Popponessett Bluefish Report – May 12, 2016

Tyler and Jon Hagenstein fished out of Prince Cove Thursday evening in their 21′ Parker, heading to the Popponessett flats to see if the bluefish had finally showed up for the first time this season. What they found was one of the first reported topwater bluefish bites of the season on Cape Cod, with large schools of 3-5 pound bluefish cruising the area, aggressively hitting topwater plugs.

Tyler Hagenstein with a healthy bluefish taken Thursday evening.
Tyler Hagenstein with a healthy bluefish taken Thursday evening.

Popponessett beach and flats are great spots for both shore and boat anglers. The surrounding flats hold schools of bluefish throughout most of the summer, even the warmer July and August months, and the shallow, sandy bottom and excellent water visibility makes it an exciting, visual place to fish.

Jon and Tyler estimated these fish at 5-pounds, a great size for light-tackle action.
Jon and Tyler estimated this fish at 5-pounds, a great size for light-tackle battles.

For lure choice, Gibbs poppers, Robert’s Rangers and Kastmasters are classic Popponessett performers. Anything that creates topwater commotion can induce a strike. Make sure to use steel leader here, as bluefish’ sharp teeth are well-suited to slice through mono and fluoro leaders.

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