Outer Cape Fishing Report – July 28, 2016

The word is out that there are schools of pogies up and down the backside between Chatham and Nauset and there are big bass having a field day. Folks like Paul Newmier, who has spent his life in the area, acknowledged that having pogies in those waters is very unusual; typically, there might be come up inside protected waters such as Pleasant Bay or Town Cove, but open water is another matter.

Many boaters, particularly those looking to sell their catch, are employing the snag-and-drop technique, looking to target bass that are underneath the bait schools. Apparently, it has been quite a scene at times with pogies, bass, and seals are mixed together.

Beach anglers have also been able to get in on the action as the pogies are sometimes running tight to the sand and the bass and blues are right on them. Spots in Eastham, Wellfleet, and Truro have all been productive at times, with topwater plugs such as pencil poppers and swimmers such as Daiwa SP Minnows and Bombers, and even Magic Swimmers and Stick Shadds, working well.