Short and Sweet Striped Bass Tournament – Anglers Journal

Birds. Boils. No wind.

Conditions are ideal. Neither Brian McCarty nor James Manning can believe we have actually found this setup. Five minutes to shotgun. Tournament anglers have spread across the island of Martha’s Vineyard, off Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The father-and-son duo of Todd and Aron Cascone are west of us thinking they are dialed in, but little do they know that we are watching a blitz unfold in real time. Maybe I should call them?

Four minutes to seven. A fish porpoises right in front of me. Or text them?

There are sand eels everywhere. My little surf candy dangles precariously off the leader, perhaps knowing it’s about to get obliterated in this melee.