Thursday’s edition of the Cape Cod Times had a front-page picture of a herring gull eating a herring from the Brewster run. Us Cape Codders don’t really need much to get us excited ! Maybe we need to get out more !! I did also see four of them in the Eastham run last Sunday as well. Anyway, there is herring around, and along with the sunshine we had last week, there should be some bass right behind them. It looks as though this weekend will bring a few days of clouds and rain, most likely dropping the water temperatures a bit. A few folks jonesing for a tug on the end of their line will be out in Pleasant Bay in Orleans and Chatham, looking for the small schoolies that will be coming in. I would expect these fish to be real small, in the 15 to 18 inch range, and then as the weather warms the waters in the next week or two, bringing in some nicer 20 to 28 inch class fish.
Spots to check out first would be Red River Beach at the end of Depot Street in Harwich, Minister’s Point in Chatham past the golf course at the end of Stony Hill and Scatteree Roads, and then in Pochet river at the end of Barley Neck Road in East Orleans. Other spots will be the Town Cove at Fort Hill in Eastham, or both Big and Little Pleasant Bays in Orleans and Chatham wherever the tide runs strongly. (need a boat). I would try casting an assortment of small jigheads in white, pink and yellow combinations with a curly tail grub behind it on a rod and reel setup with light 6-10 pound test line for these little fish. Since most of them will be short, bend the barbs down so you don’t critically hurt too many of them.
While you are having fun with these fish, I will be finishing up seasonal preparations to the Miss Jillian. I am waiting for some new aluminum framed marine windows from Wynne windows in Alabama to arrive. Then there is the little stuff, replacing fire extinguishers, painting and varnishing, reinstalling electronics etc. Soon there will some decent sized fish around and we can go fishing for them.
Good luck and have fun,
Bruce & Miss Jillian