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If you knew where to look, the fishing prior to the full moon has been incredible at times, both inshore and offshore. Large stripers surpassing 50 pounds were caught in the Cape Cod Canal and the school bluefin tuna bite is hot at the moment. The Vineyard is holding some slot and over-slot stripers and the same goes for the Cape Cod Bay.
Cape Cod Fishing Report
Tim at Eastman’s Sport & Tackle in Falmouth told me striper fishing has been very slow for slot fish, but there are a lot of smaller fish for shore anglers. The Canal picked up prior to the full moon as bass pinned mackerel and bunker along the banks. Stripers have been chasing squid at Middle Ground and there have been quite a few bonito reports from the Vineyard. School-sized bluefin up to 47 inches have been biting at The Claw for several weeks now. Tim says fluke fishing has been slow this season.
Kurt at Fishsticks Charters out of Martha’s Vineyard says the fishing has been really good for stripers and bluefish despite the tough weather. There are lots of fish stripers around feeding on small squid in the rips, but not many keepers in the mix.
Fishtale Sportfishing out of Harwich Port reports small stripers around Monomoy and a few slot-sized fish. Bottom fishing has been okay southeast of Nantucket where they’ve been finding decent fluke but no numbers.
Peter at Larry’s Tackle Shop at Martha’s Vineyard told me there are lots of bluefish on the east side of the island and into the rips. Striper action is picking up at night with some bigger fish being taken up island in the 20 to 30-pound range. Chappy is also holding some fish into the teens. Peter says the offshore bluefin bite at The Dump has been really good.
AJ at Red Top Sporting Goods in Buzzards Bay says the Canal popped off Tuesday night at the west end of the Canal with a lot of 30 to 50-pound fish on bunker. Keeper sea bass are still holding in Buzzards Bay, but the action at Cleveland’s Ledge hasn’t been as good in comparison to 2020.
Elena of Reel Deal Charters out of Truro says striper fishing has been good off Provincetown with fish up to 48 and 50 inches. Live-lining mackerel has been the best technique for bass and there have also been some 6 to 8-pound bluefish in the mix.
Captain Mel True of Fishnet Charters reported that the sea bass bite is good in 50 feet of water in Buzzards Bay. The striper bite, according to Captain Mel, has been sporadic, with the fish here today and gone tomorrow. When they are around, he’s been having good success with live bunker and topwaters.
Amy at Sports Port Bait & Tackle reports good bluefish action from the beaches and boat in Cotuit and Osterville. The majority of the fish are in the 3 to 4-pound range but there are 6 and 7 pounders in the mix. Keeper black sea bass are being taken at the Succonnesset rips. Fluke fishing has been good at Middle Ground and Lucas Shoal and there are some keepers around. On the bay side, Barnstable Harbor is giving up some slot-sized fish, and Billingsgate Shoal has over-slot fish, but the action has been spotty.
Ross of Cape Cod Charter Guys in Bourne told me striper action has been consistent in the bay over the past week. Yesterday, he and his clients left thousands of stripers feeding on the surface from Billingsgate all the way to the Race. On a recent trip, they watched bluefin tuna up to an estimated 800 pounds slash through schools of mackerel and bunker for over 10 minutes. “It sounded like a shotgun going off,” Ross says.
Cape Cod Forecast
With clouds, fog, and showers in the forecast for tonight’s full moon, there should be a shot at large bass everywhere from Martha’s Vineyard, to Buzzards Bay, the Canal, all the way through Cape Cod Bay, and up to Provincetown. The Vineyard seems to have the most consistent fishing for bass and blues at the moment, but not necessarily the largest fish. Breaking tides will continue at the Canal on the backside of the full moon, creating stronger than usual currents, and a better probability of macks or bunker to push through.
My coworker Anthony DeiCicchi went 7 for 10 today on bluefin tuna, confirming the hot offshore bite.
It’s worth taking a peek at the south Cape beaches for consistent bluefish action. There might even be a chance for blues up to 7 or 8 pounds on a topwater plug.
Buzzards Bay isn’t producing as many large sea bass in comparison to early June, but they’re still there and great to take home for the dinner table.