Cape Cod Bay Fishing Reports
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10/16/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
The most interesting report I received from Cape Cod Bay came via a couple of emails I received earlier in the week. On Monday, Nancy Bloom sent me a photo of a couple of fish someone she knew caught outside of the Pamet in Truro; they couldn’t ID them and wondered if I could help. The next day, Jim Sullivan sent me a photo of his friend with another fish that they had no seen before in the bay. In both cases, the fish in the photos were clearly bonito and I’m not surprised at the difficulty in determining what they were since bones aren’t all that common north of the Cape. I did hear of some earlier in the season chasing bait in the skinny water east of Barnstable, but to catch them this late in the season when even bass and bluefish are becoming scarce in the bay is certainly unusual.
Speaking of bass, there are a few from Provincetown down to Truro, but you are going to have to work extra hard to find them. There are still some smaller bass being caught from shore from Truro to Wellfleet, but again they aren’t around in great numbers. A few bluefish are mixed in, but their low numbers coincides with what folks have mentioned all season long.
As October moves on, finding smaller bass making all kinds of noise isn’t uncommon all the way from the Brewster Flats to the east end of the Canal. Both shore and boat anglers will have their shots at these schoolies, with smaller soft plastics a great choice since you will be releasing these fish and the single hook used, whether swimbait or offset worm, will make for less damage to the little guys and gals that represent the future of our bass fishery.
Barnstable Harbor is one area that holds bass late in the season; again they will be mostly schoolies, as was reported to me by an angler who was there on Monday, but some larger fish also linger inside the harbor, both in the channel and on a flooding tide up inside the creeks and marshes. Boat anglers usually stick with either drifting eels or trolling the tube-and-worm if they are looking for larger fish around the channel, while shore anglers turn to plugs or larger soft plastics early in the morning.
Andy Little reported that folks fishing plugs around Sandy Neck have been picking at some decent bass; poppers and needlefish have both worked well. At times, especially on a wind out of a northerly quadrant, anglers working Old Harbor and the beaches to the east and west have been finding some larger bass.
For the most part, however, these sizeable fish are being caught by boaters fishing from Old Harbor over to Sandy Neck; Bruce Miller said pink is the top tube color right now and some fish are also being caught on eels.
10/9/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
Cape Cod Bay – Although the great white named Katherine is getting most of the attention as she was first reported around Wellfleet and is now off Dennis, most anglers are interested in getting in as many bass days as they can.
Paul Newmier told me that he spoke to a shore angler who picked up a number of short bass off of Sunken Meadow on bait, presumably sand eels. There have also been bluefish caught up around Provincetown from Herring Cove to Long Point, with a few bass caught around the former.
Andy Little reported good boat action from Sesuit to Barnstable; the tube-and-worm is particularly effective in getting below any smaller fish to larger ones, but some folks are doing equally well on live eels. The top bass have been in the 30-pound class, with numerous smaller fish, especially on the early stages of the incoming tide, being caught on thin profile soft plastics such as the Hogy Skinny series as well flies and topwater plugs. The waters in front of the creeks around Yarmouth have also been holding good numbers of bass.
Shore fishermen are encountering schools of smaller bass all the way from Sandy Neck to Old Harbor, although at times they are just outside casting range, particularly on a falling tide. These fish are generally feeding on sand eels, although there are some sea herring around as well.
In the deeper water off of Old Harbor, tubes are still producing some larger bass, although there are fewer fish in the mix. At times, these fish are just outside the east end of the Canal, particularly on the outside of the Sandwich jetty.
Bull MacKinnon told me there are also plenty of bass around Plymouth and some huge 20+-pound bluefish; the larger body of fish has apparently not moved towards the Canal yet, even with schools of mackerel moving in and out of the east end.
9/26/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
There is still plenty of life in the bay as the bass are on the move and it should be interesting what this stormy weather does to the fishing.
Reports have schools of bass feeding heavily all the way from Sesuit to Old Harbor and the east end of the Canal, but the action has been moving from day-to-day and even tide-to-tide. One angler told me he and two of his friends tried up inside Old Harbor on Monday on the dropping tide and came up with nothing, but with the water almost at low, they noticed a flock of birds working outside. There were a few boats working schools of bass in the 30 to 36-inch class only a couple of hundred feet from shore, making them accessible to this trio who each caught at least three of them.
Similar story along Sandy Neck with occasional blitz like action on mostly schoolies and the same goes for flats outside of Barnstable Harbor; in the channel, on the other hand, there are still some big fish being caught on the tube-and-worm, up to the mid-40-pound class. Small blue-and-white bucktail jigs are also catching good numbers of fish.
The live eel bite has slowed around Scorton Ledge and Sandy Neck, but there were still some big fish being caught on tubes, particularly mustard or honey-colored ones. One boat reported catching a half dozen fish over 50-pounds that they caught-and-released over the last couple of weeks and there was still a pick of cows through the early part of this week.
Bluefish are still being caught inside Wellfleet Harbor and around Sunken Meadow, but they aren’t consistent. Paul Newmier heard from one boater who fished up off of Truro this week; he had one rod with a tube-and-worm and another with a live eel. He managed a half dozen small bass and some bluefish, all on the tube; nothing bothered the eel at all.
There have been some bluefish up around Provincetown, but no bass to speak of for the boats.
Paul weighed in a 20-pound bass for a shore angler who fishes bait off the Eastham bay beaches and he heard of some bass up to 30-inches being caught on eels and swimming plugs such as the Daiwa SP Minnow from Wood End to Long Point at night.
There have been tuna to speak of up around Stellwagen, but a few giants have been caught around Peaked Hill Bar, all on live bait.
9/18/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
Cape Cod Bay – It’s a tale of two cities, or east vs. west when it comes to what is going on in the bay.
There is still a good tube-and-worm bite off of Old Harbor, albeit a quality vs. quantity one; you might only catch one fish, but it very well could tip the scales at 40-pounds or larger. It appears that the body of fish that was around Sandy Neck and Scorton Ledge has moved west and just might be staging to move in and through the Canal. Red tubes are fishing best all day long and the fish have moved in and out with the tide and time of day.
While tubes continue to work, eel fishing has slowed, noted Bruce Miller, for boat anglers. Shore folks working the Sandwich creeks have generally been picking up schoolies, but they would do well to consider using eels if a big fish is their goal since bass cruising the shore and into the creeks find them tough to pass up.
The beachfront from Horizons down to Barnstable has generally been producing schoolies, with occasional schools of breaking fish being reported. Flyrodders have been doing well on these smaller fish, but at times they have been outside their range; at those times, spin fishermen have been using spook style plugs and soft plastics successfully.
The Barnstable channel has been another spot where the tube-and-worm has been effective, with sand eel imitation plastics and plugs working well; first light on an incoming tide has been fishing best.
There are still fish on the flats from Barnstable to Brewster, but the fishing has not been consistent from day-to-day. Cool nights have driven the bait off the shallows at times and the bass have congregated more on the dropoffs outside the shallows.
Paul Newmier reported that tuna fishermen looking for bluefish in they bay have had a hard time finding them from Eastham up to Truro and Billingsgate has gone so dead that some charter operations are canceling their remaining trips and pulling their boats.
In fact, the one good fish (31-inches) that Paul has heard of recently from the bay was caught by a shore angler in Eastham. There have been schoolies off of Herring River and small bluefish off of Truro, but larger fish seem to have vacated the area.
Boats livelining mackerel up around Provincetown has been doing OK on blues with the occasional bass mixed in; as seems to have been the case all season, boats have been marking the bass, but even when a mackerel is placed right in front of them, they have lockjaw more often than not.
9/12/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
The large group of boats out in front of Horizons (or whatever they call the restaurant now just outside the east end of the Canal in Sandwich) were casting eels and trolling the tube-and-worm as a school of bass settled there on Thursday. More than likely, these are the same fish that have been out in front of Old Harbor.
To the east, there are still bass around Scorton Ledge, as well as along the parking lot; pink and orange tubes are top choices, along with live eels both day and night.
Speaking of eels, a shore angler fishing a snake around Scorton Creek took a 42-inch bass; he was part of a group of anglers who mainly caught smaller bass on both bait and plugs.
I fished from Barnstable Harbor to Brewster on Thursday without so much as a single bass; there were a few fish rolling on the grass patches inside in the afternoon, but it was pretty much dead in the morning. Paul Newmier told me that the guy who gets his sand eels reported that the water temperature dropped 10-degrees from just the other day and he had little luck gathering bait; there were some terns working on the chum line he produces and I saw a few splashes on the Brewster flats. I marked water temps as anywhere from 57 to 61-degrees everywhere I went and the water looked pretty lifeless in many locations.
That said, Capt. Warren Marshall reported that Vinny Foti and company picked up 30 bass fishing the creeks from Chapin’s on in.
Paul Newmier said the Rock Harbor fleet has been happy to have six to seven-pound bluefish from Orleans to Wellfleet, as Billingsgate is very quiet on bass. Umbrella rigs and Hootchies are working best for boaters fishing for blues, and on Thursday they also ran up into Wellfleet Harbor where shore anglers reported catching them.
The bass bite was improved from Long Point to Wood End, Paul reported as well. Boats were jigging up mackerel and livelining them close to shore; when the bass fishing was slow, there were big blues to fill in. Whether it is coincidence or not is hard to tell, but the bass fishing around Truro has been best in shallow water, similar to the waters around Provincetown.
9/10/14 As Reported By Hogy Staff
Tube and worm trollers are finding fewer but larger bass along Sandy Neck, down to Scorton Ledge and off the outflow of Old Harbor in Sandwich. The creeks are not as active as they will be in the next few weeks.
9/5/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
I fished with Capt. Mike Hogan today from Scorton Ledge to the parking lot with his Perfect Tubes and he went 1-for-2 on big bass, with the one we released in 40-pound class. Red wine tubes outfished the area favorite, orange, for us, but we did see another really big bass caught on an orange tube and a number of small bass and blues on both tubes and jigs.
Eels have been working OK during the day, but the best action has been at night when the fish move in close to shore, particularly on a rising tide. Bruce Miller added that the Sandy Neck crew has been picking up some really nice fish at night casting eels or seaworms – that is, if they can cast without hitting the boats that are sometimes that close to the dry sand.
Andy Little said the fishing in the channel at Barnstable Harbor has been very good; he weighed in a 50-pounder yesterday and there are good numbers of fish between 20 and 30-pounds as well taking jigs, the tube-and-worm, and eels. The bass have been showing in the morning on top before settling deeper in the water column when the sun gets well up in the sky. On the flats, there are also some nice stripers being caught by fly and light tackle anglers, using a multitude of artificials and fly patterns, as long as they imitate sand eels.
Around Billingsgate, there have been mainly smaller bass up around the north edge for folks jigging wire, with an occasional legal fish mixed in. The key, as it seems to have been all summer, is to be there for the short period when the action turns on. There are good numbers of bluefish around the old target ship, on the 20-foot edge off Sunken Meadow, and on the dropoff outside the Brewster flats. There are still some bass on the flats and the action should only improve as the water cools and the bass begin to move in to feed heavily before making their trip south.
There are mainly bluefish from the Path up to Provincetown, but the bass bite has definitely been on the tough side, with the few schools that boats have located displaying lockjaw most of the time. Eels are usually productive in this situation, but even the snakes have been rejected for the most part the same as butterfly and other type of vertical jigs and parachutes and straight nylon jigs worked on wire line.
9/2/14 As Reported By Hogy Staff
Those dawn high tides should make for some great striper fishing at the entrances of the creeks in the next few days, plus with parking restrictions easing after Labor Day access will be easier. Not far off the beaches from Sandy Neck to Sandwich there are some very large bass on the prowl.
8/29/14 As Reported By Hogy Staff
Big bass being taken a half-mile off Sandy Neck and down to Barnstable. Live eels are the preferred bait, bounced along the bottom. The north wind should push some of those big stripers in to the beaches from Sandwich down to Sandy Neck but with the north wind and big swell comes dirty, weedy water. You can fish through those conditions reasonably well with 7” and 10” Original Hogys (bone and bubblegum colors) on single swim bait hooks. Anything with treble hooks will be an exercise in frustration!
8/29/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
Charter captains who focus on Billingsgate have been complaining about the lack of bass, to the point where some are considering cancelling trips. A few are also running in towards Sunken Meadow and trying to scratch up some bluefish, but even they have become tough to find.
Provincetown has slowed way down, with boats in the area working down the backside to find bluefish; any schools of bass they have been fishing on have had lockjaw. Best bet would be to fish early or late and try eels or live mackerel if you can find them.
The Brewster flats still have bass on them, but the quality of the action has been dependent on what day or even what stage of a tide you are there. Crab patterns continue to be a good bet for flyrodders up in skinny water, while there have been schools of fish just off the edge of the flats in the dropoffs that are perfect targets for sand eel patterns and skinny soft plastics, both unweighted or weighted either with jigheads or a swimbait hook with a little bit of weight.
Barnstable Harbor has mainly been holding schoolies on the flats and up inside, but there are bigger bass from west bar over to Sandwich. Trolling pink or orange tubes during the day has been effective around Scorton Ledge, while large bass have been moving in at night close to shore where eels have been the best producers.
There have been pushes of bass around Old Harbor; very early morning outgoing tides have produced some good flurries, but the action has been fleeting since the water drops out very quickly due to the change in the structure of the area.
Lots of smaller bass up around Plymouth and over the next several weeks we should see strong movements of fish both towards the east end of the Canal and up and around Provincetown. Key is to find the bait and there is still some squid around as well as mackerel, but sand eels are extremely important this time of year.
8/24/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
Apparently, there have been a number of dolphins on the Brewster flats, making the bass very skittish; a few fish have been seen around Quivett and Paine’s Creek, but again nothing to write home about. Of course, that could change any day as nothing in the bay from Dennis on up to Provincetown has any consistency to it. For example, on Billingsgate, during a six hour tide, you might have a half hour or so of action and otherwise it is dead. From the Path on up to Provincetown, the bass fishing has been very slow, with more bluefish moving in. The choppers are scattered themselves, but their presence might indicate that more bluefin are going to make their way into the bay.
8/21/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
With the schools of mackerel harder to locate since they have been chased out by the large squid in the bay, many boaters are going with live eels in numerous locations, such as Provincetown, Barnstable Harbor, and from Sandy Neck over to the Sandwich creeks, where at night the larger fish are moving in close to shore, giving beach anglers a shot at them during high water.
The bass up around Provincetown have been tough to locate as they are constantly on the move; at times they have been located just off the breakwater inside the harbor and at others they have been more towards Race Point. Another problem has been their tendency towards lockjaw, making patience even more of a virtue; the successful boats are changing techniques, from vertical jigging to jigging wire and even livelining mackerel when they can get them or drifting eels if they can’t. The bottom three hours of the tide have brought the fish on top at times, making soft plastics and needlefish plugs effective.
There are bluefish and smaller bass from the Path on down to Wellfleet Harbor and Sunken Meadow; trolling Hootchies and Bombers is a popular in these waters, with topwater plugs effective early in the morning or again at night. Shore anglers are also picking up some stripers on soft plastics and sand eels in low light conditions.
Billingsgate is holding mostly smaller bass, with legal fish ranging from just over the legal limit to the mid-30-inch class; jigging, trolling tubes, and umbrella rigs are all working, with morning and evening outgoing tides fishing best.
Although theorizing about fish movements can be an iffy business, there seems to be a connection between what is going on around Billingsgate and on the Brewster flats; some days, the latter are dead and others they are filled with fish of all sizes and it is interesting to wonder if they move out to the shoals at times. Morning incoming tides are great, with soft plastics, flies, and fresh sand eels accounting for fish off all sizes. Crab patterns cast in front of schools and left motionless on the bottom are working consistently, as opposed the usual sand eel flat wings, Clousers, and the like that most people like to strip.
Shore anglers are also doing well down around Sandwich, especially from Spring Hill to Scorton Creek; smaller flies and soft plastics are working well.
8/20/14 As Reported By Hogy Staff
Scorton’s has been holding some very large fish, but is mostly a night game with anglers drifting live eels and large soft baits for big bass. Some fish have reportedly been caught early in the morning on tubes. The bite has been hot
8/18/14 As Reported By Hogy Staff
Small/medium size stripers are scattered on the flats but they are picky. Judging by their light color these are typical summer resident fish for the most part. Brief but intense feeding by these fish has been happening at first light off many of the creeks. Timing is everything, with the bite lasting only from false dawn until the sun pokes over the horizon. As we move toward the new moon and the tidal flow increases the action should improve just about everywhere in the Bay.
8/15/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
At least four 50-pound fish were caught down along the stretch from the Sandwich creeks to Barnstable, with numerous other fish in the 30 to 40-pound class. Shops are selling plenty of eels, but the supply of seaworms has been inconsistent for folks dragging tubes, so it would be a good idea to get what you need for several days of fishing when you can find good tubing worms and take care of them.
Up around Provincetown, the fishing has been excellent by the seawall inside the harbor and even captains who specialize in vertical jigging and plugging have been buying 15 to 20-pounds of eels at a time.
8/15/14 As Reported By Hogy Staff
Live eels are the ticket here too, with three fish over 50 pounds taken in recent days outside the creeks. It is absolutely essential to drift or anchor up AFTER DARK and bounce those eels on a 3-way rig in about 20 feet of water. The flats off Barnstable and Brewster have some big fish too but they are tough to catch – a typical August pattern in those areas. Decent bluefishing down in the Wellfleet and Truro area; Billingsgate and The Path are good bets.
8/14/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
There are big bass to be had in the waters from Town Neck in Sandwich over to Sandy Neck, as evidenced by a 55.1-pound fish taken this morning (Thursday) on the tube-and-worm, according to Bruce Miller. Maroon colored tubes have been working well, but at times the top color has been black and at others orange, so having a wide selection of colors has been key.
Fishing at night with live eels has also been productive; Jeff Clabault told me of one angler who picked up 10 fish, with six of them over 30-pounds and that kind of fishing hasn’t been uncommon, again from Sandwich over to Barnstable.
Whether using eels or tubes, these fish have been in tight in shallow water; with all of the mackerel and squid from the east end of the Canal and down to Sesuit, there have been occasional pushes of fish on top as well. One of the keys to the action has been targeting the tides when the water warms up a bit, putting the fish in the mood for feeding.
Other than smaller fish caught on clams around the Sandwich creeks, there hasn’t been much word on bass for shore anglers in the area. That may be because anyone having success is keeping it quiet or it may be that the changes in the structure thereabouts has made these waters less accessible to larger fish.
Livelining mackerel around Barnstable has still been OK, but there have been more fishing taken at night on live eels. There have been some big bass also taken in the morning on big soft plastics.
The black sea bass bite is still good outside of Sesuit and there have also been some tautog reported in the mix as well.
Billingsgate has been fishing best during the first part of the outgoing tide, both on the south and north edges. The bass have been on top at this point, making them good targets for folks fishing soft plastics and sand eel pattern flies; throughout the tide, jigging with parachutes or other jigs that feature chartreuse as a prime color, either by itself or in combination with black or red, is effective, as is the tube-and-worm.
The Brewster flats and those between East Bar and Chapin’s have been feast-or-famine; on Monday, a group of flyrodders reported that they had never seen so many fish and they were eating, but on Tuesday, they couldn’t find even a single fish. It is unusual to see squid on the flats at this time of year, but I have witnessed them chasing and trying to grab ahold of flies and soft plastics.
There are still a few bluefish around Sunken Meadow, but up inside Wellfleet has been even better; Hootchies continue to be a top choice, but trolling Bombers and other swimming plugs is also effective and working surface plugs is a real visual treat.
Long Point had some good action the other day and Race Point has been hit-or-miss; the key has been moving around to find the schools of fish and even then they sometimes have lockjaw. Successful anglers have been mixing it up, trying different vertical jigs and combinations of jigheads and soft plastics; some are livelining mackerel or slow trolling fresh dead mackerel with varying degrees of success. They have also recognized that the bass are feeding on specific stages of the tide and sometimes you just have to wait them out.
8/11/14 As Reported By Hogy Staff
Summer patterns prevail. Schoolies can be found along the beaches from Sandwich to Brewster and the flats from outside Barnstable down to Brewster Flats have schoolies in residence. Medium size bluefish are cruising around the area of the target ship and Billingsgate. Bigger bass make occasional appearances off Provincetown but the charter boats have all gone over to deep trolling with wire – another indication of summer fishing in the Bay.
8/7/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
The fact that the water has remained unusually cold in and around Cape Cod Bay has resulted in large schools of mackerel hanging out even as we approach the dog days of summer, driving some very good fishing around Barnstable Harbor and outside the east end of the Canal up to Plymouth. I even ran into schools of mackerel in the shallows from Barnstable to Sesuit the other day as they were slashing and crashing after sand eels. The schools of bass aren’t there every day and move in and out with the tides, so time on the water has been a huge advantage in catching them when they are around.
Live eels from dusk to dawn are producing well in shallow water around the Spring Hill area with a changeover to the tube-and-worm during the day from Scorton Creek/Ledge to Barnstable. The numbers of fish still remain relatively low, but they are on average quite large.
Jeff Clabault told me that folks who have been following his advice and fishing clams inside Scorton Creek and just at the mouth have been picking up some bass in the 30 to 36-inch range. One of them also saw an angler tossing wooden plugs catching large numbers of big bass in the 20 to 30-pound class at dusk.
There are good numbers of smaller bass as well as fish into the 30 to 40-inch range on the flats around Barnstable and Brewster; wade anglers have been doing particularly well in the early morning using sand eel patterns. High sunshine will find the smaller fish willing to hit flies and small soft plastics in bubblegum and white, but the larger fish are much tougher to fool.
Billingsgate has been hot and cold; some days there are mostly smaller fish and others there are bass up to the mid-30-inches being caught. The same inconsistency applies to technique; on Wednesday, most of the charterboats were tube-and-worming and on Thursday they were back to wire line jigging with mainly three ounce parachutes in some combination of chartreuse and black or red. Anglers casting soft plastics, unweighted or with various weight jigheads towards high tide have been taking some bass, as well as fly anglers.
There have been big bluefish from Sunken Meadow in Eastham up to the cottages in Truro; boaters have been using Hootchies while shore anglers have been doing well with plugs. At times, the fish have been just a couple of hundred yards off of Sunken Meadow and Cooks Brook Beaches, meaning the shore crew hasn’t had to make the long walk out at low water to reach them.
A few bass are being taken up by the cottages in Truro, with unweighted soft plastics a good technique if you fish this area from shore.
Race Point has been very inconsistent; there are short windows of opportunity where you will catch bass in the low 30-inch class, but those boats having success have been working through their full range of techniques, from tube-and-worm to wire line jigging to vertical jigging and even casting soft plastics as the fish have been on top towards low water.
8/6/14 As Reported By Hogy Staff
Action is still concentrated in the west end of the Bay with some big bass falling to SI Perfect Tubes at Scorton Ledge and along Sandy Neck. Plenty of schoolies remain inside Barnstable Harbor. First light and sunset at the mouths of Old Harbor, Scorton, and Quivett Creek are excellent bets for schoolie bass.
8/4/14 As Reported By Hogy Staff
The west end of the bay is where that big school of huge stripers that have moved in and out the canal are in residence. Boat fishermen should troll anything that looks like a mackerel from the entrance of Old Harbor in Sandwich on down to the entrance of Barnstable Harbor. Shore fishermen are scoring too, especially at any of the outflows in that area. This is remarkable action for the first week of August!
8/1/14 As Reported By Hogy Staff
Still the hottest area. Many large bass in the channel out of Barnstable Harbor (but also plenty of boats, especially on commercial days). The flats both inside B-Harbor and outside and down to Brewster Flats have some bigger than average bass showing in very skinny water. Shore anglers with plenty of stamina should make the effort to walk along the beach at Sandy Neck after dark, walking and casting their way down toward the entrance of Barnstable Harbor. Target the cuts between the bars pre-dawn and at first light for a shot at those big bass that head in under the cover of darkness. Original Hogys in black (7” and 10”) fished on a Hogy Swim Bait Hook are the perfect choice for this exciting hunting/fishing technique.
7/31/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
I fished Barnstable and Cape Cod Bay today and saw plenty of action, some of it on my boat and even more on other folks’. The outgoing tide in the channel at Barnstable was producing numerous bass between 30 and 40-inches, especially for boats that had live mackerel. At one point, one of those boats had four fish hooked up. Other boats were drifting live eels with less success and those employing the tube-and-worm found things even slower, although they did manage to pick up mainly smaller bass.
There are a ton of sand eels inside the harbor and around east and west bars and the flats that flank them and there are plenty of schoolies on them. Incoming tide around Sandy Neck and Beach Point is the time to check out the shallows thereabouts for some large fish in skinny water. After playing around with schoolies, we stayed on the edge of the fleet around the channel and had some big fish follow up a big chartreuse half-and-half that we switched to from smaller Clousers; we were using a heavy full sink line and had no problem getting down to where the fish were.
Eventually, we moved out to Billingsgate and caught the end of the dropping tide and were lucky enough to find some really big fish pushing sand eels and the chartreuse half-and-half did the trick for Joe Marcus. Once the tide went slack, there were terns plucking sand eels and boats snapping wire and parachute jigs in chartreuse/red, chartreuse/black, and all chartreuse managed to dredge up a few bass. The terns got more active when the tide turned to incoming, but we left without finding any more fish; that said, I suspect that given what we found earlier, there was a pretty good shot that they would show somewhere on the shoals.
Brewster flats has a mix of bass and blues; early morning has been best, but targeting the grass patches during the daylight hours can be productive, especially when the tide is high and the fish move farther east beyond Oceans Edge.
Race Point has been hit-or-miss; mornings are definitely best whether you are jigging wire or vertical jigging. The fish definitely aren’t in the same place from day-to-day, so a little travel is in order.
There are still bluefish, some of they quite large, around Wellfleet and Eastham, but even they have been on the move from tide-to-tide and day-to-day. Sunken Meadow is usually a good spot for shore anglers to get in on the action with blues and a few bass have been taken on chunk mackerel in that area.
7/30/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
Jeff Miller recently weighed in a 49-inch, 49-pound striper caught on a tube-and-worm rig; this was an old school fish, when bass approaching 50-inches generally weighed a pound per inch. Pink tubes have been best during the day with a change over to black at dusk; the parking lot has been a good spot. There aren’t huge numbers of fish, but they are big, really big. Live eels at night fished close to Sandy Neck and off the Sandwich creeks have accounted for some larger fish as well, but inside the creeks it has been mainly schoolies.
Large bluefish, and we’re talking up to 37.5-inches, invaded the Brewster flats yesterday, apparently having moved down from the Eastham/Wellfleet area. Their presence apparently pushed the smaller bass out, which had been providing more action on the flats, with a few fish just over 30-inches being caught as well. Surface plugs will work on the blues, even in shallow water, and their runs in shallow water are very impressive.
7/30/14 As Reported By Hogy Staff
Continues to be the hottest area right now with some very large stripers taken along Sandy Neck in recent days on SI Perfect Tubes. There seems to be a big school of large bass in residence from the mouth of Barnstable Harbor down to Scorton Ledge. Tube and worm is the way to go if you’re in a boat but casting around the mouths of the creeks pre-dawn is an excellent bet.
7/28/14 As Reported By Hogy Staff
Stripers in the 30 to 40-pound class are being taken on eels (after dark) in 20 feet of water along Sandy Neck and at the entrance to Barnstable Harbor. Live-lined mackerel will produce big bass a few miles east of the east end of the canal.
7/24/14 As Reported By Hogy Staff
Still big schools of mackerel a couple miles off the east end of the canal with big stripers in pursuit. Unusual to find the macks still in residence this late in the season, most likely due to a lack of bluefish this year.
7/24/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
Interesting morning yesterday; despite the presence of large schools of sand eels, the bass were slurping – worms! First time I have ever seen a worm hatch in Barnstable Harbor, although I imagine others have. From first light to about three hours after, there were fish rolling all over; only problem was getting them to take anything. Spoke to Capt. John Curry who had between 25 and 30 fish on Sunday and Monday, but only five on Wednesday. Still better than we did as things were deader than dead, although the action on schoolies resumed on Wednesday from east bar to Chapin’s.
The Brewster flats have been hit-or-miss; the best time is definitely early morning as the fish become very nervous once the sun is up. Wade fishing, which produces a lower profile, is a productive approach during the day as you work from bar to bar at low water and follow the incoming back to shore. Although it may seem counter intuitive, sometimes ripping a large, bubblegum Hogy across the surface of a trough before the water rises and floods a flat will draw a reaction strike.
A forty pound bass was taken on the tube-and-worm in Barnstable on Wednesday morning and folks are also picking up bass in the channel bouncing jughead/soft plastic combinations on the bottom. A couple of thirties also were caught off Sandy Neck on live eels and both commercial and recreational anglers are turning to the tube-and-worm off the parking lot and out to Scorton Ledge, which isn’t doing big numbers, but the fish that are being caught are big.
Shore and kayak anglers are buying eels from local shops; dusk to dawn would make sense when fishing them, but high water during the daytime will find bass working well up into the creeks and along the marsh edges. This can also be a good time to turn to Hogy’s fished on either side of a high, nocturnal tide.
There are big bluefish from Wellfleet to Eastham; trolling Hootchies, Jig-it Eels, and swimming plugs is one way to go, while shore anglers will find plugging low light at Sunken Meadow worthwhile. There are also blues off the cottages and trolling is definitely the way to locate a school, after which topwater plugs will produce a lot of fun.
Around Billingsgate, more of the action is around the south edge this week; there are mainly small fish being caught by folks casting sand eel imitations or tossing flies, while chartreuse, alone or in combination with red or black, has been a hot jig color.
The bite at Race Point is an early one and you will have plenty of company; vertical jigging is out fishing wireline for the most part, and even commercials fishing live bait such as eels or mackerel have had to deal with fish with lockjaw at times.
7/23/14 As Reported By Hogy Staff
Tubing in 20 – 30 feet of water along Sandy Neck to the entrance of Barnstable Harbor has been very productive for bass from just legal size to 20 pounds in residence. The mouths of the creeks (Old Harbor Sandwich, Scorton, Quivett) and Brewster flats hold plenty of school-sized fish feeding on small sand eels.
7/21/14 As Reported By Hogy Staff
Small fish in and out of the creeks around the top of the tide. Good tube and worm trolling at Scorton Ledge for bass up to 30 pounds. The bite off Provincetown has slowed.
7/19/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
Last week I reported that Barnstable was dead according to an angler who was there on Thursday, but he called back on Friday to say it was on fire – and it has stayed good since then. Livelined mackerel is definitely the way to go, with some anglers making the run to Sesuit to get their macks and then heaving back to B-Harbor. Drifting chunks of mackerel has been OK, but Jeff Clabault reported that one angler had switched over to slow trolling frozen or fresh dead mackerel close to the bottom and was doing very well.
There had been some great sight fishing on the flats to the east and west of the harbor, but it might take a few days for the water to clear so you can see the fish. Anglers who have beached their watercraft on either side of low water and walked along the exposed bars, casting into the nearby troughs, have experienced some of the best fishing. The fish are feeding on sand eels and crabs; Skinny Hogy’s are great choices and it would be interesting to see if they would show any interest in the new Hogy crabs. Obviously, fly fishermen have a wide selection of patters to imitate the local forage.
The Sandwich creeks are fishing well for flyrodders, with most of the fish on the small side; patience is the key as there are small schools of baas moving by intermittently. Although it is tempting to rip and strip flies when fishing for bass, dead drifting or swinging a fly in the current is quite often a more natural presentation and has been working well lately.
Although there aren’t huge numbers, the bass that are being taken on the tube-and-worm from Scorton Ledge to Sandy Neck are big – in the 30 to 40-pound class. High water and low light have them hanging closer to shore while they move back into deeper, more protective environs once the sun is up. Casting live eels at night has also produced bass from the parking lot east.
Billingsgate is OK, with mainly smaller fish up on the shoals and a few larger ones taken along the north edge; red, red/black, chartreuse/black, and all black are traditional colors used by folks who snap wire.
Provincetown remains hit-or-miss, with the vast numbers of bass starting to move down along the backside, although the dropping tide often has them swinging back around and down towards Wood End.
There is a combination of small blues and bass off the cottages and the Path is a usually reliable spot for blues during the summer, with deep diving Rapalas and Yo-Zuri’s effective along with Hootchies.
The Brewster flats are holding mainly schoolies, but they are more aggressive and willing to take flies and sand eel profiled soft plastics; low light conditions are when you will find larger bass as they move into the shallows under the cover of darkness.
If you’re looking for bluefish from shore, Sunken Meadow is a good place to start, particularly around high tide. They will take plugs early in the morning, but chunking is also productive.
There is some good sea bass fishing to be had outside of Sesuit and there are some winter flounder to be caught as well.
7/117/14 As Reported By Hogy Staff
Slower in the last few days in and near the Sandwich creeks but continued steady action for big bass off Provincetown – which has been the most reliable area so far all season.
7/15/14 As Reported By Hogy Staff
Flats off Barnstable still holding plenty of stripers, mixed sizes. Hogy Sand Eels have been the absolute best, go-to bait for many light tackle enthusiasts. Scorton Ledge has yet to turn on but should any day. Off Provincetown has slowed considerably in the last few days but charter boats jigging wire continue to find stripers in the 20-pound class from The Path to Billingsgate.
7/11/14 As Reported By Hogy Staff
Hottest area right now, off Provincetown best with huge amounts of sand eels present as reported a few hours ago. Many 34” – 38” stripers feeding on them close to the surface and a great white shark estimated at 18’ long was also cruising the area.
7/11/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
I received a report Thursday afternoon that Barnstable has really died off, apparently due to the spate of southwesterly winds; even livelining or chunking mackerel hasn’t been terribly productive. Some folks have turned to trolling the tube-and-worm from East Bar over to Chapin’s, but have been picking up mainly smaller bass.
Another angler tubed the parking lot out to Scorton Ledge today and didn’t have so much as a fish; it’s going to take some winds out of the north/northeast to get the fish that moved up to Plymouth and the south shore to move down off of Sandwich and get that bite really going.
Things have gone pretty quiet up around Provincetown, as the schools of larger bass that provided so much action have moved for the most part. Commercial anglers who fished there on Monday and again on Thursday found it a really tough go; at times the located schools of fish with lockjaw that wouldn’t take any kind of vertical jig and even dragging wire was pretty unproductive; on the other hand, a few folks switched over to red and wine colored tubes and did OK.
Paul Newmier talked to a buddy who runs trips out to Billingsgate and generally they have been working the north edge of the shoals with wire line and parachute jigs in red or black; green used to be another traditional choice, but it has been replaced by orange in some circles.
Dan Jones fished the Brewster flats the other morning during a low tide cycle and they only managed a few schoolies.
7/10/14 As Reported By Hogy Staff
With an expected wind shift to the east and northeast over the next few days, Sandwich creeks and Barnstable Harbor should see some of the larger stripers in deeper water in the Bay move in. This is the time when Scorton Ledge often turns on with that same wind shift. Still plenty of medium size stripers off Provincetown.
7/5/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
The scene inside the bay changed a bit this week; the word is that the fishing up around Provincetown hasn’t been as consistent and that folks are more often finding it a pick rather than gangbusters. Jigging wire and parachutes or pulling umbrella rigs has been a good choice as the fish are spread out and tougher to find, with less surface activity.
Billingsgate has more small fish around than larger bass, but charterboats jigging wire around the northern edge have been doing enough to keep their fares happy, said Paul Newmier. The dropping tide has seen some surface activity on mainly smaller fish, but they have had lockjaw much of the time or it may be that the sand eels are so thick that they won’t look at anything artificial.
A few bluefish are showing from Sunken Meadow up to Wellfleet and there are some smaller bass mixed in as well, with topwater plugs an exciting way to locate fish at first light and again in the evening. Folks fishing bait have had to deal with a lot of crabs.
The flats from Brewster to Barnstable have been pretty roiled up by the wind, but the fish are there. It’s tough to sight fish, but flyrodders like Gerry Fine did well tossing sand eel patterns onto the edges of the channels on the incoming tide as the fish moved onto the flats. The rough conditions have also produced some really good surface feeds, particularly around Barnstable, and up inside from dusk to dawn, there is still the chance to pick up larger bass on big plastics and slowly worked swimmers; that will change as July rolls on and the water inside the marshes and the inside shallows gets too warm.
Livelining mackerel inside Barnstable during the daylight hours has been inconsistent, with some of the regulars switching over to the tube-and-worm while at night live eels are an effective choice. Bouncing jighead/soft plastic combinations through the deeper holes is also a good technique when the fish are on sand eels.
There isn’t much word about the Sandwich creeks, but with the pile of bass at the east end of the Canal, there is a very good chance that they will move in on an incoming tide under the cover of darkness. Dead drifting eels or dark colored soft plastics works well around these waters and along Sandy Neck, the parking lot, and Scorton Ledge when the bass settle in there later in the season.
6/27/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
The bass action up from Wood End up to Race Point and down towards the Golf Ball has been tough going or off the charts according to whom you to talk to and when they were there. Danny Jones told me. He fished there on Monday during the first day of commercial season and found things tough going as the fish were on very small sand eels; apparently there are baitfish as tiny as a couple of inches up to five or six. Anglers using the smallest diamond and butterfly jigs did OK, but it wasn’t gangbusters by any means.
Outgoing or dropping water at Provincetown has been fishing best and it’s the same around Billingsgate, where there are good schools of smaller bass feeding on sand eels. Flyrodders and casters using sand eel imitations are having fun with fish in the 20 to 24-inch range, with an occasional bass around 30+-inches possible as well. Folks trolling umbrella rigs on wire have been working hard for a pick of larger fish, but there is definitely a need to redefine what that means; in this case, it means a 40-inch bass that may hit 15 to 18-pounds.
The action around the Brewster flats is sporadic up in the shallows; early morning incoming water has been productive for wade anglers and there have been some decent schools either side of low water on the dropoffs outside the flats.
Barnstable Harbor still has some livelining and chunking mackerel action, but it is definitely slower with the boats ganged up on one or two productive holes, such as off Mill Creek. Some anglers have also switched over to eels at night and doing better than the daytime crew.
Both inside the harbor and from East Bar to Chapin’s and from West Bar to Sandy Neck, there are plenty of smaller fish chowing on sand eels. At times there are schools working everywhere on top and anglers who go with smaller, skinny profiled soft plastics have been doing really well; the other advantage of these baits is that they do far less damage than plugs with treble hooks and the reality is that 99% of the fish you catch in these situations will be released. Early mornings, from before first light to sun-up, have been really good if you like to fly rod for sipping, swirling fish.
Anglers trolling unweighted tube-and-worm rigs around the parking lot in 20-feet of water are starting to catch more bass; black or red is the preferred color and lead core is the way to go. Long fluorocarbon leaders also pay off when fishing over clear water and sand bottom, especially when the sun is high in the sky.
Outside the east end of the Canal, there are still some schools of mackerel and folks livelining them have been picking up some sizeable bass, with an occasional 30 to 40-pounder possible.
6/19/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
It seems like everyone is fishing Provincetown; things had slowed a bit earlier this week, but today, with perfect rainy conditions, the fishing was excellent. Vertical jigging is best at targeting specific schools of fish, which are easily marked on sonar, but charterboats that use umbrella rigs have been doing OK as well.
It should be interesting to see what this area looks like on Monday, the first day of commercial bass season, as it is pretty much the only area on Cape Cod that has had consistent fishing on stripers that measure up to the commercial 34-inch limit.
Fly anglers and light tackle folks have been doing OK on breaking fish at Billingsgate; they’re feeding on sand eels, so plan accordingly. The north edge has been good at times, as it seems as if the fish up around Provincetown are making their way back-and-forth.
I fished Barnstable this morning and there were a handful of folks livelining mackerel; those that I spoke to said they are having no trouble making bait out by the bell. There have been large schools of surface feeding bass on both tides and they are feeding on sand eels from tiny to medium sized. We managed two fish in the 30-inch range on Clousers and plenty of smaller fish as well.
The Brewster flats have been hit-or-miss; a report from earlier this week had no fish sighted, but anglers fishing before and up to first light have been catching fish on soft plastic sand eel imitations and Finnish style swimming plugs.
The Sandwich creeks have been holding mainly small bass; one angler did manage to take a 29-inch fish on the only eel he bought to go fishing.
Sunken Meadow has been holding bass from schoolies to fish in the mid-teens, with a few bluefish as well.
6/13/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
There has been a crush of boats up around Provincetown as that’s where the big schools of bass have been as they are working schools of sand eels, mackerel, and sea herring. The reality is that these fish are spread out from Wood End over to the Race and down the backside as far as Ballston Beach, so hanging with the crowd isn’t necessary. Vertical jigging is working even better than dragging wire, but for the most fun, throwing soft plastics and topwater plugs is the way to go as multiple fish pursue your lure right to the boat.
Billingsgate has been fishing OK, although you will have to pick through more small fish; trollers have been using umbrella rigs, but Hogy Sand Eels and Skinny Series have been the ticket when the fish move up top and begin to feed on the large schools of sand eels in the area.
Barnstable has slowed way down for folks livelining mackerel, mainly because mackerel are hard to come by and most of the larger fish have followed the bait up north. Bouncing bucktails in the channel continues to produce some nice fish, as does dragging wire with umbrella rigs or parachute jigs.
There are some schools of bass down around the parking lot and captains trolling red or black tubes have been doing well, while shore anglers along Sandy Neck have been catching some impressive fish up to 26-pounds this week on mackerel chunks.
East Bar to Chapin’s has been alive with schools of smaller fish, but if you can get down below them, there are bass in the 30+-inch hanging out. These fish are perfect targets for any sand eel imitation as well as stickbaits on top. Given that they are feeding on sand eels, needlefish or darker colored soft plastics would make sense for shore and boat anglers working from the flats back into the marshes.
The Brewster Flats have been fishing best under low light conditions; even though you might be able to see incredible numbers of big fish during high sunshine conditions, they have been tough to catch. Some days, just finding the fish has been very tough.
There are also some schools of bass working the shoreline from Eastham up to Wellfleet; mixed in with the schoolies have been some larger fish, but the challenge has been getting your lure or fly to them before the more aggressive small fish get to them.
6/5/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
Livelining mackerel has been hot-and-cold, with one of the greatest challenges being finding bait. There have been a few fish in the 30-pound class reported, but overall the vast majority of bass are in the mid-30-inch class. The bass are definitely not stacked in any one location as the liveliners are running around from the entrances to channels that lead back into the creeks that feed the marshes in Yarmouth and along West and East Bars; some folks are venturing out to the Fingers.
Early morning tides have seen some small fish surface activity along the bars and on the flats in front of Sandy Neck and towards Chapin’s. Sand eel imitations are working best for casters; unweighted is the way to go on the lower portions of the tide with the use of a light jighead the way to go as the water level rises. Natural color sand eel plastics are productive, but prospecting with a larger bubblegum version with help when prospecting an area for fish that has no birds or swirling bass to give away their location.
High water has seen some larger bass taken on big soft plastics and plugs around the Great Marsh, with first light or inclement conditions productive times.
The Brewster Flats are receiving a great deal of attention from boaters and waders alike; small sand imitations in the three to four-inch range have worked well. Natural colors are a good choice, but once again, bubblegum is a good searching color. On both sides of the tide, there have been schools of bass on top from Barnstable to Brewster and it is a good idea to keep an eye out for birds working throughout the area.
While Sesuit is usually the area mentioned for winter flounder, there has also been some good fishing off of Brewster.
Billingsgate has also been on again, off again, but with schools of bass reported from Wood End to Race Point up around Provincetown, there is a very good chance that they will move through the bay to the shoals. Right now, umbrella rigs are working best in that stretch of the bay, with light wire rigs sporting reddish wine, black, or white bugs a popular item. Some captains run a spoon down the middle, with Huntington spoons mentioned as an alternative to the traditional Tony Accetta Pet Spoons, whose quality has fallen off apparently.
Besides trolling, vertical jigging is also working well on the bass around Provincetown, especially in the deeper water outside of the pot line. Watching your sounder and making precise drifts through areas where you have marked fish is a valuable skill that allows you to take advantage of this technique.
Some bluefish have also showed up in the bay, with Sunken Meadow always a good bet for the first chopper action of the year from the beach as they horn in on topwater plugs intended for bass. The bay side beaches in Wellfleet have been holding mainly schoolies, with one 16-pounder reportedly taken on a live eel.
5/30/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
Livelining mackerel still remains the best bet from Sandy Neck to the Fingers and then on to the bell outside Barnstable Harbor; a number of 30+-pound class fish were caught over the weekend in these areas, while folks who stayed inside the harbor found mainly smaller fish in the low 30-inch class.
The flats from East Bar over to Chapin’s are filled with small schoolies that will hit any kind of sand eel pattern or soft plastic imitation, with larger fish yet to move in. That said, three or four days of northeast wind could push the bait in and the fish will follow, as they did for beach anglers along Sandy Neck who were fishing between the parking lot and Beach Point. There are some big bass already inside the marshes and they like big flies and soft plastics at this time of year, as well as metal-lipped swimmers and wooden spook style topwater plugs.
The Brewster Flats have produced mainly small bass for flyrodders and anglers fishing unweighted soft plastics, with bubblegum always a go-to color in this area. Sunken Meadow is a popular spot for plugging on the falling and the first part of the rising tide.
The Billingsgate fishing has been hit-or-miss as the fish are moving around; most folks are concentrating on the southern edges, but one charter captain went off on his own and found some good schools of bass on the northern regions of the shoals. Trolling umbrella rigs on wire is productive, but matching soft plastics to the proper weight jighead can be effective for casters who want to reach the depths where the fish have been holding due to this cool weather. Vertical jigging with metal lures that match sand eels is another technique worth trying.
Word had it that a school of good-sized bass moved into and around Provincetown earlier this week and odds are that with the winds this week that some of these fish will be seen sooner rather than later on the shoals and along the shoreline from Brewster down to Barnstable.
5/22/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
A few sizeable bass have been livelined up inside Barnstable by anglers who have managed to pick up some mackerel, but overall the schools of macks have been scattered. There are good numbers of schoolies, most in the 20+-inch range, feeding on sand eels, making them perfect targets for slim profile soft plastics.
The Brewster Flats have been spotty, with a few fish just over legal size taken by shore anglers on the incoming tide; there have also been fish reported around the Quivett Creek area, but they have been very spooky.
The Eastham bayside beaches have produced some legal fish, with Sunken Meadow usually a good spot this time of year. Topwater plugs work well here while some folks swear by fresh mackerel at this point in the season.
A couple of charterboats out of Rock Harbor have scratched up a few small legal bass out around the south edges of Billingsgate, but so far the shoals have been relatively quiet.
5/16/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
Most of the activity in the bay has been looking for the scattered schools of mackerel; winds out of the northeast have pushed them towards the east end of the Canal, but in general folks have been looking for them up around White Cliffs, off of Barnstable, and down around Sesuit. A week ago, they were pretty consistent with a number of good days in a row, but that has changed as they are moving all over the bay. Some folks are saying that is because they are being harassed by schools of bass, but there have been no confirmations of this theory.
The mackerel out in the eastern part of the bay have not been thick enough to target with jigs and folks have been picking them up while trolling instead.
There was a good push of schoolies feeding on sand eels on Monday in Barnstable and a few just legal bass have been caught around high water on the Brewster Flats. When early morning and dusk coincide with incoming water, mackerel chunks have accounted for some bass around Sunken Meadow.
10/10/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
The upcoming three days of northeast winds should keep most sane folks in port, especially since there hasn’t been a ton of activity out in the bay recently. The few boats working had found that the fish were pushing west, closer to the entrance to the Canal; the Town Neck Beach area was one location that was holding bass, with the fish moving between there the deeper water outside Scorton Ledge. Both the tube-and-worm and eels continue to be your best bet, but some folks have been jigging up mackerel outside the east entrance to the land cut and livelining them with some success.
On the flats from East Bar over towards Chapin’s Beach, some nice bass up to 25-pounds have been holding and taking medium length soft plastics, making the seven-inch Original and six-inch Skinny perfect choices. This hasn’t been all out blitz activity with birds working over fish, but rather sight casting as you look for wakes and finning fish. It should be interesting to see what shapes up after the wind settles; if the bait hangs around, there could be come hungry fish looking to eat.
The eastern stretches of the bay are all about bluefish of various sizes. Other than some sporadic schoolie action around some of the marshes and harbors, most anglers have given up on bass. There have been schools of blues cruising around Billingsgate and Provincetown has seen pretty consistent action, but what happened to the late summer/fall striper fishery is anyone’s guess.
On a positive note, after poor winter flounder and fluke fishing up around Provincetown Harbor, there are some tautog showing for both boat and shore anglers fishing off Fisherman’s Pier.
10/3/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
The word from Bruce Miller is that the schools of fish that had been in close to the Sandwich creeks and along Sandy Neck have moved into deeper water, particularly from the Dump to Fisherman’s Ledge, with tubes and eels still most effective.
Some larger fish were caught last week around Town Neck, but by the next set of tides, there were no fish to be had. That’s the reality of October fishing as everything is on the move and there is usually no consistent action on sizeable fish from day-to-day, so that means taking advantage of every opportunity you can.
On the other hand, throughout the month there is typically good schoolie action around the Sandwich beaches and it is even possible to sight fish for them. Mixed in are the occasional larger fish, with sand eel patterns and peanut bunker/baitfish imitations effective for flyrodders, while small soft plastics in bone and bubblegum, along with spook type plugs and smaller pencil poppers, work well for light tackle fishermen.
With larger bass moving towards the Canal or up and around Provincetown, the odds on catching a big fish inside Barnstable decrease, but B-Harbor is well known for its fall schoolie topwater activity, with a few schools of stripers in the just legal size around if you’re lucky to be on the water.
Bluefish continue to provide most of the action from Sunken Meadow up to Wellfleet for boat anglers, with some schoolies inside of Wellfleet Harbor.
Billingsgate still has a few bass on the north edge, but there aren’t many folks out on the water in the area, so consistent reports are tough to find. There are good numbers of bluefish on top of the shoals, with folks generally picking them up on the troll using spoons and swimming plugs such as Bombers.
9/25/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
The big bite in tight from the Sandwich creeks to Sandy Neck has slowed significantly, but there are good numbers of schoolies around the time of high water and on the turn to outgoing. One angler I spoke to did have a nicer fish get off while working Old Harbor with a MagMinnow, but overall he found mostly schoolies.
That certainly doesn’t mean there aren’t any larger fish around and Jeff Miller recommended live eels and tubes out around Scorton Ledge and the parking lot and with mackerel starting to show again at the east entrance to the Canal, jigging a few up and livelining them around the CC buoy and up towards Plymouth might bag you a larger bass. There are plenty of schoolies from Scusset on up to Duxbury, with a few larger fish in the mix, and those fish should be moving south and towards the Canal in the coming weeks.
Paul Newmier said the Billingsgate area continues to produce some 30+-inch bass, but most of the charter fleet out of Rock Harbor has called it a season so reports are tough to come by. Wireline jigging is definitely the best technique thereabouts. Bluefish are also starting to thin out.
Up around Provincetown, the boats are mainly encountering big bluefish in the 12 to 14-pound class, but the action has varied widely from day-to-day.
9/19/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
The nighttime eel bite continues to be solid for boaters working from the east entrance of the Canal down to Sandy Neck, but be advised that the schools of bass are not holding in one spot from tide to tide and day to day. Tube-and-worm fishing has been OK during the day, especially with orange or black tubes, and the key is often moving into slightly deeper water.
Jeff Clabault decided that with all of the big bass being caught by boaters just off the beaches from the Sandwich creeks down to Sandy Neck, there had to be some of them for shore anglers to catch. So, he first went to Old Harbor, where he only encountered schoolies that harassed his eels, but the next trip he went to East Sandwich and was rewarded with a 39-pound striper.
Although dusk to dawn is usually the best time to pick up larger stripers, this time of year it is possible to encounter pushes of sizeable fish in the daytime as they move towards the Canal. In general, however, the vast majority of bass are schoolie size up to the 30-inch class, making them perfect targets for flyrodders and light tackle anglers.
Barnstable Harbor is starting to heat up inside, with some solid bass blitzes around the edges of the main channel and on the flats to the east of East Bar. Incoming water will find bass filling in from the edges of West Bar over and along Sandy Neck, particularly over the darker bottom and grass patches.
Paul Newmier reported that his buddy Georgie, a charter captain, has been scratching up some bass in the low to mid-30-inch class using red and red/black jigs on wire line. Bluefish are becoming harder to find as the water cools.
9/12/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
Top fish of the week was a 55-pounder, with many shops weighing in bass in the 40-pound class caught on live eels from Sandy Neck down to the Sandwich creeks. Many of these fish are in so close to shore that they can be reached by flyrodders, but most of the action has been from boat in as little as eight to 10 feet of water. During the day, there has been consistent action on schoolies from the beaches between the creeks.
For folks trolling the tube-and-worm, a report courtesy of Bruce Beardsley is pretty typical, as he trolled for five plus hours from Sandy Neck down to Scorton Ledge without a touch. With 10 minutes left, he caught a personal best 49-inch, 42-pound bass and many more anglers have reported long stretches of quiet with a brief flurry of activity.
One interesting note from Mike Thomas, who cleaned several fish from that area of Cape Cod Bay and found them filled with sand dollars, certainly not what you would expect to find bass feeding on.
Fishing from inside Barnstable to Brewster has been very slow, with some bluefish around Sunken Meadow and off of Wellfleet. Billingsgate has been very slow on bass, with a few bass caught by anglers jigging the north edges with wire line.
Migrating fish are starting to move through the waters near Provincetown, but you won’t necessarily see surface activity to give them away. Most have been caught by folks dragging wire and dark red or black parachute jigs, or they are vertical jigging with smaller diamond jigs. There are also some bluefish around for both boaters and shore anglers, with Race Point having some on top and good action on larger fish at the jetty near the Provincetown Inn around high tide.
9/4/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
Not many fish are being caught, even in the stretch from Sandwich to Barnstable, but the ones that have been taken on the tube-and-worm or live eels have been big. The bite has been a small window during the daylight hours, with far more folks reporting trolling for eight hours without even a sniff than those who have caught numbers of fish.
Those anglers who don’t mind fishing at night have been doing better casting eels and plugs, particularly needlefish, from boat and beach around the mouths of the Sandwich creeks; last weekend saw a number of fish in the 30-pound class caught by the shore crowd. Daylight has been good to flyrodders working the beaches on mainly schoolies, with the occasional pod of fish in the 30-inch class taking sand eel patterns, while Hogy Sand Eels are a good choice for spin anglers. Folks willing to make the walk along Sandy Neck to fish the grass patches and darker bottom have been catching bass as well.
Inside Barnstable has been very quiet, as have the flats around Brewster, with a few bluefish and small bass being caught here and there.
Sunken Meadow in Eastham has had some good bluefish action, with Paul Newmier reporting that a boater did well there on Wednesday tossing topwater plugs to fish in the six to seven-pound class. There are also some larger bluefish up around Wellfleet and Truro around the Path, but bass have been few and far between for the charter fleet out of Rock Harbor who have been looking up around Billingsgate, dragging the tube-and-worm or umbrella rigs.
8/28/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
Mike Hogan and I had the chance last Friday to experience the scene from Sandwich to Sandy Neck and it was strange, to say the least. Despite reports of the fleet fishing the tube-and-worm, we saw a good portion of the charterboats fast trolling large squids off their outriggers while anglers in the stern were jigging. I heard from one source that many of them do this to keep other boats from getting close to them and it certainly was a bit intimidating.
We managed one solid bass on a wine Perfect Tube before departing and a number of shops weighed in fish between 40 and 45-pounds earlier this week, all coming on tubes, including black, orange, and motor oil. The bite has been very good early in the morning before first light close in, with the waters around Scorton Ledge giving up some bass as well. Most successful anglers have taken advantage of a short window of action, with many folks tubing for up to eight hours without a touch if they miss the bite corresponding with the turn of the tide.
A 50-inch fish was caught from the mouth of Scorton Creek and a number of bass just shy of 30-inches were caught from the beaches between Old Harbor and Sandy Neck on squid. Flyrodders are also doing well as there is a lot of small bait, including sand eels and peanut bunker, along the shore. Skinny Hogy’s in black at night and bone during the day are excellent choices for spin anglers.
Barnstable Harbor down to the Brewster flats is holding mainly schoolies and small bluefish, while the deeper water around the northern edge of Billingsgate and the southwest corner have produced some bass on tubes. Otherwise, it is mainly big bluefish in the eight to 12-pound class up off the Path from Wellfleet to Truro, while Provincetown has been very quiet, with some blues that have been tough to find from day-to-day.
8/27/13 As Reported By Capt. Mike Hogan
I’m still bitter about losing my IPhone overboard with video of a huge striper – and a month before the new one is launched! (My apologies if I’m hard to reach!) But I am planning to head back out this week when the weather clears after a short conversation with Tom from Red Top. He pointed to empty pegs on the wall where the SI Perfect Tube in orange and black were once hanging. He said those were the hot lures producing massive stripers between Scorton Ledge and Old Harbor. A new batch of orange and black tubes will be arriving at Red Top today.
8/23/13 As Reported By Capt. Mike Hogan
Hogy Owner fished Cape Cod bay this AM before work, chasing reports of big stripers between the mouth of the Cape Cod Canal and Old Harbor. “I talked Captain Dave Peros into trolling with me this morning for an hour before breakfast. We hugged the contour line in about 27′ of water at idle speed fishing red wine and day glow orange SI Perfect Tubes. About 3/4 of the way to Old Harbor we picked up a nice fish, at least 30lbs, probably closer to 35lbs. we trolled another 10 minutes until we got to the fleet. Word is definitely out on this bight!! There were at least a dozen boats working hard by 7:30AM. A number of other boats were hooking up as well. Folks were fishing two different methods. Some anglers were cruising around looking for fish on their fish finder and dropping eels down of the target. Others were trolling a variety of lures. We saw some other boats take some nice stripers on tubes as well. Unfortunately I dropped my iPhone in the drink taking pictures and i lost my mojo and heading in shortly thereafter. It looked like it was really shaping up to be a hot morning.
Definitely worth a play if you are thinking about fishing Cape Cod Bay this weekend.
8/21/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
The largest bass of the week have generally been coming from the east end of the Canal down to Barnstable Harbor on the tube-and-worm. Many shops are reporting that boaters are coming in early to weigh fish they caught at night, many from shallow water off the Sandwich creeks and along Sandy Neck. Orange, pink, or motor oil/mustard tubes have been the hot colors.
After sun-up, the fish generally move into deeper water locations such as Scorton Ledge, the parking lot, and the Fingers, where a change to wine red tubes is often called for. At dusk, there has also been a good bite as the fish move back into the shallows, especially if there is a combination of the setting sun and incoming or high water.
Casting live eels when a school of fish is located has been working well and shore anglers fishing the creeks and beaches adjacent to them have been catching big fish on eels as well. Swimmers such as Daiwa SP Minnows, Bombers, and Red Fins are good choices at night and holding them in the current has been effective.
Bluefish in the 10 to 12-pound class are being caught regularly around the Path in Wellfleet, especially on Hootchie lures, while folks trolling umbrella rigs are getting their fill of two-pound choppers. Billingsgate has been a tough pick, with early morning and dusk the top times to fish as late August heat and sunshine are scattering the bass and causing lockjaw.
8/15/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
Some really sizeable bass are still being caught from Sandwich to Barnstable, especially from the parking lot to the Fingers. Black tubes are hot right now, as are live eels,with one 53-pounder taken on this color this week, and another 53 was caught by an angler jigging wire. Folks willing to get up early have also found some good bass right in tight from the Sandwich creeks and all along Sandy Neck; the bite has been best right before first light and once the sun is up and the boat pressure increases, the fish head for deeper water.
Shore anglers fishing bait, including squid, eels, and seaworms, have been picking up the occasional bass to 30+-inches around Sandwich, with larger numbers of schoolies along the beaches that front the creeks. Flyrodders and light tackle anglers are doing OK sight fishing the shallows around Barnstable, with sand eel imitations a top choice; at night, change to larger Hogy’s if you want to go with artificials instead of eels around Rendezvous Lane and the creeks towards Yarmouth.
There are also good numbers of bluefish reported off of the Sesuit jetties; on the Brewster flats, there are mainly blues as well, with a few bass mixed in, especially in the early morning and at dusk.
Jigging has produced a smattering of bass on the north edge of Billingsgate; Paul Newmier recommended red jigs, with chartreuse/red and black/red also popular colors, fished on 100-yards of wire to get yours bouncing on the bottom. Three-ounce jigs are the norm and Paul said that folks fishing the shoals in Cape Cod Bay don’t use pork rind for the most part since it has a tendency to flip around when bounced off the bottom and fouls the hook.
There are six to 10-pound bluefish being taken in 30-feet of water from the Path up to the Pamet and there are some smaller blues around the cottages, but up around Provincetown things are very quiet for both boat and shore anglers.
8/8/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
There has been a solid bite of big bass from the Sandwich creeks and down along Sandy Neck, with at least one 50-pound fish weighed in and a number of 40’s as well, with even more big fish sold before commercial season closed Tuesday at midnight and therefore not weighed in. After sun-up, the bite has moved out to Scorton Ledge and the Fingers, with black tubes and live eels the top two offerings both inside and out. Shore anglers have been picking up some of these good fish at night as well in these areas, casting big plastics and eels.
Put together high water and the darkness of night and you have the perfect combination for big fish inside Barnstable Harbor. That was the case for Hogy practitioner Gene Bourque last weekend; he was so psyched by a great trip to his favorite spot that he texted me to say he had caught a dozen bass up to 36-inches.
Otherwise, Barnstable hasn’t had a ton of topwater action, but there are still schoolies on the flats and from west bar over to Sandy Neck that can be tempted with smaller sand eel imitations.
Both recreational and charterboat captains have been scratching their heads over the lack of bass around Billingsgate; red wine colored tubes have accounted for what fish have been taken around the northern edge of the shoal. Paul Newmier told me that some charterboat captains have resorted to fishing for sea bass off of Sesuit before or after trying their hand at trolling for bass.
There are some bluefish from the Pamet down to Path off of Wellfleet, as well as some smaller blues inside Wellfleet Harbor mixed in a few schoolies that can be caught during the daylight, both over sand and darker patches of sea grass.
The bass situation around Provincetown is not good, with the fish that were around at the start of commercial season virtually disappearing. In their place are some schools of bluefish from the Race on around to Mission Bell, but they haven’t been consistent either. Deep has been the way to go whether vertical jigging with sand eel metals or trolling rust colored, black/purple, or black/red parachute jigs.
As mentioned earlier, there are good numbers of sea bass as well as scup outside of Sesuit, but you have to cull through plenty of small fish to come up with legal ones. There have also been some fluke caught off of Sandwich and Sandy Neck.
8/1/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
Targeting the schools of bass in the bay has been a challenge as they are constantly on the move and haven’t really settled in anywhere. Billingsgate has been very quiet, with some bluefish finally showing up off of Sunken Meadow and up around the Path in Wellfleet; according to Paul Newmier, some of the charterboat fleet out of Rock Harbor have experienced skunkings this week. If you find bluefish on top, there is a chance that bass are holding below, but you will never know if your offering is picked off in the upper parts of the water column by the choppers. In this case, dropping a vertical style jig straight down through the blues and keep it deep is a good way of locating any bass in the area.
Any blow out of the north, as was the case last Friday, can produce an opportunity day with big bass working in and around the Sandwich beaches and creeks. Typically, shore anglers do better inside the creeks using live eels and soft plastics, but in this case, those who waded out and tossed eels around Town Neck Beach did very well. Caution is always critical as the water rises and the currents begin humping, but the combination of cooler air, rain, and rough seas are tough to beat.
Orange tubes have been the ticket for trollers working tight in along the creeks over to Sandy Neck in the very early morning, with a pick of big bass up to 43-pounds in the mix. Once the tide begins to drop out, it is not uncommon to see the fish move out to Scorton Ledge and after the sun is up, they will move towards the Fingers where trolling a bunker spoon can be effective as well as vertical jigging. Summertime definitely requires a method that gets your lure down to the fish; while using stainless wire has been the traditional method on Cape Cod when working deep, more anglers are finding that vertical jigging, whether it is with old school diamond jigs, jigs with swimming action like the Hogy Epoxy Jig, or butterfly jigs is catching on with anglers who prefer light tackle and consider trolling a nuisance.
Although it requires patience and you won’t necessarily catch large numbers of fish, there are still bass and blues on the flats from off of Sandy Neck, over through Barnstable, and finally down around Brewster. Sight fishing is very popular, but more fish are taken from dusk to dawn by wade and boat anglers who fish soft plastic sand eel imitations and surface plugs such as spooks and needlefish.
Live eels at night are another alternative whether you are drifting in Barnstable or up inside around the marshes or off Sandy Neck; high water will see sizeable stripers in and around creek mouths and deep holes, so a variety of techniques with snakes, from casting them unweighted to three-waying them or using an egg sinker as part of a simple livelining rig, are productive.
7/25/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
The bay is fishing kind of fussy right now; there are schools of bass, but they are really moving around while following schools of mackerel, squid, and sand eels.
A push of mackerel and squid occurred in the Canal started on Tuesday and the bass moved into the land cut and boaters have concentrated off the east end and have even ventured into the land cut, keeping the Army Corps of Engineers patrol boats busy chasing them out. If you mark a school of mackerel in the bay, then trolling bunker spoons often proves productive as they mimic the bait and get down below where the bass are hanging. Another alternative is to vertical jig, but most of the mackerel are big, so keep that in mind when selecting a butterfly or other metal jig. Since they work in the Canal, there is no reason to believe that a properly presented jighead, with the proper weight determined by depth and speed of the current, combined with a Hogy Thumper Tail plastic in the Tinker Mackerel wouldn’t work.
A number of sizeable bass had been taken last week by anglers drifting live eels over schools of fish they had marked in areas off of Scorton Creek and Sandy Neck. Stripers up to 52-inches have been caught up inside Old Harbor and Mill Creeks at night and these most likely move off into the holes and dropoffs outside when the sun is up.
Tube-and-worm fishing is also best from dusk to dawn if you prefer to target the waters along Sandy Neck over to Barnstable and around the Brewster flats. Scorton Ledge has yet to turn on in a big way, with a pick of bass being taken for folks working from there out to the Fingers and then over to Billingsgate. Even the jig bite up off of Provincetown has been hit-or-miss.
Flyrodders and light tackle anglers tossing small, unweighted soft plastics have been enjoying themselves with good numbers of schoolies and the occasional larger fish along Sandy Neck and the flats from Barnstable to Brewster. Topwater plugs such as smaller spooks and pencil poppers will also get their attention and some really impressive bass are taken each season by pluggers working first light in the shallows.
Up inside Barnstable, shore anglers using live eels have caught some good bass well before sun-up and darker colored soft plastics are a good alternative if you don’t like to deal with snakes. The usual twitch-and-tumble retrieve is a good place to start, but sometimes picking up the pace with a straight retrieve will draw an aggressive response.
7/18/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
At least two fifties came from the bay recently, with a number of forties also weighed in for anglers drifting eels anywhere from in tight to Sandy Neck and out to Scorton Ledge and from there to Billingsgate Shoal. The optimal plan is remaining flexible and willing to burn some gas as the bass are definitely moving around. Today’s hotspot, as Billingsgate proved to be on Tuesday, just might be devoid of life the following day as the bass follow schools of mackerel, squid, and sand eels.
This is the time of year when the tube-and-worm action begins to take off around Scorton Ledge, along Sandy Neck, and the Brewster flats. Generally, by mid-morning, the bass move off the shallows into deeper water around the Fingers, Fisherman’s Ledge, and out by Billingsgate. In shallow water, the color choice is usually red or black, with pink or orange preferred in deeper water.
Barnstable Harbor still has a good number of schoolies with a few larger fish mixed in feeding on shoals of sand eels. The same is true for the Brewster flats, where the fishing has been best early in the morning, although a report from Thursday had big bass pushing sand eels in the high sunshine of late morning and they were more than willing to eat.
High water along the beaches from Wellfleet on up to Truro is worth a look if you like to throw spook-style topwaters, pencils, and poppers. Look for the grass patches and darker bottom mixed in with the sand. Throwing bone colored Hogy’s, particularly the seven-inch Original, also produces results.
The Plymouth area is filled with large mackerel and some squid and they are moving down towards the east end of the Canal, so folks are trolling bunker spoons around the schools of bait with good results before they turn their attention east.