Cape Cod Bay Fishing Report – September 23, 2016

One of the more interesting reports from the Bay concerns the movement of mackerel from Stellwagen down towards the middle of the Bay; there is always the possibility that they will move towards the east end of the Canal, in which case there should be some very good topwater action upcoming.

For boaters, mackerel typically are followed by schools of larger bass, making them good targets for livelining as well as casting with swimming plugs such as Magic Swimmers and Perfect Swimmers. Blue or green mackerel Savage Sand Eels are also effective artificals when fishing around these baitfish as well. It is also common for trollers to switch over to bunker spoons dragged on wire when the fish are holding in deeper water.

At the moment, boat anglers are doing well fishing at night using live eels from Barnstable Harbor to Town Neck, with shore anglers getting shots at these same fish in the dark, particularly around high tide. Many of these bass are in the 30-pound class, with the average around 20.

Tube and worm anglers are also catching good numbers of stripers, particularly around the mouth of Barnstable and on the shallows to the east and west of the channel during high tide. There are good numbers of small to medium bass pushing bait in the morning and again in the evening providing plenty of action for both boat and shore fishermen; as is typical, anything that resembles a sand eel is a good choice.

Paul Newmier reported that anglers working the north edge of Billingsgate into deeper water have been catching mainly bluefish, with a few smaller bass mixed in.

Umbrella rigs are popular along with tubes when the fish are concentrated in shallower water, with some wire line jigging still being practiced around the dropoffs from the shoals.

Flyrodders and light tackle anglers are doing really well from Sesuit to Brewster; a few larger bass have been caught on plugs at night, such as the Daiwa SP Minnow, Bombers, and larger soft plastics, while chartreuse and white has been a popular color combination when it comes to flies, including Clousers, Hi-Ties, Blondes and flat wings.