July 11, 2019 Weekly Rating: 4.5 out of 5
No really big bass, at least in numbers, to report from the rips out east, but there is plenty of topwater activity to make for a fun day.
After hearing all about Monomoy for a couple of years now, my friend Ken Shwartz and crew made the run from Mattapoisett, given the clear weather and wind report.
What they found was classic Monomoy: rips filled with bass feeding on squid and sand eels, as well as some shoals that were riddled with small bluefish.
They fished all of the major rips and caught fish wherever they went, although yesterday they found that Bearses held the largest fish of the day, up to the low 30-inch class.
From amber seven-inch Hogy Originals fished on weighted swimbait hooks to olive Hogy Epoxy Jigs, they had little trouble convincing the fish to eat, but the most fun they had was tossing big topwater plugs, which some of the larger fish seemed to be waiting for as they exploded on them as soon as they hit the water.
On the way home, they ran back through Handkerchief and it was alive with bluefish as far as they could see.
Ken was amazed at the change in water temperature during different stages of both tides, as well as from rip to rip, and paying attention to your gauge is certainly worthwhile because it can help you understand at what stages of the tide certain spots fish better or more consistently.
June 27, 2019 Weekly Rating: 5 out of 5
Everybody fishing the shoals this week has been wearing smiles for good reason.
Simply put, the fishing is on around Monomoy.
Matt Cody at North Chatham Outfitters told me they have been running charters there since the bass showed up recently and there have been plenty of bass pushing squid in the rips. Soft plastics have been very effective in colors including amber, white, red, and pink; although Matt observed that many of the squid they have observed have been darker colored, white is always a great place to start.
My buddy Capt. Warren Marshall fished there on Wednesday and had a great trip, starting with bass once they hit Stonehorse Shoal. When the tide slacked there, they went through Bearses, which was dead, and tried up against the beach with no luck.
As the tide started to move again at Bearses, they gave this area another shot, to no avail, followed by a couple of passes off the point before heading towards Handkerchief. They never even made it there as they encountered birds working over a big school of bass and were doubled up for the rest of the trip.
I had heard of reports of 30 and 40-pound fish at Monomoy, but Warren said their top fish was 36-inches and Matt Cody advised that most of the bass being caught by casters were in the 26 to 34-inch range.
Bob Lewis fished Stonehorse last weekend and they had lots of 32-34-fish among the many mid to high-20-inch bass they caught, but he added that they marked larger fish down deep so it’s certainly possible that folks jigging wire or those deep bouncing sand eels or vertical jigging were catching larger fish.
June 20, 2019 Weekly Rating: 5 out of 5
Just like a light switch, the rips turned on this week and a class of big bass moved in to chow on squid.
The word from Capt. Austin Proudfoot at North Chatham Outfitters is the rips came alive in a big way this week. Austin told me last week that with the set of moon tides this week, he expected the fish to show and he was right on target.
Bass in the 20 to 30-pound class, with some 40’s, as well, were chasing squid all over the rips, making for great action for flyrodders and plug/plastic casters. My friend Bob Lewis always puts a rod up in the rocket launcher and attaches a bulb squid that he drifts back into the rip and it gets plenty of attention while they are casting away.
I remember when Capt. Ron Murphy, of Stray Cat Charters in Hyannis, put on a presentation at the Osterville Anglers Club about his “Parachute Squid Fly,” which many folks simply call a “Rip Fly.” It was a unique take on the classic parachute jig that has been used by wire liners for years.
You can certainly cast this creation on a fly rod, but it just might be more effective fished on a conventional or spinning outfit, just pumping it as the captain stems the tide and moves the boat up and down the rip line.
Ron’s creation can be tied in a multitude of colors, but orange, pink, red, purple, and white are typical squid imitation shades.
Next Monday is the opening day of the so-called commercial striped bass season and along with Cape Cod Bay, you can be assured that a fleet of boats will be charging around the rips. It is quite a sight counting the number of ways this crew fishes these waters, often creating some real conflicts when a troller cuts through a rip where another boat is livelining pogies or eels, or perhaps even casting lures. Then you have the larger boats that prefer to drift from rip to rip bouncing sand eels on the bottom. This scene is not for the faint of heart and spending too much time there just might make you want to give up fishing.
If you trailer your boat and plan to fish Monday, be prepared to get up way early to get a parking spot. And early doesn’t mean 5 AM.
June 14, 2019 Weekly Rating: ?
A question mark is all I can offer this week regarding the rips as nobody has been fishing there, as far as I can gather. That could all change this week with the full moon and good tides; if it does, I will be all over it next week.
May 30, 2019 Weekly Rating: No Rating Available
I have not heard of anyone venturing east, but Bob Lewis reminded me that a couple of years ago, he and Ken Cirillo were headed to Nantucket for a tournament and they decided to check out Monomoy on the way over. It turned out to be one of, if not the best, days Bob has enjoyed at Monomoy and he recalls that it was June 1 or 2, something like that. Poppers ruled the day.