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Bluefish in the Suds | June 12 Report

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Garet reeling in a bluefish that whacked a plug just yards off the beach.

I'm not usually a huge fan of catching bluefish, but when they are whacking top water plugs cast from shore I am 100% in.

Fortunately here on Cape Cod, we see a nice run of bluefish along the beachfront each spring.  May and June, in my experience, has always been prime time for targeting bluefish from shore.

Catching bluefish from the beach is pretty simple stuff for the most part.  To catch a blue from shore you really only need to focus on three things:

  1. Locate a beach that has been holding bluefish
  2. Go to the beach around sunrise/sunset with top water plugs
  3. Bomb the top water plug out as far as you can and work it quickly along the surface

If the bluefish are around you will soon find out!

To make life easier for yourself, remove the treble hooks from your plug and replace them with singles.  You may also want to tie on a wire leader to avoid getting bitten off.  If you haven't fished for bluefish before, be extra careful and keep your fingers away from their extremely sharp and powerful teeth.

I'd also recommend bringing along a sand spike.  This way when you land a bluefish, you can place your rod in the sand spike and have two hands free to corral the bluefish.

One of the primary baits that bluefish are chasing this time of the year is squid.  Squid are really athletic and quick prey items, so the bluefish has to exert some serious energy to catch them.  What this means is that the blues will be, for the most part, super aggressive and willing to put on quite the acrobatic show.

You'll have your best chance of finding blues if you locate a beach that has squid holding off it.  Then when the wind turns and blows towards the beach, the organisms at the bottom of the food chain are blown in towards shore.  Next come the small minnows to feed on the small organisms.  Chasing the minnows are the squid and chasing the squid are the blues.

Luckily this is the exact situation Garet and I found ourselves in yesterday.  The wind was howling and the bluefish were holding very close to shore.

It only took 3 casts to hook up with the first blue of the day.  Like I said before, I'm usually cursing bluefish when they are chopping up my live eels, but this guy put up one heck of a good fight and actually pulled some decent line from my light tackle setup.  How could I not find this fun?

Garet and I continued casting directly into a rather stiff breeze, and were able to elicit a strike every 5-10 casts.  The blues were going nuts on the plug and had no trouble whacking it completely out of the water which is always exciting.

We spent around 45 minutes on the sand and hooked and released 4 or 5 blues.  Most of the blues were on the smaller end of the spectrum.  These blues would have looked awesome underneath a kite out at Stellwagen!

I'm sure we could have continued catching but a handful of bluefish is really all it takes to keep Garet and I happy.  We opted for calling it quits early and grabbing a slice of pizza on the ride home.

Just another fun afternoon fishing Cape Cod.  I'd imagine the bluefish bite will remain strong for at least a few more days if not longer.  If you are looking to cash in on some fun top water action I'd highly recommend grabbing some poppers and hitting the suds.

Click here for more information on the best Cape Cod beaches to target bluefish over the next few days.

Tight lines, good luck and enjoy the rest of your week!


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by Ryan Collins

Ryan Collins grew up on the beach, and has been fishing since he was 5. Ryan has great family, friends and fishing experiences to be grateful for. Just being there is enough...catching a few fish is always a bonus!

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