With the mackerel tough to come by in the bay, most boaters who are using bait have turned to pogies that are abundant in pretty much every protected water from Monument Beach to Sippewissett and the rivers in Wareham over to New Bedford. Livelining is working at times, but Mike Thomas said that when the bass have been finicky, the sharpies have been snagging bait elsewhere, bleeding it out, and then deadsticking them whole. This technique is similar to yo-yoing in that it presents a whole pogy in a natural, horizontal/swimming presentation, but it doesn’t involve the controversial use of weight inserted into the bait.
There are four to six-pound bluefish from Wareham to Marion and there has been some decent early morning topwater activity on mainly smaller bass from Stony Point Dike to the Maritime Academy, especially when sunrise coincides with incoming water.
Mike said the black sea bass bite continues to be very good, with a lot of 20-inch fish caught today. Cleveland Ledge is where you will find your largest fish, in general, but they are pretty much everywhere and there are reports of them schooling up and finning on the surface, making Hogy Epoxy Jigs a great way of casting to them and Mike added that the Shimano Coltsniper, which is a twitch bait, has also been working well.