The amount of bait in this area is incredible, which has allowed folks to catch bass in a variety of ways including trolling tube and worm, drifting flies in the rips, and dropping straight down.
The rips have been maddeningly inconsistent, perhaps as a result of widely varying water temperatures from one spot to another. There are still some schools of small bluefish on the sound side of the islands and there is no lack of schoolies on the flats, whether you are just outside Stage Harbor, between North and South Monomoy, or on the west side.
Out at the rips, Handkerchief is apparently producing the most consistent action, but as is the case with all of the rips, the window of good fishing can be frustratingly brief. A changing tide at first light has been the target for many anglers, with squid imitations the preferred lures.
Handkerchief is definitely the one shoal that is producing the best action. I fished Point Rip, Shovelful, and Bearses on Wednesday and seven-inch bubblegum Original Hogy’s worked well, with groups of bass at times competing for the plastic.
Lots of good reports from out east this week. There apparently is plenty of squid in the rips and while a number of boats, both private and for hire, from Cotuit/Osterville and points east are making the run out east.