Buzzards Bay Fishing Report – August 4th, 2016

The deep drop and drift bite from Stony Point Dike up to Onset has slowed recently, advised Mike Thomas. Up to that point, guys were using up five ounces on fishfinder rigs to get their eels down in the holes that were holding fish. There are still some schools of pogies around, but for the most part they aren’t being bothered.

If size doesn’t matter, there are schoolies up around the Maritime Academy, in Widow’s Cove, and the entrances to Phinney’s Harbor and Barlow’s Landing, but this has been a morning bite on incoming water and the action typically dies shortly after sun up.

Early mornings have also seen a few 12 to 15-pound bass caught from the rocks between West Falmouth and Woods Hole, particularly on traditional Gibbs’ pencil poppers.

There are also schools of small bluefish chasing sand eels and other small bait along the Cape’s shoreline, as well as off Marion, around the castle, and outside Bird Island.

If you’re looking for legal size (15” or better) sea bass, then Bill Henderson recommended fishing the deep water around Cleveland Ledge, with mostly smaller fish in towards the necks from Bourne to Falmouth. There are a ton of scup providing plenty of action for folks targeting them, as well as headaches for those anglers looking for sea bass and fluke.

Speaking of fluke, the Mashnee Flats continue to be one of the better spots for summer flounder, particularly if you can get your hands on some sand eels. You are still going to have to cull through a good number of smaller fish to get your five fish limit of 16” or better fluke.
Jim Young heard of a Spanish mackerel caught up in Buzzards Bay and there are still a few bonito apparently mixed in with the schools of small bluefish between Old Silver Beach and West Falmouth.