Lots of life in the bay and some interesting happenings.
I caught Mark Tenerowicz out on his kayak yesterday and he was surrounded by feeding bass, some of them close to legal size, in the Mattapoisett area. Mark said they were feeding on small bait that he really couldn’t get a good look at, but the one lure that worked on them was an Arkansas Shiner Zoom Super Fluke.
Along with the numerous schools of smaller bass throughout the bay, there are some much larger fish following the schools of pogies that are located around the west entrance to the Canal, from Stony Point Dike to Onset and the Maritime Academy to the rivers in Wareham. Mike Thomas at M & D’s in Wareham said that the snag-and-drop technique has been very effective, with fish up to the 30-pound class caught both in the open waters of the bay and the rivers up by him.
Shore anglers fishing the bay shorelines have generally been having fun with schoolies, but Jim Young told me of a boat angler who found a school of pogies outside Megansett earlier this week. There were no fish on them at first, but once dark settled in and the pogies moved inside, this angler managed a number of 30-pound bass, so a shore angler who works at finding this bait at night just might be in luck. If fishing live bait isn’t your thing, then consider using a larger Hogy on a jighead and working it very erratically or consider a large plug such as a fast sinking Magic Swimmer or even a surface swimmer such as a Danny plug cast near the school and then drawn away, producing an easy target for a big bass.
Jim Young also weighed in a nice fat mid-30-inch bass that was caught by John Bazycki around sunrise on a topwater plug in the Sippewissett area.
Sea bass fishing is off the charts, with the average fish around five-pounds, reported Mike Thomas. Cleveland Ledge obviously gets a great deal of attention, but there is no lack of spots to find them, with metal and bucktail jigs the best way of singling out the largest fish, with the addition of some nylon hair dressed hooks on dropper loops a common practice. Be advised that with large schools of big scup around, adding any natural bait such as squid or manmade stuff such as Gulp! will have you covered up in porgies.
Apparently, there are also some schools of bluefish around, and even though they are generally on the smaller size, folks like Mark Tenerowicz, who let his soft plastic bait drop to the bottom while unhooking a bass, have caught some big blues, with Mark’s topping the 36-inch mark.
Christian Giardini at Falmouth Bait & Tackle in Teaticket told me folks who have been finding schools of bluefish between Cleveland Ledge and Woods Hole have discovered schools of sea bass holding under the choppers, with some the latter taping out at 25-inches or more.