Albie and bonito fishing from Woods Hole to the Maritime Academy is a matter of finding the largest concentrations of bait, which often hold at the entrances to spots such as West Falmouth, Monument Beach/Phinney’s Harbor, and Onset. There has also been some really good surface bass feeds from Quissett to West Falmouth.
The north side of the island from West Chop to Menemsha has schools of surface feeding fish everywhere. You can be casting to albies, bonito, bass, or bluefish as you move along as there is so much bait that all four species are feeding heavily.
The tube-and-worm fishing has been steady in about 20 feet of water from Spring Hill over to Scorton Ledge. Anglers fishing at night have also been picking up enough larger fish on eels to keep them going out; it isn’t gangbusters and there don’t seem to be an great concentrations of fish, but the bass are moving in close to the beaches from Town Neck to Sandy Neck.
Things are far more typical of what the Big Ditch is known for rather than all out, all day blitzing fish. Night fishing has definitely been producing larger bass more consistently. most of the regulars fishing at night have been concentrating on the waters from the railroad bridge down to the Sagamore, with the bridge abutment areas popular, as well as the Cribbin’.
Occasional schools of bonito and albies have shown inside the Hole, but Nobska, typically an area that sees a good push of funnies at this time of year, has yet to turn on in any significant and/or consistent way. Eels and pogies, both live and chunk, are clearly your best bet if you are seeking bass in the 20 pound and up range.
There were some schools of bluefish working the rip outside Waquoit, and there might have been a few albies as well, but generally the few boats in the area kept drifting and hoping for something to happen. There were albies from Osterville to Craigville, but the feeds weren’t epic like we would expect right now.
Giant bluefin bite remains good out east of Chatham and up in Cape Cod Bay. Spin anglers have also been getting shots at breaking fish chasing halfbeaks in the bay as well as off the backside from the Golf Balls to Nauset. Apparently, these tuna aren’t school or even smaller medium school fish, but often are just shy of the 73-inch giant minimum.
Small bass continue to dominate the backside fishing, but any word of where things are happening and if anything larger has been caught is hard to come by due to the lack of fishermen, lamented Paul Newmier at Blackbeard’s in Eastham. Boat anglers have been catching bluefish off Provincetown either vertical jigging or on topwater plugs, but the fish have occasionally pushed in tight enough from Herring Cove to Race Point to give shore anglers a shot at reaching them.