It seems a bit odd to me that there aren’t more people fishing in the bay, but as Jeff Miller at Canal Bait & Tackle in Sagamore believes, most everyone is concentrating on fishing in the Canal since that is the most consistent spot for bass.
Paul Newmier at Blackbeard’s in Eastham has heard from a charterboat friend of his who sails out of Wellfleet and it has been a tough pick lately with mainly small stripers and a few just legal ones. He has been concentrating his efforts on the north edge of Billingsgate with wireline and standard bucktail and hair jigs that are the style they prefer as opposed to parachutes that are popular from the Elizabeths to Monomoy and over around the Vineyard, mainly because anglers in these areas are trying to mimic squid for the most part.
Both Paul and Jeff noted that they haven’t been selling many seaworms at all, a pretty good sign that folks aren’t employing the tube-and-worm, as I would expect them to be. From Barnstable to the east entrance of the Canal, including Scorton Ledge, is a stretch that is known for tubing activity, but it just seems that the vast majority of bass that moved into the Big Ditch several weeks ago have stayed there. It’s almost as if they have been drained out of the bay.
Then again, it just may be a lack of effort; the customers and friends that Andy Little at The Powderhorn in Hyannis keeps in touch with have been catching stripers from Barnstable Harbor to Sandy Neck and out to the ledge. Many of them are using live eels at night, and while Andy admitted that there haven’t been many really big bass reported, they are catching stripers up to 40-inches. He added that there are still some mackerel around and livelining or chunking is still effective when it comes to targeting any larger fish.
It’s typical at this time for many of the fly fishing folks who concentrate on the flats from Brewster to Dennis and on either side of the entrance channel to Barnstable to switch their allegiances and work the south side in pursuit of funny fish.
But since Andy emphasized that there are plenty of smaller bass around Barnstable and the marshes and creeks behind Sandy Neck and from Mill Creek to Chapin’s, there are most likely a number of flyrodders and light tackle anglers who are enjoying the peace and quiet while fishing from either boat or beach. Andy said there are plenty of sand eels and some squid around, but crabs typically make up an increasing percentage of a bass’s diet as September rolls along.