Schools of small bluefish are fairly easy to find for boaters in the sound from Mashpee to Chatham, with terns and gulls marking where they are feeding on small bait. Topwater plugs, both poppers and spooks, are fun when it comes to casting for blues.
Cape Cod Fishing Reports
If you like bonito and albies, then upper Buzzards Bay is where you might want to be. Jeff Hopwood at Maco’s said that last weekend, schools of bones and little tunny were reported outside of Onset where there are large schools of sand eels and peanut bunker, as well as some silversides. It’s not unusual to make contact with funny fish between Wing’s Neck and Stony Point Dike on an east current, particularly when it start, and then follow them up to the Maritime Academy.
There is no problem finding the fish around Woods Hole, with the largest flock of terns I have seen in years working over small bluefish around Nonamesset and another concentration between Little Harbor and Nobska. There are still a few boats chunking around Felix Ledge and other spots in Quick’s Hole, as well as drifting eels both there in Robinson’s on an incoming tide.
South of the Vineyard, there is a mix of white marlin and mahi, with Gordon’s Gully, the Star, the Claw, and the Dump out to the shipping lanes all producing mahi. Coop said the mahi have been on the small side, with only an occasional larger one caught, but there have been good numbers reported around the weather buoys.
Out on the Grey Lady, all reports are pointing to the Bonito Bar as the spot where the fishing is best. Anglers are catching a mix of bonito, bluefish, and bass, but Matt Manera from Nantucket Tackle Center offered a word of caution that this area can become dicey, with eight-footers reported today around the rip. An occasional bonito has been caught at Great Point, with mainly bluefish caught from the beach as you move closer to Sankaty.
The bass action has picked right back up in a number of areas. There are still some schools of mackerel around the east side of the islands and livelining them has been working, with some larger fishing being caught this way.
A few larger blues are being caught off of Chappy, but there definitely has not been a consistent afternoon/evening run that you can count on. A few larger bass are being caught on live eels at night or by boaters tossing them into the rocks along the north shore and around Gay Head. Bonito fishing continues to improve and a few king mackerel have been caught, but there have been albies reported yet.
Enough people are willing to put up with the insanity of folks lining both sides of the Ditch, five feet apart, because that’s where the fish are. We’re talking about numerous 30 to 40-pound bass being caught and kept to be sold or to stroke one’s ego.
There are all kinds of mixed reports coming in from the bay, with some folks stating that there aren’t many large bass around, while others have mentioned small concentrations of bigger fish. There is a vertical jig bite up off of Provincetown, but again, the fish are mainly smaller legal bass, with many boats opting to move over to the backside if the bite is slow or dominated by small fish.
Some boaters are jigging up the mackerel that are holding in the cooler waters around Chatham and Nauset, then livelining them with some success fairly close to shore. Ron added that there seems to be some schooling of fish in deeper water off of Chatham and Nauset, leading to some vertical jigging.