Cape Cod Bay Fishing Report – October 5, 2017

Barnstable Harbor is still filled with small bass, providing plenty of activity for fly rod and light tackle anglers. There are some larger fish still around, especially at night on eels, large plugs, and larger soft plastics.

There are also reports of smaller bass in the shallows around Dennis and Brewster, as well as outside Sesuit Harbor over to Chapin’s Beach. There is a great deal of small bait around, especially peanut bunker and sand eels, making soft plastics a great option because they come in smaller sizes, can be rigged with single hooks (unweighted or on jigheads) to minimize damage when practicing catch-and-release, and come in a multitude of colors and shapes that mimic different baits.

Capt. Warren Marshall told me that he heard from another angler that earlier in the week there were big bluefish and some good-sized stripers along Sandy Neck, both close to the beach and around the Sandwich creeks. Topwater plugs were very effective, both spooks and pencil poppers.

Otherwise, reports from boaters regarding bass have been tough to come by because the weather has kept many of them off the water, while the presence of bluefin tuna out around Stellwagen has resulted in anglers fishing for tuna in boats of pretty much every size. As an example, the assistant harbormaster in B-Harbor told me that a 19-foot boat came in with a 100+-inch fish that weighed over 600-pounds.

Livelining is producing most of the fish in the bay, especially horse mackerel, which are readily available around Provincetown. There are also still some bluefish in the area as well.