The albies haven’t gone anywhere, but they have changed their feeding patterns a bit.
When they first showed up in late August and Early September, peanut bunker were the primary bait. This week, however, peanuts have gotten scarce along the Cape’s south side, and the albies have shifted their focus to bay anchovies. The schools of anchovies seem to be hanging farther off the shoreline than the peanuts, which has drawn the albies into the open waters of Vineyard and Nantucket sounds. The fish have been biting well, however, with epoxy-style jigs, especially in amber color, out-producing soft plastics in recent days.
Anchovies are perfect baitfish for imitating with a fly. OTW’s Kevin Blinkoff caught an albie on the fly in his kayak on Thursday morning. Spinning rod anglers can present flies with the help of a casting egg or splasher. This presentation not only allows fishermen to “match the hatch,” but it is a deadly presentation when the albies aren’t showing themselves on the surface. The splashing of the casting egg draws the albies in for a closer look, and the fly seals the deal. Below is a video we produced on using the casting egg and fly for albies.
Schoolie bass are feeding heavily in the backwaters right now. Fishermen are seeing bass all over the surface early and late in the day. Most of these backwater bass are small, making them prime targets for the fly rod or light tackle. They have been feeding on the remaining peanut bunker and silversides, and can be caught on topwaters and weightless soft plastics.
The Canal is still pretty well packed with peanuts, reported AJ at Red Top Sporting Goods. And there are mackerel hanging off the East End. As of Thursday, the fishing hadn’t fired up with the October 6 new moon, but AJ was quick to remind me that on the last moon, the fishing didn’t pick up until three days after the moon. That would bring us to Saturday, just in time for the strong east winds to churn up the water and put the migrating stripers in a feeding mood.
Schoolie stripers are moving along the Cape Cod Bay Beaches, and moving down the Massachusetts South Shore toward the Cape. Peanut bunker continue to be the main bait, so it could pay to keep moving until you find some good schools of these juvenile menhaden.
Tog fishing is improving, but green crabs have been tough to come by. AJ expects to have some this weekend, but said, like in the springtime, the green crab demand has been outpacing supply. Right now tog are still holding on shallow structure, and you can even catch them from shore. Jetties, docks, bridges, and the Cape Cod Canal all have keeper tog potential for the shore-bound angler.
Tuna fishing continues off the backside of the Cape with big numbers of recreational tuna continuing to feed on a mix of butterfish and sand eels. But with the upcoming weather, tuna fishing may be on pause for a few days after Friday.
Fishing Forecast for Cape Cod
Reports from up north are still good, so there seem to be plenty of good stripers left to migrate past the Cape. The albies are still going strong, and tog fishing is good and getting better. The only bad news is the fierce east wind kicking up this weekend – but lucky for us, the fall trout stocking has begun on Cape, and fishermen unable to hit the salt can hit the ponds and have a blast catching beautiful rainbow trout.