Cape Cod Fishing Report – September 2, 2021

Albie fever has taken over and offshore action is strong for tuna, swordfish, and Mahi.

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Cape Cod Fishing Report

Jim from Eastman’s Bait & Tackle says good-sized pods of albies have moved in on the south side from Poponesset to Quicks Hole. They’re feeding on very small peanut bunker, so larger albie jigs haven’t been the best bait choice. Using a thinner diameter leader (12 pound) and downsizing the presentation has been critical to hooking up. Spanish mackerel have been porpoising out of the water in shallow water at the entrance to Waquoit Bay on the east side. Unfortunately, bonito haven’t shown in numbers this year besides the Hooter. Striper fishing has been slower other than anglers throwing eels after dark at the Elizabeth Islands. Regulars at the Canal have been jigging fish from 28 to 40 inches.

Capt. John with Fish Chatham Charters told me his trip to the Canyons over the weekend was productive with a lot of yellowfin, swordfish during the day, and a lot of Mahi. Since then, he’s been fishing for bluefin off Chatham and there have been good numbers of 40 to 50-inch fish. He was trolling spreader bars for a couple of hours on a recent charter and they went 4 for 6. His charters have also been catching giant bluefin up to 100 inches on bait—the average size has been 95 inches.

Kurt at Fishsticks Charters says:

“I have largely focused on albies this week, finding them in VH Harbor, along the north shore of the Vineyard and along the Elizabeths. I did see some albies off Waquoit, but didn’t hook up, not a huge surprise. I have not tried State Beach or Edgartown Harbor, but have heard there are fish there too.”

Fishsticks Charters Albie
Lucas Park holding an albie from a recent charter trip on Fishsticks Charters.

AJ at Red Top Sporting Goods in Buzzards Bay says albie fever has kicked in from Falmouth all the way to the Vineyard and east into the sound. There are bonito mixed in with albies on the eastern side of the Elizabeth Islands. The Canal is producing bass, but they’re on the smaller side. AJ says they’ve been blitzing every day for roughly an hour on peanut bunker.

Maco’s Bait and Tackle in Buzzards Bay reports albies at the Vineyard and in the sound. There are small bass and a few keepers mixed in at the Canal.

Fish Chatham Charters Swordfish
A 150-pound swordfish from a recent trip to the Canyons on Fish Chatham Charters.

Cape Cod Forecast

Hurricane Ida brought heavy rain and strong winds, but it shouldn’t shut down the recent stretch of consistent albie fishing. Albies are popping up consistently off the Falmouth beaches daily and they’re feeding on small baitfish. They’re been accessible on all fronts: shore, kayak, and boat.

Tuna, swordfish, and Mahi are being taken south of the Vineyard. Reports east of the Cape are strong with bluefin up to 100 inches. The downside is there are a lot of boats out there following the start of the commercial season.

The Canal has lots of small fish and daytime blitzes according to several reports.

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4 on “Cape Cod Fishing Report – September 2, 2021

  1. Kyle

    Commercial tuna fishing just started?
    Thought it starts in june

  2. Walleye

    Anyone catching any albies in Buzzards Bay? Getting mixed reports lately….Tight Lines.

    1. Andy P

      The Sounds (MV and Ack) are better than Buzzards Bay from what I’ve seen the past 10 days.

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