Great Point remains closed to fishing, but the southside beaches are still producing some quality stripers, both day and night. There are some bluefish mixed in around the rips. No bonito have been reported, but there has been some talk about bluefin south of the island. Out east, the fluke and black sea bass action remains very good, with scup around in increasing numbers as well.
Cape Cod Fishing Reports
Anyone catching larger bass around the island, whether from boat or shore, is working extra hard right now. The bluefish action on the island continues to improve, but the bass fishing is becoming a pick of smaller fish at best. Boaters are picking at some larger bass in the holes and around the humps. Wasque is holding some larger bluefish among the main body of smaller ones. Fluke fishing is OK in Vineyard Sound and the bonito have made an early appearance south of the island this year.
Reports of tuna milling off the Golf Ball and other spots on the backside have folks hoping that they get into an eating mood soon. For the sand people, the beaches from Wellfleet to Provincetown have been holding greater numbers of stripers, but the vast majority remain schoolies in the low to mid-20-inch class. Pleasant Bay is definitely warming up.
No really big bass, at least in numbers, to report from the rips out east, but there is plenty of topwater activity to make for a fun day. Monomoy is as classic as ever with rips filled with bass feeding on squid and sand eels, as well as some shoals that were riddled with small bluefish.
The bigeye bite continues to be good at Hydro as well as down towards Block Canyon and Hudson Canyon, with some tuna reported closer in towards Montauk but it seems as though most boats aren’t fishing for the giants around Stellwagen or out east of Chatham because there is no market for them
Four to five-pound bluefish have arrived in larger numbers and folks who like to smoke them are happy for that, but stripers of size are another matter altogether. Popponesset remains very inconsistent for shore anglers. Fluke fishing around the mouths of the rivers from Yarmouth to Harwich remains slow. The high school reef off Harwich is holding a solid mix of sea bass and scup.
It’s a mixed bag along the islands, but if big bass are your goal, you’re going to have to work hard. There are also larger numbers of small bluefish around and tube-and-worm fishing should be getting into full swing very soon.
Perhaps it’s warming water temperatures, but whatever the reason, the fluke fishing is definitely on the upswing around the upper bay. With the sea bass spawn over, the fish are definitely on the smaller side. Scup fishing remains good and some folks continue to liveline them in hopes of catching a larger striper.
The Big Ditch is in that “catch your breath” phase before the next push, but there are still quality stripers to be caught. Guys have been picking at some decent fish around the Maritime Academy, especially well before first light, with jigging more consistently effective at the moment. There are also fish at the east end, but generally they have been on the smaller side.
The word in the bay is that what you are going to experience fishing wise depends on what day you are out there – but big bass are still around. There are still mackerel scattered throughout the bay, but whether livelining them will result in any fish depends on the tide and the mood the fish are in. There have also been scattered reports of bluefish in the area.