Cape Cod Bay Fishing Report – September 13, 2018

Bass like this one have been commonly caught off Provincetown this week.

Despite the winds out of the east/northeast this week, Bruce Miller at Canal Bait and Tackle in Sagamore said that the tube-and-worm fishing has been steady in about 20 feet of water from Spring Hill over to Scorton Ledge. Red and orange tubes have both been working on bass up to the 40+-inch class, especially on the late afternoon and evening tides.

Anglers fishing at night have also been picking up enough larger fish on eels to keep them going out; it isn’t gangbusters and there don’t seem to be an great concentrations of fish, but the bass are moving in close to the beaches from Town Neck to Sandy Neck.

Shore anglers have also been picking up good numbers of bass in the early morning and again at dusk, with yellow and pogy (the Gibbs’ silver with black dot color) particularly effective. Bruce emphasized again that Polaris-style lures are most effective as it is important to make a lot of noise, but pencil poppers and spooks are working as well. The opportunity exists to catch anything from a 16-inch schoolie to a bass over 40-inches as a number of the larger fish that were in the Canal earlier this season continue to feed on squid, silversides, peanut bunker, and even those small bonito that everyone is talking about.

Jeff Clabault from Forestdale Bait & Tackle on Route 130 in Sandwich added that the Sandwich creeks are holding mainly small fish, perfect for light tackle anglers using soft plastics and flyrodders who can match the small bait in the area.

Barnstable Harbor is another area where there is no lack of schoolies, with an occasional larger bass caught on tubes during the day or live eels at night. Kayakers, especially, are having a good time paddling out and either wade fishing the bars and troughs or drifting the flats when the incoming water gets too high.

Capt. Alex Gottlieb of told me that there a ton of small bass throughout the bay; he said they are perfect fly rod fish, but since they are on small bait such as peanut bunker and juvenile herring, they have been very picky at times.

Squid have been reported in good numbers of Sesuit, according to Lee Boisvert at Riverview Bait & Tackle in Yarmouth, and typically where they are found, there are also some bass to be caught. In years past, I have even had squid eating my flies on the flats to the east of the harbor, all the way down to Brewster.

The word from Paul Newmier at Blackbeard’s in Eastham is that a number of the Rock Harbor boats are picking up bass in the 20 to 30-pound class off of Barnstable on 9’er rigs and tube style umbrella rigs. For the most part, Billingsgate is producing schoolies up to fish just over the 28-inch minimum, with bluefish very scarce.

Paul confirmed that folks jigging for mackerel have been catching plenty of what apparently are juvenile bonito, including up inside Provincetown Harbor, on the dropoffs from the Brewster Flats back to Sesuit, and outside of Barnstable to the east entrance of the Canal.