When the water temperature reaches 82 degrees, Striped Bass start to die.
The water temperature in the Western Sound at the end of August had reached 79 degrees. From 79 degrees, to 71 degrees is a drop in my book. Ever hear of the "Summer Doldrums"?
Think about Wintertime, and fish that are "trapped" in a warm water outflow. If they leave it, it might be fatal. Fish seek their comfort zone, and obviously, water temperature and dissolved oxygen are more important than bait. The abundance of bait in our waters will HOLD them, but it won't "attract" them, because they are following their next meal right now. Only "discomfort" will make them move.
Cape Cod may have food right through December, but the predators will be long gone by then!