There are still plenty of bass just outside the west end of the Canal from the Maritime Academy to the Mashnee Flats and over along Stony Point Dike. Many of these fish are schoolies, but there are enough big fish to make it interesting. Fishing the hours before first light will provide the most action as once the sun is up for an hour or so, things get very quiet, at which point jigging, whether casting or trolling, is the way to go with the fish moving into deeper water.
Epoxy Jigs are a great choice with all of the small bait around, including peanut bunker and larger juvenile pogies, baby herring, and silversides. The problem is that sometimes the fish are right up against the shore in less than a foot of water, which makes any kind of jig a tough go; that’s where unweighted soft plastics shine, especially in bone/white or pink.
Schools of albies continue to blow up around the west entrance, especially when the tide is running east or towards the Canal, with one of the biggest challenges getting their attention with all of the real thing around. Changing to larger size jigs is one choice, but having a number of rods rigged with different colors will allow you to switch it up until you find what they want. Ripping a soft plastic across the surface, especially a seven-inch Original amber Hogy, has often been the ticket when the bait is heavy and the fish are finicky. Keep your rod tip down, just keep reeling, and hold on.
Mike Thomas reported that schools of albies even went up into the Wareham River on Wednesday, chasing the peanut bunker up into places where funny fish are seldom, if ever seen. Mike added that there are pogies right behind his shop and there are fish working them hard, with his best bet being that they are small bass.
Bluefish continue to show up from time-to-time, with the waters between Bird Island and the castle apparently the most consistent.
As opposed to the west entrance to the Canal, where it is possible to deal with the winds we have had this week (to some degree), the more open areas such as Old Silver Beach and West Falmouth have been tough to fish in terms of setting up a drift or dealing with the wind when casting, as well as locating any feeding fish in all of the chop. That said, if this type of slop is what you have to deal with, remember that blind casting with larger baits is a very effective technique.