Capt. Ron Murphy of Stray Cat Charters in Hyannis told me that on his last trip to the shoals, he had a good trip trolling the tube-and-worm; he was using 150-feet of wire with weighted blood red and orange tubes.
Lee Boisvert at Riverview Bait and Tackle in Yarmouth heard that the live eel bite has been good around Monomoy, but some boats are livelining or chunking pogies or mackerel with a great deal of success as well.
Most of the fish being caught during the day are between the mid to high-20 inch class up to mid-30-inch, but there are good numbers of them. At times, soft plastics such as unweighted Original Hogy’s and topwater plugs have done the trick, especially when slack tide and the change bring the fish on top, while Hogy Pro Tails have proven to be a good alternative to bait when the tide is running.
The most frustrating time is when the bass are concentrated on sand eels, especially very small ones, making Epoxy, Heavy Minnow, and Sand Eel jigs a good option. Sometimes, a lure larger than the size of the prevailing bait is a good idea, as is using a contrasting color to draw attention to your offering.
If you want to catch larger fluke and sea bass, with the season on the latter ending September 12, the deeper waters around Monomoy are definitely worth fishing.