The beaches have definitely been fishing better this year, with a few small legal fish mixed in with plenty of schoolies from all of the beaches between Nauset and Provincetown.
Paul Newmier down at Blackbeard’s in Eastham said that the schoolie activity along the backside beaches is very good, with folks coming in to report surface feeding fish pretty much at every one of the beaches thereabouts, from Nauset to Provincetown.
The fishing appears to be concentrated around the Monomoy rips area. There are numerous spots on the backside beaches where you can find small bass using mainly lures, particularly metals/tins and bucktail jigs.
As far as the beach fishing goes from Orleans to Provincetown, the odds are that there are far more fish than anglers; the tip of the Cape has seen some pushes of small bass and larger bluefish over the last couple of weeks.
With the vast majority of “surf” or shore anglers pretty much concentrating on the Canal over the last couple of years, and more so this season, I don’t think that anybody is really thinking about the outer Cape beaches. All you hear about is seals.
If you flew a plane over the backside beaches from Nauset to Provincetown, you would probably only find a half dozen or so people fishing from the sand. Once again, any bass being caught are on the small side, but there is a great deal of bait up around the Provincetown beaches, especially mackerel and sand eels.