Cape Cod Bay Fishing Report – July 23, 2015

Most reports have a significant slow down in many locations. The mackerel have pretty much left the Provincetown area, as have the bass, which are apparently either out on Stellwagen or east of the backside on the tuna grounds.

Billingsgate is holding mostly smaller bass, with the charter boats having to work extra hard to pick up a legal bass for each of their customers. Color apparently isn’t any issue as they are dragging all manner of umbrella rigs and parachute jigs to find out what the fish want.

There really aren’t that many bluefish around, either, said Paul Newmier; there are a few here and there around Sunken Meadow and up around Wellfleet, with some small bass up inside the harbor.

Harry and Joe Marcus with a pair of Billingsgate bass.
Harry and Joe Marcus with a pair of Billingsgate bass.

It’s mainly schoolie time on the Brewster Flats as the warming water and fishing pressure have pushed the sizable bass into deeper water. If some larger fish move in there and around the Brewster creeks, it will be very early in the morning before first light or at night.

Barnstable is still producing a few 30+-inch bass for folks live-lining mackerel, trolling the tube-and-worm, or jigging the depths of the channel, but it is by no means consistent. Even the schools of smaller fish that are common in the shallows to the east and west have been inconsistent.

With Scorton Ledge perhaps the best spot in the bay for bass, with a 48.5-pound bass taken there on Monday on the tube-and-worm, there will be numerous boats there. Pink or orange tubes are doing well at dusk and some folks are drifting/casting eels at night with some success.