Forecast 2012.. Look for an early start to the 2012 season as the Northeast has had a mild winter. For instance in years past we have had striper action as early as the end of March, especially if the herring come into the estuaries early. The Cape Cod Ponds have been consistent all winter with trout. On the warm sunny days there is a white fly hatch.
October 18th, 2010
Fish are still here! Bluefish along hardings beach yesterday. 1 mile off chatham bass along bottom jig technique working best 30 feet of water. Cape Cod Canal has a fall run of stripers moving thru.
August 5th, 2010
Bonito have shown up. Tuna bite allittle slower compard to a fantastic first 2 weeks of July. Plenty of bluefish in Cape Cod Bay. Most of our striper action off Chatham to Race Point in deeper water with jig technique working best. South side estuaries kind of cooled off as the water temp is very high. On the Fingers in Sandwich has reported varied action.
June 20th, 2010
All areas of the Cape seem to be holding fish. With note worthy areas from Pamet harbor up to P-town and around the race and down to truro this week. Blue fish at Stage and Wychmere. Large pods of monster bass moving thru the canal. Did we mention cape Cod Bay.
June 7th, 2010
Water temp on Cape Cod 60 degrees. So far, the Cape cod bay has fished the best. Brewster Flats and Wood End up in P-town lots of keepers in shallow water. Billingsgate as well. Tuna showing up at Stellwagon and the Chatham B-B bouy. Bishops started to get better this week. Great Island in Hyannius showing better action. Still waiting for Monomoy to light up, it will. Sporadic action on the south side jetties and estuaries, they are getting better, although Cotuit and Ponponest saw the best early action in May. Provincetown harbor and Barnstable Harbor in the 2nd half of May were good also.
May 10th, 2010
Spotty, but the first waves of fish are here. Things should start to heat up.
-Barnstable Harbor had a bunch of stripers in last week
-Pomponesset at New Seabury blues and stripers
-Some birds working off Head of the Meadow Eastham
-P-town Harbor with some action as well
-Bass river some pods of fish
April 4th, 2010, Herring running up the Harwich run. Saw an Osprey take a herring. Saw a bunch of herring in the river staging before the run. Got so excited got the kayaks out of the Garage, season is on
In the photo below the herring are stagging before their run up the rapids.
This past week, on the sunny days or warm rainy days, when the wind is down. Fishing is fantastic especially at low light in the am or evening sunset. Sun setting now around 6:45 pm. Fish from 3:00 in the afternoon until dusk has been the best. And lots of feeding fish exploding on the surface. Stripers wacking surface plugs clear out of the water playing with the lure like a beach ball.
It is no secret that fall fishing on Cape Cod is great. The migration of the stripers coming back down from Maine feeding up for the winter makes for angling success especially on the outside beaches facing the Atlantic. Top water blitz action all over Nantucket sound with albies and bluefish. Last year the record Tuna for Wychmere Harbor, a bluefin at 1031 pounds on November 4th.
Most of our days of hot summer success has been early in the morning using tube and worm from Barnstable Harbor towards Scortons Creek or right towards the Brewster flats. And at the tip of Monomoy Island at the various rip points. Provincetown is also decent this time of year. Hopefully the south side will start to heat up with summer bonito or false albacore cruising around. or bluefish action. We have heard several stories of some medium sized brown/sand bar sharks caught at night around the West Dennis Beach area. And we had some larger bluefish action on the Bay near Wellfleet this morning.
Smooth sailing, plenty of fish around. Pelagics are here and have been. Trick of the trade, best fishing early morning or sunset during mid summer, or on a strong moving tide.
June 15th, 2009
Season is on! Plenty of striper activity on all areas of Cape Cod. Blues are in. Tuna just starting to show up as well. Herring are dropping back down from the ponds. So expect a window of opportunity to catch large fish in the rivers ambushing the herring-this won't last long.
May 15th, 2009
Striper action reports pretty much Cape wide. And unusual this season, a large group of 30 inch sized bass from Barnstable Harbor East thru the Brewster Flats. Last year the first wave of stripers seemed to be smaller. Striper action on Cape Cod bay thru and up to Eastham. South side reports of fish along the beaches from Red River to Stage Harbor and into Chatham, look for that area to light up over the next 30 days. And to the West along along the shore, yes, fish from Hyannis to Falmouth.
April 24th, 2009
The annual run of herring can be expected in April. Depending on weather and water temperature the various herring species and shad can arrive to the various rivers on Cape Cod as early as March. The current water temp as of April 24th is just shy of 50 degrees and hopefully the warm weather forecast for the weekend will help push the temp past 50 degrees as this 50 to 55 degree marks the beginning of the sport fishing season.
The game species such as striped bass will be on the heels of these migrating baitfish. Getting closer to June Nantucket Sound fills will all sorts of bait including a large squid run in June. As June comes into full swing the bluefish arrive and following this all sorts of fishing activity comes alive.
September thru October
The fall is probally the best time to fish Cape Cod. The summer crowds are gone and the weather is great. Look for blitzing fish up and down the south side. The stripers will move in closer to feed on the baby herring coming out of the ponds. On Nantucket sound it is the grand slam; striper, bluefish, tuna, and falsealabacore/ bonito. Everything comes back down thru Cape Cod southward.
Labor Day weekend & into September 08!
Summer is almost over. The water temp is dropping as we have had cold Canadian air over the past week. Eventually the fish should start to act up. And they have. Mark Haley, out of Sesuit Harbor, is reporting better action on Cape Cod Bay. Tuna bite is on BB bout Chatham.
Not much Albie or Bonito action yet on Cape Cod. The schoolie stripers don't seem to be in their predictable spots also. Except for some pods of albies around the Vineyard, they will be here this week for sure, and reports of them off Long Island as well.
Sporadic bluefish action and larger striper action on Cape Cod bay. Best bet trolling and jig techniques while marking fish on the electronics. This is August and fishing in August can be frustrating, is this hit or miss action, and if the north wind blows forget it. Most Anglers will take June , July, and September over August on Cape Cod.
For surf anglers many choose night action during this month as the stripers tend to come in close to shore at low light conditions. As usual look for birds diving. The north wind can actully help only in one spot and that is the outer beaches Nauset up to Race Point as this north wind can push bait into the beaches and this is what surf casters want.
School of menhaden reported off Wychmere Harbor this week. Under that school of bait are bigger fish including several species; stripers, blues, dogfish, and sandbar sharks. I had a plug wacked 4 feet inot the air by a striper tail while casting from the kayak at the Wychmere jetty today. That was cool.
Bait choices right now are varied with all sizes of minnows around, smaller patterns might work better like anchovy and peanut. Or sand eel patterns.
Finally, start to look for the herring fry to be falling back out of the ponds and the stripers will once again be back in close to the estuaries to feed on the herring fry dropping back from the spawning grounds.
End of August 08'
John Galvin reported landing 4 tuna in the 130lb class 13 miles east of Chatham. Mark Haley reporting 20 stripers in 4 hours on Cape Cod Bay. Blues, where are the false albacore, and bonito bulleting thru here and there? The air temp has cooled down into the 7o's in the day and 50's at night, look for lots of action in the next 30 days. If the bait is around the fish will be active on them.
Mid August 08'
Pretty much the doldrums of summer. Heavy boat traffic everywhere on Cape Cod as the summer tourist season is on full. All the hotels are full of people. Bass on Cape Cod Bay very selective. Bluefish around. And football sized tuna as well. But, let's remember that it is mid August and the doldrums are here. In August it seems to be hot one day, then off the next. Look to pick your moments and when you get em, enjoy it. For wet wading best bet is to fish from sunset into the night as the larger bass feed at night. The rips at monomoy are producing fish, and best to fish this area with water temp awareness and the running tide.
July 31st thru the 1st week August
Finally over the last 2 weeks Pleasant Bay has kicked in with lots of slasher blue fish. Captain Sandy Soldquist out of Sesuit harbor 2 days ago had a client reeling in a blue fish and a giant blue fin tuna took the blue out just 1 mile off Wellfeet this week. Yes, the giant 500 pounder took line , plug and the blue fish all in one gulp. Tore the it up and then gone into the depths 15 seconds of action.
The P-Town Tuna guys are on the hunt just 5 miles west of P-Town all week. More from Capt Robbie on the south side...
" Well the end of July is here and the bass have gone elsewhere. Reports from the tuna guys waaaaayyyy offshore are there are bass and blues 20 and more miles out. Of course you can't legally, and the goverment fishcrats are really checking this year, fish for stripers more than 3 miles from the beach. This has made it tough the last week for guides with folks who want to catch a big striper. The bigger bluefish have made a strong showing and this is good news. The incoming tide at the end of Monomoy has really heated up with blues to 10 lbs. smashing at all types of lures and flies including topwater plugs. What could be more fun than action on top and don't be suprised if the odd striper takes a wack at your plug. With the small just hatched squid coming out of the Sound we're all hoping the bass come back to the Handkerchief Shoal and surrounding areas. This should, and I say that guardedly, happen as the peanut bunker should show up the second week of August and provide even more reason for the bass to return. Sometime in the month the first bonito and false albacore should start to show up in our end of Nantucket Sound providing for some fast action from ".
July 27th, 2008
This weekend plenty of large sized blue fish landed in Cape Cod Bay. Provinectown harbor full of medium sized blues. Nantucket sound tough this weekend with the wind choppy seas. Pictured below is a nice sized blue fish landed friday night at dusk at Race Point.
Race Point July 25th, 2008 wet wade tour
Yesterday storm front no boating for this day. Day before in the early am large stripers 25 lb plus class in the rips off Monomoy. Brewster flats slowing down a tad, look for stripers in the deeper water. Pleasant Bay with the cooler water from the two inlets getting better , but still nothing to write home about. South side jetties look for bluefish. Cape Cod Bay also large blues cruising. Bait is in the estuaries on the south side, but the water is too warm. As we get closer to cooler water temps look for the south side estuaries to start to heat up and as the herring fry drop back out of the ponds.
Best bet to finding stripers now in mid summer is at cooler water marks. Blue fish are prolific pretty much everywhere. Tuna off Chatham. Linesiders feeding at dusk and into the night close up to the beach. Tide, water temp, and finding places with less boat traffic is key to summer fishing on Cape Cod.
July 12th , 2008
Best fishing monomoy rips, Bearses way and Hankerchief shoals. Cape Cod Bay and Billingsgate all the way up wellfleet and off P-town very good. Stripers are seeking cooler water this time of year. Pelagics in. Tuna BB bouy Chatham and Stellwagon yes and thru cape cod bay. Inside cape Cod bay linesiders moving at night all along the national park.
July 4th weekend, 2008
Looks like everything is on track for a great weekend. Tuna are here south of Chatham and also in Cape Cod bay. Great White shark sighting on Monomoy as a 14 footer took out a grey seal in front of a group of seal watchers. Brewster flats still hot and fish up in Quivet creek. Wellfleet harbor has blues and bass in. P-town harbor has plenty of fish. 20 pounder on the fly rod on Hankerchief shoals this week.
June 22, 2008
Great week. Brewster flats 20 to 30 inch stripers. Pleasant bay in the grass lines. Monomoy island west and to the rips and off the various shoals producing fish. Pods of tuna here. Bluefish on the south side. Large schools of bass cruising thru the canal.
June 15, 2008
Large pods of stripers working their way thru the cape Cod Canal this week. Scorton ledge very productive in Sandwich and basically tons of fish in Cape Cod Bay all the way to Wellfleet harbor. Barnstable Harbor fishing well and the Brewster flats all the way down to Orleans on fire. Sout side estuaries from Bass river to Chatham not producing. Although schools of blues and bass sporadic in and around Morris Island, Stage harbor and at south beach. Tuna at first light Stellwagon bank hitting surface squid bars. Most productive bigger bass cape Cod bay. Reports of very large bass south of Wood's Hole this week with a 48 pounder landed by Capt Galvin and CJ. Plenty of bunker/pogies in all the south side harbors from Hyannis to Chatham. It is hard to break the stripers off this live bait action unless you snage a pogie and live line him, which is a sure way to catch a keepa.
June is for sure one fo the best fly fishing months on Cape Cod. The stripers are in close to the shore and in the estuaries. And in the salt ponds or mill ponds.
Memorial Day Weekend , 2008
Weather forecast for the entire weekend is sunny or partly sunny with winds from the southwest 10 to 15mph. Look for the southside to produce the best striper action. Pods of bunker have moved in as have the squid in Nantucket sound. Plenty of linesiders in all estuaries of the Cape. Water temp still kind of cold, but there is plenty of action. Plan to fish on a moving tide for best results.
photo take May 16th, 2008 fish on!
James from Vermont Pleasant Bay 6-20-08
May 19th, 2008
Plenty of stripers on Cape in the 18" to 26" range on the south side(Nantucket Sound). Sporadic striper activity in Cape Cod Bay. The season is on for 2008.
May 10th, 2008
Nantucket Sound is just creaping above the 50 degree water temp mark. The water in the estuaries are finally into the 50's making the action on the first wave of stripers to increase. Cotuit area reporting the most small striper activity. Couple of keepas in the canal south of the herring run. All the herring runs have spawning herring flapping around and into the mill ponds or bays lots of rolling herring. There are reports of some keepas in the Eastham area on the bay side. The Ceo from Loop fly fishing tackle will be fishing with us on Wed in Chatham Stage harbor and or fish bowl. Bass river reporting sporadic stripers could be residents?
April 18th, 2008
All the herring runs on Cape Cod reporting migrating herring. Use herring pattern flies and plugs that match herring and anglers should be succesful in the estuary. Reports of small stripers along the south side. Plenty of trout action and early season pre-spawn large mouth and smallmouth in the many ponds on Cape Cod.
This is the time of the year when bass and blues will be heavily pushing bait to the surface. There is tons of small sized bait fished all over the Cape. In Cape Cod Bay we are seeing the first run or really big migrating Bass coming down from Maine. Tuna still 15 to 20 miles south of Chatham. Look for the rivers to fill back up with bass as they chase the smaller bait fish inward this time of year. So the fly guys have the 2nd wave from the salt marshes again, better then the duldroms of heated up water in mid summer. The air temp is in the 70's and will remain here for 3 or 4 weeks and gradually start to drop. As the temps drop the bass will become even more active and start their fall feeding for the winter. Blue fish will be exploding on the surface over the next 3 weeks. false albacore are here in nantucket sound as well including spanish mackeral and bonito.
August 12 -15, 2007
Big news off Chatham North beach as a great white took a seal and this was witnessed by the beach going crowd. Seal population from provincetown to tip of Monomoy estimated at 4000 to 6500.
21 miles south of Chatham first light the tuna bite. In the shipping lanes yesterday minke whale and humpback breaching.
Hankerchief shoals first report of false albacore. South below Nantucket and the Vineyard to the Canyons yellow tail, white marlin, and dolphin.
July 28th, 2007
Cape Cod Bay all week larger stripers mixed in with blues not too shabby. Blue fin tuna south of Chatham like 20 miles bite at first light. Nantucket Sound full of bluefish. Shark fishing on as the water temp has really came up over the last several weeks. Martha's Vineyard annual shark tournament with winner on a 500 pound Thresher shark. Most pelagic species canyon fishing. Dog fish and blue shark on.
July 20th, 2007
Solid striper and blue fishing. Decent Tuna bite. Pelagic species available.
July 12th, 2007
Pretty decent fishing larger stripers in the rips at monomoy tip taking surface stuff. Mix of fog this week led to some interesting fishing. Cape Cod Bay doing fine. Pelagic species here.
July 4th weekend 2007
Definately the busy time of the year for boating traffic. For fishing, best bet is to plan your trip early in the morning or later in the evening as this helps to keep anglers out of the traffic. Also this time of year fish tend to spook easier compared to the spring. This is due to a combiantion of factors including higher sun, more pressure, and more boat activity. If you plan your trip on the moving tides this will help to catch more fish especially this time of year. When the tide moves at certain times it can trigger the eating patterns of the game species. All the bait shops on Cape Cod have tide charts.
Hankerchief shoals reporting nice schools of stripers on July 3rd. Blue fin tuna off chatham 7 miles and tuna bite has been on at Stellwagon over the last two weeks.
The south side estuaries water temp is heating up look for the stripers to move out into cooler water. Stripers hitting hard on Harwich jetties today.
June 21`st, 2007 Plenty of action bluefish all over nantucket sound close to the beaches around Chatham and Harwich. Brewster flats on fire with smaller stipers. Can't really miss during these weeks in June
June 18th, 2007
Much wind this week on all sides of the Cape blowing from the north east and also northwest. This weekend the wind is settling down abit switching over to south west, yet still bringing high seas. Sunday and Monday looks like great days for fishing just in time for father's day. For those brave enough to fish in the bad conditions this week plenty of action. The fish are here, Reports of 30 to 40 pound stripers off Hyannis Harbor /Bishops. Bluefish pretty much all over Nauntucket Sound and they are close to shore. 25 inch stipers hot on flies as well pretty much all over. June is a great month for fly fishing on Cape Cod. You can't really miss. Lots of Action on the 18 to 25 inch stripers Brewster flats, pleasant Bay and south side estuaries.
June 12th, 2007
Nice pods of bluefish on the south side beaches and jetties moving up and down the beach on small sand eels.
Great action Cape wide. Bit of nasty weather this week. Plenty of action for 18 to 25 inch stripers.
Memorial Day 2007, Plenty of action over the last several weeks. Lots of striped bass in the 25 inch range. Look for all sorts of action in all the estuaries on Cape Cod. Weather has turned nice this week making for delightful fishing.
April 2nd, 2007
First pods of herring are showing up coming in from the ocean on Cape Cod Bay through to the creeks and up into the mill ponds. Look for striper activity at the jetty lines and far up into Scortons, Paynes, or Quivet Creek. Also look for the herring gulls and this will show the path to the herring.
All over the Cape this activity will continue through April and into May. Use lare 6 to 10 inch herring immitating plugs. The herring have a blueish/black top going into sort of greenish at times and pearl in the body. So use colored plugs that match this, and don't ask us why chartruse works but at this time of year it works well.
October 20th, 2006
Fish still here, when the sun is out the weather is in the 50's and 60's.
October 5th, 2006
Menhaden/ Bunker/Pogie? whatever they are here and in the harbors heavy. Bigger blue fish slashing through these pods. Herring fry dropping down from the mill ponds smaller stripers still deep up into the estuaries, maybe they never leave? Migrate south? Bigger stripers coming down through the canal on the south migration. Albies off Nantucket. Tuna off Chatham still in 8 to 10 mile range. South side jetties medium sized blue fish cruising up the beaches on pods of bait. Fall run an fishing all around still very good and it will get better water temp still is 61 degrees.
September 22nd, 2006
I fished Quivet Creek, Pleasant Bay, Harding's Beach, and Scorton's. The herring fry are dropping down from the ponds and the sripers are staging in the estuaries. This is classic fall action with tail hitting on top popper heaven. I found very aggressive striper feeding in all of these locations. The smaller blues can be chased down at sporadic beach activity all along the south side jetties)look for birds working). Several harbors are showing very large schools or menhaden with slashing real big blue fish outside the bait balls. Over the last three weeks plenty of pelagic species action with football size tuna from 4 miles to 8 miles off chatham. Sporadic false albacore action in Nantucket sound up to Buzzards bay. Monomoy tip to Nantucket rips producing large blues. Large stripers taken on wire trolling methods such as tube and worm, jigging, and big spoons in those rips as well.
Septmber 2nd, 2006
Earnesto is in and bringing winds strong from the North East. Surf advisory. These conditions can blow in big pods of bait on the outerbeaches, but generally this is snotty fishing. For seasoned surf casters this can provide a real chance to catch large fish. But you have to know what you are doing. Race point has the mung. Best bet is to fish the harbors; Stage, Wellfleet, Pamet, Barnstable are all holding fish. Mostly small blues mixed in with sporadic striper activity. Tip of Monomoy rips have produced most of the good fishing at the last stretch on August. Water and air temperatures have dropped and start to look for serious action on all the beaches especially bluefish and false albacore. Tuna have come closer to Chatham in the past week. Maybe they might keep coming up to the beaches from P-town down to Chatham.
August 24th, 2006
Strike my last report regarding false albacore, they are here from tip of monomoy towards Morris Island. Plenty of bluefish all over the Cape and Islands. Stripers are kind of hanging out at the moment. Pelagic species abound. Sharks as well.
August 22nd, 2006
Tuna are in and have been here. No false albacore yet. Plenty of bluefish. The stripers have been picky since last week. They started to get excited on Sunday morning again. Best fishing tip of Monomoy. Tuna 12 miles off Chatham. Cape Cod Bay dogfish and blues. Decent surface action on outside beaches sporadic. Birds working in Pleasant Bay and Nauset Inlet smaller bluefish and pod cruising stripers. Stage harbor snapper blues. South side jetties blue fish. Top of Cape Cod Bay Stellwagen Bigger tuna slashing on blues. Look for the other pelagic species black fin, albacore, yellow tail, and bonito from now thru September.
August 8th, 2006
Great fishing in Chatham. Great white shark sited off monomoy eating a seal. And a large mako taken this past weekend off monomoy. Stripers at the first bouy off chatham light. Plenty of big fish cape Cod bay on jig and trolling.
June 15th, 2006
Great fishing everywhere.
June 1st , 2006,
We have had tremendous success with stripers in the 18 to 22 inch range the past several weeks and into this week. We fish the Atlantic side Pleasant Bay and have done well, south side jetties producing larger stripers in 28 inch range. North side is full of smaller stripers with pods of larger cruisers. We have been using white, pink, and yellow plastic slugos, twister tails, at times with small jig heads or rigging weedless. Fly Fisherman using small decievers, half and half, in white and green have had major success as well. A major sand eel hatch just occured this week on the Brewster flats. Two weeks prior large pods of squid in Nantucket Sound. Cut Mackeral, clam belly, or frozen squid cast out about 30 yards off shore on a fish finder seems to be working well. Two handed spey-flyrod in the rips have produced fish.
May 18th 2006,
This striper was landed using a cut mackeral/ with fish finder cast about 30 yards off shore on the south side jetties in Harwichport. The smaller stripers have been in heavy for the past two weeks and the larger bass are moving in now as well.
First Sunny Day in a stretch. Although the air temperature has been cold this May and it has been very rainy plenty of action abounds. Stipers everywhere in the rivers and harbors.
May 5th, 2006
The air temp today and tommorrow has risen. The trees still have buds on them with no leaves in New England. The river estuary systems are full of 18 to 22 ich striped bass. Swan River in Dennis, Oyster River in Chatham, and the Herring river in Wellfleet are reporting plenty of fish. The reason the stripers frequent these rivers this time of year in in chase of the migrating herring which move up into the Mill ponds and feeder streams to spawn.
April 27th , 2006
This nice striper was taken on the Swan River estuary in Dennis today. The fish lazily took the large herring plug. The water is still sort of cold and the fish are her on Cape, but not so active. Lots of one's and two's. As soon as the water temp starts to rise these fish will get much more active. Don't worry I released the fish after the photo was taken.
May 5th, 2005
This client is enjoying the fight of the striped bass. Fishing in the estuary on a Kayak is fun during the springtime. Note the striper in the cockpit of the boat( his head has a white 6 inch mister twister tail grub) in it. The white tailed mister twister is a good overall attractor pattern which can be used all season long. We also landed many stripers using a medium diving herring plug. This time of year the fish will not hit a surface popping plug as much as the medium divers.
April 6th, 2006
Pod of herring staging in a pool getting ready to move up the fish ladder into a fresh water Mill Pond. The herring come out of the Atlantic to spawn. Note the 100's of fish in the photo.
April 6th, 2006
The herring runs need to be free of obstruction this time of year. Each town on the Cape has a run. There is a town warden who monitors each run during April to ensure that noone takes the herring or handles them. If you handle these fish when they are on this journey the could get so stressed and not make the journey.
Oct 16, 2005
Last week we had a stretch of rain which lasted about 8 days. However, the water temperature on Cape is still warm compared to previous years. I caught 25 stripers in a south side estuary today. The fishing will be good throughout Novemeber this season. The inland river systems of New England are at flood stages due to the heavy rains and this has adversly affected fall trout fishing. Before winter hits come to the Cape and we'll satisfy you. First day of bow season in Mass was yesterday. This time of year hunt or fish? That is a true conundrum.
Oct 2, 2005
All areas of the cape exploding with action, bluefish in all size range, tuna, false albacore and stripers. And this is going to last to Hallwoeen, the water is still warm, book a trip now!
September 24 to Oct 15th, 2005
This past week has been fantastic fishing. Cape Cod Bay fish in the 30 pound range on green/black jigs. 2 miles off Chatham to Nauset beach football size tuna on the surface. Large schools of Menhaden with 10 plus pound bluefish slashing. All estuaries full of silversides. Brewster flats still has peanut bunker and this year's stock of bait has been the largest in memory. Really big balls of peanut bunker in close to the shore.
September , 2005
This is the best month to fish the Cape. Weather in the high 70's and low 80's. Brewster flats on fire with stripers. Massive balls of bait. Nantucket sound with schools of blues cruising from Hardings beach to the Bass river. Football size Tuna are currently being landed in Cape Cod Bay. Large stripers off Chatham down to tip of Monomoy. Nauset beach to Race point schools of blues. Provincetown herring beach all into the harbor as well.
August 18th, 2005
Here is the reports. Cape Cod Bay in 35 to 50 foot of water jigging with green/black color 3 ounce jigs. Trolling with wine color tubes / worm. Brewster flats holding all stripers. Nauset beach full of bluefish chacing peanut bunker. Nantucket sound from Hardings beach to Yarmouth massive schools of bluefish with false albacore on the outside of these blitz activity throughout the day, predominant 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Chatham bouy down to tip of monomoy large keeper stripers in 35 foot of water and football sized bluefin tuna as well. We caught 7 bluefin today Atlantic side off monomoy. Sankaty light between Monomoy full of fish with bonito and stripers and blues. what more can you ask for, and for the next thirty days it is only going to get better.
August 15, 2005
Summer in full swing with bonito, football size tuna, and flase albacore in with the mix of stripers and blues.
August 4, 2005
Chatham inlet reporting large stripers in the 40 inch range. Cape Cod Bay at Billingsgate shoal success on the tube and worm or jigging. Pleasant Bay 25 inch stripers and snapper blues on the incomming tide, but watch out for seal activity. Brewster flats on the low tide.
Water started to warm up this week. Bluefish are in and Pelagic species such as tuna and billfish are sporadically landed. The boys from Bowdoin are back!
Can you see the seal in the photo? This week has been very good fishing. Bigger stripers all over the cape. Bluefish in as well. Tuna are showing up off Chatham in 80 to 120 feet. Since the season started late with the cold weather the water is still cold 62 to 65 degrees.
Come do a kayak trip with us and fish with the seals!!!
July 11, 2005
Barnstable harbor full of fluke, Billingsgate shoals stripers at 27 pound range, snapper blues outside Sesuit Harbor. Water temp in Cape Cod Bay 62 degrees.
July 4 Weekend, 2005
The Holdiay is here and the weather forecast looks great for the whole weekend. Plan your fishing trip around the moving tide either flood or ebb!
June 29, 2005
The water temperature in the Chatham area is still cold. Cloudy today and as the outgoing tide started to move around 10:00 am this morning the action picked up.
June 16, 2005
All in all just a great week for fishing. The weather air temp is in the 60's and the Atlantic Ocean water from Chatham to Nauset is 50 to 55 degrees, in Pleasant bay on the sand flats the water temperatures are warming and tailing bluefish can be sight fished for at this time.
Brewster flats plenty of stripers cruising in pods and are hitting perfection casts. Bluefish in 5 pound plus range taking small anchovy style baitfish just out of Chatham inlet. Pleasant bay bluefish. Barnstable Harbor full of bass feading on sand eels. Shoals in Cape Cod Bay reporting large stripers. All in all a pretty darn good stretch fish seem to be everywhere.
June 2, 2005
This striper was 36 inches and took squid rigged with fish finder, 16 inch lead 25 lb test. The striper came in on the night incoming tide at one of the south side rivers. The month of June will produce some of the bigger fish of the season. The bluefish are in at The Vineyard and Cotuit.
May 29, 2005
Jebb did a great job today learning how to Salt water fly cast on the Mitchell's river estuary system. Today was mostly sunny with great striper action around the Harding's beach area. Brewster flats is also producing fish today.
May 27, Memorial Day weekend is here, 2005
This striper was taken on a Monomoy flatwing fly in gray/white. The fish was released and was just shy of 30 inches. The striper took me into my backing twice. I was using a temple fork eight weight rod with buckskin floating line. The fish hit the fly on the outgoing tide near the Morris island/harding beach area.
May 27, 2005
This striper was taken on the incoming tide using an olive/white six inch slugo. The jetties were calm with the wind blowing from the north today and making the Nantucket Sound very calm. The air temperature was in the 50's and has turned much better compared to this week's continual Nor'easter. This weekend should be decent fishing as everything settles down. My suggestion is to try and work the incoming tide.
May 26, 2005
The weather has been truly difficult this past 7 days. Strong nor'easter has shut down access to nauset beach.
May 20, 2005
Today cloudy, and that is ok. On the fly rod with small and medium stipers hitting flies. The fish are very agressive today. Olive/white, pink, and white color flies working best.
May 19, 2005
The Nantucket Sound side is still producing lots of stripers. The wind was calm today until midafternoon. The wind picked up slightly. In the photo is a typical Cape Cod scene in the Chatham area. Mid afternoon several stipers landed. Suggestion, try to fish the incoming tide. Stripers like moving water.
May 18, 2005
The smaller stripers are in heavy on the south side. Today I tried a trick. I took my surf rod with me and used a striper swiper small plug making three casts. The first to the right , the second at twelve o'clock down the middle, and and the thrid to the left. Bringing the plug back very quick. Then I grabbed my fly rod eight weight with a pink weighted eye minnow or clouser fly and casted away. It worked like a charm landing 6 very nice stripers on the fly rod. The stripers were landed in very shallow water and it is worth noting that they act very similiar to bone fish in how they will chase the fly for many yards and several times three or four fish battled for the fly.
May 16, 2005
If you are into weather in the 50's with not so much wind and Nantucket Sound free of weeds and did I mention that the jetties from Stage Harbor to Hyannis are full of 22 to 26 inch stripers? As far as it goes it doesn't get any better than this for wade fishing in relation to Cape Cod's south side. So why are you not calling us to do a tour?
May 12, 2005
The wind came from the north today and it was very miserable until about 4:00 pm in the afternoon, and yesterday Boston had prefect weather in the 70's which makes us unhappy on the Cape..jealuous.. on the Cape it was all fog bank. We kept one keeper and in the belly was an eight inch squid. At sunset( 8:00pm) the wind died down and all I saw was sporatic swirls of stripers taking squid on the surface. Perfcet for the fly rod. I landed several stripers at twilight after the crowd had gone home for supper. Pictured is a nice striper landed at 6:45pm on the south side(nantucket sound).
May 12, 2005
South side jetty action. Pretty interesting night. The squid are in. Calimari 8 inch biggin and the bass have the choice of looking for herring or squid. At sunset tonight the stripers were tailing on the southside for pods of squid. The fish hit all sorts of lures and are feeding up... and they were not so finicky about the lure choice.
May 10, 2005
The weather was high and dry today. South side cruising pods of stripers just off the jetties. Try at high tide. Or cruize the jetty line in a flats style boat as the current changes Ebb or Flood. In the photo below a nice keeper sized fish caught today on the south side(Nantucket sound).
May 9, 2005
This nice sized striper was landed today in the estuary. Slack high tide mark. This week should be decent fishing now that the Nor'easter is gone. Try the inland estuaries if the beaches are too cold. The stiper took a 7 inch silver and black on top medium diver plug.
May 7, 2005
The past three days have brought wicked weather to the Cape & Islands. A strong Nor'easter drove the fishing into oblivion over this weekend. Air temp in the 40's wind gusts up to 50mph. Best bet today is to look for Bill Belamy or Blackbeard treasure on the beach as the sand movement was intense. Conditions will improve this week and the bite should get better each day.
May 4, 2005
The sky was high and dry today with little wind. Perfect day to break out the fly rod. Olive white weighted minnows used at the mouth of a river on the south side at low tide 6 or seven stripers very agressive in the 18 to 22 inch range. Fly rod used was a 9 foot eight weight with intermediate clear line. Line strength 12 pound test.
May 3, 2005
The south side estuaries are seeing the first stripers. The theory is that the stripers are coming into the creeks and rivers to feed up on the migrating herring. Pictured is land captain Michael Mullaney with the first striper of the 05' season. The striper took a 7 inch plastic herring , black on top with pearl body and flex tail. Michael's notes; "Last night I tried fishing one of the rivers at the incoming tide, the wind coming off Nantucket sound was heavy and blowing red weeds into the river mouth. I tried the same river at the outgoing tide between 1:30 in the afternoon and 4:00 on the next day and the water had less debri in it. The weeds were less and the water was at a lower volume with the ebb, the stripers hit the herring pattern and another guy down the stream from me took several small stripers on a fly. The fish ranged from 9 inch little stripers(size of a herring) to about 22 inch stripers were the biggest I caught for the day. I had a 14 inch stiper try to inhale a 7 inch plug. When the the wind is really blowing on the south side try to fish the outgoing tide on these rivers systems. The less volume of water may help the fish to see your plug? The fish seemed to like the fly or the plug moving at a decent rate. The water was slightly tainted due to the high wind conditions. I also noticed sportatic herring tired and wallowing in several slack water areas. I would sort of make the plastic herring jump as it first hit the water on the cast, moving it, sometimes stop it, then move it really fast again. The fish seemed to go after either a fast moving plug or an eratic pluggin motion."
The air temperature hit close to 70's several times this week. Sporatic striper activity. The herring runs are full of migrating fish. Stony Creek reported a decent pod of fish. Water temperature is still slightly cold best bet is to go trout fishing in the various ponds. Selective stripers are being taken at river and ocean connecting spots.