Cape Cod Bay Fishing Report – May 18, 2017

Bob Lewis reported that a number of folks from the Cape Cod Flyrodders have fished Barnstable Harbor this week and found plenty of schoolies on top in the early morning, with an occasional fish approaching legal size. Light tackle folks can do equally well using small soft plastics such as the Hogy Skinny’s fished unweighted or with a little weight added courtesy of a jighead or weighted swimbait hook.

Andy Little has heard of folks livelining mackerel in and around their favorite holes and edges of the main channel, but as of Wednesday he hadn’t heard of anything other than larger schoolies.

There is a great deal of bait to the east of Barnstable and there should be fish on it, but not many boats have been working open water, preferring to stay within the confines of the harbor.

News from the boat crew that typically works the waters around Billingsgate has been hard to come by, but there have been some nice winter flounder up to the 17.5-inch range around Sesuit as well as tautog from the target ship.

Connie from Blackbeard’s in Eastham knows of three legal fish taken from Sunken Meadow on bait, including mackerel and seaworms. There has been the occasional over 28-inch striper caught around Cold Storage and the beaches surrounding the Pamet.

The beaches/creeks to the east from Sandy Neck to Scorton and Old Harbor are again producing mainly schoolies at the moment.