Once the heavy northeast winds from today settle, the holiday weekend looks to be very fishable for the boat crew and Bruce Miller at Canal Bait and Tackle in Sagamore said they should be able to find some quality bass, as well as all the schoolies they want.
The recremercials are crying, but they are still getting between three and five fish per trip, which doesn’t seem like much, but given prices around $7 a pound, they are making out OK. Most of them are using live eels at night between Sandwich and Sandy Neck, most often pretty close in to shore out to 20-feet of water.
Earlier this week, Jeff Miller told me that some bigger fish are being caught in deeper water out around the Dump; most of this action has been vertical jigging as the bass are feeding on schools of smaller mackerel that are moving between the Canal and deeper water.
The word from Andy Little at The Powderhorn in Hyannis is that there are large numbers of schoolies inside Barnstable, with the outgoing tide fishing very well, especially if it is connected with the early morning. There are also small fish from the flats stretching from East Bar up the creeks that stretch from Bass Hole up to Mill Creek.
Paul Newmier at Blackbeard’s in Eastham reported that there really isn’t much activity among the charter boats or recreational folks; he went out of Sesuit on Wednesday in hopes of finding some winter flounder and there was only one other boat in the parking lot. They were headed out to try and find some bass by the Canal and were still out when he returned from a trip that only produced a few crabs.
Most of the Rock Harbor charter fleet have completed their final trips of year; last week, a few of them were in buying worms, but Paul did not hear how they did. Typically, if they are fishing this way, they concentrate on the dropoffs between Dennis and Brewster.
The small bonito are still around all the way up to Provincetown and over to Race Point, but by all reports, any attempts to turn them into bass by livelining have proven fruitless.