With the wind and overall weather this week, not many, if any, boats have been going out; that was the message from everyone who typically has information about the bay fishing scene.
Bruce Miller at Canal Bait & Tackle in Sagamore did say that a bunch of the recremercial fleet has been hanging out around the east entrance to the Canal, often making their way right into the land cut both day and especially at night. There are still mackerel outside the Canal and some livelining is going on, but many of the boats are also throwing Sebile fast sinking Magic Swimmers and even paddletail jigs, just as the shore crew is doing.
With the folks on the rip rap “accidentally” tossing jigs at these scofflaws, the odds are that another boater very well could get hooked, just as the so-called “innocent” was a couple of weeks ago. The truth is he was trolling in the Ditch when a five-ounce Savage bounced off his bow, wrapped around his neck, and deposited the hook in his ear.
Bruce emphasized that there are schools of big fish in the bay, but unlike past years when information was passed along freely, the recreational sector has been unwilling to share where they are catching fish, leaving most of the recremercials in the dark since they typically play follow-the-leader.
Only a few boats were trolling tubes around Scorton Ledge, with your typical red or even orange working, but Jeff Miller told me this morning that not many boats went out since things were pretty snotty in the bay.
The word from Elise Costa at The Powderhorn in Hyannis is that prior to this week of miserable conditions, the charterboats were still producing limits of 30 to 32-inch bass trolling a wide arrange of hardware around Billingsgate; there are some bigger fish mixed in, but not enough to attract the recremercial crowd, which makes the shoals more enjoyable to fish.
This area is also popular with flyrodders and spin anglers due to the presence of bass feeding on sand eels, but the CCB “mosquito fleet,” as opposed to the Martha’s Vineyard “mosquitos” and those that form in the sounds during funny fish season, have not been able to get out.
Last week, my nephew Frank reported seeing a good number of boats working around the dropoffs along the Brewster Flats for several days, as well as few up on the flats. Typically, the fish in this area are definitely more cooperative in the deeper water and around the grass patches in the area during the day, while the most consistently successful waders and boaters fish at night.
Barnstable Harbor is in its summer mode: mostly small fish during the day around the channel in the morning and again late afternoon, especially during an incoming tide or the turn to outgoing around the edges of the channels and creeks that drain the flats.