Buzzards Bay Fishing Report – October 20, 2016

Green crabs are a big item in shops right now as the tautog bite is very good; Red Top weighed in tog of 9.5 and 8.5-pounds for one angler this week, said A. J. Coots and the crew from the shop had very little trouble catching their limit (three fish at a 16-inch minimum), with a number in the four to five-pound category.

Cleveland Ledge is typically where you will find a good number of boats, but Larry at Maco’s said there are so many productive rock piles in the bay that you can get away on your own and find fish. The old Canal markers and the waters between Wing’s Neck and Scraggy Neck are always popular, as are Bird Island and Dry Ledge.

Although many folks are focused on tog, there apparently has been some good schoolie action from Widow’s Cove to Stony Point Dike and in the shallows between Hog and Mashnee Islands; the waters around the Maritime Academy have also had some good morning pushes of small bass that are fun on light tackle and fly rods. Small soft plastics such as the Hogy Skinny and even the seven-inch Original are good choices since they catch plenty of fish and typically result in clean releases due to their single hooks. Generally speaking, folks looking for larger bass are using chunk baits or live eels at night.

Shore and boat anglers are finding good early morning action, again on mainly smaller fish, around West Falmouth and Quissett, while some of the more “private” spots are where you want to look for generally larger, solitary with metal lip swimmers, needlefish, or live eels. In the fall, some of these locations become accessible if you keep a low profile and avoid waking up the neighborhood; by all means, however, never try and get somewhere by crossing private property. Instead, you may have to get to the water a good distance from where you want to actually fish.