From the Golf Balls and up around to the Race, light tackle recreational anglers are having a lot of fun catching bass from 26 to the low-30-inch class on plugs, metal jigs, and weighted and unweighted soft plastics. At times, especially around high tide in the early morning and again at dusk, these schools are pretty tight to the beach, but the key to locating fish is primarily a matter of finding the vast schools of sand eels.
Paul Newmier at Blackbeard’s in Eastham spoke to a couple of very experienced outer Cape natives and anglers who have been picking at some bass on plugs up around Wellfleet and Truro. Sand eel imitations, from weighted soft plastics to Finnish-style swimmers such as Daiwa SP Minnows and Bombers, with or without a teaser rigged in front, are commonly used, but Paul added that some sand people like to hit Nauset and spots to the north in the very early morning with topwater plugs, especially if those hours coincide with coming water.
The news I received regarding Morris Island wasn’t too encouraging, but warming water could coax more bait into this area, producing better sight fishing for flyrodders using a variety of crab and sand eel patterns. Early morning is definitely a better time to fish in the summer due to decreased boat traffic and the freedom to fish your favorite spot without having to deal with those looking to swim and soak up the sun.
If you take a drive from North Chatham to Orleans on Route 28, you will see for yourself many promising locations with marshes and sand beaches that hold bass after dark.