The week before the July 4th holiday saw many bass and bluefish moving into the local waters. From Devil’s Bridge in Vineyard Sound through Nantucket Sound to the shoals at Monomoy anglers reported finding huge schools of keeper-sized bass, including fish in the 20to 30-lb range. Mixed in with the bass were slammer-sized bluefish topping 10 pounds.
At Monomoy, shell squids drifted into the rips were the ticket to success. At daybreak bass were found on top at Halfway, Hedge Fence, Tom Shoals, as well as off Wasque Point. As the days brightened, jigs or soft plastics continued to produce fish.
Soft plastics fished at night and toward daybreak also worked well for several anglers fishing the Knob and Megansett in the West Falmouth area.
To the north side of the Cape, the bay also is loaded with bass, some bluefish and surprising numbers of hickory shad. Several anglers reported getting more than a dozen shad in Scorton Creek.
Like everything this strange spring, the fish have been late but appear to have arrived for the holiday weekend.