Buzzards Bay Fishing Report – May 19, 2016

I spent a fair amount of time in upper Buzzards Bay for what proved to limited success. We managed a few very small bass up inside the Weweantic after not finding much life outside in Wareham Bay. There were scattered fish on the grass patches around Onset Island and up towards the Maritime Academy, with 7-inch bone Original Hogy’s and bone Rebel Jumpin’ Minnows most effective under high cloud cover and sunshine later on.

In Buzzards Bay, finding clouds of terns like this has led to awesome light-tackle bass fishing for a number of anglers.
In Buzzards Bay, finding clouds of terns like this has led to awesome light-tackle bass fishing for a number of anglers.

On the other hand, Mike Thomas reported that a boater picked up fish in four different places, including bass up to 31-inches blitzing under the terns. I don’t know if it is a matter of the fish moving up through the bay and into the Canal very quickly, but timing appears to be very important. The incoming tide seemed to be outproducing the drop this week and some of the best action came when things were a bit sloppy, with at least some wind and chop.

Shore anglers continue to find good schoolie action up inside the many harbors from Monument Beach to West Falmouth. If you can access some rocky shoreline, don’t be inclined to go with hero casts as many fish are hanging in tight during high water.

Scup fishing is off the charts, with plenty of big fish around, and the tautog bite is solid from Cleveland Ledge to Bird Island, but most anglers who favor bottom fishing are awaiting the opening of recreational black sea bass season on Saturday, May 21. The limit this year per angler per day is five fish at a minimum of 15-inches per fish. From what folks are reporting in terms of the nice fish that they have had to throw back when scup and tautog fishing, it shouldn’t be a problem limiting out. And remember that the larger males, with the hump heads and bluish coloration prefer bucktail jigs and rigs with hooks that are dressed with green, red, or chartreuse artificial hair or bucktail.