Still plenty of schools of bass from Cleveland Ledge up to the west entrance to the Canal; it seems as simple as find the birds, find the fish. These fish are generally feeding on small bait such as sand eels or silversides, so Epoxy Jigs have been an excellent choice, along with smaller soft plastics in bone, bubblegum, or Arkansas Shiner/Dark Sand Eel. Mike Thomas advised that the coming or rising tide, or current moving towards the Canal, has been more productive.
There are good numbers of fish being caught in the coves and along the shorelines from Onset to Stony Point Dike, as well as the entrance to the Weweantic River and over to Marion and Mattapoisett. These bass are readily taken on soft plastics and walk-the-dog plugs such as the Rebel Jumpin’ Minnow and the Heddon Zara Spook, but those folks targeting larger fish are doing well on white shad umbrella rigs.
Keep in mind that at this time of year, the schools of bass that move into the west end of the Canal typically stage somewhere around the west entrance; blindcasting topwater plugs will at times raise some big fish from around the grass patches and areas where there doesn’t seem to be any fish life at all.
Black sea bass action is off the charts, as is angling for scup and a few tautog are still being caught around Cleveland Ledge, but it’s tough to even get a crab by the hordes of sea bass.