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07-09-2008, 06:18 PM
What I have noticed has been the lack of any reports concerning the fishing in Pleasant Bay. Has anyone found that the new cut has helped, hindered or had no effect there? What about by the lighthouse? Just curious as most all have concentrated on SB or No. Monomoy. Not looking for anyone to expose a favorite spot but wonder what the overall impression is.


07-09-2008, 07:45 PM

Good question,.

Actually, I never seem to recall a lot of posts about P' Bay - probably because those that "know" wanted to keep it quiet :wink:

I did paddle (yak) across to the new cut back in early June. As I pulled up on the West side of the "new" island, a large, solitary cow came gliding by. Of course, my gear wasn't ready to make the cast and that was the only fish I actually saw during a four hour stint of solid casting and searching. But that was back in the wierd early season we experienced this year. I have to say it did look "wicked fishy" and, given the chance, I would spend a few more tidal changes out there before drawing any firm conclusions.

07-09-2008, 07:52 PM
Despite the advice of some of the most trusted, respected and experienced anglers I know, I feel P Bay is the next 'mecca'. However the areas that are amenable to the kind of wade fishing we enjoy on Monomoy and bayside flats are less known and from what they tell me the usual spots are not where the fish are anymore.

This mystery also means these renewed and vibrant habitats are ripe for discovery. Looking around the Tern Island area and the extent of constant bright sand scuplting happening in the lower bay, it goes without saying that the kind of inshore big bass fishing we had at Big Girl and the Mecca in their fleeting existences >sigh< is going to manifest itself there as soon as the jumbo sand eels take residence in those loose shoals.

We all know what the loss of an ocean break does. It's intuitively obvious what the addition of one does as well. It seems to me that exploration by boat would be the better choice, at least until our collective intel matures. I may have to invest some time in building up some of that intel this season.

BTW - Big Girl's seam at the shoreward edge of the last basin screams to me everytime I drive by.

07-09-2008, 09:16 PM
Improved water quality...
Several THOUSAND hungry seals...
Lots of new shoaling...
Got YAK?!

07-10-2008, 06:06 AM
The yak is the way to go in my opinion. The Forum Navy will be exploring new areas. Top secret UDL'S. :lildevl: FishHawk

07-10-2008, 06:51 AM
Hi Folks
My buddy and I spent some time fishing Pleasant Bay a couple of weeks ago and did very well
We fished out of the 'yaks when the wind was down but mostly parked and waded.
In the four days we fished there, we caught a number of legal fish every day plus plenty of large schoolies and blues. Pretty much one after another during moving water.
It was the best fishing in the Bay that I've seen the 10 (+/-) years that I've fished there regularly
I thought everyone knew and was just keeping it on the QT

07-10-2008, 07:13 AM
Thanks for the confirmation. Frankly, makes perfect sense.

I'd guess that as the infusion of bait increases, it will get even better and we might even get some of the big beach style blitzes since it's so wide open to the big water.

I recall a morning at that huge funnel-shaped bowl one year at Coast Guard Beach (the one south of Head of the Meadows) when the tinker macs were driven onto the beach by 25-30# bass. I could barely thread the line through the guides and practically fell down the bluff from the parking lot with all the adrenaline rushing through me.

First hook-up tied me up for most of the blitz since it was so damn big fat and strong. While I was hoping to get the backing on the reel I saw some bass that were scary huge right next to me chowing on those electric blue tinkers churning the water with fast beating tails and big fearful eyes.

Arthur told me he saw tinker inside PB this year... made me think I need to spend more time gathering intel for sure.

07-22-2008, 11:26 AM
I just fished North Beach(Pleasant Bay) last Saturday. It reminded me of South Beach; lots of boaters running right up on me and anchoring, (I counted 37 anchored boats) lots of seals, (over 100) and lots of mung. I fished/walked from one end to the other and had 2 follows. It seems the boaters/seals leave the top 1/3 of North Beach alone. This is where I had the 2 follows. I took the shuttle from the Chatham fish pier and was the only fisherman on a full shuttle.

07-22-2008, 12:19 PM
I was out on the south side of the cut last week with my 16' Sea Nymph. Like Gary described, it has become a popular place for summer beach goers who have boats. There was quite the crowd. We were the only ones fishing. Last year we had the cut to ourselves and found ourselves in a blitz of blues that lasted for a couple of hours, but now it seems the word is out. It may be wise to fish it either in the early morning or evening and avoid the crowd. While there we noticed two guys fishing from the north side of the cut. They were the only ones on that side of the cut. Since it was getting close to low tide we took a circuitous route navigating around shallow water. Our route took us past Strong Island where 20 yds from shore we got into school of stripers feeding near the surface. Most were in the low - mid 20" range but my friend did manage to get one over 30". It was non-stop action that lasted maybe 20 minutes and then stopped as quick as it started. We contimued to north side of cut and as we approached the shore there were dozens of seals, all looking for an easy meal! We anchored up and headed toward the surf line where we got into a few blues, but that was it.