“What you really have to do is anticipate where they are going to be,” says Capt. Doug Jowett, who fishes Cape Cod every spring. “Then cast in front of them and bring the lure right across their noses.” Still, in many cases, the fish ignore everything. “I’ve had guys throw perfect casts with plugs, soft plastics and flies, and bring them right across the fish’s path only to have them swim by without as much as a close look.” There’s one lure no bluefish can resist though: a popper. Even when they aren’t eating, a good noisy popper angers a bluefish enough to want to punish the lure. Poppers are great lures for bluefish and get their attention. Usually, at least one fish will break ranks, beeline for whatever that thing making all that noise in the water is, and smash it.