Jim Young at Eastman’s Sport & Tackle on Main Street in Falmouth told me that a boater caught three albies up inside Megansett this week and other folks have been finding schools of them from the west entrance of the Canal over to Marion and Mattapoisett, as well as from Monument Beach to Quissett.
The next couple of days will be cool with winds out of the east/southeast and that combination may start to kick the funny fish elsewhere, but the weekend is forecast to be warmer with winds out of the southwest. Next week, the winds are all over the place from northwest to west and southwest; air temperatures are predicted to be only in the 60’s during the day, but still in the mid-50’s at night, for the most part.
Numerous folks have told me about massive amounts of peanut bunker still up inside the numerous bays and harbors from the Cape side over to Wareham and along the south coast; hopefully, the albies will still be around when that bait comes pouring out as inside water temperatures drop, thereby producing some funny fish craziness.
There are plenty of schools of smaller bass throughout the bay for boaters, oftentimes accompanied by birds when they push bait to the surface in open water. Shore anglers are still enjoying good schoolie fishing up inside protected waters from Bourne to Falmouth, but there are still schools of adult pogies around as well. Fishing around these concentrations with metal-lip swimmers or big soft plastics such as the Hogy Pro Tail Paddle is one way to go, but it’s hard to beat the snag-and-drop method when you hope to coax a big bass or bluefish into falling for a struggling menhaden. It only makes sense that we are talking about larger stripers and blues since these pogies are big and it takes a big mouth to inhale one.
Tautog fishing is also picking up; plenty of fish are caught by boaters working around Cleveland Ledge, Southwest Ledge, Bird Island, Dry Ledge, and the rocky structure that characterize Wing’s, Scraggy, and Nye’s Neck. Access might be a bit tricky and fraught with the challenge of being a bit of a “sneak,” but shore anglers who can find spots along rocky stretches of shoreline will find good tog action as well.