Summer has started to settle in and the fish are moving to their usual “seasonal spots”. The bite at Barnstable Harbor has slowed down this week with hit or miss early action for those live-lining throwing striper candies. Inside the Harbor and on the backside of Sandy Neck there are still plenty of schoolies to be had for those looking to throw flies and light tackle.
At Race Point and down the Backside, anglers are live-lining mackerel in Herring Cove, and the topwater bite is great down the Backside. Schools of mackerel, herring, and the occasional haddock are being pushed to the surface by hungry large stripers. The Fleet of boats in the area has been pretty large, especially on commercial days, but leaving the fleet to find your own fish can put you on an acre of bass all to yourself. Vertical jigging continues to be the conservative approach for most of the weekend warriors and commercial guys alike. If you have more sporting intentions consider throwing some pencil poppers or a large meaty fly like a Magnum Baitfish.
The Brewster Flats has been productive for those who have had the patience and finesse to fool picky striped bass cruising the flats. There has been plenty of sunshine for spotting shadows, but the water temp’s are starting to warm considerably this week… Best to fish early and often to avoid the crowds! Sand Eel imitations have continued to be a hot seller in the Angler’s Shop @ BLACK EEL, with HOGY 4.5″ and 5″ SAVAGE Sand Eels being the most effective for spin-casters. Randy & Ben have been tying up some custom patterns to fill our fly bins after the holiday last week, so come check out what’s new!
Last but not least : We still have a few spots left in the INTRO TO FLY CASTING class being hosted by Bill & Sheila Hassan at the shop on July 25. Give the shop a call or stop by to register.