Outer Cape Fishing Report – October 18, 2018

It’s the bluefin tuna that are getting the attention of the handful of boaters who continue to work the waters from Nauset to Provincetown, with reports of increased numbers of fish between 40 and 60-pounds, perfect for spin and fly anglers.

That doesn’t mean there aren’t bass out this way, as well as some albies up towards Chatham, but conditions have been tough. Remember that the inlets around the outer Cape feature shifting shoals and bars that are dangerous and unforgiving.

For that reason, Pleasant Bay continues to live up to its name, with the potential for some good bass action on light tackle in conditions that suit shore, kayak, and small boat anglers. Small spook style plugs such as Jumpin’ Minnows, Rapala Skitterwalks, and Heddon Zara Spooks are excellent choices for searching the many marshes in the bay, along with unweighted soft plastics, while small Hogy Pro Tail Paddles and Eels and other subsurface presentations are effective in the deeper holes and dropoffs around Strong Island and elsewhere.