Monomoy Fishing Report – August 31, 2017

There has been word of albies out around these waters, but then again, most people fishing there have been concentrating on bass.

Andy Little reported that the striper fishing remains good in the rips, especially given that there are more squid around, making soft plastics and topwater plugs excellent choices if you enjoy watching fish work back-and-forth in the curl of the waves. Bearses has probably been the best set of rips this year – at least so far as those that lie in state waters and can be fished legally.

The recremercial crew has been frustrated at times by the lack of fish over their 34-inch minimum, but Bob Lewis told me that on his last trip a week ago there were good numbers of low 30-inch stripers that pulled just fine on a fly rod. Squid flies, sand eel patterns, and mackerel versions all worked.

Speaking of mackerel, their presence around Monomoy is not common, but some folks are taking advantage and livelining them. Others are trolling large, deep diving swimming plugs such as the Mann Stretch 25+ and 30+.