Cape Cod Bay Fishing Report – October 18, 2018

Other than shore reports, there isn’t really anything to report since the ridiculous amount of wind this week has kept boaters from venturing out, except for some larger vessels that are still targeting bluefin up around Stellwagen.

According to Andy Little at The Powderhorn in Hyannis, there is no lack of small bass up inside the Sandwich creeks and around Barnstable Harbor; the water is still relatively warm inside Barnstable and there is enough bait in the form of sand eels and peanut bunker to produce some occasional mini-surface blitzes in the morning, as well as activity for folks blindcasting around Horseshoe Bar, the shallows between East Bar and Chapin’s, and behind Sandy Neck.

But Andy also emphasized that folks fishing eels and plugs such as needlefish around the beachfront and along Sandy Neck are still picking up the occasional larger bass; there are continued reports of pockets of big fish up around Plymouth and hopes are they will start to move towards the Canal, but the winds are predicted to be strong out of the west/northwest this weekend, which isn’t as conducive in terms of moving bait to the waters from Sandwich to the east end as a blow out of the east/northeast would be.

Over at Canal Bait and Tackle in Sagamore, Bruce Miller told me they aren’t going to be bringing in any seaworms due to the double whammy of boats not being able to get out and the limited prospects of any that do make it out going with the tube-and-worm. This is the time of year when plug/artificial lure fishing is dominant, with most catches consisting of small bass that will be released, making soft plastics rigged with single hooks the way to go.