June 14, 2019 Weekly Rating: 3 out of 5
With the number of folks fishing from Provincetown to Wellfleet greater than there are down around Eastham and Orleans, it would only make sense that there would be more news and more fish being caught.
Race Point is producing a good number of bass, with a lot of folks telling Paul that they are getting close to catching a legal one, with many between 26 and 27-inches.
Paul also spoke to some folks who rent a cottage up around Wellfleet and they have managed to catch four legal bass this week on white or bone colored Finnish style swimmers. The fish weren’t huge, but they were happy to be able to eat some bass.
Down his way, there are some small bass being caught around Coast Guard and Nauset Light, Paul said, but generally they have been small schoolies.
I also stopped by to talk with Capt. Joe Fitzback at Chatham Bait & Tackle and he said that along with good numbers of small bass in the rivers and other protected waters such as Pleasant Beach, it is also not uncommon to catch hickory shad, which are great fun on fly and light tackle.
Although it won’t do any good for folks looking for bass to eat or that one cow that they can kill for bragging rights, the reality is that there are plenty of smaller bass around that make for great fun is you down size your tackle. Even if you’re a flyrodder, you can down size to anything between a five and seven-weight and use smaller flies. If you need to use a weighted bug, consider using bead chain eyes as opposed to a honker set of lead Clouser barbells.
June 6, 2019 Weekly Report: No Rating
Other than small bass from Race Point down to Wellfleet, the back beaches have been pretty quiet. The winds have been generally out of the north and east this week, making conditions difficult for the few shore anglers who continue to put in their time along the sand.
May 30, 2019 Weekly Rating: 1 out of 5
This rating just might be too generous, but at least there are good numbers of schoolies being caught up off Race Point. Paul Newmier at Blackbeard’s in Eastham said the number of people putting forth any kind of effort along the back beaches in May has dwindled to almost nothing.
May 24, 2019 Weekly Report:
Paul Newmier at Blackbeard’s in Eastham said that the wind has kept folks from fishing the backside beaches, although he did hear from one angler who was up at Race Point and experienced the frustration of watching other fishermen catch bass while he came up empty.
Odds are that if the fish are on the beach, then boaters should be enjoying the Provincetown and backside jig bite, as well as some solid topwater action, but at the moment, the wind is keeping most vessels tied to the dock or on their trailers.
May 17, 2019 Weekly Report:
Paul Newmier from Blackbeard’s in Eastham said the conditions this spring have kept most folks off the water, but up inside Pleasant Bay there have been plenty of small bass. In years past, an occasional really large, holdover fish has been caught, and given the relatively mild winter we experienced, the odds go up that a wise old striper managed to hang out in a deeper hole or channel, waiting for the sun to signal that spring has arrived.