Over the past couple of years, Cape Cod Bay has seen an influx of juvenile Atlantic Bontio during the late summer. The fish range in size from 4″-12″ and on most occasions they’re everywhere. I mean, literally everywhere. When they’re feeding, it looks like a machine gun is shooting the water. It’s awesome, but leaving a little left on the table…
By that, I mean when will their older, more mature brothers/sisters join in the action? It’s well known the Bontio fishery around Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard is well established. The Bonito’s get to 24″-30″ and are EXCELLENT table fare. Guys will go to crazy lengths to get them not only on spinning gear, but fly gear as well.
I’m going to go out on a limb, and suggest that within the next 2-3 years, we will see those larger Bonito’s inhabit Cape Cod Bay along with their juvenile counterparts. There have been a couple mature ones caught, but I’m talking about a reliable fishery for them in Cape Cod Bay. The immense amount of silversides and peanut bunker that have been moving into the bay have certainly added to the reasons why they’re there. I also think water temperature is playing a factor as well.
Regardless, if I’m correct, this will provide an entirely new fishery for the Cape Cod Bay region and bring a ton of fun. Typically, during the time of year that they move in, the Striped Bass fishing tends to die off due to the warming of the water and the Striped Bass move further offshore and into a nightly feeding pattern.
Let’s keep our fingers crossed and check back in a couple years!