Any boat angler who knows anything about bass in upper Buzzards Bay is keeping a close eye on the happenings in the Canal as they should be aware that any departures from the Ditch via the west end could result in some great fishing opportunities.
At the moment, however, Mike Thomas at M & D’s in Wareham hasn’t heard of any pick up in activity around spots such as Mashnee and Hog Islands, Stony Point Dike, or even Cleveland Ledge, where folks fishing for tautog are sometimes greeted with bass and birds that are moving down the bay.
What there is in the bay right now is no lack of funny fish and bluefish. A number of boat anglers have reported finding large schools of false albacore out in the bay; for example, Ken Shwartz and Jerry Coholon were on their way back from Woods Hole on Wednesday when they found themselves surrounded by albies – uncooperative ones, that made for some frustrating moments.
These fish were concentrated on schools of peanut bunker as were the birds and small bluefish Ken and Jerry ran into closer to their home port of Mattapoisett. Fortunately, these fish were more than willing to hit anything they had thrown their way and provided some great fun on light tackle.
Many spots such as the Maritime Academy, the entrance to Onset, and the numerous protected waters along the Cape shoreline in Bourne and Falmouth are holding schoolies, but mornings and dusk have definitely seen the best activity. That, however, should change very soon as the migration gets rolling and fish begin to feed all hours of the day as long as there is bait and moving water.
The tautog bite is slowly improving, but water temperatures haven’t dropped to levels that they prefer just yet.