Fishing from the surf has begun to pick up over the weekend. In the early morning, over slot stripers are being caught at the Train Bridge, if you are willing to join the crowd. From the beaches, Stripers and bluefish are being caught all around the Cape. Brown Shark fishing has also been phenomenal on South Cape Beaches if you are willing to fish into the twilight hours of the night. Using dead eels and bluefish have been the most effective. I had the chance to get out late last week for Browns, below is another Red Top employee I was with who got a 5 and a half foot Brown caught around 12:30am on a bluefish hooked onto the Red Top premade shark rigs! Tight lines everyone!
For the past two mornings bait has been dragged into the west end of the Canal, with larger stripers following close behind. Most of these fish are just above 40 inches, and up to around 30 pounds with some slots mixed in. Jigging has been the best technique for pulling these fish, however subsurface magic swimmers are also a viable option for anglers. Key spots like the Railroad Bridge, Bell Road, and Mass Maritime have been extremely productive at the end of the morning east tide, into the beginning of the west. If you aren't out there fishing, I highly recommend you use this weekend as your opportunity to get on fish before the rain and wind picks up during the week. Tight lines and good luck everyone!(Fish pictured below was 33 inches and harvested legally).
If you are reading this report right now, you should be out on your boat. Buzzards Bay has still been producing slot sized stripers on the pogy schools, while seabass and fluke are continuing to stay consistent. In Cape Cod Bay, we have seen the best schoolie bluefish tuna fishing than we have seen in the past 20 years. These recreational sized tuna are holding around Race Point, Peaked Hill, and Stellwagon Bank. The large Striper Bass are still holding on those pogy schools off of Plymouth, with rumors of Tuna lurking in with them as well. With the wind blowing hard until Thursday, hopefully this stirs the bait up and keeps these fish feeding throughout the week. Tight lines everyone!
Over the past 2 days the Canal has been picking up. Early morning topwater bites in the west end have been quite productive for anglers. For me, I love throwing the 3oz Left Hook Raptor as it casts teh furthest than anything in my plug bag. Off the beaches anglers are still doing very well. Beaches facing Cape Cod Bay all the way up to Boston have been doing well for Stripers, as the south Cape beaches have been productive Brown Shark spots in the late hours of the night. Tight lines everyone!
Buzzards bay is still holding a multitude of fish. With both Stripers holding on pogies, as well as 30-40 inch bluefish cruising in the warmer water. This year, Buzzards Bay has seized to impress anglers in all aspects of fishing, and it does not seem to be letting up anytime soon. In Cape Cod Bay, large schools of pogies are being hammered by Stripers up to 50 pounds outside the east entrance of the canal, extending north all the way into Boston. Boat fishing this year overall has been lights out, and I feel it will continue to be the same until the end of the season. Happy 4th and tight lines!
In the Canal, there has not been a ton of productivity. There are still fish being pulled on jigs in the west end, but nothing super consistent. The most productive way of tackling the canal right now has been on chunk bait in both the east and west end. Mackerel and squid are being reported throughout the entire canal, however there are not a crazy number of fish that follow. For beach fishing, anglers have been doing very well on north shore beaches, as well as the south cape beaches. Brown Sharks are also beginning to be caught on the beaches facing the Vineyard. Happy 4th and tight lines!
The past weekend has not been the best for anglers looking for Stripers in the Canal. With warmer water, and a lack of bait, bluefish have been heavily feeding in both the east and west end. In the early mornings before the sun rises, there have been larger Stripers moving into the east end as they chase squid and the occasional school of mackerel. With big bass holding right outside the mouths of the east, and west end, I am positive that the strong new moon tides will make the Canal extremely productive for anglers. Once again, I'll be out there this week if you can find me! Hope everyone has a productive week with these upcoming moon tides. Tight lines everyone!
With Buzzards Bay filled with pogies and silversides there is no lack of fish. Capt. Chris Tankis on the vessel Skipjack said he managed to get into bluefish around 30 inches in lower Buzzards Bay on Saturday. "I thought I was hooked up to an Albie!" is what he said when I spoke to him. With bluefish this size cruising around the bay, expect the fights to be just like little tuna! Slot-sized bass are still feeding on pogie schools within the harbors of Buzzards Bay, with the potential of larger fish being there in the early morning. In Cape Cod Bay, stripers up to 50lbs are being caught off of Plymouth on large pogie schools. If you go out looking for the fish, you will often find them surrounded by the commercial fleets in the early days of the week. Tight lines everyone!
Fishing from the boats has been lights out. In Buzzards Bay, stripers are still holding up on pogie schools, while the bluehead seabass are held out in deep water. There has also been a good fluke bite going on in the waters surrounding the Mashnee Flats. In Cape Cod Bay, there have been massive stripers held up on vast schools of pogies. Most fish are at least 35-40 pounds, all being caught on live pogies, or the topwater Doc. These schools of fish have been held up in Barnstable, off of Plymouth, and off of Provincetown. Tight lines everyone!
Over the week, fishing in the Canal has definitely been seeing some better days. Fishing in the West End all the way up to the Bourne Bridge has been consistent. Fish are mainly being pulled on soft body jigs, however there are some fish being pulled on topwater plugs. From the beaches, the South Shore along with the beaches of Buzzards Bay have been seeing consistent fish at night. With the new moon of June approaching, anglers are getting very jittery in hopes that the historically proven bite occurs once again. Tight lines everyone!