkier.
  9. It can be productive. I’m sure some clams or squid on small hooks will find you some scup. Crabs thrown into rocky areas gives you a good chance at Tautog. And migrating stripers and blues will be a possibility there as well. Beautiful area at a beautiful time of year, enjoy
  10. I found a decomposing soup of an escaped, expired eel in the spare-tire well in the trunk of my first car in the middle of August. The most disgusting thing I have ever smelled- worse than human feces.
  11. Similar to you, I use homemade pvc scupper carts with smaller tires most of the time. A few reasons to prefer this: 1) cost 2) I like to have a reasonably sized cart with me in case I need/want to land/portage 3) I like the ease of slipping the cart in the scuppers under the water. The tires I use are able to go through sand (although it can suck), but are “non-buoyant” enough to slip in the scuppers while the boat is in a couple feet of water. However, for the trips that require more than a short tow across sand, I use a Malone strap-on balloon wheel cart. It does well on soft sand. Too bulky to bring otw with me but the easy tow makes the extra trip to the vehicle worth it
  12. Remember when they first came out? It was wild $40 bucks for a hunk plastic that big fish could easily tear the hardware of apart… But if you didn’t have one and fished next to someone who did…
  13. In my experience, good eel bites seem to be localized and seasonal. They can be caught literally any where- pond, river, bay, ocean, even on wet land as I found out one rainy morning. But successfully targeting them can be difficult in my experience. Nighttime with stinky baits is the best bet. Searching around and finding a stretch of river with eels is likely your best chance of gettIng consistent action. But if you find them, it may behoove you to keep your lips tight. Believe it or not some hold eels in high regard and would be thrilled to drain a honey hole dry. Ive stumbled upon a good eel bite “out front” once. I tried to replicate those results in following years by fishing that location, on that moon, in that season but have not succeeded.
  14. My guess is the first push of herring are just about making it to the head of the Taunton river. The middleboro run will see those fish early next week
  15. Others may have success with green but I personally hate when someone shows up with a big green light. I like a warm white light