Where did the summer go ? We have been so busy this year, it seems the time has just flown by. Although the kids are now back in school and the air seems cooler and cleaner, some of the absolute best fishing Cape Cod has to offer is happening in the months of September and October. The bluefin tuna have moved into near shore waters with a vengeance and the rips are teeming with striped bass, false albacore and bluefish.
The bluefin bite is really solid right now with 4-6 fish being caught on the troll boats very regularly. Most of the fish are 55 to 66 inches with an occasional one in the 71-74” range. There have been a few larger fish caught as well, but for the most part these are recreational fish. The smaller under 47” inch size classes have not been present here, although we did find a nice school of them in August. I only know of one boat that has caught a 46” fish a couple days ago.
Yesterday was the first day in over a week that we really had many boats on the water. Too many boats will kill the fishing - be it bass or tuna, so when you get the urge to post your lat long numbers and brag about the day you had on the fishing forums, (even though you are going back to land work and all the boats you are calling to the “spot” really wont affect you) please consider that in a day or two, there will be a hundred boats there and it will put the fish down.
Bass fishing still is very picky, and the only way i can consistently get limits out of the Monomoy rips is with fresh sand eels. Natural fresh bait is how we roll and it seems to be working as I have been able to get my bass limits for my folks these last couple of weeks, even though some of the jig boats have been struggling. There seems to be pods of stripers up on the beaches off Chatham as well. Some boats cast soft plastics, and others are trolling umbrella rigs to get it done.
There is not many open dates left this month for fishing, but I do have a few. Please call my cell if you wish to get in on this great fall fishing bite. Go to the Capeshores Charters Facebook page to see the photos and descriptions of the last fishing expeditions.
I very soon will be only going after giant tuna and am taking reservations for the very limited “bucket list” type of charters that are specifically targeting these large bluefins. They are limited in size of the party and are more expensive. Call me for more information and to describe what you are looking for. I can guarantee i will give you my best effort to get your fish for you.
Thanks very much,
Capt. Bruce & “Marilyn S” 508 237-0399