09-10-2003, 07:58 PM
Does anyone know where Billingsgate shoal is? Does anyone have any info on the action one might find out there?
In checking the weather and size of the seas for Friday, it might be better to go to the bay side.
If you shoot approx 2 mi straight north of Sesuit you will hit the can at the west end of Billingsgate. From there to Billingsgate Island area in Wellfleet is a system of shoals that has historically been as productive as any in the area for gamefishing.
The charters out of Rock Harbor target the shoal around the top of the tide (they need to get back into the harbor before the tide drops too far). With a boat like yours I'd combine the bayside flats fishing with the shoals for twice the action.
We have traditionally done very well with QD lines and flies fished on the twitch over 14-16 feet of water under working birds. The only challenge is locating the fish where they are feeding the rest is pretty simple... hang on!
You can set up for some very long drifts and do well out there. This time of year the pea bunker have drifted north so you're better off just finding where the feedbag is and concentrating on active fish.
This is not necessarily on Billingsgate, but then again it could be out there as well. Plenty of sand eels shoaling in hordes on the bayside as well.
Look for the juvie size to show soon, sometimes even tinker macks. You'll know because the gannets are divebombing among the blasting (big) fish.
The bayside goes out for the season with a real bang. Good luck out there!
09-10-2003, 08:22 PM
thank you oh wise one !!!!!!!!!!
Much appreciated !!!!!!!