Barnstable Harbor has been the name on everyone’s lips when it comes to bass fishing from boat or shore in the waters from Sandwich to Orleans. Most of the fish are schoolie size, but with more and more mackerel likely to show as May draws to a close, the larger bass will start trailing the schools that gather outside the mouth of the harbor. But if you don’t care what size bass you catch, then there are schoolies throughout the harbor, including the marshes and creeks.
Paul Newmier from Blackbeard’s in Eastham told me that he has headed out for some flounder fishing a couple of times, leaving from Sesuit Harbor on each occasion. Although the flounder action was OK, Paul said he saw no life whatsoever from there to Brewster in terms of birds or fish. He also said although some of the Rock Harbor boats are in the water, Paul doesn’t know of anyone who has fished around Billingsgate.
He did, however, know of at least one small, legal bass caught on bait from Sunken Meadow; the angler who caught that fish told Paul that when he visited the beach the next day, he saw a rack of what looked like another bass that just passed the 28-inch mark.
Meanwhile, bass are moving in up Provincetown way; Jeff Clabault spoke to one angler who caught somewhere around ten fish off of Race Point this week, a number of which were larger than 30-inches. The one thing he couldn’t tell me was whether the fish were caught from shore or boat, although I suspect the latter. I fished the waters today from Herring Cove to Long Point were filled with mackerel and sand eels from very small ones that the macks were spitting up to some very large ones.