The fishing for bass from Race Point and down the backside to Truro and even beyond at times has been just incredible, with schools of very large fish feeding on sand eels, squid, and mackerel. Everything from vertical jigging to plugging (especially in the morning and on a falling tide) to livelining mackerel, as well as a few folks who continue to jig wire.
Cape Cod Bay
There is nothing better than visual proof for displaying how good the fishing is in the bay, so check out the latest shoot from video man extraordinaire, Matt Rissell, taken on a great day with Capt. Cullen Lundholm.
There is little doubt that when it comes to a greater number of larger striped bass, the bay is the place to be. For shore anglers, it’s mainly mini-bass around the Sandwich creeks to Barnstable, with any sizeable fish typically caught on swimming plugs or soft plastics from dusk to dawn.
The livelining mackerel bite is just starting to pick up — a few larger fish have been caught up inside Barnstable, but nothing to write home about. The bigger fish seem to be further out towards Provincetown.
Barnstable Harbor has been the name on everyone’s lips when it comes to bass fishing from boat or shore in the waters from Sandwich to Orleans. Most of the fish are schoolie size, but with more and more mackerel likely to show as May draws to a close, the larger bass will start trailing the schools that gather outside the mouth of the harbor. But if you don’t care what size bass you catch, then there are schoolies throughout the harbor, including the marshes and creeks.
While there aren’t that many folks looking to charter a boat right now, if someone would like to do, there is no lack of fish out in the bay. While Billingsgate and the Path are slow right now, there is some good fishing to be had closer to shore, especially around the flats and inshore shoals.