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|Capt. Warren Marshall|
Fishing conditions: Barnstable Harbor has schoolie Bass inside and in the main entrance channel as well as both the east and west flats that will make sight fishing posible for those who have shallow draft boats and can get into these waters. This is one of my favorite ways to fish and a very enjoyable experience. No reports coming in from the Plymouth/Duxbury area but the Bass should be in that area soon. Some friends have been finding Bass down in the Brewster/Sesuit Hbr area. The S/Bass have been in deeper water and you will have to use sinking line to get down to them. There is also a nice school of fish in the Billingsgate area. Look for birds feeding on the baitfish that the Bass are chasing to the surface'
Inshore temperature: 52 Degrees F
Offshore temperature: 53 Degrees F
Type of bait fish are feeding on: Herring and Squid, Mackeral, Sand Eels
Fish species: Striped bass, bluefish, Tuna,F/Albacore,Bonita
Fishing season: May 1..............Nov 1
Nearest airport: Logan Boston-T.F. Green- Providence R.I.
Recommended fly fishing leader: 9 Foot Leader
Recommended fly fishing tippet: 16 Pound Test
Best fly fishing rod: 9' 9 Weight Fly Rod
Best floating fly line: Striper WF
Best sinking fly line: Clear Intermediate Cool Water Full Sink
Cap Cod Bay is one of the Atlantic Ocean's many bays surrounding the commonwealth of Massachusetts which,as many of you know is also known as the Bay State. Massachusetts Bay is located to the North, and Cape Cod Bay runs South to the town of Bourne, and the Cape Cod Canal and then turns east toward the Brewster and Orleans area an then rises north to Provincetown. At its widest point, Cape Cod Bay is approximatlely ...
thirty miles across with a rocky, sandy, and gravely bottom. running to a maximum depth of two hundred feet. In 1914 the Cape Cod Canal was created which connected Buzards Bay to Cape Cod Bay. Since that time, many Striped Bas and Bluefish have been caught along its shores.
Cape Cod Bay is home to many species of fish all year round, but the most sought after, "the Striped Bass" arrive in May, much to the of the delight of the light tackle and flyrod anglers. Next comes the Bluefish and, as the water temperature rises so then arrive the Bluefin Tuna. The fishing can be fantastic and these fish can be seen surface feeding on Squid and baitfish. Popping plugs and flies will usually bring about quick responces from just about any fish in the area. Early spring and fall bring migrating fish throughout the Bay in massive schools and they tend to be quite ravenous and each cast is bound to bring fast action. The Bay also has quite a few areas that give you a chance to sight cast for cruising Striped Bass in shallow water. This is an exciting way to fish because it enables an angler to actually watch the reaction of the fish to the presentation of one's fly.
Cape Cod Bay does have a downside when fishing for Striped Bass in the summer. It becomes more difficult to find these fish because the water becomes to warm for them. The Bay is not the only area on the Cape where this situation occurs. Wherever and whenever the water becomes to warm, these fish seek out deeper water which is more in their "comfort zone". One solution to this problem is to arrive at the fishing spots early, before the water heats up. Striped Bass tend to leave the deeper, cooler water at night to look for food in the shallow water.
Use sinking lines to get your fly down to the bigger fish
Each day brings more fish to the Cape Cod area and bigger fish keep on coming to our area, so everything looks good for the future.