At least the beaches are seeing some action this season that is worth reporting. Paul Newmier told me that folks fishing bait such as sand eels or cut mackerel around Coast Guard and Nauset Light Beaches in Eastham have been picking up an occasional legal bass amongst a good number of schoolies.
Despite all of the complaints about seals, there are still a handful of hardcore regular surf anglers who fish the sand from Wellfleet to Provincetown with plugs and they are doing OK. Needlefish remain a staple for folks who know what they are doing on these beaches, along with Bombers, Rebels, and Red Fins, although the newer Finnish style swimmers such as Daiwa SP Minnows have really caught on, with a major reason being their weight transfer system that increases casting distance.
Paul also heard that last weekend some 15 to 20-pound bass were caught around Race Point when they pinned bait up against the beach. One person told him it was peanut bunker, but I suspect it was more likely sea herring, butterfish, or spike mackerel. In any event, pencil poppers are a great choice in these scenarios, as are bucktail jigs and leadhead/soft plastic combinations.