Big Largemouth and bluefish…

This past long weekend brought lots of wind and rain…and then some sun. It also brought big blues to Rick and his fishing buddy (pictured below) who were trolling out in front of Sandy Neck. They spotted a leatherback turtle, so keep your eyes peeled and do call Mass. Audubon if you come across a sea turtle.

In other saltwater news it has been reported that there are still lots of schoolies biting from the south side beaches and inside the harbors. A few keepers have also been landed on the south side. Bucktail jigs and soft plastics have both been working well.

The tautog reports have quieted from Colliers and Bishops but fishermen have had better luck for them in Buzzards Bay. Green crabs every time!

The freshwater bite has been very active. Sports Ports own, Shawn P., landed his personal best rainbow trout over the weekend. He was throwing kastmasters in Hamblins and managed to land a holdover.

Brandon was kind enough to send me a pic of this huge 6.44lb bass he landed on a jig.

Brandon and the very large largemouth!

Brandon and the very large largemouth!

Anytime you have a great fish picture please pass it on to us and we would love to include it in our fishing report.

Amy Wrightson
Trout and Tog

Fisheries and Wildlife have dispatched their trout trucks and stocked over 60,000 rainbows and 4,000 brown trout to various ponds across Massachusetts. You can go to the state’s website to find out which ponds get the fall trout stocking and when it was stocked.

Cape fishermen have reported that the trout are indeed more active now and spoons have been very effective in landing these freshwater fish.

Joey finds some trout at Shubael Pond

Joey finds some trout at Shubael Pond


On the salt water side of fishing, there is loads of bait in the southside bays and harbors. Feeding on that bait are lots of bluefish and some smaller sized striped bass. We are still getting sporadic reports of one or two albies being caught from shore, which proves that it never hurts to blind cast.

The Tautog bite is definitely picking up. Shawn stopped in on Friday to pick up some green crabs and reported back Saturday evening that they caught their limit of togs and not one short on the line. Thanks for the pics Shawn! If you ever have a photo you would like to share please email us.

Fishermen in the Canal have experienced hit or miss scenarios. Some have gone and been skunked or only finding schoolies, while other fishermen have been rewarded with hooking into a 40+ inch bass.

The northside boat fishermen have been finding some large bluefish. 16+ pound size range! Trolling squid imitations seem to work well as there has been some squid reported in/near the canal.

Last week there were reports of tuna in the Bay, but then it was discovered to be lots and lots of sunfish!

If the wind is too much for you to get out on the water today, then be sure to stop by Sports Port Too in Osterville to take advantage of our End of Season Sale. Our Hyannis store stays open year around, but SP Too will close for the season after Columbus Day weekend.

Funny fish…

Fishermen who have gone out to the Monomoy rips have been rewarded with schools of big bass. This has been a welcome change as the bass have been scarce and small for most of the season. Top water was working great.

This has surely been the year for the funny fish! For weeks anglers have been hooking up with spanish mackerel, false albacore and bonito from beaches and boat from Hyannis to the Vineyard to Buzzards Bay. Over the weekend it seemed there were less bonito and spanish mackerel reports from the Craigville area but let me know if I am wrong. We had good reports of albies being caught and lots of blues on the south side. All the usual lures are working; mostly casting with small metals and epoxy jigs.

Green crabs in some rock piles are doing the trick with the tautog. And the scup are biting on seaworms, squid and clams.

Amy Wrightson
Albies on South Side…

Still getting reports of albies biting from Hyannis to New Seabury. Depending on the day and the timing the schools may have thinned out or they could be thick. Hopefully, you have timed it to the latter. Fishermen are also still hooking into Spanish mackerel and some reports of good sized bonito on the Bay side.

The north side has also brought some more reports of keeper sized bass. Last week we had mkre reports of keepers being caught in the Bay than we had all summer. Tube'n worm seems to be the winning method.

Back to the Southside. Guys are doing well with the tautog out around any structure. The small ones come first, but they are getting keepers! Green crabs are the best for these fall fish.

Amy Wrightson