Paul Newmier was happy to report that there was some surface activity with schoolie bass around Nauset Light; they were pushing bait right in close and those moments are especially appreciated now with the backside beaches far more quiet than folks like.
Paul also saw a picture of a bass that he estimated between 12 and 15-pounds taken on bait by a 12-year-old girl that was released to swim again. Fresh sand eels and cut mackerel are two baits that are working well down around the beaches in Orleans and Eastham, while the farther up you move towards Wellfleet, Truro, and Provincetown, folks use plugs more often, including needlefish, Finnish-style swimmers, and topwaters at first light.
There is no real news about a vertical jig bite off Nauset and Chatham, but that may be because folks are keeping it quiet. Then again, the fact that some folks who sell vertical jigs are crying right now should be a pretty good indication of what is going on.