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Wednesday, 08 August 2012 05:57

Barnstable Harbor Kayak Fishing

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I met up with my friend Val Saturday morning down on Cape Cod, MA to fish Barnstable Harbor for some schoolie stripers. I had a friend from work along with me that had never sat in a kayak before or fished for stripers. Luckily, Scott is a seasoned steelhead angler from the Pacific Northwest, so it didn’t take long for him to pick it up.

I was armed with medium weight freshwater gear, and Val had her flyrod. We launched shortly after 5:00, and were quickly into the blues. The bite was consistent for the next few hours until the outgoing tide went slack.

I chose to put Scott in the Jackson “Big Tuna” for his first kayak trip, to help inspire some confidence. I think it worked, because about half an hour after launching Scott had his first schoolie in the kayak.

Jackson Big Tuna and little striper

Scott ended the day with three stripers, and more blues then anyone was going to count. At times we were we were catching them on back to back-to-back casts.

Jackson Big Tuna striper

Right around the slack tide, my kayak started to feel odd. In the rush to prep two kayaks and all the gear to launch, I had forgotten to put my drain plug all the way in. I went over to a sand bar and had to bail out 6” of water. We all took a break on the bar, and relaxed for a while until the tide turned and started to roll in. There we met up with Jack, who was paddling a Cuda he recently got. The fishing picked up soon after, and the bite was pretty consistent the rest of the day.

Gregg fighting a striper in a Jackson Cuda

Val took a break from her kayak and waded a sandbar for a while, beating up on the blues with her fly rod. As she put it, “This is, in essence, a picture of pure happiness”

casting for stripers on the beach

Val ended up with the biggest striper of the day right when we decided to head back to the launch.

kayak fishing striper hookup

striper caught kayak fishing

It was a great day to be on the water in a beautiful place - I’m glad I finally got down there. We caught fish consistently for over seven hours. I had a great day as well, with a couple of dozen blues up to 20” and four stripers to 18”. One larger striper took advantage of a frayed main line. It was hard to watch the line unwind about a foot above my leader, 10’ in front of my kayak, knowing there was nothing I could do. With all the catching going on, it gave me time to take a few breaks and shoot some pictures.

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Gregg Crisp

About the Author:

Gregg Crisp has been an avid fisherman all of his life. In 2007 he rented his first kayak and discovered kayak fishing.  A year later a new one was in his driveway and he has never looked back. He frequents the waters around Boston in search of Striped Bass, and also spends plenty of time chasing Black Bass in the sweet water.  As an environmental contractor he has traveled and lived all over the United States, having fished in over 20 states. He currently resides in New Hampshire with his wife and two sons. Gregg authors the Blog YakFish.net, is part of the Yak Angler, Werner PaddlesRat-L-Trap & YakDaddy.net  ProStaff and is a member of the Jackson Kayak Fishing Team.



+2 # John D 2012-08-09 12:33
Nice, I was out nearby earlier last week, and got into some nice Blues in a small rip that I found. Saw some large Stripers, but nothing that would pick up tackle or bait. http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/s720x720/540381_10150976552301828_2026578682_n.jpg
# Nik 2013-02-10 00:33
Can I ask what lengths of GearTrac are installed on that Tuna?
# Hammerhead 2013-06-15 17:19
Quoting Nik:
Can I ask what lengths of GearTrac are installed on that Tuna?

It is the longest one. 16" I think.
+1 # divebuss 2013-04-26 09:23
nice outing y'all. that pic of val on the sandbar is a prize winner......... ...rick

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