The word “blitz” gets just about every saltwater angler excited. They begin with zero notice and can disappear as quickly as they boil to the surface. One thing is for certain, if you get the chance to watch one, let alone cast a fly into the chaos, it’s a scene that will stick in your mind forever.
Blitzes occur when predatory fish (in this case Striped Bass) push a ball of baitfish up against the surface of the water and begin to feed aggressively. From above, it looks like the water is boiling, and from below, well, it just looks like a massacre. After the carnage subsides, the water looks like a snowglobe filled with leftover fish scales. This footage was captured during one of the famous fall blitzes that occur along the shoreline of the Cape Cod Canal during the Striped Bass’ run south to their wintering grounds off the mid-Atlantic.