The Sounds Fishing Reports – Vineyard and Nantucket Sounds
REPORTS CLOSED FOR 2014. SEE YOU SPRING 2015!
10/16/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
Other than tautog fishing, which remains quite good off of Nobska, around the north shore of the Vineyard, and off of Hyannis, there really isn’t much to report concerning boat fishing in open water of the sounds. There are still some bluefish out around Horseshoe and a few out of the range of shore anglers from Falmouth to Hyannis.
In fact, most boaters would do well to stay close to home, such as up inside Popponesset, Cotuit, Hyannis, or Bass River, where the finding and catching has been better than heading off for a long ride to the Elizabeths, for example.
That’s good news for shore anglers who are still producing both bass and blues; Jeff Clabault told that last Friday he had caught more bass in that one day than he had all spring. What was interesting was the range in the size of the fish, from small schoolies to bass in the mid-30-inch class. Although most folks who fish the Popponesset area concentrate on the point, Jeff has been doing equally well from shore up in the bay. There were small scup being pushed up on the shore, along with peanut bunker and silversides, making a small swim shad soft plastic the way to go.
Jeff went on to say that as is typical for this time of year, after that one really good day, when he caught around 40 fish, the numbers and average size of the bass went down over the next three nights – and Jeff emphasized that night is definitely the right time to be on the beach.
There are reports of schoolies from the mouth of Waquoit well up into the bay, but it is tough to make a delicate enough presentation in the shallow water with anything but a fly rod, noted Gene Bourque.
An occasional decent bluefish has been caught on chunk bait, such as mackerel or pogies, around Menauhant Beach, South Cape Beach, and Dowses Beach; the latter area has also produced some bass on plugs and eels.
Down around Bass River and Parker’s River, the bass are typically on the small side, but once again, eels will up your chances of catching a larger striper.
With the albie bite over for all intents and purposes around the Cape, most boaters are heading across to the Vineyard, particularly the Hooter, where there have been both bonito and albies. The action hasn’t been consistent there, though, and some folks are now concentrating on the stretch from Squibnocket to Gay Head in hopes of trolling up or casting to a larger funny fish. The fact that only three boat striped bass have been checked in from Monday to Wednesday, with none on the latter two days, should give you can idea about the quality of the bass fishery.
10/09/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
The Sounds – There are still reports of good albie action from Falmouth to Cotuit; one area that was producing well was the mouth of Waquoit Bay on a falling tide. Popponesset has also been fishing well at times, with quite a bit of bait still around, sometimes in the form of peanut bunker and at others silversides, bay anchovies, and sand eels.
Speaking of peanut bunker, there are still numerous schools of pogies of all sizes both in the harbors, bays, salt ponds, and rivers along the southside of the Cape and in open water where they are often found close to shore in their typical tight formations. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been much in the way of bass and blues bothering them; livelining larger menhaden has accounted for some larger bluefish around Hyannis and an occasional bass has been caught around Cotuit and Osterville, but the activity hasn’t been what folks hope for in the fall.
There are stripers, mainly schoolies, still being caught in the Harwich rivers, Bass River, Centerville River, the Three Bays, Popponesset and Waquoit from boat and shore. Topwater plugs are a great deal of fun, particularly at first light, but soft plastics definitely account for more fish if you prefer to use artificial lures. There are numerous marsh systems in many of these locations and the unusually warm water temperatures have bass prowling the edges of these nursery grounds for small bait.
One area that has been mentioned by numerous sources has been Menauhant Beach, where both bass and blues are being caught on chunk baits such as squid as well as live eels. Drifting eels on an outgoing tide around the entrance to Great Pond has in past years been a means of searching out larger bass, with plugs and eels around Nobska on the same tide a fall tradition. The same goes for night fishing around the numerous jetties that dot the shoreline from Surf Drive to Nobska.
South Cape Beach is also holding bass and there have been reports of albies within casting distance of Succonesset Point at times. Metal jigs and spoons have been effective on the bass, as there is a great deal of small bait still moving along the southside shoreline.
There have been a few bass caught along the northside of the Vineyard, mainly on eels cast into the rocks, but areas such as Middle Ground and Devil’s Bridge have been surprisingly quiet. Drifting live eels has produced an occasional larger bass, but those folks having success are putting in a great deal of time.
Menemsha has definitely been hit-or-miss on the bonito front, with most boats electing to hit the Hooter or the shoals between the Vineyard and Nantucket. The hotspot for albies is changing almost daily, with good action this week around Edgartown and State Beach.
9/26/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
Along with a lack of albies and/or bonito around the Elizabeths, the inshore funny fish action from Nobska down to Craigville had pretty much died down by earlier this week. Andy Little said there were some schools reported off Cotuit, but overall it was pretty quiet.
Most likely that’s because the Vineyard, Nantucket, and the waters between the islands have been filled with albies and bonito.
Boats have been picking up 20 to as many as 40 bones on the troll out around the Hooter; unfortunately, some of them have been keeping everything they catch and culling through them for the largest to weigh-in. Yo-zuri Crystal Minnows have been particularly effective on the troll.
Squibnocket has also been holding some good schools of bones and folks who prefer to cast for them have been enjoying they relative peace-and-quiet there. Both soft plastics and jigs have been working well; bonito, especially bigger bonito, love tinker mackerel, and while some anglers go to great lengths locating schools, jigging them up, and keeping them alive, mackerel pattern Hogy’s have proven to be just as effective.
The rips off Wasque have been holding mainly albies, but they have been very finicky at times when they are feeding on small sand eels. The same is true around Nantucket, particularly Great Point, and a key has been downsizing to 10-pound fluorocarbon leaders at times; you are going to lose some bonito, which do sport sharp teeth, but that is the game you have to play if you want to get the bite.
As mentioned in the Buzzards Bay report, there are large schools of peanut bunker and adult pogies inside the bays, salt ponds, rivers, and harbors from Falmouth to Chatham, but they have been undisturbed, for the most part, by larger predatory fish.
Jeff Clabault snagged some adult pogies inside Popponesset Bay for three days in a row and had no response from blues or bass large enough to deal with a large bait. At times, his pogy acted like it was being harassed, but there were no takes, a pretty good sign that there were only small schoolies around. He did hear of one 30-inch bass taken on a pogy chunk in the Poppy entrance channel, but since this area has become one of the few relatively consistent spots where you have a shot at a larger bass, it has become quite crowded, both from the Mashpee and Cotuit sides.
Bob Lewis reported large schools of pogies up inside Cotuit as well, but again, nothing was on them. The Three Bays area is typically a good schoolie spot in the fall, but it has been a number of years since schools of big bluefish made it up into these waters to harass the schools of big, oily baitfish, creating a frenzy like no other.
Folks have been picking at small bass from Osterville to Stage Harbor, with live eels or chunk baits at night still your best bet for anything larger – as well as a willingness to give up a good amount of your nighttime sleep.
There are scattered schools of bluefish in the sounds and they are concentrated on a number of shoals and other structure as opposed to being anywhere and everywhere you look. The good news is that if you locate an area that is holding them, the odds are that they will be there the next time you visit.
9/18/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
The Sounds – One would be hard pressed to get a boat bass report from this area as pretty much everyone with one has been chasing albies. The early morning bite has been best from Succonesset to Craigville, with the action slowing significantly once the sun is well up and the fish sense all of the boats chasing them. At times, they have been busting on peanut bunker and that’s when they have been more willing to eat; once they change over to small, one-inch bay anchovies, things get more interesting.
The outgoing tide at Waquoit has seen a small fleet form on most days, but those conditions fall in the late morning this weekend and the albies haven’t been eating as well then.
There was a really good albie bite around Wasque through the early part of this week, but Steve Morris said that things had slowed a bit on Thursday. These fish have been feeding on sand eels.
A good number of boat bonito have been weighed in during the first week of the Derby, with most of them coming on the troll around the Hooter and Squibnocket. Swimming plugs that can handle the higher trolling speeds required when fishing for bonito have been best.
The top bluefish in the boat bluefish category are mainly being taken around Wasque, again with trolling the most productive method. Although jigging is the traditional way of fishing the shoals, more and more folks have found that using swimming plugs is equally productive.
Beach fishing along the southside has really quieted down, with mainly schoolies being caught up inside the backwaters from Falmouth to Harwich. Despite the presence of adult pogies in many of these areas, there aren’t many sizeable fish harassing them – yet.
Black sea bass season closed on September 15, but fluke remains open until September 30 – that is if you can find any. Overall, most anglers found the fluke season a frustrating one.
9/12/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
Pretty much all everyone wants to talk about is the banner albie season that stretches from Falmouth to Dennis; when they have been feeding on small bay anchovies, the funnies have been pretty finicky, but that all changes when there are peanut bunker around, some folks believe. I suspect that even more of the difference in feeding behavior can be attributed to the conditions; rough, choppy water helps to reduce their wariness and makes them more willing to take ersatz offerings.
It’s pretty exciting that shore anglers are also getting good shots at albies and catching a fair number of them. The jetties in Falmouth have been mentioned in particular, but schools of little tunny have been close in around Popponesset and the Osterville, Centerville, and Craigville jetties. Personally, I would rely on Nobska for providing some of the best opportunities, as the structure in the area gives the fish a great place to pin the bait.
There are still schools of small bluefish mixed in with the albies, with many flies and lures falling to the choppers.
Not many boaters are concentrating on bass right now, and even if they were, they would find slim pickings.
On the other hand, the Popponesset area produced a 22-pound fish for an angler who waded through numerous scup who kept stealing his clam baits before he managed that nice striper. There are also a number of schoolies in both the entrance channel and out front of the spit.
Cotuit is another good mid-September bet for schoolies, particularly around the marsh edges in North Bay and the shallows around Loop Beach.
If you are a flyrodder or light tackle angler, remember that first light around the many outflows along the Nantucket Sound shoreline can provide plenty of action on schoolies. This is especially true with all of the bait that is being swept into open water on the outgoing tide.
9/10/14 As Reported By Hogy Staff
Still Albie City in this area but this fact is well known based on the dozens of boats that seem to set up on every school that’s spotted. With the Vineyard Derby about to start there will continue to be many anglers on the prowl in this area. Standard Issue Epoxy Jigs have been absolutely red hot for taking advantage of what is shaping up to be one of the best seasons in memory for albies and bonito. Hot colors are olive, green and black/silver.
9/4/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
Albies and bonito have been all the rage in the sounds, with very few anglers even thinking about bass. There are plenty of small bluefish mixed in with the funny fish, making tackle shops and lure manufacturers happy as the choppers have no problem cutting through light fluorocarbon leaders that folks use when targeting the tunoids.
For the first time in several years, there are large schools of peanut bunker driving much of the fishing and there have been some schools of bass in the mix, particularly after a school of funny fish work over the bait and the bass hang below to pick up the scraps.
Shore anglers are getting shots at albies off the jetties in Falmouth, around Washburn Island, and South Cape Beach to Popponesset when they get bait trapped close to the beaches. First light has been a good time to look for them from the rocks or sand.
With as much small bait as there is and how thick the schools are, there seem to be a few options to increase the hook up rates. One is to target the outside edges of the schools of bait as opposed to pitching right in the middle, although when the fish are going crazy, I recommend getting in the mix. In that case, try hesitating just a bit to let your lure tumble like an injured baitfish; that said, it is critical to come tight to your offering immediately, so no looping casts or fumbling to close the bail – use your hand instead. Some folks have been doing well with a high speed retrieve, almost skipping the lure out of the water, especially when blindcasting after the surface show slows. Finally, fly anglers have been doing well with patterns that feature bright pink, going along with the idea that using something different is the way to go when there are so many of the real thing around. That certainly seems to be the case once the sun is higher in the sky in clear water; early mornings, olive or green seems to be just fine.
Trolling at the Hooter continues to produce good numbers of bonito, with some albies and bonito mixed in for casters and folks trolling around Hedge Fence and Middle Ground. The push of albies and bonito from West Chop to Vineyard Haven and on to State Beach has slowed a bit, with more of the usual up-and-down activity as opposed to sustained periods of feeding fish. First light usually sees a flurry of activity with the fish getting spooked and tougher to catch once more boats show up and pressure them.
There are still some schoolies in the Waquoit and Popponesset channels, along with some small bluefish; casting tight to the jetties around the former will account for more bass, while folks trolling using Yo-zuri Crystal Minnows or Bombers have been catching mainly bluefish.
Live eels definitely have been best for shore anglers looking for larger bass at night; there was one report of an angler fishing from South Cape Beach for brown sharks when a reported 40-pound bass took his snake. The odds are that it was really 40-inches and has grown through the telling, but that’s still a good bass from the southside at any time of the year, particularly at the end of August.
Fluke fishing has definitely slowed, with the best action in the deeper holes that the draggers and hook-and-line commercials didn’t clean out. These aren’t the more popular, commonly fished waters; instead, they are smaller areas along the north shore of the Vineyard, off of the southside from Waquoit to Dennis, and along the Elizabeths. Some fluke are still being caught by shore anglers, with the best chance at larger fish again in spots that feature deeper water such as boat channels and beaches with steeper dropoffs.
A few sea bass are being caught from Menauhant in Falmouth, as well as the jetties from Osterville to Hyannis and Bass River, but they are on the smaller side. Boat anglers are still picking at bigger ones around Colliers Ledge and Bishop and Clerks, as well as the deeper water surrounding Horseshoe Shoal.
Most of the charterboats working the sounds have had to be satisfied with bluefish around Gay Head, L’Hommedieu, Middle Ground and West Chop, and Horseshoe Shoal, particularly if they are using wire line and trolling. There are some bass being taken on chunk pogies and live eels around the north shore of the Vineyard, but more boaters are concentrating on the Elizabeths.
9/2/14 As Reported By Hogy Staff
Excellent fishing for bones and albies here too – it is shaping up to be an outstanding season for these highly unpredictable fish. Good numbers taken off Tashmoo and Menemsha and out at the Hooter the action continues to be very good, as it has for last ten days or so. The flats off Monomoy are holding good numbers of decent size stripers.
8/29/14 As Reported By Hogy Staff
Good fluking off Norton Point in the deep holes and scattered reports of bonito off Menemsha, but a run to the Hooter will up your odds for “funny fish.” The big swell from the passing hurricane should lay down over the weekend making the open water experience much more tolerable. Lots of small bluefish all over the Sounds are fooling anglers searching for albies. That action should commence any time, however.
8/29/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
Plenty of terns working over snapper blues and small bait from Falmouth Harbor to Nobska, but no albies yet. The same goes outside the salt ponds that dot the shoreline and around Waquoit Bay. Joe Marcus told me that a friend was at South Cape Beach on Wednesday and schools of baitfish such as peanut bunker and butterfish were driven up onto the sand by fish that didn’t act like blues or bass.
There have been rumors of funny fish from Craigville Beach to Squaw Island and Great Island, but nothing confirmed through a picture or weigh-in. A continuation of Wednesday’s heavy southwest would have helped in bringing the fish in close, but it changed to the north on Thursday and is scheduled to continue from that quadrant on Friday.
Fluke are still being caught outside of Waquoit Bay, Popponesset, Osterville, Bass River, and Chatham, with a 26-inch fish caught by boat off of Waquoit and four solid legal fish for a shore angler who was at South Cape Beach. This area has also produced an occasional legal fish after dark on bait.
Plenty of snapper blues up inside any bay, harbor, salt pond, or the like along the southside, but as mentioned above, they are moving out into open water to feed on the abundant small bait.
Plenty of scup around and some legal sized sea bass around Wreck Shoal, Collier’s, and the deeper water surrounding Horseshoe Shoal, where there has also been a decent bass bite for folks trolling and even casting topwater offerings.
8/21/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
Shore anglers have generally had to be satisfied with scup and snapper blues that are thick in all of the bays, rivers, and harbors along the southside. Both of these species are great fun for kids and put up quite a good tussle on light or ultralight tackle. The other option has been to fish live or dead eels, or chunks of fresh bluefish, from Bristol or Menauhant Beaches in Falmouth; South Cape or Popponesset Beach in Mashpee; Craigville Beach in Barnstable; or West Dennis Beach.
Bluefish have slowed down, except for around the Hooter, which still remains the best spot for bonito, with the typical pick through a bunch of choppers to get one bone – and hope you don’t lose your Yo-zuri Deep Diving swimmers or Rebel Fastracs, as well as Hogy soft plastics or metals if you are casting. Some folks like casting swimmers and the newer Daiwa SP Minnows with their weight transfer system allow for longer casts and more water covered.
There have been a few bones caught around Hedge Fence and some suspicious splashes around the east side of the Vineyard, but I suspect that things are tough, as supported by the story from the Gerry Gomes who told me that customers at the shop he works at have caught five bonito total – all told amongst everyone.
Jim Young did have a good report from the north shore of the Vineyard where one customer reported catching ten legal size fluke, with a number of them 22 inches or so. Seems that the security zone around the north shore established with the President visiting has kept the draggers out; be advised that they will chase you out if you are within 1000 feet – and I can tell you that from personal experience with sirens, flashing blue lights, and a machine gun mounted on the bow.
Fluke fishing is also pretty good off of Bass River and in some of the deeper dropoffs on many of the shoals in the sounds, where there are also some nice sea bass being caught. Barry Joyce said they are showing in good numbers around Colliers and Bishop and Clerks; many people trolling around Wreck Shoal and Hedge Fence also pick them up.
The flats down around Monomoy are producing enough bass to keep things interesting and the same is true around Morris Island and up inside Pleasant Bay; they aren’t huge, but they are willing to hit flies and soft plastics on either side of low water – or until you are chased out of the water and can’t reach them. There are still schools of pogies inside Stage Harbor and anglers livelining them early in the morning or at night, or even electing to fish live eels, have been catching the largest fish.
8/20/14 As Reported By Hogy Staff
Pods of bonito continue to show up around the Cape and Islands. There have been reports of albies off all the usual places but anglers finding them all to their self are keeping tight lipped as to where they are exactly. White Epoxy jigs have been the lure of the season so far for anglers casting to bonito and if the wind allows, in the 3/8th oz size. The Hooter is Hot and cold, but producing some nice bonito when they are in. The bonito bar is ON FIRE with numerous alb bonitos. Also there have been some rumors of bones off poppy.
8/18/14 As Reported By Hogy Staff
The good bluefishing of last week has slowed considerably. Quite a few snappers have invaded the harbors from Falmouth to Hyannis and beyond. Very few reports of bonito or albies but that could change anytime. Be prepared with plenty of SI Epoxy Jigs!
8/15/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
Doug Asselin reported that some bonito are finally starting to show inshore; there have been schools of fish seen around Cape Poge and at the Bend-In-The-Road along State Beach. There have been reports of large schools of small bait along the southside and it is likely that some of that has been pulled in through the cut at Katama and shot out into Edgartown Harbor and through into the sound. Doug said the bait is primarily small silversides, one of the bone’s favorite foods. There should be a good number of boats working from Oak Bluffs to Poge this weekend and there is always the possibility of encountering a school of two from West Chop to Tashmoo and out on Middle Ground.
8/14/14 As Reported By Hogy Staff
Slow for stripers but plenty of big bluefish with Horseshoe Shoal holding choppers up to 14 pounds. Smaller blues at Middle Ground and scattered along the north side of the Vineyard. Very few reports
8/14/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
Fluke fishermen have been having little to no luck finding legal size fish anywhere they go. A report from Jim Young such as eight hours of fishing with 10 legal fish for four folks on the boat is an especially good one. The only place where there is good news on summer flatties is out around Nantucket.
Even bluefishing has slowed in the sounds, with Horseshoe quieting down and the Hooter the only spot that is still making noise. One angler I know visited multiple spots in the sounds and even went around to the backside of the Vineyard and couldn’t find any blues.
This individual managed to salvage the trip by trolling around Horseshoe and picking up some nice four and five-pound sea bass that hit his Yo-zuri swimming plugs.
Beach fishing has slowed to the point where folks are entertaining themselves by catching big dogfish and a 60-pound brown shark was taken at South Cape Beach.
A few schoolies have been reported up inside Popponesset and Cotuit, with a legal fish reported at the former for an angler who was catching scup on clams and stuck around after dark and managed that bass on the same bait.
Your best bet for a sizeable bass from the beach would be live eels at night, but even that is tough. Bluefishing has also slowed, with the main action consisting of snappers on small metals and snapper poppers.
The good news is that there are good numbers of bonito out around Nantucket and Muskeget Channel; there have been rumors of bones at Hedge Fence, but they are few and far between. There are bonito at the Hooter, but you are going to have to pick through many, many bluefish to catch one.
8/11/14 As Reported By Hogy Staff
Huge tides mean dirty water at most of the rips and shoals, making trolling all but impossible. Conditions should improve in the next few days. A few bonito reports coming from near shore waters off Menemsha and Hedge Fence. Decent bluefishing on the flats north of Tuckernuck – look for birds working over surface feeding fish.
8/7/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
Bass fishing is very quiet overall anywhere you go in the sounds; a few fish are being scraped up around Halfway Shoal and Tom Shoal, but the honest captains among the charter fleets are either cancelling trips for bass or suggesting alternatives such as fluke fishing or trolling and casting for bluefish.
Horseshoe Shoal remains very good for big bluefish, mainly in the twelve pound range, with a few approaching fifteen. Folks are also finding smaller bluefish around Hedge Fence and L’Hommedieu, where they are proving to be a nuisance for folks looking for fluke. Middle Ground has also had a mix of small blues and fluke and there remain some good schools of bluefish on the east side of the Vineyard.
Speaking of fluke, the best bet for sizeable fluke remains east of Nantucket in 60-feet of water, but that means an awfully long run, so anglers sticking closer to home have been fishing around the entrances to Osterville, Cotuit and Popponesset; squid is a popular bait, but fresh sand eels are the top choice, albeit harder to come by.
Schoolies fishing remains best in the early morning up inside a number of the bays, salt ponds, and rivers along the southside as cooler than normal evenings make for ideal conditions before first light. Some mornings the fish are showing, but it is more common to encounter quiet water around marsh edges where a small soft plastic, small poppers and stickbaits that contain rattles, and Gurglers and deer hair flies that can be both waked and popped will pay dividends and draw strikes. High water at night in similar areas is a good time to look for bigger bass on big Hogy’s, surface swimming plugs, and big flies.
There are schools of pogies up inside Popponesset, Cotuit, Hyannis, and Stage Harbor, but other than bluefish, there isn’t much bothering them, so folks are netting them and keeping them alive to be used elsewhere or icing them down immediately to be used for chunking.
Shore anglers working the beaches that front the sounds are finding things very quiet both on bass and blues, with chunk baits the best way to go. On the other hand, if you are only looking to put a good bend in your rod, then try for some of the brown sharks that are cruising the waters from Falmouth to Hyannis; Andy Little reported that a seven-foot, 125-pound fish was caught around Craigville this week and a big fish wreaked havoc on an unsuspecting angler’s equipment who was chunking at Menauhant Beach; one rod was broken and the other spooled. Live or fresh dead eels or chunks of fresh bluefish make top baits. Boaters can also enjoy catching this species of shark out around Collier’s Ledge in the channels and holes in the area.
Bonito fishing definitely hasn’t turned on; a few have been taken at the Hooter both on the troll and casting swimming plugs such as Yo-zuri Crystal Minnows and Daiwa SP Minnows.
8/6/14 As Reported By Hogy Staff
You will find schools of 5 to 7-pound blues under the birds at Middle Ground and off Cotuit. The deep holes off Norton Point on the Vineyard have some nice fluke but also many shorts.
8/5/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
Bonito fishing remains very much hit or miss according to Doug Asselin out on the Vineyard. The Hooter remains the most likely spot to encounter the bones, but even there you are going to have to pick through 25 to 30 bluefish to pick up one bonito. Most folks are trolling, but Doug’s friend was casting a Daiwa SP Minnow in the Laser Chartreuse Rainbow color and scored a couple of speedsters. Another angler went out to Hedge Fence midweek last week looking for bluefish and couldn’t buy any, but he did catch a bonito. There were also reports of a few pods of bonito in Lackey’s Bay last weekend, but most inshore boaters are waiting a couple of weeks until they show up in good numbers.
8/4/14 As Reported By Hogy Staff
Good fluke fishing in the deeper holes and very good bluefishing at Horseshoe Shoal continues. Stripers are harder to find in this area but first light casting at the entrance of Waquoit Bay and off Cotuit will yield a few fish.
8/1/14 As Reported By Hogy Staff
The after-dark eel fishing along the islands appears to be getting better all the time and fishing a 14” Original Hogy in tight to the rocks will yield some very nice bass. This is not “hot and heavy” fishing but when you do hook up, chances are it will be a very nice fish. Out in the Sounds, plenty of schoolies and some substantial bluefish can be found in places like Middle Ground and Horseshoe Shoal, which is living up to its reputation as Bluefish Central. Devil’s Bridge (Gay Head) and down toward Squibnocket on the Vineyard are best bets for dragging a Perfect Tube and worm combo for big, big bass. Bonito reports are still spotty at best.
7/31/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
Although it is not gangbusters by any means, tossing live eels at night around Nobska is still your best bet for a sizeable bass in Falmouth, with the jetties along Surf Drive second on the list. Metal lipped swimmers and darters from dark to just before first light and pencil poppers at sun-up can also wake up a fish or two; yellow is always a top color, along with pearl or blurple, a combination of black and purple.
That howling you are hearing is anglers having the tails of their soft plastics nipped off by the snapper blues that have appeared in force all along the southside. These little choppers are just as pugnacious as their older brethren and love to lop off a thumper tail or the last couple of inches of a Hogy; they also do a job on live eels, which are most likely your best choice of natural bait if you are fishing the entrance channels to Waquoit, Popponesset, or Cotuit. The best time for this activity is in the stillness of the night when boat traffic is kept to a minimum.
Trolling the tube-and-worm also works in these areas, with dusk and dawn seeming to produce most of the action. Although many boaters limit their movement to the first part of the channel, with a high tide coinciding with low light conditions, there are times when sizeable bass will move farther in.
First light is the time for schoolie action in these areas; the entrance to Waquoit Bay is particularly popular with flyrodders who can cast their flies up against the jetties and swing them by holes, eddies, and rocky obstructions where the bass will dart out and intercept them. It doesn’t take any fancy pattern; just a simple all white or chartreuse-and-white Deceiver or Clouser on an intermediate line with work just fine. Even more fun is dropping a popper into the sweet spot on a floating line; it’s good practice for line control, including mending, to get a natural presentation.
Spin casters can copy this strategy by using small, unweighted soft plastics and putting them in the honey holes right by the rocks; miss the spot and you will come up empty. Pearl/white is always the first color I go with, followed by Arkansas shiner; I know many folks also swear by chartreuse for its visibility. Adding a little weight in the form of a 1/8 ounce jighead or a swimbait hook won’t hurt if you feel you need to get your plastic down deeper; after all, adding split shot to the leader when nymphing is quite common when fly fishing fast water.
Up inside Cotuit and Osterville, targeting the marsh edges, especially around high water, in the wee hours of the morning is a lot of fun; Smack-it Juniors, the smallest of Gibbs’ pencil and Polaris Poppers, and small Creek Chub Poppers work well, as do numerous stickbait offerings. Flyrodders will do well with Gurglers and small foam poppers that are just made for this kind of fishing; it’s one of those few times when a Cape Cod long wander will find a floating line more productive than any form of sinking stuff.
Bass River is still holding some bass, including a few legal ones around 30-inches, said Lee Boisvert; eels have definitely been the way to go up around the Route 6 bridge, while schoolies can be targeted around the marshy areas of the river where small bait concentrates.
Out front, the beaches from Yarmouth to Harwich have been pretty slow, but the waters around Harding’s’ Beach have been producing a few bass and bluefish. There are large schools of pogies inside the harbors in Harwich and Chatham, making livelining pogies a top choice around the entrance to Stage Harbor.
Fluke fishing is best in the deeper holes of Nantucket Sound, especially from Falmouth to Osterville, said Gerry Gomes; it hasn’t been necessary to make the longer run to Lucas Shoal or over to the Vineyard where the fish are smaller. Hedge Fence has been one area that has been productive, but again, they are not on top of the shoal but in the deeper water surrounding it. The same goes for Wreck Shoal, where there are also some larger sea bass being caught.
Bass fishing in the sounds has been tough; boaters have had to work extra hard, scratching up a few fish here or there by snapping wire with parachute jigs or Hairballs. Halfway Shoal, the deep water off Middle Ground, the rips around Nobska, and holes off Hedge Fence and Succonesset Shoal have held bass from day-to-day and tide-to-tide.
What is consistent is the bluefish action, particularly on sizeable fish; last Saturday’s Osterville Anglers’ Club Ladies’ Shoal Troll only produced one bass, a 9+-pounder, but there were two bluefish caught over 12-pounds, including the largest fish in the event, a 12.95-pound chopper, and a tie for third place with identical 11.9-pound fish. Some of these fish came from the waters around Nantucket, but a number of boats stayed close to home at Horseshoe Shoal and did very well on bluefish.
7/30/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
The bonito season has definitely been slow to start; Steve Morris out on the Vineyard said one was caught yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon at Hedge Fence on the troll and a few have been caught around Noman’s. Chuck Eastman picked up a bone at the Hooter over last weekend, but he had to pick through plenty of bluefish to catch one. No word on any inshore action for casters.
7/30/14 As Reported By Hogy Staff
More good sized bluefish on the shoals off the Vineyard and into Nantucket Sound in the last few days. Some very respectable bass are being caught by both boat and shore fishermen near Gay Head. Still very few reports of bonito. Cuttyhunk is heating up for stripers in the 20 to 30-pound class and with what is being described as the best season in a few years for jumbo bass off Block Island, don’t be surprised to see the Elizabeths FINALLY coming to life in the next week or so.
7/28/14 As Reported By Hogy Staff
Slower action along the islands in the last few days but plenty of schoolies are still to found in all the Holes. Eels on 3-way rigs will yield big stripers at night in Quicks Hole.
7/25/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
Popponesset is apparently filled with small herring, making Finnish style swimming plugs such as Rebels, Bombers, and Yo-zuri Crystal Minnows good choices, along with jigs such as Epoxy Jigs and smaller soft plastics. There are still good numbers of schoolies around, but hitting the water early or late is important due to the amount of boat activity.
North Bay in Cotuit also has consistent schoolie activity and small bluefish as well; fly fishermen have the advantage at times because they can match the juvenile herring, silversides, and other small bait. Then again, small poppers such as the junior Smack-it and stickbaits like the Rebel Jumpin’ Minnow get plenty of attention.
Bass River and the rivers in Harwich have been best on a nighttime outgoing tide; live eels have been picking up the occasional larger bass, including a few in the 40-inch class, while there are still good numbers of schoolies in the rivers as well.
Shore anglers working the beachfront around Nobska, from Osterville to Hyannis, and around West Dennis Beach have been catching some larger bass at night targeting rocky structure with large wooden swimming plugs; high tides at night have also resulted in bigger fish working close to shore.
Bass fishing has been very inconsistent in the sounds; Middle Ground has been pretty quiet, with a few fish taken at night on eels or live scup, as are Gay Head and Squibnocket. A few fish were caught at the Hooter, but the following day the bass were gone; this area has also produced a few bonito trolling Fastracs and Deep Diving Crystal Minnows.
Charter guys are scratching a few bass on wire around Hedge Fence and over by Tom Shoal, but it has been tough going.
The Horseshoe Shoal area is still holding good numbers of big bluefish, although the largest reported this week came from Halfway Shoal, a 14-pounder. Trolling Hootchies or Rebel Fastracs is always a good way to find the blues, which can then be targeted with topwater plugs.
Beach anglers are seeing mostly smaller bluefish, in the one to three-pound class, but their success has been predicated on prolonged stretches of southwest wind and high tides especially in the evening.
Fluke fishing is definitely better to the east; there are some good fish being caught off of Osterville and West Dennis Beach, while things in Vineyard Sound have been very slow. If you’re looking for doormats, consider a trip on the Helen H out of Hyannis; they have been picking up good numbers of double digit fish east of Chatham and Nantucket.
7/24/14 As Reported By Hogy Staff
More surface action reported in close along Naushon and Pasque, mostly schoolies but a few bigger fish too. Bonito should be showing any time. Bluefish scarce. Fishing live eels or chunk baits deep in Quicks Hole is producing bigger bass.
7/23/14 As Reported By Hogy Staff
Schools of small bass continue to show along Naushon and big bass can be found in Woods Hole, fish up to 30 pounds taken in the last few days on SI Perfect Tubes (wine red and orange)
7/21/14 As Reported By Hogy Staff
More small bait showing here too with good numbers of stripers in all the Holes and along the Sound side of Naushon.
Plenty of top water fish both very early or in the evening. A Tube and worm trolled with the tide is your best bet for big stripers during daylight hours. Woods hole has been holding some slobs. Day Glow orange tubes has been the hot producer.
7/19/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
There are still good numbers of bluefish around L’Hommedieu, Succonesset, and Wreck Shoal; they have generally been running in the two to four pound class. Larger blues are being caught at Horseshoe Shoal; working topwater plugs is effective, but a good technique is to troll with Rebel Fastracs until you find a concentration of fish and then pull out the poppers and spooks.
Shore anglers can’t catch a break, for the most part, with the blues as they are holding several hundred yards off the beaches.
That said, there are still good numbers of schoolies inside Popponesset, Cotuit, and Bass River; Jeff Clabault spoke to one angler who had fish popping all around him recently, but couldn’t get them to take anything, a pretty good sign that he was dealing with a worm hatch.
With the water warming, a nighttime high tide is an ideal time to tube-and-worm or drift eels in the entrances to Waquoit Bay, Popponesset, and Stage Harbor.
Fluke fishing is good around Succonesset, Middle Ground, Osterville, Cedar Tree Neck, and other locales, but one of the problems in Vineyard Sound is that once the recreational find a good body of fish, a dragger or two comes in and scours the place clean.
There are also some nice sea bass along the north shore of the Vineyard as well as in the deep water off of Wreck Shoal; specially tied rigs tipped with squid, sand eels, or bluefish fillets work well, but jigging with Spro Jigs or even metal offerings that imitate sand eels often account for the largest fish.
There are some bass in the 30 to 40-inch class being jigged up around Middle Ground, West Chop, Halfway Shoal, and Nobska, but it is by no means a sure thing. Drifting live scup or eels, and making sure that they are down at the level of the fish you are marking, is still working well.
7/19/14 As Reported By Captain Nat Chalkley of Get The Net Charters
Some nice bass taken along the Elizabeth Islands. SI perftect tubes and pogies are the top baits. Here’s a few nice fish from last 24 hrs. Nice job Nat!
7/17/14 As Reported By Hogy Staff
A few more bonito taken in the last few days including a couple off the shore at South Beach on the Vineyard. Woods Hole holding stripers in decent numbers, small fish on the ledges, bigger fish in deeper water. Along the Elizabeths, better reports closer to Woods Hole than farther down toward Cuttyhunk.
7/15/14 As Reported By Hogy Staff
Still plenty of buzz about confirmed catches of bonito off the Vineyard and decent bass and blues at Middle Ground – water should be clearing after the big tides of the last few days. A cobia caught in Woods Hole yesterday!
7/14/14 As Reported By Hogy Staff
Summer is finally what it should be on the South side of the Cape. The first bonito was weighed in at Coops Bait and Tackle on Martha’s Vineyard. Some bass are around and the Elizabeth Islands are producing fish on the tubes by day and live eels and chunks by night.
Capt. Nat Chalkley of Get the Net Charters caught this cobia this evening along the Elizabeth Islands. Nat was producing some slob sized striped bass on the SI perfect tubes and when the bite slowed down, he switched to chunking and reeled this Cobia! This is the third year in a row that cobia have showed up. Is this a new trend? If so, we like it!
7/11/14 As Reported By Hogy Staff
Light winds and warming water have brought a good amount of small bait to the surface in the area of Middle Ground and smaller nearby rips with good numbers of small to medium size stripers showing. A rumor of the first bonito of the season is circulating.
7/11/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
Things remain stirred up as of Thursday in the sounds with some heavy water and swells still present in Vineyard Sound, especially the farther down towards Gay Head that you go.
There is still a mix of bass and blues out around Tom Shoal, as well as at Halfway Shoal where some folks are jigging chartreuse or white jigs and others continue to drift live scup.
Anglers have been picking at a few bass around Bishop and Clerks, but Andy Little said things have been far from gangbusters. Again, a few locals are livelining scup while others are jigging wire south of the tower.
Fluke fishing is better in the shallower stretches of Nantucket Sound around Succonesset, Popponesset, Osterville, and Bass River as opposed to the usually productive deep waters in Vineyard Sound. If you can get fresh sand eels, you are definitely ahead of the game, with some shops also carrying local squid that they froze up during the spring run.
Horseshoe Shoal has been OK on bluefish, with some good action off of Cotuit and down to South Cape Beach/Succonesset Shoal; shore anglers haven’t always been able to get in on the action as the blues hang just outside their longest casts. The southwest winds this week have pushed a few more fish in close to the beaches but unfortunately low tides fall early in the morning and again at dusk this weekend.
Popponesset still might be your best bet for catching a bass over the legal limit from shore along the southside; there are reports of good numbers of juvenile herring up inside the bay and around the entrance channel, making shad style soft plastics a good choice.
Barry Joyce also recommended using live eels at night as the water warms and focus on late night tides.
7/10/14 As Reported By Hogy Staff
Still fairly quiet but a few large stripers reported with scup and even large black sea bass in their bellies, indicating their focus on large baits. Small/medium bluefish along the beaches being pushed in by strong southwest winds all week. First light is best.
7/5/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
A bit more activity around Bishop and Clerks for anglers trolling wire and parachutes or livelining scup is an indication that the bass are moving east, where they hopefully will settle in around Monomoy. But at the moment, folks are just plain happy to find them in waters close to Hyannis.
Great Island was one area mentioned for casters who can toss plugs and larger soft plastics into the rocks, but this can be a treacherous area to fish for the uninitiated, so use caution.
Jigging in the shoals is working, but the key has been getting down to where the fish are holding, and that means having enough wire and a heavy enough jig to scratch the bottom. Halfway Shoal is holding both bass and bluefish and there have been some bass off of Nobska; it’s interesting to note that jigging for the most part has been outfishing live bait such as scup and eels.
Boaters are having no problem finding bluefish, but the choppers being outside their longest casts has frustrated shore anglers. Hopefully, southwest winds and high tides this weekend will bring them closer to shore. One idea is to work beaches that feature jetties to add some distance to your casts. Horseshoe Shoal, Hedge Fence, and Wreck Shoal are reliable spots for boaters, while Popponesset and beaches from Hyannis to West Dennis Beach feature structures that help reach waters where the fish are holding.
As July begins, it is even more important to be on the water before first light if you are looking for bass of any size since shallow backwaters start to warm up beyond the optimal temperatures for stripers. There are still good numbers of schoolies in Poppy, Cotuit, and Bass River working small bait, but daytime opportunities are becoming more limited – unless you have overcast, fog, and rain.
You will increase your odds of catching a larger striper if you stick with night fishing anywhere from Falmouth to Chatham, as well as working rocky structure with stronger currents. Live eels and chunk baits are logical choices, but slow worked swimmers such as Daiwa SP Minnows, Savage Prey Swimmers, Bombers, Red Fins, Rebels, Danny plugs, and a host of other, surface waking metal lip designs are good choices.
Sea bass fishing is the sounds is starting to slow, especially for larger fish, to the west, but spots off Hyannis in deeper water are still productive. Scup fishing remains very good and fluke fishing is picking up around Succonesset, Hedge Fence, and off of Cotuit and Osterville.
6/27/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
If charter guys have to resort to thinking outside the box and still only picking up about a half dozen bass on any given trip, it doesn’t bode well for the average angler. Scratching the bottom with a long shot of wire (150 to 200-feet) and a jig that scratches and drags across the bottom rather than bounces has been one technique mentioned.
Steve Morris fished Halfway Shoal earlier this week with live scup and found it a tough go, but another angler drifting eels managed to picked up at least three bass while Steve was there. He also watched a husband-and-wife team catch numerous fluke in the same area, although most of them were sublegal.
Middle Ground is filled with weed on both tides and virtually unfishable, but the deeper water close to West Chop has had brief windows during each tide when it can be jigged.
Dave Ryan and his son Nathan enjoyed an epic trip last weekend, picking up four bass over 40-pounds and a number over 30 using plugs; Nathan set an Osterville Anglers’ Club record with a 48 and all of these fish were taken on plugs with the Elizabeths within sight.
I’ve heard from at least one angler that the larger bass he has caught have been filled with black sea bass, which isn’t surprising given how many of the smaller ones are around. Lucas Shoal was one spot mentioned where there are larger sea bass and the same goes for Collier’s and Bishop and Clerks.
The latter has been fishing OK at first light and again in the evening; trolling Yo-zuri Squids and Hootchies was one technique that Andy Little recommended. An after work trip for Bob Lewis and Ken Cirillo produced bass in the 36 to 38-inch range jigging parachutes and Bob mentioned that he saw a number of boats anchored up close to Bishop’s, perhaps livelining scup or fishing for sea bass.
Bluefish are still in good numbers in the sounds; Horseshoe Shoal is one good spot for them and Capt. Warren Marshall said he had a good trip earlier this week sight fishing for big blues in shallow water around Cotuit.
Speaking of Cotuit, there are still good numbers of schoolies inside the Three Bays and a few larger fish following the schools of pogies there. Bob Lewis managed a nice 24-inch weakfish flyrodding for bass in North Bay and other anglers have been picking them up using small bubblegum Hogy’s.
Popponesset continues to be a top choice for catching a larger bass; there are fish in the entrance channel and up inside the bay. Early mornings have seen some good topwater action from well up inside the bay to the entrance; the bass are feeding on small baits such as sand eels, silversides, and mummichogs. The range in size of the bass is quite wide, from pre-schoolies that are too small to handle even a five-inch swimmer to bass in the 30+-inch range. Andy Little also mentioned that some larger fish have been caught from the beachfront on surface waking metal-lipped swimmers.
Bluefish are a bit more sporadic from the beaches from Falmouth to Chatham; at some areas, such as around South Cape Beach, they are often hanging outside the range of everyone but the longest casters, especially around low water, which unfortunately falls around dusk this weekend when the blues usually run the beach.
Fluke fishing is improving, albeit slowly; Succonesset Shoal and Hedge Fence are two shoal areas where there have been more fish caught than in deep water areas such as Lucas Shoal.
6/19/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
The fishing here has folks confounded; there are no stripers being reported from Bishop and Clerks or Collier’s, which should have been fishing really well by now.
Things aren’t much better around Falmouth; anglers are scratching up a few bass in the 30 to 36-inch class jigging wire around Nobska and Halfway Shoal, with an occasional larger fish taken on a live scup. Overall, the fishing is inconsistent from day-to-day.
There are plenty of bluefish around in the sounds; some folks have commented that it is like the 80’s when bass were hard to come by and bluefish were the primary target.
Bait is definitely not the problem in the sounds, with tons of sand eels, small herring, and squid around.
Fluke fishing is off to a slow start in the usual deep water haunts and one shop advised that the fishing is better close to entrances of harbors, bays, and salt ponds. Shore anglers at Menauhant Beach caught two 25-inch fish.
Black sea bass fishing is better in deep water along the Elizabeth Islands and in Vineyard Sound; there have been good numbers of five and six-pound fish caught by folks who have moved away from fishing the wrecks and shoals in Nantucket Sound.
Shore anglers are doing OK on bluefish from Falmouth to Harwich; high evening tides this weekend should see some more inconsistent action. Popponesset is one of your best bets if you are looking for legal-sized bass; bouncing jigs in the channel works well and Finnish-style swimming plugs and topwater plugs are effective around marsh edges.
6/13/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
Most boat folks fishing the sounds from Hyannis to Harwich have turned to sea bass for reliable action and to put some fillets on the table; the striper fishing is just that slow. If they do find some bass, catch totals are very low.
Things are a bit better around Falmouth, but not that much; charterboats are scraping up bass around Halfway Shoal, Nobska, and Middle Ground, although the latter has been very weedy. Some boats are sticking with wire and jigs, but live scup seem to be producing the largest fish on average. The truth is that the only consistency has been inconsistency.
The schoolie bite continues around most of the backwaters, making flyrodders and light tackle anglers happy and there are just enough 28 to 30-inch fish around to keep things interesting.
Shore anglers are also taking advantage of the bluefish action from South Cape Beach and heading east, with even Bass River bellying its name as there are more choppers there than stripers.
Fluke fishing is off to a slow start and I guess that would make sense given that the draggers have been working many of the same areas in Vineyard Sound where recreational folks look for summer flatties.
6/5/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
The news this week was definitely more encouraging for boaters as they started picking up some quality fish around Middle Ground, Halfway Shoal, and Nobska on wire line and jigs. To the east, there has been no word on bass at Bishop and Clerks or Collier’s Ledge, but there is still some good sea bass and scup fishing to be had in these areas.
Beach fishing for bass has slowed a bit, perhaps as a result of all the bluefish being caught around South Cape Beach, Popponesset, Oregon Beach, and now West Dennis Beach as they arrived in full force from Yarmouth to Harwich.
Harding’s Beach has had some bass, including a few legal fish, taken on topwater lures as well as bait and the same is true of Red River Beach, while up inside Bass River, the Harwich rivers, and Stage Harbor there are mostly schoolies.
The same is true of the backwaters from Falmouth to Cotuit, where there are schoolies mixed in with a few legal fish. Early mornings and evenings have been most productive; there has been some sustained surface activity with smaller fish, but generally your best bet is to work the marsh banks and shoreline structure with soft plastics, topwater plugs, and Gurglers and poppers if you are a fly angler.
Interesting story from an Osterville Anglers’ Club event; while wire line folks went empty working structure like Bishop and Clerk’s, the angler who swept the top three spots found a school of 15 to 20-pound fish in the three feet of water, a pretty good indication that the colder water still has the fish still seeking areas where it is a couple of degrees warmer.
Black sea bass fishing is still good in the sounds, but the average size is definitely getting smaller as the spawners move off into deeper water.
5/30/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
Nobody seems to know what to make of the poor striper fishing in Nantucket Sound, with any boats venturing out managing at best five to six small fish no matter if they are jigging the shoals or casting around structure.
Perhaps the issue is bait related as shore anglers are reporting solid action on schoolies and larger fish each day inside the backwaters from Falmouth to Chatham. There is plenty of bait being reported from pogies to silversides, sand eels, and mummichogs; although the potential for a worm hatch is certainly lessened by the foul weather we are experiencing, some sunshine and warmth could combine to bring the worms out of the mud, as had been happening over the last couple of weeks inside the Falmouth salt ponds, Waquoit Bay, Popponesset, and the Three Bays; Bass River and the rivers in Harwich also harbor an occasional hatch.
A 40-inch bass was caught by a young angler who was fishing for bluefish in the middle of the day at Oregon Beach over the weekend and a few larger bass have been caught from the ocean beaches, including Popponesset, Dowses, West Dennis, and Harding’s Beach; early morning has been best, but overcast, rainy days can produce a good bite anytime as they the mimic the low light conditions of early morning and evening.
Bass in the mid-30-inch class have been taken more frequently around Morris Island while schoolies continue to be the story in Pleasant Bay.
The sea bass fishing is off the charts and they are being caught over so many pieces of structure in the sounds that there is no reason to crowd an area, although spots such as Bishop and Clerks, Collier’s, and the wrecks off of Oak Bluffs always receive plenty of attention.
5/22/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
The story remains the same thing this week: good fishing for shore anglers while boat anglers are really struggling to find striped bass.
Worm hatches continue to be reported from Falmouth to Cotuit, with good schoolie action in the morning and again in the evening whether a worm event is going on or not. Folks fishing flies and small soft plastics are doing very well, but topwater patterns such as Gurglers and walk-the-dog surface plugs, including Rebel Jumpin’ Minnows and Heddon Zara Spooks, make for great visual action.
Bass in the 20-pound class have been caught from the beaches and river entrances from Yarmouth to Harwich on metal-lipped swimmers, with the articulated Danny Mac Viper also becoming popular. A fish in the 30-pound class was reportedly caught on a herring imitation plug around, where else, Herring River.
The Chatham area has produced mainly schoolies, but there are schools of pogies reported up inside Stage Harbor and they usually will draw some bigger bass into the area once they arrive in greater numbers.
A number of anglers have turned from bass to blues now that the choppers have showed; starting late last week, the Oregon Beach area in Cotuit has been very productive, with the Popponesset and South Cape Beach areas a bit more inconsistent. Some of these early arrivals have approached ten-pounds and their presence has scattered the squid schools out in open water, although there is still some good jigging to be had up inside the harbors and bays under the lights at night.
With the warmer water moving from west to east, action is still concentrated for folks seeking scup and sea bass from Falmouth to Osterville, with Collier’s Ledge starting to fish better.
Boat fishing for bass has left most anglers empty-handed so far, with negative reports from Nobska, Halfway Shoal, Succonesset Shoal, and Middle Ground. Even jigging wire, which will often produce best when fish are lethargic and hanging deep in the water column, hasn’t been producing. That means most boaters are concentrating on bluefish or sea bass.
5/16/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
As was the case with Buzzards Bay, open water fishing has been very slow; one charter captain out of Falmouth went out earlier this week and jigged around Middle Ground, Nobska, and other traditionally good May spots and caught nothing.
I did get a report of a few schoolies coming from Woods Hole, the first news on bass from that area, and they were taken casting jigs.
The other similarity between the B-Bay and the sounds is that most of the activity has been well up inside the backwaters from Falmouth and onwards to the east. After a couple of very warm days, Monday saw worm hatches in Waquoit, Popponesset, and the Three Bays area of Cotuit, but a sudden shift to cooler water on Tuesday put an end to that.
Schools of pogies have been reported in these areas as well, but most of the bass have been too small to feed on these baitfish that are averaging about six to seven-inches. We did see some bass working under the schools in Waquoit, but when they are keyed into pogies, they can be awfully tough to fool.
Flyrodders and light tackle anglers have been enjoying good success on schoolies from 12 to 24-inches, with afternoons fishing better after the water has had a chance to warm up, and by association, the fish.
Legal sized bass have been caught in the rivers from West Dennis to Chatham and there have been schools of pogies reported in Stage Harbor and the bass are following them. Plugs have been effective at night on the fish in the 30-inch class that have been caught.
A couple of bluefish were reported coming from South Cape Beach this week and one was caught about a week ago at Red River Beach, but overall things have been quiet on choppers. There are certainly plenty of squid down around Osterville and Hyannis, with the boats tightly grouped as they jig away, and the blues haven’t shown up in any numbers great enough to scatter them.
Scup fishing is excellent from Falmouth to Hyannis, with tautog in Woods Hole and down along the Elizabeths. Even though the season doesn’t open until Saturday, there are good numbers of black sea bass in the mix as well.
10/10/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
If the albie season in the sounds weren’t over, it could very well be after the northeast winds over the next several days. There have been pop-up schools reported in the Falmouth area, but nobody has really been able or willing to get out given no predictable or consistent pattern to these fish. The entrances to Waquoit, Green Pond, or Great Pond might be your best hope once things settle down.
A consistent pick of bluefish remains around Menauhant Beach, with plugs working well at dusk, while South Cape Beach has seen blues taking topwater lures during the day. Cut bait is also working, including mackerel and pogies.
There are still schools of pogies around some of the harbors and bays and they have been producing some solid bass and blues. Jeff Clabault visited Poppy on Sunday and managed to snag some menhaden, turning them into bass of 36 and 38-inches while another angler picked up a 10-pound bluefish. The next two nights, however, the bigger bait was not to be found and Jeff barely produced a schoolie or two on plugs.
There are also some decent schools of pogies inside Cotuit and folks are doing OK on bass and blues snagging and livelining these baits. Over around the cuts near Osterville, there are some larger bass being caught on pogies and eels.
Other than schoolies around West Dennis Beach and inside the Harwich rivers, there hasn’t been much to report from the eastern stretches of Nantucket Sound.
10/3/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
With most boat anglers searching for albies, there were mixed reports as of Wednesday. Andy Little reported there were some good schools around the Seaview Ave. cut, with white or bone soft plastics working best. The word from a group of the Cape Cod Flyrodders was that the action they had been enjoying down around Hyannis had slowed precipitously, with no fish caught midweek. Schools continue to pop up off of Succonesset, Nobska, and Woods Hole, providing some good shots, but these fish have been very picky. Pink Hogy Epoxy Jigs have been a hot item, as well as very small bay anchovy fly patterns.
Boat anglers continue to be plagued with a lack of bass in the sounds and schools of bluefish even hard to find. On the other hand, shore folks are picking through small bass around the entrances to the Falmouth salt ponds, Waquoit Bay, Popponesset, and Cotuit. The entrance to Popponesset has produced a few stripers in the 30+-inch class on live eels, swimming plugs, and soft plastics, with some big blues around as well.
If any bass are being caught from shore between Osterville and Harwich, anglers are keeping it very quiet. With a general lack of larger bait around, such as pogies, folks are turning to darker colored, smaller soft plastics, as well as black flies, fished either on a fly rod or as a teaser in front of a swimming plug.
The sea bass fishing has definitely slowed and scup are on the smaller side.
9/25/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
Pretty much everyone who is fishing from Falmouth to Hyannis is looking for albies and they haven’t disappointed. The gang from the Cape Cod Flyrodders have been concentrating more east and according to member Capt. Warren Marshall they had a dozen fish between four boats on Wednesday using fly rods.
Warren also spoke to an angler who was heading out of Waquoit Bay and encountered some schools of funny fish and managed one on a metal lure. Pink 15 and 20 gram Hogy Epoxy Jigs have really caught on, but albies have a mind of their own and will drive you crazy as they will turn up their noses at the size and color that produced yesterday, so I always carry olive and white Epoxies as well.
There have been small pods working off Nobska Point down to Falmouth Heights and hopefully this cooler weather at night will push more bait out of the salt ponds and get the action really percolating to the west. When the fish are particularly picky and you notice flyrodders doing better since they can imitate bay anchovies and other small bait more effective, use a metal lure with the hook removed and a light 12 to 15-pound fluorocarbon leader of about 30-inches tied to the split ring with a fly at the other end of the leader.
Kevin Gould told me he has heard of stripers working below and around the edges of the albie schools, with the same metals used for albies and Hogy seven-inch originals good choices if you want to target the bass.
Most of the bass being caught along the southside beaches have been on the small side, often frustrating anglers using swimmers such as Rebels, Bombers, Cotton Cordell’s, and MagMinnow as they will bang the lure but aren’t big enough to get hooked. In this case, if you don’t care about size and just want a tug on the line, switch over to soft plastics, either on small jig heads or unweighted on worm/swimbait hooks.
The next several weeks will produce your best and perhaps final shots at a larger bass from the beach and that means live eels fished off the jetties that line the southside of the Cape, including those that front the Falmouth salt ponds, the entrance to Waquoit Bay, those from Osterville to Craigville, and the entrance to Bass River.
There are reports of pogies up inside Cotuit and snagging one and livelining it is one way to target bigger bass, as well as the monster bluefish that move in during the fall. Early morning is a great time to toss poppers around the Three Bays area, with Bob Lewis, who fishes this area quite often, recommending Smack-its and R.M. Smith Doorknob Poppers.
9/19/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
That noise you might have heard starting Sunday and really picking up in volume on Wednesday was a combination of a cheer and a sigh of relief as the albies have showed up in force from Falmouth to Hyannis. I fished alongside Capt. Mike Hogan today and while he did really well with Hogy’s, I was determined to give his new Epoxy Jigs a real test and the 20 mg in olive really passed the test – big time. Every where we went today, we caught fish, whether it was flat calm as it was in the morning or choppy, like it was Wednesday afternoon when the wind shifted to the southwest and banged up against a dumping tide in Nantucket Sound. As usual, I couldn’t leave without giving my favorite, the seven-inch Original in amber, a whirl and I had albies all over one even when they weren’t breaking; this bait just brings albies in from nowhere. There is an absolute ton of small bait in the sounds, mainly tiny bay anchovies.
Boat anglers are reporting some decent sea bass fishing around the humps east of the Oak Bluffs wrecks and tautog fishing is also starting to pick up.
Striper fishing in the sounds has actually been better for shore anglers than boaters. Jeff Clabault said there have been schoolies and a few bluefish around Popponesset, while he did hear of a 36-inch bass caught on a pencil popper around Waquoit Bay.
Some bigger bass are also holding up inside the Three Bays are of Cotuit, with Bob Lewis catching a 16-pound bass on a popper before venturing out into the sounds to look for albies last Friday.
9/12/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
The good news for me has been the presence of significant surface feeds along the Elizabeths. While these aren’t large fish, with an occasional larger fish at 30-inches, they are active and a lot of fun. I fished with John Crawford, who is Scottish but now lives in Wexford, Ireland, and he caught his first stripers on seven-inch-bone Hogy’s. It was interesting to compare notes with John regarding the European sea basse, which is a cousin to our stripers and not related to black sea bass. Their limit is two fish at 40-centimeters, or roughly 16-inches, with John’s best an 8-plus pounder. I have fished for them when in Ireland they have the same fin structure as our bass, but they are more drab colored and don’t sport stripes. Although I fished for them with flies, John and many others use strictly bait, with the schoolies he caught representing the fish bass he has ever caught on artificial lures.
There have been a few groupings of boats junking on the sound side of Pasque and inside Quick’s, as well as around Sow and Pigs. Pitching live eels has been hit-or-miss, even at night, and tube-and-worm fishing has been OK at best.
There have been some small schools of bluefish down along the islands acting like albies and there were some birds hovering suspiciously in the slop outside Woods Hole yesterday, but so far there have no confirmed reports yet.
Beach fishing has picked up around Popponesset, with fish from schoolies to the 30-inch class taking poppers at dusk and swimmers such as Yo-zuri MagMinnows at night. Bouncing bucktail jigs and smaller diamond jigs has also accounted for some bass, while up inside Cotuit live eels at night have produced fish to 36-inches.
Sea bass fishing continues to be strong around Collier’s, Horseshoe Shoal, and around the Elizabeths, with some smaller tautog mixing in as well. There are also big scup at Collier’s, with most of the scup that are being caught from the beaches, along with snapper bluefish, are small and well below the legal length limit.
9/4/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
No albies reported and bonito catches have been very scattered, with the broken record continuing about the Hooter. I spoke with one angler who was vacationing on the Vineyard and he said that charters that specialize in casting have been targeting sea bass in the sounds, as the funny fish action has been really slow.
The Elizabeths have been picking up, with some good jigging action in Quick’s and some larger bass taking live scup when the tide is moving, while big blues have been caught towards slack. There are plenty of schoolies on the sound side of the islands, although don’t be surprised if you see a flurry of birds and only find snapper blues under them. Woods Hole is also filled with schoolies, with a few larger fish taken on live scup and eels at night.
Fluke fishing is on the wane and even sea bass have been harder to target, although there has been a good bite in the deeper water off of Horseshoe Shoal and Wreck Shoal; that said, you are going to find far more small fish than legal size ones. A number of folks are fishing the holes in the sound just outside Robinson’s and Quick’s with some success.
There has been an uptick in the action around the entrances to the salt ponds in Falmouth, reported Kevin Gould, especially on smaller Finnish style swimming plugs such as Daiwa SP Minnows, Bombers, Red Fins, and Rebels.
A stretch of cooler nights is in order and the heavy rain on Tuesday should start to drop the water temperatures in the rivers, bays, and estuaries, pushing small bait towards the entrances and along the beaches, where the fishing should improve over the next couple of weeks. Drifting eels in the channels around Falmouth, Waquoit, and Popponesset is a proven fall tactic, as is working the deeper water with soft plastics rigged on jigheads. Casting upcurrent and swinging your offering in the current and/or rips can be key.
While a few decent bass continue to be caught up inside Cotuit on eels and there have been some small schools of pogies inside Popponesset and the Three Bays that folks are cast netting and livelining with some success, the beaches from Osterville to Hyannis have been very quiet.
Snapper blues dominate the action from Dennis to Harwich, with a few schoolies up inside Bass River and the some tailor blues in the two to three-pound class being caught on chunk baits.
8/30/13 As Reported By Capt. Mike Hogan
Gene Bourque, Hogy’s Wholesale account manager slipped out today for a bit of hookey down the Elizabeth Islands. Gene was throwing the 7” Original in Bone and landed a nice 18lb striper in Robinson’s Hole. Gene also caught one very large bluefish and a good number of smaller, surface feeding schoolies.
8/28/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
Not much to report in the way of bonito, with a few being trolled up around Hedge Fence, with a good number of smaller blues at times there and at L’Hommedieu. There has been some talk of a few schools of albies around Quick’s Hole and a few seen between Nobska and Falmouth Heights.
Pitching live eels during the day continues to result in bass up to 20-pounds or so around Naushon, Pasque, and Nashawena, with pods of schoolies working around Quick’s and Robinson’s on the turn of the tide. Woods Hole is also a good bet for schoolies, with bass in the 30 to 34-inch range the largest being caught by folks tubing or drifting eels in Broadway.
Jigging wire in the deeper holes off the shoals in Vineyard Sound is scratching up some bass, but you have to make sure you are streaming enough wire to get down to where the fish are holding.
Not much was offered in the way of good news for shore folks looking for bass and blues, although live eels did account for a few just legal bass and a decent bluefish for an angler fishing the Popponesset entrance channel. Eels and swimmers are your top choices if you are working the jetties around Osterville and Craigville, with the rain on Tuesday and cooling air temperatures at night a combination that should start to push the bait out of the backwaters and produce some better early morning activity with schoolies, at the very least. The entrances to Waquoit Bay, Cotuit, the Centerville River, Bass River, the rivers in Harwich, and Stage Harbor should begin to perk up over the next several weeks.
There are plenty of black sea bass in the sounds around Horseshoe Shoal, Collier’s Ledge, and Wreck Shoal and boaters continue to report blitzes of these fish mixed in with small blues. Sea bass rigs tied with bucktail dressed hooks and spinners work well, but a plain diamond jig with a tube dressed hook and a piece of squid also work very well. In fact, vertical jigging often produces larger fish.
8/21/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
Some small pods of bonito were reported outside of Quick’s Hole and around Lucas Shoal on Tuesday and there have been some albies and bonito on Horseshoe Shoal, but despite all of the bait in areas such as Craigville Beach, they have not moved in tight. Hedge Fence has given up a few bonito, but nothing to write home about. A good push of southwest wind and a temperature change back to cooler evenings and mornings should change that as the bait will begin to move out of the backwaters and along the beaches.
The Hooter has been hot one day and then very quiet the next on funny fish, with no lack of bait as there are shoals of sand eels, to the point where some folks believe they didn’t catch any bones since there was so much of the real thing. Most folks troll there, but on days when it is too weedy, they will resort to blind casting and catch fish; the key is not to expect to see breaking fish in these waters as you do when working close to the beaches around the Vineyard and the southside of the Cape. Wasque has had large schools of smaller bluefish the last couple of days and there are bass being jigged up at the Hooter, as well.
The challenge for anglers chunking around Gay Head and Devil’s Bridge is getting fresh pogies as they need enough to set up a good, strong chum line to get the bass going. The same holds true for folks who prefer to chunk around Sow and Pigs and Penikese as the larger bodies of pogies, or menhaden, have been netted up in Bay State waters and shipped off for processing.
The Elizabeths have schools of smaller bass actively feeding in the morning with the good tides this week and they are taking flies and small soft plastics with abandon, particularly white or bone colored. We pulled up some bigger fish on Tuesday amongst the schoolies, but as usual, the smaller fish were more aggressive and faster to our offerings.
Livelining scup in the holes just outside Robinson’s and Quick’s on the sound side is still working, as is tossing live eels on an incoming tide.
Beach fishing around the southside of the Cape is just plain slow; there are plenty of snapper bluefish and scup, but you have to work long and hard for any bass and sizeable bluefish. One spot that was mentioned was the entrance to Waquoit Bay, where live eels at night have produced an occasional decent striper and some larger bluefish. Cotuit still has a few schoolies in the morning, particularly on the outside across from Sampson’s Island.
The Osterville jetties are as good a spot as any to prospect for sizeable bass, especially if you use live eels or larger swimming plugs at night or just before daybreak. There are schoolies inside Bass River, but generally from Yarmouth to Stage Harbor in Chatham, you will be looking at smallish blues from the shore.
The shore action on the Vineyard is equally tough; warm water has kept things quiet in the lagoons and ponds, with your best bet being fishing the southside where there is white water that has more oxygen and might be a degree or two cooler. Live eels are the best way to go at Squibnocket, which is where Doug Asselin recommended fishing at night. On Chappy, needlefish and darters have ben working on mainly bluefish.
8/15/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
Bass fishing has been tough in the sound, with a decent chunk bite from Devil’s Bridge to Noman’s, with those folks unable to get fresh pogies opting for livelined scup. A kayak angler I spoke to had some excellent fishing around Menemsha in the early morning as big bass were blasting sea robins right out of the water.
The Hooter has seen an upswing in bonito activity, with a number of folks reporting double digit trolling trips using Rebel Fastracs. Most everyone is talking about how thick the sand eels are out there and the bass are eating crab or hair jigs dragged through the sand.
Boaters fishing the boulder fields around Squibnocket have had occasional good early morning pushes of bass, but it hasn’t been consistent. This area, from Philbin’s Beach and over to Squibbie, has been the top producer of shore bass on the island as well, with live eels a top choice when fished around the rocks, with needlefish and darters reserved for areas with more sand, especially the latter when made out of wood since even a mild collision with a boulder can ruin the lip and, therefore, it’s swimming action.
Not many reports coming in from the Elizabeths, more likely a matter of fewer folks fishing than a complete lack of bass, although the islands certainly have fished tougher this season. There is the ever reliable chunk fleet inside Quick’s and along the sound shoreline from there up to Robinson’s. Woods Hole is holding mainly schoolies with an occasional just legal bass for flyrodders tossing small white flies and light tackle anglers casting stickbaits and smaller white soft plastics, both unweighted and on very small jigheads.
Pretty much all reports suggest that bass fishing from shore is very quiet and even bluefish of size are tough to come by. Waquoit and Popponesset have a pick of schoolies, but from Harwich to Chatham, the southside beaches are just plain dead. The one area of promise has been from Osterville to Hyannis where Andy Little said that live eels at night and swimmers in the wee hours of the morning have been working on some decent stripers, especially when high water coincides with the darkness.
Fluke fishing continues to be OK at L’Hommedieu, although there are far more fish below the recreational length limit of 16-inches. Wreck Shoal has a mix of fluke and sea bass, with the larger fish in the deeper water off the shoal where there are also some bluefish to be had vertical jigging. Horseshoe Shoal has been surprisingly slow on bluefish, but there are some nice sea bass being caught, as is the case around Bishop and Clerks.
8/8/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
Finally — things have broken-open! Massive amount of bait on the flats. Very active out there (it’s Wednesday, but it was a mill pond today). 6 bones to about 6.5 pounds + around 25 blues (though we kept-up speed to discourage. Not much chat on the radio — just 2 reports, but someone reported a capture of a 9 pound bone — very nice fish!
Other than that, there have been a few bonito caught at Hedge Fence and along East Beach on the Vineyard, but overall pretty quiet before this.
Bass fishing has been tough, with a decent pogy chunk bite around Gay Head and Noman’s with some fish caught wire line jigging as well around Squibnocket. The Hooter continues to produce bass along with blues and bones, but you have to scratch the bottom with smaller jigs that feature nylon hair and imitate the crabs and sand eels that the bass are rooting out of the sand.
Eels continue to produce bass along the Elizabeths, but you have to put in your time and read the tides to get the best temperature changes. Chunking pogies continues to be effective, with a number of boats working around Quick’s and Sow and Pigs. In the absence of fresh pogies, livelining scup will suffice as an alternative. There are also reports of more schoolies around the islands feeding on small bait and the waters around Cuttyhunk had plenty of krill on Tuesday.
Reports of good schoolie action continue to filter in from Morris Island, with bluefish just outside Stage Harbor.
The dropping tide has been fishing OK for schoolie action, but larger bass are not as tuned into scup as they were and are holding tighter to structure, making them targets for a juicy tube-and-worm combination run right by their noses.
Beach fishing along the southside is very quiet for bass, with most shops talking about bluefish, from snappers to tailors to a few larger specimens, around Waquoit Bay, Oregon Beach, West Dennis Beach, and Harding’s Beach. These cooler evenings should start to produce a bit more in the way of schoolies pushing bait in the early morning on an outgoing tide.
There are plenty of scup around and a few fluke have been caught in the entrance channels to Waquoit, Popponesset, and Cotuit, with a 28-inch summer flattie reported coming from the shoal water about a mile outside Bass River. L’Hommedieu is typical of most spots, with a pick through about 15 fish to catch one legal 16-inch or better fluke; Paul Newmier fished around Middle Ground earlier this week and did better than any other boat there. His secret: fresh sand eels.
Commercial sea bass season opened up on Tuesday, August 6, so there will be increased pressure on this species. At the moment, some of the best fishing has been in the deep water off Wreck and Eldridge Shoals and more and more anglers are extolling the virtues of vertical jigging with butterfly style jigs and even bucktails such as Spro jigs.
8/1/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
Boaters who are successfully targeting bass in the sounds right now are moving from spot to spot with the tides; they aren’t catching huge numbers at any one location, but they are putting enough fish together to make a good day. They might move between the Hooter and Squibnocket, or perhaps between Gay Head and Noman’s, or even between Middle Ground and Quick’s/Robinson’s, but no matter where they fish, a key has been having enough wire to get down on the bottom. Sometimes that requires 400-feet of wire, but in spots like the Hooter where the bass feed on sand eels and crabs, you have to drag your jig right through the sand. That also means having the correct weight jig and shape/hook, with the eye coming out the front rather than out the top; with the wire right on the bottom, that causes the jig to scratch and kick up sand. Obviously, when working rock or hard bottom areas, then a change to a more traditional parachute or even a Hairball is in order.
Fishing live scup has been hit-or-miss; the tide in Quick’s midweek seemed to produce an uptick in activity with this bait. What is frustrating plenty of bait anglers is the lack of pogies in the area; those few hardy souls who cast nets for them have not been able to locate any concentrations and what fish there are have been holding in deep water.
Fluke fishing has been slower recently; there have been a few fish in the holes off of the Elizabeths and you have to work to target bigger fish. Succonesset is a pick, with Wreck Shoal a better bet due to the deep channel just off the shoal. Another stretch to consider is the west end of Middle Ground over towards Cedar Tree Neck on the Vineyard.
Sea bass fishing is OK, but you are now going to have to pick through far more small fish to find anything legal and that is the case with scup in many spots as well. More headboats are making the longer run down off Menemsha and Gay Head to find larger fish for their patrons.
Shore fishing along the southside of the Cape is a case of time and energy, as those folks who have them and are willing to go out at night have been catching some bass by concentrating on high tide and structure, whether it is jetties or natural rocky areas.
During the day, you can catch smaller schoolies on bait, including live eels, squid, or chunks of mackerel/pogies, with one report coming from the Popponesset spit, but most popular sand beaches known for their fishing are filled with vacationers. At night, these areas, such as South Cape Beach, Craigville Beach, West Dennis Beach, and Harding’s Beach, host some impressive brown sharks that prefer dead eels or chunks of oily baitfish or bluefish that give off plenty of scent.
Snapper bluefish are raising a ruckus in most harbors, salt ponds and rivers, and bays along the southside and they willingly take small metal lures and snapper poppers, making them a perfect target if you want to keep the kids interested in fishing.
The bass fishing around the north shore of the Vineyard has been hit-or-miss, although someone I spoke to who was vacationing in West Tisbury and spending time at the beach in Lambert’s Cove said he saw an angler pick up a couple of nice bass and there he has been seeing schoolies working over the sand in the daytime.
Doug Asselin reported that shore anglers have been picking up blues in the day and bass at night around Chappaquidick, with darters, both Super Strike and old school Gibbs’, working for bass at night. From Squibnocket to Philbin’s, live eels have been taking stripers, while around areas that aren’t rocky, the regulars use darters in the current and needlefish on top. Menemsha has some schoolies, but it is a night bite as the water in the pond is so warm and that is the same case from Lobsterville Beach over to Dogfish Bar.
7/29/13 As Reported By Capt. Mike Hogan
Despite the The mid summer doldrum timing, Elizabeth Islands and woods hole are holding some decent sized Stripers. We didn’t find any huge fish today, But we did find this one that weighed about 18 pounds that took a red wine si perfect tube. The name of the game is trolling tubes down deep and as slows the boat will troll.
There are also some top water fish in woods hole passage at sunrise, The fish are very small averaging 1 to 5 pounds. They are chasing peanut bunker. The carpets are rolled for the bonito and Albies!
7/25/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
If stripers are what you want, then the Elizabeth Islands would be your best bet at the moment. Jigging wire early on in the day has produced some decent bass, as have live eels. The Vineyard Sound of the islands has been fishing OK at night with plugs and plastics, but one of the biggest changes over the last decade or so around the Elizabeths has been the increase in chunk fishing with pogies. There is little doubt that there were sharpies who recognized the effectiveness of pogies, or bunker/menhaden as they are known elsewhere, but there are more boats anchored up in Quick’s and even Sow and Pigs than ever before. Chumming and feeding fish chunks is certainly effective, but there are more than a few folks I know who believe it has made the bass dumb and happy.
Woods Hole continues to produce a pick of bass on scup, but it certainly has slowed from June and fewer people are even jigging the Hole. With whatever resident fish now settled in for the season, a changeover to the tube-and-worm is worth considering as it gets down to where they hold and provides an excellent visual stimulus and scent trail that bass can’t resist.
Fluke fishing is definitely a deep water matter right now in the holes off the islands; some of the best fish are being taken on livelined bluefish, with sea bass in the 20+-inch class reported grabbing these baits as well. Wreck Shoal has a nice deep channel that holds both fluke and sea bass, but overall the fluke fishing has slowed along the southside shoals from Falmouth all the way down to Bass River.
Shore anglers are experiencing the mid-summer doldrums with the water really warm in Nantucket Sound; that means fishing at night and concentrating on tides that push in a little cooler water. Live eels and chunk baits will account for the occasional 30-inch bass off of Nobska or Falmouth Heights; Popponesset; Dowses Beach; West Dennis Beach; and Harwich. Otherwise, there are mainly schoolies up inside the salt ponds, rivers, and bays providing action for flyrodders and light tackle anglers. Marshy areas that are fertile nurseries for small baits such as shrimp, mummichogs, and silversides, as well as herring runs that have some fallback adults and will disgorge young-of-the-year fish after a rain event, are locales that sharpies and big bass both know about and target when the conditions are right. Although the food may be small, big artificials will get a fish’s attention and working the end of the incoming and the beginning of the falling tide is a good idea, especially when the current allows you to work your offering on a dead drift, which is where unweighted soft plastics can compete with flies such as flatwings that flutter so well in moving water.
For a change of pace, now is the time for sharking from the beach, with eels a top bait for brown sharks around South Cape Beach and Craigville Beach. They might not be bass, but they put up a steady, strong pull that gets the adrenaline going.
7/18/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
There is little doubt that this hot spell has slowed things in the sounds; fluke spots such as L’Hommedieu where folks were having little trouble picking up their daily limit has been spotty this week. Succonesset Shoal has mainly small fluke with a few small blues mixed in. Middle Ground has been fishing better towards the west end, but you still are going to have to put your work in. Targeting cooler, deeper water off of Lucas Shoal, outside Robinson’s Hole, and over by the north shore of the Vineyard is advised, where there have been sea bass mixed in. A few small fluke are being caught outside of Bass River and deeper holes and hard bottom structure around Hyannis are harboring a pick of 18 to 22-inch fish.
Striper action on the shoals has been very quiet, with many boaters making the switch over from jigging wire to drifting live eels or live scup. Going low and slow with the tube-and-worm is another alternative if you hope to induce a bass to leave its heat induced torpor and strike at an artificial.
This should be bluefish time in the sounds, but they have been surprisingly difficult to find. Smaller fish are taking topwaters out at Horseshoe Shoal, with the larger ones holding deeper where they are being caught on jigs, whether casting or trolling. Early morning and dusk have been better times if you like to use topwaters, along with small tins such as Deadly Dicks, Kastmasters, Stingers, and Crippled Herrings.
Shore anglers are picking at a few bass in Falmouth around Menauhant Beach on both Rebel Jumpin’ Minnows and cut bait. One fly angler said he fished Nobska Beach with no results over several days, with Nobska Point a spot you want to fish with live eels at night.
While fishing for fluke in the Popponesset entrance channel, an angler recently caught a 32-inch bass bottom fishing with squid strips. There are good numbers of what are most likely snapper blues, which seems a bit early for them. High water, low light conditions, and a bit of chop make for a good mix if you are looking for bluefish from South Cape Beach to Popponesst.
Dowses Beach and the jetties from Osterville to Hyannis are typically good bluefish locales, but by all accounts they have not been fishing consistently. Look for bass in the morning on topwater plugs and swimmers, while at night bigger bass move into the bays and rivers searching for any dropback herring and they can be duped with artificials, including swimmers, big flies, and larger soft plastics.
Schoolies are the story from West Dennis Beach to Harding’s Beach in Chatham, as well as the rivers in Harwich, with a few blues around in the morning being caught on surface lures.