One of many nice bass we were able to hook up with this past week on Cape Cod Bay.
Cape Cod Fishing Report
There’s been a lot of stuff happening this past week off Cape Cod. From 5 pound bluefish to 500 pound giant bluefin tuna, just about every Cape Cod fishing report around the web and in the newspapers is saying the same thing – the saltwater fishing is pretty darn good.
If there’s one thing just about everyone can agree upon it is the amount of bait present in many areas around Cape Cod. Of course not every bay, harbor and sound is chock full – but many are. From mackerel to squid to pogies there is plenty for the predatory fish to feast upon.
Cape Cod Bay Fishing Report
The Bay continued to fish very well this past week. During a trip on Tuesday we found loads and loads of mackerel in 70 feet of water. Mostly tinkers but a few larger specimens mixed in.
One of the most interesting accounts I heard this week came from blog member Paul S. Paul was out fishing a few days ago and actually jigged up squid amongst all the mackerel. In 20 years of mackerel fishing I have never caught a squid in the Bay. Nice work Paul!
There’s plenty of big bass in the Bay as well and most of them, at least at the moment, seem to be hanging tight to shore. We found hordes of fish this week in 15-20 feet of water and enjoyed consistent action for about 5 straight hours. Nothing enormous but nice bass in the 10-27 pound range.
Live macks were the ticket for us but numerous other blog members loaded up in the Bay using top water plugs. Again most of the top water action has been occurring in relatively shallow water, so at least for the moment it seems that the bass have not entered into their deep water haunts summer pattern.
There are some bluefish kicking around in Cape Cod Bay as well, although we have not caught any in the boat just yet – which is A-OK by me.
Click here for information on specific areas that have been holding good numbers of big bass in the Bay.
Cape Cod Canal Fishing Report
As has been the case for the majority of this spring, the Cape Cod Canal continues to produce phenomenal striped bass fishing. There’s been a boat load of bait in the Canal all spring, and so far it’s not showing any real signs of letting up.
My guess is that there must be a ton of food in the Ditch for the mackerel to feed upon. Why else would they allow themselves to be slaughtered each morning by hordes of big bass? As long as the food for the macks stick around, I would say with confidence that the bass will take advantage of the feeding opportunity.
When the bass are on macks the top water fishing can be really exciting. As is typical the best action this past week was early in the morning, however the mid-morning and afternoon bite hasn’t been too shabby either.
Blog member Nick K. has been doing damage during hours that striped bass are supposed to be resting. This past week he landed numerous fish in the 30 and 40 inch class between 10am – 12 noon, proving that you never know unless you go. Nick is relatively new to fishing the Canal, so congrats on a phenomenal start to your Cape Cod Canal fishing career!
However with the heat wave and the crowds, hitting the Canal at night this weekend could be your best bet.
Click here to check out some of the best areas and techniques for fishing the Canal after dark.
Provincetown Fishing Report
I really enjoy fishing P-town, and if it wasn’t for the 20 mile ride across Cape Cod Bay I would fish the area a lot more often. The great news is that the light winds predicted for this weekend could make that ride a bit easier on the boat, body and wallet. Believe me you do not want to cross Cape Cod Bay when the wind is blowing 20-25mph!
Fishing in this area is really cool because so many different techniques produce well. Drifting live mackerel, wire line jigging and everything in between will work during the spring over at P-town.
I remember a few years back at P-town when my fish finder repeatedly “told” me that we were in 10 feet of water when in reality, we were in over 30. The bass were so thick that my sonar was confusing the schools of stripers for the bottom. I’m not sure if this is the case right now over there, however word has it that the place is loaded up pretty good.
There are still plenty of mackerel holding in deep water from Plymouth straight across to Provincetown. 100 feet plus has been the magical depth.
Click here for more information on some of the best areas to target stripers in the Provincetown area this weekend.
Giant Bluefin Tuna Fishing Report
My fishing buddy Jason Mazzola is currently sitting out on the Southwest Corner of Stellwagen Bank drifting live bait for a chance at a giant bluefin tuna. I’ve tried calling a few times but the cell phone reception is pretty lousy out there. I’ll be sure to keep you posted if they hook up.
I do know they were able to scrounge up a few pogies before heading out which is always a good sign. However so far the pogie fishing has been on the slow side for us. Last year we had trips where we landed dozens of adult pogies using the gill net, however this year we have been fortunate to find just a few.
I’d imagine the pogie fishing in many Cape Cod harbors and bays will only continue to improve – I hope!
Contrary to what most folks were expecting it seemed that the tuna bite got off to a slow start this spring. A lot of guys, myself included, expected to hear about tuna being caught in mid to late May.
Well it took a few extra weeks but the tunas are here and they are BIG.
Most of the bluefins I have heard about so far this season have been over 400 pounds. The majority of these big boys have been taken by stick boats, however the rod and reel guys are holding their own.
The SWC of Stellwagen is always a good bet this time of the season. Granted I’m no tuna expert but the corner is where we have always had our best success early in the season.
Hanging a bluefish under a kite is a sure fire way to tempt one of the behemoths that are currently swimming around on the Bank. Problem is finding bluefish when you need them for bait is not always easy. Often times it takes some considerable effort to find and transport the blues to where you intend on fishing them. Nevertheless the extra effort to locate a bluefish may very well be worth it.
East of Chatham is also fishing pretty well. For the best tuna reporting in the area I would recommend viewing Captain John Bunar’s Massachusetts Fishing Report – just click here to check it out.
Surfcasting Fishing Report
Shore bound anglers have a bunch to look forward to this weekend. The fishing from shore around Cape Cod this season has been really epic. I’ve seen more nice stripers up in tight to the beach this spring than I have in the past few years which is really awesome.
There’s really no shortage of great places to fish, however to increase your odds I’d recommend targeting a place that features boulders in close proximity to a harbor, estuary or some sort of significant current. These types of areas have fished especially well for me this spring.
Bluefish can still be caught from shore in numerous locales around Cape Cod. This is simple surf casting – just chuck a top water plug out there as far as you can and rip it along the surface. If the blues are there they will certainly let you know.
I plan on heading down Cape this weekend and doing some surf casting of my own Saturday evening and Sunday morning. There’s a few areas that I’m eager to try out and it looks like the tides may work out perfectly for these spots.
For more information on where to find a solid bass bite from shore this weekend, click here.
That’s about all the intel I have at the moment! If you’re interested in reading up on some more quality fishing reports be sure to check out On The Water and one of my favorite fishing forums, Sportfishermen.com.
Tight lines and good luck!