The word from Bruce Miller is that there are still plenty of mackerel outside the east end of the Canal; the larger bass are out by the dump where they are slow trolling the macks on lead core, similar to the way they use bunker spoons on wire. Although the depths from the double humps out to the dump average about 85-feet, Bruce said it’s only necessary to get down around 20-feet where the fish are holding.
Paul Newmier called the bay “a washing machine” as nobody has really been getting out in the boats. Before the blows, there were some bass being caught along the edges of Billingsgate Shoal and in the deeper water off of the Brewster Flats.
Despite the chatter about 40 pounders in Barnstable, the truth is that overall the fishing has been slower than usual, even with live mackerel. In fact, some folks are doing better using bucktail jigs and jigheads combined with soft plastics, especially white, mackerel, and olive colored. Early mornings have seen good schoolie action from well up inside the marshes and along both west and east bar; there are good-sized schools of surprisingly large (for this time of year) sand eels around. For that reason, plastics that match the coloration of these baitfish can get lost in the mix, so opting for bubblegum or white/off white can be a better choice. Soaking soft plastics in sand eel scent oil has also made a big difference.
Sunken Meadow continues to be a top spot for shore anglers on the bayside, with fresh mackerel accounting for some nice bass, explained Paul Newmier. While this area receives a great deal of attention, there are smaller bass up inside Wellfleet by the dike and the Truro beaches, as well as up inside the Pamet, are holding fish, albeit mainly schoolies.
Winter flounder fishing continues to be consistent from Sesuit to Brewster; there aren’t any huge fish, but enough over 12-inches to fill a stringer. The same goes from the east end to Sandwich, with one hardy angler heading out and managing a 19-inch fish among the usually 13 to 14-inch ones.