The vertical jig bite continues to produce a good number of big bass in 60 to 70-feet off Chatham Inlet. There have been some big bluefish caught from the beaches up around Provincetown as well, with the boats also getting into the action away from the sand.
It’s highly unlikely that anyone will be offshore this weekend, at least if they have any sense. Perhaps things will get stirred up around the canyons, where the water remains flat (in terms of temperature) with no breaks to stack up bait.
There has been some really good shore fishing around the backside from Nauset Beach in Orleans to Nauset Light and Coast Guard Beaches in Eastham to Wellfleet. Much of this activity occurs when bass drive schools of pogies up against the sand, making for great action with topwater plugs
As is typical for this time of the year in the bay, there are some new areas where folks are finding fish, while other spots that were hot are starting to dry up. The north edge of Billingsgate was producing a pick of bass, mainly smaller ones. The flats from Barnstable to Brewster are holding mostly smaller fish.
Whether they are bass that have moved down from around Provincetown and Truro or from offshore, the bass arrived in good numbers this week, feeding on squid that are in the rips. Bob Lewis and Charlie Richmond shot out there on Wednesday, and typical of Monomoy, they had about two hours of good action and then it shut down completely.
Capt. Mike Hogan and the Salty Cape staff covered some ground in Vineyard Sound Monday afternoon, fishing Halfway Shoal and a few wrecks off of Oak Bluffs, finding black sea bass, fluke and keeper stripers.