kcpedaley reports from the Bay:
Fished saturday from new grounds to the south edge bouncing jigs and trolling tube and worm. Had to work for them with lots of shorts mixed in with the keepers, fish 24" to 33". Later saw some birds up on the shoal working an area. Went over to check it out and for the next few hours had one on almost every cast before we left. When we got there the stripers where gorging themselves on silversides on the surface to a couple ft down. Was throwing a pearl/spot 4" split tail minnow sightcasting to them. Lots of the fish had sea lice on them, the school of fish had to be in the thousands.
Uncle Matt reports:
I jigged Billingsgate last Friday in 25-39 feet of water and it was a tough sell. There were fish but you had to work for them and the fish were mostly shorts. It was very slow for Billingsgate and not many boats working the area. I guess I should of worked the short water and kept searching around.
In the Water had this post from last weekend...
Went down to my father n laws place for the weekend down the Cape and got out early Saturday and Sunday for a few hours of fishing. Saturday got up around 4:30 and took a ride down to the creek and it was just about dead low and the water just began to fill back in. I wasn’t their long before I started see fish and bait. They were on sand eels and they were thick. Unfortunately I was in a rush to leave on Friday and didn’t take the fly rod with me, just a 3 piece light tackle spin rod. I was throwing everything I had from top water to small rubber and the pickings were slow to come by. I finally hooked into a couple of schoolies but I was working hard to get them.
Still low light I noticed some schools of fish fining in the shallows (so cool). I threw a few plugs at them and I all I would do is scare them and they would scatter. Then I noticed a few bigger fish also in the same shallow spots…..finally after several attempts I landed a cast on right in the mix of some large fish feeding and got an instant hook up on a swimming Yo Zuri plug. She was a nice 35 incher.
Now with the sun up I was still seeing tons of bass only 10 feet from me but this time I could also see the thousands of sand eels both alive and dead on the bottom with crabs having a field day. They would not bite anything I threw as they were gorging themselves on sand eels. Also very cool I could see some brown trout coming right out of the water feeding. They were also visible right form shore with my polarized glasses. (not sure if any of them were shad? )
Sunday I slept in a little later and waited for the rain to pass as well. With the tide working against me I took a ride down the canal and went to a nearby beach and noticed tons and tons of sand eels washed up on shore. I decided to pick up a few and toss them in a bag, and then went back to the creek. Sunday was much slower and not nearly as many fish as the day before but still small schools of breaking fish and trout jumping. I put on a couple large sand ells I picked up at the other beach and tried to drift a few in the current. After a couple of hours I only managed one schoolie. Overall I couldn’t believe the amount of bait that was present but still very happy for a nice meal Saturday night. It made for a nice appetizer with the lobsters we got that evening!
Bob Parsons reports from Barnstable:
Before sunrise the Blish point parking lot was almost half full. Tide had a couple hours to go before slack. First spot I checked had a few birds and a few breaking fish. By the time I found something they would eat, the action there died. Went to work areas of the channels where there was not other boats. Morning was slow with only about 1/2 fish up to 24" Did not get anytihing the first hour of the incoming.