The tautog bite remains very good in the bay; it has been tough getting out with a good amount of wind on some days this week. On Wednesday, which was a very warm and sunny October day, there were a good number of boats out around from Cleveland Ledge to Marion. Windier conditions mean hugging the shore from Wing’s Neck and around the old Canal markers into Phinney’s Harbor.
I heard from one of the mooring guys, who is busy pulling out mooring balls and replacing them with winter sticks, that West Falmouth Harbor has been filled with bait and there have been some impressive schoolie blitzes this fall. Unfortunately, the action has slowed, but given all the schoolies in the Canal and the odds of them moving out the west end and down the bay, combined with plenty to eat, there is still a chance that things could spark up again.
Although you didn’t hear it from me, with fewer summer folk around to guard some of the best structure in front of their houses, working under the cover of darkness with darters, needlefish, metal-lipped swimmers, and live eels can pay big dividends over the next couple of weeks. We’re not talking about big numbers of fish, but the chance at a big fish or two.