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Basspond 10-03-2017 09:05 PM

Cape Cod Opening Weekend 2017
Did the annual trip up to the Cape this past weekend with the 609 crew. Fished Saturday and Sunday in relatively sloppy conditions east of the Cape. Saturday started very slow until we found some fish all by ourselves in tight to the beach around 10 AM and got a couple good shots at them. Landed a 60" fish, pulled the hook on two more and lost one to a broken mainline. 1/4 not the best ratio but that's what makes light tackle topwater tuna fishing what it is.

Sunday yielded not as much life and we just couldn't find the fish on top again. Got word of a bite further south but with the conditions we didn't want to run all the way down and have to slog our way back north again.

Always a great time up on the Cape and very cool to see the commercial fleet at work on Sunday when the season reopened.

Knot Done 10-04-2017 07:25 PM

Great pictures and nice fish. Hope the weather gods allow some good shots as these fish are getting active.

Perfect boat boat for this fishery....actually just for any fishery!

Basspond 10-04-2017 07:43 PM

Love that boat... still looks like new pushing 1500+ hours

Knot Done 10-04-2017 07:50 PM

Seems to be a quality build. Verados impress me more and more.

I am headed to Hampstead this time next week to demo the 33 w/trips. I am torn, feel it is excess since performance w/twin 350's will still be excellent. I have always subscribed to getting max hp. Also, paid attention to some recent builds, including STF's 34z.

Basspond 10-04-2017 08:26 PM

Yes Sean's 34z is perfect with the trips, he was going to go with twins and is glad he didn't. Also fully converted him to Verados after owning yamahas his whole life, much like myself. My next boat will probably have verados.

The onslow still has great numbers with twins, definitely best to sea trial and see what you like.

Mr. Twister 10-14-2017 12:07 PM

Thanks for the report. Any recommendations for a decent setup (rod, reel, etc.) to target these fish top water in NJ when they pass through.

Basspond 10-15-2017 04:53 PM


Originally Posted by Mr. Twister (Post 34138)
Thanks for the report. Any recommendations for a decent setup (rod, reel, etc.) to target these fish top water in NJ when they pass through.

The best gear can be a pretty penny, but it is the best for a reason...

For the NJ wintertime (and summer) fishery I'd recommend a Saltywater Tackle El Maestro 710MH or 77H paired with a 10k Saragosa SW or 14k Twin Power.

They are easy on the body casting all day but can handle fish up to the low 100 lb class. That fish above was caught on a Race Point 100 and Stella 10k, but I like the El Maestros as they are a little shorter rods.

On a budget the Jigging World Ghost Hunter rods are supposed to be pretty decent. I fish with some of the best NJ December BFT fishermen around and they all use Saltywater gear.

Here's a 64" NJ fish we caught on the 710MH paired with a Saragosa 10k

Knot Done 11-22-2017 08:41 PM

I was hoping for another chapter in this saga, but the weather windows get narrow. Oh well, til next year!

Basspond 11-22-2017 09:03 PM

I didn't get back up there again, but my buddies keep the boat up there until November 1st. I believe they had fish almost every trip until they had to bring the boat home. I know they had some days when they had double digit hookups and released fish on topwater up to almost 90" Hell of a fall.

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