Tuna at its best

Written by Skip Cornell
 | Wednesday, 08 August 2012 14:00

(The Mayer crew came upon a school of tuna.)

COASTAL REPORT: Peaked Hill Bar has become the hot spot for tuna fishing. There are school tuna plus enough giants to keep most anglers happy. Squid bars and daisy chains in bubble gum are the hot color here. Bubble gum color daisy chains made with Shankas and birds are hot, too. There is also a very big whale show going on, plus lots of birds and large pods of sand eels at Peaked Hill. Anglers using pogies or whiting on kites or balloons are doing well also.

Inside the pot lines in 15 to 35 feet of water, jumbo blues are abundant. Wire line jigging with black and purple Hotjigs is your best bet here. Between Peaked Hill Bar and the Race at Provincetown, there are lots of seals so be on the lookout for them -- they will take the fish right off your lure. Striper fishing from Peaked Hill Bar to the Race at Provincetown has been poor at best. Fishing at dusk or well after dark is most likely your best bet to land a striper, but blue fishing is hot with lots of jumbo size blues-and they are hungry!

At times, the southwest corner of Stellwagen has been hot for tuna mostly on squid bars, but the bite has been short-lived and at the turn of the tide. Well off Stellewagen, ground fishing is still holding up for those who don’t mind fishing in 230 to 250 feet of water. Across Cape Cod Bay at Plymouth and Duxbury, fishing for stripers has turned into an after dark project. With the moon tides and warmer water temperatures, the stripers are seeking deeper and cooler water and feeding at night only. Best bet to catch a striper is off Brown’s Bank and the deeper water off Bug Light by live lining live bait (pogies or eels). Just about all the mackerel have moved well north.

In the Cordage Channel, there are still schools of small blues, but they are always on the move. Fluke and flounder fishing is still holding up. Fluke rigs, yellow and white bucktails or Spro jigs tipped with squid or sea worms are the fishes’ choice. Many of the small channels are holding good size fluke. Try fishing these areas on an outgoing tide. In close to the Gurnet, at the rocks, live lining pogies or harbor pollock is still your best bet to catch a nice striper. Fishing at High Pines Ledge is off and on (mostly off) but there are still some bluefish around. Fishing off Duxbury Beach is mostly with live bait after dark and fishing is spotty.

Over at Burke’s Beach, outside the jetties at Green Harbor, fluke fishing remains great with lots of nice size keepers. Fluke rigs tipped with squid or clams are working great here also. Any fishing off the jetties is by chunking or live bait after dark. Stripers are very spotty but I did see a school feeding in the channel just before dusk.

Fishing in Bluefish Cove is slow and all along the Marshfield Beach side there are very few fish. Up at the North River, fishing for fluke at the entrance bell has been real good. From Fourth Cliff to First Cliff, striper fishing is best after sunset. With the moon tides fishing for stripers has picked up with soft plastic bait such as Shankas in bubble gum color working best. There has been some talk of school tuna off the 21 Can and the old B E Buoy.

Don’t forget to take a kid fishing!