The Northeast winds this week have kept most boaters off the water around the bay, but those who have made it out reported that the schools of bass from Sandwich to Barnstable are still around. Once again, you have to search them out and there is a wide variety in the size of the fish from one school to another. Live eels at night continue to be productive around Sandy Neck, while Bruce Miller recommended the tube-and-worm for daytime work, particularly orange or red. It is very likely that as the beginning of next week approaches, some of these schools will work their way towards the Canal to feed on all the bait that is there as part of the fall migration picture.
Shore anglers around Scorton Creek had a good series of tides earlier this week as the winds and schools of bait combined to draw in a number of bass outside the entrance to the creek. Topwater plugs worked very well, but when the fish are in the wash and a long cast isn’t necessary, soft plastics work really well as they imitate a wide range of bait, both due to their profile and their action that suggests larger baits.
Andy Little reported that not many boats from Barnstable have made it out past the entrance, but there is good action under the birds working the sand eels that the bass are pushing up. As the weeks progress, there will be more and more schoolies in the mix, but Andy said soft plastics, plugs, and the tube-and-worm have accounted for bass in the 20-pound class.
A number of charterboats around Sesuit Harbor, Rock Harbor, and up Wellfleet way have pulled for the season, but it is generally due to the lack of trips and not a dearth of fish. There aren’t many bass around, but Hootchies and swimming plugs such as Bombers continue to produce big bluefish from Sunken Meadow up to Herring Cove. Shore anglers are picking up some blues as well working the shoreline from Wellfleet to Truro.