The Striped Bass season has arrived here on Cape Cod. Schoolies are plentiful throughout the Southside with large numbers of juvenile fish in the inlets, rivers and backwaters. Bass River has been consistently producing fish from 18-24 inches with the occasional keeper. Some Bluefish have also made some sporadic appearances down in Craigville and Cotuit. A more consistent SW wind will probably help the bluefish bite. Black Eel customer, Ryan FitzMaurice, caught his first keeper of the season last weekend while fishing down in Popponessett. (Photo Above)
Some bigger fish are starting to show up in Cape Cod Bay, with several reports of 36+ inch fish being taken in the last few days. Barnstable Harbor was the spot to be last weekend with many fisherman splashing their boats for the season and working the channel for cruising schools. Extremely large Mackerel were present in the mouth of the harbor and large fish weren’t far behind.
The fishing on Brewster Flats has been somewhat sporadic this week. You can most likely find some schoolies willing to chase your fly, but sizeable fish still haven’t arrived in solid numbers. The arrival of more sand eels in the next week or two should help improve the fishing.
The weather looks great for Saturday so get out there and chase some schoolies and perhaps catch your first keeper bass of the season if you haven’t yet done so. Best of luck to all 240 fly rodders fishing the Cheeky Schoolie Tournament this weekend here on Cape Cod! We are proud to be a sponsor of this catch and release tournament and will be giving all participants 25% off in-store this weekend.