The 2006 Striper season in Cape Cod Bay is off to an excellent start. There are good numbers of Mackeral between Sandwich and the Gurnett off Plymouth, and the Big Bass are feeding on them solidly. Sunday, Mike Norton of Newport, connected on a bunker spoon to take his largest bass to date – 46″ and 38lbs. Billingsgate Shoal is also loaded with Stripers from 28″-38″ with some really big fish mixed in for good measure. These fish are gorging themselves on the annual squid migration and are feeding aggressively.
On the offshore front, the weather just hasn’t been cooperating. The weather cancellations have been piling up for our offshore cod trips, as it seems the wind starts cranking every time we have a trip. On days we have gotten out to Stellwagon, the cod pick has been slow but steady, and the Haddock have been solid in the deep water on the eastern edge of the bank. With any luck, this latest Noreaster should be the last one for quite a while, and we can start up the summertime weather.
There are scattered Tuna reports coming in from areas south of Block Island. With the mild winter that we had, we are hoping for an early Bluefin season. Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries made the wise and needed decision to close Cape Cod Bay to Tuna Seining this year, so we are expecting an outstanding rod and reel season for Footballs as well as Giants. Keep an eye out for reports on the action, as we are going to try to stay very current with the reports this year.