Outer Cape Surf Fishing Reports
REPORTS CLOSED FOR 2014. SEE YOU SPRING 2015!
10/16/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
Once again, the main problem is getting any reports since even some of the diehards have called it a season. There have been some bluefish from Herring Cove to Long Point, mainly in the morning. A few small bass are being caught on sand eels up in Truro, but the most activity along the backside this weekend will be at the Oysterfest in Wellfleet.
10/09/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
Outer Cape (surf) – Other than a few bluefish up around Provincetown and some short bass in Truro, the backside beaches have been very quiet. There just aren’t many people fishing the outer Cape, explained Paul Newmier, so reports are tough to come by.
There are still a handful of hardcore surf anglers who fish Nauset and the hollows in Truro and Wellfleet, most often using plugs such as Daiwa SP Minnows or older standbys such as Red Fins and Bombers. Rigging a teaser, such as sand eel imitation fly or a Red Gill, in front of a swimming plug or even an eel was a traditional rig for backside fishermen and is particularly effective at night.
9/26/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
Paul Newmier had some good news about bass up around Provincetown, but they haven’t generally made their way around to Race Point, preferring to hang from Wood End to Long Point. Small swimming plugs and live eels have been getting the most attention from the bass.
It was pretty much a guarantee that you could fish a number of spots along the backside in the fall and find bluefish, particularly in the morning, but they have been few and far between so far this year. There have been some bluefish up around the Race and Truro, but that hasn’t been the case on the ocean beaches in Orleans and Eastham.
9/18/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
Outer Cape (shore) – The disappointing fishing on the backside has continued into the fall; there have been a few small bass around Nauset Inlet and small bluefish at Race Point, but very few people are bothering to fish what had once been a major surf mecca on the east coast.
9/12/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
Paul Newmier finally reported that there was some encouraging news from the back beaches; one angler showed him a picture of a nice bass he caught-and-released from Nauset while another told of catching eight schoolies at Coast Guard Beach.
9/10/14 As Reported By Hogy Staff
Huge tides mean dirty water along the National Seashore beaches but this should improve in the next few days. Some very large bluefish continue to charge in and out of the Race Point area and the entrance of Pleasant Bay has good numbers of bass – but those fish are active mostly after dark.
9/5/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
There has been a little more activity on bass up around Provincetown, albeit mainly on schoolies. There are more bluefish in the mix, however, particularly in the morning.
The beaches in Wellfleet and Truro have had some mung, making it tough to fish artificials from the shore, so sand eels on the bottom has been most productive.
The jig bite outside of Nauset Inlet has picked up a bit for the boaters, meaning that early morning and night high tides could bring some of these bass close enough for shore anglers to get a shot at.
9/2/14 As Reported By Hogy Staff
Very good after dark fishing from Nauset inlet down to Wellfleet. Occasional blitzes of big bluefish out at P-town. With a high tide at first light in the next few days, look for that area to light up for big bass any time.
8/29/14 As Reported By Hogy Staff
Same situation as the Bay side beaches – big waves, north wind = dirty water. Conditions should improve over the weekend however.
8/29/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
It is still very slow, as much in terms of the number of people trying as the number of bass and blues around. There have been some bluefish on the backside beaches up in Truro, but bass have been tough to find. Tossing out a sand eel rig has accounted for an occasional schoolie at Nauset Inlet, with clams always a good bet once the heavy seas settle after the hurricane out in the Atlantic moves off; the big surf often uncovers clams and breaks them up, producing a natural chum line.
8/18/14 As Reported By Hogy Staff
Mostly bluefish land right now. Stripers can be found off Provincetown but they are definitely live-bait oriented. The problem is predicting what they want on a given day: mackerel? Fresh sand eels? Live American eels?
8/15/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
Slower than slow is the best description for the backside beach fishing; there are some small bass and the occasional bluefish taken from the beaches up in Truro and Provincetown, but overall if you want a legal size bass, you are going to be waiting a long time. Bait has definitely been the way to, with sand eels the top choice. Down around Nauset Light and Coast Guard Beaches in Eastham, it has been pretty weedy at times this week, with very few fish to speak of; even the occasional spurts of bluefish have been tough to come by. Your best bet would be to try tossing a popper or soaking bait on the bottom in the evening during a high tide.
8/14/14 As Reported By Hogy Staff
Mostly scattered reports of bluefish in this area but experienced locals who know where to find the holes off the beach in the Orleans area are doing well in the dead of night for stripers from schoolie size up to a few jumbos, mostly taken on live eels.
8/11/14 As Reported By Hogy Staff
Weed filled water close to shore is making shore fishing an exercise in frustration from Chatham to Truro but there are brief blitzes of bass up to legal size around Race Point, where clearer water can be found.
8/7/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
There is very little to report in the way of fish or fishermen. A few bluefish are being caught around the beaches in Eastham in the morning as well as up around Race Point, but that has been the exception. Schoolie bass being caught on sand eels down around Nauset Inlet, but overall things are quiet and very disappointing.
8/6/14 As Reported By Hogy Staff
On the slow side but better action should commence in the next week as we move toward the full moon tides.
8/4/14 As Reported By Hogy Staff
Very good action for stripers in the 32” – 38” class off the tip of Monomoy. Beach fishing has been spotty and with the swells from Bertha expected to arrive in the next couple of days it’s likely the water will be churned up and filled with the dreaded mung.
7/31/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
According to Paul Newmier, folks occasionally come into the shop and say they picked up a bass or two around Nauset Light or Coast Guard Beach, especially on sand eels; however, reports have been tough to come by since not many people are fishing. Race Point has had an occasional bluefish blitz and tossing swimming plugs at night up around Truro and Wellfleet has picked up an occasional just legal bass, but there have been far more times where there are birds working over fish outside the range of any shore angler’s best cast.
7/30/14 As Reported By Hogy Staff
Jumbo blues come and go from Nauset Inlet down toward High Head. First light is best. Good numbers of schoolies in Pleasant Bay and typical summer stripers at Monomoy (36” on average) will be found a half mile off east side – hopefully, far enough out to avoid the seals!
7/28/14 As Reported By Hogy Staff
Race Point is seeing occasional blitzes of bass in the just-legal to 20-pound class. Some solid action for light tackle anglers just inside the mouth of Pleasant Bay but only after dark or at first light; between heavy boat traffic and the seals, fishing during the day is a waste of time.
7/25/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
The few guys who have been fishing the backside have been complaining about some mung here and there, but the bigger problem has been the lack of fish.
There have been schoolies caught around Nauset Inlet and the backside beaches up around Truro have held a few bass that have been caught on SP Minnows, Bombers, and similar Finnish style swimming plugs.
Sand eels and chunk mackerel have been the most productive baits, with the live eel business almost non-existent. Paul Newmier told me he used to sell hundreds of pounds each summer, but that is not the case anymore.
7/17/14 As Reported By Hogy Staff
After dark striper fishing from Chatham to Wellfleet has been consistent (when the seals can’t see what you’re doing!). Some of the best fishing after dark has been just inside Pleasant Bay with bass from schoolie size to high teens taken on black 7” and 10” Hogys.
7/11/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
It’s a broken record on the backside; sand eels and chunk mackerel have accounted for the vast majority of fish being caught, but there is no real hotspot. The best advice that Paul Newmier had was to pick your favorite beach, think about how the wind is going to affect it, and then get out there. With bass moving down the backside from Provincetown, there is the very real possibility that a high tide will draw them within casting distance of shore anglers, especially around Nauset Inlet.
7/10/14 As Reported By Hogy Staff
Some charter fishermen finding decent numbers of bass a couple miles east of Chatham. Decent action along the beaches from Truro to Race Point pre-dawn and after dark but with big full moon tides over the next few days the water is dirty in places with the dreaded mung making fishing difficult.
7/5/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
Paul Newmier reported that it seems like every time an angler visits a backside beach, they return with a report of some schoolies or even a small legal fish, but there just aren’t many people fishing. Sand eels continue to be the top choice for bait, with chunk mackerel next on the list. One regular that Paul knows has been using Daiwa SP Minnows with good success from Truro up to Provincetown, with the sinking model a welcome addition to the floater.
A few smaller bass have been caught around Nauset Inlet, but there have been no real signs of the massive schools of bass that provided a large percentage of fish that made it to market last season. The word is that it isn’t a matter of a lack of bait.
6/27/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
The few anglers who are fishing around Coast Guard and Nauset Light Beaches have been picking up smaller bass on topwater plugs at first light and again at dusk, with any larger fish taken on Red Fins, Daiwa SP Minnows, Bombers, and needlefish.
From Wellfleet up through Truro, soaking sand eels during the daytime has been producing an occasional legal fish, with a few hardcore anglers doing OK at night using plugs.
According to Paul Newmier, one thing to remember is to adjust your expectations as far as what a big fish is, with 15-pounds a pretty nice fish.
There are still pogies inside Stage Harbor, but mainly bluefish are feeding on them; there are schoolies around Morris Island, with most of the larger migratory bass having moved on.
6/19/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
A bit more action is being reported from the backside, mainly because there are more people fishing.
Small bass with the occasional just legal fish have been reported from Nauset Light, especially for folks using sand eels.
Shore folks around Truro, especially Newcomb Hollow, have been using sand eels as well, while pluggers using Bombers, SP Minnows, and Red Fins are doing OK, particularly when they are fished with a sand eel teaser in front.
Chatham has fish around Morris Island, the Bathtub, and Harding’s Beach; early morning tides have been producing best and matching the main bait, sand eels, has been key.
6/13/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
There are bass here, but the issue has been getting people to go out and fish for them. Surface plugs at first light and again in the evening have accounted for some legal fish around Coast Guard Beach and Nauset Light.
Night tides have seen some bass taken along Truro’s backside beaches, with swimmers such as Bombers, Red Fins, and SP Minnows popular choices.
Up around Race Point, some bass in the 20-pound class have been caught on similar plug in low light conditions, but daylight hours have seen more anglers watching the boats work schools outside the range of their longest casts.
The waters around Pleasant Bay have stayed cool and both shore and boat anglers have been catching fish in skinny water and close to shore.
6/5/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
Easterly conditions this week have made it tough to fish this week, but regulars tossing swimming plugs have been catching mostly small bass around the beaches in Wellfleet and Truro. Since there aren’t many anglers on the beaches, getting consistent reports has been tough. Race Point and other Provincetown beaches just might be your best bet for any sizeable bass.
5/30/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
Although there were some smaller legal fish being caught up around the Wellfleet beaches, the hardy souls who were trying gave up after they couldn’t hold bottom with 10-ounces of lead.
Race Point has been producing some 30+-inch bass for anglers using Finnish-style swimmers such as Bombers, SP Minnows, Rebels, and the like.
10/10/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
If there are fish on the backside beaches, it would be hard to know since there just aren’t many people fishing there. There has been some bluefish action around Provincetown, especially in the mornings, and Jordan Proudfoot also spoke of bluefish around Nauset Beach, but other than schoolies inside of Pleasant Bay, things are very quiet on bass for the beach crew.
Boat folks are still reporting a pick of bass in 50 to 70-feet of water about two to three miles out from the new cut down to Chatham Inlet. There are some bluefish in the mix as well, with vertical jigging still the most consistent technique.
Boaters are also reporting a push of small tuna off of Nauset, but they have been very finicky and since this stretch of weather has kept boats inshore, there is no telling for sure if they are still there or have moved north towards the bay.
10/3/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
The backside beaches have experienced some bluefish action, especially around White Crest Beach in Wellfleet, according to Elise Costa, but there is a noticeable lack of bass during the day. Nauset Beach is where most shore anglers are a few bass, mainly on live eels and Super Strike needlefish worked at night.
There is still a mix of bass and blues hanging in 30 to 50-feet of water from Chatham Inlet on up to the new cut, but there are also more dogfish in the mix. Vertical jigging remains the best technique, with heavier, larger jigs working best.
9/25/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
It’s kind of spooky how quiet the backside beaches are; Elise Costa spoke of bass being caught on live eels at Nauset Beach and there are some bass at night for folks who want to make a long walk around Provincetown and fish Daiwa SP Minnows, Bombers, and needlefish. One of the mistakes inexperienced folks make around the backside is wading right in, often spooking fish that are feeding in the wash, so start by concentrating on the sloughs and wash right at your feet first where the fish are often feeding on sand eels. There has been some mung reported, particularly up around Truro.
Speaking of Truro, Paul Newmier told me that one angler who had encountered the dreaded mung that made fishing eels impossible moved to the Cape Cod Bay beaches in that town and picked up bass to just over legal size. There are also still schoolies inside Wellfleet Harbor.
9/19/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
It was pretty tough to hear Paul Newmier talk about a flyrodder who has been coming to the outer Cape for years and fished around Herring Cove and around many of the backside beaches with nobody else in sight and no fish either. Another regular visitor has been working the beaches all hours of the night with eels and said he hasn’t had a touch.
The only real good news I heard about the outer Cape beaches came from Elise Costa who said some bass are being caught on eels around Nauset Beach, but she emphasized that only eels are working at the moment.
There are still schoolies up inside Pleasant Bay and around Morris Island for flyrodders and light tackle anglers, with plenty of snapper blues raising havoc as well.
The bite off of the new cut from one to three miles out in about 30 feet of water has been good, Elise reported, with many folks switching over to the heavier A27 diamond jigs from the A17’s that sold out during commercial season. The color tube doesn’t matter; in fact, some folks are removing the tube completely and going with a bare hook. The success you have on any given day will be determined by if and when the dogfish show up.
9/12/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
Some schools of bluefish have provided action up around Newcomb’s Hollow and other Wellfleet beaches, as well as from Nauset Light to Coast Guard Beach. First light and again at dusk have been prime times to find the blues, with some bass mixed in as well. With sand eels in short supply, beach anglers have been shifting to seaworms and doing OK.
Night fishing along Nauset Beach with live eels or needlefish plugs has also produced some bass for folks willing to work the night hours.
The bite off of Chatham on bass has definitely slowed for the vertical jigging crew, with large numbers of dogfish a problem. Garrett LaScala said that one day the dogfish push the bass out and then the next when the doggies move the bass sometimes move back in.
For folks who know how and where to fish the rips around Monomoy, there are still bass to be caught, but it’s not like earlier in the season when they were lights out and everybody was catching fish.
9/4/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
Some good news for a change from the backside beaches; Paul Newmier sent some folks up to Newcomb Hollow with seaworms and they caught four legal bass one day and three the next. Coast Guard Beach is also fishing better, with no mung and fish up to 30-inches on sand eels and swimming plugs such as Bombers, Red Fins, and Daiwa SP Minnows.
Simeon Watson added that there have been some schools of smaller bluefish working the beaches around Wellfleet and Truro, as well as up inside Pleasant Bay, with schoolies around Morris Island and inside Stage Harbor.
Those folks who elected to take advantage of the re-opening of commercial bass fishing on Sunday found it a slow go off of Nauset Beach and Chatham Inlet, with far more failing to get their five-fish limit than those who succeeded.
The Osterville Anglers’ Club had a tournament over Labor Day weekend, with most boats headed towards Chatham and Monomoy, and Bob Lewis, club president, sent along a report: “We did have our tourney Saturday, but limited crowd due to high winds…. 11-12 lb. blues from Sankaty (12.80 was 1st) and boats down at Monomoy went around corner to get out of wind (we could barely stand up at Hanky) not even fishable…we got 8-9 lb. blues…. member Rob Miller managed some bass while right next to us…. we were in 30-40 feet of water and must not have been deep enough…biggest bass was 20.80 lbs.…we were a little north of Bearses.”
8/28/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
The commercial bass season re-opens this Sunday and for each succeeding Sunday until the quota shortage, estimated at 50,000 pounds, is filled. That means the recreational folks who have been enjoying the fairly consistent bite that extends from Nauset Inlet to the new cut about 2 to 2.5 miles out will have more company. Vertical jigging with diamond jigs tipped with green tubes is still producing most of the fish, but some folks are opting for wire line and red jigs.
The Monomoy rips have been hot-and-cold, with Tuesday a good day for flyrodders who had things pretty much to themselves, from what I heard. As soon as their lines swung into the white water, they were fast to bass in the 34 to 36-inch range. There are still squid in the rips, making seven and 10-inch Original Hogy’s in amber, bubblegum, and white offerings that have always worked for me in those waters, even when the fish aren’t showing.
The backside has been pretty quiet for shore anglers for the most part, although there has been a good amount of bait around Wellfleet with a mix of bass and blues. Anglers fishing sand eels on the bottom have picked up a few smaller bass around Coast Guard and Nauset Light Beaches, with a coming tide combined with the cover of darkness the time to switch to plugs around Nauset.
Flyrodders have been doing OK around Morris Island and inside Pleasant Bay, but you will also have to deal with swarms of snapper blues.
8/21/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
Anglers are reporting seeing bass in the Monomoy rips, but getting them to eat at times has been tough as they are very finicky. One technique that is working is drifting through the rips with fresh sand eels and the added benefit is folks are also catching some nice fluke. There are also some big bluefish in the rips, at times far outnumbering the bass.
On the other hand, vertical jigging is producing good numbers of really big fish outside of Chatham Inlet and the new cut. The challenge is avoiding the big schools of dogfish that often pave the bottom in these waters and they like jigs as well. If you prefer to use soft plastics on jigheads, then bubblegum is the top local choice. And it is still no problem finding where the fish are as a fleet of recreational anglers has replaced the commercial flotilla.
It is not uncommon to find bonito in the rips at this time of year as they make the move from Nantucket through the sound to feed on the shoals of sand eels off of Monomoy. As is the case in many spots where you find bonito, you might have to deal with large schools of small blues to catch a bone or two. Along with trolling swimming plugs that work well at high speeds, such as Fastrac Rebels, Yo-zuri Crystal Minnows, and Rapala X-Raps, and casting metal lures, tossing topwater plugs in the rips will produce bonito as they feed more aggressively in the white water.
Shore fishing on the backside is generally slow, but the full moon tides this week brought some big bass into Nauset Beach where fish to 45-pounds were caught on swimming plugs. Otherwise, there have been some small blues around Coast Guard Beach and Nauset Light Beach, with the Provincetown area distressingly slow.
The other fairly consistent shore spot has been up around Morris Island, where there have been fish up on top at first light pushing sand eels and other small bait. The majority of the bass are schoolies, but there are a few 30+-inch fish in the mix that quite often hang under all the fuss on the surface.
8/8/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
Patience has been a virtue when fishing the rips around Monomoy as each one has its own particular timing sequence as to when it is going to fish best. Sometimes, a rip will only be turned off for an hour or so and only experience can tell you when that will be and that magic hour will often bring with it prime water temperatures and bait. There are plenty of reports of anglers finding the rips dead and they charge off elsewhere, only to have the action turn on shortly after they leave.
Although it is great to have and see the fish crashing bait in the white water portion of the rip, a number of charter captains who specialize in Monomoy drift from edge to edge bouncing sand eels on the bottom. If you can’t get the real things, then soft plastics in everything from pink to colorations that match the real thing can work well. There are also times when the fish are holding in the flat water, simply milling around and occasionally pushing bait to the surface. In those circumstances, putting a Hogy right on their heads will draw explosive reactions.
Recreational anglers are now able to take advantage of the schools of bass that are two to three miles out, anywhere from Chatham Inlet up to the new cut. Vertical jigging has been the most effective, with A17 diamond jigs that feature a neon green tube a top choice, probably because that is what everyone has been using and they are cheap. I have been doing equally well with the Hogy Epoxy Jig and plan to dress one with the same color tube to see if it works even better. There are also some big bluefish mixed in.
The bass and bluefish bite from Truro up to the Golf Balls and on to Peaked Hill Bar is picking up, especially in the morning. Vertical jigging, with everything from butterflies to diamond jigs and combinations of jigheads and soft plastics, is very effective when you find the fish. Bone and silver are top choices when it comes to plastic colors, mainly because the fish are feeding primarily on sand eels.
Shore fishing is best down around Nauset at the moment, with some bluefish in the morning and again at dusk. The bass seem to have moved on, with many folks blaming the large number of seals, but they don’t bother the choppers. Poppers are always a good choice for blues. Some of the backside beaches have mung, but the water around Wellfleet has remained pretty clean and anglers fishing swimming plugs that owe their lineage to Rapala, including Daiwa SP Minnows, Redfins, and Bombers, have been spending long hours to catch a fish here and there.
8/8/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
The big schools of bass that probably accounted for about three quarters of the fish taken during commercial season first moved out into the EEZ and now apparently they are moving south. Paul Newmier told me that one angler he spoke to ran eleven miles south from Nauset Inlet to find the fish, with vertical jigging still productive. There are also some big bluefish mixed in and a 7+-pound fluke was caught by a lucky angler who was targeting bass with a diamond jig.
There can be little doubt that the Monomoy rips weren’t as slow on Wednesday as folks had been reporting, as youngsters Nathaniel Shubin and his cousin Nick caught several nice bass and a couple of big blues fishing seven-inch amber Original Hogy’s. The fish were pushing squid on top and making quite a scene; it was also possible to see them in the flat water in front of the rips in the clear, sunny conditions.
The beaches continue to be tough going; a few small bass have been caught around Nauset Light and Coast Guard Beaches on sand eels and topwater plugs, but adding to the numbers issue is the presence of mung in some spots. When that scourge becomes a problem, there isn’t much you can do except keep moving around to find pockets of clean water. There are some bluefish around Provincetown, especially in the morning, but catching bass, particularly anything of size, has meant spending plenty of time walking the beaches tossing plugs such as Finnish-style swimmers, both large and small; needlefish; and even darters.
8/1/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
As crazy as it may seem, the massive numbers of bass that the commercial fleet had settled on about two miles off of Nauset and Chatham Inlet all but disappeared from this area on Sunday. Mike Thomas told me he heard that the dogfish moved in and pushed the bass out into the EEZ where they cannot be fished for. A few fish were taken on Tuesday and Wednesday inside and some of the commercial fleet are venturing out into the EEZ with no fear of enforcement, despite rumors of a Coast Guard helicopter patrolling the area.
Part of the challenge fishing this area is avoiding the “follow the crowd” mentality; Garrett LaScala was out on Sunday and said he found plenty of fish for his customers by looking for his own school to work on.
The Monomoy rips have been very spotty, with small pockets of bass feeding on squid, sand eels, and butterfish. It seems that the larger boats that can drift from rip to rip bouncing sand eels on the bottom have been catching more consistently, while casters are having more of a challenge. The hot rip changes from day-to-day or even tide-to-tide, so patience is often the key to success.
There have been large schools of small blues working the west side of Monomoy and they are a lot of fun on light tackle and fly rods.
Morris Island has been consistently producing numbers of schoolies on either side of high water and there had been schools of bass working outside of South Beach as well. The new Southway has definitely had a positive effect on water temperature and quality inside the Bathtub and the east flats, but the sand is still ever changing as the current reshapes the area. There are some nice looking flats making up, though, from what I have seen, as well as small “lakes” that are surrounded by dry sand at low tide that have bass in them, although they can be quite spooky.
7/25/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
It’s quite a sight about a mile or so off of Chatham Inlet and the new cut in Nauset as hundreds of so-called commercial bass anglers picked up their limits of 30 bass in very little time on Tuesday. There are still some hold outs who jig wire and the sound of electric reels could be heard as some of these anglers can’t even be bothered with reeling in their fish by hand. Overall, however, most boats were targeting fish with diamond jigs of about an ounce to two ounces that were tipped with small green tubes, a perfect, inexpensive match for the shoals of sand eels that the bass are feeding on. Having a good supply of jigs on hand is critical since there are big blues in the mix and it is not uncommon to have a chopper lop off a jig as it is descending.
Monomoy continues to fish well, but it is impossible to say which shoal will be hot from day to day. Squid are still around and driving much of the action, but when they will show up is another question; Bearses has been fishing fairly consistently and there have been certain periods of the tide when the fish are on top busting squid. There are some large schools of butterfish in the rips and the action on bluefish has been amazing at all stages of the tides, with smaller fish to the west and north and larger ones in the rips to the east and north of the point.
The new cut in South Beach appears to have had its desired effect, with striper fishing around Morris Island, the Bathtub, and the flats quite good. Flyrodders and light tackle anglers fishing the early morning tides have reported 50 to 60 fish trips; most of the bass are schoolies, but there are enough fish in the 30+-inch class to make things interesting. When selecting an artificial, think sand eels and match the hatch; if you are a spin angler and the bass are out of reach, go with an old standby and put a Red Gill or Hogy Sand Eel as a teaser out front of a plug that will provide enough casting distance to reach the fish. If you’re a flyrodder, consider working on your double haul or perhaps invest in a double hander rod that are becoming more popular for shore work.
The backside beaches in Wellfleet are holding some bluefish and Herring Cove had some big bluefish move in earlier in the week, but overall the shore fishing from Eastham up to Provincetown appears to have slowed for bass. Then again, there are fewer fishermen putting in the time at the moment. Paul Newmier said that a few regulars who still walk the beaches up around Truro have been doing OK tossing plugs, with the Daiwa SP Minnow catching on, with the old standbys such as Bombers and Cotton Cordell’s working as well.
7/18/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
Commercial days have been a zoo out around Monomoy and from Chatham Inlet up to the new cut in Nauset, with recreational anglers who prefer to cast in the rips or vertical jig for stripers having to give way as the trollers zip up, down, and all around dragging wire line finished off with parachute jigs or umbrella rigs. That means the wise angler not looking to make a buck is avoiding Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays until the quota is reach. Be advised that if you do choose to fish those days, the parking lots at ramps such as Saquatucket and behind Goose Hummock, as well as smaller ramps/lots in Orleans, are filling up by the wee hours of the morning. Chatham has also made the Barn Hill Ramp off limits on commercial days to all non-residents.
When you do get the opportunity to fish Monomoy without the fleet, there are still good numbers of bass pushing squid and sand eels in the rips. Each one of the shoals can be the hot ticket based on tide and bait availability, with moving around from spot to spot the way to go at times. That said, if you stick it out in an area that you are confident holds fish, you will often be rewarded as certain stages of the tide will bring the bait with the bass right on their heels. There are also big bluefish in the mix, with the west side of Monomoy filled with mainly smaller blues.
As has been the case over the last several years, the schools of bass have moved in from deeper water up around Chatham and Nauset and they are taking flies, soft plastics, and vertical style jigs. The new Hogy Epoxy jig is a great choice since the fish are keying on sand eels, including the larger oceanic version.
The bass bite up around Race Point has been hit or miss for folks dragging wire and darker colored jigs and the morning bite that had been shaping up early mornings from Peaked Hill down to the Golf Ball has slowed as well.
This season is shaping up to be much better for shore anglers on the backside, with both Herring Cove and Race Point experiencing holding bass and blues; topwater lures in the early morning have been the way to go with sand eels, typically, the top bait. That said, soft plastics or fly patterns that mimic sand eels have been productive as well, but note that the action has been hit-or-miss, with the most successful anglers putting in their time. Other options for those preferring to fish artificials include using the old standard of a Red Gill or other teaser in front of a swimming plug such as a Bomber or Red Fin and no plug has proven more effective on the backside than the needlefish. Although some folks just can’t give up their live eels when fishing the backside, big tandem rigged Hogy’s are catching on as an alternative.
The fishing is definitely better around Nauset Light and Coast Guard Beach in Eastham, with pencil poppers working at dusk and dawn. Flyrodders and light tackle anglers have logically been sticking with sand eel imitations, as has been the case inside Pleasant Bay where there are good numbers of schoolies. Morris Island and Monomoy are both fishing well, with anglers adjusting to the impact of the new cut in South Beach, which is introducing a good flush of cold water from the open Atlantic.