The sustained southwest winds this week have made it tough to get out on the water, but there is some very good bass fishing around the west entrance from Stony Point Dike up to the Maritime Academy ship for both shore and boat anglers. The bigger fish are holding around the schools of whiting and smaller mackerel, with large schools of sand eels making the schoolies very happy.
First light has seen some good topwater activity, but one key has been using lures that bring the fish up even when nothing is showing. The floating Hogy is a good choice, but even the seven and ten-inch originals work fine and produce some great surface strikes when worked around grass beds and the multitude of rocky structures in the area.
Flyrodders and light tackle anglers have been entertained with smaller fish in the upper part of the water column, but adding weight to a soft plastic in the form of a weighted swimbait hook or a jighead can pay off, as can switching to a full sink line and/or weighted fly such as Half-and-Half when using the long wand.
Shore anglers have had little trouble finding bass from Monument Beach to West Falmouth, but dusk and into the dark has been producing more and better fish. Swimmers and darters are good choices when fishing the open beaches, with unweighted soft plastics in darker colors effective in more protected waters. If you prefer first light, then poppers such as Smack-its and pencils are good choices cast into the rocks around Scraggy Neck, Nye’s Neck, and Quissett.
Sea bass fishing got off to a good start last Saturday, although it was tough going for even the largest boats. Smaller fish were congregated around Stony Point Dike and the Wing’s Neck channel, with larger ones out by Cleveland Ledge and Southwest Ledge. There are monster scup around as well, with a patron on the Lady K catching one this week that measured 23-inches, reported Dick Hopwood.