Locating any school of pogies or the few schools of mackerel that have moved into the upper Bay is your best bet if you are hoping to catch a larger bass, advised Mike Thomas at M & D’s in Wareham. Some of the pogies have been up in the rivers by Mike and in the evening there has been the occasional spurt of activity when the bait moves out into open water.
Of course, you can travel to the east entrance to the Canal, jig up some mackerel, and then run back to the west entrance and liveline them; this technique worked last weekend for Steve Drake and his son-in-law Bo as they picked up a pair of nice stripers before concentrating on sea bass.
There are still plenty of small bass in the bay, with working birds typically giving away their location; Mike said there has been the typical early morning flurry of schoolies and a legal fish here and there from Stony Point Dike over to the Mashnee Flats and up to the Maritime Academy, especially on mornings where first light coincides with a tide change.
Shore anglers most often have been fishing blind as opposed to the advantage of having gulls and terns to let them know where the fish are, using poppers in the morning and swimmers at night, with soft plastics productive at either time. The Knob in Sippewissett and West Falmouth are areas with rocky shorelines fronting open water where shore anglers have picked up the occasional larger fish, while most of the protected bays and harbors such as Megansett and Phinney’s Harbor, are holding mostly schoolies.
The black sea bass bite can’t be over exaggerated, it’s that good. Mike said that boaters fishing around Cleveland Ledge have been picking up their limit in a single drift, while those targeting larger fish have had to work about 20 minutes or so to pick up a limit of fish all over 20-inches.
Although the ledge gets a great deal of attention, there are numerous spots that are holding good numbers of fish. The one challenge, however, is that there are schools of bluefish hanging with the sea bass, as Jeff Miller asked if there were blues in the bay since some folks he sent out after BSB had their rigs all chopped up and off.
A few folks have been picking at fluke, but it is been a deep water activity at the moment.