Capt. Ron Murphy of Stray Cat Charters in Hyannis put it pretty succinctly: “Monomoy has become a struggle.”
The fishing around Monomoy remains good, as Bob Lewis explained to me after the completion of the Osterville Anglers’ Club Ladies’ Shoal Troll last Saturday, there were a good number of low 30-inch fish around Bearses, with plenty of bird activity and bass pushing squid.
The fishing remains very good around the rips, with Bearses getting a lot of attention, although Stone Horse and Pollock Rip have been holding good numbers of bass as well. It is pretty amazing to see the multitude of methods being employed around these waters, especially on a bass selling day.
Capt. Ron Murphy of Stray Cat Charters out of Hyannis has been finding consistent action around Monomoy; it has been a bit slower last week, but with the coming new moon, the currents and rips picked up, providing what Ron said “are the best conditions of the season.”
Lots and lots of boats have been fishing the rips. Certain tides, such as the one that I fished in the fog on Tuesday with Rich Caruso, John Menzel, and Jimmy Reardon, have produced larger bass, but overall the “recremercial” crew has been frustrated by the large numbers of bass falling below their 34-inch minimum. One important factor to consider is the water temperature in each of the rips, with the fish often disappearing from one spot in favor of another if there is too drastic a drop or rise.
The cool, clear waters of Monomoy make it one of the most unique places to fish for striped bass on Cape Cod. In this video, Capt. Mike enjoys greasy calm conditions and an excellent topwater and jigging bite, as well as gives a few tips for how to entice a bite when the fish are leader-shy.
The rips and shoals are back to producing plenty of fish, which has a good number of recreational boats and the majority of the charter fleet from Hyannis, Yarmouth, Dennis, and Harwich headed that way, not to mention the Chatham boats that call this area “theirs.”
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.