There is no lack of small stripers in numerous locations around the northside of the Cape, but finding larger fish is another matter entirely.
Ben Clabault from Forestdale Bait & Tackle on Route 130 said that his dad, Jeff, fished Old Harbor on Tuesday and caught plenty of small fish; in fact, the action was almost a fish on every cast. Small, internally weighted paddletail jigs such as the Hogy Pro Tail Paddle were all that was needed to catch as many schoolies as you wanted.
Jeff also fished East Sandwich Beach, and even though he mainly, once again, caught small fish, he did manage a few larger bass up to 26-inches.
An incoming tide is always a good time to fish the beaches that stretch from Sandwich to Brewster/Orleans when looking for bigger bass; surface plugs such as pencil poppers and spooks are good choices in the early morning, while swimmers such as the Daiwa SP Minnow, Bomber, or Red Fin are effective when working around sand eels from dusk to dawn, which are one of the primary baits in the area.
The word from Andy Little at The Powderhorn in Hyannis is that Barnstable Harbor and the surrounding waters are filled with small bass. Finding fish at this point in the season can be as simple as locating flocks of birds working over them, with thinner profile soft plastics such as the Hogy Skinny Series a good sand eel imitator whether you fish them unweighted or with some heft added in the form of a jighead or weighted swimbait hook.
There have been some larger bass caught from the beaches, with eels or needlefish plugs fished at night a good combination.
Lee Boisvert at Riverview Bait and Tackle in Yarmouth spoke to one angler who braved the rain this week, and despite getting soaked to the bone while fishing around Chapin’s, he had a lot of fun catching big schoolies.
As far as flounder go, Lee hadn’t heard much, but he was bringing seaworms in this weekend, so it should be interesting what boaters find, with most of the flattie fleet heading out of Sesuit and fishing the waters in that general vicinity.
Outside the east end of the Canal, there are some schools of mackerel and adult pogies around that can be jigged or snagged and then livelined. As an alternative, white, bunker, or mackerel jighead or soft plastic combinations are effective, especially when the bass are hugging the bottom. A key is to use a heavier enough jig to get to the level where you are marking fish.