Although a good number of recreational and recremercial boats are hanging off of Provincetown, including Race Point, there are apparently more small bass there than down the backside towards Truro. Billingsgate is definitely fishing better for those boats working the deeper edges to the north and south; the Barnstable Rock Harbor and Wellfleet boats are still picking up enough bass to limit out for their customers.
Cape Cod Bay
The opening of commercial striper season is the big news this week, with the striper population off the outer Cape sent scrambling in a million different directions. It’ll take some time for things to settle down and some patterns to re-emerge out in the Bay.
The word is that things are pretty slow around the Race, but folks at Billingsgate are doing OK. Barnstable Harbor is filled with schoolies, both around the edges of the channel and on the flats to the east and west. There have also been schools of big bass off the east entrance to the Canal and there are plenty of boats livelining pogies and mackerel.
There are big stripers up around Race Point, but you’re going to have to work hard to get them to notice your jigs with all of the sand eels in the area. Shore anglers have had a hard time finding fish over 24″ in the creeks of Barnstable and Sandwich.
Capt. Mike shares a few tips for when you’re marking large plumes of sand eels and striped bass, but can’t get them to notice your jigs.
Around Barnstable Harbor, it’s your typical early June story: run out into the bay, sabiki up some mackerel, and run back into the harbor to your favorite hole or edge and start drifting and livelining. Race Point also continues to hold fish — and crowds.
For boaters, the bay just seems to be filled with bass everywhere you look, including some larger bass in the mid-30-pound class. Wade anglers working the tides from Paine’s Creek down the Brewster Flats are catching plenty of nice bass, and smaller bass have been taken from Sandy Neck in towards Scorton Creek.
Everywhere we have fished around Cape Cod has been loaded with fish from 5 pounds to nearly 65 pounds. We have been moving around and trying to find and focus on the schools of larger baitfish, like Pogies, Herring and Mackerel.