Mike Thomas at M & D’s in Wareham said the fluke fishing has been good on the Mashnee Flats and other shallow areas as the summer flatties move in from deeper water. You can still find them working the deeper edges of the Canal, but it’s good to see an increase of legal size (17-inch) and larger fish where small boat anglers can find them with some regularity.
Fresh sand eels are a popular bait choice for fluke anglers who fish these waters and Maco’s in Buzzards Bay, and now in Monument Beach as well, gets a fresh supply on Friday getting a supply on Friday. They keep two flats in the cooler and freeze two more, so you can pretty much get fresh frozen whenever you visit the shops.
One of the big problems right now in Buzzards Bay is the number of boats harassing the remaining schools of pogies, especially the “recremercial” contingent. When this happens, the pogies, or menhaden/bunker, break up into smaller contingents that are far more difficult to find.
Some folks are running through the Canal to jig up mackerel off the east entrance and then bringing them back to Buzzards Bay to liveline, but Mike said that many folks, like his buddy, have had their baits ruined by all of the scup in the area.
There is no lack of small bass pretty much wherever you look, whether they are heavily schooled up, as they typically are from Stony Point Dike to Widow’s Cove to the grass patches outside Onset/Wicket’s Island to the Maritime Academy, or you find a mix of schoolies and an occasional larger bass tossing plugs into the rocks around Mashnee Island and Tobey’s Island, as well as any of the rocky structure, or “necks,” that jut out into the bay. This is early morning fish with big plugs and plastics, with some folks starting to make the switch to live eels.
Other than the waters around Marion and Mattapoisett, particularly Planting Island to Ram Island and over to Steward Island, there aren’t many bluefish being reported and the ones that are being caught are on the small side.
The black sea bass fishing is still productive, although the average fish is definitely smaller, with the bigger, hump head males and more mature females moving into deeper water down around the Elizabeths and between Menemsha and Noman’s.