Cape Cod Canal and Cape Cod Bay
The Canal fishing is hot according to the report from Red Top. Good numbers of 20- to 30-pound bass were caught earlier this week by fishermen casting pencil poppers, Magic Swimmers, and Stick Shadds during the daylight hours.
Bill at Maco’s reported a big school of bluefish moving into the Canal on Thursday morning, with many of the fish chopping up soft-plastic lures.
Mackerel were reported in the East End of the Canal, and these are most likely drawing the bass into the Big Ditch.
Schools of stripers are still roaming Cape Cod Bay from the East End of the Canal to Barnstable Harbor. Tube-and-worm rigs are working during the daylight hours, and live eels are working at night. Jeff at Forestdale Bait and Tackle said shore fishermen are catching good numbers of 20- to 26-inch stripers. Poppers are taking some fish, but swimming plugs, small jigs, needlefish, and teasers are accounting for most of the bites from the schoolie bass.
Fluke fishing is good in the Bay reported the Red Top Crew. Fish in excess of 20 inches were taken this week. Many fish are undersized, however. Mashnee Flats have been the hotspot for Buzzards Bay fluke lately.
Buzzards Bay is swarming with small sea bass. Keepers are there, but fishermen have to pick through a few dozen throwback fish to get their limits.
South Side and Martha’s Vineyard
Jeff at Forestdale heard of some bluefish being trolled up just outside of casting range on South Cape Beach. None have been reported from shore, however.
Shore-bound fishermen have been catching scup and fluke from South Side beaches. Some fishermen are trying for brown sharks after dark, but I haven’t heard of much success on the Cape beaches. On Martha’s Vineyard, however, the surf sharking has been excellent. Coop at Coop’s Bait and Tackle recently released his seventh brown shark of the summer. Surf sharks have ranged from 60 to 250 pounds.
Horseshoe Shoal is reportedly holding some bluefish reported Bill at Sports Port. Bearse’s Shoal is also producing bluefish along with some sea bass.
Sea bass fishing is excellent in the deeper water around the Vineyard and Noman’s Island reported Bill at Maco’s. One angler caught an 8-pounder this week. Coop reported that the sea bass have been so abundant and aggressive, they’ve been striking the Rebel Fas-Tracs being trolled for bonito at the Hooter.
The bonito are thick at the Hooter reported Melissa at Larry’s Tackle Shop. She’d even heard of a few taken off the Menemsha Jetty. At the Hooter, the usual stickbaits are working best for trolling anglers. Clark spoons fished behind a drail or small planer are also working.
Bill at Sports Port also heard of false albacore mixing in with bonito at the Hooter, but neither Melissa at Larry’s nor Cooper at Coop’s had heard of any albies.
Striper fishing is still good in the Vineyard surf, both on the North Shore and on the south side. Nighttime has been the right time with eels, needles, or swimming plugs.
Melissa at Larry’s said Wasque was the spot for bluefish on the beach, with a shot at some small bass as well.
Middle and Lower Cape
Monomoy Rips are holding good numbers of small bass reported Captain John of Fish Chatham Charters. Captain Mort of Fishtale Sportfishing has been catching a mix of bass and blues in the rips. On Thursday, Mort had fish to 36 inches.
Captain John has been doing most of his fishing farther north off Nauset. There, bigger stripers and bluefish are being caught by vertical jigging.
The Reel Deal Fishing Charters fleet has been on the striper bite off the lower cape, catching good-size stripers on vertical jigs.
Tuna and Offshore
The south of the Vineyard bluefin bite is still going, with fishing being caught by trolling spreader bars and ballyhoo, and by casting plugs and jigs.
Warm waters have also brought white marlin and mahi into the lower Dump reported Steve from Chaser Offshore Fishing.
John from Fish Chatham Charters said he had a number of white marlin in his trolling spread this week, whacking his ballyhoo baits with their bills, but none finding the hook.
The canyons have been on the slow side reported Steve from Chaser offshore.
East of Chatham has been slow as well, but fishermen are beginning to see more bluefin out there. Harpoon boats are doing well east of Chatham, so rod-and-reel fishing may pick up soon.
Fishing Forecast for Cape Cod
The weather isn’t looking great for running south this weekend, but it should be fishable for stripers in Cape Cod Bay and off Nauset Beach. When the strong southwest winds abate and the seas settle, bonito fishing at the Hooter will be back on the menu.