Outer Cape Fishing Report – August 3, 2017

It doesn’t take long for things to change in the fishing world and that apparently has been the case up off of Nauset Inlet. On Monday, Bob Lewis ran up to this area, hoping to find either schools of pogies and bass along the beach or fishing in deeper water, but he said he didn’t see a single other boat in the area – on a commercial fishing day. And he didn’t find any pogies or bass, either.

Today, however, Jeff Miller at Canal Bait & Tackle told me that this area went off today, with good numbers of sellable bass caught on top. This is an area that a number of years ago was the vertical, diamond jigging capital of the world and now they’re using topwater plugs as well as some jigging and I have heard that a few boats have been throwing live pogies and live eels.

The good news for shore anglers on the backside is that there is far more activity this year, but they have been picking up far more sublegal bass than anything at or over 28-inches. Dunking sand eels is always a productive method of fishing from the sand between Orleans and Provincetown, but early mornings have seen some topwater activity on both bass and blues, while nights is the time to break out SP Minnows, Bombers, Red Fins, and needlefish.

The backwaters around the outer Cape, including Pleasant Bay, Morris Island, and Nauset Marsh can be underrated when it comes to fishing for bass of all sizes, but understanding the tides and how they affect the fishing, as well as where there are deeper holes and therefore even slightly cooler water, is key.