Mike Thomas acknowledged that one of the problems with getting information for the bay is that not that many boats are out on the water. A few bass in the mid 30-inch class have been caught on plugs in the waters from Stony Ppoint Dike to Onset, with some smallish bluefish mixes in. Early mornings and dusk have been best, with pretty much any style surface plug working, from pencil poppers to stickbaits to poppers that do just what their name suggests; these include Gibbs’ Polaris, Super Strike Littlenecks, Smack-it’s, and the like. Expect to catch more schoolies than legal fish, but the better bass are around and typically there will be schools of stripers moving through the Canal and out in the west entrance over the next several weeks. That said, the key will be the presence of bait such as pogies, peanut bunker, and sand eels to keep the bass from moving right through.
There has been very little reported about false albacore from the Canal down to Sippewisset but John Waring told me this afternoon a regular in the shop said he caught some yesterday between Old Silver Beach and the west entrance. There is certainly plenty of bait in the various bays and harbors from Bourne to Falmouth and the cooler water just might draw the albies from where they been holding, between Fairhaven and New Bedford.