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September 16, 2019:
The word from Rory at Falmouth Bait and Tackle was of lots of action in western Buzzards Bay where bonito, albies and bluefish in a mix that also included Spanish mackerel. The wind posed a problem in trying to stay with the fish but up around the Pocasset River it was a bit easier to show them the albie snacks they were interested in. A few casts with his fly rod convinced Rory to return to the spinning gear. Two charter skippers who frequent the shop were able to stay with the fish by using their Minn Kota with spot lock which allowed them to catch many more fish. The rivers and bays are loaded with bait and a few guys are waiting for them to begin moving out which they believe will draw more and larger bass into the areas.

Previous Reports

  • September 9, 2019 Open or Close

    After a steady rain and winds that didn't do much if any damage to the local area, Christian from Falmouth Bait and Tackle said the Sound was calm on Saturday morning with a north wind knocking everything down. There was no sign of the heave that made up on the south side of the Vineyard as the storm passed. There was a very good bite of mixed sizes of bluefin tuna from 50-inch fish to giants very close in to Chatham and in Cape Cod Bay very close to the shore line where the tuna were pushing and feeding on schools of menhaden that were holding in shallow areas at the mouth of the harbors.

  • September 2, 2019 Open or Close

    Jerry from Falmouth Bait and Tackle said the bay and sound are loaded with 20-inch stripers which is a very good sign for the future of that fishery. There is also a lot of Southern comfort in the form of bonito, albies, Spanish and Cero mackerel that are tearing up fine bait in the form of silversides and peanuts the size of your thumb nails. This is a good time to be a fisherman looking to bend a rod. The offshore bite has been red hot with loads of yellowfin tuna up into the 90-pound class with mahi and white marlin in most edges. Jerry said the water temperature is a bit warm with water temps to 75 in Buzzards Bay and 73 in Nantucket sound where you will also find loads of rat blues working those areas.

  • August 26, 2019 Open or Close

    It was well worth the trip for Christian from Falmouth Bait and Tackle who made a run to the no name canyon and ran into instant action. They had knockdowns as soon as they put their lures in the water as big schools of yellowfin were slamming their squid bar rigs in green, pink and natural. When Christian began preparing the yellows, some of which were in the 70-pound class, he found that they were loaded with big dark colored squid. They had planned a deep drop for swords, but they used all their ice and headed back to port with a few coolers of well cared for fish. Captain Damon hooked three swords on the deep drop drift in the same location. Locally Rory reported on a very good bonito and albie bite all over the Falmouth beaches out to Poppy and Craigville Beach where patrons were sending photos of bones that were in the 5-pound class with albies in the 8-pound class. Cooper Morris shared photos of jumbo blues, good-sized albies and big bones from his late week trip in local waters.

  • August 19, 2019 Open or Close

    The bonito craze has taken over in their section of the Cape according to our friend Billy at Falmouth Bait and Tackle. Epoxy jigs and all the old favorites are flying off the shelf as bones are in close to the inlets and on the rips with many of those fish in the 12- to 13-inch range. There was word of big pods from Wings Neck to Woods Hole and all along the Vineyard and Elizabeth Islands. Billy says the electric chicken colored jigs are the best ones to date. The bass fishing in the Canal was good up until Wednesday when the fish of all sizes ate all day. Christian said the offshore action has been consistent and any of the boats making the trip can expect to find yellowfin tuna and an array of other species from wahoo and mahi on those grounds. The local tuna bite has improved with lots of bluefin in the 50- to 60-inch class providing some great table fare.

Falmouth Bait & Tackle

Falmouth Bait & Tackle
258 R Teaticket Hwy
Falmouth, MA 02536
phone: 508-457-0700

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