Schoolies and more schoolies continue to be the hot topic from Falmouth to Chatham, with both boaters and shore anglers enjoying some outstanding light tackle activity.
There are just too many bodies of protected water along the Nantucket Sound shoreline to single one out, but Ben Clabault and his dad fish Popponesset last night and caught plenty of bass from 12 to 22-inches on small paddletails. Ben added that while working the shore on their way to the point, they got into some three to four-pound bluefish using metal lures.
They also visited Riley’s Beach in Cotuit and it was the same story when it came to bass, but another angler they spoke to said that although he only caught schoolies up to 24-inches around the Narrows, he did catch some big bluefish in the eight to ten-pound class that were harassing a school of big pogies.
Bob Lewis said that while the Three Bays area of Cotuit/Osterville is filled with schoolies, he also has seen the aforementioned schools of adult pogies and heard that a few big fish have been caught by anglers who snag and then liveline them. The interesting part is that some of these sizeable bass have been caught from docks and other shoreline areas where the pogies often hold.
Bob added that folks have seen some albies popping here and there between Succonesset and Cotuit and he knows of a few caught in the Osterville cut by a flyrodder.
Jim Young also saw a couple of anglers at the end of one of the Great Pond entrance jetties reeling furiously, which is typically a good indicator of funny fish being in the area.
But Jim’s best story was about a visitor who was looking to do some shellfishing; Jim recommended some flats well up inside Waquoit Bay. Ultimately, this gentleman returned to report that not only did he gather some shellfish, but he also caught a fish right off where he was digging. Now, these waters are known for holding bass and blues, but his catch turned out to be a bonito.
From Dowses to Hyannis, it’s the same story when it comes to albies, but there are still schoolies and even a few bluefish being caught from shore around Craigville Beach.
Lee Boisvert at Riverview Bait & Tackle in Yarmouth said there are still some scattered schools of albies off Bass River and Harwich, while Capt. Warren Marshall heard from a fellow member of the Cape Cod Flyrodders who encountered little tunny this week around the entrance to Stage Harbor.
While Lee said that there really isn’t any rocky structure down his way to entice tautog to visit and he had no word about any tog on the Harwich reef, boat anglers do quite well on them around Bishop and Clerks and Collier’s Ledge. Shore anglers have been catching them from Nobska and the numerous jetties that dot the shoreline from Falmouth to Cotuit, as well around Hyannis.