With the month of June in full swing, the waters of the Cape have seemed to become much more busier with not only boaters, but with big bluehead seabass as well. Most of these larger seabass are still holding in deeper water, however smaller fish have moved up into the 30ft range, along with a few larger class ones. The Striper fishing in both Vineyard Sound and Buzzards Bay is still doing well, however these fish are holding primarily on live bait such as pogies, so if you want to find these fish, key your eyes on the top of the water for pogies flipping the surface. Tight lines everyone!
Over the past week fishing from the banks of Cape Cod has been showing improvement. Surfcasters in the Canal are seeing consistent slot fish in the early mornings and evening, but nothing too crazy in regards to blitzing fish. There are also a large number of yellow eyed devils, or bluefish cruising the Canal, so don't be shocked if your soft plastics come back ripped up. Out on the beaches anglers are seeing extremely productive fisheries with both Stripers and Bluefish. Specifically, the south cape beaches are doing very well with bluefish around 5 pounds, and Stripers in the slot range. With all of the smaller fish around, it does not mean the cows are not lurking. Anglers catching larger fish are putting in long hours at night jigging key spots throughout the Canal. Hopefully the weather clears this weekend and you are able to get out there and on some fish! Tight lines everyone!
Fishing for boaters this year has been phenomenal. In Buzzards Bay, there has been no lack of Stripers chasing pogie schools all throughout the day. The topwater bite has been mainly on The Doc. So if you do not have any, make sure you come in and grab them before we run out! Seabass fishing in Buzzards is beginning to become more steady, however the big blue heads are still holding in the deeper water off of Cleveland Ledge. Once the water heats up a little more, these fish will quickly migrate into the 20-30ft depth range. In Vineyard Sound anglers are still hammering slot-sized Stripers in the rips. Subsurface and topwater plugs in white seem to be the most productive. Tight lines everyone!
With the weekend coming to an end, the fishing in the Canal has also slowed. After about a week long jig bite, some of these fish have seemed to move onto their next location in their migration. However, there are still good odds that you can find yourself pulling fish off the bottom in the mid-afternoon. The Stripers over the weekend seemed to be very finicky and dialed on small silver sides which is why you may have had a hard time hooking up on breaking fish in the early mornings. However, remember it is only June 6th! There are still reports of fish up to 30 pounds (even up to 60 pounds) being caught in Northern New Jersey, so another push of fish is to be expected in the near future. Anglers on south Cape beaches have been extremely successful with both bluefish and slot-sized Stripers. Beach fishing on the Buzzards Bay side of the Cape has still been productive, but most of the larger fish are holding in slightly deeper water, just out of reach from surfcasters. When the season reaches this point of year, don't be afraid to test your luck out on the beaches. Tight lines everyone!
Offshore tuna fishing is beginning to start up over the past weekend. Anglers have been successful with large bluefin out at Georges Bank, with some of these fishing moving closer in. Anglers are beginning to see bluefin holding east of Chatham while they gorge on mackerel and sea herring. This time of year last year we also saw the smaller, recreational bluefin south of Martha's Vineyard. However with gas prices being so high, anglers seem to be waiting for someone to confirm that the fish have arrived before using up their tank. With the start of the commercial season on June 1st, expect many more boats to try and land their fair share of bluefin close into shore while they still can. Tight lines everyone!
With Memorial Day just passing, the waters of Buzzards Bay and Vineyard Sound are becoming much busier with boaters. Seabass fishing has been picking up, however these fish are still holding in the deeper holes around 40ft. Areas like Cleveland Ledge are holding the most keeper size fish. Buzzards Bay has still been holding larger class Striped Bass on schools of Menhaden between Wareham and Bird Island. Vineyard Sound has been holding a plentiful amount of slot-sized Stripers in all of the rips. Anglers are doing best on white color subsurface lures and topwater plugs. Tight lines everyone!
With the new moon this past Monday, anglers were hoping these were the tides that finally pushed the Stripers from Buzzards bay through the Canal. Despite a slow few days after the moon, the Canal is holding fish once again. Many of these fish are being pulled in the early morning on both topwater plugs and soft body jigs. With the amount of little bait around these fish have been dialing in on Silversides and Small Menhaden around 4 inches. So do not be afraid to take a step back and downsize your lures to match the hatch. In regards to the size of the fish, most are holding in the slot range, however fish up to 20 pounds are also being caught throughout the Canal. Key spots like the Herring Run, Rail Road Bridge, and Fishing Pier are seen to be most productive. With the weekend approaching expect larger crowds lining the rocks of the Canal in search of the trophy fish. Tight lines everyone!
As I write this report, Stone from Red Top is hooked up on a bluefin Tuna East of Chatham. If that doesn't say how well this year is, I'm not sure what will. Tuna fishing this year is yet to slow down, anglers are consistently hooking fish 80-100 inches almost every trip. Larger fish are still holding east of Chatham, while the Southwest corner of Stellwagon Bank is also providing larger fish. Reports of not only larger fish, but recreational size fish as well are holding closer to the east end of the Canal. With large mackerel schools moving closer to the Canal everyday, I would not be surprised to see some Tuna move into the Canal. Mahi Mahi and football bluefins are holding at The Dump feeding on just about anything you throw at them. Further south towards the Canyons and Atlantis, yellowfin tuna and white marlin are feeding on bait on the surface, most guys are picking those up trolling bars. If you do get out there I recommend stretching because the odds of hooking a fish are high. Good luck to everyone out there!
Over the week, the full moon made tides much stronger within the Canal, stirring things up for anglers. Along with these tides, small schools of mackerel were pushed into the West end where they searched for structure between the Rail Road Bridge and Bourne Bridge. Unfortunately for them, Striped Bass ranging up to 20 pounds made that extremely difficult. From mid to late last week, anglers on the West end enjoyed a morning jig bite, along with sporadic topwater fish as well. Slot sized fish seemed to be from the top to mid water column, while larger fish hung around towards the bottom. Ian from Red Top was able to make it out one morning and was able to land fish around 20 pounds all morning on a Green Mackerel Savage Sandeel. With the pattern we are seeing this year with the moon tides consistently bringing fish, I highly recommend you pack your gear up and mark the calendar for the next new and full moon. Tight Lines!
With the warm water sticking close to the shore, the bait balls offshore are continuing to stick tight along the contour lines. This has kept offshore fishing extremely consistent, with zero sign of letting up this year. Yellowfin, Mahi, and football Bluefin are pushing along South of the Vineyard, while larger bluefin are holding on the Sword and Crab Ledge. Get out there and bag some fish for the freezer, or to make a little extra money this week. Good luck to everyone this week!