Paul Newmier told me he visited the area recently and limited out on sea bass, although he had to cull through a good number of smaller fish as the spawn appears to have slowed and the larger fish are moving back into deeper water. He also managed a weakfish, a bluefish, some tautog and a couple of legal sized fluke.
Scup fishing continues to be very good and some of the largest bass being caught in the drifts along Mashnee Island, Hog Island, and the Onset Rip are being caught on livelined scup. Trolling with white umbrella rigs, particularly those made with plastic shads, is a popular method of covering water to locate the small groups of bass that are still around Bird Island, the entrance to Marion and Mattapoisett Harbor, and the edges of the Canal up around Grey Gables. This is also the time of year when trollers turn to the tube-and-worm. Otherwise, there continues to be a pick of bass around the rocks that line the Necks and entrances to many of the harbors from Monument Beach to West Falmouth.
It appears the majority of the larger fish in the upper bay have moved into the Canal, with schoolies on the Mashnee Flats, up around the Maritime Academy, and the grass patches outside Onset. Mike Thomas did say that evenings have been good to folks tossing topwater plugs around Long Point.