Although there are still some tuna being caught close in from Chatham up to Truro, many of these are “smaller” fish that aren’t sellable, so they are mainly being targeted by recreational anglers.
Vertical jigging is still producing some bass that are feeding on schools of sand eels in 50 to 70-feet of water, but they aren’t as concentrated as they were earlier in the fall, perhaps the result of the bait concentrations starting to thin or moving into deeper water. Although A17 and A27 diamond jigs set up with green tubes are a staple in this area, when you are marking fish but they aren’t cooperating, switching over to a Standard Issue diamond jig/Dancing Sand Eel can make a difference because the soft plastic teaser provides a more lifelike action and profile.
One of the unfortunate realities of the downturn in the beach fishing on the outer Cape is that many, many anglers have just given up on what was once one of the meccas of bass fishing on the east coast. This year has definitely seen an uptick in the quality of fishing from Chatham to Truro during the late summer and early fall as schools of pogies moved up and down close to shore, making themselves easy targets for bass and blues to corral up against the sand. The word is that October has also seen some stretches of good fishing on plugs and live eels at night around the New Cut, Nauset Inlet, and Nauset Beach.