Shifting Sands

Right now as I write this introduction, the wind is whistling through the trees, a small craft warning has been posted.  Somewhere on the Cape there are waves crashing on the beach.  Most fisherman are aware of the importance of structure when it comes to targeting striped bass.  Unfortunately most of the structure found on the Cape is made of sand which is easily moved.  The sand bars, hollows, and troughs along the beach are constantly shifting with each major storm.  A savvy person will study their beach at low tide to best optimize their tide until the next storm.

Many of us have been follow the changes as a result of the breach in Chatham’s barrier beach.   I remember driving out to Wood’s End to fish until a storm made a cut just shy of the dike.  Sandy Neck and Barnstable Harbor are constantly showing the effects of the shifting stands. The No Name Nor’easter and Hurricane Bob can very close to turning the neck into an island as water cut through trail two and made it three quarters of the way across.

Okay, you have the obvious shift of structure on the bay side, but you are constantly getting sand blown off the dunes into the harbor and marshes.  The current and storms are constantly filling the channel out of the marina.   Beach point has constantly moved eastward. The lighthouse indicates where it was about 140 years ago.  I remember my depth finder marking a 50′ hole in the outer channel, but the sands move on.  The Coast Guard had to move the red buoy east since at low tide it was so close to the beach, kids (assumption) were knocking the light out with stones from the beach.  Horseshoe shoal is gradual shifting its arms, and filling in.

I find the fishing here less productive over the years.   On the north end of the shoal there is now an exposed bar at low tide, kinda makes drifting difficult.   I kinda envy those with rocky shorelines at times, although when I screw up on a bar, the worst I end up with is a shiny well polished prop. The sands shift and so do the fish, just got to find em.  I could use some reports from the outer Cape.

Bob Parsons

Offshore/Cape Cod Bay

Capt Terry Nugent of Riptide Charters reports:

The fishing has continued to be super hot and super cold for us.  Bass fishing has been great when we wanted tuna and less than stellar when we actually wanted bass.
The tuna fishing has been very difficult, but very consistant.  We have taken fish on just about every trip so far this month, but we have worked out butts off each time.  Nothing has come easy shy one day that was just a silly all out blitz for 3 hours.  That exception aside, we have covered allot of ground and spent allot of time making my sports work for the trophys that they have taken.
I’m just getting back to shooting somme pics.  My older camera was having some issues so I retired it and the folks at Olympus have helped out with a new fishing camera.  The new point and shoot is an Olympus STYLUS TOUGH-8000 12 megapixel and it is virtually indestructible.  It seems to be the perfect boat camera.  Waterproof to 33′, drop proof to over 6′ onto pavement, and crush proof to 220#.  With a float attached I think this might be the last camera I get for a while.
The camera is not the only new item we’ve been using.  Custom homemade windons have been a key to landing these big fish.  Reel straps, and harnesses have become the rule not the exception to get these fatties into the boat in a hurry.  The strap, plate and harness have helped to give new life to older gear.  My sports are able to muscle these fish in on the older Penn 950/St Croix combo with relative ease as compared to fishing with only the plate.  When this setup is added to a Big Gun and a Stella combo WATCH OUT!  GREEN FISH COMING IN!!!!
The tuna have been pretty much uninterested in the topwater stuff we have been throwing, but get the offering a few inches under the surface and its a whole other game.  Pink rubbers been working, but some of the tried and true hardbaits are taking fish when the rubber gets a pass.  Ocean Lures, Saltys and Polish Sandeels have all taken fish over the past few trips. Again stick with the stuff that darts and works just under the surface and your odds will go way up.
On another note, if your having trouble finding fish, get away from the crowds and maybe even check places you wouldn’t expect to  find them.  The fish shown above came from an area I have not fished in several seasons.  Very few boats and a TON of tuna surprised even me.  Its nice when you stumble upon that kind of scenerio.
If the weather ever breaks and I get a gap in my schedule I hope to get offshore sooner than later, but with tuna like this around is silly numbers, I guess staying close to home is not a bad option.
Thanks,
Capt. Terry Nugent
Riptide Charters
www.riptidecharters.com

riptide1'The fishing has continued to be super hot and super cold for us.  Bass fishing has been great when we wanted tuna and less than stellar when we actually wanted bass.

The tuna fishing has been very difficult, but very consistant.  We have taken fish on just about every trip so far this month, but we have worked out butts off each time.  Nothing has come easy shy one day that was just a silly all out blitz for 3 hours.  That exception aside, we have covered allot of ground and spent allot of time making my sports work for the trophys that they have taken.

I’m just getting back to shooting somme pics.  My older camera was having some issues so I retired it and the folks at Olympus have helped out with a new fishing camera.  The new point and shoot is an Olympus STYLUS TOUGH-8000 12 megapixel and it is virtually indestructible.  It seems to be the perfect boat camera.  Waterproof to 33′, drop proof to over 6′ onto pavement, and crush proof to 220#.  With a float attached I think this might be the last camera I get for a while.

riptide2The camera is not the only new item we’ve been using.  Custom homemade windons have been a key to landing these big fish.  Reel straps, and harnesses have become the rule not the exception to get these fatties into the boat in a hurry.  The strap, plate and harness have helped to give new life to older gear.  My sports are able to muscle these fish in on the older Penn 950/St Croix combo with relative ease as compared to fishing with only the plate.  When this setup is added to a Big Gun and a Stella combo WATCH OUT!  GREEN FISH COMING IN!!!!

The tuna have been pretty much uninterested in the topwater stuff we have been throwing, but get the offering a few inches under the surface and its a whole other game.  Pink rubbers been working, but some of the tried and true hardbaits are taking fish when the rubber gets a pass.  Ocean Lures, Saltys and Polish Sandeels have all taken fish over the past few trips. Again stick with the stuff that darts and works just under the surface and your odds will go way up.

On another note, if your having trouble finding fish, get away from the crowds and maybe even check places you wouldn’t expect to  find them.  The fish shown above came from an area I have not fished in several seasons.  Very few boats and a TON of tuna surprised even me.  Its nice when you stumble upon that kind of scenerio.

If the weather ever breaks and I get a gap in my schedule I hope to get offshore sooner than later, but with tuna like this around is silly numbers, I guess staying close to home is not a bad option.

Thanks,

Capt. Terry Nugent

Riptide Charters
www.riptidecharters.com

Nantucket

From Capt. Lynne

Bob,
I had decent fishing yesterday, landed a nice Striper sightfishing with my Mom, Philly Burchell, and a bunch of big Blues in the 10# range down off the Airport. Capt.Jeff’s trip
yesterday went Fluking and did well. Landed some nice Fluke and Black Sea Bass. Fishing is good but the Striper fishing is getting tougher. I did get a glowing report of a nice Bass bite off Tom Nevers earlier in the week I believe it was evening time and lots.  So the Stripers are around you just
have to work harder to get them. The Bonito Bar has lots of Bait so I expect the Bones to be starting to show anytime.
Thanks,
Lynne

Capt. Lynne Heyer
Cross Rip Outfitters,Ltd.
Nantucket, MA 02554
508-228-4900
captlynne@comcast.net
www.crossrip.com

I also heard a report of a bonito being caught on a pencil popper while someone was casting to breaking bluefish. That means the scouts are only 30 miles away form most of us.

Martha’s Vineyard

Captain Brice Contessa of FishingTheVineyard.com reports via his blog that Vineyard resident Bob grabbed a bonito earlier in the week while fishing with Capt. Rob Morrison (also of FishingTheVineyard.com).  Read his full report here.

Captain Phil Cronin reports:

TobyBass20090713Two bones caught today around the Vineyard! Not in close yet but they should show up inshore within the next several days – I hope.
Martha’s Vineyard Fishing Report … July 24, 2009
Just when you think it’s over
In my last weekly fishing report I suggested that perhaps we had entered the “tween time” when the bass fishing slows down. Well you would never know it from this past week. The bass fishing was fabulous. Not everywhere but in one particular area on the north shore of the island we hit the jackpot. Acres of linesiders feasting on juvenile herring and friendly to both light tackle and fly rodding.

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Thad and Steve Double Up

The action we found lasted hours and was as good as any bass blitz I have seen. The feeding frenzy went on all week but you had to be there at certain stages on the tide to really get in on the action. Thousands of birds and twice as many bass dining on hundreds of thousands of herring made for one hell of week. I took three different groups to the same area and all scored well, returning to the dock with sore arms and happy faces

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NEWS FLASH FROM THE VINEYARD… Two Atlantic bonito have been landed by different captains in the last couple of days. Both were in near shore waters off the eastern tip of the island. What that generally means is we can expect more consistent action in the next week or so. When they hit the inshore waters then the real games will begin. Bonito, or bones as we call them, become the sought after species for most all fly rodders and light tackle enthusiasts. Who knows; maybe in next weeks report we’ll have some photos of happy anglers with their bones in hand. Oh, and might I mention that I’m going to use specially rigged Arkansas Shiners for the bonito and albies as well. Tight Lines and Singing Drags, Captain Phil Cronin Cell: 617-448-2030

www.capawock.com/

Further evidence of bonito comes from Capt. Brice of Fishing the Vineyard Charters –  Check here for the details- http://fishingthevineyard.blogspot.com/

North Side

I continue to work the flats outside Barnstable. Working the incoming time. One day was especially nice with mirror calm water. As I worked one particular flooding hump, it was easy to see individual fish break on bait being swept into their feeding zones. Most fish were not within me casting distance but it was nice to watch until I could reach something.

Canal

From bdowning early in the week:

Managed a couple of small keeps and one high schoolie on the early E tide, graveyard shift. Better than it’s been. 7.5 black sluggos were the ticket. Tried a CCB beach at first light, but there wasn’t much of anything going on. If there were sandeels around or bass chasing ’em, I didn’t see them.

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