There have been some small clusters of boats holding out hope that the fishing will turn on in the way it did a number of years ago a couple of miles outside Chatham and Nauset Inlets, but so far, it has been a pick at best. Vertical jigging is the most common technique employed as any aggregations of fish are small and can be targeted this way most effectively, but some old schoolers are still dragging wire and parachutes.
Those boats that are having the most success from Nauset on up to Truro are willing to employ a multitude of techniques, from livelining mackerel to vertical jigging, and they are searching water from up tight to the shore and out several miles. I suspect that some boats are using live eels when the fish have had a particularly strong case of lockjaw, which has been a major problem recently since folks can find the fish, but getting them to eat is another thing. There hasn’t been much of a topwater bite, but if there is one, it has been in the early morning hours. The key to finding fish regularly is to be on the schools of bait, including mackerel, sea herring, and sand eels.
Shore anglers along the backside have encountered some small blitzes of bluefish up around Wellfleet and Race Point, where there have been a few bass mixed in on the morning tides. The vacationer who elects to spike a rod with sand eels or chunk mackerel down around Coast Guard Light Beach in Eastham hasn’t had much success during the day, but dusk has produced some smaller bluefish and the occasional bass.