Believe everything you hear about Cape Cod Bay; it’s that good. I fished with Fuller and Adam Hanan from Tennessee today and they were into fish for a solid eight hours. There are plenty of really small schoolies up inside Barnstable, with an occasional larger fish mixed in; drifting across the flats or bars on either tide will produce bass. Anything sand eel will work, although we also had fish fighting over the seven-inch bone Hogy.
A few folks continue to liveline mackerel in the channel, sometimes having to run well outside the entrance bell or over towards the east end to procure bait.
On the other hand, far more boats have been cruising water in the 30 to 40-foot range, looking for fish deep in the water column and then dropping shiny jigs on them. The first drop we made with a silver Epoxy Jig produced a solid bass and this color continued to do the trick all day long. I have no doubt that there are some larger fish around, such as the 43-incher that Capt. Shaun Ruge caught in the fog earlier this week, but the majority of the bass caught by us and other boats were in the 24 to 30-inch range.
Later in the day, we visited the edges of Billingsgate Shoal and had bass pushing sand eels and we even saw a sand worm swimming for its life; perhaps there is some sort of worm hatch going on in the bay along with the vast schools of good sized sand eels.
Race Point to Herring Cove has come alive with bass, with some of their fish legitimate 20 to 30-pounds, with an occasionally larger bass. Vertical jigging has been most productive up that way.
Some captains have also discovered the effectiveness of deep dropping sinking Magic Swimmers and heavily weighted Perfect Swimmers; color choice hasn’t been that complicated, as long as it’s mackerel or white.