Many Cape Cod fishermen braved the storm last week and were rewarded with good fishing. Stripers, bluefish, and even false albacore were caught during and after the storm, and things are looking great going into this three-day weekend.
The Canal is loaded with baitfish reported AJ at Red Top. Peanut bunker and spearing are thick from the Sandwich Marina to the Maritime Academy. There has been plenty of activity with school-sized stripers blitzing on the baitfish. Fishermen are hooking up using SP Minnows, swim shads and small bucktails, but at times, the fish have been very finicky, refusing everything but the real deal. Some keeper-sized and larger fish were caught this week, including a 24-pounder weighed in at Red Top this week.
The South Side has been producing fish since the storm, reported Jeff at Forestdale Bait and Tackle. After dark, fishermen are finding success in the bays and outflows from Popponesset and Cotuit, out to Hyannis. Adult and peanut bunker have been the primary baitfish reported Bill at Sports Port who assured that there is still a ton of baitfish around, even after the storm. Most of the South Side stripers have been 26 to 32 inches reported Jeff, but stripers larger than 20 pounds have been taken recently. Swim shads, Cotton Cordell Red Fins, Bombers and SP Minnows are working at night, while fishermen have been hooking up on topwaters at sunset and sunrise. Live eels are also working after dark.
Cape Cod Bay was roiled up by the storm, but fishermen did catch some stripers in the rough water. Many of the fish were shorts, but bass up to 20 pounds were caught from the beaches late last week before the Northeast winds and high seas became unfishable.
False albacore are still around. While they seem to have cleared out of the Canal and Buzzards Bay, the albies are still being caught on the South Side. Most of the albie reports have been coming from Falmouth, but the Elizabeth Islands are holding fish as well.
Some big bluefish are roaming around the South Side, feeding on adult bunker. They have been found inside the bays, right in the big bunker schools.
Tuna fishing has been excellent since the storm. Big schools of half beaks are fueling intense bluefin blitzes on the surface, and fishermen are doing well casting stickbaits into the fray. Captain Bobby Rice of Reel Deal Fishing Charters went two for three on spinning rod bluefin on Wednesday, and a number of boats landed bluefin up to 80 inches on spinning gear, and with conditions looking favorable through the weekend, the great tuna fishing should continue.
Tog fishing is picking up in Buzzards Bay as the waters cool. Fishermen are picking through big numbers of undersized fish to find keepers, but they are there. Tog fishing will only improve as we get deeper into October.
Fishing on the Vineyard has held up through the storm reported Melissa at Larry’s Tackle. Baitfish are still thick in Edgartown Harbor, and the albies are still biting for shore fishermen. The boat bite for albies has been good with larger fish showing up. Some bonito have been mixed in as well. Stripers and blues are biting well off Chappy. Melissa said the fishing for stripers and blues has definitely improved over the past week. In fact, the boat leader in the Martha’s Vineyard Bass and Bluefish Derby changed this week, with the new mark being a 41-pounder.
Best Bets for the Weekend
There’s still plenty of bait and striped bass around on Cape Cod, and with three days to track them down thanks to Christopher Columbus, it’s looking to be a great weekend. The South Side and the Canal were the two hotspots for shore anglers this week. Using a lure that imitates peanut bunker will improve your odds of success. Stripers have been feeding on the surface at first and last light, but the most consistent action has been after dark.