The bass bite in the bay has definitely slowed, with more fish moving into the land cut during the current set of breaking tides and they are moving east where there is more bait.
That said, I managed to raise numerous big fish last weekend working the rocky shorelines from Bourne to North Falmouth; the real challenge was getting them to eat. They were willing to follow the plugs, plastics, and even flies we threw, but they just wouldn’t commit. I suspect that fishing in the wee hours of the morning or again at night with eels or 10 to 14-inch black Hogys might do the trick. Another options would be to work metal lipped swimming plugs on the swing in tight to shore during incoming water.
There are smaller bass on the Mashnee Flats, as well as from Onset over to the Maritime Academy, especially on incoming water. The dolphins/pilings have been productive for anglers trolling the deeper edges with umbrella rig, with numerous smaller bass chowing on the small bait that can be found around the eelgrass beds in the area.
With schools of pogies stretched out from Cleveland Ledge all the way down to Woods Hole, some anglers are snagging or netting these baits and livelining them right under the schools, where there are bass in the 20 to 25-pound range shadowing the bait.
The sea bass spawn is not over yet in the bay, but the end of the reproductive dance is close at hand; boats have been clustered around Cleveland Ledge, where some of the biggest fish have been taken; Wing’s Neck and into Pocasset Harbor; the end of Stony Point Dike; and spots around Wareham such as Bird Island and Dry Ledge.