The bay is experiencing a split personality, with bluefish to the east and bass to the west. The bass bite remains best from Town Neck through Sandy Neck from dusk to dawn with live eels; these aren’t huge schools of fish, but when one is located, the odds are that you will pick up more than one fish from it.
Bluefish are being caught in plenty of places out east, including Sunken Meadow, the Path, the cottages, and Herring Cove, with schools also just outside Rock Harbor most mornings. Most of the action has been for boaters, with perfect squid best for trolling and an occasional vertical jig bite up off Provincetown. A few schools of bass have been marked up around this area in deeper water, but they have mainly had lockjaw.
Barnstable Harbor has been quiet, with the water very warm and thereby keeping the fish off the flats during the day. Any action has been occurring on the incoming tide, which is also the case for folks tube-and-worming the channel. Orange or red tubes have been working best.
Shore anglers are having it equally tough; there are some bluefish around the Brewster Flats and bass off Sandy Neck at night, especially when the darkness coincides with high tide. Many anglers resort to dunking chunk bait or drowning sea worms at this time of year, but live eels have been more productive recently.