I ran into a friend yesterday and he told me he and his son fished Barnstable recently and they had plenty of fun with mainly schoolies inside the harbor. These fish are working over schools of sand eels and they are working their way up onto the flats between east bar and Chapin’s on the flood.
There are a large number of anglers who target larger bass with live mackerel around Barnstable Harbor, but early morning plugging with walk-the-dog type plugs, swimmers, and soft plastics also produces some nice fish. This is before first light to perhaps an hour after sunrise, and an outgoing tide also helps.
Paul Newmier said that the fishing along the bay beaches from Orleans up to Herring Cove and Race Point has been good, with some folks fishing seaworms or chunk mackerel, while others have been using swimming plugs and poppers.
A friend of Paul’s and his mate took a busman’s holiday and limited out on bass around Billingsgate where there is a great deal of bait and life. Paul has been doing well fishing for flounder off Sesuit and the waters inside the target ship over to Wellfleet are also producing some winter flatties.
Some big schools of bass have moved in around the Brewster Flats and they are hungry and willing to take soft plastics and swimming plugs.