Out east, guys are still jigging up their own bait, in this case mackerel, and livelining them to the giant bluefin in the area. Some impressive fish have been caught, but folks fishing the areas around the Regal Sword, Crab Ledge, the BB Buoy, and other waters known to hold big bluefin should be aware of the notice from NOAA announcing the closure of recreational giant bluefin tuna fishing for the remainder of 2018.
The reality is that everyone is waiting for someone else to go south of the Vineyard and report back that they caught fish, but if you want to catch fish, you have to burn a little gas. Doug Asselin had group come in and they went south of the island, but after finding no bait and no sign of tuna or other fish, they elected to go sharking the next day.
There are no reports of fish from the waters south of the Vineyard yet, with folks getting a bit antsy about where the small bluefin and yellowfin are that typically provide both trolling and casting action at this point in the season.
Whether you’re casting, jigging, trolling or sticking, there’s nothing quite as exciting as tying into a bluefin tuna off the coast of Cape Cod & the Islands. As we look forward to the fall run, here are a few of our favorite highlights from summer 2017.
Prior to things getting dicey on Tuesday, a few more giant bluefin were caught up on Stellwagen; livelining bait such as mackerel or bluefish has been the way to go. Out east, the bluefin have generally been smaller from Crab Ledge to the Regal Sword and up off the Golf Ball, with a good number of people targeting them with spinning tackle.
Fish can be found anywhere from the Regal Sword and Crab Ledge up to the waters off of Peaked Hill Bar, with the frustration being that it has been impossible to determine where they are going to be feeding from day-to-day.