Although the wind has gone hard northeast today, there is some very good fishing news from the bay that should interest boaters – if they can get out, as there is a small craft warning that lasts until tomorrow morning, with winds out of the north laying down as the day goes on. Saturday morning might be tough with some rain and gusty northeast winds, but again, things are expected to settle as the day goes, with Sunday showing light northwest winds.
All of that said, Andy Little at The Powderhorn in Hyannis told me that Barnstable Harbor is absolutely loaded with bass, including tons of schoolies in the morning with some bigger fish being caught at night up inside the harbor on live eels and plugs. There are numerous marshes and even a number of rocky stretches of shoreline where throwing 10-inch Original Hogy’s has produced big time for me in the past.
There is clearly no lack of small bass in other spots as well; Paul Newmier of Blackbeard’s in Eastham went out of Sesuit on Tuesday and found bass working on schools of peanut bunker right up against the east jetty. Most of the fish were school size, but Connie LaBranche managed a bass just over legal size on a Red Fin; Paul said they had tried some topwater plugs since he thought what he was looking at were bluefish, but after a couple of half-hearted swirls, he changed to a swimmer and that produced plenty of bass. Paul also said the small plastics rigged on jigheads would have worked really well, especially paddletails since they imitate peanut bunker really well.
The next day, Paul was enjoying some lunch at the Sesuit Harbor Café and there were bass busting all over the entrance channel. He added that there are plenty of bass on the Brewster Flats, most of them on the small side, but they are a lot of fun on the fly and light tackle.
The charterboats out of Sandwich, Barnstable, and Rock Harbor continue to find fish around Billingsgate, mainly on jigs and umbrella rigs, although Andy Little said that some folks have been doing well livelining mackerel – when they can get them.
Meanwhile, big bluefish were working off of Sandwich this morning, reported Jeff Miller from Canal Bait & Tackle in Sagamore; one boater he spoke to said he was into non-stop action on choppers, some of which were in the 12 to 14-pound range. At times, these blues have moved into range of shore anglers and that should be the case with the wind blowing out of a northerly quadrant all weekend.
Jeff believes a good portion of the mackerel in the Canal has moved into the bay, but locating them has been a challenge at times. A few boaters have been working off the east entrance to the Canal and finding some bass, although things could really pick up if the biomass of big fish up around Plymouth and Marshfield moves down and into the Canal. Phil Stanton told me that he was in Marshfield earlier this week and witnessed big bass pounding pogies right against the shoreline.