Buzzards Bay Fishing Report – August 20, 2015

Mike Thomas had the word that bass worked through the Canal today and are out in Buzzards Bay feeding heavily on the schools of peanut bunker that have made their appearance in a big way. Some guys are fishing rubber shads with great success, meaning that Hogy Bunny Rabbits would make an excellent choice with all the peanuts around. The fish are also taking topwater lures, with fish in the low 20-pound class right up to the 30-pound class all over Wareham Bay and from Wing’s Neck up to Onset.

Prior to this push, fish in the 40-inch class were being taken in the evening on live eels from the pilings/dolphins down to Mashnee Island and some larger bass were taken around the Mashnee Flats and Phinney’s Harbor in the early hours of the morning last weekend, perhaps a precursor of the frantic action this week caused by the presence of so much bait.

There are three to five-pound bluefish from Stony Point Dike down to Quissett, with Ruth Anderson and Michael Beebe enjoying an all out blitz this morning; SI Epoxy Jigs worked extremely well and rigging with just a tail single hook, like the Hogy In-Line Jig Hook for easy release, especially with the barb crushed down.

Ruth Anderson and Capt. Dave with a nice bass taken Thursday morning.
Ruth Anderson and Capt. Dave with a nice bass taken Thursday morning.

Schools of bonito have been reported from Marion to West Falmouth, with the Old Silver Beach hot this morning. While most people are hanging close to shore looking for schools, some of the best action has been in deeper water around Cleveland Light.

Fluke fishing is just OK, with a few legal fish being caught around the old Canal markers and in the deeper water off the Mashnee Flats; there are also plenty of sea bass around, with many just over the legal limit of 14-inches. The waters from Stony Point Dike to Cleveland Ledge are producing good numbers of sea bass and remember that August 27 is the last day for recreational sea bass fishing in Massachusetts.