Cape Cod Bay Fishing Report – July 30, 2015

Other than one select area of the Bay, things are pretty quiet from everything I can gather.

Capt. Warren Marshall said he spoke to a couple of members of the Cape Cod Flyrodders and they put in a lot of miles earlier this week for just one small bass at Billingsgate. The Brewster Flats were quiet and all the other spots they visited in the bay produced nothing.

On the other hand, I spoke to Bob Lewis this morning and he heard from a flyrodder who had great fishing around Brewster, so right now the best bet is put as much time as you can on the water.

Paul Newmier had a similar report, noting that the boats out of Rock Harbor and Wellfleet are having to work extra hard just to get a single legal fish on the shoals. The north edge is still your best bet, but even there you have to switch up techniques to scratch up a bass or two.

Laura Jay charters out of Sandwich was able to put some customers on stripers this week.
Laura Jay charters out of Sandwich was able to put some customers on stripers this week.

News from Barnstable basically concerns mainly smaller fish on the flats to the east from the entrance to the harbor over to Chapin’s and inside around the creeks. Most of the live mackerel fishing has ended for now and the boats are switching to the tube-and-worm or umbrella rigs, with some jigging wire thrown in for good measure. During mackerel season, dark green or chartreuse are popular jig colors, but you will see more boats using white or red/white at the moment. Drifting live eels around the channel at night is another option that avoids summer boat traffic that puts the fish off their feed and makes the water a bit cooler and more conducive to bass activity.

As so often happens now that there are isolated pockets of sizeable bass around the Cape, a fleet of boats will form and that is the case right now between Scorton Ledge and Sandy Neck. With a worm hatch taking place in the area, as well as schools of squid, pink tubes have been working well and some folks are fishing live eels at night with some success. The problem is that with so many boats in the area, the fish are moving around “so they don’t get choked by all the fumes,” as Bruce Miller put it; they are also seeking deeper water in the middle of the day in the high sunshine.

Around the Sandwich creeks, there are mostly schoolies, but along Sandy Neck, there are bigger fish at night being caught on bait, including seaworms, eels, and chunk mackerel, as well as on plugs in the early morning, especially when around high water.