Fishing Improving, When Wind Wanes

Update:  Just received a first-hand report and pictures of 5-7 lb bluefish caught yesterday from the Popponesset spit in Mashpee.  So maybe the traditional June run of blues will take place this year.  We’ve got our fingers crossed.

Fishing in the waters around the upper Cape continues to improve, when weather conditions allow anglers to take to the water or beaches.  Winds have hammered the area almost daily for the past week.  As a result, boating has been difficult if not dangerous, and casting from the beach often frustrating at best.  To make matters worse, there’s been a lot of weed in both Nantucket Sound and Buzzards Bay.

That said, the fishing overall is quite good.  Striped bass continue to spread out through Nantucket and Vineyard Sounds and Buzzards Bay.  There’s no shortage of schoolies but 30-inch and up fish are being taken in the rips.  Middle Ground, Halfway and Succonesset Shoals all produced keeper bass during the past week on poppers, swimming plugs and jigs.  The Woods Hole passage and rocks along the Elizabeth Islands also are producing fish.  In Buzzards Bay, enterprising anglers are using live pogies to target the larger bass moving into the Canal.

Keeper bass are harder to come by from the beaches; the most successful anglers are using mackerel or herring chunks to attract the bigger bass.

Bluefish continue to be elusive.  There’s no consistent pattern to where they will show up.  The traditional June run of blues along the south facing beaches has yet to materialize, but it’s worthwhile to keep checking.

Fluke fishing is starting to warm up.  Keepers have been caught on Middle Ground and Lucas Shoals, as well as the deep holes off Nobska, and the Quick’s and Robinson’s Holes. One angler fishing for scup off the Falmouth Harbor jetty hooked and landed a keeper fluke.

If you have a boat and want fish for the freezer, black sea bass are the ticket.  They’re everywhere, and at times can be a nuisance for anglers targeting bass or fluke.

Weekend weather forecasts look good and the winds are supposed to diminish, so there’s a good chance fishing will really break out in mid June.

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