I keep hearing it everywhere, "Theyr'e Late !"or "The Water's Too Cold !" Even the Cape Cod Times ( The Cape Cod Standard Times, when I used to deliver it) had an article by Doug Fraser in there last week interviewing some fishermen on Nantucket Sound, an aquaculturist in Wellfleet, and a National Weather Service guy. All have basically agreed that things are slow starting and water temperatures are colder than normal.
I did manage to get my tuna baits purchased ahead of time again this year, even though the mackeral were in short supply. I have found the quality of the bait is very important. So Ed, ( my tuna fishing (catching) friend from CT) get ready !!!
Soooooo... Whats a smart fisherperson to do with this bleak forecast ? First we will look for warmer water. The warmer water will have the bait in it, what fish eat !! Duh ! So I will be looking in the estuaries and shallows where this spring's limited sunlight will warm the waters enough to attract the bait. I like the looks of Pleasant Bay at this time of the year, even though there are fishing moving in all the time and they are caught off the ocean beaches. Since the fish are mostly small, I will be using large baits and lures, to try and weed out the smaller of the school fish. I like whole herring, either alive or dead. If fishing on the schoolies, I' ll use a small 1/4 or 3/8's ounce white jighead with a chartruese or white curly tail grub attached to it. Other areas include Nantucket Sound's beaches off Harwich and South Chatham, particularly after a sunny day. We do need more southwest breezes and warm weather for sure. I do see guys regularly fishing the Ditch (CC Canal) at night, I do not know for sure how they are doing. I' ll try to keep you posted of what I know and what I hear.