Jim Young from Eastman’s Sport & Tackle on Main Street in Falmouth heard that there were albies up around West Falmouth earlier this week and I saw boats in that area on Monday that looked as if they were waiting for a repeat of something that happened earlier.
The funny fish are still buzzing around the west entrance to the Canal as well, with schools reported up inside Monument Beach and around the Maritime Academy. They have not disappeared from waters to the west, with some scattered schools from Wareham to Mattapoisett.
Not many boaters are fishing for bass in the bay right now, but there are good numbers of schoolies working throughout the bay and back inside pretty much every protected body of water from Mo Beach to Quissett. Shore anglers are really having fun with these small bass using smaller soft plastics, with the seven-inch Original Hogy about as big as you want to go when concentrating on these youngsters. A few hardcores are still working around boulder fields and rocky points with eels, metal lips, needlefish, darters, and large soft plastics such as the 14-inch Original Hogy, hoping that they intercept at least one more big bass.
The tautog bite is very good in the bay, with pretty much everybody able to get his or her limit (three fish per angler per day, 16-inch minimum). Some shops are still carrying crabs, but it is always a good idea to call first to see if your favorite bait purveyor has them on hand.