Monday, August 3
As we await to see what Tropical Storm/Hurricane Isaias brings to the north east, the hot weather has started to filter bonito into cape cod and the islands. There have been numerous reports of bonito being caught at the hooter, all trolling deep diving lures like yo-zuri deep diving crystal minnows. My recent trip to the hooter had rods bent the entire time but not with the desired species. We caught a bunch of medium sized bluefish, keeper black sea bass and a few sub-legal stripers but we did not catch a bonito. If you're looking for a place that has a lot of different species, head to the hooter. I had a customer who caught 8 different species there this morning, including 3 bonito. Last year was the best bonito fishing Falmouth had seen in 10-15 years so I am hoping for another banner year for the funny fish in 2020. After the storm has passed, hopefully we will start to see them show up closer to the shores of Falmouth in places like hedge fence, Nobska and off of west falmouth in Buzzards Bay. After the bonito show up, its only a few weeks until my favorite species to catch shows up, the False Albacore.
If you're still in search of large striped bass you need to head to Monomoy or Cape Cod bay. Both of those places have had keeper plus sized fish the past week, with cape cod bay having large schools of pogies. If you're not up for the trip to those places, then look for bass in deeper water, at night with eels or along the Elizabeth islands. Throwing spook style plugs into the rocks at tarpaulin cove might be the trick to getting a bass to bite in this high water temperatures. You could also try throwing eels at places like the french watering hole and cuttyhunk.
Fluke fishing has picked up over the past week in places like quicks hole and a few deeper spots off the elizabeths. I put a customer onto 6 or 7 keepers over 18" at quicks and my parents landed some nice 22"-23" fish off of tarpaulin in 65' of water.
Seabass fishing still remains good with reports of nice keepers being caught at port hunter at slack tide and deep water off of cedar tree neck.