Handkerchief is definitely the one shoal that is producing the best action; Bob Lewis, Charlie Richmond, and Bruce Cunningham fished there on Tuesday, making it to the rips at 4:30 AM. It was non-stop doubling up with some strong, healthy bass on squid fly/lead core combinations, as well as Bob’s dead sticked shell squid. They caught bass up the low to mid 30-inch class, but didn’t encounter one bluefish.
I fished Point Rip, Shovelful, and Bearses on Wednesday and seven-inch bubblegum Original Hogy’s worked well, with groups of bass at times competing for the plastic. We also tossed red/white pencil poppers around slack tide and coaxed a bigger fish to trash it, which was a big mistake – for the striper.
We fished an hour or so of the colder tide and didn’t have any luck and that appeared to be the case with all the other boats, whether they were jigging wire, trolling soft plastics, bouncing sand eels, or casting a wide range of artificials.
I heard through Capt. Warren Marshall that a number of anglers from the Cape Cod Flyrodders fished the rips on Wednesday as well with little success. That’s really surprising, given that Monomoy is one of the best spots on the Cape for a silly sticker to catch his or her first truly big bass.