Lee Boisvert from Riverview Bait & Tackle took part in an interesting tagging trip last week with the Division of Marine Fisheries; each fall, the state hires a number of charterboats to participate in their tagging program and Lee said they found plenty of bass, some blues, and even ten albies while vertical jigging off of Nauset. The bass ranged up to 40-inches and there was no shortage of activity and he believes that there should be no reason that those fish aren’t still there. As far as what jigs they were using, Lee mentioned A17’s, a fairly light diamond, perhaps providing some idea of how deep the water was that they were fishing in.
I did ask him if they saw any tuna, but apparently they are more up off of Peaked Hill Bar and the Golf Ball. Most sources that I spoke to said that the bluefin this year have been much larger on average as opposed to the footballs and small mediums that are better targeted with casting gear.
As far as the beach fishing goes from Orleans to Provincetown, the odds are that there are far more fish than anglers; the tip of the Cape has seen some pushes of small bass and larger bluefish over the last couple of weeks and Paul Newmier at Blackbeard’s in Eastham has told me that folks walking the beaches up around Truro and Wellfleet have seen birds working over fish with no fishermen in sight.