Buzzards Bay Fishing Report – May 12, 2016

For the second week in a row, the waters from Bourne down through Quissett and across the bay to Wareham, Marion, and Mattapoisett have seen some of the best fishing anywhere on and near the Cape. The early morning dropping tides the last couple of days have seen terns and gulls very active over schools of bass pushing herring to the surface, making for some very cool surface visuals.

As much fun as it is to throw plugs at these breaks, the reality is that many of the folks who are doing well are dropping bucktail jigs or jighead/soft plastic combinations down the schools of bass that are holding deeper in the water column. There are fish swirling on top during all stages of the tides from the Maritime Academy down along Stony Point Dike and over between Phinney’s Harbor and Wing’s Neck, but they aren’t really being super aggressive on top until the latter stages of the dropping tide and when there is some sunshine to warm the surface water. Some of the displays of bass swirling on and whacking herring that I have seen over the last two days have been really impressive, a sign that there are some bigger fish in the area.

Capt. Mike Hogan and Capt. Dave Peros’ quick report from Mashnee Flats on Wednesday morning.

The Mashnee Flats are also holding numerous bass that are feeding under schools of terns, usually a sign that sand eels are the bait that is being targeted. That said, they have been willing to hit all sizes of soft plastics, from mini-Hogy’s to 10-inch Originals in a multitude of colors.

Shore anglers have been doing really well in any of the harbors that dot the rocky shoreline of the Cape, but there have been some bigger bass caught from the beaches out front. The rocky shoreline to the north of the entrance to West Falmouth Harbor and the stretch of beach on both sides of the entrance to Great Sippewissett Marsh have been producing some nice bass and some have also been caught around Old Silver Beach.

Across the bay in Wareham, the Weweantic and Agawam Rivers continue to fish well, both at the entrances and well up inside. Mike Thomas recommended walk-the-dog type plugs and smaller pencil poppers, with various types of soft plastics fished unweighted and erratically another good choice. Daiwa SP Minnows and Bombers make good searching lures when you are confident that there are fish in the area, but they won’t show on top or make half hearted attempts and swirls on your topwater offerings.

The scup fleet is very happily lined up off of Wing’s Neck and they are limiting on big fish in the 18 to 20-inch range. Cleveland Ledge continues to produce some good-sized tautog and I know of plenty of anglers who can’t wait for May 21 when the recreational black sea bass season opens since they are catching some great fish right now that have to be released.