Cape Cod & Buzzards Bay Fishing Report | November 6, 2014

The end of the Cape Cod striper season is in sight, but it isn’t here yet. The freshwater fishing is red hot, and somehow, the tuna fishing just keeps getting better.

Cape Cod Canal and Buzzards Bay

The post-Halloween nor’easter dirtied the Canal through Tuesday, but as the waters cleared Wednesday, the stripers returned reported Stan at Red Top. The fish were small, but they bit through the day. Small jigs were the ticket.

While weather kept many boaters off the water this week, the few fishermen that did get out did well on tautog. Todd at Falmouth Bait and Tackle said several anglers bought crabs for Wednesday tog missions, but he hadn’t heard any reports from them.

South Side

Big bunker are still in many of the South Side harbors and bays, and some big stripers and bluefish have stuck around with them reported the crew at Sports Port. Stripers to 40 inches and bluefish to 15 pounds were caught since the storm. Bunker, both live and chunked, has been the best bait.

Jeff at Forestdale Bait and Tackle reported schoolie stripers in Popponesset Bay. Small plugs are working best.


Peaked Hill was the place to be this week, with big schools of tuna feeding on the surface. Spinning rod anglers had as many as 10 hook-ups a day. Jigging with RonZs and casting topwaters worked best.

Reel Deal charters shared this photo of Capt. Mike Wisniewski with a topwater bluefin tuna caught this week.

Reel Deal charters shared this photo of Capt. Mike Wisniewski with a topwater bluefin tuna caught this week.


Largemouth bass have been biting well since the storm passed. One trout fishermen at Hoxie Pond caught a mix of big trout and bass by fishing shiners this week. Shiners have been the most productive bait for bass, but Senkos, lipless crankbaits and swimbaits have been working as well.

Trout fishing is very good. There haven’t been any reports of big brown trout like there were last week, but that could be because fewer anglers fished this weekend in the rough weather.

Shiners and nightcrawlers are effective for trout, as are spoons and small stickbaits. As the water temperatures drop, stickbaits will be more effective than spoons because they can be worked more slowly.

Best Bets for the Weekend

The best shot at a keeper striper this weekend will come on the South Side. FInd the big bait, and you should find the keeper bass. A live bunker or a bunker chunk gives the best shot at catching a good fish, but minnow plugs and shads could also work.

Also some larger fish may move into the Canal as conditions continue to improve.

Fall freshwater is probably the best bet for action this weekend. Trout and pickerel will be the most willing biters, but largemouth bass should be relatively easy targets as well, especially with live bait.

  1. R

    looking to take my son fishing, gonna get some shiners, can anyone recommend a pong on cape where we might hook up to largemouths or smallmouths. Thanks a lot

  2. Ryan Collins

    R – I’m not a freshwater pro but the ponds in Nickerson State Park are terrific and would probably be fun for you and the little guy 🙂

    • Ryan

      thanks ryan, I watch ur YouTube videos all the time, still haven’t ran into u on the canal as I fish the canal all the time. Thanks

  3. ed

    I am heading to the Canal on the 22nd from West Virginia….whatdayathink…will the stripers hold out till i get there?….never fished there this late.

    • BIG-RY

      Ed, all you can do is try, it won’t hurt, I know a guy that fishes on thanksgiving day every year and catches fish, give it a go and let us know haha


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