Sport: Bass by Moonlight

Off the elbow of Cape Cod, between Cuttyhunk Island and Martha's Vineyard, the elusive striped bass gallivant in frothy water. Their favorite spots are tide-ripped ledges which are practically inaccessible both to fishing boats and surf casters. For years, old salts have looked for an easier way to catch them. The citizens of Cuttyhunk finally got the answer.

Borrowing the idea from a Long Island fisherman, they built something that looked like an overgrown rowboat, but had an inboard motor powerful enough to fly a small airplane. The Cuttyhunkers' "bass boats" cost about $4,500 apiece, but in them fishermen could profitably engage...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!