According to Andy Little, the heavy fog down around Chatham kept many of the Barnstable, Harwich, and Chatham charterboats that fish Monomoy tied to their docks or trailers.
Andy did say that the last time he talked to Capt. Les Shwom, who fishes Monomoy regularly from his homeport of Hyannis, there was no problem getting their limit of stripers. Unlike at some points during this summer, it wasn’t just one rip that was producing the most action, but there were bass in pretty much every one of the spots that are typically fished. Trolling rip flies or squiddy colored bucktails and parachutes has been working well, but Andy added that folks throwing big soft plastics or plugs had been catching both bass and blues.
A few members of the Cape Cod Flyrodders made a couple of trips to Monomoy, hoping to find the hot albie action they had the last couple of years. Most of those trips have come up empty, but one did produce 11 albies around Point Rip. It was hard to ascertain whether the fish were breaking or not, but from what I know, the deep dredging that some of these folks have done in the past when the funny fish are holding down in the water column around High Bank has not happened this season.
I did hear that one boat that fished Monomoy last weekend came up empty in the rips, but moved up to what they called “the cut” where they found a good number of nice bass. When it comes to identifying “the cut,” there are so many breaks in the shoreline from the new Southway up to South Beach/Chatham Inlet to Nauset that the best I can do is head north and keep looking for birds and fish.