Casting to Topwater Stripers off of Provincetown On a late June morning, Capt. Mike Hogan and the Salty Cape Crew…
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The livelining mackerel bite is just starting to pick up — a few larger fish have been caught up inside Barnstable, but nothing to write home about. The bigger fish seem to be further out towards Provincetown.
Barnstable Harbor has been the name on everyone’s lips when it comes to bass fishing from boat or shore in the waters from Sandwich to Orleans. Most of the fish are schoolie size, but with more and more mackerel likely to show as May draws to a close, the larger bass will start trailing the schools that gather outside the mouth of the harbor. But if you don’t care what size bass you catch, then there are schoolies throughout the harbor, including the marshes and creeks.
The action has been excellent with most boats choosing to head to the BC Buoy and Regal Sword rather than the offshore canyons. There have been a good number of fish in the 600 to 800-pound class hooked up and caught, with Christian Giardini reporting the larger fish this week topped the 1,050-pound mark dressed out. Meat has been the way to go for the larger fish, with skirted ballyhoo the top choice. There are also good numbers of smaller tuna falling to splasher bars and plugs or , but most everyone is jazzed up by the big fish. Should be an interesting weekend, with many shops warning that these fish are moving north to south and could leave town due to a front or bait migration