It has been a stressful last couple of weeks with the fog so thick outside of Chatham, that you cant see 200 feet in front of you. In one way it is great, as it keeps the smaller boats inside the harbor, the smarter ones anyway, but it can really be stressful after a few days. You really have to have your wits about you and be very familiar with your electronics when operating in these conditions. So, as a result, I'm finding that I am more tired at the end of the foggy days than the ones with visibility. I am grateful that a little northeast wind blew in on Saturday night, giving me a much needed rest. There has been some really great fishing outside of the Chatham inlet, with mostly stripers, but in the last couple of days we have gotten some big bluefish mixed in as well. This is usual for this time of year, but the fish have been lower in the water column than in the past. I have found the best bite on our light tackle comes when we drop the jigs to the bottom and then aggresively jig the baits up through the fish. If we havent had a bite after reeling up 15 -20 feet, then we drop back down into them. This technique has been producing stripers from 28 to 40 inches, with the average size around 32-33 inches. It can be quite hard to find the tightly grouped fish on the bottom, (again, you need good electronics and be familiar with them) but once you do, just set up the drift over them and keep picking away.
If we aren't in the fleet fishing outside of Chatham, we are drifting sand eels in the rips off Monomoy or to the southeast of there. There are no blues mixed in with this technique, at least not yet. The fish at Bearse's seem to be a little smaller than the ones on the bottom off Chatham, but we have plenty of 35 and 36 inch fish to make it interesting. Since we are using the light stuff, (14 lb. test) it makes for a fun day of fishing.
I am quite booked up at this time. Those of you with the insight to book your reservation early will be on the water on your designated day. Those that are waiting till the last minute, there are a couple of openings left. I have the following open: July 31 am, Aug 1- am 3 slots in the first week of August, 2 slots in the second week and five slots in the last week of August. September has about half of the openings still remaining. A deposit is required to hold the date. Please email me at email@example.com to set something up or to ask about the fishing.
Thanks very much,
Capt. Bruce Peters - Capeshores Charters