It’s pretty much the same story this week, with Barnstable Harbor providing a dividing line when it comes to whether bass or blues are dominating the fishing.
There is still a solid nighttime eel bite from Town Neck and down along Sandy Neck, but the daytime action has been pretty good for folks trolling the tube-and-worm from Scorton Ledge over to the parking lot, as well as around the entrance channel to Barnstable. Red/wine and orange tubes are popular in all those locations.
The Sandwich creeks have been holding a few schoolies, but your best bet if you are looking for a bigger fish is to toss topwater plugs in the morning or swimmers at night around the bowl just outside the east entrance to the Canal. Sandy Neck has also been giving up the occasional legal fish, mainly on bait such as seaworms and mackerel. During commercial season, I heard that a boat guy was in contact with his buddy on the shore of Sandy Neck and directed him to where the bass were holding. Although that sounds like a pretty good way to be clued in to where the bass are, you can also walk the shoreline around Town Neck or along Sandy Neck at night tossing eels, hoping to find that honey hole where the stripers are holding.
From Jeremy Point to the Pamet, it’s all bluefish and some really big ones, easily tipping the scales at 10 to 12-pounds. Most folks are using Hootchies to troll up the choppers, but there is nothing like using topwater plugs after locating a school of fish. If they are fussy about taking something on the surface, I have found the larger Epoxy Jigs rigged with a single hook a great way to hook up while casting; olive is my favorite color when fish are feeding on sand eels, which is the case in many spots in the bay, but if the bait is really thick and you need something a bit more noticeable to get the fishes’ attention, try pink or white. Single hook rigged jigs make a great lure when catching-and-releasing fish, even blues, since you can get ahold of the jig without having to worry about the extra set or sets of trebles that adorn most plugs. Then again, there is really no need for anything but a single hook on a plug when targeting bluefish; Siwash style hooks are a great choice as their wide gape and long point hold really well in a thrashing blue, even if you crush the barb, which you should do with all your plugs, particularly if you are planning on releasing all or the majority of your fish.
Most of the shallows from Barnstable to Brewster are filled with really warm water, making trips from dusk to dawn and an incoming tide a good idea. Although it is usually most productive to imitate sand eels when fishing the Cape Cod Bay flats, if the bait is really thick, then using seven to 10-inch Original Hogy’s in bubblegum will get more attention.