One of the more interesting reports concerning the bay came courtesy of Jeff Clabault at Forestdale Bait & Tackle on Route 130; apparently, there are some schools of pogies in the bay, in at least one occasion right off Sesuit Harbor. Last weekend, these baitfish drew both bluefin tuna and bass close to shore, creating a frenzy of sorts. Jeff advised that the tuna have also been found north of Billingsgate at times recently as well.
Speaking of Billingsgate the word from Elise Costa at Powderhorn Outfitters in Hyannis is the fishing has slowed around the shoals; to find fish, you are definitely going to want to go deeper in the water column, which means trolling wire north of the shoals.
Paul Newmier at Blackbeard’s in Eastham said that his buddy has been managing to troll up limits for his customers fishing between the north edge of the shoals and the Path. He has been using Hootchies since there is a good amount of squid in the bay, but no bluefish to harass them.
On the other hand, Elise reported that boats are picking up some nice bass trolling the tube-and-worm around Scorton Ledge as well as off the Parking Lot; orange is a hot color, but I can’t imagine anybody going out to fish tubes without carrying red ones as well.
Tommy from Maco’s reported that they have been selling more eels lately and he suspects that some of them have been fishing them in Cape Cod Bay, but if there is any kind of bite going on there, folks are keeping it quiet.
East end of the Canal is still holding some mackerel, but the schools are definitely broken up and much smaller at this point in the season, making them more difficult to locate and therefore fill the livewell. It is not uncommon to find these baitfish in greater numbers from Plymouth to Duxbury right now, but other alternatives, such as Magic Swimmers and SP Minnows, produced fish off the east end today.
Up around Provincetown, vertical jigging and wireline fishing are the most widely used methods for folks who prefer artificial lures; for the former, diamond jigs with chartreuse or green tubes are classic and effective, but more folks are also turning to more contemporary jigs such as the SI Epoxy Series and the Sand Eels. Olive is a great color, but silver, pink, and bone have worked well for me when the bait, typically sand eels, are especially thick.
Another option to have on hand are jighead/plastic combinations, such as the Barbarian, and the internally weighted plastics such as the Pro Tail Eels and Paddles; again, olive and pink are two excellent choices along with plain old white or bone.
Elise said that Barnstable Harbor is now holding a good number of bluefish, along with mainly schoolies, and the Sandwich creeks are another good location if you are happy with smaller stripers.
The shore fishing has definitely slowed, with the fish far more active and willing to eat after dark or in the hours before first light. Incoming water is definitely producing best, mainly because it brings cooler water, and when combined with low light conditions, you have a great combination.