There are plenty of schools of bass moving in and through the bay, with surface activity around Wareham, Marion, Wing’s Neck, and along the Stony Point Dike up to the Maritime Academy. It certainly is a great deal of fun tossing flies, surface plugs, and unweighted soft plastics to coax these fish on top, but just because the action stops on breaking fish doesn’t mean they are gone. The smart angler then resorts to offerings such as jigheads/soft plastics, bucktails, and deep diving plugs to get to the schools that are now hanging deeper in the water column. Fly fishermen should definitely carry a fast sinking line in the 350-grain range, as well as weighted flies such as Clousers and Half-and-Half’s.
Sea bass season opens on Saturday, May 23, which will give bottom fishermen another target to go along with the vast number of really big scup and improving tautog fishery. The scup are in good numbers from just off of Stony Point Dike out to Cleveland Ledge, as well as from Wing’s Neck to Quissett. The tautog bite has been consistent inside Phinney’s Harbor, around the old Canal markers, Bird Island, and Dry Ledge.
Shore anglers are finding solid numbers of schoolies inside all of the Cape side backwaters, including Phinney’s Harbor, Red Brook Harbor, Megansett, and West Falmouth. Topwater plugs such as spooks and stickbaits have been working OK, but the widely varying water temperatures have quite often made it necessary to get down in the water column.