There is an interesting take on the bass bite that continues in the waters from the Barnstable end of Sandy Neck all the way down to Town Neck Beach in Sandwich. Many folks are still doing well at night using live eels, with the bass at times moving into 10 to 12-feet of water under the cover of darkness.
The schools of fish are definitely smaller than they were a month or so ago and daytime anglers are finding their sonar is an invaluable tool as they troll the tube-and-worm in the stretch of water from Scorton Ledge to the parking lot, looking for marks that indicate one of these aggregations. Jeff Clabault told me of one such boater who picked up six big bass to 32-pounds in one small area after trolling large stretches of water.
The really lucky folks have come up one of these schools of bass when are top feeding, in which case they are willing to take topwater plugs such as pencil poppers or spook type offerings. There was at least one report of a boater who happened upon a larger school of fish in the afternoon last weekend, but they were just moving along and not feeding; once dusk settled in, they got down to business and eagerly took eels.
Apparently, the albies that moved into the Canal in a big way on Wednesday went all the way to the east end and right in to Cape Cod Bay, a location they usually don’t visit. I do recall that last year folks happened upon funny fish down around Barnstable on the flats, where there are once again good numbers of sand eels, but none of the primarily schoolie action that typifies the water from there down to the Brewster Flats.
For some reason, Billingsgate is pretty much devoid of bass and blues, with boats out of Rock Harbor and Wellfleet concentrating on bluefish that have been up inside Wellfleet Harbor and up towards Provincetown. Most of this catching is done by trolling Hootchies, but there is some topwater action, with the fish finning in the shallower areas. It has gotten to the point where catching a single bass, which most of the time is a sublegal, is unusual.