After some not so promising reports regarding the rips from last weekend, it was good to hear that things picked up a bit.
Although he did not make a run out east this week, Bob Lewis told me that he heard that Bearses was good on Tuesday and Wednesday with bass up to 25-pounds.
One of the issue that both charter and recreational anglers have been facing concerns the large numbers of sand eels, which often make the bass fussy. When they’re on bigger baits such as squid, they will jump all over unweighted soft plastics drifted back into the rips, but right now the successful boats are using topwater plugs such as pencil poppers and spooks and even needlefish when they are casting. Many times these will draw reaction strikes from bass that are simply awesome.
For years, charterboats around Monomoy have used sand eels on a basic sliding egg sinker rig to catch bass, but if bait isn’t your thing, then using Epoxy Jigs or Sand Eel Jigs in a similar manner, bouncing them deep as you drift from rip to rip can produce some solid fish.