Locating a school of pogies and either live lining them where you find them or putting some in your livewell and running to spots such as the Onset Rip, Hog Island Channel, or the deeper water between Stony Point Dike and the Canal has proved to be the best means of avoiding smaller bass and putting a prime bait in front of a larger bass or two. That said, Mike Thomas advised that the numbers of big fish have thinned since the last set of good tides in the Canal, which is where they headed and found plenty to their liking in terms of food.
There are smaller bass up around the Maritime Academy, around the edges of the Mashnee Flats, and off the necks from Phinney’s Harbor to West Falmouth; they are fun to play with on topwater plugs and small soft plastics, but there are a few larger fish that become more active after dark, with eels and metal lipped swimmers good options to try.
Some big bluefish have moved up into the lower stretches of the bay, wreaking havoc with live baits such as pogies and eels, but they put up a heck of a fight when taken on surface plugs and light tackle. Up closer to Wareham and Bourne, there are a few schools of smaller blues, but nothing to write home about. Paying attention to the terns, which typically will tell you where the small bait is, will often help you locate any schools of small choppers in the area.
There are good numbers of smaller fluke up on the flats and you will pick through plenty to get even a couple of legal fish, while the deeper water surrounding the Canal channel, in the 40+-foot range explained Mike Thomas, is where you need to be to catch larger summer flounder consistently. Mike pointed out that he is trying to get a batch of fresh sand eels tomorrow and they make great fluke baits; in fact, some of the sharpies won’t even go fishing without them.
The scup remain dinner plate size in many spots, but the sea bass are on the smaller size and boats such as the headboat Lady K out of Onset are making the run down towards Menemsha and Gay Head and the deeper water where the sea bass move this time of year.