Capt. Ron Murphy of Stray Cat Charters in Hyannis had a good trip down Monomoy way this morning; he said squid were moving through the rips and they did well with rip flies and shell squids, especially white ones. He said the fish were good-sized and very aggressive. Ron added that there were schools of big bass working under birds tight to the beach up the ocean side of the island.
Andy Little at The Powderhorn in Hyannis also reported that the rips are alive with bass; larger soft plastics and topwater plugs have been working well in numerous locations, so it is possible to enjoy some good fishing without crowding. In fact, he said, “there aren’t a lot players out there” to take advantage of the fishing.
The recremercial crew continues to concentrate on fishing live eels, as well as mackerel or pogies if they can get them. I have received a couple of reports of hairy trips from guys returning from Monomoy with a load of bass and the swell out there should only increase over the next several days.
Guys tossing plugs in tight to the beach up around Chatham have also been catching some nice fish, but again, with all of the shifting sands and bars, as well as sets of swells pushing in towards the beaches, it is possible to get into trouble very quickly.