I made the run up to Chatham Inlet and then on to Nauset Inlet last Sunday and found a handful of folks vertical jigging for bass in 70 to 80-feet of water, not exactly the best situation for using a fly rod. On the other hand, the jiggers were picking up some nice bass, both on metal jigs and jighead/soft plastic combinations. We saw no sign of surface activity, although things might have changed with a dropping tide.
There were plenty of terns and small bait working all the way from Monomoy Point up through Nauset, but there weren’t any clear signs of actively feeding fish. We did work around some of the most intense bird activity, but to no avail.
Most of the boaters who have been consistently successful have emphasized the need to change tactics, often a number of times during the day.
Beach fishing on the backside remains very tough. Plugging at first light has produced some small bass and bluefish, with the beaches around Eastham and Wellfleet your best bet. Most of the legal fish that have been caught were taken on sand eels.