What’s a better time to tell you a travel tale about the day I caught at 26+ pound stripe bass than during Shark Week 2018?
#FollowOurFins to a slippery mussel bed right off the Cape Cod Canal at low tide!
This Wandering Mermaid is happy as a clam to swim where so much exciting shark conservation, research and discovery takes place- right here off the coast of Cape Cod!
Whether you fish for the fun of it, the fight, fresh food for dinner, or you’re making a living, it’s an adventure nonetheless.
Super Early Sunrise = Successful Cape Cod Canal Fishing
I’m not always an eager early riser, but I’m willing to get up with the birds if it means wandering off the beaten path for a beautiful seaside sunrise.
You gotta go when social feeds fill with videos of huge fish finds, super early summer mornings, right about the time when tourists are flooding the shorelines. I took to the hook thanks to the local experienced fisherman boasting and posting from their secret seasonal spots.
I grabbed my gear and claimed my real estate at a hidden spot; you pull over off the highway, park on the side of the road, walk along the train tracks into the woods and down a dirt staircase, and climb over slippery rocks to your final fishing destination.
I’ve only fished in fresh water, so salt-water fishing on the tides’ time was a new experience. Despite my failed attempts at merely casting past the mussel bed (in waders and not-so sexy boots) my neighboring fishing friends assured me I’d get the hang of it soon enough.
I just had to pay attention to the signals, they said; like seagulls swarming overhead in pursuit of a hearty breakfast.
Once the fog robbed me of a picturesque sunrise about an hour later, I started to think maybe mermaids weren’t meant to fish in the sea.
Fast forward one week later...
I followed a local fisherman’s fins and trekked back to the secret spot. It was merely five am and I saw signs of fish the second I arrived. I took hold of my rod like a boss and within minutes there were seagulls flying overhead-I knew something exciting was swimming towards my bait!
Sure enough, I felt a tug on my line. Suddenly, I was pulled closer to the water’s edge as my pole bent and almost broke. I had NO idea how the heck I was going to get this fish out of the water while it was swimming against the swirling canal currents!
After about a five-minute fight and thanks to a calm and collected fellow fisherman coach, I reeled in a HUGE striped bass! My legs felt like jello and my whole body was trembling. It was enormous!
I learned a few fishing tips from some of Cape Cod’s finest anglers that day; like why my fish was given a small, neat piercing to his heart…a humane way to prepare for when I brought him home to meet his fate on my dinner plate.
Naturally, I boasted and posted my catch on my Facebook and waited for the "likes" and comments to pour in. I wandered over to my favorite family owned bait shop, M&D’s Cape Cod Tackle, and weighed my catch of the day. Clearly, I even forgot about the not-so-sexy attire I was wearing when the owner Mike took a photo of me with my 26-pound striped bass catch!
Confession: I was on some kind of fish high for the rest of day!
My photo was posted on Cape Cod Tackle Facebook page, and I was instantly livin’ a little bit like a local celebrity. Yes, that’s right-I gloated in my fish fame all day, soaking up all the compliments and amazed comments from local fisherman and my shocked friends and family.
I was instantly hooked on fishing!
Are you a mermaid who can say she’s prepared herself a sustainable seaside meal as part of your travel tales? Take it from me…there’s something survivor-like about personally pulling a fish out of the water and onto your plate.
Have you ever reeled in your own precious prize, or do you have fishing plans on the horizon? I’d love to hear about it, and I hope you enjoy the fight, even if you choose to catch and release.
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