The word from most Monomoy regulars this week is that a greater number of larger bass have moved into the rips, perhaps the result of more squid showing up. Andy and Ellie Barker fished there on Tuesday and had stripers fighting over white Gibbs’ pencil poppers for almost eight hours straight. Even when the current slowed, this father and daughter tandem from England managed some nice bass on Hogy Pro Tails.
The trollers we saw were using shell squids, Hootchies, umbrella rigs, and parachute jigs, but they weren’t enjoying as consistent action as we were using plugs and soft plastics, which was a bit strange. That said, one day doesn’t not make a pattern, so what we experienced could have been simple good fortune.
Along with catching solid numbers of bass on each of his trips to Monomoy, Bob Lewis told me that he marked fish holding in deeper water between Bearses and the point, and when they dropped metal jigs down to them, they turned out to be big bluefish. There have also been good numbers of bluefish at Handkerchief, sometimes far outnumbering any bass in that series of rips.