The winds over the last several days appear to have scattered the bigger bass that were being targeted by boaters fishing the waters between Stony Point Dike, Wing’s Neck, Mashnee Island/Hog Island, the Onset rip, and the Maritime Academy.
Despite a report of a large striper, somewhere between 30 and 40-pounds, being caught on a bucktail jig by a boater in the west entrance, Mike Thomas at M & D’s in Wareham knows of several good anglers who have been targeting big fish as part of the commercial season, but they have had limited success.
From what Mike told me, there are still some schools of pogies around, but generally there haven’t been that many fish on them. On the other hand, between Sippican and Mattapoisett, the holes and humps in this area have been holding a number of bass in the 20 to 30-pound class, with vertical and wire line jigging working well.
The early morning east turning tides not only should continue to produce good schoolie activity anywhere from Wing’s Neck up to the Maritime Academy, there is the chance at larger fish on plugs from Mashnee Island to up inside Phinney’s Harbor and Hog Island to pilings and Gray Gables.
The word from Jeff Hopwood at Maco’s in Buzzards Bay and Monument Beach is that the sea bass activity is slowing, but folks who stick with it can still produce a good number of 18 to low 20-inch fish. Pink or chartreuse bucktail jigs and Epoxy Jigs have been especially effective, with rigs that feature dressed hooks above the main offering a good way to increase your odds of attracting larger BSB.
Jeff added that fluke fishing is off to a slow start, with far more sublegal fish than ones that recreational anglers can take home. The best activity continues to be in deeper water, but the Mashnee Flats are filled with sand eels, one of the favorite foods of summer flounder.
I ran into Ralph P. and Teddy yesterday and they told me that they saw a 5.2-pound fluke at the Taylor’s Point boat ramp. As part of their job interviewing recreational anglers for the state, they continue to see good catches of sea bass and scup.