Bruce Miller at Canal Bait & Tackle in Sagamore told me that there was a fleet just outside the east entrance to the Canal this morning, but the word today is that they have been waiting for fish to move out of the land cut and it just isn’t happening. Live eels, live mackerel, the tube-and-worm – none of them had produced any numbers of fish earlier, but Jeff Miller told me that around 1:30 PM that a number of boats were heading out to this area, perhaps because the word had spread that there was a bite going on.
Jeff went on to say that if they didn’t find fish there, then he expected them to hit Scorton Ledge, where the tube-and-worm has been traditionally the best method for catching bass. Orange and pink tubes are colors that many people forget about, but Jeff said that anyone who tubes around the ledge with any degree of consistent success will have these colors on board, along with your traditional red. To cover all possibilities, the sharpies also carry black and motor oil tubes. Add in what kind of line you are trolling with and whether your offerings are weighted or unweighted and it becomes pretty clear that using the tube-and-worm isn’t as simple as some folks make it out to be.
Most boaters troll around in a more-or-less random manner, but stopping your boat when a school is marked and letting a tube drop right down on them can out produce any other means of presentation, according to Jeff.
Mike Thomas at M & D’s in Wareham believes the bass that created such phenomenal fishing in the Big Ditch last week have moved out into deeper water in the bay and they have been difficult to locate during daylight hours.
Andy Little at The Powderhorn in Hyannis said that there are bass being caught off of Sandy Neck and on the flats to the east, mainly by boaters trolling tubes, but there are also a good number of bigger fish being caught inside Barnstable Harbor on live mackerel. There has also been a consistent early morning bite for light tackle folks and flyrodders, both in the channel before boat traffic puts them down and on the flats on the coming tide and the channels and dropoffs as the tide falls.
Shore anglers throwing needlefish and metal lip swimmers have been picking at some larger fish at night from Town Neck to Sandy Neck; eels are another alternative, along with chunk mackerel, advised Jeff Clabault at Forestdale Bait & Tackle on Route 130.
Paul Newmier at Blackbeard’s in Eastham said that finding bass around Billingsgate and other spots down his way has become difficult; some charterboat captains have come in to purchase seaworms, a good sign that they are going to try the tube-and-worm around the flats since jigging has been a tough go. Even the large bluefish that were up around Truro last week seem to have disappeared and it looks like it could be another fall where the catching in Cape Cod Bay is going to centered from Barnstable to the Canal.