07-13-2001, 02:58 PM
Fished 5 or 6 days off the Chatham and Orleans coastline. Targeting Stripers we located various size pods of bass that were mostly chasing sandeels. Some days, action was non-stop, while others, the bite was more of a steady pick. Numerous bass in the 28"-34" range were caught, with some pods of fish producing 36"-40" fish. Biggest of the week was 30 lbs. We tried the rips off of Monomoy one day. We drifted surf clams and caught only a handful of bass. All the rest of the fish came on light tackle (12-14 lb test) and various colors of Netters Lances. We used the 1/2 oz leadhead version and occasionally got some surface action on weightless Lances (6 "). As usual, blue ice color was the best, but black/red flake and black blue flake colors were a close second. When the bite was on, color really didn't matter. Highlight of the trip was all the Tuna that were moving through the area. We hooked up twice with the light tackle and the Netters Lances. Both fish were around 100 lbs. and put up quite a fight until both broke off. Bluefish (mostly 6-10 lbs) were frequently moving through and tearing up the tackle. A few dogfish were also caught. As soon as my rush order of baits gets in, we'll be back at it.