Albies continue to be locked into their annoying pattern of here today, gone tomorrow, with boaters burning plenty of fuel looking for them. Most of the boaters looking for them have reported fits and starts, but not enough fish to even be remotely reliable.
The bay side of Woods Hole had some good schools of albies on Monday and the fishing was very good from the Steamship out to Nobska, but on Tuesday more folks were drifting or moving about slowly in hopes of finding them. The patchy, dense fog from Monday to Wednesday didn’t help, with some really low visibility reported, meaning that if seeing another boat was a challenge, finding breaking fish was like searching for a needle in a haystack.
Mike Thomas from M & D’s in Wareham offered a hint as to where the albies might be heading as he reported that there were a number of schools reported around Mattapoisett and Marion. Mark Tenerowicz confirmed that they were inside Mattapoisett Harbor, but they were tough to target and even tougher to hook up once he got a cast into them. I do know that changing size and color of your offerings, as well as your retrieve, is critical to consistent success; pink was a hot color for us this week as was a slower than usual retrieve.
The best plan of action basically revolved around finding any schools of bait and hanging around to see what would transpire. I spent way too much time chasing my tail on Tuesday, including Waquoit Bay, Nobska, and throughout the Cape shoreline of Buzzards Bay, only to find some of the best activity right where we found them in the morning around Penzance. West Falmouth apparently had a good number of albies out in front earlier this week and we saw a very cool bluefish/peanut bunker interaction on Tuesday around Black Beach. We tried to coax the choppers into becoming albies, but to no avail.
Fortunately, there is a wide mix of bass in terms of size. On one hand, a smattering of big bass have been caught around the rocky B-Bay shoreline of Falmouth, explained Christian Giardini of Falmouth Bait & Tackle in Teaticket across from McDonald’s. White and red bucktail have worked as have swimming plugs. The fog earlier this week created low light conditions that helped some boaters catch bass up to 25-pounds during the day.
Smaller bass have made their presence known by the racket they make and the flocks of gulls, terns, and other seabirds. They have been fished all the way from the Maritime Academy and around Phinney’s Harbor to the entrance to Woods Hole. They are mainly feeding on peanut bunker and they general are competing so voraciously for food that.