Bob Lewis emailed me a photo of one of the nice bluefish he caught off Sampson’s Island in Cotuit yesterday evening; most reports have the most consistent action on blues centered around Cotuit, with shore anglers doing best at Oregon Beach. Popponesset and South Cape Beach have been much less consistent, although plugs are working after bait seemed to be the only thing working in previous weeks.
You can visit pretty much any protected water from Falmouth to Chatham and enjoy action with schoolie bass, including a few in the 28 to 32-inch range. Timing the change in tide can help you encounter moments of surface activity, but even when things seem quiet, using weighted soft plastics or sinking lines/flies will quickly let you know the fish are around.
Bob also encountered a worm hatch up inside Cotuit, even with conditions less than ideal for one yesterday.
Along with the blues along the open beaches, there are also some bass being caught on plugs, both topwater and swimming such as SP Minnows. South Cape Beach, Popponesset, Dowses Beach, West Dennis Beach, and Harding’s Beach have all been mentioned as spots where plugging at night is working.
Capt. Willy Hatch was pleased with his first bass trip last weekend as jigging out front produced some solid bass in the low to mid-30-inch class. Areas such as Halfway Shoal/L’Hommedieu, Middle Ground, and Nobska are popular this time of year for folks who prefer to jig.
Sea bass fishing is excellent in the sounds; Elise Costa weighed in a 5.75-pound, 23-inch purplehead the other day and there are plenty of photos out there of coolers filled with big sea bass and scup. The waters from Cotuit to Hyannis are always popular as they harbor some very productive bottom structure, some well known such as Collier’s and Bishop and Clerks, but others kept quiet by folks who found them.