From shore, there are bluefish from South Cape Beach to Craigville, but the action has been inconsistent. The late afternoon/dusk bass bite that had been mixed in with the blues has really tailed off, with most sand folks switching over the tossing plugs from the jetties and bouncing jigs in the inlets from Popponesset to Hyannis. There hasn’t been as much action around West Dennis Beach either on larger bass; there are schoolies in Bass River and fluke outside in the sound.
Boat anglers are doing a bit better on bluefish off of Cotuit, with trolling hootchies and swimming plugs at times far more effective that searching and tossing topwater lures. Jeff Clabault had an interesting story of two boaters who went from Succonesset to Wreck Shoal and Horseshoe Shoal; one trolled with wire and jigs and the other used mono and swimming plug such as a Bomber, with the latter doing much better fishing for blues. Perhaps the fish are holding in the upper portions of the water column since down deep it is probably still unseasonably cool; in any case, something is going on.
The water temperatures are still cool enough for Succonesset Shoal to hold both bass and blues and Bishop and Clerks has been at best hot-and-cold, with trolling squid imitations the most productive. The old wire line jig has been OK, but there are other options, including Finnish style swimmers such as Bombers, SP Minnows, and Crystal Minnows, that are producing even better.
Fluke fishing in the sounds remains so-so; some have been caught in the waters outside Bass River and on the shoals, but the better, deep water bite hasn’t materialized just yet. Black sea bass, however, continue to show their more aggressive said by taking trolling swimming plugs and vertically jigged metal lures.