From Nobska all the way to Hyannis, it’s all about albies. That said, any glowing reports, and I have offered them up at times, need to be tempered a bit as wind shifts and fronts, as well as the attitude of these fish, things can change very quickly. On Wednesday, it was eerily quiet from Nobska all the way to Popponesset, with just a few random pops here and there, but on Thursday the Falmouth area was alive once again. Craigville also had good numbers of fish, but they appeared to be feeding on bay anchovies, some of which we snagged and there were the give away rust stains in the water. I have little doubt that there were some peanut bunker around as well, which have been thick from Waquoit to Woods Hole.
There haven’t been many bass reports from boaters since not many folks are fishing for them, but there have been smaller fish reported up inside Waquoit, Popponesset, and the Three Bays, as well as Bass River. They have been feeding on small bait and have therefore been temperamental at times, but they have been taking topwater plugs in the early morning and swimmers and soft plastics at night.
Shore anglers have also managed to catch a few bass around the numerous inlets the dot the Nantucket Sound shoreline; clams have been a good bait, but bouncing jigs in the channels is typically effective at this time of year. Fishing eels at night is also a good way this time of year to target any larger bass that will either start to move out of their summer holes inside the salt ponds, rivers, harbors, and estuaries and begin to feed or move in from the sounds to feed on the plentiful bait inshore.
Fresh, dead eels are the way to go if you want to target brown or sandbar sharks that will test any equipment; fresh bluefish chunks are also effective, with the beaches on either side of Falmouth Harbor, Menauhant Beach, the Popponesset spit, Craig/Centerville, and West Dennis Beach spots that have relatively good access at night when sharking is best.
When it comes to bluefish, Horseshoe Shoal is still the best spot for larger fish, but there are schools of smaller blues off of Popponesset and Cotuit, as well as from Hyannis to Chatham.