If there has been any steady action on the vertical jigging scene east of Chatham and Nauset Inlets, folks are keeping it very quiet. That said, I think there is no reason to keep it quiet because the fishing has been a pick at best. Some folks I spoke to reported seeing schools of bass racing by their boats, close enough to the surface to see, but they far too often aren’t feeding.
There once again are schools of pogies being reported along the shoreline from North Monomoy up to Nauset, but despite the presence of these tempting baitfish, they continue to remain relatively free from harassment by bass and blues.
The one good piece of news regarding fishing on the outer Cape came courtesy of Paul Newmier at Blackbeard’s in Eastham, who said that the beach fishing is much better this season, despite the seals. There aren’t many large bass in the mix, but folks are catching schoolies throughout the day on everything from swimming plugs such as Daiwa SP Minnows, Bombers, and Red Fins to sand eels and fresh mackerel chunks. There has also been a slight uptick for night anglers using live eels and the aforementioned plugs for bass, with some bluefish activity along the beaches from Eastham to Provincetown, especially around first light.