With most folks deterred from venturing out in the rough seas that roiled the sounds this week – so far – news has been tough to come by.
Christian Giardini from Falmouth Bait & Tackle in Teaticket told me that there have been schools of false albacore reported from Waquoit Bay down to Saquatucket Harbor. It should come as no surprise that the best fishing has been in areas with the heaviest bait concentrations.
Close to the shoreline, the bait is predominantly peanut bunker and silversides, but boats that have been venturing farther out into the sounds have found some large schools of albies working on impressive bait balls of bay anchovies and peanuts.
Christian noted that he has been selling a good number of eels to shore anglers who have been fishing the Falmouth beaches, particularly around spots that border entrances to the many protected bodies of water that dot the shoreline.
According to Ben Clabault at Forestdale Bait & Tackle on Route 130, some larger stripers are being taken up inside spots such as Waquoit Bay, Popponesset, and the Three Bays area, especially at night. Swimmers such as Daiwa SP Minnows, Yo-zuri Crystal Minnows, and Bombers are effective whether cast or trolled, which is also the case with soft plastics that are typically associated with the former method. For years, folks have done well using the tube-and-worm or eels while drifting or slow trolling any number of entrance channels in the area, but using the Original 14 or 18-inch Hogy tandem rigged or with the appropriate weight jighead for the depth of the water and current speed, as well as the Black or Blamber Slappy Jiggin’ Eel in combination with a 10/0 Barbarian Hook jighead in half, three-quarter, or one ounce sizes, is a great way to work structure.
The same techniques can be used up inside the Centerville River, Bass River, the numerous salt rivers in Dennis and Harwich, and the waters of Stage Harbor in Chatham.
There should also be good numbers of bluefish around shoals such as Succonesset, Wreck, and Horseshoe, with the waters still plenty warm and filled with such large concentrations of bait. Hedge Fence is another area to try, and like the others, there are sometimes bonito mixed in with the blues.