Monomoy Fishing Reports
REPORTS CLOSED FOR 2014. SEE YOU SPRING 2015!
10/16/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
Most any boat worth its salt from Chatham to Falmouth and up the outer Cape to Provincetown have only one thing on its mind: tuna. So even if the bass were walking all along the rips, they wouldn’t get much attention. If a boat fails in its tuna quest, then there are some bass being vertical jigged from Chatham Inlet to Nauset Inlet.
10/09/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
Monomoy – Very quiet; Andy Little said that the state crew that tags bass each fall had to go as far as the shoals off Nantucket to find any significant number of fish. There is some talk about stripers being jigged up off of Chatham Inlet, but if truth were told, many of the bass being caught as part of combination tuna/striper trips are being caught well outside of state waters, often in the same area where tuna are being jigged up.
9/26/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
Live eels are still the way to go if you are fishing for bass around Handkerchief, as well as Bearses. There are times in the tide, particularly on the turn, when the fish are chasing bait on top and willing to hit a plug or soft plastic, but the story this season has definitely been the return to “meat” in the rips as opposed to jigging with parachutes and using other artificials.
Boats heading in from tuna fishing east of Chatham have found some schools of bass a couple of miles off the north cut around Nauset and down to Chatham Inlet; vertical jigging is working well and the dogfish issue seems to have settled down now that summer has passed. Most of the time, these fish are feeding on sand eels so choose your jigs and jighead/soft plastic combinations accordingly.
9/18/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
Monomoy – Live eels continue to be the most productive means of catching bass around Handkerchief and Bearses; the preferred rig has been a two to three-ounce egg sinker fished above a barrel swivel leading to the leader and hook. Both tides have been producing good numbers of bass in the 20 to 25-pound class. Squid flies, plugs, and plastics have also been productive with the action in the rips continuing to improve as the season has gone along.
Despite the good bass fishing, a number of flyrodders and light tackle anglers doing well on false albacore that have been cruising along the open ocean side of South Monomoy. These fish have been very cooperative for the most part.
9/12/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
The bass bite remains very good around Handkerchief Shoal; Steve Morris fished there recently with one of his customers and they managed numerous 20-pound fish while drifting live eels, including one striper over 30-pounds.
But Paul Newmier said that one of the charter captains he spoke to on Thursday could only talk about all of the albies that were in the rips; there was no need to chase the fish as they kept circling through, providing consistent action for everyone who could match the bait they were feeding on.
9/4/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
With the commercial bass season closed at least until the state gets its numbers together and decides whether there is any quota left, there should be less pressure around Handkerchief, which has been one of the two spots where a vast percentage of the commercial catch came from along with Cape Cod Bay. Many charter captains are going along with what was working for the commercial crew: live eels in the early morning, with a few recreational folks willing to take advantage of the even stronger night bite.
8/28/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
In my column this week for the Enterprise newspapers on the Cape, I mentioned how tough it has been around the rips this season for anglers who like to cast for fish, either with big plastics and plugs on spinning tackle or on the fly with big squid flies. It has been really frustrating how inconsistent it has been, with far too many days where casters have gone empty. I also noted that folks using live eels or bouncing seaworms or sand eels on the bottom have been catching more and larger fish on far more days and especially at night with the eels. Jigging wire has also been productive as the fish seem to be holding down on the bottom on many days.
Well, I should have known that someone would call and tell me that Monomoy was on fire and it just so happened to be my friend Bob Lewis; he said the action on Wednesday was the best he has ever experienced at Handkerchief Shoal with five solid hours of double and triple headers on plugs, soft plastics, and bulb squids; in fact, Bob usually runs a bulb squid off a spinning rod back into the rip before starting casting and the fish jumped all over it within a couple of seconds. He said they couldn’t tell what the bass were feeding on, but whatever they used was hit immediately. At the moment, Bob is trying to get me to rethink my refusing to go to Monomoy again this season by sending me pictures, but I am holding to my stance – for now!
8/21/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
When three different shops from different parts of the Cape report that Monomoy is on fire, you better believe it. Handkerchief continually gets mentioned and the boats out of Hyannis, Harwich, and Chatham are very found of working squid flies, which look like small, unweighted parachute jigs, in the rips on lead core line. Casting plugs and soft plastics during the daytime is also starting to become more productive with Bearses and Point Rip good spots to start when looking for bass on top.
There are also boats jigging wire with good success and commercial anglers looking to get a jump on the open dates have been using eels under the cover of darkness. I have heard from at least one individual that I fish with that he went out with a friend who lives in Chatham and they did very well on fish finder rigs that consisted of egg sinkers above a nice juicy seaworm.
Although not technically the rips, and therefore Monomoy, the fishing up off of Nauset and Chatham Inlets continues to be slow; vertical jigging is producing more dogfish than bass, with schools of smaller bass and bluefish raising a ruckus close to South Monomoy and South Beach.
8/20/2014 As Reported by Hogy Staff
Monomoy has turned on as a night bite and fishing all night and into false dawn. Anglers are drifting with eels and large soft plastics through the rip. It has been on fire.
8/15/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
A tip for anyone fishing the Monomoy area who doesn’t want to deal with eels and can’t get fresh sand eels: try seaworms on the same kind of rig that you would use for sand eels. Sliding and bouncing the worms on the bottom has been producing some nice bass even in the daytime.
8/14/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
Live eels at night are producing very well around Handkerchief and Bearses, but daytime fishing has been slow. Bait has definitely been outproducing any other technique; bouncing sand eels or drifting live eels has been the way to go when the sun is up. Folks jigging wire have found it a tough go, with brief windows of action on the change of the tide, and a few boats are also trying the tube-and-worm with limited success.
8/7/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
Inconsistent is the name of the game around the shoals; most days there has been a brief window of activity, but even the charterboat fleet out of Hyannis has been too frustrated to deal with long periods of inactivity that they are heading for Horseshoe and other shoals in the sounds to go for bluefish. Many of the commercial anglers working the area have switched to the tube-and-worm and been dealing with days where they have caught fish in good numbers in a one to two-hour window. Jigging hasn’t been the answer either and some folks are employing small daisy chains of pink and rainbow bulb squids that they are jigging on the edge of the rips while stemming the tide.
The vertical jig bite has really been off this year, with most days seeing anglers encountering vast numbers of dogfish and very little in the way of bass.
7/31/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
The latest news on the rips comes courtesy of Bob Lewis who made the run from Osterville on Wednesday. They hit Handkerchief Shoal at first light, but the tide had yet to make up really well, so they elected to run up off of Chatham Inlet and try vertical jigging. They moved from around 40-feet of water, hitting each edge where the water got deeper, ending up in 90-feet where there were a number of boats, but all anybody was catching were dogfish. After having enough of that, they headed back to Bearses Shoal where there were birds working and bass pushing squid; they had some blowups on Hogy’s and plugs, but could not come tight. They were also drifting squid flies on lead core, but they had no takers while boats jigging wire kept connecting consistently. As a last resort, they went back to Hanky, where they saw a couple of boats hand jigging their wire and doing well on bass, but once again, their squid flies went untouched.
7/28/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
The rips were on fire this morning; commercial guys reported filling their 15 fish limit in just a couple of hours. Snapping seven and 10-inch Hogy’s in the face of the rips, as well as shell squids, is working well; when the fish aren’t showing, snapping wire and parachutes or adding jigheads to your soft plastics works well. Towards slack tides, the fish are often between the rips in the calm water. Just remember that there has been no consistency to what folks are experiencing; getting out early has been key.
7/25/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
The rips are definitely improving; Bearses is holding mainly fish in the 30 to mid-30-inch class while Handkerchief has been producing more fish in the 20 to 25-pound class. Some days the bass have been willing to chase squid imitations up top, while on others it has been necessary to get your shell squids, squid flies, or soft plastics down with lead core line.
The vertical jig bite up off of Chatham has been inconsistent; it turns on for part of one tide and then goes dead when it turns. When it is on, it has been in 90 to 100-feet of water; besides A17 and A27 diamond jigs, Danny Jones said that the Shimano Coltsniper in the 40 and 60 gram size have been hot, with the sand eel or green color best.
Things up around Truro, including off the golf ball, have really slowed down, with the large body of fish having moved down towards Chatham.
7/21/2014 As Reported by Hogy Staff
Good action on the flats near Chatham at first light and after dark. Some very nice stripers taken by light tackle anglers using Hogy Sand Eels fished in the cuts between the bars.
7/19/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
It’s just a question of whom you talk to and when they were at the rips as to how the fishing is; last weekend was pretty darn slow, with rolling sand eels; trolling bulb squids, parachute jigs, and squid flies; and casting soft plastics and flies all equally mediocre.
Monday, there were fish at Handkerchief and by Tuesday the action was like the rips should be: big bass exploding on squid and packs of fish chasing their imitations fished right on top at both Bearses and Point Rip, as well as Hanky. Thursday saw the commercial armada descend on the rips and it was a zoo all around, with most of them jigging wire; I spoke with Bob Lewis and he said it was like bumper cars out there.
Orange is always a great color, followed closely by pink and white, when it comes to bulb squids and flies; overall, amber wins hands down when it comes to Hogy’s and having both seven and 10-inch Originals on hand is critical.
If the fish aren’t in the rips, then they have been skirting the three-mile limit from Chatham Inlet up to Nauset Inlet; the EEZ, or federal waters, lie outside the state limit and it is illegal to target bass out there, even if you are practicing catch-and-release. I know both recreational and commercial anglers are doing it, but I know I wouldn’t want to be the one that the feds finally decide to nab since so many boats are just thumbing their noses at the authorities.
There really isn’t any need to push the boundaries since there are still good schools of big bass up around Truro and Wellfleet and they are darn close to shore for the most part.
Wherever you find tight aggregations of bass, vertical jigging is definitely most productive and a good sounder and how to read it are critical to your success. Traditional A17 and A27 diamond jigs with a tube dressed hook still work and green was the go to tube color last year; some folks wanted lighter green while others preferred darker. That might prove moot as butterfly jigs and others like the larger Hogy Epoxy Jig are catching on since they feature more fish attracting flash and action; the key is to have them in different sizes and weights to match the hatch
7/19/2014 As Reported by Hogy Staff
Captain Chris Burden from New Seabury Marina caught this big striper and several others in the same size class early today. He was working a 10″ bone Hogy Original with 10/0 weighted swimbait hook in the rips. Nice work Chris!
7/11/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
The fishing in the rips is finally improving with bass and bluefish on top chowing on squid; Handkerchief has been a good bet, but most reports have anglers moving around a bit to locate the fish. Outgoing water definitely seems to be fishing better as it draws warmer water out of Nantucket Sound and gets the fish going.
Fishing squid flies on lead core line is very popular, but some anglers still stick with wire line jigging or drifting through the rips, especially Bearses, with sand eels.
The fact that one of Falmouth’s charter captains has been willing to make the long run to Monomoy for the last three days should tell you that the fishing is worth it.
Dan Jones also told me that schools of bass are starting to move down from Provincetown and are settling in deeper water outside of Chatham and Nauset Inlets; his buddy had five fish over 40-inches this morning and he has found that the new Shimano Coltsniper jigs were outfishing the traditional A17 diamond jigs.
7/5/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
Nothing really exciting to report here, once again adhering to the pattern this season of delayed gratification in far too many places. A few bass have been caught around Handkerchief Shoal for anglers casting squid flies or trolling them on lead core. Wire line appears to be a better choice as the cold water has the bass mostly hunkered down deep in the water column. Water flowing out of Nantucket Sound should be a better time to look for bass pushing squid on the surface, while drifting through the rips and bouncing sand eels or jighead/soft plastics is a staple for many regulars who fish these waters.
6/27/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
The west flats have been holding some schools of bass, but they are being very fussy and tough to fool. One challenge in this situation is getting your fly bit by a bigger fish before it is attacked by the more aggressive schoolies.
There are some schools of bluefish from just outside Stage Harbor to the point, but the rips have been dead. A few bass have been scratched up around Handkerchief, but not much else to report.
6/19/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
Other than reports of some good-sized, fussy bass on the flats and a few bluefish, the rips close to the island have been oddly quiet for this time of year. Tuna folks to the east are reporting schools of big bass, but they haven’t moved in close yet. I received a report of one Chatham charter boat that was fishing eight miles out; the angler who booked the charter said that they were doing catch-and-release only. Even if I buy that, the fact is that you cannot target bass in the EEZ or federal waters; trying to argue that you were fishing for bluefish won’t fly and don’t even go with tuna since the equipment used on bluefin is just a bit different from bass.
6/13/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
Most boat folks fishing the sounds from Hyannis to Harwich have turned to sea bass for reliable action and to put some fillets on the table; the striper fishing is just that slow. If they do find some bass, catch totals are very low.
Things are a bit better around Falmouth, but not that much; charter boats are scraping up bass around Halfway Shoal, Nobska, and Middle Ground, although the latter has been very weedy. Some boats are sticking with wire and jigs, but live scup seem to be producing the largest fish on average. The truth is that the only consistency has been inconsistency.
The schoolie bite continues around most of the backwaters, making flyrodders and light tackle anglers happy and there are just enough 28 to 30-inch fish around to keep things interesting.
Shore anglers are also taking advantage of the bluefish action from South Cape Beach and heading east, with even Bass River bellying its name as there are more choppers there than stripers.
Fluke fishing is off to a slow start and I guess that would make sense given that the draggers have been working many of the same areas in Vineyard Sound where recreational folks look for summer flatties.
6/5/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
The one crew that I spoke to that passed through the area on their way to the tuna grounds said there were no signs of life there yet.
5/22/14 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
It’s early yet and anyone who has made the run there isn’t talking.
10/10/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
Generally speaking, the rips are really starting to quiet down on bass and blues, with at least one of the captains who focuses his fishing there finding bass in the rips closest to the point of South Monomoy as he concentrated on getting down to the fish. Cooling waters should see the fish move out to deeper water over the next week or so.
The albie action that had been reported around Monomoy has also died out, with one local captain calling folks around Hyannis to see if the funnies were still around there. The general pattern had been nothing for several days before the albies blew in for a brief visit before disappearing once again.
10/3/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
The bass action in the rips is definitely slow, but folks who fish there every day and know its rhythms are still catching some fine fish, with the action changing from day-to-day and even from tide-to-tide. Bearses is typically a good fall shoal to try, particularly when a tide change brings slightly warmer water.
While most of the season has folks using a variety of squid imitations, right now there is definitely a shift to sand eels. Bouncing fresh sand eels as you drift from one rip line to the next is hard to beat, but soft plastic/jighead combinations also work when puffed through the sand or worked just above the bottom with a short lift of the rod tip. Braided line helps in this case, as the hits can be subtler at this time of year.
9/25/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
There were some rumors of albies around the rips, but none of the shops I spoke to could confirm this action.
But there are still plenty of bass around taking soft plastic imitations cast and then swung in the current, with Bearses one shoal that continues to produce consistently. Larger boats jigging wire are also doing well on parachute jigs, with lighter colors effective over the sand bottom that predominates there.
Handkerchief Shoal is a big piece of water and deserves close attention this time of year; although it most common to fish the running tide, as things start to slack off, fish will often show in the flat water between the rips and take Hogy’s with abandon. It’s almost like sight casting as the fish will erupt and you need to put your cast on the money. Topwater plugs such as pencil poppers and stickbaits also are very effective.
9/19/13 As Reported By Capt. Dave Peros – http://www.captdaveperos.com/
The rips are are still producing bass, particularly for folks who understand how to stem the tide in the smooth water and let their squid imitations drift back into the turbulence. Unweighted plastic squids are tough to beat, but if I were still making the trip down there, I would have a healthy supply of 10 and seven-inch Original Hogy’s in amber, bone, and bubblegum. Although it is common practice to expect the action to slow as slack tide approaches, there are times that the bass will move into the calm water between the rips and corral up sand eels, butterfish, and any other bait they can find, including sea robins.
Elise Costa also reported that some folks are dragging smaller squid bars through the rips and catching big bass.
The winning bass in last Friday’s Cape Cod Fall Classic, a 24-pound fish, and most of the other bass weighed in for this light tackle event came from down around Monomoy way. That said, Bob Lewis told me that while Capt. Ron Murphy had a good trip, Capt. Les Schwom came up empty that same day; the key is cooling water temperatures and as they drop, the fish will really start to tail off.