With all of the shops on the Cape out of eels this morning, it’s pretty obvious what is working and the where is from Town Neck to Scorton Ledge to Barnstable Harbor. The early morning bite, from say 1 to 3 AM, has been great and at times the bass are right up tight to the beach, hanging out of over the grass patches in the area. Bruce Miller said some folks are casting or drifting the eels with small rubbercore sinkers while others are slow trolling their snakes until they locate the fish and then they switch over to one of the other two techniques. These fish are often hanging well up in the water column, especially at night.
The daytime bite has definitely been slower and with so many boats working over them, the schools of bass are moving around to avoid the racket. When the sun is up, the tube-and-worm can be more productive because it is designed to fish low and slow, there the fish are hanging deeper and are less active. Pink or orange are the best colors when the fish are over sand bottom and there is abundant sunshine.
Red tubes are the top choice for tubers working the Barnstable Harbor channel, but eels are also working well from dusk to dawn. The action on smaller fish around East Bar and off of Sandy Neck has definitely slowed and the same is true inside the harbor, although folks keep talking about big schools of sand eels. There are more bluefish around in the shallows, making for some exciting topwater action.
Speaking of bluefish, the bite has been good from Sunken Meadow up to Wellfleet; trolling Hootchies or swimming plugs such as Bombers or Yo-zuri Crystal Minnow has been very effective for locating fish, with both fly and spin anglers then switching over to topwater offerings. If the fish are finicky and refuse anything on top, then sand eel imitations such as Epoxy Jigs and metal jig designs from Hogy work well.
There are schools of squid outside Sesuit Harbor and down through the waters outside of Rock Harbor, making for some good bluefish action and isolated bass events between the Brewster Flats and Billingsgate. Speaking of the latter, there are some bass around the northern edges, but you are going to work hard to get them to eat.