Yesterday I started in earnest what I call my ‘combo’ trips. As more of a weekend angler with my family and friends, at this time of the year I launch at 5am at Stage Harbor and chase Stripers and Blues out off Monomoy.
After a couple hours a choice is made to either fluke fish or head east for Cod and Haddock. These trips are almost always made with my brother, Mark, a jigging fanatic, and my son Jack. Yesterday my niece, Catherine, also came with us. She started fishing with Mark and I when she was maybe 10 years old, and she is a great angler. I love having her along whenever she can come, especially now that she has her own life obligations.
Yesterday, with the north wind and fluke reports being a bit sparse, I had a hunch to go east. It paid off. You can find Cod in various points East of Chatham, north and south, as well in a variety of depths. The key for me is finding a live bottom with a reef, wreck, contour, structure and current.