There are schools of pogies throughout Buzzards Bay, with Mike Thomas at M & D’s in Wareham making a point to say that folks are having no problem getting bait. Phinney’s Harbor, in particular, is filled with menhaden and there are schools up inside Onset, Red Brook Harbor, West Falmouth, and Sippewissett along the Cape shoreline, while Wareham Bay is holding numerous schools, with the Weweantic River one area where more and more fish are showing.
A friend of Mike’s was fishing the bay this morning and managed five bass on pogies, with the fish averaging about 30-pounds. While the west entrance from Stony Point Dike to the Onset Rip and the Maritime Academy/Gray Gables is often where anglers do well livelining pogies or scup, there are some schools of big fish behind Bird Island and out to Cleveland Ledge. They could be staging for another push into the Canal on the next moon tide.
Schoolies and small bluefish are readily available around the rocky points from Bourne to Woods Hole, but fishing pogies, eels, or big plugs well before first light and into the moments when the sun first appears over the horizon is your best bet right now if you’re looking for larger bass, whether you are casting from a boat or shoreline. Water temperature is becoming even more important with each passing day, making the incoming tide the best as cooler water moves in. Mike spoke of two really nice fish caught from shore around the west entrance this week, one in the high 40’s and another in the 30-pound range.
The black sea bass bite is starting to slow as the fish move into deeper water to avoid shallower areas where the summer sun is beginning to have its effect. Scup fishing remains good, although the average fish is definitely on the smaller side.