Todd Benedict at Falmouth Bait & Tackle in the Teaticket section of Falmouth across from McDonald’s had nothing but good things to say about the bass fishing along the bay shoreline of the Cape, with large numbers of schoolies reported at Megansett, West Falmouth, Old Silver Beach, Wing’s Neck, Pocasset, and Phinney’s Harbor, as well as the west entrance to the Canal. These fish are aggressive and hungry, taking a variety of plugs, plastics, and flies; the primary bait remains peanut bunker, making the smaller Hogy Pro Tail Paddles and Peanut Bunker Jig excellent choices, along with Epoxy and Heavy Minnow Jigs.
Larger bass continue to be caught both casting eels and big plugs/plastics around Mashnee and Hog Islands, as well as Widow’s Cove and both inside and outside Onset, as well as fishing deep in the water column with jigs.
There have been reports of some schools of pogies around some of the protected waters that dot the Cape shoreline, with pluggers searching out the presence of these fish during the day in order to fish metal lip swimmers and big soft plastic paddletails around them at night, as well as topwater plugs in the morning.
The tautog bite is definitely strong, although the weather has made it tough to get out at times; A.J. Coots said they sold more crabs last Saturday than they typically do during an entire week at Red Top. Cleveland Ledge is a prime location, but Bird Island, Southwest Ledge, and the rocky shoreline and structure from Wareham to Fairhaven also produce plenty of tog.