The challenge for most folks who fish in the bay this week has been the winds; Paul Newmier at Blackbeard’s in Eastham told me that he hasn’t talked to any of the local charterboats this week simply because they haven’t been able to get out.
Prior to this stretch of miserable fishing weather, the fishing down his way had been going downhill pretty rapidly. There were some bass still being caught by jigging wire off the north edge of Billingsgate, but if a boat managed to catch its limit, they were bringing fish just over the 28-inch minimum home. Bluefish, which have been scarce all season, seemed to have disappeared, despite the massive amount of bait that has been seen.
The one area that was fishing well this week was Barnstable, reported Andy Little at The Powderhorn in Hyannis. There have been plenty of schoolies around, especially in the early morning, but a decent number of bass up to the 20-pound range are still being caught by boaters who manage to get some mackerel and then liveline or chunk them in numerous spots around the harbor, including well inside during high water.
Mike Thomas from M & D’s in Wareham heard from a few boat anglers who tried tube-and-worm fishing around Scorton Ledge and the east entrance to the Canal, but they were having a very difficult time with mung.
On the other hand, shore anglers fishing mackerel chunks from Town Neck to Sandy Neck have been picking up mainly schoolies, with the occasional legal fish at night or in the early morning, according to Ben Clabault at Forestdale Bait & Tackle on Route 130. Some folks are also finding enough clean water to throw topwater plugs with some success, with the best fishing from just before first light until the sun lifts above the horizon.