Cape Cod Bay Fishing Report – August 20, 2015

The bite from Town Neck Beach to Sandy Neck continues, with eels at night still producing the most fish. Some folks are trolling in the dark with black tubes, but that method hasn’t been as effective. Any prolonged pressure on the fish and they have moved into deeper water, which is more of a problem in the daylight. At that point, you will have to look for the schools, with Scorton Ledge one area where many people start, but the deeper water outside of Barnstable Harbor is worth a shot as well.

The best of the bay is pretty much devoid of bass, but there are big bluefish around for the boat crew. Provincetown and Truro have been pretty dead, with better fishing down Wellfleet and Eastham way. One piece of advice was to start trolling just outside Wellfleet Harbor and if you don’t hit them, move down to Sunken Meadow. Hootchies are flying out of the shops on the outer Cape as trolling has been the way to go, with occasional schools of blues feeding up top around the Brewster Flats. I can tell you from personal experience that on my last trip there I had big squid chasing the fly, so you can pretty much figure out what is driving the blues.


There are some blues up on the flats for shore anglers and the occasional bass, with Sunken Meadow and Cooks Brook beaches also producing bluefish and some small bass in the early morning. Plugs have been working early in the morning, with bait a better bet when the sun is up. Down around Old Harbor/Town Neck, one angler managed to pick up some bass to just around legal size using chunks of squid, another indication of one of the baits that the fish are keyed in on.

I know of a number of anglers who have been skunked on their last six trips or so looking for bass in the bay, away from the fleet to the west, and they have pretty much given up and are waiting for the albies to show up on the southside. The problem isn’t bait, as there are plenty of sand eels, but the water is very warm in the shallows, making a very early start a good idea if you want to fish the flats.