Shore action along the backside beaches has picked up this week; most of the bass being caught around Nauset, Nauset Light, and Coast Guard Beach have been schoolies, but an occasional larger fish is caught on chunk mackerel or sand eels.
As you move up towards Wellfleet, Truro, and ultimately Provincetown, bait has produced mostly sublegal fish during the day while plugs such as the Daiwa SP Minnow have produced larger fish at night for folks putting in their time around Race Point.
The word is out that there are bass on top and birds with them from the Golf Balls and some anglers believe that they will continue down to the backside before settling into the Monomoy Rips. Pencil poppers and needlefish have been top choices for topwater plugs, along with unweighted or lightly weighted soft plastics, while there are numerous jigs and jighead/soft plastic combinations that are productive when vertically jigged.
Commercial anglers who relied on livelining mackerel had a tough time getting their limit today, but some of them elected to use plugs such as Magic Swimmers and Daiwa Bullets and did much better much faster.