Paul Newmier at Blackbeard’s in Eastham wished he had a different story to tell for the shore crew, but it’s still good numbers of small bass all the way from Nauset up to Truro. There are some schools of mackerel mixed in and they are chasing sand eels and peanut bunker, making small jigs and metals such as Epoxies and Heavy Minnows, Deadly Dicks, Crippled Herrings, and Kastmasters good options.
Weighted paddletail soft plastics have been very popular and effective this season, Paul added, along with swimmers such as Daiwa SP Minnows, Bombers, Red Fins, and the numerous minnow styles that Yo-zuri offers. Of course, since you will mainly be catching throwbacks, Paul pointed out that lures with multiple treble hooks cause a great deal of damage to small bass and should be avoided if at all possible.
With boaters finding good action on bluefish up around Provincetown, there is often a push of the choppers towards the beaches from Race Point to Truro, making for exciting topwater action. A couple of years ago, my friend Barney Keezell was up there in the fall and he experienced the best bluefishing of his life as gator size fish dominated.