June fishing started off hot and heavy last week, and while high winds thwarted some fishing efforts this week, plenty of good fish were caught around Cape Cod.
Cape Cod Bay
Provincetown is the hotspot for striped bass fishing this week. Captain Bobby Rice of Reel Deal Fishing Charters found incredible topwater action this week with multiple bass coming up and swiping at plugs worked across the surface.
When topwater action slowed down, fishermen switched to jigs that imitated sand eels, and continued to hook up reported the crew at Forestdale Bait and Tackle. Diamond jigs and small Savage Sand Eels were two of the best baits this week.
Most of the bass blitzing around P-town have been good size, with fish up to 42 inches taken in the past week.
Wading fishermen are having good luck in Cape Cod Bay as well, but the fish are a little smaller. Fishermen are using small minnow plugs, flies, and soft-plastic jigs like the Fin-S Fish to catch stripers up to 28 inches reported the guys at Forestdale.
Boats fishermen are still jigging mackerel around Barnstable Harbor, and then live-lining those mackerel for good-sized stripers.
Cape Cod Canal
Some of those macks made their way into the Canal this week, perking up the morning and afternoon action. Fishermen caught stripers on pencil poppers and Al Gags Whip-It Fish reported Stan at Red Top Sporting Goods. Red Top weighed-in stripers up to 37 pounds this week.
Stan said the night bite has been a bit slower than the afternoon and sunrise action.
The bass have been spread throughout the Canal reported Billy at Maco’s Bait and Tackle. In the East End, Billy reported that fishermen are catching big, 10-pound-plus bluefish.
The striper fishing in Buzzards Bay continues to be on the slow side, but bottom fishing is excellent reported the crew at Maco’s. Fishermen are still finding keeper black sea bass, and anglers working outside the Canal channel are picking up a few fluke as well.
The Forestdale Bait and Tackle boys said a few boats reported great bluefish action off Cotuit this week. One fishermen had hits every cast, just outside the range of shore anglers at Oregon Beach. That means the bluefish action on the South Side could pick up at any moment for the wading anglers. A small group from OTW snuck out early to hit South Cape Beach on Wednesday, but only caught one bluefish among five anglers.
Striper fishing off the South Side has been spotty Captain Mort from FishTale Charters in Harwich Port. Mort’s been having great success with black sea bass, and said the scup fishing has been running hot and cold.
The only South Side bass action Jeff at Forestdale had heard of was at Succonesset Shoal.
Some bigger bass have moved into Vineyard waters this week. Peter at Larry’s Bait and Tackle reported stripers up to 39 pounds caught on darters in the up-island surf. Around Chappy and East Beach, Peter reported that surfcasters are catching bass to 39 inches, and bluefish in the rips. Striper fishing is also improving for boat fishermen around the island.
Coop at Coop’s Bait and Tackle said the bluefish action is good in the boats, but it’s only fair on the beaches. He expects the bluefish to move into surfcasting range in better numbers soon. Coop also reported big numbers of schoolie stripers all around the island.
Captain Kurt of FishSticks Charters has been doing well jigging sea bass, putting a dozen nice fish to 18 inches in the boat last Friday, along with a bonus 21-inch fluke. The hot lure was a bucktail jig with a strip of squid. Kurt took a look for some stripers and blues, and found some birds working around Wasque. Despite the bird activity, he saw no fish on the surface, but still managed a few bluefish to 8 pounds.
Small stripers continue to run the lower Cape beaches. The best action is after dark on needlefish and minnow plugs.
Striper fishing has been slow around Monomoy, but it’s early still and the water is still a bit cold reported Captain John from Fish Chatham Charters. John’s been fishing around Nantucket and finding bluefish and stripers.
Bluefin are moving into Cape Cod waters in better numbers, but by most accounts, the fish have ben picky. Captain John of Fish Chatham Charters said there is tons of bait east of Chatham, and the tuna bite should be good once the weather allows fishermen to head after them. Trolling is catching a couple, but live bait has been working better.
Coop at Coop’s Bait and Tackle said the Regal Sword is the tuna hot spot right now.
Captain Steve from Chaser Offshore Fishing said there are big bluefin east of Chatham and smallier, school bluefin south of Martha’s Vineyard. He recommended South of the Vineyard for the best bet at hooking some bluefin. Steve had also heard of bluefin coming from south of Block Island. Steve’s son will be making his first canyon run soon. There’s a good water temperature break moving within range of Cape Cod fishermen, and based on reports coming from the south, fishermen should expect some yellowfin and makos in the mix.
There were some big bluefin landed last weekend andthis week. Alan Hastbacka of Got Stryper Charters landed a 92-incher on spinning gear and a stickbait over the weekend. Coop heard of an 82-incher taken this week as well.
Fishing Forecast for Cape Cod
Provincetown is the place to be for big striped bass in the boat right now. From shore, the Canal is a good choice, but the Cape Cod Bay and South Side beaches are producing fast action with schoolies without the crowds. Cotuit is the best bet for blues, both by beach and boat. Also, with bluefin being spotted in good numbers, heading south of Martha’s Vineyard or east of Chatham could be a good call.