Jeff Miller put it very simply when speaking about the fishing for the boat recremercials in the bay: “There were a lot of unhappy faces.” With the vast majority of the larger bass in the area having moved into the Canal on the tail end of the west tide in pursuit of the large schools of mackerel all the way up to the fishing pier and then moving back farther east on the coming tide, things have gotten awfully slow on larger fish in the bay.
The one area that Jeff recommended in terms of still holding some larger bass was Scorton Ledge; red tubes are typically what folks use, but he reminded me that a key to success is having an assortment of colors and sizes to switch over to when the mood suits the fish. While most people associate the tube-and-worm with trolling, Jeff explained that some experienced anglers will stop and drop a weighted tube on a school of fish that they mark on their fishfinder.
Beach anglers have been enjoying a lot of fun with mainly schoolies around the Sandwich creeks and the beaches in between, both in the early morning and again at night. Fishing cut mackerel is a productive technique (and the fresher, the better), but tossing topwater lures at first light this time of year can also result in some larger fish.
Barnstable Harbor is still mainly a small fish destination, with most larger bass caught on tubes during the day or eels at night.