Cape Cod Bay Fishing Report – September 15, 2016

Once again, the best fishing around the bay has been from Barnstable Harbor to the east end of the Canal. The one difference is that even though folks are marking good numbers of bass close to the bottom, they have had lockjaw at times.

Jeff Miller advised that some of the best fishing has been in deeper water outside Scorton Ledge, say 40 feet or so, and bunker spoons on wire line have enabled anglers to get down right at the level of the fish.

There is still a nighttime eel bite, but the fishing hasn’t been as off the charts as it was a couple of weeks ago. Once again, apparently the problem isn’t necessarily finding the fish, but getting them to eat.

The rest of the bay has been pretty quiet, said Paul Newmier, who heard that a number of boats from the Rock Harbor fleet have been fishing down around Barnstable, as Billingsgate, Wellfleet, and Brewster have been pretty quiet. The tube-and-worm, whether orange or red, has been producing good numbers of bass in the 25-pound class.

The one part of the eastern section of the bay that has been holding some bluefish and small bass has been the Path.

Shore anglers are finding schoolies up to the 24-inch range around Town Neck and Old Harbor, with an increase in the surface activity for light tackle and fly rod anglers down around Barnstable. This weekend holds some good early morning tides around Barnstable, so the edges of the channel up onto East and West Bar could provide some good action for anglers using sand eel imitations. And remember that adding some weight in the form of a jighead or weighted swimbait hook can sometimes result in larger fish that are holding below the spunky schoolies.

Jim Young reported that the southeast corner of Stellwagen has been a good spot for bluefin, with livelining mackerel the way to go.