Freshwater- September, 2018- Trout are in 15+ ft of water but fishing has remained steady with evening best. Powerbait doing well with mosly rainbows but live shiners and blown up nightcrawlers also good.Small gold spoons and spinners also good as are small swimming plugs. Getting the lure down to the fish is the trick. Peters Pond, Hamblins Pond and Spectacle Pond good spots to try.
Bass fishing is very good with live shiners working best. Soft plastics like Yamamoto Senkos good lure choice and crankbaits are also good. Topwater also good with evening best. Getting lure or bait into or along cover has been helpful. Santuit Pond, Spectacle Pond and Shawme Pond best. Pickerel and perch also hitting well as are sunfish. Worms best for perch and sunnies. Live shiners, nightcrawlers and lures with flash (spinners and spoons) good for pickerel.
Saltwater- Canal still hit or miss with most fish small and night and early a.m. best. Most big fish are being caught jigging in the dark. Chunk mackerel also producing at times.
Good numbers of 12"-26" striped bass are in/along the north-facing beaches, creeks, inlets and estuaries as well as Barnstable Harbor with an occasional larger fish. Soft plastics and small- medium sized surface plugs good lure choices as are metals. Swimming plugs good after dark and best chance for a good fish is at night. Live eels also good option.
Lots of small-medium sized bass are also in the inlets into Waquoit, Popponesset and Cotuit Bays with evening being best time to go. Topwater lures like the Zara Spook, small metals like Kastmasters or swimbaits and other soft plastics good lure options. Eels at night best for bigger fish here as well.
There are now good numbers of bluefish in the area with both 1-2 lb. fish and 5-8 lb. ones. South Cape Beach, Cotuit, Popponesset area and Dowses good spots to try but boaters are doing best. Topwater plugs like Creek Chub Striper Strikes or metals like Kastmasters are good lure options. Chunk mackerel or squid good for chunking bait. Trolling also good option.
Black Seabass fishing is very good with Buzzards Bay, Nantucket Sound and Vineyard Sound all producing. Rockpiles, wrecks and shoals/drop off areas often good and largest fish have been in 20+ ft. of water. (reminder-Black Seabass season closes Sept. 12). Scup also in the mix and fluke are around in fair numbers, though most are under the 17" limit.
Monomoy is still good. Live mackerel, jigging or yo-yo pogies best. (be sure to stay within the 3 mile line when targeting bass. Coast Guard IS patrolling)
A few Bonito are also around with Buzzard's Bay best and some King Mackerel are also being reported. Nantucket Sound best. Bonito are also around the Vineyard and juvenile Bonito are now hanging in areas where Mackerel are present. They are 7"-10" and are hitting Sabiki rigs but any small shiny lures are a good choice.
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