The silence on this area was finally broken today when Lee Boisvert from Riverview Bait & Tackle in Yarmouth mentioned that Handkerchief Shoal is holding fish feeding on squid. Given the rest of the activity in the shoals and rips in the sound, it isn’t a stretch to think they have moved way east as well.
Other than a few albies taken around Point Rip on the fly rod with heavy sink lines, there hasn’t been much news from this area.
In fact, the only positive information about the rips continues to come courtesy of Andy Little at The Powderhorn in Hyannis, who says that a few local charterboats are picking up bass jigging wire or drifting squid flies back into the white water.
According to Andy Little, the heavy fog down around Chatham kept many of the Barnstable, Harwich, and Chatham charterboats that fish Monomoy tied to their docks or trailers, but prior to the bad weather, a good number of bass were being taken.
As far as bass goes, it’s hard to say what the situation will be once Jose moves out of here; personally, I believe the fishing is going to be pretty darn good as the rips should clear relatively quickly and there is still enough bait around to hold the bass, including some mackerel and pogies.
According to Bob Lewis of the Cape Cod Flyrodders, one of the members had a good trip last week around the rips, with a good number of bass in the 30+-inch range, but on his most recent visit there on Monday he managed just a single schoolie.