Outer Cape Fishing Report – October 6, 2016

The topwater bluefin bite has been very good from Truro to Nauset, well within sight of land, reported Andy Little. Capt. Mike Hogan fished with Capt. Terry Nugent earlier this week and they did well using Hogy Pro Tails and Harness Jigs, which are very effective fished at various levels of the water column.

Topwater plugging for bluefin with spinning gear has become a highlight of the late summer/fall season for numerous charter and private boats along the backside. Strategic Angler plugs may be expensive, but the captains who consistently produce topwater tuna swear by them.

As mentioned in the Monomoy report, the vertical jig bite was not concentrated in the same areas it was last week and finding any bass in the waters from Nauset to Chatham Inlet was a tougher proposition this week.

Shore anglers continue to pick at some small bass and blues, but one of the challenges recently has been finding clean water. For that reason, some of the best fishing continues to be around Morris Island and inside Pleasant Bay, especially around Strong Island.