It’s May 1 and despite a month of clouds and rain the striped bass are finally returning tothe local waters. Fishing is still slow but fresh schoolies have been caught this week off the entrances to Bourne’s and Great Ponds, as well as some of the Buzzards Bay-side estuaries and harbors. Some of the fish may be holdovers but others are definitely bright, migratory stripers.
There’s even a report of a bluefish being caught off Dowses Beach in Barnstable. If true, it’s not surprising as the bluefish in recent years have been turning up with the striped bass.
The only bottom fishing is for tautog but except for the few boat anglers the fishing has been slow.
A few days of sun and warmer temperatures are forecast for next week so the fishing is ready to break open.