Slow is the optimal word, with the hot, steamy weather either pushing any bass in the area out deep or sending them into the Canal. A few bass have been caught by regulars drifting pogies in spots where the water is just a tad cooler, but the number of fish that can inhale an entire menhaden is thinning out, said Mike Thomas from M & D’s in Wareham. Some guys continue to drifty scup or live eels between the Onset rip and the Maritime Academy; if you aren’t doing it in the dark or taking advantage of a rainy, gloomy day, the fishing has been very tough.
In years past, many boaters would be searching for fluke, but Mike said that fishery is pretty much non-existent. There are fewer and fewer sea bass that meet the 15-inch recreational limit and with commercial boats allowed to take 12-inch minimum fish, the odds are that it is going to be even more difficult for regular folks to bring home dinner.
Overall, the bottom fishing is so poor in B-Bay that the Lady K out of Onset is going all the way to the Vineyard; not everyone is limiting out on fluke or scup, but the sea bass bite continues to produce more than enough 15-inch or larger fish to fill the five-fish bag limit.