I was a bit surprised when I received reports of many anglers unable to find schools of bass around the Hog Island Channel down to end of the Stony Point Dike and inside Wareham Bay, but Mike Thomas said that once the schools of big bluefish showed up about a week ago, the striper fishing has slowed. That doesn’t mean it is non-existent, but at the moment the open water schools of surface feeding fish seem to be few and far between.
Instead, anglers livelining mackerel in the holes in and around the Canal have done OK, while the plugging crew has been best served by targeting rocky structure inside Monument Beach and around the necks, as well as Bird Island and from Marion to Mattapoisett.
Mike added that most boaters aren’t bothered by the lack of stripers at the moment because they have been focused on black sea bass, which are plentiful and running on the large size, with far more males around, displaying their spawning colors and humps. In fact, the sea bass bite is so good that Mike heard from the skipper of the Lady K that his fares, whose priority is to catch their limit of scup, have had to deal with the hordes of sea bass, resulting in more bait used and more time involved.