Stripers are still around for the fishermen still willing to target them. Most of the reports have come from the Canal where AJ at Red Top said fishermen caught pretty big numbers this week. The fish are on the small side however, with few, if any, keepers taken.
Jeff at Forestdale Bait and Tackle said small stripers are still being caught along the South Side of the Cape and on the Cape Cod Bay side around Town Neck Beach. One fisherman who stopped by Forestdale reported seeing fish splashing that looked like albies or bonito, but that the fish disappeared before he could cast to them. “Funny fish” in November isn’t unheard of. I’ve heard reports in years past of a wave of bonito moving through after the albies leave in the late fall. It could be wise to keep a spinning rod rigged with a small metal on your upcoming tog trips.
Speaking of tog, the fishing continues to be great, not just in Buzzards Bay and off the South Side, but all the way up in Provincetown. Captain Bobby Rice of Reel Deal Fishing Charters caught several keepers fishing along the Provincetown breakwater this week.
The tog weren’t his highlight this week, however, as Bobby continued to enjoy the good bluefin fishing off the tip of the Cape. Live bait has been the ticket as the fish feed on small butterfish, but tuna were taken on lures this week as well.
A surprise shot of bluefish moved through the Canal this week reported AJ at Red Top. The blues weighed up to 15 pounds, and were mixed in with the small stripers.
Captain Jason Colby reported tog to 8 pounds in Buzzards Bay this week. He’s been having no trouble finding keeper-sized fish, with plenty of 6-plus-pounders in the mix.
Freshwater fishing is great. Rainbow trout are biting well on PowerBait, flies, and spoons reported Jeff at Forestdale. A few browns are being taken as well, with most falling to shiners, worms, or stickbaits.
Largemouth are biting well, even after dark. A crew from the OTW office hit a trout pond after dark on election night and were surprised by the aggressive largemouths taking their lures intended for trout. Daytime anglers are having good luck with crankbaits, jigs, and spinnerbaits, while after dark, topwaters and wakebaits are still working.
Fishing Forecast for Cape Cod
By next week’s forecast, the striper season may be little more than a memory, so if you still want to catch ol’ linesides, you’d better act soon. Small jigs, either bucktail or soft-plastic are a good bet for fooling the schoolies, but keep some poppers on hand in case some blues or bigger bass show up.