Cape Cod Fishing Report – September 19, 2019

Pictured Above: A beautiful albie caught aboard Fishstick Charters.

Cold nights feel like the unofficial starter’s pistol for the fall run. However, the fishing reports have been mixed this week; the fish seem scattered, but those who find them are doing well. Albies, bonito, and Spanish macks continue to be caught along southside beaches and into Buzzards Bay. Small blues are inevitably mixed in as well. Striper fishing is improving, and fishing at night seems to be the best bet to find keeper-sized fish. There are still plenty of bluefin tuna around, but the giants are becoming fewer and farther between.

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It seems like a good number of albies have pushed into upper Buzzards Bay and are entering the Cape Cod Canal. Canal Bait and Tackle reported strong numbers of albies in the Canal from the west end past the Bourne Bridge. There have been some good stripers caught as well, mostly at night with live eels or jigs, but the albies have been the main attraction. Over at Red Top Sporting Goods, reports of the occasional big bass from the Canal have come in. The most consistent action seems to be the albies, as well as bonito. Red Top expects the striped bass bite to pick up again soon as fish continue to trickle in from the north.

Eastmans Sport and Tackle in Falmouth reported a slower week for albies. Not to say they aren’t out there, but it’s been scattered pods that require a lot of travel to find. The striper bite along the Elizabeth Islands has been solid, and boaters throwing eels have been getting 3 to 5 keepers most trips.

Fishy Business Sportfishing echoed that albie report. They’ve been covering lots of ground from the south side into Buzzards Bay, but once they’ve found albies, the fishing has been great.

Cape Cod Charter Guys have been targeting albies and doing well, catching some large specimens up to 12 pounds. They too have been chasing them all over the south side and into Buzzards Bay. They are also finding plenty of small stripers and bluefish in the mix. Most of the blues are small, but there are some bigger ones being caught. The weather and strong winds have been challenging, but with the better weather incoming they are expecting some good days ahead.

Amy from Sports Port Bait and Tackle reported large amounts of bluefish on the southside beaches. Anglers are still getting albies and Spanish macks from the beaches, but it takes getting out on the water to find the bonito. Boats are starting to get on tautog as well, targeting rocky structure with green grabs has been the ticket. She also heard reports of a good topwater bass bite off Monomoy as well as a solid night time bite off Chatham, with live eels.

Fish Chatham Charters has been having a tough time getting out due to strong winds. They reported good  bass fishing off Chatham as well, with some bigger fish being caught in the rips.They also landed a 60-inch bluefin out east of Chatham this week. There are still tuna out that way, mostly smaller fish but a lot of fun. They are favoring live macks over all other baits.

Forestdale Bait in Sandwich mentioned plenty of smaller bass in Cape Cod Bay, but keepers are being landed on the tube and worm as well.

Down on Martha’s Vineyard, Larry’s Tackle Shop reported steady albie fishing, finding albies up to 10 pounds. There has been a decent bluefish bite form the surf. Anglers are finding stripers up to 20 pounds as well.

Fishstick Charters on the Vineyard said the albie fishing has been very hit or miss but is improving. They did run into two albies on Friday on their way back from getting the boat serviced. Another two on Monday with one coming on a 1000-sized Sienna reel. Took them chasing the fish down to avoid being spooled but the albie was caught!

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Fishing Forecast for Cape Cod

If looking for bonito and albies from shore, the Canal, as strange as it sounds, may be your best bet. If targeting albies and bonito in the ditch, make sure you beef up your gear a bit. Those long hard runs in addition to the canal current is a good recipe to get spooled.

The albie fishing along the south side and into Buzzards Bay remains solid. It’s required lots of running around to find them, but they are around and active. As Jimmy mentioned last week, there hasn’t been a front runner for the “hot lure” this season. Resin and epoxy jigs are working well, but finding them is the main challenge currently.

Striper fishing is slowly improving. They are moving down from the north, both on the outer cape and in the canal. Live eels at night is more than likely your best bet at finding good-sized bass in both locations. School-size stripers are feeding close to shore at harbor and river mouths, or wherever there is abundant bait.

22 on “Cape Cod Fishing Report – September 19, 2019

  1. Donald Moore

    Caught a few seabass 16″ released, School of something attracted +/- 30 boats off of Old Silver Beach. A lot of fish, but no keepers . Overall good day.

  2. Metalmanbob

    Blackbass blackbass we couldn’t catch one all season but of course season closes and we catch me like crazy….we seen a good size shark just cruising the canal ?hook em n release em

    1. Ittybittyfishy

      Anyone have any suggestions where a kayaker could get a shot at a keeper? And yes I know the ocean. I’ve been doing buzzards bay and got into Albies but I’m still missing the bigger size bass. This year I’ve landed so many 20” to 27” fish it’s crazy but not one big enough to take me on a sleigh ride

  3. Brian

    Fishing for Stripers this year was significantly less than past years. It’s time we talked shutting down Commercial Striped Bass fishing. For the generations that can benefit from a moratorium, it’s time. I stopped commercial striped bass fishing this year due to the lack of numbers. The quota takes forever. Too much pressure on these schools.

    1. Dan

      Do your research 90% of the mortality rate of striped bass is do to recreational fishing not commercial. There’s countless studies proving this.

      1. Quinn

        ^^^ this, the majority of striped bass (over 90%) taken in new england are from recreational fisherman, and the post release mortality rates are awful. This is not just because of air exposure and handling of fish brought to hand but also has a lot to do with these fish (esp. larger keeper sizes) just do not revive well before release.

    2. Trevor

      Haha the rec guys do way more damage then the commercial guys do some research. Charter boats are taking multiple fish home every day. But still wah wah wah we gotta stop commercial because we suck at fishing wah wah wah

  4. Rob

    Is anyone having success catching mackerel for bait in the bay off of Sesuit or east of Chatham harbor.

  5. Fishnphreak

    My Brother-In-Law (BIL) and I tried to get on a yellowfin tuna trip out of Hyannis but it got cancelled 3 times. We then tried surf fishing on Herring Cove on the incoming tide. Nothing in 4 hours. Then we moved south to Nauset Light beach. I wanted to fish Coast Guard at high tide but the parking was non-existant. Another 4 hours of nothing. 8 hours and not a single bite. But 4 seals watched us just in case we caught a fish they could steal. Completely dead. I think the seals have eaten every fish on the outer Cape. Maybe now they will go away.

  6. Jeff

    I hear you on Herring cove…been twice from the beach this season. Nothing from shore. Threw every plug and spoon I had. I hate say it but it gets slower every year. Of course nowhere to go from nothing but up ! I also fish the Ogunquit – Wells area in early Sept every year. Past 3 years 20+ hours of fly fishing averaged 2 fish.

  7. Rob

    Debating trip to either the Canal or Nantucket for albies and stripers. Suggestions?

  8. Tyler

    I second Brian’s comment. I suggest we start limiting commercial harvest of bass and sport harvest of bass either through regulation or personal choice. It is no wonder the fishing has been worse as the years go on since these big bass see so much pressure a from state to state. Please release large breeder bass and refrain from the grip and grin pictures in front of the tackle shop. My kid will thank you when he is older.

  9. Striper King

    I agree with Brian…Striper fishing needs a break/moratorium for about 3-5 years. This season has been horrific for fishing. I spent a lot of gas traveling to the canal, Plymouth, So. Cape Beach and other places that produced fish. This year has been the worst yet. Confidence is really low on weather to go fishing or stay home. Something needs to be done! I caught more fish when the minimum size limit was 34″ … we need to go back to that minimum size.. 2020 dosen’t look good from this years results.

    1. MIKE

      Come on you cant be calling yourself the “striper king” if you are going to complain about this season. Everyones caught up in the hype, look a little harder and think outside of the box. People who say fishing is bad are the people that fish in fleets of 100+ boats on one school of fish. Go find your own pile and find out what they are eating.

  10. Jackie Zhang

    The frequent catch and release also have greatly reduced the number of fish. I found these number on the website: “Fish that were released without being held out of the water had a 12 percent mortality. But fish held out of the water for 30 seconds had a 38 percent mortality rate; more than one in three fish died. Fish out of the water for a full minute saw a 72 percent death rate.” Control your excessive desire, and don’t comfort yourself by ‘I released them’… I often saw small dead stripers along the coast…

    1. Bryan

      And a kept fish has a 100% mortality rate. What article are you referring to?

  11. JG

    All the bass went to Boston this year, relax guys. Makes sense, think, in the spring all the big bass were in the bay slamming squid, once that was over finding bigger bass was a lot harder.

  12. Inland beach guy

    I’ve posted before but here it us
    Stripers run the spawning runs up major rivers and are targeted heavily
    Even with largest fish pools . Thus is a mass killing of spawning stripers.
    Most don’t even make it to spawn.
    Start the list
    Hudson River from the mouth near lady liberty to the falls in Troy that’s a lot of miles if people throwing bait .
    Next on the list ?

    ……seems like we’re looking to start conserving in the wrong location !!

  13. T-VIRUS

    There’s no right or wrong way and at the end of the day it’s still call “fishing” and not “catching”. I’m a avid fisherman and I’ve learned a long time ago that persistent is the key to “catching”. More than 90% of the time I’m “fishing” and less than 10% I’m “catching” but I still love “fishing”. What I’m trying to say is stop worrying about what you can’t control and go “fishing”.

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