The few people I spoke to who made the trip up Provincetown way said things were pretty slow around the Race; they tried everything from jigging wire to vertical jigging with only an occasional decent bass to show for their efforts.
I also heard from a group of flyrodders who made the trek up that way today and they found the bass hanging on the bottom in deep water, meaning extra heavy sink lines were in order. Even then, they only picked up a few fish.
Although Paul Newmier at Blackbeard’s in Eastham said that the Rock Harbor crew is doing OK at Billingsgate dragging umbrella rigs or jigs on wire, working both the north and south edges of the shoal. Paul explained that parachutes aren’t the style of jig they prefer as they aren’t trying to imitate squid; instead, they use red/black or orange nylon jigs in an attempt to imitate the crabs that fish feed on there.
Paul said bluefish have been few and far between around Billingsgate, but he heard of a push of nice blues off of Sunken Meadow and they are taking topwater plugs. There are also a good number of bass in the mix, especially up inside Wellfleet, Cornhill Beach, and around the Pamet, with swimmers such as the Daiwa SP Minnow and soft plastics working, although tossing pencil poppers and Polaris-style topwaters around first light is still working.
I can tell you from personal experience that Barnstable Harbor is filled with schoolies, both around the edges of the channel and on the flats to the east and west. Flyrodders and spin anglers tossing soft plastics are doing very well and there are just enough big fish to keep things interesting. Vertical jigging with a combination of a soft plastic and jighead has accounted for some larger bass around the channel, with mackerel becoming a bit harder to locate for folks who prefer to liveline mackerel.
Jeff Miller at Canal Bait & Tackle in Sagamore said that the for the last two days there have been schools of big bass off the east entrance to the Canal and there are plenty of boats livelining pogies and mackerel. The mackerel are definitely thicker up around Provincetown and guys are making the run there to load up and come back to fish them off the Canal.
The Sandwich creeks are a mixed bag, with mostly schoolies around Old Harbor on the outgoing tide while folks fishing the mouth of Scorton Creek with mackerel chunks have picked up some more sizeable bass. There is also a mix of schoolies and bigger bass around Horizon’s, with anglers working the beach or casting into the bowl from the Canal jetty catching fish.