You can get a very thorough boat report of what is going on in the sounds down around Falmouth and the Vineyard from Capt. Mike Hogan here on Salty Cape, so I’ll focus my attention on other areas of Nantucket Sound.
Shore anglers are catching the occasional legal sized bass from Falmouth to Osterville, with the largest I have heard of being a 19+-pound fish caught on a plug down Nobska way by John Bazycki.
Jim Young also spoke to an angler who managed a couple of fluke from Menauhant while fish bait, which really is the only news that I have heard regarding summer flatties – other than a small fish that swam by Jeff Clabault’s feet as he was fishing the Cotuit beaches.
Jeff, who dispenses information, bait, and tackle from his shop, Forestdale Bait & Tackle on Route 130, reported no lack of small bass from the beaches, with a 32-inch fish caught from the Popponesset spit on a soft plastic earlier this week.
Overall, though, larger stripers have been tough to come by, even by folks such as members of the Wampanoag tribe who most often use herring as bait, which is a top-notch bait at this time of year.
Jeff Conlon, the AD at Cape Cod Academy, showed me a photo of a fine, fat bass he caught on the fly up inside Cotuit, as well as a video of his daughter working on a schoolie that he hooked up during a worm hatch in Falmouth. There is little doubt that early mornings, and especially nights, have been best for larger bass from shore and June certainly will provide opportunities for worm events around the full and new moons – that is, if we don’t have stretches of colder weather with northeast winds as is predicted for next week.
Succonesset Shoal is holding bass up to the low-30-inch class for folks trolling swimmers or tossing soft plastics in squid imitating colors or topwater plugs, with some bluefish mixed in.
Speaking of bluefish, they have moved in to the beaches in a big way this week, reported Andy Little at The Powderhorn in Hyannis. There are some really big ones mixed in, along with schools of small three to four-pound fish that are tailing around in the shallows off Sampson’s Island. This is great news since I can’t imagine how frustrating it has been for shore anglers working the beaches from Oregon to Riley’s having to watch boats catching fish after fish. I spoke to an angler who was launching at Barnstable who told me they had been into blues earlier in the week that were so thick off of Cotuit that they were almost jumping into the boat.
Andy also reported that friends of his have been picking up some sizeable bass, up to 25-pounds, from the beaches between Cotuit and Osterville on topwater plugs in the morning and night. With so much fog and overcast this week, the bite has remained good even after first light.
Nobody has really reported fishing around Bishop and Clerks, but Andy anticipates that some boats will be around there this weekend. While some folks jig wire there, he said the most popular lure he sells for fishing around this area is the Yo-zuri swimming squid that is typically trolled on braid or lead core, with wire an option if you aren’t getting down deep enough. It is even possible to cast the Yo-zuri, I would imagine, although the few folks that I know who fish casting lures there typically opt for big soft plastics in squid colors such as bone, bubblegum, or amber or even surface plugs.
Lee Boisvert at Riverview Bait and Tackle in Yarmouth told me that there has not been any real charge of bluefish down his way and east to Harwich; there has been a fish here or there caught, but he acknowledged he would be hard pressed to recommend any beach. In fact, he stated that the fishing for blues and even sizeable bass has been better the farther you go west.
The scup bite is starting to fill in inshore, with many comments offered about the size of them, while there are plenty of sea bass, but the number of really sizeable ones has definitely dropped now that the spawn is over.