One of the most positive developments this season around the Cape has been an uptick in action for outer Cape shore anglers; Rob LaBranche said that folks fishing bait or plugs from Chatham to Nauset and up to Wellfleet have been catching bass on a regular basis, a good number of them legal sized. Sand eels have definitely been the best bait, but Rob emphasized that anglers tossing topwater plugs in yellow or white in the early morning hours have been catching as well. Night tides are fishing better as well, both with live eels and swimmers such as Daiwa SP Minnows, Red Fins, and Bombers, which are frequently combined with a teaser such as a Red Gill or sand eel pattern fly.
Speaking of sand eels, soft plastic imitations fished on jigheads and weighted or unweighted swimbait hooks are good artificials to try, both day and night.
For boaters, there has been a consistent vertical jig bite off of Chatham Inlet, but some anglers are still looking for schools of pogies up towards Nauset Inlet where they continue to do well on big bass and blues by employing the snag-and-drop method.