The bay is heaven for light tackle and fly rod anglers right now, with large schools of small bass from Sandwich all the way east to Brewster. They are feeding on small bait, mainly peanut bunker and sand eels, making smaller soft plastics an excellent choice.
Cape Cod Fishing Reports
There aren’t any blitzes of big fish that too many people associate with the Canal; instead, the regulars who put in their time are picking at larger fish, which at this time means between 20 and 30-pounds.
There have been schools of albies and small bluefish all along the bayside shoreline of the Cape; I have seen them working in right along the sand at Old Silver Beach, from the entrance to West Falmouth Harbor to Black Beach/Sippewissett Marsh, and from Gunning Point to the backside of Penzance.
Woods Hole has had the most consistent albie action, especially at the end and beginning of each current change, as well as slack tide. Shore anglers fishing the stone jetty have managed to do well with olive or pink Hogy Epoxy Jigs, while boaters have located schools working from Juniper Point across to Nonamesset.
The albie fishing has been variable on the south side, with a lot of reports of going hours at a time searching for pods of breaking fish. There has definitely been an uptick in the schoolie activity along the south facing beaches from Falmouth to Chatham, as well as up inside pretty much every protected body of water along the same stretch of shoreline.
The amount of bait around the island, specifically peanut bunker and silversides, is incredible, making for good albie action along State Beach and inside Vineyard Haven; things are a bit quieter around the north shore, but there are schools of surface feeding schoolies and small bluefish pretty much everywhere from Cape Poge to West Chop on down to Menemsha.
Monomoy is still producing fish for the recremercial crew who are using eels, but it has been a tough go with the winds this week. A few members of the Cape Cod Flyrodders visited the area last weekend and found good numbers of funny fish that refused to take anything cast their way.
Some solid 60 to 80-inch bluefish trolling bars and ballyhoo have been reported up around the northern part of Stellwagen. Green machine color is a good choice when it comes to artificials. Plenty of herring and mackerel are around when folks turn to bait fishing.
The fishing from the outer Cape beaches has been pretty much the same as it has all season: mostly small bass on plugs and plastics, with an occasional just over legal fish mainly on bait, especially sand eels. There are tuna being caught up off the Golf Balls as well as off Nauset; these are large fish, not the footballs that many people are used to targeting with casting gear, so making sure your equipment is up to the task is critical right now.