The first week of July ushered in some very warm weather, kicking fishing up a notch in some spots and knocking it down in others.
Cape Cod Bay has become almost strictly a wire game now; almost all of our sources are running 400’ to 450’ of wire during the day to get at the fish hunkered down in 30’-plus of water. HBomb Tackle Umbrellas and 5-ounce hair jigs are quickly becoming a big seller in the shop to folks that do their fishing in the bay.
At the start of this week, the Monomoy Rips were on fire. Every angler that was out there reported the same tale of acres big bass that would willingly take anything “squiddy”. Over the past few days, the fishing in the rips has moderated to just plain good. It seems the folks that wandered north of the rips, towards Nauset Beach, off the new cut were able to get back into the same round of fish that had been in the rips just days before. It appears the fish are going to, for the second straight summer, take up residence in 40-60 feet of water in the same spots.
The other bright spot was that the backside beaches started producing decent fish for the first time this summer for anglers that put their time in. Live eels and swimming plugs at dawn and dusk were the big producers this week off the beaches.
Lots of blues reported by customers this week. As you would expect, the warmer waters of Nantucket Sound are holding the most fish, but plenty were reported in the bay, the backside and P-town this week. At this point in the season, you are apt to run into them almost any place. Have some wire leaders in your tackle box.
Fluke fishing is picking up a bit, in terms of catch volume. Still a lot of shorts to cull through however.
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