Cape Cod Bay offers fantastic striped bass and bluefin tuna fishing from the earliest parts of the season through the late fall. Common striper fishing tactics include jigging up mackerel with sabiki rigs and live-lining them in deeper water, casting on the flats of Brewster for schoolie striped bass, jigging in the deep drop-offs near Provincetown and wading in the many north-side estuaries of the Cape. Many boaters also troll the area from the east end of the Cape Cod Canal past Sandy Neck. In the fall, many boats will head out from Sandwich Marina, Barnstable Harbor and Northside Marina to chase bluefin at Stellwagen Bank.
Fishing Reports & News
Schoolie fishing in Barnstable Harbor has remained consistent. Short anglers are picking up some bass and bluefish from Indian Neck. The tube-and-worm has been the preferred technique for targeting bigger bass. The Bluefin bite remains strong and albies continue to entertain anglers.
There is no lack of small bass up inside the Sandwich creeks and around Barnstable Harbor. Folks fishing eels and plugs such as needlefish around the beachfront and along Sandy Neck are still picking up the occasional larger bass; there are continued reports of pockets of big fish up around Plymouth and hopes are they will start to move towards the Canal.
The bay has a mixed bag in terms of the sizes of the bass that folks are catching, although there really haven’t been any true cows weighed in recently. Larger bass are still being caught at night off of Sandy Neck on live eels, while there are as many schoolies inside Barnstable Harbor as you could want.
After striped bass have made their presence known in the Cape Cod Canal, the next place to look for migrating fish is Cape Cod Bay. In Mid-May, Capt. Cullen Lundholm of Cape Star Charters and Capt. Mike took a ride out to deep water and found an abundance of sand eels, making for a great vertical jig bite.
Filmed May 15th, 2018
While fishing the outer Cape Capt. Mike gives a few tips for when stripers are keyed in on large plumes of sand eels and won't cooperate.
Filmed June 14th, 2017
Capt. Terry Nugent and Capt. Mike Hogan of Salty Cape target big striped bass on a hot sand eel bite off the coast of Provincetown. Learn how to dial in your Raymarine radar to find flocks of birds and navigate your way through the fog, leading to awesome striped bass fishing action.
Filmed July 7th, 2016
Join captains Mike Hogan and Shaun Ruge with Riptide Charters to learn some tips on jigging and casting for finicky striped bass feeding on sand eels off Provincetown, MA. The sand eels were so abundant the stripers were very picky and would only eat highly imitative presentations. Keys to their success were very light leaders, imitative sand eel soft baits and pinpoint targeting of the fish. The fish were down deep at slack tide where jigging was the name of the game but when the tide started moving the surface bite turned on.
Filmed June 17th, 2015