Prior to this stretch of wind that has kept boaters from getting out, the tautog bite was steadily improving, with most serious toggers having little trouble picking up their limit of five fish 16-inches or larger fish, with the bag limit jumping up from three on October 15. The folks at Maco’s in Buzzards Bay posted a photo on Facebook of two young anglers with their impressive catch of tog, apparently caught on a combination of Joe Baggs’ jigs and green crabs.
I poked around a number of inshore spots in the evening this week, including West Falmouth, Pocasset, and Monument Beach, and witnessed small bass feeding on small bait wherever I stopped. Most of the time, the bait that was dimpling on the surface looked like peanut bunker or silversides, making a number of fly patterns and soft plastics excellent choices.
Ken Shwartz told me that there are still good numbers of small bass and blues up inside Mattapoisett and I’d be willing to bet that this scenario can be found in a multitude of protected waters from Wareham to Westport.
When the wind does allow me to get back out on the water, one spot where I will be visiting is the west entrance to the Canal, either tossing big plugs or plastics from Mashnee to Hog Islands, as well as around the pilings up towards Gray Gables and the grass flats and entrances to Onset. That said, given the fact that most of the larger fish in the Canal were hanging on the bottom, folks bouncing jigs or other deep presentations might just do better around the edges of the Canal.