For the shore anglers, the story is pretty much the same: decent numbers of small bass mixed in with the occasional small bluefish. Soaking bait such as sand eels in the very early morning will probably catch more fish day in and day out, but there are schoolies that can be targeted with topwater plugs in the morning and swimmers at night. Daiwa SP Minnows are very popular from the beach, but some folks continue to use more old school lures such as Bombers, Cotton Cordell Red Fins, Mambo Minnows, and Hellcats. The younger generation typically prefer the newer models such as the Daiwa or Yo-zuri that come with a weight transfer system that improves casting as opposed to the old stuff that you had to load yourself to get more distance.
Rob LaBranche at Blackbeard’s in Eastham also reported that he had heard of some school bluefin pushing in close to Nauset Inlet, but that activity hasn’t been as consistent as it can be during the fall.
In addition, the vertical jig bite a couple of miles out from Nauset Inlet to Chatham Inlet has not materialized in any form close to what it was back several years.