My buddy Capt. Warren Marshall and I stopped at Monument Beach yesterday afternoon around 3 PM and there were birds working over bait and breaking fish; we also drove over by Mashnee Island and there were clouds of birds around the pilings, with fish breaking everywhere.
From what I have heard, this scene has been repeating itself from the Maritime Academy all the way down to Quissett and over to Marion and Mattapoisett every day. Mike Thomas at M & D’s in Wareham told me he was closed on Monday, but folks told him that there were small bass and blues in the river behind his shop, while another angler said he picked up several bigger bass up in the Weweantic by the Route 6 bridge.
There have been schools of albies and small bluefish all along the bayside shoreline of the Cape; I have seen them working in right along the sand at Old Silver Beach, from the entrance to West Falmouth Harbor to Black Beach/Sippewissett Marsh, and from Gunning Point to the backside of Penzance. Jim Young at Eastman’s Sport & Tackle on Main Street in Falmouth told me one shore angler, who typically sneaks into the fish the beaches and rock piles around Racing Beach and Gunning Point, told him that he was able to hook up an albie while they were right in close.
These same stretches of shoreline have been holding large numbers of schoolies, with the occasional bass in the 30-inch class caught on Danny Plugs and eels at night, along with pencil poppers and spooks just before first light.