Other than folks targeting tautog on the commonly fished pieces of structure around Cleveland Light, Wing’s Neck, Southwest Ledge, Bird Island, and Dry Ledge, as well as the small, “secret” areas that people keep quiet, there haven’t been many boaters out on the water.
What I can tell you is that there are still small bass around, with working birds often giving their presence away. A few hardcores are drifting pogies, mackerel, and eels on the edges of the Canal and the rips that form between Stony Point Dike to Mashnee Island/Hog Island, as well as Onset to the Maritime Academy.
Everyone I spoke to said there are plenty of schoolies inside pretty much every protected, “inside” body of water from Monument Beach to Quissett, with shore anglers doing really well both morning and evening.
There are still schools of adult pogies in many of the harbors and bays, so along with the small bass, there is still the opportunity to catch something larger either by livelining or working a big waking plug, such as a Danny or spook, around the edges of these schools.
Jim Young at Eastman’s Sport & Tackle in Falmouth told me that he spoke to someone who caught a false albacore this week up inside Megansett and there have been some reported from the Maritime Academy over to Wareham/Marion, but even though there is still plenty of bait around, the odds are that they will become more sporadic.
Then again, there have been years when the albies have stuck around until almost November, so it should be interesting to see what takes place over the next couple of weeks.