Right now, the bay just might take top honors for the best overall fishing around.
Up in Wareham, there are plenty of bass up in the Agawam and Weweantic Rivers, with fish up the low 30-inch class caught. Typically, the afternoon bite has been better as the water has warmed up during the day, but with temperatures about the same in the morning as later in the afternoon, it hasn’t made a difference what time one hits the water – well, that is if the tide is moving. Spook type topwater plugs have worked well since they produce a very attention getting wake when worked slowly on the surface. Daiwa SP Minnows are equally effective and blind casting has been the way to go no matter what you use since the fish are not inclined towards surface activity.
White soft plastics rigged on jigheads, along with traditional white bucktails with or without a soft plastic sweetener, allow you to work different depths of the water column until you find the fish and they allow for a clean, quick, easy release.
It has been a tough go for smaller boats to get out in the bay, but when conditions allow, there is little doubt that anywhere from Stony Point Dike over to Mattapoisett, the odds are good that you will encounter schools of bass working in from the west or up the bay. These are very active fish and my experience is that small olive over white (sand eel) or white soft plastics have been really effective at this time of year. Epoxy Jigs and small metal jigs will also work really well and small, Finnish style swimming plugs and pencil poppers allow you to work different levels of the water column, based on the weather and water temperature you encounter.
Shore anglers are really enjoying good schoolie action inside Red Brook Harbor, Megansett, and Wild Harbor. Hogy 6-inch Skinnys and 7-inch Originals are an excellent choice and keep the color selection simple: white and bubblegum can’t be beat. Carry a selection of weighted swimbait hooks and/or small jigheads given the cold water as you will most likely have to search the water column for the bass rather than locating them under working birds. Darker, muddy color bottom typically holds any heat longer and that keeps the fish thereabouts.
It’s been a tough week to get out for tautog, but commercial anglers have been catching good numbers of the fish in the four to five-pound range. It’s not uncommon for the tog to be holding over a select piece of bottom and that makes a double anchor system a good idea where you can hold the boat more accurately over a hotspot.
Scup season opened up last Sunday and the Lady K has been helping its customers get limited out in only a couple of hours after a short ride out towards Bird Island. These aren’t the huge, dinner platter fish that we can expect when breeding begins inshore, but with an average size of 12-inches right, a limit of 30 fish will make for some excellent eating.