Schoolies and more schoolies continue to be the hot topic from Falmouth to Chatham, with both boaters and shore anglers enjoying some outstanding light tackle activity. From Dowses to Hyannis, it’s the same story when it comes to albies, but there are still schoolies and even a few bluefish being caught from shore around Craigville Beach.
From Craigville to Hyannis to Yarmouth/Dennis, small schools of bass and bluefish continue to be encountered by shore anglers as the fish push bait, typically peanut bunker, up against the sand and jetties.
The fog really cut down on the funny fish reports in the sound this week. The level of schoolie activity has varied from one backwater to another all the way from Falmouth to Chatham. Nobody has commented on a lack of bait pretty much anywhere along the southside shoreline and up inside the many protected bodies of water that empty into the sound.
I can guarantee you that pretty much every fly rod and light tackle angler who fishes the sounds has one question on their minds: when will the water settle down and, once it does, what will the funny fish angling be like?
From Falmouth to Harwich, the news is pretty simple: albies, albies, and albies. I would imagine that more than a few folks would say that so far this season has been as good as they can remember, especially because at times they have managed to stay away from areas that typically hold small flotillas of boats such as Nobska, Popponesset, Cotuit/Osterville, and Craigville and find their own concentrations of funny fish.
Early September albie fishing in Vineyard Sound has been nothing short of fantastic so far this year, so here’s a quick video with some of the action off of Nobska Point in Falmouth. Filmed September 10, 2017
With most folks deterred from venturing out in the rough seas that roiled the sounds this week – so far – news has been tough to come by. There have been schools of false albacore reported from Waquoit Bay down to Saquatucket Harbor. It should come as no surprise that the best fishing has been in areas with the heaviest bait concentrations.
After a general lack of bluefish for long periods in the sounds, they have finally showed up in stronger numbers, but that hasn’t benefitted the sand and rock people since they have been staying at least a couple of casts beyond what the best fishermen can produce.
The most noise in the sounds right now is being made by bluefish. There are, however, a few diehards who fish at night with plugs around the rocks and deeper water between Osterville and Hyannis have done well for bass.