The good news from Rob LaBranche is that there are small bass up and down the backside beaches. He spoke to one angler who found bass and blues working off Nauset Light and he had fun tossing plugs at them. Other anglers are sticking with bait, usually sand eels, but they are also catching mainly schoolies between 20 and 24-inches. The key, however, is that there is more activity than there has been in a number of years.
The fleet has gathered about two to three miles off Nauset Inlet; some of them were vertical jigging, others were snapping wire, and some were even livelining pogies. Bob and Ken saw some schools of bass swim right by the boat, with the former managing to catch a 30-inch fish on a diamond jig.
Most reports have an early bite that dies quickly once the sun is up and the Doc, a walk-the-dog plug that has proven its worth on bass even though it was originally intended for musky, has really caught on. Shops that carry them are selling out quickly, with some of the sharpies also stocking up on Sebile Magic Swimmers and Stick Shadds that work well around schools of menhaden.