Buzzards Bay Fishing Report – August 11, 2017

The fishing up around the Maritime Academy and Gray Gables has slowed as the schools of bass that had been producing some big fish for boaters using live pogies, especially in the morning, have moved into the land cut and haven’t move back out, explained Mike Thomas at M & D’s in Wareham.

There are some schools of smaller bass around Stony Point Dike, with morning and evening the best time to target them as high sunshine and boat traffic tends to push them into deeper water. Tossing plugs into any rocky structure in the early, early morning from Mashnee Island to Sippewissett continues to produce bass, mainly small ones, but a switch over to live eels is a good way to cull out any larger fish in these boulder fields or natural or manmade shorelines.

Any small bluefish in the area are best found by looking terns over small bait such as sand eels or baby herring; Mike said he hasn’t heard of any peanut bunker yet, but given what is going on in the sounds, they should be making their presence known very soon. As has been the case with pretty much everywhere on the Cape and islands, there is not much to tell concerning bonito or false albacore.

If dinner is your goal, then try some sea bass fishing around Cleveland Ledge; the larger fish are in deeper water, about 30-feet or so, and they are hitting Spro style jigs the best. Chartreuse or dark green have been the best colors and there are still enough fish in the 18 to 20-inch range to make things interesting. Tautog haven’t really shown yet, but as the water cools, they should start making their way inshore.